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Armageddon Gear Tacticooler

It’s that time again! I always look forward to when Armageddon Gear rolls out a new product because often they roll out a funny video with it. The new Armageddon Gear Tacticooler and related video doesn’t disappoint.

From Armageddon Gear:

The Tacticooler is the coolest little tactical cooler you’ll find (see what we did there?). Built with the same high-tech reflective insulation we use in our US Army issued P.U.S.S. Pad, It’s a dove stool, a gear bucket, or better yet, a beer bucket. Take it on the golf course to regain some of the man points you lost with those plaid pants and keep your cold ones frosty. It even has an expandable mesh pocket to lovingly cradle your balls. The Tacticooler is perfect for the back of the pickup, the deck of your fishing boat, or on the rack of the four wheeler for a day in the mud bog. Simply add ice and refreshments to the 5-gallon bucket (Bucket not pictured, but included with purchase!) into the Tacticooler and voila, ‘Merica!. Can be custom embroidered with your business logo, CB handle, Tinder username, favorite sports team, or just about anything else. Contact us for embroidery specifics. Like everything Armageddon Gear makes, the Tacticooler is proudly manufactured right here in the good ol’ USA!

Check out the Tacticooler at ArmageddonGear.com.


Sneak Peek: Lunar Concepts SwiftTQ + SB Tactical Brace

Lunar Concepts is teasing a new way to carry a tourniquet on your SB Tactical SBM4 Pistol Stabilizing Brace. This new version of their SwiftTQ tourniquet carrier affixes inside the brace and allows the user to quickly eject the TQ by pulling a strap from the rear of the carrier.

These are expected to be available toward the end of this week or early next week. Keep an eye on LCEquipped.com.


Primary Weapons Systems Releases Multiple New Product Lines at SHOT Show

Primary Weapons Systems released a number of new products at the recent SHOT Show. There is a lot to look forward to from PWS in 2018:

Primary Weapons Systems released multiple new product lines and updates at SHOT Show last month.

Starting with the MOD 1-M line (replacing the MK1 MOD 1-P line) with M-LOK handguards and Radian Raptor charging handles. Keeping the internals the same, the MK1 MOD 1-M line got a simple facelift. To match that, the MK2 MOD 1-M line also got M-LOK handguards and Radian Raptor charging handles.

Past the more expected updates, we take a look at the MK1 MOD 2-M line which replaces the MK1 MOD 2 line. The MK1 MOD 2-M line features not just an M-LOK handguard, but their patent pending PicLok handguard. Yes, it offers M-LOK along the entire length of the handguard, but also offers Picatinny in the front quarter of the rail. What sets the PWS MK1 MOD 2-M handguards apart, is the fact that M-LOK accessories direct thread into the handguard, meaning you don’t use the back T-nut of the accessory. This allows the shooter’s rail to truly stay as slim as possible while still offering a variety of mounting options. In addition to the PicLok handguard, the MK1 MOD 2-M line includes the Radian Raptor charging handle and Radian Talon safety selector.

For PWS customers wanting to do a quick handguard swap, we have good news! Handguards will be available as standalone items, so you can easily swap your current PicMod to PicLok.

The ALPHA line of rifles, easily differentiated by the FDE anodizing, was designed specifically for military use, but will be available for civilians. A few features of the ALPHA line are the heavier barrel profile, 1:7 barrel twist rate and gas adjustment knob in front of the handguard.

The last big release from PWS was the new PCC line in 9mm. Using a straight blowback system, taking GLOCK mags and having last round bolt hold open, PWS expects the PCC line to be a popular addition to their current offerings.

The PWS website is currently being rebuilt, but will be live by mid-February. In the meantime, customers can contact sales@primaryweapons.com for questions and purchasing.

