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Novekse Lower Receiver – 5.56 Gen2

The new Gen2 lowers from Noveske are now available on select Noveske rifles and at Rainier Arms as stripped lowers. This looks like one heck of a lower receiver.

Image property of Rainier Arms

The most immediately noticeable feature of the new lower is the huge, flared magazine well. It looks like you could park your car in it. A magazine well that is this flared and over-sized should really help speed reloads and make up for the times that you get a little bit sloppy.

The lower accepts all standard pins and parts except the trigger guard and its associated parts. It is forged from 7075 T6 aluminum and mil-spec hard anodized. All of the hallmarks of quality are here, just as you would expect from Noveske.

You can visit the Rainier Arms website for ordering info on stripped lowers or the Noveske website to see the lower on their rifles.

Exclusive Deals on Armory Racks

In my recent review of the 8 gun version of the Armory Rack from RJK Ventures LLC, I mentioned that there would be some exclusive savings for Jerking the Trigger readers (Trigger Jerks). Well, I have some good news. The exclusive savings are here and they are generous.

Before you hit the special website that Armory Racks set up just for Trigger Jerks, they have asked that those who take advantage of this deal “Like” their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.

Once you have taken care of that, you can click here to visit the exclusive Armory Racks website for Trigger Jerks. You can use the site to purchase the 4 and 8 gun versions of the Armory Rack and their associated trays at a discounted price along with free shipping. You will save over $17 on an 8 gun Armory Rack with tray!

High Value Armor Set Up

There are many good reasons to own body armor. Some training courses may even require it, especially if there is a “shoot house” component to the course. Heck, I’ve seen enough unsafe boneheads at the range to make me want to wear armor just to go plinking.

Many people never purchase armor because they think it is expensive and, for the most part, they are right. It is expensive. However, sometimes it is not as expensive as people think. If you know where to look, you can get into a plate carrier and plates for around $400. I am not talking about a bottom of the barrel, less than ideal set up either. A quality armor set up is attainable for around $400 (maybe even less than $400).

The Shellback Tactical Banshee PC and TAP Gamma Plus Plates are a high value combination.

Plates

Many people who are on a budget purchase steel rifle plates. These work but they do have some downsides. The two biggest downsides are that they are heavy (often 8 pounds or more each) and they tend to have issues with spall. You don’t have to settle for steel plates. In fact, you can do much better for the about the same amount of money.

There are plates on the market right now from a company called Tactical Armor Products (TAP) called Gamma Plus plates. These are brand new NIJ level III stand-alone plates. “Stand alone” means that they don’t need soft armor to provide level III protection. Level III protection means that they will stop all common rifle rounds except purpose built armor piercing projectiles. They have even been tested by noted ballistician, Dr. Gary Roberts. They weigh less than 5 pounds a piece and can be purchased for $150 each (or less in bulk).

I purchased mine and several for friends from Ray at BodyArmorOutlet.com. Ray was great to deal with and really helped me out on a bulk purchase of these plates. You might find even better deals on these plates in his Ebay store under the name: auction_one_b.

Carrier

There are several plate carriers (PC) on the market that are fairly cost effective. Many of the $150 or less carriers are either slick carriers with no provisions to add pouches or off-brand knock-offs that are worth a dime. One sub-$150 carrier stands out from the crowd.

The Banshee PC from Shellback Tactical is easily the value leader. It can be purchased for $95-$130 including shipping and you get a lot of features, functionality, quality, and performance for that money. I won’t do a full review now but I will touch on some high points.

Most PCs in this price range have shoulder straps made from webbing only and you have to purchase pads if you want them. The Banshee comes with nice padded shoulder straps. It is very well made and constructed from 1000D nylon. It can be worn with the removable cummerbund or with simple side straps if you need a low profile option. It is extremely compact but offers more than enough MOLLE webbing to configure into a very useful PC. It is also made here in the US and backed with a lifetime warranty. I really can’t say enough about this PC.

I purchased mine from Ares Armor and I highly recommend them. However, right now you can get a significant discount as a Facebook fan of Shellback Tactical. If you miss the Facebook deal (runs through 9/9/2011), buy it from Ares Armor. They offer a great price and great customer service.

Conclusion

The above combination of plates and plate carrier will give you an armor set up that weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 13 pounds (before you add pouches) and costs you around $400. That is certainly beats getting shot by some bubba in your carbine class who can’t keep his finger off the trigger and his muzzle down range.

