TOPS Knives News: New Knives, SHOT Show, and a Podcast

There is a lot of news coming out of TOPS Knives these days including the release of two new knives in advance of SHOT Show where they will have even more knives to show off.

The new Street Spike is similar in design to the venerable Street Scalpel, a knife that has been in the TOPS Knives line up for years. The main difference is the skeletonized handle that keeps weight, bulk, and cost to a minimum.

The XXX Dicer Knife is the latest addition to the TOPS kitchen knife lineup. The designers at TOPS Knives see it as a useful amalgamation of a cleaver and a spatula.

You can see even more new knives in the TOPS Knives booth at SHOT Show. They will be exhibiting booth 20401. This will be the earliest look at most of the 2020 line up.

Finally, TOPS Knives is starting a podcast. They warn that while most of their social media feeds are PG rated, this podcast will not be. Expect some colorful language. Find the podcast here: TOP Knives Podcast

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Dark Hour Defense Adds M&P 380EZ Stand Off

Dark Hour Defense has line of Stand Off Devices for a variety of common handguns in their catalog. The most recent addition is for the M&P 380EZ, a handgun that has appeal as a home defense option for those with smaller statures or hand strength limitations. The M&P 380EZ Stand Off Device is compensated and retains the ability to mount a light.

DarkHourDefense.com

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Ratcheting T-Way Wrench from Fix It Sticks

Fix It Sticks has released their new Ratcheting T-Wy Wrench for pre-orders. The Ratcheting T-Way draws obvious inspiration from their previous tools but adds a reversible ratcheting mechanism. It has magnetic bit holders at all 3 ends and a finger disk for starting fasteners in tight spots.

The Ratcheting T-Way is on special during its pre-order phase. Check it out at FixItSticks.com.

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Matador Arms adds G17/G19 to its lineup of the MagX

(January 14, 2020)…Matador Arms has added a Glock version to its popular MagX lineup, giving further modularity to the 9mm AR platform.  Already available for P320, CZ-75, and M&P magazines, shooters interested in a 9mm PCC AR build will welcome the addition of the G17/G19 sized mag block adapter. 

The Mag-X allows the use of pistol magazines in any AR-15 milspec lower receiver. No modifications are required to the lower or the magazine, and the Mag-X installs in seconds. The Mag-X has a built-in magazine release and locks into place with the standard AR-15 catch. It is manufactured from aircraft-grade aluminum and has an anodized finish. The ejector and magazine catch are both steel.

All sizes are available for purchase immediately, with the newest G17/G19 size shipping in February. 

The Mag-X is available for sale in both the United States and Canada.  MSRP is $149.99 USD, with a special introductory price of $119.99.

For more information on the Mag-X, visit www.matadorarms.com or email info@matadorarms.com. Matador Arms is known for bringing quality firearms accessories to the North American market through its focus on Quality, Price and Function.

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Review: OC Tactical KGB and KGB 2.0

I’ve used an OC Tactical Kickass Grocery Bag (KGB) for years now to carry just about anything. It’s a great do-all bag for everything from firewood, to gear for a range session, to groceries (which, ironically, I have never carried in it). I have come to love the simple utility of that bag so when OC Tactical rolled out a new and improved KGB 2.0, I couldn’t resist trying it out.

KGB (right) and KGB 2.0 (left)

Overview and Improvements

The KGB is kind of like those reusable grocery bags available at a lot of higher-end grocery stores… except its actually made in such a way that the handle won’t blow out on the second time you use it (or ever). The original KGB featured 1000D Cordura Nylon construction with a one-piece, seemless Vinyl Coated Polyester bottom that is completely waterproof. The handles are made from 1.5″ wide webbing and are long enough to put on your shoulder.

The new KGB 2.0 has all of that but also has some additions. It has a removable shoulder strap (the strap is included). It also has an internal lanyard clip so you can hang items like keys inside the top edge of the bag. Finally, OC Tactical added a slip pocket on one side and a zippered stash pocket on the other so you can organize smaller items.

Zippered pocket on KGB 2.0
Stash pocket on KGB 2.0
Internal swivel on KGB 2.0

Observations from Use

I have similar overbuilt grocery/carry-all style bags from other makers and the KGB and KGB 2.0 stand out among them for one big reason – the waterproof bottom. The bottom of this bag is totally waterproof (really) which means you can set it down on wet snow without fear of water soaking through. On a recent adventure with Ivan at KitBadger, I used these bags to carry firewood for a pack stove, placing the bags directly on nasty, wet snow without fear of dampening the wood inside.

The waterproof bottom also has another benefit which is probably my favorite thing about the KGB. The vinyl bottom is stiffer than the 1000D Cordura used in the rest of the bag and it gives enough structure that the bag will actually stand mostly open and mostly upright on its own. This makes loading the bag a lot easy than bags with no structure.

These bags are extremely durable and versatile. You can basically store whatever you want in them within reason. I’ve used them to store winter gear like gloves and hats, as range bags, to pick up brass on the range, to carry gear like a chest rig and belt to a carbine course, as totes inside a pulk sled, to carry firewood, to carry river rock from the creek on our property for landscaping, to hold recovery gear in the bed of my truck, to hold emergency winter layers in a winter vehicle kit, and basically anything other than carrying groceries. If it fits and you can lift it, it probably won’t hurt the bag.

This KGB keeping firewood dry in some challenging conditions.

Wrap Up

Think of these bags as a big Cordura bucket. They are as versatile as can be and just about bomb-proof. I review a lot of gear that I “like” and some that might even be my favorite pieces of gear of a certain type. The OC Tactical Kickass Grocery Bags are among my favorite pieces of gear, period, regardless of type.

Check out the KGB and KGB 2.0 here:

KGB at OC Tactical.com

KGB 2.0 at OCTactical.com

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