Gear Featured Products of Issue 25 – Incoming Rob Curtis May 6, 2016 0 COMMENT Want to add a little more texturing and beavertail to your Glock? All you’ll need is a Glock Armorers Tool or 3/32-inch pin punch and a small armorers hammer. Instructions on Grip Force Products’ website walk you through the easy installation that’ll fit standard and compact Gen 1, 2, or 3 series Glock frames. According to their site, it’ll also fit the new Gen 4 pistol over the top of the factory-supplied medium grip panel. If used on the Gen 4 SF frame with no factory-supplied grip panel, you’ll need to use some RTV silicone to secure the grip. Available in Flat Dark Earth or black. Make: Grip Force Products Model: Gen 123SC Grip Force Adapters MSRP: $27 URL: www.gripforceproducts.com Along with an included 3V-CR2032 battery and two mounting bases, this 2 MOA reticle from TRUGLO offers a 20mm objective lens, push-button controls, multiple brightness settings, and motion-sensitive auto on/off features that remember your last used setting. We haven’t had a chance yet to test out the 1,000g shock-resistant, waterproof, or fog-proof qualities that the manufacturer claims. It also offers click windage and elevation adjustments and an integrated Weaver/Picatinny-style mounting system. Make: TRUGLO Model: Tru Tec 20mm Red Dot Sight MSRP: $205 URL: www.truglo.com Muzzle brake or flash hider? It’s a struggle. Can’t decide? Leitner-Wise will sell you both in one package. The C3 Hybrid Comp looks like an A2 birdcage at first glance, but on closer inspection you’ll notice the threads for the included front baffle. Without the baffle, the C3 offers slightly less flash reduction than you’d expect out of an A2. Use the included tool to screw in the vented plate and you’ve got a flat shooting rifle for use when concussion isn’t a concern. Adding the plate doesn’t affect C3’s size, making it a very compact hider/break. The C3 comes in two flavors optimized for 5.56mm and 300 BLK (7.62mm). Make: Leitner Wise Manufacturing Model: C3 Hybrid Comp Available Calibers: .223 or .30 Cal MSRP: $145 URL: www.leitner-wise.com We can’t think of anything that says America – no, screams AMERICA! – more than a flag made of steel. Each of Iron Mountain Design’s flags is made in Salt Lake City by former U.S. Air Force Pararescueman Josh Vandenbrink. He bends the metal to shape, acid etches the sheets using a blend of vinegar, water, and salt to get different colors, then neutralizes the concoction and seals it up. The small flags look great over a mantle or in a mancave, while the larger flags are suitable for declaring your patriotism (in the most metal way possible …) in an office or industrial setting. Make: Iron Mountain Designs Model: Steel Flag Sizes: 36, 48, or 84 inches MSRP: $399 to $799 URL: ironmountaindesigns.com SureFire answers the mail with a new dual switch for the company’s Scout Light weapon-mounted flashlights. It might be a stretch for us to call it new, though. The DSS switch was a popular accessory on the larger-bodied Millennium weapon lights, allowing the use of a remote tape switch while retaining a clicky switch on the tailcap. SureFire sunsetted that line of lights, but it took them until now to bring the DS back for the new, slimmer weapon-mounted flashlight bodies. The switch can be purchased alone or in kits that come with either a momentary tape switch or combo momentary/constant tape switch. Make: SureFire Model: DS-00 Scout Light Switch MSRP: $111 URL: www.surefire.com Packing for a vacation is enough of a pain for most of us. But, packing for a training trip or a deployment is a nightmare of lists and little piles of gear spread out all over your home and office. How about keeping a few sets of gear specific to each mission or adventure ready to go within a set of cubes that snap together on a tough-as-nails rolling frame? Yeah, that’s the way to go. The Modular Transport System’s nylon sectional bags are made with a little padding to give them structure and keep your gear safe from the gorillas in baggage claim. When you don’t need the rolling frame, the bags can be removed and carried alone. Make: FirstSpear Model: Modular Transport System Colors: Black, Blue, Coyote, Gray, Ranger Green Weight: 8.6-9.8 pounds MSRP: $421 to $566 URL: www.first-spear.com On a hot day, the condensation on a cold drink can cause it to slip out of our hands – not to mention it’s a sign that our beverage won’t stay cold for very long. And then there’s the minor but annoying need to open a lid with two hands. Axex’s new line of FreeFlow Autoseal Stainless Steel Water Bottles solves those two pet peeves. Thanks to its insulated double-walled 18/8 Capacitor Stainless Steel vessel, the FreeFlow keeps libations hot for up to 10 hours and cold for up to 29 hours. The button-operated Autoseal lid lets you drink with one hand while eliminating spills and leaks. Available in a variety of colors, including blue, green, and unfinished stainless. Make: Avex Model: FreeFlow Autoseal Stainless Steel Water Bottle Capacity: 24- or 40-ounce MSRP: $30 or $37 URL: www.avexoutdoor.com The Phalanx Helmet-Carry Duty Pack combines tacticool elements with an ergonomic design and quality construction to deliver a midsized backpack that civilians, first responders, and