Company Information:

Primary Weapons Systems (PWS) was formed in 2008 as a rifle component company and has since grown to be one of the largest firearms manufacturers in the Northwest. PWS initially made firearm accessories and compensators, but quickly moved into firearm manufacturing as they developed their PWS Long-Stroke Piston System which takes the operating system from Kalashnikov’s AK design and merges it with Stoner’s AR platform giving a hybrid rifle to shooters looking for a low-maintenance yet reliable and accurate firearm. PWS manufactures AR-15s in 223 Wylde, 300BLK and 7.62×39 as well as DPMS .308 pattern builds in both .308 Match and 6.5 Creedmoor- all with the long-stroke piston operating system. The PCC line of 9mm products is the only line that varies from the piston system, being a straight blowback system. Also manufactured by Primary Weapons Systems are lightweight buffer tubes, steel body buffers, accessories and a wide selection of compensators for firearms both piston driven and direct impingement.



The Wait is Over: TOPS Knives Fieldcraft Folder

The TOPS Knives Fieldcraft Folder might be one of the most important knives TOPS Knives has ever produced. It is modeled after their best selling fixed blade, it has been teased for years and hotly anticipated for just as long, and it is the first folding knife they they are producing in house. It had to be just right before they let it out the door.

From TOPS Knives:

The Fieldcraft by Brothers of Bushcraft fixed blade knife has been a #1 selling knife for TOPS since it was released and it continues to be a top seller even a few years later. Its ergonomics, modified Scandi grind, and heft have made sure that it finds its way into bug-out-bags, daily carry, and camp kits for guys all around the world. There have even been a few used in military trainings and overseas.

The folding version promises to be every bit as popular for the same reasons. While it’s larger than many folders out there right now, it carries well with a reversible tip up pocket clip. We know you’ll appreciate a blade longer than 4” in a lot of cases. The blade is made from 1095 high carbon steel. The handles are tan canvas Micarta on top of stainless steel liners. It has nearly all of the usefulness of the fixed blade, now in a folding version.

This knife is a bit of a throwback… thoroughly modern, but still a throwback. Their aren’t many modern folding knives that feature carbon steel any more (which is a shame) and check out that leather pouch sheath! How cool is that?

You can check out the new TOPS Knives Fieldcraft Folder at TOPSKnives.com.

Gadsden Dynamics Introduces Sub Gun Options

Gadsden Dynamics is now offering their Underground Partisan Chest Rig in two different sub gun configurations:

  • 6x Colt / Glock / Uzi / Mac Magazines
  • 5x MP5 / Scorpion / MPX Magazines

The rig has the same concealable, low profile design and unique harness as other Underground Partisan Chest Rigs. It can be used as a chest rig or bandoleer just by reconfiguring the straps.


Tuff Possum Gear Multipurpose Survival Scarf

Even the most basic scarf can be used in a lot of different ways but Tuff Possum Gear has added a couple of unique features that really earn the name Multipurpose Survival Scarf (MSS).

Their MSS is constructed from diamond ripstop nylon that is sewn into a tube with a closed end. The interior of the tube is lined with high visibility orange fabric so that they entire scarf may be turned inside out to serve as a visual signal. This closed end tube format allows the MSS to serve not only as a scarf but also as a number of other items like:

  • a bag for gathering materials
  • a sling bag when tied with cordage
  • a pillow
  • a pre-filter for water purification
  • a head covering
  • and lots, lots more…

You can check out the Multipurpose Survival Scarf at the Tuff Possum Gear store.

They’re Finally Here! UW Gear Bleeder and GP Pouches

UW Gear has been refining their Bleeder and GP pouches for at least 2 years and now they are finally available. They let the cat out of the bag today in a video.

These new pouches are both similar in size and construction. They are MOLLE/PALS compatible and fit well on UW Gear chest rigs. Both pouches feature UW Gear’s tuck tab closure system and sewn in drainage hole. While the GP is basically just a straight-forward pouch, the Bleeder pouch has a number of additional features like a webbing pull strap to remove contents, side webbing for attaching tourniquets or shears, and loop material for identifying the pouch as containing medical contents.

These new pouches are not on the UW Gear website yet but they can be ordered by contacting UW Gear directly. See the video above for details and visit UWGearInc.com.

