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BCS Saiga-12 Chest Rig

Beez Combat Systems (BCS) recently introduced a new chest rig for the Saiga-12 shotgun. The Saiga-12 Chest Rig is based on BCS’s well liked AK chest rig which is fitting for a shotgun that is based on the AK.

Like the AK Chest Rig that BCS makes, the Saiga-12 chest rig features a large expanse of uninterrupted MOLLE webbing with the pouches sewn in behind it. This gives the user a lot of versatility when adding pouches. It also makes the chest rig very low profile.

Saiga-12 mags can be heavy so this chest rig is wisely limited to 3 magazine pouches. The pouches are sized to accommodate both 8 and 10 rounds magazines. I wish more gear makers would make 3 magazine chest rigs. The 3 mag pattern allows the chest rig to be very compact and seems to work very well with the long, curved mags that one typically encounters with AKs.

The simple H-harness is sufficient for a chest rig this compact and light. It should support the weight of the magazines well without the bulk that comes with a padded harness.

The Saiga-12 chest rig is available on the BCS website.

Armory Racks

I have very little shelf space so I have been on the look out for a solution that lets me maximize what little space I have. I was thrilled when I came across Armory Racks on Gunmart Blog.

Armory Racks are a space saving way to keep your handguns organized and easily accessible. The racks hold the handguns in place via an angled post that slips into the barrel of the handgun. This allows the handguns to hang vertically with the grips facing up and out. This positioning maximizes the available space and presents the grip to the user for quick access. They come in 4 and 8 gun configurations so you should be able to fit them into just about whatever size space that you have available.

The Armory Racks can also accept a storage tray that slips under the handguns. This clever feature would be a great place to store magazines, speed-loaders, holsters, or maybe even more handguns.

Additional features include rubber end protectors on the posts to prevent damage to the bore of your handguns, carry handles for easy mobility, and the ability to cable lock all of the handguns to the rack by passing a cable through the trigger guards.

I have never seen any racks that offer a handgun organization solution that is quite so elegant. Not only does the Armory Rack hold the handguns in a very space efficient way but they are also extremely accessible. All of the other features are just icing on the cake. I have an 8 gun model inbound for full review so stay tuned!

You can find more information on the Armory Racks website.

MI AK Mini Dot Mount

Midwest Industries is turning out some of the most interesting AK accessories around and that is not about to change with the introduction of their new AK Mini Dot Mount. This mount may look familiar to some of you since it appears similar to the long discontinued LaRue Tactical AK Iron Dot, but that is not a bad thing at all.

The AK Mini Dot Mount is designed to replace the rear sight with a platform for mounting a mini red dot. MI has designed multiple versions that should cover just about every mini red dot worth mounting on a fighting rifle. The mounts are made from hard anodized aluminum and melonite coated steel which should make them very rugged. They feature a built in back up iron sight that gives a lower 1/3 co-witness. The rifle can still be completely field stripped with the mount in place.

The new AK Mini Dot Mount can be found on Midwest Industries’ website.


Redback One Combat Pistol Sights

Hilton Yam of 10-8 Performance and Jason Falla of Redback One have collaborated on a new set of pistol sights – the Redback One Combat Pistol Sights. The sights will be based on the excellent 10-8 Glock sights. They will feature a generous square rear notch at .156″ wide, tritium in the front sight post, and the typical finely serrated surfaces that set 10-8 Performance sights apart.

The thing that I find most fascinating to me about the Redback One Combat Pistol Sights is that they are designed to shoot point of aim/point of impact (POA/POI) all the way out to 100 meters. I actually practice shooting my handguns at extended distances fairly regularly. Calibers like the 9mm, .40SW, and .357SIG shoot flat enough to make hits at these extended distances and these sights should take out a lot of the guess work with hold overs and hold unders that exist with many of the sights on the market right now.

These sight sets will be available soon and you can reserve a set today by contacting Jason Falla at Redback One.

Boker Plus Epicenter

I always like to keep my eyes on what Boker is up to, especially in their Boker Plus line. They introduced several new knives in their catalog this year, but none were more intriguing than the Boker Plus Epicenter. This is one great looking and well appointed production knife.

The Epicenter is designed by an up and coming maker named Todd Rexford. This knife is packed with features that I really like in a knife. It has 5mm thick titanium handle slabs which are contoured to fit the hand. These thick slabs also mean that the frame lock on the Epicenter is massive. The 3.5″ blade is a drop point profile that is ground from VG-10 steel. VG-10 is one of the only stainless steels that I actually like because of its combination of edge holding and ease of sharpening. The ambidextrous thumb studs are removable and the pocket clip can be placed for tip up or tip down carry.

The Boker Plus line is well known as a great value and the Epicenter should be no exception. It will be priced very competitively with other Ti framelock designs.

The Epicenter should be on dealer shelves shortly. Todd Rexford already has his first production example of the Epicenter and he seems very pleased. You can read more about the Epicenter on the Boker website.

