New from American Precision Arms (APA) is a billet aluminum AR-15 lower receiver that was designed with ergonomics and comfort in mind, as well as a smooth, clean look. APA specializes in building custom tactical, hunting and target rifles, offering both products and services.
Featuring the Andrew Bawidamann MM skull design, the EMDOM/MM patch has a dark OD background, with lighter OD border and arrows. Depending on how the light hits the patch, the skull and arrows will alternately look light or dark as the direction they’re embroidered are at right angles to each other, producing quite a cool effect. The gothic ‘MM’ letters and arrow outline are coyote, and the skull is grey. This colour combo goes very well with most colours, like MultiCam, foliage green, grey, coyote, khaki, OD green etc.
The QD End Plate from Noveske Rifleworks is one of those ‘why didn’t someone do this a long time ago?’ products. It’s a direct replacement for the stock receiver end plate on an AR-15 or M4 that allows a QD sling swivel to attach to the rear of the receiver, right below the buffer tube. It’s fully ambidextrous, and is the lowest profile QD mounting available.
The problem with wearing packs over body armour is that the pack is placed further away from your back due to the thickness of the armour (soft panels and plate), and that body armour usually doesn’t provide a very good or stable platform for the shoulder strap route. As a result, the pack pulls the straps to the outside, they cut into the armpits or shoulders and generally suck to wear. The Mystery Cinch from Mystery Ranch is a simple yet effective solution to this problem.
Gear has introduced a new softshell, called the DK Jacket. Designed for movement-intensive operations and activities, it’s a hoodless softshell that includes the ability to roll up the sleeves to convert it to short-sleeved configuration. The DK is not just a hoodless version of OTTE’s Alpine Jacket, but a completely different cut.
The ARC (Advanced Reliability Combat) Magazine from TangoDown is now offered in 20-round capacity. Why 20 rounds? Some folk prefer to use the 20 round magazine for its lower profile, so they can get closer to the ground when using a bipod, instead of being limited by the 30-round magazine sticking out the bottom.
The AR Multitasker Tool is a folding multi-tool that incorporates specific tools for the AR-15/M16/M4 family of weapons. While it is designed first and foremost around the needs of an AR user with the AR-specific functions, it still maintains it’s utility as a multitool around the house or out in the field. What it offers is the convenience of having general use tools plus some AR-specific ones all in one package.
The EMDOM USA/MM Dump Pouch is a medium sized, non-folding dump pouch designed for the user who needs a dedicated spent mag or utility dump pouch without the need to fold it up.
For the past 5 years, I’ve been using my original Reccegear/MM Dump pouch in MultiCam or MAXPEDITION Rollypoly (MM Folding Dump Pouch) on all my rigs and they’ve served me extremely well. The only complaint I had with the Rollypoly was that it was never available in Crye MultiCam. It’d often be the only thing that wasn’t in MultiCam on my rigs. I’d asked MAXPEDITION for years to make them in MultiCam, but they never did. So, out of desperation, and not wanting to knock off my own design, I got together with Ken at EMDOM USA with a new design that wasn’t intended to compete with folding dump pouches. I found that I always left my RollyPoly in the unfolded configuration on my rigs, so this time around, I decided to come up with a non-folding dump pouch. Available in MultiCam of course.
Designed originally for the British Army, the Elite Desert Boot from Lowa Boots is based on their Mountain Boot and is designed to be an all-season, all-terrain Desert boot. Most desert boots are more suited for flat terrain with their flexible soles and uppers. The Lowa Elite Desert boot combines the light weight and breathability of a desert boot upper with the support of a trekking boot, making it suitable for both flat and mountainous terrain.