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Beez Combat Systems SVD Chest Rig

One of the best things about smaller gear companies is that they can take on less mainstream projects. Beez Combat Systems (BCS) is a shining example of that with their SVD Chest Rig.

The SVD Chest Rig is a collaboration between BCS andĀ Marco Vorobiev, a Spetsnaz Dragunov marksman who has emigrated to the USA and teaches DMR tactics with Behind Lines. This rig will work with many different ComBloc DM (designated marksman) type rifles like the the SVD, PSL, M76, and the Saiga 308. It draws some very obvious inspiration from the well known Russian Chamelion SVD chest rig but it is far from a stitch by stitch copy.

10 magazine version shown in A-TACS camo

The design of the BCS SVD Chest Rig replaces the spotting scope pouch of the Chamelion with PALS webbing so that the wearer can add pouches like a blow out kit or radio pouch. The magazines are retained via an elastic pull tab system that will hold one or two magazines per pouch. You can choose between a 6 and 10 magazine version of the rig and choose your harness style (“X” or “H”). The 6 magazine version replaces the pouches with additional PALS webbing.

The biggest improvement is the construction quality. BCS uses far better materials (1000D nylon) and attention to detail than the original Chamelion rig can ever hope to have. BCS also offers a wider array of colors including all the standards as well as A-TACS, A-TACS FG, and even Russian Surpat.

The SVD Chest rig is available on the BCS website. You can read more about it and see a video review on the BCS blog. I don’t own an SVD, but this chest rig makes me wish that I did.

FirstSpear Missing Link

Gear makers often make two different versions of the same pouch – one that is MOLLE compatible and one that can be mounted directly to a duty/gun belt. The Missing Link from FirstSpear does away with the need for two different types of pouches.

The beauty of the Missing Link is its simplicity. It is just a small section of webbing with hook Velcro on one side and loops at each end that allow it to be slipped onto the integral MOLLE straps on the back of a pouch. This creates belt loops that lock the pouch in place on a Velcro lined belt like a duty belt or gun belt.

The Missing Link is patent pending and comes in packs of 6. You can read more on the FirstSpear website.

Review: Fight and Flight Tactical 4×4 Hybrid Patch Panel

You only have so much space to carry the gear that you need. The best pieces of gear will be versatile enough to serve multiple functions and maximize that limited space. The 4×4 Hybrid Patch Panel from Fight and Flight Tactical is just such a piece of gear. It is simple concept with many applications.

4x4 Hybrid Patch Panel in Coyote Brown


The 4×4 Hybrid Patch Panel is about 4″ tall by 6″ wide. The front of the pouch is covered with 4 rows and 4 columns of PALS webbing, hence the 4×4 part of the name. That PALS webbing is sewn over with loop Velcro, hence the patch panel part of the name. There are two sleeves integrated into the body of the pouch that are sized to carry a number of different items, hence the hybrid part of the name.

The back of the 4×4 Hybrid Patch Panel is also covered with PALS webbing that allows you to attach it to any other PALS webbing using the 2 included short MALICE clips. It also comes with 2 bungee retainers with pull tabs that are adjustable for length or completely removable.

Fight and Flight Tactical makes these in all the usual colors including Multicam. The Multicam version is pretty slick since printed Velcro is used to cover the PALS webbing on the front. It is cut and then realigned during sewing so that the camo pattern is intact.

Shown with a Glock 17 and Glock 21 magazine


The 4×4 Hybrid Patch Panel is very well made. The body of the panel is constructed from folded over 1000D nylon. All of the cloth edges are covered with binding tape which is always a very nice touch that increases durability by preventing fraying. The PALS webbing is triple stitched to the body of the panel. This should be a very long wearing piece of gear.

The back is identical to the front except for the loop Velcro so this 4x4 Hybrid Patch Panel is actually reversible.

In Use

The key to the versatility of this pouch is the sizing of the two internal sleeve type pouches. They are sized larger than you might expect so that they can be used to carry items like pistol magazines, multi-tools, flashlights, folding knives, medical shears, tourniquets, energy bars, or anything else that you can find to fit in the sleeves.

Even larger multi-tools like my favorite, the Multitasker Series 2, fit perfectly. The belt case on some multi-tools like the Leatherman Wave can used to turn the sleeve into a flap covered pouch.

It works very well on plate carriers or chest rigs. I don’t always carry pistol magazines on my plate carrier or chest rig since I prefer to reload from the belt but it is nice to have the option of carrying them. The 4×4 Hybrid Patch Panel can be mounted high center on a plate carrier and used much like a compact admin pouch or it can be mounted lower in much the same way that you would mount a pistol mag pouch. It can be used to carry so many different types of gear that you will only be able to determine a mounting location based on what you are carrying in it.

Knives and flashlights are easily retained by the bungee straps and pull tabs. The split design of the pull tab allows the light to be held without activating the tail switch.

It also works very well on a backpack. It lets you attach a few patches can keep your multi-tool and flashlight (or other items) handy on the exterior of the pack. I found that some multi-tools could be carried by placing their entire belt pouch into the sleeve and then the flap on the belt pouch could be fastened to the Velcro on the front of the panel. It effectively turned the sleeve into a flap covered pouch.