Patch Collecting: BAD INC Patch

BAD is good. It’s like the 80’s all over again.

The new patch from from Battle Arms Development (BAD) features their smiling bomb logo. Its a great logo, that makes a great patch. The patch features a Multicam color scheme and is quite large at 3.5″ x 2″.

If you want to show your love of the best AR-15 selectors on the planet, head over the Battle Arms Development website and pick up your own BAD INC patch.

Review: Armory Rack (8 Gun)

You may have noticed that guns safes are not cheap. You may have also noticed that no matter how large a safe you buy, it seems you outgrow it nearly as soon as you install it. It is easy to end up with too many guns and not enough space. You could buy a new, bigger safe or you could find a smarter way to store your guns. You could find Armory Racks.

Armory Racks are metal handgun storage racks that let you maximize the space that you already have. They are made from extremely sturdy heavy gauge metal wire that is powder coated. Instead of inefficient “U” shaped brackets that hold your guns in place like most rack designs, the Armory Racks use a post that slips inside the handgun’s bore. The bore of the handgun is protected from scratching and wear by the powder coating and a very tightly fit red plastic tip. The handguns are positioned vertically, with the grip presented to the user. This design also holds the handguns up off the surface that the rack is sitting on which allows you to store additional items underneath the handguns.

More Guns, Less Space

In practical terms, the 8 gun version of the Armory Racks allows you to store at least 8 handguns in the same amount of space that 4 handguns would typically take up. It holds at least 8 handguns in about the same amount of space that most other handgun rack designs hold only 6 handguns.

Notice that I said “at least” 8 guns in the paragraph above. The design of the Armory Racks allow them to accept an optional tray in the space underneath the handguns. This tray can be used to store ammo, magazines, accessories, or whatever else you can fit. It also allows you to store… more guns! In my Armory Rack right now, I have 12 guns stored neatly. That is 12 guns in the same amount of space that I was storing 4 before. That is just too cool.

The accessory tray will hold 4 compact handguns easily.

The para-cord outline in this picture represents the footprint of the Armory Rack. With the Armory Rack, you can store at least 8 guns in the same amount of space.

Its All in the Presentation

In addition to the space saving design, there are several other features to love about the Armory Rack. Most importantly to me is how it presents the handguns. They are held in a position that presents a full firing grip to the user. Because the handguns can swing side to side on the posts, they easily hinge out of your way when you reach in to grab a specific handgun. Armory Racks let you store a handgun in a way that is secure and immediately accessible.

When you reach in to access a handgun, the others on either side swing out of your way.

Handgun mounted lights are no problem for the Armory Rack. It easily accepts handguns with the light attached. This allows me to store my “nightstand” gun loaded and ready with a light attached. That is a very important feature to me.

Armory Racks will even let you store handguns that are still in their holsters. If you have an open bottom holster, you can slip the handgun onto the post while it still in its holster. This keeps the trigger protected and stores your carry gear in one place so it ready for the next time you leave the house.

The Armory Rack handles allow you to pick up the whole rack, handguns and all, and move it easily. You can also run a cable lock around the handle on one side, through the trigger guards, and around the handle on the other side in order to effectively lock all of the handguns on the rack. I have had a shooting instructor comment to me that this set of features would be handy in his handgun classes where he likes to have an assortment of handguns for new shooters to try.

New Coating

I have found that the powder coating and plastic tip on the metal posts has been more than sufficient to protect the bore of the handgun from metal-to-metal contact. In fact, the bore barely contacts the post while you are placing your handgun on the rack. Most of the contact is with the red plastic tip. However, some people have concerns about undue wear on the bores of their handguns. Armory Racks will now offer an additional neoprene coating for the posts that should ease your mind (if you had any concerns in the first place).

These red plastic tips are fit extremely tightly to the post in order to prevent loss and protect your handgun's bore.

Conclusion

Armory Racks are the most practical and efficient handgun storage option that I have encountered. They maximize your space while actually enhancing accessibility. I really don’t know what else you can ask of a handgun rack.

You can read more about these racks and check out the 4 gun version on the Armory Racks website and Facebook page.

Special Pricing for Trigger Jerks

Stay tuned for details on special pricing and free shipping on Armory Racks exclusively for Jerking the Trigger readers.

Disclosure: This product was provided to me by Armory Racks, free of charge, for review.

Labor Day

I hope you have a restful Labor Day. While you are grilling and enjoying family, take a moment to think about those who are deployed away from their families, unable to take a day off.

