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Giveaway: Battle Arms Development Patches

Battle Arms Development, makers of the truly excellent BAD-ASS and BAD-ASS-ST, sent me a stash of patches to give away to some lucky Jerking the Trigger readers. I have 3 of the earlier style with the M14 art on them and 3 of the new round style with waving flag art. All of the patches have a Multicam color scheme. Since I have 6 patches to giveaway… there will be 6 winners!

To Enter:

  1. “Like” Jerking the Trigger on Facebook.
  2. “Like” Battle Arms Development on Facebook.
  3. Comment on this post with a number between 1 and 2000.

Rules:

The giveaway will be open until 8PM (EST) Friday, January 28th. Please follow the instructions carefully. Incomplete entries will be discarded. Please use a valid email address when you leave a comment so I can notify you. If the same number is chosen twice, the first person who posted the number will win.

Thank you Battle Arms Development for providing the patches for this giveaway!

Review: Paul’s Sap from Andy’s Leather

I recently reviewed a great classic leather sap from Andy’s Leather. That sap was similar to most saps in that it consisted of a weighted leather pouch on the end of a flexible handle. Saps have been made this way for years. However, the sap that I will be reviewing today is a departure from tradition.

The Same but Different

The “Paul’s Sap” model from Andy’s Leather looks like any other sap at first glance. In fact, no amount of visual inspection would lead you to believe that the Paul’s Sap is anything other than a traditional sap. That all changes when you pick it up. Once the Paul’s Sap is in hand you immediately notice what sets it apart – a thick steel rod inside the handle. This steel rod makes the Paul’s Sap completely inflexible at the handle. This is no ordinary sap. It is a blurring of the line between sap and straight baton, and it is devastating in trained hands.

Background

Andy, of Andy’s Leather, is a police officer and also a baton instructor. Paul’s Sap is the result of Andy’s experience as a baton instructor with input from tactical trainer, Paul Gomez. The goal was to create a traditional looking sap that could be seamlessly worked into someone’s existing straight baton techniques. The rigid steel rod in the Paul’s Sap handle allows it to work with the same strikes and techniques that can be used with a straight baton. This reduces the amount of impact weapon specific training that is necessary because the same training translates from stick to sap.

Construction

The steel rod is hammered into the ball of lead shot that is in the weighted end of the Paul’s Sap. Then it is stitched inside the leather exterior of the sap. The stitching is evenly spaced, straight, and clean. Andy stitches these saps while they are still wet with the leather cement so that the cement is drawn through the seams with the thread which he says creates a stronger bond between the layers of the leather.

The Paul’s Sap model that I have to review is actually an example of a new option that Andy will be offering his customers. It is made from durable leather in a saddle tan color that, while durable, has a much more utilitarian appearance than Andy’s typical richly dyed bridle leather saps. This will serve as a lower cost option for those who need a durable, hand-crafted tool but have to work within a smaller budget.

In use

The Paul’s Sap is really a joy to work with. It allows you to deliver a strike no matter how it is indexed in your hand because the stiffening effect of the steel rod makes every surface a striking surface. When it is dark enough that you can’t see your hand in front of your face, it is comforting to know that you have a tool that doesn’t require the perfect grip to operate.

All of the typical sap techniques work with the Paul’s Sap however it can also be used deliver strikes and jabs. Hammer fist strikes are particularly painful and easy to deliver with the Paul’s Sap. Simple thrusts are one of the easiest techniques you can use with the Paul’s Sap. A sharp thrust that comes straight out from the user’s body and connects with the ribs, collar bone, or chin is very effective and difficult to block. A thrust with normal sap would cause the sap to fold and flex which would make the thrust less effective. The Paul’s Sap is rigid enough to stand up to these techniques.

The lanyard strap on this particular sample runs from the top of the sap to the bottom. This type of lanyard provides retention without having to take the time to wrap it around the user’s wrist. The user simply grabs the sap through the lanyard. The lanyard passes over the back of the hand, providing a measure of retention. It even provides some retention in the event that you grab the sap the wrong way with the strap going over your fingers.

Conclusion

The Paul’s Sap from Andy’s Leather is definitely unique. The steel shank in the handle makes it feel like an entirely different tool but very familiar at the same time. Those who have trained with a sap, a straight baton, or both, will feel right at home. The ability to deliver strikes and jabs regardless of how the Paul’s Sap is being held make this a potent and more fool-proof self-defense tool. Whether you choose a utilitarian finish like this sample or a Paul’s Sap with all the richest options, you will be investing in a tool that you will be able to pass on to your children.

