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AR15 Lamp

Is this the best lamp ever? Probably.

AR15 Lamps are just what they sound like – lamps made from real AR15 parts. I am not an interior designer but I am sure that a lamp that has a base that basically consists of an AR15 from the delta ring forward is going to make any room look great.

There are many options available to you when you order your lamp. There are several choices of base and shade. You can choose a “Tier 2” lamp that has standard hand guards or you can go with the “Tier 1” lamp that features a railed hand guard so it can be outfitted with your favorite accessories.

You can find contact and purchase information for AR15 Lamps on their website.

The Tier 2 lamp is lighter on features but it is still sure to start some conversations.

Why would you have feet made from rubber or felt when you could have once fired .50BMG brass.

No detail is too small - the switch is a cam pin.

The lamp is topped off with a turret from a Leupold scope.

Merry Christmas!

Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given…

I hope that you are spending time surrounded by friends and family.

Merry Christmas from Jerking the Trigger!

Review: Multitasker Tools Ultralight

The Ultralight box lists several of the features of the tool.

Multitasker Tools makes a line of compact, multifunctional tools that are designed specifically to service the AR-15. I previously reviewed the TUBE from Multitasker and loved it. After the review, I was very eager to try out more Multitasker Tools. Thankfully, Shane at Multitasker Tools was generous enough to provide one of his excellent Ultralights along for me to try.

The first thing that I noticed about the Ultralight is that is has a form factor similar to a Swiss Army Knife (SAK). This is a great form for a tool like this since it allows the tools to open in such a way that they are basically straight and inline with the handle. The Ultralight is what MacGyver would have carried if he wasn’t such a sissy about guns.

The Ultralight comes with everything shown in the picture.

The Ultralight has a useful lanyard loop and pocket clip.

In the Box

When you purchase an Ultralight you will find several useful items in the box. There is the tool itself, a bit holder with an assortment of 10 useful bits, and a heavy duty MOLLE compatible sheath. There is also a paper that spells out the limited lifetime warranty and has some instructions for usage.


The sheath is designed to accept both the Ultralight itself and the bit holder (with bits). There is an elastic sleeve in the back of the sheath that holds the bit holder in place and keeps it from rattling against the Ultralight. The back of the sheath features a MOLLE strap that allows you to attach the Ultralight to your chest rig, belt rig, plate carrier, pack, or any other MOLLE webbing.

The sheath is MOLLE compatible.

The bit driver uses standard 1/4" bits so you can easily tailor your kit to your AR.

Bits and Bit Holder

The bit holder is made from a flexible rubber material. It relies on friction to retain the bits and it retains them very well. The Ultralight comes with an assortment of useful bits that should cover a wide variety of tasks like tightening a scope ring. If the included bits don’t work for you, you can easily add any standard 1/4″ bits to suit the specific fasteners found on your gear.

The Ultralight has 4 main tools with many intended and improvises uses. They are (from left to right): castle nut wrench, bit driver/front sight tool, dental pick, and bolt scraper.

Even if you generally don't scrape your bolts, you will find other uses for this versatile tool.

Tool Selection

The Ultralight has 4 tools, many with multiple uses. The first tool is the castle nut wrench (AKA stock wrench). The castle nut is the notched round nut that holds the end plate and receiver extension (AKA buffer tube or stock tube) in place. The castle nut is notorious for coming loose at inopportune times and causing malfunctions. This is why many people stake it in place and why it is extremely wise to have a tool in the field that is capable of tightening it in a pinch. The castle nut wrench also has a flat blade screw driver tip and is capable of being used as a bottle opener.

The second tool is the bit driver. This comes with a very easy to use front sight adjustment tool installed but it can easily accept any of the included bits. Many multitools use non-standard sized bits but Multitasker Tools insist on the extra function, ease of use, and versatility that comes with using standard 1/4″ bits that are available in any hardware store. Thanks to the way the tools opens and locks inline with the handle, the bit driver is very easy to use. It feels much like a standard screwdriver in the hand. You may want to consider adding an extension to your kit.

The bolt scraper is the third tool. It has a thumb stud that allows you to open it one handed. The end of the scraper is bent 90 degrees and is rounded. This allows it to conform to the unique contours of a bolt tail. Many users have also reported success when using this tool to clear brass stuck in the chamber of their AR or correct bolt override malfunctions.

