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New Wallet E&E Kit from ESEE

ESEE continues to expand their Izula Gear brand with the new Wallet E&E kit. The Wallet E&E kit won’t replace a traditional survival kit. It is designed to be a compact, easy to carry, last ditch E&E kit.

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The gear contained in this kit serves a more specific purpose than just surviving. It is gear that is used for a very specific type of survival – Escape and Evasion. This is why you will find some non-typical items like a non-metallic handcuff key, kevlar cord, and a titanium blade. These items are chosen for their ability to be hidden on your person and stay undetected should the need to escape a bad situation arise.

 

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A set of the previously reviewed Titanium Bogota Rakes would compliment a kit like this very well.

The Wallet E&E kit will be available soon from ESEE Dealers.

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Ka-Bar/ESEE Eskabar

The Eskabar is the result of merging the best parts of two popular neck knives. The Eskabar’s handle is taken from the ESEE Izula and the blade profile is taken from the Becker Necker. The end result is a functional knife with a very lofty pedigree.

The handle of the ESEE Izula should be praised for its versatility. The genius of it is that it isn’t too complex. There are no unnecessary contours or finger grooves. There is nothing that forces you to hold it any one way. It is simple and it works.

The blade of the Becker Necker is a broad drop point with plenty of belly and long flat area near the handle. It is at home dressing a deer or doing fire prep. The belly makes rocking cuts and skinning a breeze while the flat portion of the edge is useful for cutting where more leverage is needed, like notching.

The Eskabar will be available anywhere Ka-Bar Knives are sold.

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Geissele SSA-E

Many precision triggers for the AR family of weapons achieve lighter trigger pull weights by using lighter springs, fragile disconnector geometry, or both. In my opinion, this makes the vast majority of them unsuitable for use in defensive ARs.

That is not the case with Geissele triggers. Their triggers feature rugged components, use full strength springs, and still manage to deliver lighter trigger pulls. They have a broad range of triggers that deliver a number of unique features but their newest is called the SSA-E (or SSA-Enhanced).

The SSA-E is a non-adjustable two stage trigger that delivers some serious performance. The name would lead you to believe that it is just a tuned version of the excellent SSA trigger but that isn’t the whole story. The main difference between the SSA and the SSA-E is that the SSA-E breaks at about a pound lighter (3.5# total pull weight, 2.3# first stage, 1.2# second stage) and is, by all accounts, a bit more crisp. This was not accomplished simply by polishing an SSA. It was accomplished an actual redesign of the disconnector geometry. The end result is a lighter, crisper trigger that is every bit as durable as the SSA.

The SSA-E is available now from a number of retailers including Rainier Arms.

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BattleComp 1.5

I have mentioned the BattleComp on Jerking the Trigger before. It is a compensator for the AR family of weapons that may be nothing short of revolutionary. Much like many other advanced compensators on the market, this one tames muzzle rise and suppresses flash nearly as effectively as an A2 flash suppressor.

However, unlike other advanced compensators on the market, the BattleComp does not redirect any additional sound or blast to the back or sides. This means that it is effective in situations where other compensators would have been a detriment – like indoors, working as a team, or in improvised shooting positions. This is a compensator with seemingly no downside. This is an evolutionary step forward.

14.5″ barrels continue to gain popularity because of their handiness and lighter weight. They can also be used on non-NFA weapons simply by permanently attaching a muzzle device that brings the total length to 16″ (14.5″ barrel + 1.5″ muzzle device = 16″). The best way to attach this muzzle device is by pinning. This ensures the the device will be permanently attached and will meet the 16″ barrel length requirement.

Now the designers of the BattleComp have created a new version, the BattleComp 1.5, with users of 14.5″ barrels in mind. It is purpose built to be long enough to bring a 14.5″ barrel to the required 16″ length and it is pre-drilled for pinning. It is available in black oxide and matte stainless finishes and retails for $155.

The BattleComp 1.5 looks like just the thing to help tame the sharp recoil pulse of a 14.5″ carbine gas barrel or to make your 14.5″ mid-length gas barrel even more smooth.

You can read more and purchase a BattleComp 1.5 at the BattleComp website.

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Review: Marion Outdoors Flexible Bail for Guyot Bottles

You may remember that I recently mentioned a clever new flexible bail for Guyot Bottles that is made by Marion Outdoors. Marion was kind enough to provide one of his bails for review and I have good news… It is every bit as clever as it looks.

The Flexible Bail can be seen here attached to a Guyot Bottle. Click to enlarge.

Stainless steel Guyot Bottles are great gear. These bottles do way more than just carry water. They can also be a portable cooking and water purification bottle. This is because they are made of single wall stainless steel, just like a pot or pan you might have at home. They can be placed directly on or hung over a fire (after removing the lid). However, the challenge with using them in this manner is how do you handle the hot bottles.

Simply slip the loop over the “stop” to fasten the Flexible Bail to the bottle. Click to enlarge.

That is where the Flexible Bail from Marion Outdoors comes in. It quickly and easily attaches to any stainless steel Guyot Bottle to provide an easy handle for moving it off a fire or a bail for hanging it over a fire.