Andy’s Leather is a full custom shop so you can contact him at www.Shotist.com or www.AndysLeather.com in order to discuss all the options for your very own Paul’s Sap.

As with any other weapon, you should seek professional training in order to use the weapon safely and efficiently. I always recommend George Matheis of Modern Combative Systems for impact weapon training.

New 1″ Light Mount-N-Slot from Impact Weapons Components

IWC continues their breakneck new product introduction pace. Their latest creation is a Mount-N-Slot that allows users to attach a 1″ diameter flashlight (Surefire G2, G2X, 6P, etc) directly to round free float handguards like the Troy Extreme, Troy VTAC, JP VTAC, and any round handguard with a 1.75″ or 2.0″ outside diameter. The mount only weighs 8/10ths of an ounce and it holds the light much closer to the hand guard than other systems that require a flashlight ring and a separately attached rail. This looks like another winner from IWC.

The Impact Weapons Components website has all the details.

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

Patch Collecting: New Patch from Battle Arms Development

I recently posted about a morale patch from Battle Arms Development. That patch has since been discontinued in favor of a new patch. The previous patch featured the image of  an M14 which, while very cool, doesn’t represent the newer AR-15 products that Battle Arms Development now manufactures. The new version of the patch is 3″ diameter circle and features a waving American Flag in the center.

Check it out at the Battle Arms Development website.

Battle Arms Development provided me several of each type of patch to giveaway. Stay tuned for details.

A-DAC AR-15 Lower from AXTS Weapons Systems

The A-DAC lower receiver for the AR-15 family of weapons is a new and interesting concept from AXTS Weapons Systems. A-DAC stands for Ambidextrous Dual Action Catch. The A-DAC lower’s unique feature is that by fully depressing the magazine release button, you also activate the bolt catch. This allows right handed shooters to activate the bolt catch with their strong hand trigger finger while also releasing the magazine.

This functionality removes several steps from the process that is necessary to clear a double feed malfunction. Normally, the shooter would lock the bolt to the rear using the bolt catch, then release the magazine using the magazine release button, and so on. The A-DACs lower allows the the shooter to lock the bolt to the rear and drop the magazine using only the magazine release button which should save time.

It should also be noted that, in the renders that I have seen, these lowers will be designed to accept the previously reviewed and excellent Battle Arms Development -Ambi Safety Selector – Short Throw.

You can find more information about the A-DAC Lower on the AXTS Weapons Systems website.

QFSS from STAT International and LMT

The QFSS is a new offset optic mounting system from STAT International and LMT.

Many rifles, like the AR-15, are capable of both tremendous accuracy and tremendous speed. However, the optics that are mounted on these rifles are usually optimized for either speed at shorter distances or long distance accuracy. This disparity between the versatile nature of the rifle and the specialized nature of the optic is very apparent when you try to use a magnified optic at shorter distances. The magnification can slow the shooter in acquiring the target enough that they are unable to achieve the full extent of the speed that the rifle is capable of.

Optics like those from Trijicon that reticles designed to utilize the Bindon Aiming Concept and optics with low power magnification settings are certainly very usable at shorter distances, but they will still never match the speed of a red dot sight (RDS). In order to deal with the short comings of magnified optics, many competition shooters began to find ways to mount a mini RDS and a magnified optic. This allowed the precision at longer distance that they required and the speed up close when they are going against the clock. It worked well enough that the concept quickly found its way to the battle field.

Originally, the RDS was mounted on top of the magnified optic which required the shooter to adjust their cheek weld in order to acquire the RDS – if a cheek weld was even possible. Lately, there are have been mounts that allow the RDS to be mounted offset from the magnified optic so that the shooter needs only to slightly rotate the rifle while maintaining their cheek weld to acquire the RDS. Since the shooter is able to maintain their cheek weld, it takes less time to acquire the mini RDS. This brings us to the QFSS from STAT International and LMT.