The 4x4 Hybrid Patch Panel can be mounted and used like an admin pouch (shown with a knife and flashlight).

I tested it with Glock 17, 19, and 21 magazines. The sleeves are large enough to easily accept the Glock 21 magazines. Glock 17 magazines work perfectly but Glock 19 magazines are just a bit too short to be able to easily remove from the pouch. The included bungee retainers work very well with handgun magazines and they are necessary to retain the magazines since the sleeves are too large to retain the magazines on their own.

I really appreciate how low profile the 4×4 Hybrid Patch Panel is when there is nothing loaded in the 2 internal sleeves. It really isn’t much thicker than most patch panels but it offers a ton of additional utility versus most patch panels. It isn’t obtrusive at all when it is empty so you won’t mind keeping it on your gear, even if it is just to hold some patches. It also saves space on your gear by virtue of all the different items that it can carry. This one pouch may be able to cover much of your admin pouch and pistol mag pouch needs.

It also works well when it is mounted and used like a pistol magazine pouch.


The 4×4 Hybrid Patch Panel is versatile enough that every person that uses it is going to be able to find something unique to carry in it based on their specific needs. It is simple and low profile enough to serve as a great patch panel until you need it for something more. This is just a very simple, well executed pouch that serves a wide variety of purposes.

Read more about the 4×4 Hybrid Patch Panel on the new and improved Fight and Flight Tactical website.

Battle Arms Development Swag Giveaway

How about a giveaway to kick off the new year? I have 4 BAD INC t-shirts and a BAD INC hat to giveaway.

Head over to the Jerking the Trigger Facebook page for more details about how to enter the giveaway. Follow the rules carefully!

Good luck and Happy New Year!


Review: White Sound Defense Glock Guide Rod

White Sound Defense (WSD) has quietly made a real name for themselves in the world of serious Glock shooters. Their previously review HRED has put them on the map in a big way thanks to its performance in helping to cure the extraction woes of some late Generation 3 and the Generation 4 Glocks. Between the HRED and their excellent Glock magazine springs, they are proving to be the Glock spring experts. Now they have focused that expertise on another spring assembly, the recoil spring and guide rod.

White Sound Defense calls their guide rod the “Steel Guide Rod for 3rd Gen 17, 22, 31, 34, 35 & 37 Glock Pistols.” For brevity sake, I will refer to it as the WSD Guide Rod. The WSD Guide Rod shows all the typical attention to detail that I have come to expect from WSD. While most manufacturers are content to make a stainless steel rod that fits the dimensions of a guide rod, WSD applies their experience in materials to enhance function.

Better Materials Make Better Parts

Rather than make their rod from stainless steel like nearly every other guide rod on the market, they chose 4340 alloy steelĀ for its toughness and slightly better corrosion resistance than other carbon steels.Stainless steel can actually be a poor choice for a guide rod because it runs the risk of accelerating corrosion (galvanic corrosion) when kept in contact with a non-stainless steel spring. Then, to make the WSD Guide Rod just as corrosion resistant as the rest of your Glock, WSD has the guide rods finished with a ferritic nitrocarburizing process (otherwise known as Tennifer or Melonite). The end result is a corrosion resistant and very tough recoil guide rod that has a blackened finish.

Captured Versus Non-Captured

WSD also weighed whether or not to make this a captured or non-captured spring module. Captured units retain the spring via a small screw and washer that is threaded into the muzzle end of the guide rod. Their advantage is that they offer the ability to change springs, with a fair amount of difficulty, while being easier to take in and out of the gun, but this comes with additional complexity and a weaker guide rod due to the large threaded hole in the end. Non-Captured units are harder to insert into the position under the barrel but they make changing springs easier and they are made from one solid piece of steel.

In the end, WSD went with the simpler, more reliable method which is the non-captured approach. They did add a small transverse hole near the end that allows the user to insert a paper clip or similar object (I found it to be too small for an armorers tool, contrary to what WSD states) and wind the spring onto the guide rod. It works incredibly well and makes installation a snap. There are also ways to insert the spring and guide rod without an any tools in the field. It actually isn’t that hard at all.

Beer Gut Resistant

The most striking thing that you will notice about the WSD Guide Rod is that it extends out the front of the slide about 1/4″. This allows the guide rod to act as a CQB stand off in the event that a contact shot must be taken. Semi-auto handguns, like Glocks, can be pushed out of battery and rendered unable to fire when the muzzle is pressed into something (or someone). Many attempts have been made to dress Glocks up with “CQB Stand Offs” before which usually ended up with the Glock being adorned with something that looked like a meat tenderizer hanging of the front. I suppose that these devices worked in some sense, but they also brought their own problems. They precluded the use of weapon mounted lights and suppressors and worse, they could actually magnify the out of battery problem if clothing became trapped between the device and the slide. Now it has become difficult to even find those old meat tenderizers since serious users found that a pistol mounted light made a pretty decent stand off device. Unfortunately, I don’t always carry my Glock with a light installed.

