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Tactical Watch Cover Giveaway

I have 3 of the recently reviewed Tactical Watch Covers to giveaway. These covers are extremely handy for a number of outdoor activities and now you have the chance to win one for your favorite watch.

To Enter:

All that you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post that contains a number between 1 and 1000 and your favorite watch. Example: “332, Seiko SKX0007”

Rules:

There will be 3 winners chosen randomly. The giveaway will be open until 8PM (EST) Friday, April 8th. Please follow the instructions carefully. Incomplete entries will be discarded. Please use a valid email address when you leave a comment so I can notify you. If the same number is chosen twice, the first person who posted the number will win.

Lancer Systems L5AWM Magazines for the AR-15

Lancer Systems‘ new L5 Advanced Warfighter Magazine (L5AWM) has a very attractive combination of features.These magazines were announced just prior to SHOT Show 2011 and are now reaching dealer’s shelves.

The body of the L5AWM is made from polymer. This allows them to be made in a variety of opaque and translucent colors. It also allows an aggressive grip texture to be molded into the body of the mag.

The feed lips are made from a single wrap-around piece of steel that is permanently bonded to the body of the magazine. This makes the feed lips extremely durable. Typically, transparent plastics are too brittle to be used in magazines which causes the feed lips to break over time but this is a non-issue due to the L5AWM’s steel feed lips. The steel is PTFE coated for corrosion resistance.

The L5AWMs also feature an interior that curves continuously unlike typical aluminum USGI magazines which transition from curved to straight where they enter the magazine well. This promotes improved feeding reliability. This feature has been seen before on the venerable PMAG and it should be a welcome addition to any highly evolved Ar-15 magazine.

As with any quality AR-15 magazine, they feature an anti-tilt follower. The translucent versions also feature round count markings to help you estimate how rounds remain in the magazine at a glance. The L5AWM has all the hallmarks of an excellent magazine.

Review: Tactical Watch Cover

A watch is an integral part of the gear that we carry everyday. It can also be a significant investment that needs to be protected. I have found that time spent on the shooting range can be very hard on a timepiece so I set out to find a way to protect my watch when I train.

I came across several options. I could leave my watch at home, but I like wearing it on the range. I could also purchase and install a watch band with a built in cover. However, these watch band covers don’t really blend in an office environment which means I would constantly be swapping out the watch bands. I couldn’t find a solution that I liked until I found the Tactical Watch Cover.

Description

The Tactical Watch Cover is a simple 1 7/8″ wide black neoprene band that can be placed over your watch, band and all. The band has a 1″ diameter hole cut in the center that allows you to view the watch face. The stretchiness of the neoprene material allows the band to stretch enough to accommodate most watches. It also has a flap that can be secured with hook and loop material.

Fit, Finish, and Details

The Tactical Watch Cover seems to be very well made. It is made from a single piece of neoprene that is doubled stitched onto itself to make the flap that covers the watch face. The hook and loop material is sewn around its perimeter. The neoprene material is about 1/8″ thick and has a very slightly shiny appearance.

In Use

Neoprene is the perfect material for this watch band. It is very stretchy which allows it to move with you and makes it very comfortable. It is also excellent at protecting the watch from impact. I have worn the Tactical Watch Cover all day on several occasions and I basically forgot that it was even on my wrist.

I like to use the Tactical Watch Cover when I am running through my dry fire drills at home or when I am on the range. Training with an AK can wreak havoc on a watch. When I need to reach the bolt handle during a reload, I reach under the AK and use my index and middle finger to pull the charging handle to the rear. This has lead to several impacts between my watch and my AK. This motion can put the watch face in a precarious position, but the Tactical Watch Cover protected the face of my watch admirably.

If you break a watch band pin, the Tactical Watch Cover can retain your watch. Your watch immediately falls off of your wrist if one of the 2 watch band pins in a typical watch band breaks. If this happens at an inopportune time, you may never see the watch again. However, the Tactical Watch Cover can actually keep a broken watch on your wrist. You might not even notice the broken pin until you remove the cover.

The Tactical Watch Cover also serves to reduce the visual signature of your watch. If you don’t want glare from your watch face or glowing watch hands to announce your presence in the dark, the Tactical Watch Cover might be perfect for you. I generally don’t have to worry about my watch giving my position away in the office but there people out that that need this functionality.

Viewing your watch when the Tactical Watch Cover is in place is very simple. You can pull the flap completely open or simply push it to the side. The stretchiness of the neoprene allows you to stretch the flap enough to see the watch without undoing the hook and loop material.

Conclusion

The Tactical Watch Cover is an elegantly simple product. It is a great design that has been constructed with the perfect material. It works.

Members of the Usual Suspect Network can purchase the Tactical Watch Covers on the forum or the seller can be reached via email at fosters@socal.rr.com.

I have a few of these to give away, so keep an eye on the blog for more details.

Granite Gear Adds Tactical Line to Their Website

Granite Gear recently added their whole line of tactical products to their website. Until recently, they were only viewable in catalog form. Now you can check out all of their innovative products at GraniteGear.com.

