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AXTS Weapons Veterans Day Sale

AXTS Weapons is having a sale to honor veterans. Until 5PM EST today (11/12/2011), if you order one of their fully ambidextrous AX556 billet lower receivers in combination with a Battle Arms Development BAD-ASS selector, you will receive $50 off the total price.

If you can’t make up your mind before 5PM today, they will be offering the same combo for $35 off the total price through November 17th.

You can purchase your AX556/BAD-ASS combo at AXTS Weapon’s website.

ETA Trauma Kit Pouch from Zulu Nylon Gear and ITS Tactical

The fertile minds at ITS Tactical and Zulu Nylon Gear have collaborated to make the most original trauma pouch to the hit the market in some time.

The new ETA Trauma Kit Pouch is designed to hold ITS Tactical’s ETA Trauma Kit. The pouch features a new, well thought out shape and design that makes it streamlined but accessible and trim but capable of holding everything you need to treat the most common killers related to gun shot wounds (Extremity Hemorrhage, Tension Pneumothorax, and Airway Obstruction).

Travis Haley of Haley Strategic just posted a video that covers the finer points of the pouch and the kit:


Joel at Zulu Nylon Gear does amazing work, not just with the design of a pouch, but with the execution. If it has his brand on it, it will be bomb proof.

The ETA Trauma Kit Pouch will be released today, November 11, 2001, so be sure to check out ITS Tactical for details.

Thank You Veterans!

Veterans,

Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for standing to protect our nation’s freedom and way of life. Thank you for your courage and patriotism.

Thank you.

New Website and New Products from EXOTAC

EXOTAC, my favorite manufacturer of amazingly well designed, modular fire starting gadgets, has a great new website and some great new products.

Among the new products are the nanoSTRIKER XL which is a larger version of the previously reviewed nanoSTRIKER. Its larger ferro rod section gives you more strikes at the cost of some extra weight and size.

They have also introduced the MATCHCAP XL which is a larger version of the MATCHCAP. The MATCHCAP series is the perfect way to keep matches completely protected from the elements until you need them. They also work well as a place to store some emergency tinder like petroleum jelly soaked cotton balls.

The new products that interest me most are the polySTRIKER and polySTRIKER XL. This is a new line of ferro rod products that features a molded plastic handle. The plastic handle features a slot that retains the striking tool so that it is safe from loss and very compact. The plastic also keeps weight and cost to a minimum. In fact, these are priced on par with many other ferro rods that don’t have nearly as nice a handle as the polySTRIKERs.

You can check out the new site and all the new products at EXOTAC.com.

 

FirstSpear Surefire Magazine Pockets

I recently profiled a new ATS Tactical shingle for the 60 round Surefire High Capacity AR15 magazines. If open top pouches aren’t your preference or they won’t work for your application, then FirstSpear has you covered… with flaps. They have new Surefire Magazine Pockets for both the 60 and 100 round Surefire High Capacity AR15 magazines.

FirstSpear was selected by Surefire to make these pouches and they will be available in coyote brown directly from Surefire. However, if you want other color options like ranger green, Multicam, or black, they are available from FirstSpear.

The pouches feature MOLLE webbing on the exterior so you can attach other pouches to them. You probably won’t want to build out too far by stacking pouches on top of these but the webbing does wrap around the sides so it may be a good place to mount a tourniquet or something else that is compact. They also feature a flap closure that covers the magazine well to protect it from the elements and retain the magazine.

The version that fits the 100 round magazine is the only pouch that I am aware of right now made specifically for this magazine. If you own a Surefire 100 round magazine, it would be prudent to have a way to carry it when it isn’t locked into your AR.

You can check out the 60 round version and 100 round version on the FirstSpear website.

Review: Flowfold Billfold

Wallets are simple things… or at least they should be. Too many wallets on the market have Velcro straps, snaps, zippers, bellowed pockets, and all sorts of other stuff that has nothing to do with organizing some credit cards, IDs, and bills. Typically, the more features a wallet has, the thicker it is and I have no tolerance for thick wallets.

