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Rosco Manufacturing® offers amazing deals with Kennel bargain bin barrels!

August 7th, 2020: Rosco Manufacturing, an American manufacturer of high-quality gun barrels & accessories, is proud to announce the launching of their new website section – the Kennel bargain bin. Hoping to keep up with market demand and continue to provide customers with well-built barrels Rosco has released a premiere crop of contract over run barrels. All Kennel bargain bin products are placed through the same QC testing criteria that all Rosco products go through, and to put it simply these are not “BLEM” products. They have decided to offer you some well-built custom pieces at some amazing prices. Rosco has curated a strong selection of barrels from some of those contracts and placed them on their shop section, with many more to be added.

All coupons codes, discounts, and most importantly FREE shipping are active on these products. Make sure to get them while they are still available!

“Rosco Manufacturing has had an amazing history of OEM contract work for a plethora of different firearms manufacturers. This list ranges from manufacturers that wanted us to make barrels for their standard production firearms, and all the way to those that needed us to make the components for their various U.S. Gov’t and U.S. Military contracts. We have been fortunate to provide fine barrels and accessories to the individual patriot all the way to the current service member. Now they are up for general sale at amazing prices!” – Gabriel Cabrera (Marketing/ Sales Director).   

Effective immediately, the following Rosco products are live and for sale:

For more information on Rosco Manufacturing and our products go to www.RoscoManufacturing.com

About Rosco Manufacturing®: Rosco Manufacturing is an American manufacturer of hard-use/ precision barrels, and accessories. Our production facility in Central Falls, RI has over 50,000 square feet of production space with room for high volume capacity. Rosco supplies major gun manufacturers (the world over) with high quality products. Through superior workmanship and unprecedented engineering, our product line continues to exceed expectations and provides a complete solution for the consumer and OEM.

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KE Arms KP-15 Progress

The KE Arms KP-15 is the spiritual successor to the CAV-15 polymer AR-15 lower. As a fan of CAV-15 lowers, I’m excited about the KP-15 because it has the right people in place behind the scenes – people who have been working with the original CAV-15 since its inception and who love it even more than I do.

The latest news from KE Arms, the manufacturers of the KP-15, is that test shots have taken place with the new injection molds (see the attached images). Weld testing will be next as the KP-15 moves closer and closer to production-ready.

Learn more at the following links:

KEArms.com

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Mini SERE Compasses from True North Concepts

Not all button compasses are created equal. In fact, most of them are nearly worthless thanks to them being fragile or inaccurate. The dry (no liquid fill), metal body SERE compasses have always been one of the gold standards for “button” compasses. They are tough and they work… but they can be hard to find in genuine form.

Enter True North Concepts. They are working with an original military contract manufacturer to produce their own Mini SERE Compass. It features a solid brass housing with cord loop and OD green finish. The dry compass ensures quick readings and that the bubbles that plague most cheap button compasses won’t be an issue. The indicator markings are painted with lume for low light.

Each compass comes with a length of cord and a customer waterproof case. The back is etched with the True North Concepts logo which allows the brass to show through the OD green paint finish.

TrueNorth-USA.com

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BCS AR 3 FINGER ELASTIC 3 CELL TUBES KIT – Cummerbund for JPC/AVS/LVS, Spiritus M119, and Velocity Scarab

Beez Combat Systems (BCS) has released their AR 3 FINGER ELASTIC 3 CELL TUBES KIT. This cummerbund upgrade is designed to fit a number of popular plate carriers including the JPC/AVS/LVS, Spiritus M119, and Velocity Systems Scarab.

The AR 3 FINGER ELASTIC 3 CELL TUBES KIT features 3 bungee retention compatible elastic cells on each side for holding magazines or similarly sized items. It features laser cut PALS so MOLLE compatible pouches may be attached. The kit includes everything the end user needs to adapt their carrier to the FirstSpear TUBES closure system and the cummerbund.

As with everything BCS sells, this is made in the USA and available in a wide selection of colors.

BeezCombatSystems.com

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Review: Crazy Creek Products Hex Original Chair

I am not exactly an ultralight hiker but I do try to keep weight a minimum. This is extremely important in North Idaho where we are either carrying a bunch of extra weight in insulation layers during the cold months or a bunch of extra weight in water in the dry months. There is one item that I carry that might be considered extra weight or a luxury item by some but it has been indispensable for me – a Crazy Creek Products Hex Original Chair.

Overview

The Hex Original Chair (now sold as an improved Hex 2.0 Original Chair) is a lightweight, easily packable, multipurpose chair. It weighs in at about 22 ounces and rolls up to a tube shape that is about 15.5″ long and 4″ in diameter. The chair is essentially a single long piece with ends that are joined with adjustable straps making the back angle adjustable.

Observations from Use

To call this a chair is doing it a disservice. It can be used in a multitude of ways, some of which have become absolutely integral to how I camp. Here are a few of the important ways I use it:

  • It is a great chair. It is actually extremely comfortable and I can usually find a small ledge, rock, or log if I don’t want to sit directly on the ground.
  • It is an auxiliary or backup sleeping mat. I use it to add padding and insulation to my sleeping mat. It also protects my inflatable pads from puncture. If I do have an issue with my pad, the Hex Original Chair can stand in for my sleeping pad (or be used for a quick trailside nap). This is a very important redundancy.
  • It is also useful for keeping things off snow or wet ground – I use it to hold fire-making materials off the ground when necessary or even tucked inside to protect them from rain. It’s also nice to stand on when you are changing clothes.

Hopefully, the above does a good enough job of justifying the extra weight. It is not one of those items that you pack and then never use. It is so useful, that I generally store it on the outside of my pack because it is one of the few items that I am likely to access along the way to camp as well as in camp. If I could fit it in a pants pocket, I would probably carry it there.

There are a variety of similar camp chairs on the market. As far as I can tell, Crazy Creek Products makes the original and they are certainly not the cheapest. I have found their chairs to be extremely durable and well worth the money. The Hex or Hex 2.0 versions are especially well suited to backpacking thanks to their lighter weight and how much smaller they pack.

There are a few things that seem to set their chairs apart. They use carbon stays to keep the weight down which is very nice. I appreciate that they use tightly weaved materials for the outer surfaces which, at least, slows moisture from getting through.Finally and probably most crucially, they reinforce the ends of the stay pockets with multiple layers of very durable material which is absolutely key for these chairs. I can’t make you spend the extra money on a Crazy Creek Products chair but at least make sure the chair you chose has heavily reinforced stay pockets or it will fail you.

I should make it clear that the chair shown here is the earlier version of the Hex. It has open mesh inside that takes some care to prevent debris and dirt from getting down into the insulation. The newer Hex 2.0 chairs are greatly improved with the addition of a tighter weaved material for the inside.

Wrap Up

The Crazy Creek Product Hex Original Chair is probably one of my all time favorite pieces of outdoor gear. I don’t hit the trail without one.

Check them out on Amazon (affiliate link): Crazy Creek Hex 2.0

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