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The Buff – Swiss Army Knife of Headwear

What if there was one piece of gear that could serve as a scarf, a knit hat, a gaiter, a pot cozy, a handkerchief, a sleep hat and more? What if it also weighed very little and folded almost completely flat? Well, such an item exists. It’s called a Buff and it’s as amazing as it sounds.

What Is It?

It’s simple – really, really simple. A Buff is basically just a fabric tube. It is usually made from a material with some stretch like Merino Wool, polyester, and synthetic fleece. The tube shape is the key to its versatility.

Original Buff is, as far as I can tell, the originator of the Buff. The name “Buff” is a brand name but it has become somewhat of a genericized trademark that refers to similar headwraps from other manufacturers. My first experience with something similar was the Spec Ops Brand Recon Wrap about 15 years ago. Mil-Spec Monkey, OR, and others all make versions of this useful item. Now I own several including some from Original Buff which I prefer.

What’s the Big Deal?

The Buff’s versatility is off the charts and if you enjoy spending time outside, you’ll likely never stop finding uses for them. They are an incredible addition to a cold-weather EDC. I don’t leave home without one when the temperatures start dropping and I camp/hike with one year-round.

Here are some of the ways I have used mine:

  1. knit cap (great for cool summer nights above treeline)
  2. sun protection
  3. sweatband
  4. ear warmer
  5. helmet liner
  6. pot cozy/holder (great for insulating rehydrating camp meals or holding hot pot handles as long as you have a non-melting material)
  7. scarf
  8. gaiter
  9. balaclava
  10. handkerchief
  11. hand towel
  12. pillowcase (wrapped around a stuff sack that was stuffed with clothes)
  13. More ways to wear a buff

My first Buffs were all made from synthetic materials. They were fairly thin and served me well in all 4 seasons. However, last year a friend mentioned that Buff Headwear now offered 100% Merino Wool Buffs which opened up a whole new world of functionality since Merino won’t melt. I am more comfortable using the wool version handling hot pots in camp. It also seems to stave off stink longer than the polyester versions. If I could only have one, it would be one of the lightweight Merino Wool Buffs.

My Buff is usually working for me even when I am not wearing one. I typically fold one flat and tuck it into the front pocket of my Hill People Gear Kit Bag to pad items like my compass and phone. This protects my gear just a bit and keeps the Buff in an easy to access location.

Wrap Up

Buffs are as multifunctional as a Swiss Army Knife and useful in all 4 seasons. They are one of my all-time favorite pieces of gear.

You may have a source for them locally so check your local outdoor stores. I have a local source but they don’t carry the Merino Wool versions that I prefer so I have purchased mine on Amazon.

Buff Headware on Amazon.com (affiliate link)

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GunfightersINC Adds Nightstick Weapon Light Support

When I reviewed the Nightstick TMC-550XL weapon light, I found it to be a great light. The only thing that I lamented was the lack of holster support at the time. Fortunately, that is changing as GunfightersINC has just announced that they are selling and will mold holsters for the Nightstick weapon lights.

GunfightersINC.com

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Veterans Day

Veterans, on behalf of those of us at Jerking the Trigger, thank you for your service. We respect and appreciate what you have done for this nation.

Sincerely,

Matt and the rest of the JTT Family

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Arken Optics EP-4 Series

Arken Optics has introduced its new EP-4 Series optics. These optics have a very solid feature set for their asking price. Features include: ED glass, 34mm tubes, 100 click per revolution target turrets, MIL/MIL reticle and turrets (MOA versions coming later), side parallax adjustment, and a very functional reticle.

The series includes a 6-24×50 and a 4-14×50. The 4-16×50 is surprisingly compact for a scope in that magnification range.

Check out ArkenOptics.com to learn more.

Hat tip to Ivan at KitBadger.com for the heads up on these.

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MAGPUL BIPOD – SLING STUD QD (MAG1075)

The Magpul Bipod – Sling Stud QD is the next offering in the Magpul bipod line. Able to mount on the Uncle Mike’s® Sling Swivel Stud that’s common to nearly every sporting rifle made, the Magpul Bipod – Sling Stud QD is the strongest, most fully featured bipod available with direct sling stud mounting.

With its rapid-attach sling stud mounting system, the Sling Stud QD bipod takes the effort out of aligning and tightening that comes with traditional sling stud-mount bipods. The stainless-steel mounting system self-locates and aligns perfectly every time, and an ergonomic thumbwheel allows for excellent grip to ensure easy tightening. Additionally, two sizes of non-marring, high-durometer rubber mounting gaskets are provided to ensure optimized fit and load distribution on narrow sporter-contour or wider target-style forends. The ability to mount a sling with standard locking sling swivels on the forend is maintained with a low-profile sling stud on the rear of the Sling Stud QD mount, which also provides for a quick detachment when it’s needed.

