If you have been reading Jerking the Trigger recently you are already familiar with the Battle Arms Development – Ambidextrous Safety Selector (or BAD-ASS). I say the BAD-ASS is the finest AR safety selector that I have ever used due to the versatility bred by its user configurable levers, its ergonomic enhancements, and its impeccable quality.
Well, Battle Arms Development just made the most versatile selector switch ever developed for the AR family of weapons even more versatile with the introduction of the new end cap. This end cap can be used to make either side of the BAD-ASS lever free. Now, with this end cap you can easily convert the BAD-ASS from ambidextrous to left or right side only.
If ambidextrous selectors just aren’t your thing, but you still want the performance and precision that the BAD-ASS offers, the new end cap is for you.
Bushmaster ACR owners take note:
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This is a very serious situation. If you own an ACR that develops this malfunction you will be in violation of federal law. The BATFE shows little mercy in such cases. If you own an ACR, contact Bushmaster immediately.
The new HSGI Sure-Grip Padded Belt is available for pre-order now. It looks like this belt features a lining made from the same grippy material that HSGI uses on their plate carrier shoulder pads. I can attest to the fact that the material is very durable and is very slip resistant. This belt should really fight riding up which is a common issue with some “battle belts”.
You can pre-order one today from the HSGI website.
When you think 10-8 Performance, you think 1911. While Hilton Yam, owner of 10-8 Performance, does make excellent 1911 accessories and custom 1911s, he also makes excellent sights for a variety of other handguns. The sights that we will be looking at in this article are made for the Glock family of handguns.
- Front sight width: .125″
- Rear sight notch: .140″ (.125″ and .156″ also available)
- Price: $74 for tritium front sight, $44.35 for rear sight
The 10-8 Performance front sight is thin for a tritium front sight at only .125″ inches wide. It is serrated to reduce glare and the tritium element is unlined. The unlined tritium is what attracted me to these sights. They perform very much like all black target sights when light conditions allow and that makes them very shootable.
10-8 Performance also offers plain black and brass bead front sights.
The rear sight is well contoured. It has an strong, chunky appearance. It can be used fairly easily to rack the slide which is important for some one handed manipulations. It is serrated to reduce glare.
It features a true “U” notch. The bottom of the notch is round instead of square. This leaves the shooter free of hard corners that can distract from aligning the only hard corners that matter; the ones at the top of the front sight and the top of the rear sight.
When I purchased these sights, the only rear sight notch options were available were the .125″ and the .140″. I chose the .140″ rear sight and always wished it was a bit wider. The .140″ notch feels a little tight when you are trying to speed things up. 10-8 Performance recently started offering a rear sight with a .156″ notch. If I was buying these sights today, I would definitely buy the new .156″ notch rear sight.
I shoot these sights better than any other I own in terms of accuracy. The combination of the tighter rear notch and the way that they appear like all black target sights during the day (the tritium vial insert is unlined and barely noticeable until dark). These sights are just very easy to shoot well. The downside is that sometimes I feel like I am searching for the front sight through the narrow rear notch which costs me some time.
That is not to say these sights are slow. They are not. They just are not as fast as some others that I use and 10-8 Performance has essentially rendered this small issue (if you can even call it that) irrelevant with the introduction of the .156″ notch rear sight. I suspect that the new wider rear sight shoots incredibly fast. The intro of the 1.56″ rear notch should be exciting news for the many fans of these sights.
The 10-8 Sights with the .215″ tall front sight shoot exactly the way I like which is about 1-2″ high at 25 yards. This is relatively intuitive after some range time and allows the shooter to see their shots over the sights. I find it to be easier to shoot longer distances this way. If you choose to, you can adjust your point of impact by purchasing a taller or shorter front sight. You can read details on the 10-8 Performance blog.
You can purchase these excellent sights directly from 10-8 Performance on their website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.