5.11 Tactical Teams Up with Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Tactics

“In the real world… there is no respawn.”

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Finally – Making the Base AR-15 Charging Handle Ambidextrous – Sintercore's xRS

The standard AR-15 charging handle is both loved and hated. Often one of the most underappreciated pieces on the rifle (perhaps only behind the buffer retention pin or castle nut), the charging handle was designed for a very specific mode of operation, namely using two fingers and pulling to the rear over the buttstock. Few can argue this is an ergonomic motion.

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Blue Force Gear Goes Modular with Custom User Configurable Vickers Slings

Blue Force Gear, known for their high-quality and ultra-light weight tactical gear and high-speed slings has released a new option on their website for customers – the option to purchase a completely customized Vickers sling. Previously, customers had to choose from a large array of pre-configured options with the ability to order separate components for final tweaks.

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Conceal a G34 and Happy Stick? Why Yes You Can With a Spectre Holster

While I have certainly enjoyed the rapid proliferation of Kydex as a holster material, its typically been used for waistband holsters to great effect. A plethora of options exist for the discerning concealed and non-concealed carrier with inside and outside the waistband options expanding at an exponential rate.

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Review: B&T Industries Atlas 5-H Bipod

Bipods, a simple construction with two legs to support your rifle and hopefully help you make a better shot. But also what sets men and shooters apart, and drains wallets.

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BYU Engineers Ballistic Shield for Law Enforcement with… ORIGAMI

Brigham Young University has taken a unique approach to solving a problem for law enforcement. Many departments seek to have protective barriers or shields available in their vehicles. Many are too heavy, too cumbersome, or flat out do not work. BYU has applied the principles of origami to make something truly original.

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The "Most Armed Man in America?" – Dragon Man At Least a Strong Contender

As a writer here in the industry, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing some prodigious collections of firearms in private hands, but I cannot say I have seen anything anywhere near the collection of the Dragon Man of Dragonmans gun range, firearms, paintall, and museam.

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Easy Way to Dimple AR Barrels- EZ Accuracy's Simple Dimple Tool

While I will contend that one never needs to dimple for a gas block, I will respect those who choose to do so. I believe in freedom and if you want an unneeded, unnecessary step added to the construction of your boomstick, who am I to judge?

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HOPPE'S BLACK: Take your AR Cleaning to the Dark Side

Hoppe’s #9 has been a benchmark gun cleaning formula for decades. Now they are attempting to garner attention from the exploding AR-15 market. Their new Hoppe’s Black is formulated to lubricate, protect, and clean your modern sporting rifles in the most extreme conditions imaginable.

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HOPPE'S BLACK: Take your AR Cleaning to the Dark Side

Hoppe’s #9 has been a benchmark gun cleaning formula for decades. Now they are attempting to garner attention from the exploding AR-15 market. Their new Hoppe’s Black is formulated to lubricate, protect, and clean your modern sporting rifles in the most extreme conditions imaginable.

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HOPPE'S BLACK: Take your AR Cleaning to the Dark Side

Hoppe’s #9 has been a benchmark gun cleaning formula for decades. Now they are attempting to garner attention from the exploding AR-15 market. Their new Hoppe’s Black is formulated to lubricate, protect, and clean your modern sporting rifles in the most extreme conditions imaginable.

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Anti-Orwellian Device from Bastiani Arms for CA MSR Shooters

California-based firearms owners are now in the midst of their legislative squeeze. While the politics are indeed outside our scope here at TFB, it can be hard to untangle the pacing of legislative restrictions and new inventions that show the true “letter of the law”.

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Bad Company Tactical Expands Product Line | SHOT 2017

Bad Company Tactical has had one of the more unique products that I’ve seen over these past two shows. When it comes to having something that would actually be extremely useful and not some tactical gimmick like the Tac Sac or the Picatinny rail compensator.

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Nifty Upcoming ATB (Ammo Transfer Bag) from Could Defensive

Having been working on creating what is to me the “ultimate general purpose carbine,” I stumbled across a small company named Cloud Defensive as I was looking for the best method to mount and employ a Surefire flashlight. Their LCS is a nifty little solution to the infamous wire management problem that plagues weapons when mounting up lights, lasers, etc. (For those interested, check that out here).

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Lone Wolf's Ultimate Adjustable Trigger Gets More Adjustable with Colors

Lone Wolf Distributors, one of the original and possibly the ultimate authority on aftermarket Glock components, has quietly introduced color options on their “Ultimate Adjustable Trigger”. Originally released in bare aluminum silver color only, the new colors are a welcome addition to anyone like myself who enjoys shooting custom firearms. Color plays a major role in the custom firearm process.

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Cool Yourself with IcePlate – Frozen Water Body Armor Insert

Having spent a fair amount of time encumbered (yet appreciative) in full battle-rattle, I can say that full armor, especially full military body armor is hot. The coverage required to keep one safe from high-velocity fragmentation also keeps the body from being able to exhaust heat in its normal ways. I can remember vividly, taking armor off with salt lines all over my utilities from where armor coverage met air.

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An Actual Rail Extension Vs. Extended Rails

While the AR-15 has been quick to embrace what many perceive as significantly improved ergonomics of extended rails many legacy platforms and even a few new ones have opted to keep their handguards short. Certainly, no one can argue that a short handguard is ineffective considering the uber-short option on most AK’s, one can argue increased effectiveness with longer rails.