Providing the same premium features available in the existing line of Magpul bipods, the Sling Stud QD bipod brings you the high performance associated with higher-priced bipods at a significantly more affordable price. Spring-tensioned, Mil-Spec hard anodized 6061-T6 aluminum and injection-molded, reinforced polymer legs stow neatly forward and snap down and lock into place with one hand. Leg extensions slide and lock securely with the push of a button on any of the seven locking detents extending from 6.6” to 10.0”. An industry-exclusive 50° of total tilt are controlled by a glove-friendly, knurled, tool-less, bipod locking knob located between the extended legs, allowing easy adjustment between shots. A soft rubber bipod locking knob cap is attached to the locking knob, giving users a steady, non-marring forward rest while the bipod is folded. Additionally, its staggered soft rubber feet hold fast on a variety of shooting surfaces and are easily removed with a roll pin punch. Should users choose to change feet, the Sling Stud QD’s legs accept most Atlas-pattern bipod replaceable feet. The streamlined housing and legs fit neatly under the barrel and are just under 2.5” deep and 3.3” wide when folded.

Features

  • Rapid-attach, self-locating stainless-steel mounting system attaches to Uncle Mike’s Sling Studs on narrow or wide forends, while also providing a quick detachment capability
  • High strength reinforced injection-molded polymer, Steel and Mil-Spec hard anodized 6061 T-6 aluminum construction
  • (+/-) 25 degrees of tilt about the longitudinal axis of weapon for a total of 50 degrees
  • Uncle Mike’s-style sling stud on rear of mounting body
  • Rapid leg deployment with efficient single-handed adjustability
  • Quiet and positive leg deployment, adjustment and stowage
  • Adjustable friction knob for setting tilt and ease of movement
  • Individually adjustable leg lengths in 0.5” increments for a total of seven positions
  • Removable rubberized feet are compatible with B&T Industries Atlas pattern replaceable feet

Compatibility

Wide or narrow forends or M1913/M-LOK® adapters using the Uncle Mike’s pattern QD sling stud

Colors

BLK and FDE

Price:

$129.95

Magpul.com

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Emotional Support Uzi Morale Patch from Stickthison.com

The biggest problem with emotional support animals is that they aren’t Emotional Support Uzis. Science knows this and Stickthison.com knows this. The good news is that you don’t have to live another day without your own Emotional Support Uzi. It’s almost as easy to buy on the internet than those sketchy support dog papers for your mutt.

Stickthison.com

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CMC Triggers Announces the Release of its New Combat Curve Trigger (CCT™)

Fort Worth, Texas: Introducing the new CMC Triggers AR-15/AR-10 Combat Curve Trigger (CCT™) … The innovative design combines the comfort of the classic curve with the indexing of CMC’s patented flat trigger into one dynamic hybrid trigger bow for the modern warfighter. The CMC CCT™ has an exceptionally smooth feel, ultra-clean break, and an exceptional lock time and lightning-fast reset.

CMC Triggers is the original maker and manufacturer of the Drop-in Trigger Group for the AR-15/10 rifle since 2003. CMC’s critical sear engagement surfaces have a propriety machining process that renders superior surface finish and dimensional control. As compared to their competition, the techniques used establish a 1-2 RMS surface finish as opposed to EDMing which leaves a pitty 32 RMS, compared to a mirror which is 0 RMS. CMC Triggers sear engagement overlap is six to eight times greater than their competitors. This provides a much safer trigger and enhances reliability.


CMC AR-15/AR-10 Combat Curve Trigger (CCT™) Features:

  • Single Stage Match Trigger
  • Ultra-crisp 3.5lb trigger pull with no creep prior to hammer release
  • Glass-smooth break with no feel of grittiness
  • Minimal lock time is designed into the assembly using controlled hammer weight and balance activated by a rocket wire hammer spring, assuring repeatable function with either commercial or military grade ammunition
  • Positive trigger reset allows a quick follow up shot on target
  • Trigger pull is factory pre-set and not user adjustable
  • Hand assembled, and hand tested
  • Totally self-contained one-piece assembly
  • Includes CMC Anti-Walk Pin Set
  • Fits MIL-SPEC AR-15 and AR-10 style rifles
  • Made from 8620 Alloy Steel and S7 Tool Steel with machined tolerances of +/– .001″
  • Trigger is easy to install following the instructions: follow link www.cmctriggers.com/installation-instructions

All CMC products come with a Lifetime Warranty and are made in the U.S.A., CMC proudly designs all its products for Law Enforcement, Military and Civilian use.

For more information about CMC Triggers and all the products we offer please visit us at www.cmctriggers.com

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Follow Hollow Performance Alpaca Socks

Alpaca fiber has some excellent qualities even over fibers like Merino wool. It wicks, resists funk, and insulates with less bulk while staying extremely soft. Those attributes make it attractive for socks but there are few examples of readily available alpaca fiber socks on the market and those that are available often have little actual fiber content. Enter Follow Hollow.

