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New Training Plates from Appalachian Training

Appalachian Training is the go to place for armor so it should come as no surprise that they just introduced what may be the best non-ballistic training plates that you can easily purchase. I say that it may be the best for one reason – weight.


These new plates are made from dense plastic. They replicate the shape, size, and curvature of a typical SAPI plate. Most importantly, they also replicate the weight of a standard plate. These weigh in at 6.5 pounds each which is heavier than most training plates on the market and very close to the weight of actual plates.

The new training plates are available in medium and large sizes. They are sold in pairs. Check them out at Appalachian Training.

MSM Shear Pouch Plus

The Monkey has some good ideas. The new MSM Shear Pouch Plus takes a pretty standard shear pouch and adds the useful functionality of a tourniquet holder. This allows the user to carry two items that often do not fit inside smaller IFAKs in a compact and efficient manner (takes up just 1 column of PALS webbing).

Check out the MSM Shear Pouch Plus.

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Recover Tactical BC2 Beretta 92F/M9 Grip and Rail

Beretta’s venerable 92F handgun has factory light rail options like those found on the the excellent but discontinued Vertec line or the currently available M9A1. However, the vast majority of the Beretta 92s on the market lack a light rail and for those guns there is the new upcoming Recover Tactical BC2 Beretta 92F/M9 Grip and Rail.

Recover Tactical BC2

The new BC2 works the same way as the original Recover Grips for the 1911. It is a slim, polymer unit that screws in place of the grip panels and extends forward around the trigger guard and under the dust cover to provide a light rail. The portion that is bolted to the grip is essentially the same width as the factory grip panels so there is very little additional bulk that the shooter will notice.

The BC2 should be available soon. Recover Tactical is already showing working units at IWA.

Check out Recover Tactical.

Elzetta Red Drop-In Flood Lens

Elzetta continues to build the suite of accessories available for their modular flashlights. The newest is a red version of their drop-in flood lens. This new version diffuses the light over a wide area and helps to preserve your dark adjusted vision. I suspect this would work especially well with the high/low tail cap to provide a low output, long runtime lighting option that preserves dark adjusted vision.

Check out the new lens option at

Elzetta Red Flood Lens

Ben’s Backwoods Bandanet Survival Bandana

There are a lot of “survival” bandanas on the market. Most of them are basically just a bandana with questionable survival information printed on them. The Bandanet Survival Bandana from Ben’s Backwoods actually has a few useful tricks up its sleeve.

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On one side, it looks like a normal good quality cotton bandana. When you turn it over you see a piece of bug netting sewn into the bandana. The net is attached in such a way that turning it inside out turns the Bandanet into a wearable bug net.

The Bandanet can still be used is all the same ways you might use a bandana like as a towel, a head covering, a pre-filter for water, etc. The net also makes it useful as a sack that can be useful for gathering tinder or edibles.

I always carry a bandana anyway so something like this, that serves multiple purposes, could easily find a home in my kit. Check out the Ben’s Backwoods Bandanet Survival Bandana.

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