QFSS stands for Quick Fire Sight System. The QFSS is a mount that allows you to mount a mini RDS at a 45 degree offset to your magnified optic. It is called a system for good reason. It isn’t just a single mount. The QFSS actually contains everything needed to mount several of the most popular mini red dot sights:

  • Doctor Reflex
  • Burris Fastfire II
  • Aimpoint Micro T-1 and H-1
  • Insight MRDS
  • Trijicon RMR
  • Leupold Delta Point

I would think that this modular, all in one approach would make the QFSS very attractive to any group that might have a variety of different optics at their disposal. STAT International tells me that eventually the mount will be offered with the specific mount needed for your specific mini RDS for those who don’t need to capability to mount several different types of mini RDS.

Even though the QFSS offsets the mini RDS, it is still inline with the bore and the adapters are made to compensate for the height differences of each different mini RDS. Zeroing a mini RDS that is mounted on top of a magnified optic can be tricky due to the extreme height over bore. The QFSS will not suffer from these issues.

So, if there are other offset mounts on the market, what makes the QFSS unique? Well, the modular design is pretty unique but what is most unique is the process by which the QFSS came into existence. STAT International conducted 100 surveys, poured over the data, and tweaked the design until it worked exactly the way it should. This lead to details like the use of slotted screws which can be removed with any number of field improvised items. This 8 month R&D period produced a mount that STAT International claims will repeat zero within 1/16 to 1/8 MOA.

Lmt Qfss Graphic

You can find more information on the QFSS on the STAT International website or Facebook page.

The QFSS is available purchase on the STAT International Website or from LMT.

Map Rulers from MapTools.com

MapTools.com is my go to source for map tools. It seems like every time I browse their site I turn up something new to try. I am also a big fan of the Delorme Atlas & Gazetteer (A&G) map booklets but I have always wished that I had the tools needed to really make the A&G maps work well with my GPS.

The UTM Coordinate System makes syncing maps and a GPS very easy but the A&G maps are not labeled for use with UTM so I needed to find an alternate way. I found that way with the latitude longitude coordinate system and the extensive selection of map rulers at MapTools.com. Delorme makes the A&G in a variety of different scales (15 in all) and MapTools.com makes a map ruler for each one of those scales.

These rulers allow you to, with some basic knowledge of the latitude longitude coordinate system and some practice, transfer points between your map and GPS unit with precision. The rulers also have distance scales in meter and mile scales. They are available individually or as a set of all 15 different scales used in the A&G series. These are some very handy tools to have in your navigation kit.

Check out the MapTools.com site for more information on the map rulers and other great navigation aids.

Nick Allen of NWA Knives Goes Full Time

Nick Allen is the man behind NWA knives. His knives are known for their extremely unique and recognizable organic lines, functional designs, extreme durability, and bullet proof sheaths. Until recently, knife making was his part time job but now Nick is hanging out his shingle as a full time knife maker.

The NWA Sierra Scout is purpose built to thrive in the wilderness.

Not only does Nick make phenomenal knives, he backs those knives with great customer service.

One of the missions of Jerking the Trigger is to shine a spotlight on real American entrepreneurs, small business people, and craftsman. Nick certainly fits all three of those categories. Next time you are ready to buy a knife, consider supporting a skilled craftsman like Nick at NWA knives.

You can see NWA’s full line of knives on the NWA Knives website. You can also communicate directly with Nick and NWA Knives users at the NWA Knives Forum on BladeForums.com.

ESEE Navigation Cards

ESEE had two new navigation products that very slick. One is sold under the ESEE brand and the other will be part of their Izula Gear line.

This single card replaces 3 commonly used map tools.

The first is a Map Card for 24K scale maps. This is part of the ESEE brand. 24K is the most common scale for topographic maps in the USA. The Map Card features a 1 mile map scale in 1/4 mile increments, a compass rose in 2.5 degree increments, acre squares in 1, 2.5, 10, and 40 acre sizes, and a UTM grid (which can also be used to take point to point measurements in meters). The card comes in a Tyvek sleeve to protect it from getting too scratched up as it bounces around in your kit. This single card replaces at least 3 commonly used map tools. It is everything you need to do your map work with a military lensatic compass and it would also be a great companion to a baseplate compass. This card is available on the ESEE website right now.

The Izula Gear Navigation Card Set provides multiple cards to work with just about any topo map. Click to enlarge.

