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Blue Force Gear Micro Rack

It’s here! It’s finally here! The chest rig that I have been hoping Blue Force Gear (BFG) would make since I first laid eyes on RACKminus is now available and it’s called the Micro Rack. As you might have guessed by the name, the Micro Rack is essentially a compact version of BFG’s RACKminus.

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Like the RACKminus, the Micro Rack features BFG’s MOLLEminus technology. BFG uses a series of slots and voids to create a MOLLE compatible matrix rather than the typical webbing on backing design used on most chest rigs. This, coupled with the compact 6 column by 3 row dimensions of the Micro Rack keep its weight to minimum.

Don’t let the light weight fool you into thinking this rig can’t take abuse. It is made from BFG’s durable ULTRAcomp laminate material and its nearly stitch free construction removes many potential failure points.

The cherry on top is that the Micro Rig’s top buckles are spaced to work with Mayflower R&C/Velocity Systems’ plate carriers so you can use it as a stand alone chest rig or a very light weight panel to dock on your plate carrier.

If you want to see the Micro Rack in person, Blue Force Gear will be exhibiting this week at Warrior Expo West. Check out the Micro Rack at Blue Force Gear.

PLATEminus V2

If you pre-ordered a PLATEminus V2, you may already have it in hand. If you were waiting until they were shipping to place an order, now is the time. Blue Force Gear’s PLATEminus V2 is now available.

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BFG Wallet and Tie for Dad

Ties and wallets are go to Father’s Day gifts but no one does them quite like Blue Force Gear. Why not get dad a matching set?

BFG Tie

Blue Force Gear’s previously released “tactical” colored BFG Ties have been joined in the product line by their new BFG Wallet. The BFG Wallet is made from the same lightweight, thin, and super durable ULTRAcomp material – the same stuff they use to build their lightweight but bombproof Helium Whisper and MOLLEminus gear.

Check out the new BFG Wallet at Blue Force Gear.

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BFG – Alternate Dapper Use

Blue Force Gear posted a video that shows a handy alternate use for their Dappers (below). Dappers are their line of hook backed pouches that are intended to be attached to loop material that is commonly found inside of EDC and tactical backpacks, bags, and cases. The video shows that the Dappers can be attached to the carpet material that basically every car on the planet has lining the trunk and other compartments.

Check out the full line of Dappers at Blue Force Gear.

Blue Force Gear LMAC MOLLE Flaps

The Blue Force Gear (BFG) Lightweight Modular Armor Carrier (LMAC) is one of the most modular plate carriers on the market. It’s design allows the flap that secures the cummerbund to be removed and many users have been requesting that the flaps be available for purchase separately. BFG got the message!

The LMAC MOLLE Flaps are now available on the Blue Force Gear website. Now, LMAC users can create multiple configurations and switch between them with ease. You could configure one flap for 7.62 mags and another for 5.56. You could keep one slick and load another down with pouches. If I had an LMAC, I would probably build one flap with 3 double M4 mag pouches and another with 3 single M4 mag pouches so I can easily scale the carrier to carry only what I needed. Now that these flaps are available, you are limited only by your creativity (and pouch budget).

This represents a significant upgrade in functionality for the LMAC.

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Review: Universal Wire Loop with Push Button Socket – Coyote Brown

I am a big fan of the Blue Force Gear UWL (Universal Wire Loop). It is just so useful to mounting slings to platforms that are generally difficult to mount slings on. I keep one in my parts box so that I always have one on hand.

Blue Force Gear (BFG) recently introduced a new version of the UWL, the UWL with Push Button Socket, which has a socket for use with push-button QD sing swivels in addition to the sling loop. They have also introduced the UWL in a good looking new Flat Dark Earth color.

Overview

The new UWL consists of two main components: a coated steel cable and a machined aluminum sling loop/push button socket. The steel cable is attached in such a way that it forms a loop. This allows you to turn any attachment point on a longarm into a full size sling attachment point or even attach a sling completely independent of a dedicated attachment point.

There are numerous inventive ways that the UWL can be used. If you are a lefty and an AK shooter, the UWL can be attached to the front sling loop on the AK handguard and passed in between the barrel and gas tube to create a lefty friendly sling mounting point. I have used them to quickly add a sling to AR-15s but wrapping them around the delta ring or the buffer tube. They are one of the best rear sling mounting options for the FN SCAR. The possibilities are nearly endless.

The addition of the push button socket accomplishes a couple of things. First, it adds to the versatility of the UWL by allowing it to accept an additional type of sling connection. Second, it adds the new functionality of allowing to transition from a 2 point sling to a single point sling when the UWL is used as your rear sling attachment point.

Observations from Use

I tried the UWL with Push Button Socket on two rifles during testing: a fairly standard AKM and a borrowed FN SCAR 17. The UWL was well suited to both.

The AK was equipped with both the V2 and V3 sling plates from Echo Nine Three. The use of the Echo93 Sling Plates, allowed the UWL to be used as either a front or rear attachment point. The combination of the Echo Nine Three Sling Plates with the UWL as a rear attachment point worked very well. It positions the sling mounting point right where I like it (the rear of the receiver) and eliminates the need for a snap hook. If your AK happens to have a front rail with a push button QD sling mount on it, the UWL in conjunction with an Echo93 sling plate would also provide the ability to turn your 2 point sling into a single point sling.

The UWL seems like it was made for the FN SCAR rifles. The original UWL is a very common sight as the rear sling attachment point for SCAR shooters. It works extremely well with small loop that FN provided to attaching slings. If the original UWL was a good solution for SCAR shooters, the new UWL with Push Button Socket is a great solution due to the additional convertible single point sling functionality.

Like my original UWLs, this new version has a very robust finish that really hasn’t shown any use at all. The coating on the cable is extremely durable and keeps finish wear on your firearm to a minimum. The aluminum part of the UWL is well machined with rounded edges that are easy on the sling.

The push button socket is not rotation limited. I know many people have strong preferences for rotation limited sockets but I generally don’t. For this application, a rotation limited socket really wouldn’t make much of a difference since the UWL itself can tend to twist a bit.

Wrap Up

The UWL with Push Button Socket looks great in its new color (FDE), has additional functionality versus the already great original UWL, and is still just as useful for solving sling mounting problems. Some users may balk at the lack of rotation limiters in the push button socket but they really wouldn’t make much of a difference in this application as they do in others. This gear deserves a space in your tool box.

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