Warrior Assault Systems Polymer 5.56 Mag Pouch

Warrior Assault Systems’ Polymer 5.56 Mag Pouch is available from Chase Tactical. This polymer magazine pouch is PALS/MOLLE compatible and compatible with many common 5.56 magazines. It can be rotated and locked into 12 different orientations. Tension/Retention is adjustable and the pouch is available in Black or FDE.


Sagewood Gear Universal Axe Sheath

There are a number of universal axe sheaths/masks on the market but many of them leave a lot to be desired. They often fit poorly which is dangerous with a sharp axe or they are difficult to install/remove which is also dangerous with a sharp axe.

Sagewood Gear’s Universal Axe Sheath is different. It is not as universal as some axe masks since it is actually available in sizes for many common axe bits. The various available sizes, coupled with the unique adjustable paracord retention strap and closure allow the end user to fine tune the fit to their specific axe.

The Universal Axe Sheath is made from 9-10oz Wickett and Craig Leather. The paracord retention strap can be protected from wear with a piece of included heat shrink wrap.


Review: Outdoor Research Frostline Cap

I spend a lot of time outdoors in the winter. Some of that is by choice doing things like snowshoeing or hiking. Some of that time is not by choice doing things like clearing snow off our driveway which we accomplish with a 74″ snow blower mounted to the rear of one of our tractors. If you have ever cleared snow with a tractor mounted snow blower (with no cab), you know that you end up covered from head to toe with snow as the wind swirls and shifts. This means that you not only have to deal with cold temperatures, you also have to deal with lots and lots of moisture. You are soaked in short order.

The above situation, coupled with a warmer than average year in which we have seen plenty of wintery mix, wet snow, and more than our share of winter rain sent me on a quest for a hat that was warm, purpose built, breathable, and that would shed water. Any time I am looking for a technical, outdoor-oriented cap, I start at Outdoor Research.

Here is what I needed from the cap:

  1. It had to have a synthetic outer shell to help shed moisture.
  2. It had to be warm.
  3. It had to work with a head lamp since it gets dark around 3PM here at the height of winter.

The Outdoor Research Frostline hat seemed to fit the bill and then some. I purchased one before the worst of the snow flew and I have been wearing it almost daily since. This hat is a serious multi-tasker and has done exactly what I have needed.

Dealing with Precipitation

This hat seems purpose built to deal with winter precipitation. The outer shell is constructed from breathable and water-resistant 30D Pertex Endurance fabric. After almost a full season of wear, water still beads and rolls off of mine. There can be some slight seeping at the seams when the cap is getting absolutely soaked but it is more than enough to keep my head dry in most conditions.

The Frostline also has a really well designed flip down brim. It is held up with a magnet and stiffened with a relatively soft foam (like what OR uses in many of their hat brims). The brim is short and flips down at a very severe angle which is great for keeping sun out of your eyes and channeling the water running off your hat away from your face.


This cap is warm. The Pertex Endurance outer is lined with pile fleece that has good loft and wicks well. The fleece lines the hat completely including the bottom of the flip down brim and the ear flaps (which can be folded up and secured on top of the cap when they aren’t needed).

The Frostline also has a built in facemask that tucks away inside of one of the ear flaps in a zippered compartment. It is easy to access with gloves (though putting it away is a little bit of a pain) and does a great job of keeping your comfortable when the air is so cold and dry that it hurts to breath. There is very little exposed skin when the face mask is deployed.

Works with a Headlamp

This may seem like a weird requirement for a headlamp but it gets dark very early in my area. Many caps with brims just don’t work well with headlamps. The Frostline is different. When the brim is up, it doesn’t get in the way at all. When it is down, the angle is severe enough that you can still place your headlamp above it without shadowing.

I have Outdoor Research dealers near me but none of them had the Frostline in stock for me to check out. I was able to pick up mine at Amazon on sale for about $20 less than I could find it elsewhere: OR Frostline on Amazon.

This cap has become my go to for cold weather outdoor activities and I especially like the fold up ear flaps for use with over the ear hearing protection! I like it so much that I may pick up a second one. Even my daughters have asked for their own Frostline cap.

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