The fourth tool is a dental pick. The pick is shaped to be helpful in cleaning the very small corners that can be found on an AR-15 bolt. It is also shaped to be a useful for removing the bolt retainer pin from the bolt carrier. The pick can be removed from the tool to reveal a threaded post that will accept an OTIS cleaning cable. This allows you to use your Ultralight as a handle for pulling your cleaning cable through the barrel.

Every tool on the Ultralight locks open.

The liner locks are very well executed. You can also see the bronze washers used to keep the tools moving freely.

Details, Fit, and Finish

Many of the construction methods and materials used in the Ultralight are similar to those used in quality folding knives – like G10, locking mechanisms, and bronze washers.

Sometimes a single detail will stand out as a glimpse into just how much experience and thought went into the design and manufacture of this tool. The Ultralight features handle scales made from G10. G10 has some incredible properties that make it ingenious for this application. It is extremely hard and durable so its surface can be machined to provide a lot of grip and it is resistant to solvents. So it is basically exactly what you would want on a tool that is made to work in and around mechanical devices that require the heavy use of lubricants and solvents in order to maintain operation.

Each individual tool locks in place when fully opened. The castle nut wrench and bit driver use a sort of short lock back mechanism. The dental pick and bolt scraper both use liner locks. The liner locking tools both have stops ground into the tang of the tool that prevents the liner lock from over traveling. This is a very functional safety feature that I have never seen before.

There are bronze washers sandwiched between the tools and the liners. Those of you who are familiar with folding knives will recognize this as a desirable feature. The bronze washer allows the tools to pivot smoothly even though they are sandwiched in the tool very tightly. They also serve to shim the tools a bit to reduce side-to-side play. These are the kind of touches that go unnoticed by most but reflect the quality of a Multitasker Tool.

All the metal parts of the tool are finished in an attractive black oxide finish that seems to be very durable. Even after a fair amount of use the tools show little to no finish wear on the tangs where the locks engage which is generally a very high wear area.

The Ultralight also features a lanyard loop and pocket clip. The lanyard loop is very useful for dummy cording the Ultralight to your gear so it can not be dropped or lost. I found the pocket clip useful for keeping the Ultralight clipped in a pocket during tasks where I knew I would need it frequently like zeroing a new optic.

Even with gloved or oily hands, the G10 scales provide excellent grip.


There are so many uses for the Ultralight both intended and improvised. The quality is great, the design is ingenious, the materials used in its manufacture add to the functionality, and its functions are many. What more can you ask from a tool? The Multitasker Tools Ultralight would make a very worthy addition to your range gear.

You can purchase your own Ar-15/M16 Multitasker Tools Ultralight Multitasker Tool at Brownells.

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Patch Collecting: Battle Arms Development Patch

It seems to me that any patch with an M14 embroidered on it is automatically cool. You may not realize that before Battle Arms Development (BAD) made excellent Ambi Safety Selectors, they made tools for the M14/M1A.

Kifaru Ultralight

Kifaru has a new ultralight line of packs and accessories. How ultralight you ask? Well, the KU5200 boasts 5200 cubic inches of cargo space and is built to carry 100+ pounds of gear but the pack itself weighs less than 3 pounds! The smaller packs weigh even less.

As impressive as the packs look, I am even more excited by the Kifaru Ultralight (KU) line of pockets and pouches. One of the best thing about Kifaru is how modular the packs are designed to be. However, when you start bolting on several pouches made from 1000D Cordura, the weight adds up quickly. The KU line will have pouches and pockets that only weigh a few ounces each. For instance, the KU long pockets add only 4.5 ounces to the over all weight of the pack. That is amazing.

You can view the entire Kifaru Ultralight line on the Kifaru website.

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New Summit Duffel from Mountain Ridge Gear

Mountain Ridge Gear recently introduced their medium Summit Duffel. This duffel bag has some really slick features. It has large sections of MOLLE webbing on both ends, several pockets to organize your gear, wide straps to handle heavy loads, and the typical Mountain Ridge Gear over-built construction. This bag would be a great range bag, car kit, gym bag, or carry-on bag. It is hard to beat a well made duffel bag for all-around gear toting versatility.

Check out the Summit Duffel at Mountain Ridge Gear’s site.


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Review: Fight and Flight Tactical Sustainment Pouches

I have been looking for very specific pouches for long time. The pouches needed to be tall and slender enough to fit the sides of my Kifaru packs and still allow me enough space to Dock & Lock my Kifaru E&E pack on the front. The pouches would be used to carry some typical essentials while freeing the main compartment of the pack to carry bulkier items. It sounds pretty simple, but I couldn’t find what I wanted at a price I was willing to pay until I found the Fight and Flight Tactical Sustainment Pouches.

