web analytics

Patch Collecting: AO Medium Speed Moderate Drag

Advanced Outfitters (AO) has one of the best taglines in the business and it is a well known fact that great taglines make great patches. From the moment that Kevin at AO first uttered “Medium Speed, Moderate Drag,” he must have know it was destined for patch greatness.

The patch features green embroidery on a tan background. The “Medium Speed, Moderate Drag” tagline is embroidered on the face of the patch as is the AO website address. I like that this patch feels a little like an inside joke since most people have no idea what “High Speed, Low Drag” means so this patch is actually somewhat low profile.

You can contact Advanced Outfitters through their website, on Twitter, or on the Usual Suspect Network.

New Attack Racks from US PALM

The original AK Attack Rack from US PALM is widely regarded as one of the best AK specific chest rigs on the market. Now there are two new versions of the Attack Rack for shooters to choose from – the AK Attack Rack V2 and the Multi-Platform Attack Rack.

Both of the new Attack Racks share some features including the ability to add level IIIA soft armor. This is a feature not often seen in chest rigs. The Attack Rack with ballistic insert provides a very broad area of coverage. Both Attack Racks also have similar horizontal handgun magazine/flashlight/multitool pouches.

The AK Attack Rack V2 offers a nice alternative to the original AK Attack Rack. The V2 adds the features mentioned above as well as a few other notables. The fronts of the AK pouches now feature MOLLE webbing for the attachment of additional pouches. The 4 handgun magazine pouches on the sides of the original are now replaced with MOLLE webbing so that the user can add items like a general purpose pouch or first aid kit. There will also be optional accessories available like medical and general purpose pouches sized to fit the side MOLLE fields perfectly and a universal holster insert.

The Multi-Platform Attack Rack supports weapons other than the AK. It can carry 5 AR-15 or .308 magazines. The entire front of the Multi-Platform Attack Rack features a uninterrupted MOLLE webbing field for attaching additional pouches. It can also accept the universal holster accessory.

Check out the whole line of Attack Racks on the US PALM website.

Review: Fiocchi 7.62×39 FMJ

To my knowledge, none of my AKs have ever digested a single piece of brass cased ammo… until recently. The folks at BulkAmmo.com offered to send me some Fiocchi 7.62×39 123 gr. FMJ for testing and I jumped at the chance.

This Fiocchi 7.62×39 123 gr. FMJ features boxer primed brass cases. The boxes are marked “Made in Hungary.” I was given 2 boxes that contained 20 rounds each which isn’t a lot of ammo for a test but I was able to form some immediate opinions.

My first impression was that the ammo looked much, much nicer than the typical AK fodder that I shoot. The cartridges were clean and seemed to be consistent in overall length (not always the case with some 7.62×39).

When shooting, my impression was that it seemed a bit hotter (sharper recoil) than some of the steel cased ammo that I typically shoot. This was also seen when I checked the targets since the Fiocchi ammo’s point of impact (POI) was higher than that of the typical steel cased ammo that I shoot. I am actually very pleased that this is the case since much of the steel cased ammo on the market is under-loaded. There were no signs of over pressure.

The ammo was also noticeably more accurate than what I typically shoot. In the target picture above, there are two groups. The photo above shows two distinct groups. The lower 8 shots were shot relatively quickly from a rest at 50 yards. Accuracy was good save for the two pulled shots at 3 and 4 o’clock. I made some adjustments, slowed down, and fired a final 3 shot group (I generally prefer 5, or better yet, 10 shot groups, but I was out of ammo). Those are the 3 shots that you see around the bull. The rifle used was a converted Saiga with an Aimpoint H1 mounted on an Ultimak rail. This rifle shoots well with good ammo and the Fiocchi proved to be good ammo.

It looks nice and it shoots well, but I was probably most struck by how clean it was. This ammo is not nearly as smoky as much of the steel cased 7.62×39 that is on the market. It also doesn’t smell as bad. Steel cased ammo often smells terrible, almost like cat urine, when it is being shot but the Fiocchi smells normal. With the lack of smoke and smell, it should come as no surprise that this ammo shot much cleaner than steel cased ammo. There was very little clean up to be done after 40 rounds of the Fiocchi versus 40 rounds of steel cased ammo – granted, it was just 40 rounds but the difference was noticeable.

40 rounds is a small sample size with which to form an opinion on the quality of ammo, but the hallmarks of quality are there. This Fiocchi 7.62×39 ammo is clean and consistent externally, it features boxer primed brass cases, it shoots accurately, and doesn’t leave a mess. It is definitely a very different and much better experience than what I am used to with the typical steel cased ammo on the market.

You can check out this Fiocchi 7.62×39 and other 7.62×39 Ammo at BulkAmmo.com.

Disclosure: This ammo was sent to me by BulkAmmo.com, free of charge, for review.

Revision Military BATLSKIN Video

Revision Military released a new video that outlines the details of the BATLSKIN for AUSA. In the video there is a brief explanation of how the system works and a few of the various accessories are seen.

