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Alonso Defense is Now Ciguera Gear Company

Alonso Defense is changing their name to Ciguera Gear Company. The change appears to mark a shift toward a new product line of high quality, affordable outdoor gear. They are still offering the Emissary Gun Belt for which they are well known.

Stay tuned for updates.


New from Bushcraft Outfitters – Koretemp Hooded Poncho Liner

Bushcraft Outfitters’ Koretemp line of lightweight, modular, multi-use shelter components is about to receive a very interesting addition – the Koretemp Hooded Poncho Liner. This insulated poncho liner has features that make it extremely versatile as both a stand-alone insulation layer or for enhancing your existing outdoor kit.

The Koretemp Hooded Poncho Liner is made in the USA from from mil-spec quilted batting faced by coyote fabric, webbing, and thread. It weighs 40 ounces and is 62″ by 93″. It has an integrated hood with drawstring closure, a sewn in chest pocket, and 2″ channels at the top and bottom that can be used to close the ends into a foot box.

All of those features mean that the Koretemp Hooded Poncho Liner can be used in a number of ways. You can cinch up the hood and a foot box to use it like a warm weather top quilt (like a sleeping bag). It can be used inside the Koretemp Poncho as an insulated bivy or hung over head to protect from the heat of the sun. It can be used as an insulation layer that can be quickly be donned over your thinner shell layer and pack when you take breaks on the trail or stop to glass for game. Even if you already have a well sorted out sleep system, the Koretemp Hooded Poncho Liner can serve to increase the temperature rating of your sleeping bag.

Regular poncho liners are already very useful as I am sure you are already aware. With the addition of a few thoughtful features, Bushcraft Outfitters has taken that concept to the next level.

The Koretemp Hooded Poncho Liner will be available soon (and will likely sell out fast) at BushcraftOutfitters.com.

27-Round Glock PMAG Now Available & More Stock Updates

ABERDEEN, N.C. – (February 2019)- Proven Arms & Outfitters has the new Magpul PMAG 27 GL9 in stock and available online and at all locations.  The PMAG 27 GL9 is 27-round Glock 9mm magazine compatible with all full-size, compact, and sub-compact double-stack Glock 9mm variants with some protrusion below the grip.

Sig Sauer FOXTROT365 Weapon Light for P365 is now in stock and available online now and in stores soon!  The FOXTROT365 mounts to the P365 models.  The weapon light is ideal for home defense, law enforcement or military applications and should fit most holsters designed for handgun lights.

FN 509 Midsize w/Night Sights is now in stock and available online and in stores soon!  The 9mm pistol ships standard with 15-round capacity and is compatible with all FN 509 magazines with use of a sleeve.  It is the ideal upgrade for your EDC needs.

Don’t miss the Winter Clearance Sale, all Magpul Apparel is 50% off or more!  Virginia and Tacoma locations have 5.11 Tactical Outerwear at 40% off!

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Stay tuned and look forward to more exciting announcements coming from Proven Arms & Outfitters very soon!

About Proven Arms & Outfitters:

Proven Arms & Outfitters is a leading supplier of apparel, gear, and firearms to Enthusiasts, Law Enforcement, First Responders, and Military professionals. We have the PROVEN selection of products designed to help you perform at your peak.  For a complete and current outfit for your weapon, build out existing kit, or gear up for your next adventure, choose us for our practical knowledge, experience, extensive selection, and exceptional customer service. 

Visit one of our two Proven Arms & Outfitters locations, find us on the web at ProvenOutfitters.com, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

FragTuf Enhanced Shotgun Cards from D-Rmor Gear

Shotgun cards typically have elastic loops for retaining the shells. This works well unless the elastic starts to stretch out a bit. D-Rmor Gear’s new FragTuf Enhanced Shotgun Cards replace the elastic with MIL-A-A-55301 IR/Berry compliant webbing.

The FragTuf Enhanced Shotgun Cards also feature a hook material backing so they can be mounted in a variety of locations including on the shotgun itself. They have a hank pull tab to make it easier for the user to peel the card from the loop surface. Like most things that D-Rmor Gear makes, the critical seams are dual-stitched mil-spec Nylon and mil-spec Kevlar thread.

Check out the D-Rmor Gear website for more details: D-Rmor Gear.

It’s Not Just Because They are Cheap… Why Mora Knives?

I recently wrote an article about the Mora Robust and Companion Heavy Duty (click here to read), two knives that I see as some of the best values in the extensive Mora line and some of the best values on the knife market, period. I tout these two knives as a great option for those who have been hesitant to try Mora knives due to preconceived notions about the lightweight, inexpensive knives being fragile.