The split upper and lower MOLLE sections are a clever feature.

The Sustainment Pouch attaches via 4 short MALICE clips.


  • Height: 14″
  • Width: 6″
  • Depth: 2.5″
  • Capacity: 210 cu
  • Material: 1000D Cordura
  • Attachment method: 4 short MALICE clips
  • Footprint: 2-4 MOLLE columns and 7 MOLLE rows to attach
  • Price: 24.95 each (Multicam +$3, Multicam with Multicam webbing +$5)

There are no exposed cloth edges in these pouches. Note the double stitching.

The zipper is double stitched to the pouch.


Just reading the above dimensions won’t tell you the whole story about how useful these pouches really are. They are large enough to fit 2 USGI 1 Quart canteens. You can also fit 2 32 ounce Nalgene bottles with room to spare. There is enough space for a hydration bladder or 2 MREs. I fit a set (tops and bottoms) of heavy weight polypro long underwear in one. The size and shape of this pouch makes it extremely versatile. They are relatively large compared to most general purpose pouches on the market, but due to their shape and the location they are designed to attach to on the pack, they look and feel compact.

The Sustainment Pouches exhibit very durable construction. Every seam is double stitched. The zipper is also double stitched to the pouch. Every seam is covered with webbing so that there are no exposed cloth edges. The MOLLE webbing is attached to the pouch with triple stitching that also serve to stiffen the front of the pouch and help it hold its shape.

The double zipper runs across the top of the pouch and a little past half way down the sides. This provides great access to the contents of the pouch. Each zipper is silenced with a paracord pull instead of a metal pull. The paracord is terminated with an ITW cord end.

The webbing on the back of the pack seems to be designed for maximum versatility. The pouch can be attached to MOLLE sections with as few as 2 columns or as many as 4 columns. This is ideal for packs like the previously reviewed Spec Ops T.H.E. Pack which only has 2 MOLLE columns on the top part of the side and 3 on the bottom side. These pouches work extremely well on my Kifaru packs as well (like the previously reviewed MOLLE Express). As long as your pack has 2-4 columns of MOLLE and 7 rows of MOLLE to work with, you can find a way to fit these pouches.

The Sustainment Pouches fit perfectly on a Kifaru MOLLE Express.

The double zippers feature paracord pulls to reduce noise. You can also see the heavy stitching used to tack down the MOLLE webbing.

Unique Features

These pouches also display some very nice features that I haven’t seen on anything else. The MOLLE webbing on the front of the pouch is split into two groups. There is a 4 column by 2 row section on top front and 4 column by 3 row section on the bottom front. There is a small space between the two sections. This allows you to mount pouches on the top and bottom section without obstructing access to top loading pouches on the bottom section (like magazine pouches). This gap in the MOLLE sections also serves to create a natural hinge point on the pouch where the flap can lay open for easy access to the contents of the pouch.

The Sustainment Pouches have a drainage grommet at the bottom center of the pouch. There is a pad of loop material sewn around the grommet. You can close off the grommet by placing the provided section of hook material over the grommet if you would rather not have an open hole in the bottom of your pouch. This hook and loop closure system is very clever.

The space between the MOLLE section of the front of the pouch allows the pouch to hang open for easy access.

The drainage grommet can be closed with an ingenious hook and loop pad.

Almost Perfect

As much as these pouches are perfect for my intended application, I still have to mention an issue. The pouches that I received initially had a heavy cigar smoke smell (which may be a bonus for some of you). I contacted Dave, the proprietor of Fight and Flight Tactical, about the smell. He explained what happened and that it was not typical. He also shared the steps that he was taking to correct the smell. He immediately sewed another set of pouches and shipped them to me before I had a chance to return the originals. Through the entire transaction and even before I purchased the pouches he maintained steady contact with me via email. Every gear maker is going to make a mistake occasionally. It is the reaction to these mistakes that separates the good from the great and Fight and Flight certainly reacted like a great gear maker. I would think that Dave has taken care of the cigar smell by now.


The Fight and Flight Sustainment Pouches are perfectly designed for their specific purpose. They offer a combination of low cost, high quality, durability, and functionality that I don’t think can be beat. I dare you find a better pouch than this for less money. Heck, I dare you to find a better pouch for twice as much money.

Check out the Sustainment Pouch on the Fight and Flight Tactical website.

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Grey Ghost Gear Outlet

This is a great idea!