Beez Combat Systems AK47 Low Profile Chest Rig

Beez Combat Systems (BCS) has a new AK47 specific chest rig available called the AK47 Low Profile Chest Rig. It features the ability to carry 5 AK47 magazines, a generous 14 column by 4 row field of MOLLE webbing, shock-cord pull-tab retention, and a large internal pouch for carrying various items. The included H-harness helps distribute the weight of 5 AK  mags.

I really like the design of this rig. AK mags seem to work better in odd numbers when they are carried across your chest. The closer they are to your center line, the easier it is to deal with the curve and length of the magazine when drawing it from the pouch. I usually find the center 3 magazine pouches are easiest to reach. If I were running this rig, I would use the outer 2 mag pouches to feed the inner 3 when I was rotating ammo.

Steel AK magazines are somewhat  heavy and can be very bulky when stacked on top of one another. This rig allows the shooter to carry 5 magazines without the need for stacked magazine pouches. This makes it about as low profile as you will find in an AK specific chest rig.

BCS tells me that they purposely designed this rig with very deep magazine pouches to better support the weight of the magazine. I would prefer a slightly shallower pouch for two reasons. The first is so that more of the magazine is exposed for gripping during reloads and secondly to allow the use of 20 round magazines. BCS is a custom shop, so they assure me that these modifications will be no problem. There are definitely perks to dealing with custom shops like BCS.

Even if the pouches were made shorter, there would still be plenty of room for mounting a blow out kit and some pistol mags. The large MOLLE field on the front of this chest rig should give you plenty of options for mounting additional pouches. Just be sure to resist the temptation to use every last inch of real estate.

It is great to see this kind of well thought out AK specific support gear coming to market as the AK itself continues to adapt and evolve.

UltiMAK ACR2 Multi Rail Forend System for the AK-47

I have been using the UltiMAK M1-B Optics Mount for the AK-47 for years. It is an excellent way to mount on Aimpoint on an AK.

UltiMAK makes more than optics mounts these days. I recently came across their ACR2 Multi Rail Forend System for the AK-47. There are several rail systems available for the AK but what makes the ACR2 unique is that it extends all the way to the muzzle end of the gas block.

This extra length gives you plenty of room to run your support hand out further on the hand guard if that is the way you prefer to shoot. Some shooters feel cramped on the standard length AK hand guard. The extra length will also give you plenty of room to mount a vertical grip without interfering with your magazine changes.

The ACR2 is machined from aluminum that has been hard anodized. It features attachment points made from 4140 steel. The attachment system is so rigid that UltiMAK claims that it will allow a laser aiming device to maintain zero in field conditions.

The ACR2 is available in two configurations that accommodate milled or stamped receivers.

TI-7 Tactical Buttstock

There is a new AR-15 buttstock on the market – the TI-7 from Tactical Intent. It appears to combine features from several successful stocks that are already on the market with a dash of its own unique elements.

The TI-7 has integrated storage compartments for battery storage. These tubes are placed in such a way that they enhance the cheek weld of the user. The adjustment lever is shielded from accidental contact. There are plenty of sling attachment points including a QD sling swivel receptacle.

One of the more interesting features to me, may seem mundane to others. The shoulder pad actually curls down under the toe of the stock. I use the toe of the stock to pivot the rifle up from low ready so this shape looks like it would be very functional.

The TI-7 is available for mil-spec and commercial diameter receiver extensions (buffer tubes). It is available in flat dark earth, foliage green, and black.

CCI .22 Long Rifle AR Tactical

CCI now offers a rimfire load designed specifically for AR-15 .22LR conversions. The new load is called .22 Long Rifle AR Tactical and CCI claims that it is purpose built for reliable function and increased accuracy in .22LR conversions.

It uses a 40 grain copper washed lead round nose bullet. CCI states that the lead round nose bullet was chosen for its feeding reliability from among several bullets that they tested. The copper wash should help keep leading in check for those who don’t run a dedicated conversion. The muzzle velocity is 1200 feet per second which CCI claims helps with accuracy in AR-15 .22LR conversions.

The reports on this ammo are mixed. Some say it is a gimmick while others have reported excellent reliability and accuracy. The copper wash and lead round nose bullet make sense to me, but the 1200 FPS velocity concerns me since some conversions have fairly stiff recoil springs. The only way to know whether it works for you is to try it in your specific firearm. It may be just what you need to squeak out every last bit of functionality from your .22LR conversion. It is nice to see an ammo manufacturer making the effort to support this valuable training tool.

You can find a more detailed PDF spec sheet for the .22 Long Rifle AR Tactical on the CCI website.

If you are interested in other ways to increase the reliability of your .22LR conversion, check out the previously reviewed .22 Thruster from Carlson Comps.

 

Battle Arms Development – Ambidextrous Safety Selector Cerakote

The Battle Arms Development – Ambidextrous Safety Selector (BAD-ASS) is already the best ambidextrous selector for the AR-15 on the market. It blew me away when I reviewed it but Battle Arms Development hasn’t been content to just rest on their laurels. First, they introduced the amazing short throw BAD-ASS-ST and now they are introducing Cerakoted versions of the original BAD-ASS.

