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Customize a Benchmade Griptilian

The Benchmade Griptilian is a modern classic. Its rock solid lock, hand filling ergonomics, light weight, durability, and reasonable price have made it a very popular choice among many knife users.

The Griptilian has been offered in many configurations over the years but now Benchmade is letting you decide exactly how you want your Griptilian made. Benchmade’s new “Customize a Griptilian” page lets you choose everything from scale color to blade steel. You can even add custom laser engraved text and images.

I would like to see more knife manufacturers offer this type of service.

Customize your own Griptilian at the Benchmade website.

Magpul iPhone Cases Shipping Now

Magpul showed their iPhone Field Case for the iPhone 3 and 3GS at SHOT Show 2010. It generated a lot of buzz but, due to some concerns with durability, the release of the iPhone Field Case was delayed.

Now, nearly a year later, the iPhone Field Cases are finally shipping from Magpul. They will be made from the same material that the original Magpul magazine loops are made from which should make them very durable. The iPhone field case is available in a variety of colors for both the iPhone 3, 3GS, and a new design for the iPhone 4.

ESEE-3 Folder Prototype and Laser Strike News

Jeff Randall at ESEE Knives let the cat out of the bag on their new folding knife design. It is a prototype of a folding version of the venerable ESEE-3. The prototype likely won’t change much when it goes into production but there may still be some changes.

The prototypes blade is made from 5/32″ thick D2 steel and is about 3 1/2″ long.The steel for the final product has not been decided yet. The blade will lock up on a monstrous frame lock. There will also be a G10 slab on the non-lock side for grip.

These two folder prototypes will be in the ESEE booth at the upcoming SHOT Show along with another ESEE prototype – the Laser Strike. The Laser Strike was an early Randall Adventure Training design that was made by TOPS Knives. The Laser Strike was a medium survival knife (5″ blade) that had a very unique fire drill divot milled into the micarta handles. The original Laser Strike knives are becoming very hard to find so many people are looking forward to this reissue. Hopefully, there will be pictures of the new Laser Strike after the SHOT Show.

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.

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