Three Point Innovations Box-to-Mag Loader

Your thumbs hate you. They are still bitter about that time you took a carbine course when it is 30 degrees and sleeting. You made them load all those mags until they were raw. Maybe you owe it to them to take a look at the Box-to-Mag Loader from Three Point Innovations.

This is a very clever device that allows you to load ammo directly from the box to your AR-15 magazines. It works with just about any AR-15 magazine and allows you to load an entire 20 round box of ammo in less than 10 seconds. It should be useful for loading loose ammo as well since you can easily just stack it into the Box-to-Mag Loader.

Sadly, it isn’t available yet, but as you can see from the video, they have working prototypes. They will be available for pre-order soon and you can get a discount by joining their newsletter. Check out the Box-to-Mag Loader on the Three Point Innovations website.

Manticore Arms NightBrake

I recently reviewed the Manticore Arms NightShroud flash suppressor for AKs with 24mm threads. I was really impressed with the quality, design, and functionality of the NightShroud and very excited to finally have a premium muzzle device option for AKs with 24mm threads. Well, it appears that Manticore Arms has done it again with the new NightBrake.

The NightBrake looks visually similar to the NightShroud, but a closer examination reveals that the port design is very different. The ports on the NightShroud are obviously designed to mitigate flash, but the NightBrake’s 18 ports are designed to reduce muzzle rise in a big way. The ports are arranged so that the bottom of the NightBrake is closed to reduce stirring up dust when shot from the prone and the very top is closed to prevent any potential flash from obscuring the shooter’s vision.

One of the best things about the NightShroud is that it is lighter and shorter than every other muzzle device for 24mm threads. The NightBrake continues on that theme. Like the NightShroud, the NightBrake is about 2.5″ long and weighs about 3.31 ounces.

If you have an AK with 24mm threads on the muzzle, like the excellent SGL-21 series from Arsenal, you owe it to yourself to check out the NightBrake from Manticore Arms on their website. The NightBrake is available for purchase at Rat Worx USA.

ESEE Factory Replacement Handles

ESEE users have been clamoring for years to be able to purchase replacement handle scales. ESEE has finally made this a reality. You can now purchase replacement scales for the ESEE knives, directly from ESEE.

So, if your ESEE-4 came with linen micarta scales but you prefer the canvas micarta scales, you can by them. If you have an ESEE-6 but would prefer to have the scales from an ESEE-5 with their bow drill divet, you can buy them. This opens up a whole new world of ESEE mix and match opportunities.

The handle scales are available on the ESEE website.

Review: New Short Hybrid Lever for the B.A.D.-A.S.S.

Battle Arms Development (BAD) places a tremendous amount of importance on the feedback of their users. So, when their users asked for a new lever for the BAD-ASS, Battle Arms Development delivered. The new “Reverse Hybrid” lever is the result of direct user feedback.

The new lever is referred to as the Reverse Hybrid because it is essentially the opposite of the previously reviewed Hybrid lever. The Reverse Hybrid lever is thin for most of its length except for the end which has a bump (for lack of a better term).

BAD provided me with a prototype of the new lever to try. I was able to use it on both sides of the selector during testing. On the weak side, I like how the bump worked as a pivot point for moving the BAD-ASS with your index finger. It was very easy and intuitive to use. However, the bump is in the worst possible place in terms of interference with your trigger finger. If you are used to using an ambi-safety with standard size levers it probably won’t bother you, but others may want to consider a shorter or thinner lever which, thankfully, the BAD-ASS allows.

The Reverse Hybrid really seems like it works better as a strong (or thumb) side lever. The bump really rotates naturally under your thumb. It feels like a pivot point and just seems natural. It is long enough to reach easily. I did find that it wasn’t as easy to “ride” as the standard lever which has more surface area on which to rest your thumb. I can see the draw of this kind of lever since it does seem to rotate so nicely but it just doesn’t have everything that I look for in a selector lever.

All in all, I am not sure that the Reverse Hybrid is for me, but Battle Arms Development has been very up front about the fact that this isn’t for everyone – it was specifically requested by current users of the BAD-ASS. It may be perfect for you, especially if you are a fan of the popular “star” selectors. No one can say that Battle Arms Development doesn’t respond to their customers (the best companies always do).

The Reverse Hybrid will be available on the Battle Arms Development website soon.

Ameriglo I-Dot and I-Dot Pro for the M&P

Smith & Wesson M&P shooters have a great new sight option. The I-Dot and I-Dot Pro sights from Ameriglo that I like so much on Glocks are now available for the M&P.

Ameriglo I-Dot

Ameriglo I-Dot Pro

The I-Dot series of sights from Ameriglo features a 2 dot design. There is 1 dot on the front sight and 1 one on the rear sight. In order to align the sights, you place the front sight dot over the rear sight dot. I find this to be much more intuitive than the typical 3 dot sights.  For more detail you can read my full reviews on these sight sets for Glocks on the Handgun Sight Review page.

The sights are available from Ameriglo on their website.

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