Follow Hollow, founded by Brian Davis of Fix It Sticks, is attempting to launch a sock line that is designed from the ground up to leverage the qualities of alpaca fiber all while not skimping on the alpaca fiber content (at least 80%) and offering the socks at a price similar to premium wool socks.

The Performance Alpaca Socks have been launched on Kickstarter. There is a week remaining and the project is nearly fully funded.

Follow Hollow on Kickstarter

FollowHollow.com

Bockscar Bomber Hat from Garage Built Gear

Garage Built Gear, maker all kinds of EDC items from the materials and camo patterns that we all love, is about to drop some very cool bomber hats. The Bockscar Bomber Hat is their version of the classic bomber hat design and it looks amazing.

The outer portion of the Bockscar is sewn from your choice of color or camo pattern in either 500D or 1000D Cordura Nylon (denier depends on color or pattern). The options include Multicam, Multicam Arid, Multicam Alpine, Multicam Black, Chocolate Chip, Woodland, Black, and OD Green. The inner is soft, warm fleece in your choice of Black Stretch Polar Fleece or “Mountain Pattern”.

These hats are hand made and will be released in small batches. The first batch will be released today (November 5th, 2019) at 12PM CST (Noon). If you want one, don’t screw around because $60 is a great price for a hand made item like this. They will likely sell out quickly.

GarageBuiltGear.com

Review: Fenix E30R

Earlier this year, I bought a Fenix E30R in the hopes that it would work well as a lightweight, bright, compact, 18650 powered flashlight, for outdoor use. I was basically buying the form-factor as the E30R is just about as small as you can make a 18650 powered light. Unfortunately, the light hasn’t quite worked out like I hoped. It works to be sure but it could be better with some seemingly simple additions.

Overview

The E30R is a compact, USB rechargable flashlight that is powered by a single 18650 or 2 CR123A batteries. It boasts 1600 lumens pushed through a TIR optic to shape the beam.

Size:
Length: 3.9” (99mm)
Body: 0.8” (21.5mm)
Head: 1.0” (25.4mm)

Weight: 1.8 oz. (51g) excluding battery

Battery: One 18650 rechargeable Li-ion battery (included) or two CR123A Lithium batteries can be used in an emergency

Included: Fenix ARB-L18-3500 rechargeable Li-ion battery, magnetic charging cable, body clip, lanyard, spare O-ring

Observations from Use

I’ve owned many Fenix lights over the years. In fact, I owned one of the first Fenix lights imported via a group buy on Candlepower forums back in the day. They have always served me well and I have come to trust and even prefer them in many cases. This is the first one that has disappointed me. It looks amazing. It is extremely bright. The form-factor is amazing. The clip is excellent. The output levels are nicely spaced. Fenix got so much right but their user interface design let them down in a big way.

The light can be turned on by a half-second long press on the switch. That means that when you need light, you push the switch and wait. That is annoying. When I push the switch, I want light right then. On top of that, the light always turns on in low mode which can be a good thing unless you want most or even all of the lumens right away. You have to long press to turn the light on and then click to cycle through each of the 5 modes. For example, accessing the Turbo setting from off requires a half-second long press followed by 4 clicks. There is no way to access Turbo or High from off and no mode memory. Either or both of those options would make this light 10 times easier to live with.

I realize that I can’t hold too much of this against the light because I read about the user interface before I bought the light and it is marketed as an EDC light (which is often code for a fiddly user interface in flashlight marketing terms). Still, I was hoping it wouldn’t be as annoying as it seemed… but it is. The user interface is just not well suited to outdoor (and obviously “tactical”) use.

With all that out of the way, I can report that this light is great in other ways. It makes use of a SST40 LED behind a lens and the beam is EXCELLENT. It’s bright, white, and well balanced in terms of throw and spill. The E30R puts all that SST40 efficiency to good use with great mode spacing. In most outdoor use cases, the 350 lumen medium setting is more than enough light and it will give you over 5 hours of runtime in that setting!

In terms of appearance and other physical attributes, the light is a joy. The copper-colored accents look great. The magnetic charging and battery charge indicator are easy to use and functional. The deep carry clip is strong and well designed. The light is easy to hold and operate in spite of its small size.

Wrap Up

This light could have been great as it combines so many great features and attributes in such a small, 18650 powered package. If it just had some sort of output mode memory or a way to go directly to High or Turbo setting, it would be a far more useful light for outdoor use. As it is now, it feels like a light with a lot of unrealized potential. If you are looking for a light for something like EDC in an office, this might work.

I purchased my E30R from FenixLighting.com. It is also available elsewhere including Amazon.com.

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