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Kit Badger: To Build A Fire

Ivan at Kit Badger just wrapped up his To Build A Fire series in which he pockets a firestarting tool and then jumps into freezing cold water before trying to start a fire. I was present for the filming of one of these videos and it was as miserable as it looks on camera.

I suggest you watch all of the videos in this series, but if you can only watch one, watch the wrap up:

The series graphically shows several lessons learned with the main one being that just because you can light a fire in ideal conditions, doesn’t mean you can light one when you actually NEED one. It also highlighted the attributes you should look for in a firestarting tool – something that requires as little dexterity as possible and buys you time.


BCS Updates Short Barrel Scabbard with GRID

Beez Combat Systems’ new version of the Short Barrel Scabbard has been updated with their GRID material. This reduces the weight, thickness, and potential failure points of the scabbard while still providing full MOLLE compatibility via a matrix of laser cut slots in the material.

BCS on the Short Barrel Scabbard GRID:

The Short Barrel Scabbard was designed for the lever-action Mares Leg weapons systems like the Rossi Ranch Hand, Puma 92 Bounty Hunter, Henry Mares leg and short barrel shotguns (Mossberg 590 Shockwave, Remington 870 T-14…etc)


    • Lowest profile short barrel scabbard on the market
    • GRID laser cut compatible for user configuration
    • Weapon securing strap
    • Fully adjustable waist strap
    • Quick release shoulder and waist buckles
    • Loop ID field
    • Optional padded shoulders

Check out the new Short Barrel Scabbard GRID at Beez Combat Systems.


Vertx® Redefines Tactical Gloves with Launch of Innovative Line For 2018

Cincinnati, Ohio – Vertx®, a leading manufacturer in low-profile apparel and gear, announces the launch of a new cutting-edge tactical glove line designed to further support the Prepared Professional™. This new line of gloves consists of four innovative styles including the VaporCore™ Shooter, Rapid LT, FR Assaulter and FR Breacher.

“With more than 175 years of experience in the military and tactical world, we combined expertise and research to develop a new line of gloves that would meet our standard of quality, provide superior functionality and address some of the top needs expressed by today’s customer base,” said Justin Roberts, Vertx Brand Manager.
All four gloves share similar features including articulated pre-curved fingers that provide exceptional fit and dexterity necessary for comfort and functionality. Strong hook and loop wrist closures ensure a secure fit and double needle topstitch reinforcement in all key areas maximizes the gloves life-span. The gloves mimic human skin through the use of natural goatskin suede, enabling a better sense of touch. The middle finger and thumb also include conductive touchpoints for use with smartphones and other touchscreen technology.

In addition to the gloves’ shared characteristics, each style has a unique set of key features. The VaporCore™ Shooter has active particles permanently embedded within its fabric that allows the glove to dry five times faster, keeping the hand cool and comfortable. The Rapid LT incorporates an expertly constructed lightweight design, pairing the suede with a two-way fabric providing free range of motion. This glove also benefits from color fastness, retaining its original color wear after wear. The FR Assaulter and FR Breacher both benefit from flame resistant qualities, as Kevlar® thread knitted throughout the pieces provide excellent durability. The FR Breacher also provides knuckle protection, guarding the back of the hand from harsh environments and general wear and tear.

For more information regarding the new tactical glove line, visit www.vertx.com.

About Vertx®

Vertx is a premier tactical and outdoor brand for the modern day prepared professional. Vertx designs world-class apparel, bags and packs that are created by best-in-class designers to combine a low visual profile with superior functionality. Since its inception in 2009, Vertx has earned trust among the nation’s top operators for exceptional performance, fit and durability. Vertx is a brand of Fechheimer, a Berkshire Hathaway Company. For more information, visit www.vertx.com.


Unity Tactical and Ruta Locura Did This Just to Show Off

I think Unity Tactical must have a Q Branch because the recent in house rifle project they took on, with help from Ruta Locura, is some straight up James Bond stuff.

They created one of the slickest and lightest weigh pack rifles you will ever see. They started with a Crickett youth rifle which they SBRed. Then they installed a Ruta Locura pack rifle stock and a custom, cut down carbon fiber wrapped barrel (also from Ruta Locura). Unity Tactical made a custom mount for a Trijicon RMR, cut down the bolt handle, and made a custom ammo holder. They also installed a suppressor and made a few modifications so the rifle would stow as shown in the image above.

