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MagPod Delays

I have good news and bad news about the highly anticipated MagPod. The good news is that the people behind MagPod are dedicated to getting it exactly right. The bad news is that getting it exactly right can take a while. The MagPod product launch has been delayed. This is the announcement from MagPod:

ANNOUNCEMENT:

We are going to have to delay launch of MagPod until probably October; the reason is because material selection has not been finalized, and we are still planning to make at least one more round of short-run mold prototypes for beta testing before committing to production.

Thanks for your understanding.

Based on my experience with a prototype, the MagPod will definitely be worth the wait. Keep up to date on Mag-Pod.com and the MagPod Facebook page.

SIGMA Project Plates – More Details

GAMMA+ Plate shown with Shellback Tactical Banshee PC

I have received more details on a story that we broke yesterday about the upcoming SIGMA ballistic armor plates. Body Armor Outlet sent along these specs:

  • Dimensions: 10″x12″
  • Weight: 5.5 lbs.
  • Multi-hit
  • Stops: 7.62x51MM NATO, 7.62x39MM, M855, M193
  • Operating temperature: -50F to 200F

These are very similar to the listed specs of the TAP GAMMA+ plates that the SIGMA is based on. I should have more details soon and video of the testing that I can share. I should also have a plate coming that I can test. Stay tuned.

Thank you Body Armor Outlet for the additional details.

Fight and Flight Tactical Defilade

There are tons of backpacks on the market that are designed to conceal handguns. There aren’t many that can conceal and handgun and protect you from ballistic threats. The Defilade from Fight and Flight Tactical can do both.

The Defilade is a compact backpack that can be used to organize and carry all sort of standard everyday items. However, it can also carry a ballistic plate (and/or a soft armor plate backer) and a handgun. The plate and soft armor are carried in a slip pocket that is inside the main compartment of the bag. The handgun is carried in a pouch that is accessible from three different locations (right, left, and top) so that the bag is completely ambidextrous. The back of the bag has two loops that allow you to slip the bag on like a centurion’s shield. With practice, transferring the pack from your back to your arm and drawing your handgun can be relatively quickly. I suspect that the pack could also be worn on your front using the backpack straps if you needed to free up use of your support hand.

There are two version of the Defilade available – Tactical and EDC. The Tactical model features external MOLLE webbing for adding additional pouches and a detachable “tail gate” which is like a beaver tail storage area that can be used to secure a rifle or other bulky items. The EDC model has no external MOLLE or tail gate which gives it a more innocuous appearance.

Both models have airmesh on the harness for comfort, hydration ports, external sleeves for clipping items like knives and flashlights, and internal Velcro for adding organization. The exterior dimensions of the bag at 17x12x5″ so there is a fair amount of space for gear even with a handgun and rifle plate on board.

Check out the Defilade at Fight and Flight Tactical.

Maximizing Your Fitness

More and more people in America are getting serious about physical training for health reasons, image, increased capability, and being prepared for tougher times down the road. If you’re serious about being prepared, you realize that one of the most important “tools” at your disposal is your physical body. Stewardship of the body is not just important for overall health, but also essential as the foundation for accomplishing any grueling task.

You don't need fancy gear to get fit.

You may have a lot of questions if you are just starting on the road to fitness. Where do you start?  Is running, weight lifting, or calisthenics the best answer? How do you avoid the stagnancy that tends to creep into your workout? I found a good answer to these questions a few of years ago at CrossFit.com. For those of you not familiar with the concept, the CrossFit program creates functional fitness through the controlled chaos of a widely varied exercise program. I will warn you that it is not for the faint of heart! Ever tried doing 150 pullups as PART of your workout? How about 400M of walking lunges? Maybe you’re one of those guys who can effortlessly bang out sets of double unders as you blow through your workout. I haven’t even talked about BURPEES yet (once you’re familiar with sets of them, the mere word strikes fear in the heart of even very fit men)!

You can make a lot of the gear that you need for CrossFit.

Let me break it down for you. Your old workout program – after completing a set of bicep curls, you stroll over to the pec deck while consuming an energy drink and try not to be too obvious as you check yourself out in the wall mirror. Crossfit – after finishing a murderous combination of box jumps, medicine ball throws, and 800M runs you kneel down in the grass and vomit. After some water and rest you’re good to go and ready to take on your day. That pretty much sums it up.

The rig may look like a torture device but it is actually for dips.

I will admit that even though this program has made up the foundation of my physical exercise plan for the last few years, I still wouldn’t call myself a total CrossFitter. I train at home on a mix of hand made and factory produced equipment instead of at a CrossFit gym. I also incorporate regular runs into my program instead of always doing the WOD (workout of the day). I definitely don’t hold myself to the very strict diet that is an integral part of the program. I mean, hey, you’ve got to reward yourself for that killer workout, right? Regardless, I’ve seen incredible gains as a result of CrossFit and after just under three years of grinding it out there is no stagnancy to be found.

Kettlebells and medicine balls are extremely versatile.

How do you make an aggressive PT program like this really work for you? Here are a few of my tips for beginner:

  • Start off by scaling the WOD instead of trying do it Rx, as written.
  • Incorporate something you LIKE to do for exercise, such as running, biking, hiking, etc, and make it part of your weekly rotation instead of always doing the WOD.
  • ALWAYS watch the helpful instructional videos available on the site before doing an unfamiliar exercise.
  • Understand going into it that you will need a substantial amount of equipment if you want to complete most of the workouts at home. That being said, a lot of it can be done with a place to run, a pullup bar, and some basic weights/equipment.
  • Bad form is never good exercise and injuries take a long time to recover from. I don’t attempt some of the more complex olympic lifts because I don’t have the back ground and am not comfortable with the form. Don’t let this scare you off as much can be accomplished by just adapting the CrossFit mentality and adapting it to a workout regimen that is good for you.