The Grey Ghost Gear Outlet is an outlet store for tactical gear. They have everything from 3 day packs, to chest rigs, to hydration pouches, and everything in between. The prices are absolutely phenomenal and the shipping prices are fairly reasonable.

Right now, they seem to have a lot of Tactical Tailor items in stock along with some WileyX glasses. I imagine that the inventory will change regularly, so check back often.

Check them out at GreyGhostOutlet.com.

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Review: Andy's Leather Sap

This sap features a long wrist lanyard.

Saps are not a new idea. They have been around for many years and for good reason – they work. They work so well in fact, that many police departments no longer issue them or even allow their use due to the injuries that they can inflict. Thankfully for us regular guys, we are not bound by police policy and, as long as your local laws allow, you can own and carry one of these effective and nostalgic impact devices.

What is a Sap?

Saps come in many forms but at their most basic, they consist of a handle and a weighted end (usually with lead shot). They are usually made of leather though other more modern materials like nylon and kydex are sometimes used. Saps often have a lanyard of some kind to provide retention if the fight turns into a grappling match. They are usually flexible to provide sort of whipping action and some use a flat spring in the handle to enhance the whipping action.

The weighted end basically just serves to store potential energy until you decide to turn it into kinetic energy by swinging it. When used properly saps have been known to concuss the person being hit, produce one hit knockouts, break jaws, break wrists, break ribs, and other painful injuries. You need only to be popped lightly in the jaw once to feel how effective a sap can be.

The stitching on this sap is pushed out close to the edges as it should be.

The Details…
The sap that is the subject of this review is from Andy’s Leather. It is very traditional in its shape and materials. It features a typical tear drop shape and a long wrist lanyard. The body of the sap is 6″ long and it weighs 7.10 ounces. The vast majority of that weight is the load of lead shot.

Andy uses hand selected cuts of bridle leather for his saps (he also has lower priced options available for the budget conscious) and it shows in this sap. The grain is excellent and the leather has really softened nicely in the short time that I have been working with it. The grain is very attractive and it will improve with age.

Straight, evenly spaced stitching is a hallmark of quality leather work. The stitching on this sap is excellent. Andy bonds the leather with rubber cement and then stitches while the cement is still wet. This makes for a strong bond as the cement is drawn through the multiple layers of leather. The location of the stitching is important in sap selection too. The best saps, like this one, have stitching that is as close to the edge of the leather as possible.

Quality stitching is a hallmark of great leather work.

The rich reddish brown semi-matte finish is applied very evenly and is very attractive. The sap really has a quality about it that you can only get from a craftsman. It looks and feels natural and handmade. The best part of buying quality leather products is that you know that the look and feel will only improve with age.

The lanyard is one of my favorite things about this sap. It makes it very easy to retrieve from a pocket and it also makes this very compact sap perform like a longer sap. It works like a grip extension that allows you to grip the sap with your thumb, index, and middle finger, while your ring and pinky fingers are on the lanyard. Of course, you can also choke up so that your whole hand is on the sap. It is a versatile configuration.

This sap is a great size for every day carry.

The combination of size and weight of this sap is excellent. This would make an ideal everyday carry sap. It could easily be stowed in a brief case and retrieved quickly by its lanyard. It also carries easily in the back  pocket of jeans or “tactical” pants. Even though it is quite compact, this sap hits  harder than similar sized saps that I have used. That is probably due to the way that the lanyard allows you to choke down on the grip which effectively lengthens the sap in your hand. If you need one sap that can do it all, this design is definitely worth a look.

The beauty of ordering from a true custom shop like Andy’s Leather is that he can make whatever type of sap that you want and Andy’s background as a police officer and impact tool instructor can really help guide your decision making. He offers several finishes, double stitching, and even rivets to reinforce the stitching (a popular option for saps headed to Iraq and Afghanistan). Those who are not sure exactly what they want might be best served by browsing the selection of saps that he keeps on hand.

You can contact Andy via either of his web sites: www.Shottist.com or www.Andy’sLeather.com.

The lanyard displays the Andy's Leather web address.

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.

Stay tuned for an upcoming review of a very unique sap from Andy’s Leather.

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Magpul RSA

The Magpul RSA is now shipping. The RSA is a forward sling mount that is purpose built to work with the Magpul MS2 sling but it will work with similar slings like the Emdom Gunslinger as well. It provides an attachment point for transitioning your sling quickly from single-point configuration to two-point configuration. It is low profile enough and light weight enough that it won’t get in your way when not in use.

The Magpul website has all the details.

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