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Lost Mountain Iron Works

Lost Mountain Iron Works (LMIW) makes some of the most feature rich knife sheaths that you will have see. It really isn’t fair to call them sheaths because that doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of their functionality. They are really more like packs that also happen to hold a knife.

LMIW offers some very full featured sheaths.

They have three models that serve various sizes of knives. The Works Pack is essentially an organizer style pack that accepts a kydex knife sheath. It allows to build a compact, knife-based survival kit. The interior features mesh pockets that let you stash your gear but still be able to see it. The Works Pack also features an external pocket. There are also elastic loops on the exterior for lashing additional gear. A tool hanger allows you to attach a small tool like a fire steel. The entire pouch can be attached to a larger pack, chest rig, or any thing else with MOLLE webbing. This pouch might be the ultimate E&E kit.

The Works Pack from LMIW

The interior of The Works Pack allows the user to organize their survival gear.

LMIW also makes two longer sheaths for larger fixed blades – the Footlong and the J. Holmes. These sheath feature a kydex insert for holding the knife and two large external pouches. The pouches are sized to hold Altoid sized tins or several small items. They are also MOLLE compatible.

All the LMIW sheaths are MOLLE compatible.

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Review: NukoTools Punch Ring

The NukoTools Punch Ring actually looks relatively innocuous.

The NukoTools motto is “Leave an Impression” and the Punch Ring certainly lives up to that motto.

The Punch Ring is a discreet, last-chance impact tool that is designed to make punching more efficient and devastating. To use it, you simply place your index or middle finger through the large hole and make a fist. It features a sharp chisel edge on the front that comes to a slightly rounded point. This sharp edge extends forward of the user’s fist when the tool is gripped properly. This edge will cause deep bruising and lacerations when it contacts flesh. It serves to concentrate the force of the punch over a much smaller area which causes more damage. This edge also makes the Punch Ring useful for raking the face rather than just punching.

The back of the Punch Ring is wide (about 1.25″) to spread the force of the impact over a larger area of the user’s palm. The Punch Ring is thinner (.214″ thick) than some knuckle type impact tools but that may be a price you pay for such a compact and discreet tool. This rear edge can also be used when to inflict pain when trapping , squeezing, or raking your opponent’s arms, face, and ears.

One side of the tool is left smooth which helps you to index the tool, even when you can't see it.

The NukoTools logo is just as clever as the tool.

To fit with its discreet mission, the Punch Ring is made from G10. G10 is a laminate material that is extremely durable and non-metallic. One of the sides of the Punch Ring is textured which can help you index the Punch Ring without actually being able to see it if you are carrying it in your pocket. Every corner of the tool that will come in contact with the user’s hand has been carefully beveled to reduce discomfort. The Punch Ring also has a small hole that allows you to attach it to your keys or add a lanyard.

I used the punch ring on various materials that I could get my hands on. The edge is sharp enough that it can be used to cut paper and packing tape. It is surprisingly sharp. It sinks easily and deeply into several layers of corrugated card board. Dry wall gives way readily. Even soft wood is no match for the punch ring. The thin material that the Punch Ring does cause some discomfort to the palm when really getting behind a punch but it did not injure me in any way and it serves to keep the tool concealable and discreet. It is important to remember that this is a last-ditch option. There was absolutely zero damage to the edge from any of the materials that I used the Punch Ring on.

The corners that will contact the user are nicely beveled for comfort.

The leading edge is beveled to cause maximum discomfort for the person on the receiving end.

If you are looking for a compact, light weight, discreet, tool that will give you an edge in a sticky situation then the NukoTools Punch Ring may just be for you. Check them out on the NukoTools blog. These would make perfect stocking stuffers!

If you want to learn more about the effective use of tools like this, I highly recommend reading and attending training from Modern Combative Systems.

Familiarize yourself with the legality of such tools in your area before purchasing.

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Proud to Be Part of the GunUp Blogger Network

Jerking the Trigger is now part of the GunUp Blogger Network. GunUp is a one stop shop for information about guns of all kinds and I am proud to be part of their group of gun bloggers.

GunUp also happens to be giving away a year’s worth of free ammo! You can learn more about the contest on the GunUp website.

Elzetta ZSM

There is no shortage of shotgun light mounts but the vast majority of them are poorly made barrel clamp designs. These mounts often lack the necessary surface area to hold the light securely to the barrel without shifting under recoil and position the light in such a way that a coiled tape switch must be used to activate the light.

The new Elzetta ZSM clamps to both the magazine tube and the barrel. It has plenty of surface area to ensure that it is absolutely stationary under recoil and serves to support the extended magazine tubes that are prevalent on today’s shotguns. It can also be mounted just forward of the fore end which allows the user to active the light with the support hand thumb. The ZSM is versatile enough to fit just about any serious shotgun on the market any and any light with a .70 to 1.05″ outside diameter. That includes most popular lights from Surefire, Streamlight, and Elzetta’s own excellent ZFL-M60.