Before I started this program I was doing the typical running/weight lifting combo and I was definitely in a rut. I’m very glad I gave CrossFit a try and I encourage you to get started and check out their site!

Fenix RC10

The Fenix RC10 is Fenix’s first rechargeable flashlight. PredatorEDC was able to get their hands on one early and provide it to YouTuber Patriot36 for a full review.

Get your own Fenix RC10 on PredatorEDC.com.

New GAMMA+ Rifle Plate Replacement – The SIGMA Project

The TAP GAMMA+ ballistic plates have been extremely popular over the last several months thanks to their lightweight, performance, and their extremely reasonable price. I posted about them in one of the most popular posts ever on JTT – High Value Armor Set Up. Unfortunately, there was only a limited supply of these plates and they are already becoming very scarce.

TAP GAMMA+ plate shown with a Shellback Tactical Banshee PC

GearSnake recently posted a history of the GAMMA+ plates that is very informative and wrapped up the post with a rumor about a new plate that is in the works to replace the GAMMA+ called the SIGMA. I reached out to Ray Bellia at Body Armor Outlet and was able to get even more information. This is officially no longer a rumor.

Body Armor Outlet is behind the new project. They worked with a manufacturer to reverse engineer the GAMMA+ plates and improve them. They will also be the exclusive distributors for the new plate and it will retail in the $300-350 range. The plates are currently being tested and marketing is slated to begin in about a month. I have no information on the improvements at this time but I will keep following the story as it develops.

Why We Train: Pass It On To Your Kids

One of the most important aspects of firearm ownership is properly passing on this heritage and mantle of freedom to the next generation. Of course, the first and most important step is to properly instruct your own children.

Imagine yourself in the following situation: armed home invaders are inside your residence and you have retreated to the bedroom with your children and have attempted to block the door. However, despite your best efforts, the brigands force their way inside, start shooting, and strike your 11 year old boy in the hip. Those seem to be nearly insurmountable odds, but this 11 year old boy has plenty of fight left in him. He was able to shoot one of the home invaders in the neck, critically injuring him and causing the other to flee.

They say “Don’t Mess with Texas” but I think there’s more to it than that which brought about this amazing end to the story. I don’t have any details on this incident besides the brief overview released in the news story, but I’m betting somewhere out there is a very proud papa who properly trained and equipped his son.

While bed wetting liberals around the country couldn’t possibly understand the rationale behind providing firearms for children and training them how to properly use them, I for one am very glad to hear this story of a family where the torch of freedom is being passed. Children are usually a lot more capable than we give them credit for. Range time and responsible firearm ownership being taught in the home is a great way to strengthen relationships and harness the abilities of our children. Say a prayer for this family and injured young hero, and take every chance available to be part of creating a lasting legacy of liberty in your home!

See the story and short video here.

TacStrike Turn Key Target Packages

No one makes it easier to buy steel targets and target stands than TacStrike. Their new turn key target packages include everything you need to start building your own set of training tools for your range. The people behind TacStrike are trainers themselves so they know a thing or two about setting up a range.

They have packages that should appeal to a broad range of users, from casual shooters to instructors. Check out the turn key target packages on TacStrike.com.

Review: ZAGG invisibleSHIELD

I have used a ton of different clear screen protectors in an effort to get more mileage out of my electronics, especially the ones that I use outdoors. For the most part, they were all found lacking. They would either peel, shrink, or discolor. Then I found the ZAGG invisibleSHIELD. They aren’t the cheapest screen protector on the market, but they are the first one that I have found that actually works well enough to be worth any amount of money.

I have one on my cell phone which has been in my pocket for more than a year with no signs of distress. The previous screen protector that I used started peeling in days and quickly had pocket lint stuck to all the edges. It was a mess.

I put them on all of my GPS units as well. I really enjoy orienteering and these units can really take a beating. The plastic screens that GPS manufacturers use scratch and scuff easily. It only takes a couple of days of use before the scuffs can start to make the screen less readable.  The invisibleSHIELD shrugs off scuffs and scratches easily that would otherwise damage a GPS.

They are extremely clear and do not seem to change the readability of the screen that they are protecting. In fact, they can enhance readability in some cases. It seems to fill in shallow scuffs. I have a GPS with some scuffing on the screen that can’t be seen through the invisibleSHIELD.

Installation is easy and, unlike most screen protectors, the invisibleSHIELD comes with everything you need to install it yourself (a spray bottle of lubricating solution, a lint free cloth, and a small rubber squeegee). I even keep the lint free cloths so I can tuck them into my gear. They are great for wiping down binoculars and rifle scopes in the field.

Electronics from GPS units to smart phones to tablet computers are becoming more and more common in the field. These items aren’t cheap so it is prudent to protect them. Check out the ZAGG invisbileSHIELD screen protectors.

Patch Collecting: 2 Cent Tactical Patches

2 Cent Tactical is the best thing to come out of Canada since poutine (and that is pretty high praise). Ryan and company run a great blog that is full of fair reviews and solid pictures. They also happen to have a killer logo that looks great on patches and were kind enough to send me a bunch for my collection. I especially like the glow in the dark versions.

Be sure to check out 2 Cent Tactical. You can purchase your own 2 Cent Tactical patches at EDC Canada.

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