I received two emails after the article went live. One was from a long time reader who bought a Robust on my recommendation. The second email was less than approving. To put it nicely, reader Allen K. expressed his concern that I was going to “get someone killed” by recommending Moras and accused me of being “cheap”. He was genuinely upset.

My initial reaction was to treat this like any other of the weird emails or comments that come along with being on the internet. As I thought more about it, it seemed like a great opportunity to articulate some thoughts that I have had for a long time – thoughts about why even with all the expensive knives I own, even knives of my own design, you will probably find a Mora in my pack.

Weight – This is pretty straight forward. I am not talking about some kind of subjective balance or feel. I am talking about the measurable weight of the knife. A Mora Robust weighs 5.07 ounces and it is one of the heavier Moras thanks to it’s thicker blade stock. That is a full 2-3 ounces lighter (and in some cases a lot more) than a typical full tang knife of similar size. I am interested in saving weight for anything that have to carry on my back or belt. If you are worried about breaking one, you could carry two Moras and still weigh yourself down less than some full tang knives.

Function – I need to do two things with a knife in the outdoors – cut random things and process wood for fires. I can do both with a Mora and do them well. The Scandi grind used on Mora knives is well known for how it cuts wood. They are thin enough to cut well and they work really well for their intended purpose. In fact, they outperform many popular knives on the market in this regard. Many makers seem to have lost sight of the fact that knives should cut. Morakniv hasn’t.

Ergonomics – Mora Knives typically have excellent ergonomics. The handles tend to be comfortable and hand filling. They offer positive grip that works well with wet or gloved hands. Moras also typically have unobtrusive guards and they tend to bring the cutting edge all the way to the handle which increases leverage and efficiency (and thus safety) in power cuts. These are knives designed by people who use knives.

Quality – These are actually well made knives. They typically come with a good edge that can be easily refined further by the end user. Morakniv uses 12C27 hardened to HRC 56-58 or UHB-20C hardened to HRC 58-60 (basically 1095 carbon steel) and that is just in the lower end knives. These are high quality steels taken to hardness levels that provides very good performance.

Basically, you choose a Mora for ALL THE SAME REASONS YOU WOULD CHOOSE ANY ANOTHER KNIFE! Moras tend to be good quality, high performing knives, that also happen to be extremely inexpensive.

I understand that there is something of a mental hurdle here that takes a little bit of effort to get over. We live in a world where good things are rarely cheap. We also have a lot of romantic ideas about survival with a knife or how we think we will use a knife in the outdoors.

Mora knives are usually more than enough knife for me

TALON Grips for G48 and G43X

TALON Grips already has your G48 and G43X grips covered. They have their die-cut, adhesive grip tape available in both their regular sandpaper texture and their pebbled rubber texture (which I use on my G43 and like quite a bit).

Check out TALONGrips.com.

Review: Streamlight TLR-7

Streamlight’s TLR-7 is their first entry into the compact, EDC weapon light market that has come about recently. Most of the lights in this space are giving up something in terms of output, runtime, and ergonomics to their full size counterparts. The best lights try to balance all of these factors. How well does the TLR-7 balance all of these considerations? Let’s dig in.


  • Weight: 2.41 ounces
  • Length: 2.1″
  • Width: 1.2″
  • Output: 500 lumens
  • Runtime: 1.5 hours
  • Battery: 1x CR123A

Observations from Use

I will say up front that I really like this light with one caveat. Unfortunately, that caveat may be a big one for some shooters.The TLR-7 is the right kind of compact. It is built around a single CR123A battery and closely matches the width of many popular modern handguns. It isn’t just easy to carry. It’s very comfortable to carry. By matching the width of most handguns, Streamlight has made a light that can actually make your handgun MORE comfortable to carry. The holsters for this light, with something like a Glock, are often very flat and slab-like which seems to reduce hot spots… for me at least.

The output (500 lumens) and runtime (1.5 hours) are great and Streamlight nailed the beam shape. Some compact weapon lights have beams that are obviously very slanted toward illuminating objects at close range. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but Streamlight has developed a very balanced beam pattern for the TLR-7 that offers a broad and bright hotspot with a generous spill beam. It is a great compromise between an “across the room” beam and an “across the parking garage” beam.

The TLR-7’s mounting system is solid, low profile, and adaptable. It comes with a variety of cross bars to accommodate just about any handgun. The locking disk can be turned with a flat blade screwdriver or an improvised item like a coin.