The ZSM is made from glass-filled polymer which means it is not only extremely tough but also very light weight. There are two models of the ZSM; a standard version and a thumb screw model which allows the ZSM to be detached and attached without the use of tools. The ZSM can also be purchased as a complete kit which includes a 235 lumen Elzetta ZFL-M60 light.

Visit the Elzetta website for more information.

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Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance

December 7, 1941 – A day that will live in infamy.

As we take a moment to remember the lives lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor, Jerking the Trigger would like to thank all the men and women in our nation’s Armed Forces for your service and sacrifice.

The-Knife-Connection Handle Kits Now Available for the ESEE3

The new ESEE3 Handle Kits look much like the previous ESEE4 models (pictured above).

The-Knife-Connection’s excellent Handle Kits are now available for the ESEE3. I recently reviewed the Handle Kits for the ESEE4 and I was very impressed. They are more contoured than the flat slabs that come standard on the ESEE knives and offer some extra length. The ESEE3 should really benefit from these TKC Handle Kits since it is thinner than the ESEE4. Some people with large hands find the ESEE handles to be a little short so the extra length of these scales can be a definite plus for some users. There are several color options available, including some new subdued colors.

TKC offers these individually so you can retrofit your current ESEE knife or they have a very cool “Build Your Own ESEE” option. You can choose your blade color and handle color. You can also choose from TKC’s selection of ESEE sheaths, both OEM and custom leather.

Check the new Handle Kits out at The-Knife-Connection.

Keep an eye out for TKC’s Izula scales sometime early next year.

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Mountain Ridge Gear Utility Bags

Mountain Ridge Gear is offering a set of all three sizes of their handy Utility Bags. These are simple duffel type bags that can be handy for organizing just all kinds of gear.They would be perfect for car kits, range bags, or even for the gym.

The vast majority of duffel bags on the market are poorly made junk. These Utility Bags are made to the same high standards and with the same quality materials as other Mountain Ridge Gear bags like the previously reviewed Tactical Man Purse, which means they are bomb-proof. These bags feature beefy YKK zippers, storm flaps over the zippers, and tubular webbing for the handles.

These are sold in a set of all three sizes or individually, but you save $10 if you buy the set. Check them out at Mountain Ridge Gear’s website.

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Giveaway: IKH SLAP Patch

Derek at I Kick Hippies (IKH), maker of the SLAP, generously provided 10 of his awesome new SLAP Patches for a giveaway! I have 5 of each of the 2 color schemes (black/gray and Multicam). That means that 10 lucky readers will get their own IKH SLAP patch.

There will be two ways to win. I will give away 5 patches here on Jerking the Trigger and 5 patches on the Jerking the Trigger Facebook Page.

Enter on the Blog:

Leave a comment on this post contains the following…

  1. A number between 1 and 2000
  2. The phrase “I want to kick hippies too!”

Enter on Facebook:

All you have to do to enter on Facebook is “like” Jerking the Trigger on Facebook (like the page, not the giveaway link). The winner will be chosen randomly from all those who “like” the Jerking the Trigger Facebook page.

Rules:

The giveaway will be open until 8PM (EST) Monday, December 20th. Please follow the instructions carefully. Incomplete entries will be discarded. Please use a valid email address when you leave a comment so I can contact you. If the same number is chosen twice, the first person who posted the number will win.

Good luck everyone!

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GPS File Depot

GPS technology has come a long way. My first hand held GPS had a basic base map with major roads and no expandability. It could tell you where you were and where you had been, but it wasn’t always useful for telling you how to get where you wanted to go unless you could walk in a straight line. Now hand held GPS units have evolved to the point that they have touch screens, incredible accuracy, and the ability to display complex topographic base maps. These base maps make the GPS infinitely more useful but they tend to be relatively expensive unless you know where to look.

I recently came across GPS File Depot (GPSFileDepot.com) which is an online repository for free GPS map data from around the world. They have topographic maps, detailed road maps, trail maps, land usage maps, and several other types of very useful maps. I have downloaded several maps that have all been accurate and easy to use. The amount of useful data that is available on this site is staggering.

Keep in mind that these maps represent a significant amount of work on the part of the creators so if you download you may want to consider donating to the site.

If you want to get the most out of your GPS, check out GPS File Depot.

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PWS ARC 10/22 Magazine Release Lever

Image courtesy of PWS.

PWS is venturing into the world of 10/22 accessories with their ARC (Advanced Rimfire Components) series. One of the first ARC offerings is an extended magazine release lever that is different from anything I have seen before. Several companies make extended magazine releases for the 10/22 that make it easier to release the magazine with the support hand, but the ARC Magazine Release Lever allows the user to actuate the magazine release with the firing hand while maintaining a firing grip.

The ARC release runs along the front of the trigger guard and has a wide tab that sits within reach of the trigger finger. The shooter simply extends the trigger finger forward and pushes the lever in order to drop the magazine.The entire lever still looks very compact and PWS claims that the magazine will not release accidentally.

The PWS website has more pictures and details.

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