The end result is an amazing little pack rifle that weighs just 1.5 pounds as shown (and with 36 rounds of .22LR on board)!

Unity Tactical

Ruta Locura


New from Attleboro Knives – The Berlin Strike Folder

The new Berlin Strike Folder from Attleboro Knives is exactly the type of EDC knife you would expect from them. It is sleek and made from premium materials but it is also stout. The influence of the Attleboro Knife fixed blade is clear in the design of this folder.

The Berlin Strike’s blade is 3.5″ from tip to scale, has an all-around useful drop point shape, and is hollow ground. The scales are black carbon fiber over a titanium frame with a frame lock. The clip can be switch for left or right side, tip up carry.


  • Overall Length – 8 ¼ in
  • Folded length – 4 ¾ in
  • Blade Length – 3 ½ in
  • Width – 1 ¼ in
  • Blade – D2 steel, hollow grind
  • Titanium Frame
  • Black Carbon Fiber Scale
  • Ambidextrous Clip w/ added Torx TM T6 wrench
  • Frame Locking Mechanism
  • Flipper Opening Mechanism
  • Functional Jimping on the blade and finger notch

Check out the Berlin Strike at AttleboroKnives.com



Gearward HemiSERE Titanium Lapel Knife

Gearward’s new HemiSERE Titanium Lapel Knife is now available. The HemiSERE is like the classic Lapel Knives of the OSS in concept but thoroughly modern in materials, ergonomics, and function.

This wafer thin, ultralight, non-ferrous knife is designed to be carried discreetly in a number of different ways. It is ground from .05″ thick Titanium/Ceramic composite that was selected to balance factors like durability, weight, and edge retention. The HemiSERE’s overall length is 3.375″ long with a blade length of 1.875″. It weighs just 4 grams!

The HemiSERE’s name comes from the hemispherical cut out in its handle. This is the key to how the HemiSERE can be gripped comfortably, retained effectively, and creates its edge forward orientation when gripped. This, coupled with its thin flat grind and Wharncliffe blade shape, allows it slash deep.

Each HemiSERE Titanium Lapel Knife comes stuck to a blank credit card with a glue dot and with 12 extra 3M glue dots. The HemiSERE is so thin and light that it may be carried with the glue dots in a variety places like under a lapel, inside a phone case, stuck to a credit card, or anywhere you can dream up.

Stay tuned for a more complete review.



Blue Force Gear to Release New Pack and You Can Help Choose the Colors

Blue Force Gear will release a new pack in their DAP line up called the Tracer. You can help decide which colors will be offered (and receive a 10% off coupon) by voting in their survey: Tracer Color Survey

The Tracer was built based on feedback from the currently available Jedburgh Pack. It is larger than the Jedburgh with more internal volume. You can see a short video preview below.


Bug Out Bag Companion: Knipex to Release 6″ CoBolt Cutters

The Knipex CoBolt Cutters article in our series, The EDC Tool Roll, continues to be one of the most viewed articles in that group. Read it here: The EDC Tool Roll: Knipex CoBolt Cutters

I guess the idea of a tool that is essentially a hand held set of compound bolt cutters is attractive to a lot of prepared citizens. Previously, the CoBolt Cutters were only available in 8″ and 10″ lengths but that is about to change. Knipex has announced that they will release a 6 1/4″ Mini CoBolt.

The Mini CoBolt Cutters will likely give up some leverage to the larger 8″ and 10″ models. It will take some testing to see if these can serve as a more compact option that are still suitable for bug out bag tasks.


RE Factor Tactical VS-17 Marking Panel

RE Factor Tactical calls their new VS-17 Marking Panel “the next evolution of the signal panel”. The 18″x11″, double-sided panel has a yellow side with a silk screened American Flag and an orange side with loop field for attaching IR patches.

It can be attached to a variety of surfaces and gear items with removable bungees at each corner and sewn in rare earth magnets at each corner. The magnets are strong enough to allow the panel to be affixed to a vehicle moving at speeds of up to 55 MPH.

The VS-17 Marking Panel includes a stuff sack for storage.


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