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Simple Theory Gear Adds New Accessories for The Pack Stove

Simple Theory Gear continues to develop The Pack Stove with the addition of several new products. You can view my review of The Pack Stove for background on what I consider to be an excellent and versatile twig stove.

The new products include an ash plate, a new storage sack option that fits The Pack Stove and Stanley Adventure Cook Set perfectly, a new burner plate, and more. Check out the video below for details and visit


High Speed Gear® releases new ReFlex accessory

SWANSBORO, N.C. – June 23, 2020 – High Speed Gear® is proud announce the expansion of the ReFlex™ line with the ReFlex Vehicle Mount, a companion accessory for the ReFlex IFAK System.

The ReFlex Vehicle Mount is designed specifically to mount the Med Roll to the back of most detachable headrests. The elastic cinch strap design allows the Med Roll, or similarly-sized pouches/items, to be quickly pulled out to the side without disengaging the side-release buckle. This mounting platform can also hold a tourniquet with a 3” elastic loop for easy vehicle storage.

“This is just a logical accessory that brings the ReFlex IFAK System directly into the everyday,” said Bill Babboni, HSGI® vice president of sales and operations. “The ReFlex Vehicle Mount is exactly what you need to keep your medical gear within easy reach.”

About Comp-Tac Victory Gear®

Comp-Tac Victory Gear® is devoted to designing and manufacturing the highest quality concealed carry, competition, tactical holsters and related accessories on the market. Comp-Tac® products offer options that make it easy and comfortable to carry a firearm for all our customers: law enforcement, military, shooting sports enthusiasts and responsibly armed citizens. We build with the customer in mind, ensuring speed of manufacturing, quality of product, competitive pricing and superior customer service to support the desire to take responsibility for personal safety, security and recreational firearm use.

About High Speed Gear®

High Speed Gear® is dedicated to building the best 100% American-made, Battle-Proven Tactical Gear™. Our products are designed for the highest level of comfort, functionality and versatility. Satisfaction is guaranteed for all our customers, whether military, law enforcement or responsibly-armed citizens. Our products are user driven and are designed based on the operational experiences of a wide variety of end users.


Sneak Peek: Architect Knife Systems Field Buddy 6.5

We recently mentioned the new Architect Knife Systems Field Buddy 5.5 from The Knife Connection (TKC). Now TKC has already dropped a teaser image for the direction (or directions) that Architect might head next.

Field Buddy 6.5 Prototype

The teaser shows a prototype for the Field Buddy 6.5, a knife with the same handle as the 5.5 but a longer blade. It also shows a potentially new grind option for the series in the form of a Scandi grind and a new contoured burlap micarta handle option. TKC has also been floating the idea 3V steel as a new premium steel option. That is a lot of options for a company that already offers a lot of options to the buyer.

Stay tuned for more details on availability.

Field Buddy 6.5

The Knife Connection (TKC) Blurs the Line Between Custom and Production with the Architect Field Buddy 5.5

Have you ever wished you could have the type of control over knife features that you get when ordering a custom knife… but pay a production knife price? That is the promise of the TKC Architect series and the first offering in that series – the Field Buddy 5.5.

The Architect Field Buddy 5.5 is available 2 ways from TKC. You can purchase the bare blade with handle kit on its own or you can use their Knife Builder to customize with your choice of handle scales, sheath options, and more.

The Field Buddy 5.5 is ground from 5/32″ thick 1095 steel. The blade has a high saber ground drop point shape where the point is in line with the handle. The blades are produced by TOPS Knives who knows how to get a lot of performance out of 1095 steel.

The handle shape is shared with the ESEE 6 which allows TKC to offer their massive array of aftermarket ESEE handles to fit the Field Buddy 5.5. The amount of options available is staggering and these handles are very comfortable to use in my experience.

There are a lot more specs and features to see and customize on the TKC Knife Builder. You can also check out the bare blade (must be purchased with handle kit) and all available accessory options at TKC’s Architect product page.

OC Tactical Facemask Updates

OC Tactical has made two updates to their facemasks. First, they are now including a disposable PM2.5 filter insert with each mask in addition to the included disposable fiber filter insert. This addition comes with a very slight price increase ($7.00, up from $6.25). Second, the mask is now available in Multicam in addition to the previously available Tiger Stripe and Desert Tiger Stripe options.

I purchased a number of these when they were initially available and I am very pleased with them. The ear bands in particular are extremely comfortable and the ability to insert disposable filter media is a nice feature. I also find them to be quite affordable.

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