The clever design allows you to use a notched stick to safely and easily move a hot bottle on and off the fire. Click to enlarge.

The Flexible Bail is made from braided steel wire so it is quite capable of standing up to the heat of a fire. When it is off the bottle it is a simple loop with a smaller loop at each end. The smaller loops are fastened around the main loop which makes a sort of sliding loop that can be fastened to the collar of the bottle. One of the smaller loops is held in place by a stop. The other smaller loop is just large enough to fit over the stop. This is what allows you to open up the bail enough to slide it onto the collar of the bottle. The installation is simple and intuitive.

This is the sliding loop that fits over the collar of the bottle. Click to enlarge.

The Flexible Bail weighs next to nothing and takes up almost no space in your pack. It folds down small enough that you probably have space for it in the same pouch that carries your water bottles. Every ounce counts when you are carry everything you need to survive for multiple days and the function of this Flexible Bail far overcomes its small weight penalty.

The Flexible Bail easily folds down to about the same diameter as a Nalgene/Guyot bottle (it can be folded even smaller if you choose). Click to enlarge.

This Flexible Bail is so simple and so functional that this review nearly wrote itself. If you own stainless Guyot Bottles, but you don’t own one of these Flexible Bails you are missing out on the full experience of what these bottles can do. Marion Outdoors really has a winner on their hands.

The Flexible Bail is compact even when it is completely unfolded. Click to enlarge.

 

You can contact Marion to order your own Flexible Bail at BladeForums or on his blog, Marion Carry.

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Tango Down BG-17 BATTLEGRIP

Tango Down has been making the BG-16 BATTLEGRIP for years and it has secured its status as a classic. If there was one complaint about the BG-16 it was that it was too small from some shooters with larger hands. So, in response to their customers, Tango Down has now released the BG-17 BATTLERGIP.

The BG-17 is basically just a larger version of the BG-16. It features the same great ergonomic shape, texture, and storage system of the original. It also retains the small tab that covers the gap under the trigger guard and adds an extension up the rear curve of the receiver. I like grips with this kind of extension because they increase trigger reach which forces me to engage the trigger with my finger tip.

If you found the original BATTLEGRIP (BG-16) to be too small for your liking, then you will definitely want to take a look at the new BG-17 BATTLEGRIP.

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Colt CM901 Details

Soldier Systems has been on top of the rumors surrounding Colt’s entry into the 7.62 AR world. Now, we finally have some truly impressive details about the Colt CM901 thanks to David Crane at Defense Review. Even without all the innovation, I trust Colt to bring a durable, reliable 7.62 AR to market.

This rifle looks to be the next evolutionary step for the AR family of weapons. I hope it finds its way onto dealer shelves.

Read about the CM901 at Defense Review.

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Quentin Defense QD15 Receivers – New Color Options

Quentin Defense makes billet upper and lower receivers for AR-15s. Of course they make standard black but they recently introduced two new colors: Gun Metal Gray and OD Green. Normally, I really don’t care how a rifle looks but I just had to post some pictures of these new colors. The Gun Metal Gray looks especially sharp.

These new color finishes have the same excellent wear resistance as their black counterpart because they are also mil-spec hard anodized. They are more than just nice to look at, they are also very functional.

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Limited Edition Vickers Tactical Carbine from Daniel Defense

If your idea of what makes a well equipped carbine is the same as Larry Vicker’s, you may want to check out the limited edition Vicker Tactical Carbine from Daniel Defense. This carbine is ready to run the second you take it out of the box. It features a BCM Gunfighter charging handle, Surefire X300, Daniel Defense RIS II rail system, and much more.

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The Vickers Tactical Carbine will be limited to 250 units, so if you want one, you should probably be on the phone with Daniel Defense right now.

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LaRue Tactical 20 Round 7.62 Magazines

I can remember the excitement surrounding the release LaRue Tactical OBR (called the OSR at the time). The OBR was built to take the SR-25 pattern magazine which was a very good thing considering that Magpul had announced that they would be a making a 20 round 7.62 PMAG that fit rifles designed to take the SR-25 magazine. However, the release of the 7.62 PMAG was delayed and LaRue was left without a source of consistent magazines to feed the OBR.

So what does a company like LaRue do when they need a quality magazine? They design and build their own with a healthy portion of innovation and LaRue quality.

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The LaRue 7.62 magazines feature a high visibility red anti-tilt follower. The follower is designed to maintain the optimal angle to feed the cartridge into the chamber. The body of the magazine has two notable innovations. The first is a feed lip design that is shaped to reduce drag on the cartridge as it feeds into the chamber. The second is a hidden laser weld on the rear of the magazine. Locating the weld here increases the available room at the front of the magazine for accommodating rounds with longer overall lengths. The magazine also has a friction reducing coating that aids in function and eases cleanup.

This is a very well designed magazine that was previously only available with the purchase of an OBR. Soon, they will be available for purchase separately.

You can watch the LaRue Tactical website for more details on pricing and availability.

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