Cerakote not only allows the BAD-ASS to be offered in a number of colors but also provides increasde wear and corrosion resistance. This finish should hold up to hard use very well.

The BAD-ASS Cerakote versions are available in Flat Dark Earth, Gunmetal Gray, and Olive Drab.

Review: Carlson Comp for the AR-15

Have you ever purchased and installed a compensator on an AR-15 only to find that there was no noticeable reduction of muzzle rise? There is no danger of that happening with the Carlson Comp from Carlson Comps.

The Carlson Comp is very simple and very effective. It chooses to forgo more exotic features like flash suppressor tines, crenelated strike surfaces, and rebar cutting notches in favor of pure performance. This is a compensator and only a compensator. The Carlson Comp reduces muzzle rise and it does it well.

The Carlson Comp features two large ports.

Why a Compensator?

Before I get into the review, I should discuss why you might choose to purchase and install a compensator. Compensators are devices that attach to the muzzle end of a firearm’s barrel. They redirect the gasses that escape the barrel with the bullet in a way that counteracts the muzzle’s upward movement. By reducing the amount that the muzzle moves, you reduce the time needed for the shooter to reacquire the sights. It all adds up to more bullets down range faster.

That all sounds great, but shooters should be aware that this enhanced performance comes with a cost and is not a substitute for technique. The cost is in the form of redirected sound and concussive blast. The compensator vents gasses up and to the side in order to counteract muzzle climb. Sound and concussive blast are redirected right along with the gasses. The shooter will likely notice that the firearms sounds louder. Those who are next to the shooter will definitely notice increased sound and will likely feel the concussive blast coming from the firearm. It should also be noted that even the best suppressor will not compensate for poor technique. Compensators will make a fast shooter faster but will likely not make much difference at all to the untrained.

When choosing to use a compensator, the shooter must be aware of the benefits and the drawbacks. This is true of all compensators, not just the Carlson Comp. Not all gear will work for you in all situations. Your specific mission should dictate the gear that you choose.

Installation

Installing the Carlson Comp is simple. It comes with a peel washer. I just held the peel washer with pliers while I applied heat to the washer with a lighter. The heat allows you to peel away very thin layers of the washer. You keep removing layers until the Carlson Comp lines up correctly, with the two ports on the top when it is fully tight.

Fit, Finish, and Details

The Carlson Comp is very cleanly machined and it threads into the muzzle very smoothly. It is finished with a matte black finish that matches the barrel well. It weighs 3.05 ounces, 2″ long, and 7/8″ in diameter. The Carlson Comp features two massive ports and a closed bottom.

The Carlson Comp (right) is similar in overall size to many muzzle devices.

Muzzle Rise, What Muzzle Rise?

I installed the Carlson Comp on a Colt 6520 with an Aimpoint and hit the range with some .223 ammo provided by LuckyGunner.com for this test. I started on the 25 yard line and faced down a 2/3 size IPSC silhouette steel target. I fired several single shot strings bringing the rifle from low ready to get a feel for how loud the Carlson Comp would be. It was a bit louder but not very bad at all when you are behind the rifle. Those who were nearby noted increased sound and could feel the concussive blast as they would with any other compensator.

Then I moved onto controlled pairs (2 shots, 2 sight pictures). At 25 yards and with the Carlson Comp, this was basically an exercise in how fast I could control the trigger. The Aimpoint’s dot just simply did not move off the target.

Double taps (2 shots, 1 sight picture) were a breeze. The Carlson Comp ensured that the muzzle stayed down which kept the dot on target. The Carlson Comp really changes how the rifle behaves at these speeds. Rather than the muzzle wanting to rise and feeling the rifle climb over the target, the rifle just seems to push back into your shoulder with hardly any detectable rise.

The Carlson Comp was mounted on a Colt 6520 (lightweight barrel profile) for testing.

Next, I moved back to 50 yards and ran through the same routine. I can’t tell you how much fun it is to be able to get hits as fast as you can pull the trigger because your technique is working so well with your gear. The Carlson Comp allowed for very fast controlled pairs and double taps. The controlled pairs were most telling about the performance of the Carlson Comp. At 50 yards, even with good technique, the muzzle will often lift enough that my aiming point moves up into the shoulder area of the target. With the Carlson Comp, it seems that Aimpoint’s dot never strayed from the high center of mass.

To wrap up my time with the Carlson Comp, I wanted to test how it affected accuracy. I fired 3 separate 5 shot groups with the Carlson Comp and then 3 more with the flash suppressor that I usually keep on this rifle. There was no difference. The rifle put all shots into it’s usual 3-4″. There was no difference that I could detect. I shot for accuracy from the prone position, using a backpack as a rest. It was interesting to watch the muzzle actually dip after each shot!

Conclusion

I put just over 200 rounds through the Carlson Comp. I found it to be extremely effective at controlling muzzle rise. It was so effective that the muzzle actually dips when shooting off a rest! Compensators are not for all situations, but if they fit your mission, the Carlson Comp would be a great choice.

Disclosure: Carlson Comps provided the Carlson Comp to me, free of charge, for this review.

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