Several months ago, my leather magnetic money clip type wallet began to loosen to the point that cards were falling out, so the hunt was on for a new wallet. I searched high and low for a wallet that was thin, durable, and that would retain my credit cards well. That search lead me to Flowfold.

The Black Pearl color scheme is now discontinued... too bad for you.

Not Leather and That’s a Good Thing

The first thing that you notice about Flowfold Billfolds is that they are not made from leather. That is probably obvious but it is one of the keys to what makes this such a great wallet. Flowfold makes the billfolds from sailcloth which is a great material for wallets because it is very thin, very durable, very lightweight, and water resistant.

Thin, Like Really, Really Thin

My favorite thing about this wallet is how thin it is. Back when I bought the Flowfold Billfold, I had a rough idea of when it would arrive in the mail. On that day, I checked the mailbox and was disappointed that it didn’t contain a package. I walked inside and sorted through the mail only to find that the wallet did arrive. It was packed inside a standard business letter sized envelope. The envelope containing the wallet was thin enough that it looked and felt like any one of the other letters that arrived that day. This wallet is thin and I mean thin.

It's thin when it's empty.

It is still thin when it's full of 8 cards/IDs and $12 in cash... That's right, $12 cash.

Tactical Level IV Credit Card Retention… or Something

I also like that the Flowfold Billfold’s credit card slots are basically loss proof. The bifold design keeps this wallet thin but it also allows the credit card slots to open in toward the fold of the wallet. When the wallet is folded, the card can not come out unless you pull them out. I was surprised at the number of cards that this could hold without becoming bulky thanks to the 2 separate cards slots. Each slot easily holds multiple cards rather than some designs that have a separate divided slot for each card.

ID Slots – 2 is 1 and 1 is None

There is a transparent ID slot on each side of the inside of the wallet (2 total) that is perfect for an drivers license or that credit card that you use most often. That second ID slot is especially convenient if you work somewhere that requires you to carry identification that is specific to your job.

Double ID slots all the way! What does it mean?

I Sit on This Wallet All Day and It Still Works

The workmanship is very good. All of the edges of the sailcloth are finished with nylon ribbon. The wallet may feel unsubstantial at first (especially if you are used to thick leather wallets) but that is just the nature of the thin plastic sailcloth. Experience has proven to me that this material is not unsubstantial at all. I have seen just how durable it is. My wallet started off fairly rigid but it is now breaking in nicely. It isn’t showing any serious wear and tear. It is just starting to conform to the shape of my backside.

Get One

I would be thrilled with this wallet if it was just thin. The fact that it is very durable and water resistant is just bonus. I have never owned a wallet that I actually liked until now. So it isn’t made from 7000D Multicam printed nylon, but it the best wallet that I have ever owned and that is saying something. The Flowfold Billfold would make a worthy addition to anyone’s EDC gear. It would also be a great gift for those of you who like to do your holiday shopping before Christmas Eve.

Right now, if you buy a Flowfold Billfold in the “Nori” color scheme, 100% of the profit will go to Hurricane Irene Relief which is near and dear to my heart considering what Irene did to northeast Pennsylvania where I grew up. Check out “Nori” and all the other great color schemes on Flowfold.com.

ShootersConsignment.com

My friends at TacStrike have been offering one of the coolest services around to shooters. They will consign your shooting and tactical gear! The service has been going so well, that they are splitting it off of the TacStrike site and giving it its own site.

Here is how it works. You package up all of your unwanted gear and send it to Shooters Consignment. They take high quality pictures of it and list it on their site. This gives you very broad exposure and takes all of the headaches of dealing with buyers out of your hands. When your gear sells, they pay you. It’s easy.

So if you are tired of low ball offers, stupid questions, off-the-wall trade offers, pushy buyers, people who don’t keep their word, and every other of gear selling annoyance, check out ShootersConsignment.com. Their site will be live soon. You can watch their Facebook Page for the latest information on the site.

