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BCM EAG Tactical Carbine

Bravo Company Manufacturing (BCM) makes some of the best AR-15s that money can buy. Pat Rogers of EAG Tactical offers some of the best carbine training that money can buy. EAG also does a lot of T&E on BCM products and highly recommends them. So it seems only natural that the two companies should collaborate on a carbine. Afterall, what good is a great carbine without great training.

The BCM EAG Tactical Carbine is basically set up the way Pat Rogers sets up his own training guns. It features a Magpul MOE stock, Tango Down Battle Grip, Surefire G2 LED in a VTAC mount, Tango Down QD vertical grip, and many other excellent features. All you need to do is drop on an optic (Pat Rogers likes the Aimpoint T1 in a LaRue mount). There will also be some special EAG Tactical markings on the magazine well. The upper will also be available for purchase on it’s own.

Best of all, each package will come with a $200 certificate redeemable for training with EAG Tactical.

Check them out at Bravo Company.

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New Surefire Z2-S

Strobing tactical lights have been en vogue lately and, now that Surefire is on board, it is safe to say it isn’t just a passing fad. Surefire has released the new Z2-S, their first tactical light with a strobe function. It is a single output LED light (160 lumens) with a strobe function that is accessible by triple tapping the tail cap switch. This light also features their excellent “Combat Grip” which allows the user to hold the light several different ways while also holding a handgun. I also find that the rubber rings of the Combat Grip help lock your light into your light pouch for an extra measure of retention.

I have the same issue with this light as I do with most strobing tactical lights. Why don’t they make the strobe light the primary mode? Triple tapping the switch sounds like it might be a tall order under stress, though it really isn’t a big deal since you will still have a 160 lumen wall of light even if you didn’t activate the strobe successfully.

I am certain that this light will be top notch like every other Surefire products.

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Review: Mount-N-Slot Accessories from Impact Weapon Components

The best ideas are often the simplest, especially when it comes to weapon accessories. Nearly anything that you can do to remove weight, bulk, complexity, failure points, and cost from a weapon is a good thing. Mount-N-Slot Direct Attach Mounts successfully do all of those things. Do I have your attention yet?

The Mount-N-Slot experience starts with the box. It looks like any other box on the outside but...

Concept

To understand Mount-N-Slot Direct Attach Mounts, you have to understand Magpul MOE Hand Guards. MOE Hand Guards are plastic hand guards for the AR-15 carbine length gas system (midlength and rifle length hand guards should be out soon) that are slotted in strategic locations in order to provide the user with a means of attaching sections of rail. The rail is then used to attach all the standard necessities like slings and flashlights. The MOE hand guards have become very successful for two simple reasons: they are inexpensive and they work.

Impact Weapon Components (IWC), the creators of the Mount-N-Slot line, build on the success and functionality of the MOE Hand Guards by removing the need for the rail sections. Their mounts are designed to mount directly to the slots in the MOE, FN SCAR, and Bushmaster ACR hand guards. It sounds simple enough, but lets think a moment about what that really means…

  1. Reduced Cost – There is no need to spend extra money on a section of rail to attach to the hand guard. The mounts cost about what you would pay for normal rail mounts.
  2. Reduced Weight – No rails means less weight. Less weight is always a good thing.
  3. Reduced Bulk – The sling mount is 25% lower profile than a sling mount on a rail. This reduces snag points and bulk in general.
  4. Reduced Complexity – When it comes to mechanical objects, especially life saving mechanical objects, it is best to have the least amount of parts possible. When you reduce parts count, you reduce failure points. That is perhaps the most compelling reason to consider the Mount-N-Slot Direct Attach Mounts.

When a company takes this kind of care with their packaging, they have probably taken great care with their products as well.

Execution

A great concept is worthless without great execution and the Mount-N-Slot line delivers. These mounts are beautifully machined from 6061-T6 aluminum and Type III hard anodized right here in the USA. Hard anodization yields a very hard surface that resists scratching. It also gives a matte black finish to the mounts. There are less expensive types of anodizing but they are not nearly as durable.

IWC took great care in the design of these mounts. The threaded holes that the mounting screws engage are all neatly chamfered. All unnecessary material has been milled away to keep weight down. This isn’t apparent until you turn the mount over and see that large hollow areas have been machined into the mount. The mounts also have no hard edges. There isn’t a snag point to be found. There is some serious attention to detail in these mounts.

How sure is IWC that these mounts will function for you? Their warranty holds the answer. If your mount breaks, return it and they will refund your money including shipping fees! I have never heard of a company that will refund your shipping fees. That is an amazing warranty.