The second product is a Navigation Card set that will be sold under the Izula Gear brand. The set will include 3 clear cards that are for use with 24K, 25K, 50K, 100K, and 250K maps and 2 opaque white information cards. These Izula Gear Navigation Cards are much like the Map Card above with a slightly different layout. The information cards are printed front and back with survival information, topographic map information, and UTM information. This set will be available from the ESEE dealer network soon.

Just like the ESEE Survival/Navigation Card, part of what makes these so attractive is the form factor. They are essentially credit cards sized which makes them easy to store and carry. They would easily slip into your map case, compass case, wallet, survival tin, or just about anywhere else.

These are some of the simplest, most well thought out map tools that I have ever seen.

Review: Multitasker Series 2

The box has many of the features of the Series 2 printed on the sides.

The Series 2 is Multitasker’s version of the traditional folding pliers type multitool. I have reviewed the Multitasker Tools TUBE and Ultralight in the past and I was very impressed with their design, quality, and function. The Multitasker Series 2 tool takes that same design, quality, and function to a whole new level.

Several useful items are included with the Series 2.

In the Box

The Multitasker Series 2 comes with a number of useful items. When you open the box you will find several items: the tool itself, a sheath, 10 assorted 1/4″ screwdriver bits, a bit holder, and an instruction sheet that also spells out information about the limited lifetime warranty.

The 10 included screwdriver bits are as follows:

  1. T10 Torx
  2. T15 Torx
  3. 3/32 Hex
  4. 7/64 Hex
  5. 1/8 Hex
  6. 9/64 Hex
  7. 3/16 Hex
  8. 3/32 slotted
  9. 3/16 slotted
  10. No. 1 Phillips

The sheath is made from heavy duty ballistic nylon and seems to be very durable.

The sheath is MOLLE compatible.

The bit holder is held in place behind the Series 2 with an elastic sleeve.

Sheath

The sheath is designed to accept both the Series 2 itself and the bit holder (with bits). There is an elastic sleeve in the back of the sheath that holds the bit holder in place and keeps it from rattling against the Ultralight. The back of the sheath features a MOLLE strap that allows you to attach the sheath to your chest rig, belt rig, plate carrier, pack, or any other MOLLE webbing. The sheath is very nice but I usually just end up throwing the Series 2 into a pocket on my chest rig or cargo pants.

The 2 piece bit holder holds the bits in place when in the closed position.

Bits and Bit Holder

I’ve said it before and I will say it again. The fact that Multitasker Tools use standard 1/4″ screwdriver bits is one of the best things about the tools. There are other tools on the market that use non-standard or proprietary bits which makes them far less useful to me. With a Multitasker Tool, I can walk into any hardware store and buy a screwdriver bit to customize my kit. It is convenient and inexpensive.

The bit holder that comes with the Series 2 is ingenious. It separates into two pieces to allow access to the bits and connects together for easy storage. The bit holder is made from plastic and maintains a tight friction grip on the bits to prevent loss.

The pliers are precision CNC-machined from D2 tool steel.

A precision roller bearing keeps the pliers moving smoothly.

The Pliers to End All Pliers

I will discuss the entire tool selection below, but the pliers are impressive enough to merit their own section. These pliers will blow you away.

Most users will notice the needle nose pliers first. These are the sturdiest multitool pliers that I have ever seen. The pliers are CNC-machined from D2 tool steel which makes them incredibly durable and very precise in how they fit together. They are finished with QPQ Tufftride, a nitrocarburizing treatment, which is very durable. D2 steel is not considered a stainless steel but is close. The QPQ Tufftride finish will protect the pliers from the elements.

The D2 steel will really pay off in the wire cutters which are integrated into the pliers. D2 is highly wear resistant and should deliver great cutting performance for a long time. The teeth of many multitool pliers are easily gouged and rounded over during use. This is not the case with the Series 2 thanks to the D2 tool steel.

To top it all off, the pliers pivot on a precision roller bearing. This makes the pivot point very strong and very smooth. You really have to feel how these pliers pivot to understand how smooth they feel.

The Series 2 features a wide variety of useful tools.

Other Tools

The tool selection of the Multitasker Series 2 is impressive. It is the most exhaustive tool in the Multitasker Tools line up. You will recognize several of the tools from the Ultralight review but several are unique to the Series 2.

