Vltor VST-1C Folding Front Sight Assembly Torque test

Posted in AR, Optics, WEAPONS on July 30th, 2007 by M M

The question of the security of non-pinned gas blocks has been brought up numerous times. Factory-pinned front sight blocks have taper pins, which secure the gas block/front sight assembly to the barrel. Aftermarket gas blocks in general come in clamp on, and set screwed types. This is because it is next to impossible for the end user to re-drill taper pin holes in a blank gas block to match ones already present on a barrel.

Since the Vltor VST-1C has provisions for a QD sling swivel, some people have brought up concerns that attaching a sling to the gas block might cause it to rotate, thereby rendering the weapon inoperable. I asked the guys at Vltor if they were willing to perform a test that would quantify the force needed to move/rotate one of their gas blocks and they were open to it. We decided on a torque test, which was measurable and relatively easy to setup. This would provide a number which some enterprising individual might use for further calculations (not me) if they wanted to.

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LaRue 30mm LT- 649 Pivot QD Mount

Posted in AR, Optics, WEAPONS on July 30th, 2007 by M M

The LaRue Tactical LT-649 is a pivoting mount for 30mm magnifiers like the Aimpoint and EOTech 3X magnifiers. Aimpoint and EOTech introduced their 3X magnifiers that mount behind their red dot and holographic sights, which enables those optics to be used at CQB and medium range distances. However, some people felt that the mounts available for the magnifiers were lacking, and asked Team LaRue to come up with something.

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BOBRO Vertical Grip with SACL

Posted in AR, Furniture, WEAPONS on July 26th, 2007 by M M

The BOBRO Vertical Fore Grip offered by Ranier Arms doesn’t look much different from many of the other AR15 vertical grips on the market at first glance, but it sets itself apart from the others by virtue of its interesting attachment mechanism. It’s called the SACL (Self Aligning Compression Lock). Instead of having a dovetail which you slide onto the rail/handguard, the SACL allows the BOBRO grip to be attach anywhere on the rail without sliding it from the front.

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driFIREâ„¢ Gen 2 Performance Wear

Posted in Fire Resistant Clothing on July 24th, 2007 by M M

driFIRE has released their Gen 2 Performance wear and have made some changes that are an improvement on the Gen I garments, in my opinion. I received some of the Gen 2 silk weight items – the T-shirt, Long sleeved T, and boxers in Desert Sand, and a long sleeved T and balaclava in Foliage Green. The Gen 2, 5 oz driFIRE fabric is the same weight as the Gen 1 fabric but the method of production has been changed to reduce ‘loose fiber ends’ which gives it a ‘tougher’ feel. Pill resistance has also been increased. It doesn’t feel like a synthetic fabric – it actually feels a lot like some raw silk garments I have, or unbleached cotton. It’s not as smooth as the Gen 1 fabric, but no less comfortable – it’s got a nice, ‘natural’ feel to it. Elasticity is about the same or a bit less than cotton garments – it’s not ultra stretchy like some other synthetics. Shrinkage is only 2%. Previously, I had found that the cut of the Gen 1 garments weren’t designed with limited stretch in mind, but that has been corrected on the Gen 2 items.

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LaRue Tactical Harris Bipod Adapter LT-130

Posted in Access, AR, WEAPONS on July 22nd, 2007 by M M

LaRue Tactical’s Harris Bipod Adapter QD LT-130 is simply an adapter that provides a stud for the attachment of a Harris bipod, allowing it to be mounted to any picatinny rail. The LT-130 utilizes LaRue’s adjustable locking lever, and provides a rock-solid bipod interface. The adapter is attached to the rail first, and the locking lever adjusted via the small adjustable nut to the proper tension (for more details on the LaRue system, go to my optics page). The adjustment nut is not accessible when the bipod is attached.
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Maratac Force Multiplier Bag

Posted in EQUIPMENT, Packs on July 17th, 2007 by M M

The Maratac Force Multiplier Bag from County Comm is a largish-sized bag that would make a good patrol car bag that can be configured for carrying your laptop, paperwork, binders, files etc, as well as ‘bail out’ tactical equipment. It’s covered on three sides with PALS webbing, so its capacity can be expanded by the addition of MOLLE-compatible pouches. The bag is constructed of 1000D ballistic nylon and uses YKK zippers and Duraflex plastic hardware.

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TAD Gear ODRP Force 10 Cargo Utilities

Posted in HIGH PERFORMANCE CLOTHING (NON-MILITARY) on July 14th, 2007 by M M

This is TAD Gear’s 100% cotton OD Green ripstop version of their Force 10 Cargo Utilities, reviewed here previously in Crye MultiCam Twill. While externally identical, the 100% cotton OD ripstop Force 10′s (also available in MultiCam NYCO ripstop and 100% cotton tan twill) differ slightly in some details from the MultiCam twill version.

I’m glad that TAD came out with these pants, as 100% cotton ripstop is one of my all-time favourite fabrics. I’ve got a 15 year old pair of OD green ripstop BDU shorts which I still wear frequently, as they’re faded and worn just like I like ‘em. While I like the feel of old BDU pants, I do prefer the ‘modernized’ features that the Force 10 Cargo Utilities offer.

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Tango Down BGV-MK46K “Stubby” Vertical Grip

Posted in Furniture, WEAPONS on July 11th, 2007 by M M

This is the new BGV-MK46K “K” grip. The first versions of the K (also called the “Stubby”) were cut down BGV-MK46 grips with the compartment cap glued onto the end, made at the request of certain users who wanted a shorter vertical grip. The new K grip is a new mold, which eliminates the pressure switch panel and has compartment with removable end cap.
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MM Exclusive – Avon Protection C50 and M53 Respirators

Posted in EQUIPMENT, Protective on July 10th, 2007 by M M

Avon Protection Systems Inc. in Cadillac, Michigan is a U.S. subsidiary of Avon Rubber PLC in the UK, which has been around for over 120 years. Avon has been in the respirator/gas mask business since the 1920′s, so they’ve quite a bit of experience under their belt, to say the least. Avon is widely regarded as a market leader in the manufacture and design of NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) respirators for the military, special forces, police and civil defense sectors.

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LaRue Tactical Scout and MU upgrade mounts

Posted in WEAPONS on July 9th, 2007 by M M

I was recently out on the shooting range with a group of buddies, going through some carbine drills with my LMT MRP and it had my M600A Scout light mounted on it. The single thumbscrew was tight when I had checked it earlier. After the drill, which required some running around, we were walking back to the line when someone said ‘hey, did anyone lose a Scout light?’, holding my light up that they had picked off the ground. The thumbscrew had loosened and my light had fallen off my weapon, unknown to me. That’s a $375 light that I could have lost! Luckily, I was on a range where it was easily found, and it was during a non life threatening situation. But what about the people who lay their lives on the line in places that aren’t as convenient as a shooting range? No wonder I’ve seen so many weapons lights and other items dummy corded or zip tied to weapons – they fall off!

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