Unfold the box further to find the included hex key and information about the product and company. This is some very cool packaging.

Installation

They attach via two  head screws which are provided along with a hex key. You simply place the mount over the slot that you choose, and then screw in both mounting screws with the washers on the inside of the hand guards. A monkey could mount these, though you would probably want to supervise the monkey while it applies the thread locker. I always use a thread locker like Loc-Tite on all screws that will be on my rifle. I would suggest applying some to the provided screws as I would any accessory with screws.

Notice the lack of hard edges. Great care was taken to make sure these mounts were snag free and wouldn't abrade the hand.

In Use

Sometimes, I think the best thing that you can say about a product after you have actually used it is that there were no surprises during that use. They performed as well as they look. There are many products that look cool but end up being useless, non-functional, or, even worse, dangerous on the range. That is not the case with these mounts. They work as advertised.

I was graciously provided one of the new rotation limited QD sling mounts, a 360 degree QD sling mount, and a bipod mount. All three performed admirably.

The new rotation limited sling mount was easily my favorite of the bunch. QD sling mounts without rotation limiters work just fine, but the sling can become twisted, especially when the rifle is not slung. It isn’t as much of an issue when the rifle is slung. The rotation limited model just does away completely with any possibility of the sling twisting. It is a nice feature.

I use the VCAS Sling on most of my rifles. It is a two point design that requires a mounting point somewhere on the hand guards. I mount mine as close to the receiver as possible for both the front and rear mounting points. I find that this allows much more range of motion with the rifle to perform things like malfunction clearances. The Mount-N-Slot sling mounts work perfectly for this style of sling mounting. There are slots on the MOE hand guards that will let you place the Mount-N-Slot sling mounts just about anywhere.

The bipod mount is perfect for those who need a bipod mounted full time on their rifle. It mounts securely to the bottom slots on the MOE hand guards and provides plenty of surface area to contact the bipod. I was pleasantly surprised with how light the bipod mount is. It looks like it could be quite heavy but care was taken to hollow out unnecessary metal from the underside of the mount. I could really see this mount and bipod being ideal on a Bushmaster/Remington ACR with the longer rifle length hand guards or the rifle length MOE hand guards once they are released.

The one thing that I really wanted to check was that the mounts wouldn’t move forward and back once they were mounted in the slots. They did not move at all. I mounted the sling mounts all the way to the rear of one of the slots so that it would be impossible to move it to the rear, but I couldn’t even get them to move forward. These mounts aren’t going anywhere (especially if you are handy with the Loc-Tite).

Here are the mounts with sling and bipod attached. The sling mounts work perfectly for mounting the sling close to the receiver.

Conclusion

This is the kind of idea that I wish I came up with myself. I tend to make things more complicated than they need to be. I wish I could simplify things the way the people at IWC have with these mounts. If you have MOE hand guards on your AR-15, I am not sure why you would mount a sling any other way. This concept just makes too much sense. You cut out the need for the rail which means you cut out failure points, bulk, weight, and cost. Why mount a section of rail just for a sling mount when you can just attach a sling mount directly to your handguards?

I would love to see where this product line goes in the future. There is a lot of potential here for things like vertical grips, hand stops, flashlight mounts, and who knows what else. These type of mounts can also be designed for other hand guards like the Troy Extreme Battle Rails and VTAC Rails. Jerking the Trigger will certainly keep you updated as new products are announced.

Purchase yours directly from the IWC web store.

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Patch Collecting: Have Gun Will Travel

Have Gun – Will Travel was an iconic TV western with what is arguably the greatest name of any television show. Fans of the show will remember that Paladin, the main character, used a chess knight image as his calling card. The patch adopts the imagery of the chess knight and the phrase Have Gun – Will Travel which, depending on the bag you put this on, may mean more than you are just a fan of the show.

This patch as shown may still be available on the LightFighter Tactical Forum. I believe there may be subdued color version available soon.

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Review: Caldwell Gunleather

Caldwell Gunleather is a well kept secret. The proprietor of Caldwell Gunleather, Shannon Caldwell, runs a holster shop on Ebay (yes, Ebay). I do not recall how I came across his leather a few years ago, but I am glad that I did.

I ordered a black leather belt holster for a Glock 17/22. I was a little nervous since I was buying a holster from Ebay and it only cost $40 (they are $45 now). I was prepared to spend a lot more money than that on another holster. I wasn’t sure that you could get a decent holster for $45.