the military can use and abuse. As its name implies, there’s a front compression pouch for helmets, a side zippered pocket for up to four AR-15 magazines, and a back compartment that can house a 2-liter hydration bladder or a concealed-carry weapon. It’s made of Dupont Cordura nylon, has a removable waist belt that can be used separately, and contains all sorts of subtle features that make it convenient and comfortable to use. Make: Cannae Pro Gear Model: Phalanx Helmet-Carry Duty Pack MSRP: $185 URL: www.cannaeprogear.com One look at this Ruger-licensed beast and you’ll immediately have knife envy. The Go-N-Heavy features a 5-inch drop-point blade that swings from a rugged skeletonized aluminum handle, outstretching to an overall length of 11.18 inches and tipping the scales at 10.4 ounces. Is it a practical everyday carry tool? Nope. Does it give us the urge to go stab a dragon or a Decepticon? Oh yes. While the blade is made with 8Cr13Mov (a Chinese stainless), the knife has been designed by famed knife maker Bill Harsey and manufactured by CRKT, so you can expect a reliable level of quality. Make: CRKT/Ruger Model: Go-N-Heavy MSRP: $100 URL: www.ruger.com/crktwww.crkt.com Bill Geissele reached back to his experience working in the mining industry to develop a new line of lubricant for ALG Defense. He worked on large, building-sized machines that rotated on lubricated bearings. So he knows the value of a good lubricant. Organic oils, most popular because of their bio/EPA-friendly nature, have a couple of downsides – they can corrode metal over time, and the lubricant itself can break down or dry up. On the upside, though, organic lubes are more lubricious than petroleum-based oils. So, to make ALG’s Go Juice, the company combined a GMO oil seed that’s modified to include corrosion resistance and oxidation stability traits. The result – Go Juice is completely non-toxic and slippery as hell. Make: ALG Defense Model: Go Juice Size: 4 ounces MSRP: $11.50 URL: www.algdefense.com A lot of protein bars taste like chalk or are filled with so much sugar you might as well eat a Snickers. And MREs (or “Meals Refusing to Exit”) take time to prepare. Fortunately, Condition One has come up with an easy and healthful solution. Founded by a former Marine, this company offers sustainment bars high in fiber, protein, and complex carbohydrates. These delicious rectangles are comprised of flax seed, almonds, and organic steel-cut oats. The best part? They taste like mom’s homemade treats and keep you satiated until you get back to HQ. Available in apple cinnamon, chocolate coconut almond, and lemon poppy seed. Make: Condition One Model: Mission Sustainment Bar MSRP: $25 for six or $40 for 10 URL: www.goconditionone.com We’re currently working on an editorial project that involves processing a large quantity of rifle brass, so being a bunch of lazy slackers we naturally looked for a product to make life easier. The Frankford Arsenal trim and prep system powers through the most tedious of chores, trimming cases, chamfering necks, and cleaning primer pockets to produce uniform, ready-to-load cases. The manufacturer claims it works with any caliber from 17 Rem to 460 Wby, and while we can’t verify quite that wide a range, we have used it on .223, .308, and .375 H&H with great success. Make: Frankford Arsenal Model: Platinum Series Case Trim And Prep System MSRP: $250 URL: www.btibrands.com There’s a glut of excellent single-stage AR triggers currently on the market, but the selection of decent two-stage bang switches is not as wide. Seeking to redress that situation, the Wisconsin Trigger Co. has reintroduced the first AR match trigger to be adopted by the Army Marksmanship Unit, back in the mid ’90s. We installed it in a test rifle and were mightily impressed by its smooth first stage, crisp break, and short reset. It does need to be set up for your particular rifle, so it’s not a trigger you can simply drop in and forget, but if you’re building a DMR rig, the rewards are worth it. Make: Wisconsin Trigger Company Model: Milazzo-Krieger M-K II Two Stage Match Trigger System MSRP: $266 URL: www.wisconsintrigger.com The standard issue M4 rifle stock was a wonderful design when it debuted decades ago. Since then it’s hung on, tooth and nail, clinging to issued M4s around the military and law enforcement agencies like an albatross, signaling the user’s reluctance to embrace the durability, comfort, utility (and possibly the expense) of a more modern product. It’s getting tougher to do this, given the availability of carbine stocks, such as the Griffin ECS. Griffin addressed the weaknesses common in M4-style stocks by replacing the latch pin with a full diameter hardened stainless tool steel pin and using 17-7 stainless steel for the spring. The company’s also included water and debris evacuation ports compatible with the optional Griffin Maritime Receiver Extension (shown) to increase reliability in extreme conditions and added a slick, molded-in anti-rotation QD sling point. Make: Griffin Armament Model: Griffin ECS (Extreme Condition Stock) MSRP: $60 URL: www.griffinarmament.com Explore RECOILweb:Magpul iPhone 5 Field CasePreview - Former Badmuther - Mat Best Incoming: ZT0456 - Belarusian BeautyBaby It's Cold Outside!