Interestingly, this is not necessarily a new idea. The military has long seen the value in full face protection as evidenced by helmet prototypes of the past like the Model 8. The BATLSKIN is certainly better executed and more practical than past attempts at more broad face coverage for warfighters. A protection system like the BATLSKIN could probably prevent a number of injuries and deaths.

You can find more information on the BATLSKIN system on the Revision Military website.

Blue Force Gear Helium Whisper

Blue Force Gear (BFG) is already known as an innovator within the realm of tactical gear but their next product line has the potential to fundamentally change what we think we know about tactical gear.

BFG embarked on Project Helium Whisper in order to deliver durable gear that is very light weight. The key to the extreme weight reduction is the technology that BFG uses to build the pouches. The backings on these pouches are CNC-laser cut from a single piece of extremely lightweight and strong material. By cutting the backings from a single piece, many of the challenges associated with producing (alignment and assembly) a typical MOLLE backing are eliminated. Even the markings are laser etched into the material so that the additional weight of a tag is unnecessary. The results are pouches that weigh as little as 50% of what current issued MOLLE pouches weigh.

The BFG Helium Whisper line has the potential to be nothing less than revolutionary in terms of construction and weight reduction. This is definitely something that you will want to keep your eyes on.


Stag Arms 3G

3-Gun competition, especially the rifle component, has really taken off recently. It was really only a matter of time before manufacturers began to tailor products specifically to this market. Stag Arms is the first production AR-15 manufacturer that I have seen market a new AR-15 specifically to 3-Gun competitors.

The new Stag Arms 3G has many features that are popular with 3-Gun competitors. the difference is that they come standard on the rifle instead of as custom additions. These features include a 18″ stainless steel fluted heavy barrel with a 1 in 8″ twist. The barrel also features a 5.56 chamber, rifle length gas system, and it is threaded for a muzzle device.

The rifle also features a Samson Evolution free float hand guard, Geissele Super 3-Gun Trigger, Magpul ACS stock, and Magpul MOE pistol grip. This is a very well appointed rifle. Users can also add an optional set of Dueck Defense Rapid Transition Sights.

The rifle component of 3-Gun can be a fairly practical form of rifle completion. It often involves solving scenarios with targets anywhere from contact distance to several hundred yards. It has served as a breeding ground for many practical techniques and pieces of gear that have found their way into the military/law enforcement realms. So, it should come as no surprise that this rifle has the potential to be useful for more than just competition. It actually looks like it could be a great semi-precision or hunting set up in addition to its obvious role as a 3-Gun rifle. In fact, if you think about it, 3-Gun rifles like the 3G are not all that different from the military SPR concept.

You can find more information at the Stag Arms website.

Ares Armor Aspis Plate Carrier

The new Aspis Plate Carrier from Ares Armor is designed to do just two things – carry plates and accept MOLLE pouches. That is all any plate carrier really has to do. Any extra material that would complicate or hinder these two functions has been stripped away, leaving just a compact, lightweight, and functional piece of gear.

Many lightweight carriers on the market now use 500D nylon to achieve their light weight. The Aspis is made from 1000D nylon yet it still manages to weigh less (less than 2.5 pounds) than some plate carriers made from 500D nylon. The side of the plate pockets that faces the user is lined with spacer mesh for comfort.

The external cummerbund is removable and has the ability to add soft armor. It consists of two sections tied together with shock cord which allows some flex for comfort. There is also an adjustable internal cummerbund that is not removable. The internal cummerbund utilizes side release buckles for quick donning and doffing.

Fitting it’s spartan design, the Aspis shoulder straps are not padded but there will be optional shoulder pads available. There will also be an optional 3 magazines insert for the kangaroo pouch and the Aspis will work with Ares Armor’s Plate Carrier Silencer. Additional features include a drag handle on the rear plate pocket and hook material covered webbing on the top of the front and back plate pockets.

I am glad to see more options like this coming to market. As a non-military and non-law enforcement shooter, a simple carrier like the Aspis makes a lot of sense. It allows the user to carry everything they might need for a carbine course without the extra bulk or cost of more complicated plate carriers.

The new Aspis Plate Carrier from Ares Armor is now available for pre-order from Ares Armor at a discounted price. It can also be pre-ordered from PredatorARMAMENT who will have versions with Multicam and A-TACS camo matched webbing.

Patch Collecting: Bourne Ultimatum CRI Patch

I am always on the lookout for patches that are low profile. Even if my favorite model of handgun is the Deathbringer 5000, I don’t necessarily want a patch on my office bag that advertises that fact. Sometimes a subtle patch, like this this Bourne Ultimatum CRI Patch, is best. You get to enjoy your patch collection without advertising to the world that you are a part time ninja.

If you are familiar with the Bourne series of movies, specifically Bourne Ultimatum, you will know that the CIA has a front business called Controlled Resources International or CRi in the film. The logo for CRi is visible briefly in the movie. This is where Usual Suspect Network user jhyphen got the inspiration for the patch.