White Sound Defense Recoil Spring and Guide Rod for Gen3 Glocks

White Sound Defense (WSD) is quickly becoming the Glock spring specialist. Many recoil spring products on the market for Glock handguns are made with the competition market it in mind but WSD is building products with more serious users in mind. They recently introduced two new products that exhibit the typical attention to detail that I have come to expect from them.

The Recoil Spring for 3rd Generation Glock pistols from WSD comes in just one spring weight that is identical to the factory spring weight found in the G17/G22 and others. This ensures reliable operation across a broad range of ammunition. The spring is made from music wire and plated for corrosion resistance. This spring is made to handle less than optimal conditions and hard use.

WSD also introduced a Steel Guide Rod for 3rd Generation Glock Pistols which has some really unique features for the self-defense/law enforcement/military user. As someone who has used non-captured guide rods in Glocks before, I really appreciate the transverse hole that lets you use your armorer’s tool to “screw” the spring onto the guide rod (see the video). I really prefer non-captured guide rods if I am going to use an aftermarket guide rod since they are far simpler than their captured counterparts.

The guide rod is also slightly extended so that it sticks out the front of the slide to act as a stand-off. This features reduces the likelihood that the slide will be pushed out of battery if the muzzle is pressed into something when you shoot. I have never seen a Glock guide rod with this feature and I really like the simplicity of it. Other companies have made stand-offs for Glocks before but they are overly stylized, overly bulky, and preclude the use of most holsters, lights, and suppressors. The WSD guide rod is purposefully designed not to interfere with those items.

In this first video, you can see the tool-less installation method of the recoil spring and guide rod. You also get a good look at how far the guide rod protrudes from the muzzle:

In this second video, you can see how incredibly easy it is to install the guide rod with an armorer’s tool or allen key:

As usual with White Sound Defense, there is a lot more thought that went into these items than I have mentioned here. Be sure to check them out on the WSD website.

ATS Triple Surefire 60Rd Mag Shingle

What if you could put 240 rounds of 5.56 down range with only 3 reloads? That sounds pretty good doesn’t it? That is what Surefire’s 60 round High Capacity Magazines for the AR-15 and ATS Tactical’s new ATS Triple Surefire 60Rd Mag Shingle let you do.

The new 60 round Surefire High Capacity magazines for the AR-15 are making a serious splash. Several high profile trainers are coming forward and saying that the mags run very well in their classes. While these mags will fit in most double AR magazine pouches, their additional length and different shape can benefit from a dedicated pouch.

The new pouch from ATS has a shingle format. There are three pouches side by side that allow you to carry 3 60 round Surefire magazines. The magazines are retained with bungee pull tabs and have elastic straps around the mid section of the magazines. It needs 6 columns of MOLLE webbing to mount which is perfect for the front of most plate carriers or chest rigs.

This isn’t the first pouch for these magazines that I have seen but it is the first shingle style pouch that I have seen. It is nice to see gear makers supporting a new magazine that has a lot of potential. Check out the Triple Surefire 60Rd Mag Shingle on the ATS website.

RADIAL Millennium Scout Light MOUNT-N-SLOT from IWC

Impact Weapons Components continues to pump out one exciting product after another. Their latest is the RADIAL Millennium Scout Light MOUNT-N-SLOT.

The RADIAL Millennium Scout Light MOUNT-N-SLOT is made to mount a Surefire Millennium Series light (and others). It is designed to allow the light to be mounted in such a way that the tail cap falls easily under your support hand thumb and the bezel of the light sits well forward to reduce shadowing by the barrel and front sight.

As with other products from the MOUNT-N-SLOT line, the RADIAL Millennium Scout Light MOUNT-N-SLOT does away with the need for rails. It can be mounted directly to the tube on hand guards like the Troy TRX Extreme and Samson Evolution. It can even be mounted between the rails of some railed hand guards.

There are many applications for a mount like this. You can find out more on the Impact Weapons Components website.

Remember to use the code “triggerjerk” at checkout to receive 5% off at IWC.

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