Welcome to TFB Weekly Amazon Deals 28. The firearms industry is no stranger to odd or weird inventions but while earlier generations of firearms manufacturers had the excuse of having much fewer examples of what makes a good firearm or firearm accessory, modern manufacturers don’t have the same crutch to lean on. My favorite place to find weird/odd firearms accessories used to be eBay but more recently I’ve noticed that Amazon is absolutely flooded with products that either have very limited practical uses or are just outright weird. So for TFB Weekly Amazon Deals 28, I decided to source some of the weirdest gun accessories and products found on Amazon for your entertainment (and mine).
TFB Weekly Amazon Deals 28: Weird Gun Accessories
Don’t get me wrong, I would absolutely love to have a reliable way to cool my barrel off faster at the range so I could get back to shooting faster. However, in practice, it seems that while barrel coolers do work, they simply aren’t very effective and only net you about an additional -0.2°F of heat dissipation per minute on average versus just letting your barrel cool on its own. So while the concept is a solid one, in practice it seems that using a small battery-powered fan just isn’t that much more effective than just taking a quick break to let your barrel cool down naturally. However, if you’re interested in one of these odd contraptions, you can find ones made by several different companies but the MagnetoSpeed RifleKuhl Barrel Cooler is currently on sale for $54.99 and runs off of a single CR123 battery and even includes a replaceable 50-micron air filter. Fascinating.
If you’ve had better results with any type of barrel cooler please let us know!
You’ve all heard of flip-up iron sights and some of you may have even heard of these odd NCStar flip-up red dot sights. These were completely foreign to me until recently and I have to say I’m extremely skeptical about the whole package. At first, the concept of a flip-up red dot sight as a compact backup sight seems kind of cool until you think about it a bit harder. The reviews on Amazon also indicate that the sight isn’t all that durable and apparently isn’t even bright enough for some. Best save this one for your kid’s birthday to add onto their Nerf guns – currently on sale for $56.99.
The sight is marketed for the GLOCK MOS environment and apparently has an RMR footprint.
I’ll admit that the Fred target from Target Nation is actually kind of a cool concept. However, after looking at both the price and application, I can really only recommend these targets if you’re really into those Garand Thumb videos where he has been shooting life-sized and anatomically correct ballistic gel heads and torsos – the Fred targets are just a tiny bit cheaper. Each target comes as a kit that can be put together in a few minutes and features mock-ups of various firearms to be used for threat identification. If these odd but intricate targets interest you then you can get a sampler that comes with two torsos and a smattering of accessories to attach to Fred – on sale for $39.00.
Okay, this is my number four pick for this list and it’s kind of a controversial one because I know there is at least a handful of you out there who own and probably use Gun Magnets – that’s fine. I can actually see the merit these have when used inside of a gun safe or gun cabinet to free up or create extra space. What gets me is that people use these to mount their guns inside of their vehicles for “quick access.” While this is a bit of an anecdotal reason for bagging on the concept of the gun magnet, I once was in a car accident where the guy who hit me actually had his personal firearm go off after he hit me and his firearm was subsequently dislodged from its magnet. I might be in the minority when it comes to thinking gun magnets are kind of weird but if you like them there are tons of great deals on them right now with the ones pictured below being on sale for $23.99 at the time of writing.
This one was sent to me via a user on the TFB Discord and at first, I thought it was just a fancy attachment for your dust cover that turns your pistol into a pseudo-FLUX Raider deal. However, closer examination of the product title and features reveals that this is intended to be used as a holster.
Speed-cut design allows rapid draw, target acquisition, and re-holster while keeping eyes on target.
I think I’m far more interested in how much this thing triggers ATF agents rather than its merits as a holster. However, if you’re looking for “Convenience and reliability during raids or other special operations” then this item can be found on sale for $21.55 at the time of writing and will fit Glock models 17, 18, and 19 apparently. Shout out to all those lucky Glock 18 owners who just found their newest favorite Glock accessory.
What have you seen?
I wouldn’t go as far as to call any single one of these items “useless” but they are definitely a little odd when looked at from the viewpoint of the average gun owner. I know there are tons of other weird gun-related accessories and items out there both on Amazon and off Amazon so I’d like to hear and see what you guys have run into out there in the wild. Thanks as always for stopping by to read TFB!
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