I especially like the lockout bezel feature on the TLR-7. Most light makers just tell you to back the bezel off the light in order to prevent accidental activation during storage or transport. Streamlight actually installed a tactile detent on the TLR-7 so you can feel when you hit the lock out point and the bezel is then less likely to back itself off any further during transport.

And now for the caveat… Streamlight designed this light to be compact and as you might expect, it’s activation paddles are also compact. Unfortunately, some users will find them too compact and difficult to reach. I lock the support hand wrist which places my thumb forward and high. Reaching the paddles and pushing them forward is not difficult for me with my medium sized hands… but it definitely isn’t as easy as a full sized weapon light. If your hands are smaller or your grip places your thumb further back on the grip, you may have difficulty operating this light.

I strongly recommend getting your hands on one these lights before you buy to ensure that it will work for you. If it does, I think you will be really pleased with it. I have just over 1200 rounds through my G19 with this light mounted with about 450 of those while actively testing the light. The light is working like second-nature to me with minimal adjustment to my grip but it is easy to for me to see how this might not ever work for some people.

Wrap Up

The TLR-7 offers a LOT of performance for a compact weapon light. The output and beam shape are excellent. The lock out feature is well executed and clever. If your grip and hand size will accommodate this light, I think it is a fine choice.


Modular Holster System from Regular Guy Tactical

Regular Guy Tactical has opened pre-orders for their new Modular Holster System. To say that launching an injection molded item as your first product is ambitious would be an understatement but this holster has more than enough clever features to merit taking a look.

The Modular Holster System can be worn as an AIWB holster with integral magazine holder. It can also be worn with just the holster in AIWB, IWB, or OWB configurations. When worn in the AIWB with mag holder configuration, the holster and mag holder are both adjustable for height and cant. Both the magazine holder and holster are mounted to a wide curved plate that spreads the pressure of the holster over a wide area on the wearer’s body for comfort.

The holster is tensioned with o-rings. This very clever feature makes it easy to adjust the tension by adding, removing, or swapping o-rings and there is no hardware that requires thread-locking compound just to maintain your desired tension.

Finally, this holster should benefit from the process of injection molding. It has a smooth outer profile and won’t have some the issues with breakage from flexing that similar kydex holsters can exhibit between the holster body and magazine pouch. Regular Guy Tactical has even taken the time to design countersunk screws into the mold so that they can never contact your handgun. This isn’t just a kydex holster that has been shoved into an injection molder. They really seem to be leveraging the advantages of the technology to improve their product.

The Modular Holster System is available for the Glock 17, 19, 45, and similar sized Glocks along with the Sig P320.

Check out RegularGuyTactical.com.

Mission Spec Releases XL Version of the EC2 Plate Carrier

Mission Spec has released the EC2-XL™, the larger version of the standard Essentials Carrier 2.  As the name implies this carrier is designed specifically for XL sized (e,x)SAPI (or like) armor plates (not included).

Just like the standard sized version, the EC2-XL includes native support for industry standard chest rigs (with the addition of 2 QASM buckles), dual tourniquet holders, dual pen/chem-light/medical gloves storage, cable and hydration routing options, rear pack hangers, and simulated PALS sewn into the semi-elastic side straps for extra MOLLE pouch support. Excluding armor, the EC2-XL weighs 29 ounces and is constructed from 1000D CORDURA (500D for MultiCam; Black, Arid, Tropic).

Note: The above video was produced with a standard sized EC2.

The EC2-XL is fully compatible with other Mission Spec products such as ShoulderSavers™ (all versions), FlankSavers™, and MagRack5™. Inserted armor is always kept at the highest possible position inside of the plate bags due to the EC2-XL’s armor suspension system.  All armor weight bypasses the CORDURA® layer and is loaded directly onto the internal webbing structure.

Available now in the entire line of standard colors and patterns offered by Mission Spec.  Custom colors and patterns along with other customizations are possible on a case by case basis. Contact Mission Spec if needed. 100% designed, tested, and manufactured in the United States with US sourced components and Berry Compliant.


ANVL Products UKON Mounts

New company ANVL Products has been showing their new UKON mounts for Micro Aimpoints (and similar sights) and the Trijicon RMR leading up to and during SHOT Show. The UKON mounts come in two heights. The UKON 1 is their low offering and the UKON 2 is high enough to clear lights and lasers.

These mounts feature integrated back up iron sights. The rear notch sight is machined into the mount itself and the front is a standard AR-15 style adjustable front sight. The mounts are serrated on the rear face and heavily skeletonized to reduce their weight.

The UKON 1 and 2 are already available for the RMR. The Aimpoint Micro version will be available soon.

Click to visit: ANVL Products

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