The castle nut wrench is a great idea. The castle nut is the notched round nut that holds the end plate and receiver extension (AKA buffer tube or stock tube) in place. Ideally, the end plate should be staked to prevent the castle nut from coming loose but most manufacturers skip this step. If the castle nut comes loose, it is can lead to malfunctions. Castle nuts seem to have a knack for coming loose at the worst possible time so having a way to tighten the castle nut is a wise course of action. It should also be noted that the castle nut wrench also makes a great bottle opener.

The tanto style blade is made from 440C steel.

The liner lock engages the blade very securely.

The Series 2 has a knife with an American tanto profile. It is made from 440C steel. 440C does not get the respect that it deserves as a knife steel. It takes and holds a very good edge without being difficult to sharpen like many more modern cutlery steels. The blade has a thumb stud that allows it to be opened with one hand. It is locked in the open position with a liner lock. The blade has an over-travel stop ground into the tang to prevent the liner lock from slipping off the tang.

The file has a coarse side and a fine side. It also has a tip that is designed to be used as a flat tip screw driver. A small file is a nice thing to have on the range. I have used mine for everything from cleaning up a scarred Glock magazine well to adjusting point of impact on revolvers with fixed sights.

Users of LaRue Tactical products will appreciate the 3/8″ box wrench. It can be used to adjust the tension on LaRue mounts. I have something from LaRue on every one of my carbines so this tool sees a lot of use.

The bit driver is one of the most used tools on my Multitaskers. It comes with a very easy to use front sight adjustment tool installed but it can easily accept any of the included bits. As I said above, many multitools use non-standard sized bits, but Multitasker Tools insist on the extra function, ease of use, and versatility that comes with using standard 1/4″ bits. These bits are available inexpensively in any hardware store which makes it very easy to tailor your Multitasker to your specific carbine. You may want to consider adding an extension to your kit.

The Series 2 features a well designed bolt scraper. It has a thumb stud that allows you to open it one handed. The end of the scraper is bent 90 degrees and is rounded. This allows it to conform to the unique contours of a bolt tail. Many users have also reported success when using this tool to clear brass stuck in the chamber of their AR or correct bolt override malfunctions.

The final tool is a dental pick. The pick is shaped to be helpful in cleaning the very small corners that can be found on an AR-15 bolt. It is also shaped to be a useful for removing the bolt retainer pin from the bolt carrier. The pick can be removed from the tool to reveal a threaded post that will accept an OTIS cleaning cable. This allows you to use your Series 2 as a handle for pulling your cleaning cable through the barrel.

Details, Fit, and Finish

Every tool but the pliers are accessible without having to open the Series 2. This also means that when the Series 2 is opened to be used as pliers you aren’t gripping over all the tools which makes it more comfortable to use.

Individual backsprings and bronze washers are a mark of a well made multitool.

The textured G10 handle slabs and lanyard loop make this tool hard to lose.

Each tool has an individual cut in the backspring. This enables the tool to have consistent tension on multiple tools. Many tools with a single backspring lose tension on the tools next to the one that you are trying to open. This is not the case with the Series 2.

The lanyard loop may seem like an afterthought to some but it is extremely useful. It is a good idea to dummy cord your tool to something if you are working in the dark or near water. It is the kind of thing that you don’t appreciate until you need it.

The handles of the Series 2 are covered with G10. G10 is a laminate material that is very durable. It doesn’t absorb liquid and it is impervious to most solvents. It can be machined with an aggressive texture which makes it the ideal material to cover a tool that works in and around oil and solvents. The use of G10 on this multitool is one of the things that absolutely sets it apart from other tools. It is obvious that some thought went in to where and how this tool would be used.

The construction of this multitool is reminiscent of a high end folding knife. The Series 2 feels substantial and well made in your hand. It has a weight to it that is confidence inspiring. It makes use of D2 tool steel and 440C cutlery steel. It features G10 handle slabs. There is a precision bearing in the pliers. Bronze washers are placed between every tool to allow smooth operation while maintaining a tight fit. These are all qualities and features that you typically see on high end production and custom knives.

Overall

This may be the largest, heaviest, and most expensive Multitasker Tool of all that I have reviewed but it is also the most complete. The tool selection is extensive and functional. The materials are purposefully selected to enhance function. The construction is bomb proof. This tool is made to work hard. I don’t go to the range without it.

You can purchase your own Multitasker Series 2 at Brownells. You can also check out the Multitasker Tools Facebook page for more insight on these awesome tools.

This Multitasker Series 2 was provided to me free of charge for review.

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