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Magpul M-LOK GI Sling Swivel

Q/D cups all are the rage right now for slinging around one’s weapon systems. The common circular push-buttons are convenient, easy to use, and highly modular as they can be easily mounted to many places on modern weapons. However, they are limited by that reliance on new parts and likewise, require a new sling. So what happens for those who already have older-style slings? 

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Blue Alpha Gear Gun Belt With New Type Cobra Buckle

Many of us own nylon gun belts with Cobra buckles. Most of us like these belts except for one problem. The buckles don’t fit through the belt loops of our pants no matter if they are your favorite jeans or 5.11 type pants. Honestly, it’s a pain to remove the buckle every time you wear the belt. In fact, there have been times I’ve skipped wearing the belt and gone with a regular gun belt.

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US Army Orders Advanced Night Vision Optics from DRS Technologies

Last year, we wrote about a new integrated night vision optic system that would allow data from a US Army soldier’s weapon-mounted night vision device to be fed directly to his helmet-mounted night vision monocle. Such a system could be a major step forward in night vision combat optics systems, which are today one of the most important advantages possessed by Western and especially United States infantry. Now, it seems this project has borne fruit: The Army has ordered advanced night vision systems of this variety from DRS Technologies, a US-founded, Italian-owned company making the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle (ENVG) system. The company published a release through its news outlet, DRS News:

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Lightning Review: Code 9 Evolutions' Glock Operator's Tool (GOT)

As a writer, I’m blessed with the ability to get my hands on many firearms platforms and put them through their paces. Most writers, exposed to this plethora of platforms ultimately gravitate to some of the obscure ones for their favorite handguns. Many times, I’ve just about joined them having enjoyed the Walther PPQ, Beretta M9, and H&K weapons. But, as a fan of simplicity, I just keep coming back to the Glock. Sure, I wish it was fully mirrored ambidextrous, but its a solid platform that just works.

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Crux Ordnance Muzzle Brake Review

Crux Ordnance has recently released their first and only muzzle brake. Referred to as the CruxOrd Muzzle Brake, it is advertised as being the “most advanced muzzle brake on the market”. Patrick R. recently published an article introducing the CruxOrd Muzzle Brake to the TFB community. This article will follow up with a more in depth review.

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A Smart Marine with a Good Idea? Quick-Clotting Body Armor

The running joke in the Marine Corps is that one tends to get their common sense and intelligence back with their DD-214. Having been in and living it for years, there is certainly some credence to the joke which often gets nods of understanding when told. However, its possible for Marines to break the cycle and eek out a good idea.

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Review: McFadden Lightnin' Grip Loader for 22LR firearms

I just finished a competition in .22LR IPSC Rifle, or so called “Mini Rifle”, so much fun!

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Lightning Review: CruXord +2 Glock 43 Magazine Extension

If there is one thing going for the Glock 43, its that the aftermarket has jumped on the sub-compact single-stack 9mm with veracity. Within weeks of launch, a myriad of companies had new options for the handgun aplenty. New slide catches, magazine catches, and sights were available with blistering speed.

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FirstSpear 1911 Base Pad for Chip McCormick Magazines

The 1911 is over 100 years old (and quickly approaching 110 at that) and yet companies are still putting time, money, investment, and energy into new products for the platform. Latest to the fore is FirstSpear, a small innovative company focusing on new products and rapid development. Typically known for their first-rate tactical nylon, it would seem they are expanding into hard weapons accessories.

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Interview with IPSC Shooter Teemu Rintala (FIN)

Teemu Rintala from Finland, one of the World’s best rifle and shotgun shooters. Nordic Champion, and now aiming for World Rifle Shoot in Russia 2017. I really hope the best practical rifle shooters from all around the World will come to this competition, but I guess that for various reasons some will refuse (or won’t be allowed) to go.

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MOAR NYLON! HSGI Battle Belt Bridge

For when your “War Belt” doesn’t have enough “War” in it, in steps the tactical nylon guru’s of High Speed Gear, Incorporated. Seeing the gap over a belt buckle as an unacceptable waste of space, they have invented and are now selling the Battle Belt Bridge. As the name implies, The Battle Belt Bridge bridges the gap from PALS / MOLLE webbing from one side of a belt, across the buckle, and securely mounting on the other side.

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TIER1-D – A Company for Tactical Dad's

Color me shocked. A company has been able to combine fatherhood, tactical nylon, and lifestyle marketing. TIER1-D (their stylization, not a typo) is a company started by an avid outdoor enthusiast “… dedicated to bringing the best in gear and apparel to the modern dad.”

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Unidentified SF working in Aleppo Province

Photographs of the rebel group Free Syrian Army have been circulating around since September that show a group of soldiers firing what appear to be Soltam K6 120mm mortars (Israeli origin, M120 in the U.S) at enemy positions in the vicinity of Aleppo Province. The odd part about the photos is that some of the troops firing the mortars don’t appear to be FSA troops at all. They certainly aren’t Syrian, as their equipment doesn’t relate to anything the FSA is using, with Berettas in Safariland holsters (depending on unit, but can be standard within U.S forces), and Glocks in what appears to be 1957 Radar holsters (standard issue within the British Army), MSA headgear, Meindl boots, in addition to British MTP Multicam scheme in use with many international forces rather than indigenous FSA soldiers. One of the soldiers is also wearing Turkish camouflage as well. The pictures have appeared on various Turkish and Arabic news websites, all from the a Getty Images source, which also appears to have been taken by a Turkish photographer from the Anadolu agency. Alongside them seem to be normal FSA troops. They could possibly be Turkish forces, but Turkish SF has a different camouflage scheme other than Multicam. Turkey is known to be helping the FSA in a number of covert ways.

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