Happy Labor Day from Jerking the Trigger.

Patch Collecting: Ti Element Patch

If you are a member of the Usual Suspect Network, you know C who is a member there. If not, you may know C from PeskyHumans.com. C has made patch making into an art form – literally. He occasionally turns his pop art paintings into amazing limited edition patches.

One of his patches that isn’t based on a painting is the Ti Element patch. As you well know, titanium makes everything cooler. That goes for patches too.

This patch features Titanium as it appears in the Periodic Table of Elements. The atomic symbol, atomic number, and atomic weight are all there. It’s like you ripped the patch right off of a Period Table of the Elements and stuck it your hat, or backpack, or whatever you decide to stick it to.

Sadly, this patch is sold it out. But you may still be able to find one on the secondary market. If there is another run of them, I will let you know.

Customize Your Kits

The compact size of the nanoSTRIKER makes it a good choice for compact kits.

Buying an off the shelf survival or first aid kit can be very convenient. Purchasing one of these kits can also save you money since they are often less expensive than buying all of the individual components separately. However, once you have a kit, you aren’t necessarily as ready as you can be. These kits can almost always benefit from customization by adding, removing, or replacing various components.

There are a number of reasons to customize a kit. The two reasons that I customize a kit most often are to make it more complete or to make it more specific to me, my location, or my activities. Off the shelf kits are the kit designer’s idea of a good kit. It may be that their kit will work for you, but it is more likely that you will need to add or remove items to better reflect your idea of a complete kit based on your training and personally tested techniques.

You can add functionality without adding weight. Look for compact, multi-functional tools like the SAR Global Tool ECLIPSE Signal System.

If you purchase a blowout kit and find that it contains a bandage that you may not be familiar with in your training. It would make sense to replace that bandage with a similar product with which you are familiar. Maybe the kit lacks a tourniquet or extra gloves. Survival kits can be enhanced by adding gear and information that is specific to your location like a small map and magnetic declination statistics. You may want to add redundancy by including another fire starting method. The scenarios are nearly endless.

Don’t be afraid to tear that newly purchased kit down and rebuild it with different items. Your end goal is to make the kit work better for YOU.

Triton from X-Concealment

X-Concealment is a relatively new Kydex bender. I am thoroughly impressed with their “C” Series Holster which I reviewed recently. They recently introduced a new modular magazine/flashlight pouch called the Triton.

The Triton pouch is modular so that the user can configure it to carry as many as 3 Glock magazines or 2 magazines and a flashlight. The backing plate is what actually attaches to your belt and the the pouches are attached to the backing plate with 4 screws per pouch. Since the pouches are modular, you can decide how to position them. That means that you can run your magazines and flashlight in any position on the backing plate.

The magazine pouches are only available for 9mm/40SW/357SIG/45GAP Glocks at this time. They have adjustable tension. Their design allows them to be completely ambidextrous.

The flashlight pouch is designed to hold any 1″ diameter light (Surefire G2, G2L, G2X, etc) in the bezel up position. It has a self-tensioning design with a relief cut that should allow it to be a bit forgiving of lights that are slightly larger than 1″.

The spacing between the pouches is fairly generous. In fact, it may be too generous for some but it should make the magazines very easy to grasp.

You can check out the new Triton Triple Magazine Pouch on the X-Concealment website.

Give Terror the Axe Patches and Wrist Bands

You may remember the Give Terror the Axe Foundation that I profiled recently on this blog. You can read more at the link but basically, Give Terror the Axe is a foundation that raises the funds necessary to provide the axes and tomahawks that our Special Forces groups want and need. Now in an effort to raise funds, they have released a limited edition patch and a silicone wrist band. Purchasing these items not only raises funds for the foundation but awareness as well.

The patch is limited to 100 pieces. It features an ACU gray and black flag design with an axe graphic and the words “Give Terror the Axe”. 100% of the profits will go into the foundation. The patches cost $15 and are available through the Usual Suspect Network (This link requires a premium membership on the USN.

The silicone wrist band is made from 100% recycled silicone. It features a foliage green and black swirl color scheme and the words “Give Terror the Axe” embossed on the band. The wrist bands cost $10 and are available through the Usual Suspect Network (This link requires a premium membership on the USN).

If you are not a premium member of the Usual Suspect Network, you can get in touch with Give Terror the Axe on their new Facebook page. Go to the “Info” page to find Shawn’s email address (he is the founder of the foundation).

 

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