There have been at least two runs of this patch. The first had black text on a gray background. The most recent run has gray text on a black background. Sadly, I believe all of these patches are now sold but there may be plans for another run. If they become available, I will let you know.

Review: SEREPICK Executive Kit

The Bogota Entry Tools and Bogota Titan Entry Tools are not only some of my favorite pieces of gear that I have ever reviewed but they are also the most popular pieces of gear that I have ever reviewed in terms of page loads. Once you actually use them, it is easy to see why they are so popular. They work extremely well. These Bogota Entry Tools allow someone with no lock-picking experience to bypass locks with just a little practice.

The new SEREPICK Executive Kit pairs the Bogota Entry Tools with 2 handcuff shims, a diamond wire blade, and a svelte case to create a very attractive, very simple, and very effective set of E&E tools. All of these tools are extremely simple to use and very effective. In this review we will take a look at each of the components individually.

Bogota Titan Entry Tools

The Executive Kit comes with the Bogota Titan Entry Tools. The “Titan” in the name indicates that these are crafted from titanium. Since I have already reviewed these before, I will just hit some of the high points. Please refer to the full reviews of the Bogota Entry Tools and Bogota Titan Entry Tools for more detail.

The Bogota Titan Entry Tools are well suited to this set due to their titanium construction. Titanium is a fitting material for a set that is designed to be so elegant. Titanium is non-ferrous which makes these tools very difficult to detect on their own (the handcuff shims and diamond wire blade are ferrous so they may be easier to detect). The extreme corrosion resistance of Ti makes it well suited to a kit that will be carried often and used little. The Bogota Titan Entry Tools are the heart of this kit.

Handcuff Shims

If you have never used handcuff shims, you will be in for a wake up call. They can be used to open nearly any set of handcuffs unless they are double locked. They are extremely effective and extremely easy to use. In fact, they are easy enough to use that, with just a little practice, they can be used behind your back.

The shims are made from spring steel so, while they are extremely small and thin, they are fairly tough. I used the same shim to open cuffs over and over again with no deformation or damage to the shim at all. The spring steel also provides the right amount of rigidity and flex that is needed to force and finesse the shim into the ratchet mechanism of the cuffs. Other handcuff shims that I have used have not held up nearly as well as these from SEREPICK.

To use the handcuff shims, you must first know which side of the cuffs has the ratchet mechanism. This can be determined by touch or visually by locating the key hole or ratchet teeth on the swing arm. The ratchet mechanism will be on the same side as these items. Then it is a matter of simply inserting the shim in between the swing arm and the ratchet mechanism to disengage the teeth. Once the shim is in place, the cuffs will fall open.

Diamond Wire Blade

The 70mm diamond wire blade is a very interesting and versatile addition to the kit. It is probably the easiest piece of the kit to use but it also requires the most patience. It is just what it sounds like – a piece of fairly rigid wire that is impregnated with diamond dust. The result is a tiny blade that can be used to saw through anything that is less hard than diamond, which is just about everything.

I used the diamond for a number of tasks to get a feel for its capabilities. I used it to do the initial opening of a an AK-47 rear sight before switching to wider file to finish the job. It worked quite well for this, much like the diamond jewelers file that I typically use for the task. I also decided to cut through a hardened steel 1/8″ hex wrench with a timer running. It took about 25 minutes to get about halfway through and just under 50 minutes to get to the point that it was compromised enough to bend and break.

That is a long time, but this is a last ditch item. It is actually quite impressive that a short piece of wire and some diamond dust can cut through hardened steel. The applications for this are nearly endless.

SEREPICK Executive Case

The case itself is really impressive. It really sets this kit apart as a classy item that is worthy of its “executive” moniker.

It is made from bicast leather and features 3 cells – one cell for each tool. The tools are retained by a flap that tucks into a band to close. The flap is tapered to make it easy to tuck into the band.


The SEREPICK Executive Kit can get you out of ugly situations and looks good in the process. It builds on the capabilities of the Bogota Entry Toolset with two additional tools that are equally as effective and simple to use. It is so slim, small, light, and cool that it would be at home in anyone’s briefcase, EDC bag, or E&E kit.

Check out the SEREPICK Executive Kit on the SEREPICK website.

Disclosure: The item was provided to me by SEREPICK, free of charge, for review.

Elzetta Lights: Water Resistance Test

If you are familiar with Elzetta flashlights you are likely already familiar with how tough they are. You can literally drive nails with them.

Their extreme durability extends far beyond just the sort of impact resistance that it takes to survive driving nails. They are also extremely water resistant. In fact, even if water breaches the o-ring seals and completely fills the light, your Elzetta light can continue to function.

The sealed Malkoff LED module is one of the keys to this level of water resistance. Even though water may breach the body of the light, it cannot access the LED or the electronics.

This is a tremendous capability. O-rings crack, tear, and deteriorate over time. Everyone has had the experience of a once water-proof watch or flashlight allow water to enter unexpectedly. It is comforting to know that even if this happens to your Elzetta, you will probably still have a functional light.

Powered by WordPress. Designed by Woo Themes

%d bloggers like this: