Ever since I saw Sonny Crockett and his Dornaus & Dixon Bren Ten on the 80′s show ‘Miami Vice’, I’ve wanted one, but just never got around to buying one (couldn’t afford one back then). For years, the Bren Ten has remained a controversial and mostly enthusiast pistol, but the design has now been resurrected, by Vltor Weapon Systems as the Fortis (Latin for ‘strength’) Pistol project.
Installation of the TangoDown vertical grip can be a challenge on some tight rails. You have to depress both locking bars while sliding the grip down the rail to the position you desire. Some of us have come up with ways to keep the locking bars depressed during installation, with tie wraps or sticks, for example. TangoDown has now come out with a little armorer tool called the Grip Chip made just for this purpose.
For over a decade, Beyond Clothing (formerly separate sites – Beyond Fleece and Beyond Tactical) has been a supplier of high-end custom made cold-weather fleece and soft shells for the outdoor/mountaineering community. With the launch of their new website in May 2007 and a move from Oregon to Seattle, WA, Scott Jones and the Beyond crew now offer an entire line of custom cold weather clothing, from base layers to insulated and wet weather garments.
Daniel Defense, Inc., the Savannah, Georgia manufacturer of parts and accessories for the AR15 and AR10 weapons systems has introduced their Omega Rail 7.0 (Carbine) for the AR-15. Looking a lot like their free floating Lite Rail reviewed on the previous page, the Omega differs from the other DD rails by the fact that it does not require removal of the front sight base/gas block or replacement of the barrel nut, and can be installed on any standard AR-15 with delta ring.
Here’s another collaboration with EMDOM I’m happy to be associated with. The growing number of AK shooters out there (including me) and the lack of good AK mag pouches prompted the Emdom-MM AK/M4 CQB Mag Pouch. It’s designed to fit all 30-round AK-type magazines – AK47 (7.62mm) and 74 (5.45mm). A plus to the Emdom-MM CQB AK/M4 mag pouch is that it will also do double duty and work with M4 30-round magazines.
BOBRO Engineering’s new Gen 2 Bipod (I believe the Gen I Bipod was designed and manufactured for GG&G as their Extreme Duty Bipod), uses some of the proven design elements of the 2001 Gen I unit, but incorporates a new system that permits deployment in less than one second, without having to press a button. It’s currently available from Rainier Arms.
Troy Industries Folding Battle Sights have been out for a while now and have become a very popular choice (and the standard for which others are compared to) for AR-15 back-up iron sights with civilian and military shooters and military alike. They’ve proven themselves to be rugged and durable enough to withstand the rigors of battle. It’s no wonder that Noveske Rifleworks chose Troy sights as the standard on their complete rifles, and also offer them for sale with the distinctive Noveske Iron Cross logo.
A couple of years ago, when Mel from Kifaru let on that they were developing a new sleeping bag, I knew that it’d be something different from the rest and worth the wait. The Regulator is truly an integrated sleeping bag ‘system’ from start to finish, not an upgrade, addition nor retrofit to an existing product. When it was finally introduced, Kifaru did not disappoint. True to their “Modular and Multifunctional” motto, Kifaru’s Regulatorâ„¢ Sleeping Bag System introduces a revolutionary new concept to sleeping bags and sleep systems, offering a thoroughly modular design, using the finest shell material and synthetic insulation available. Every component is designed to be versatile, rugged and extremely light weight.
New from TangoDown is the SureFire Helmet Light Rail Mount. This allows the SureFire Helmet light to be used as a navigation light on a weapon, similar to the nav lights on the SureFire M900 vertical grip weapons light. When a tactical weapons mounted light is just too bright for some circumstances, the helmet light mounted on the weapon with its three levels of intensity might come in handy.