The WSD Guide Rod is a far more sensible approach. It can’t get caught on clothing or anything else thanks to its well rounded edges. It will still allow the use of lights and suppressors and it does provide some protection from pushing the slide out of battery. The simple addition of 1/4″ worth of steel adds some useful functionality to the Glock for users who need this type of functionality.

In Use

I have somewhere between 250 and 270 rounds (I flubbed up my logs) through a Gen2 Glock 17 with the WSD Guide Rod installed. I have been using it in conjunction with WSD’s recoil spring which deserves some text devoted to it. The spring is flat wound and coated to prevent corrosion. They also match the spring weight of the Glock recoil spring modules. It handles much like the factory unit thanks to the matched spring weight and I saw no degradation of reliability with this spring.

The WSD Guide Rod and spring was completely reliable in my testing. I had no stoppages. Time will tell more, but I wanted to put at least 250 rounds on it since that is a typical “break in” period. There was no undue wear on the barrel, slide, or guide rod.

I didn’t notice any real change in how the Glock shot. The Glock 17’s muzzle seemed to stay just as flat under recoil as it does with the factory unit. There was no measurable change in my split times.


This guide rod and spring have proven to be reliable so far. Their construction and finishes are a testament to White Sound Defense’s experience with various materials and attention to detail. I can’t say that it makes a noticeable difference in how I shoot but it does give me stand off functionality that my Glock did not have before. Now that I have proven to myself that I can trust it, I have added it to my full time carry Glock. Since I do not carry with a light attached, it is comforting to have the stand off functionality that it offers. If you are a Glock user that prefers a steel guide rod, then this one is about as well thought out as it gets.

Check out the Steel Guide Rod for 3rd Gen 17, 22, 31, 34, 35 & 37 Glock Pistols on the White Sound Defense website.

Manticore Arms NightBrake Now Available in 14x1L and 1/2×28 TPI

I am currently testing a Manticore Arms NightBrake for AK pattern rifles with 24mm threads and I am very impressed so far. So, I am glad to see that Manticore Arms will now be manufacturing the NightBrake for 14x1L thread patterns (common for AK-47s) and 1/2×28 TPI (the standard for AR-15 pattern rifles).


The addition of the 14x1L version will make the NightBrake available for most AK pattern rifles. 14x1L is the most common thread pattern for AKs and Manticore Arms already makes the NightBrake for the second most common thread pattern which is 24mm.

1/2x28 TPI

The 1/2×28 TPI version brings the NightBrake to the AR world. It is hard to say without trying one but based on my experience with the 24mm AK version, the NightBrake should perform very well on an AR.

Both of these new versions of the NightBrake will be available from Ratworx. Stay tuned for the full review of the 24mm version of the NightBrake.

Mountain Ridge Gear Redesigns the TMP-W

Mountain Ridge Gear’s TMP-W (Tactical Man Purse – Wide) was the subject of one of the very first reviews that I ever posted on this blog. Mountain Ridge Gear has made some small improvements since that review. Now, Mountain Ridge Gear is performing a major overhaul of the TMP-W with even more improved features. You have to love it when a company continues to improve their product.

The most noticeable improvement to the new iteration of the TMP-W is the laptop sleeve. In the previous version of the TMP-W, there was a large internal mesh pocket. That has now been replaced with a padded laptop sleeve. The sleeve is covered with loop Velcro so that you can add additional Velcro backed pouches to the face of the laptop sleeve.

The new version of the TMP-W also features an improved rubberized bottom panel. The new panel improves water resistance and is easier to clean so you can set your bag down without fear of picking up dirt and grime.

Check out the new bag on MountainRidgeGear.com. If you don’t need a laptop sleeve, there are a limited number of first generation Coyote Brown TMP-Ws on clearance for a great price right now.

This video shows all of the new features:


New Cobra 1.5″ EveryDay Belt Colors from Jones Tactical

Jones Tactical is well known for their belts and the Cobra 1.5″ EveryDay Belt is one of the most popular models. It can’t be beat for all day gun carrying comfort. They are used by some pretty serious people but did you know that the belts are available in some less than serious colors?

Buyers of Cobra 1.5″ EveryDay Belt buyers will now have some eye catching options for the accent webbing. Firemen will love the red webbing, while female shooters might want to check out the pink or purple. If you are a member of the Usual Suspect Network, you will really like the toxic green option.

There are plenty of options so make sure you check out the Jones Tactical website and get in touch to see if they have your favorite color.

Trigger Jerk Discount: Save $40 on a SIRT Pro Training Pistol

If you thought it would be nice to own one of the recently discussed SIRT Training Pistols and now you find yourself with some Christmas cash burning a hole in your pocket, you are in luck. The folks at Next Level Training have extended a special offer to Jerking the Trigger readers. You can save $40 off the price of the SIRT Pro Training Pistol if you enter the coupon code “jerkingthetrigger” at checkout.

It pays to be a Trigger Jerk!

Merry Christmas from Jerking the Trigger!

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23

Merry Christmas from Jerking the Trigger!


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