My fears were completely unfounded. The moment I opened the box and held that holster, I knew I was holding an excellent piece of working gunleather. The leather that Shannon uses is extremely thick and durable, at least twice as thick as some of the Galco and Desantis holsters that I have on hand. Shannon uses heavy duty nylon thread that won’t rot and his stitching is even and straight (a hallmark of good leather). The black dye is dark and rich with a nicely polished finish. Shannon also hand burnishes the edges of the leather. Many makers short cut this area by painting the edge. These are very well made holsters.

Holsters aren’t worth a thing if they only look the part. A holster has to function. It must present the gun in a way that allows it to be drawn quickly, carry comfortably, and conceal well. This particular holster does all those things. I like to carry outside the waist band when I can and this is my favorite holster to use for those times. It allows an immediate full hand grip so it is a very fast holster. It draws the gun into the body enough to conceal well while still being comfortable.

Caldwell Gunleather holsters are an excellent value.

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Rapid Transition Sights from Dueck Defense

Many of you will already be familiar with Barry Dueck. He is a former Marine, a nationally ranked IPSC Multi-Gun shooter, and president of the suppressor division of Surefire. Those are impressive credentials to say the least. Mr. Dueck also runs Dueck Defense and their initial product offering, Rapid Transition Sights, is very interesting.

The Rapid Transition Sights build on a technique that has its roots in Multi-Gun competition shooting. Multi-Gun rifle competitors can face targets at very close proximity, several hundred yards away, and everything in between. Many shooters mount a magnified optic in order to deal with the long distance shots but this can make quickly engaging the closer targets difficult.

Shooters started mounting crude iron sights that were offset to the optic. This allowed them to engage the close targets very quickly using the sights by canting the rifle slightly without changing their cheek or shoulder weld. The technique worked and proved itself in competition. It has even begun to find favor with military, police, and self defense minded shooters who may face an adversary at an unknown distance. It has caught on so well that now there are mounts that allow you to mount a red dot sight for use with the same technique.

The Rapid Transition Sights bare no resemblance to the “crude” iron sights that started the technique years ago. These are fully functional sights that can be mounted on an AR-15 with a free float rail at a 45 degree offset. They are machined from 7075 aluminum and hard anodized right here in the USA. With Mr. Dueck’s background at Surefire, I would suspect he knows a thing or two about machining, aluminum, and hard anodizing since no one does it better than Surefire. They are also ambidextrous and can be mounted for right or left handed shooters. These are certainly not inexpensive but they have all the hallmarks of well made gear.

You can pick them up from the good folks at SexyWeapon.com.

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What's Happening at Jerking the Trigger?

These are exciting times here at Jerking the Trigger. There are several great reviews, articles, and interviews in the queue. Here is a sampling…

  1. Regular Guy Sessions interview with the good folks at Impact Weapon Components
  2. Review of three Mount-N-Slot mounts from Impact Weapon Components
  3. Regular Guy Sessions interview with Eric at Mountain Ridge Gear
  4. Review of the Tactical Man Purse and Admin Pouch from Mountain Ridge Gear
  5. Review of the Suunto MC-2 Global and Brunton 15TDCL
  6. We may even work in another giveaway

You will continue to find industry news mixed in with the original content listed above.

I would also like to note a schedule change. There will no longer be posts on Sundays, at least for now.

Independence Day

This is a day that we celebrate freedom, think of those serving our country today, think of those who served in the past, and think of those who gave their lives for this freedom that we enjoy. Have a wonderful Independence Day!

ATS MCH Hydration Carrier

ATS now makes a hydration carrier that integrates with their chest rigs! It attaches to the H-harness that comes on their modular chest rigs like the previously reviewed and truly excellent Low Profile Chest Harness.

Staying hydrated is vitally important to getting the most out of your time at the range. Having a pouch like this makes it easy to carry the water you need to be on top of your game.

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ESEE Pack Kit – A Knife Based Survival Pouch

Adding a pouch to a knife sheath is nothing new. Leave it to the survival savvy minds at ESEE Knives to add a knife sheath to a pouch! The ESEE Pack Kit is basically a small, well thought out organizer bag that allows you to carry essential survival gear. The unique feature is that the sheaths that come with ESEE Knives can be integrated into the pouch.

The ESEE Pack Kit is the second generation of this concept. This new version incorporates several improvements that were suggested by ESEE Knife users and still manages to cost less than the original. It will come in two sizes and multiple colors. It can be carried via a shoulder strap, on your belt, or by attaching it to your MOLLE/PALs gear.

This looks like just the thing for a minimalist survival kit.

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