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Blue Force Gear: Pistol Belt Pouches | Review

Blue Force Gear Belt Pistol mag Pouch Urban Survivor Blog

Blue Force Gear is well known for quite possibly the most low profile PALS-Webbing / MOLLE pouches on the market. They have put together two incredibly thin and durable materials: the military grade elastic and the ULTRAcomp laminate. The combination of these two fabrics created the well-known Ten-Speed pouches. After the great success with the MOLLE platform, Blue Force Gear has decided to apply this technology to the belt pouch. For many years, leather and Kydex were the two only material utilized in belt pouches, the only problem with these was the bulkiness and impossibility to have them “collapsed” against the body when not in use. Although Kydex remains a good option for more overt applications, the Blue Force Gear belt pouches are suited for more covert applications for both military and civilian use.

The belt-mounted line of pouches are designed specifically for:

  • rifle mags (low rise and high rise pouches available)
  • pistol mags
  • handcuffs
  • dump pouches
  • pepper spray
  • batons

These products serve three different category of users simultaneously: Military personnel, LE officers and concealed carry civilians.

Blue Force Gear Belt Pistol mag Pouch Urban Survivor Blog

For this article, we had the chance to test the pistol mag pouch in the two configurations: single mag
and double mag. These two mag pouches are designed to be quickly and easily accessible, even under
stress. They work with both single and double stack magazine. The high quality elastic material allows
to switch between double stack and single stack mags without losing any retention capability.

Blue Force Gear Belt Pistol mag Pouch Urban Survivor Blog

Although fast speed reloads are ideal for this type of pouch, tactical reloads are also possible with just a
little practice. The main feature of this system is that once you extract the content, the pouch collapses
on it-self reducing any extra bulk. In our opinion, this feature is ideal for EDC and CCW.

Blue Force Gear Belt Pistol mag Pouch Urban Survivor Blog

For everyday carry purposes we have found that this pouch is incredibly useful not only for pistol mags
but also for multi-tools, battery racks and flashlights.

Blue Force Gear Belt Pistol mag Pouch Urban Survivor Blog

For CCW we usually like to carry appendix or 3 o’clock (both IWB and OWB). For appendix carry the use
of a mag caddy is quite comfortable, but when carrying at the 3 o’clock position having an IWB Kydex
mag caddy at the 9 o’clock is pretty uncomfortable.
This is why we now have decided to go with the Blue Force Gear mag pouch Outside the Waist Band.
Blue Force Gear Belt Pistol mag Pouch Urban Survivor Blog

These mag pouches also work perfectly in conjunction with a plate carrier or a chest rig. They are easily
accessible also with the Blue Force Gear Trauma Kit NOW! placed right on top; both in the loading and
unloading processes.

Blue Force Gear Belt Pistol mag Pouch Urban Survivor Blog

In order to attach to the belt these pouches utilize a very versatile hook and loop system. This allows the pouch to be mounted to classic leather or tactical nylon belts of up to 2″ in width. The pouch can also be easily detached from the belt without having to take the whole system off. Attaching the pouch to the belt doesn’t require much time or effort, making it a valid option for extra emergency mags stored elsewhere. For example we always carry the single pouch on the belt with an extra Glock 19 mag, but if needed, within seconds, we can mount, to the belt, the double pouch with two Glock 17 mags that we keep in an EDC backpack.

Blue Force Gear Belt Pistol mag Pouch Urban Survivor Blog

As for all Blue Force Gear products the quality of construction, stitching and material is outstanding. The are constantly providing clever products that bring more efficiency and are lightweight, the belt pouches are the proof.

For more information on the belt-mounted line of pouches please visit: BlueForceGear.com

 

 

 

 

 

ShotShow2016: M+M Industries

One of the most innovative products displayed at Shot Show, this year, came from M+M industries. The American AK manufacturer is now presenting on the market the next step in the evolution of the Kalashnikov’s design. We haven’t had the chance to shoot this rifle yet, but form an engineering point of view it seems to be very promising, with increased reliability, accuracy and attachment options.

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The M10, the previous version of this rifle, was sent to more the 250 experts in 2015 for a field test. Now, the M+M engineers have made some minor changes and adjustments based on the feedback they have received. This platform will be available in 7.62 x 39mm.

The difference between this product and other US-manufactured AK platforms is that instead of jamming an AK mag into an AR15 (we have seen these atrocities way to much at the show this year) or just rebuilding the AK with almost the same processes used in Soviet Russia in the 50s they have adapted the Kalash concept to the production systems of the 21st century. New technologies, like for example 3-axes CNC machining, allow the production of fewer but more complicated components, reducing slacks and weak points. This is a lighter, easier to maintain, more accurate and more reliable system that still fires the 7.62 x 39 round.

As you can see from the image below these are the components of the two weapon systems, on the right is the standard-design AK and the left is the new M+M model 10X.

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For more information please visit M+M Website.

ShotShow2016: SureFire

This year at ShotShow SureFire has released an interesting new multi functional product: the FirePack 1500. This product attaches to the users smartphone and is connected to it via wireless comms. This allows to utilize the Firepack both as a 1500 lumen flashlight and as a flash for you smartphone camera, all through the app installed on the phone. It could also be use as an external battery to charge your phone. Shot Show 2016 Surefire FirePack 1500

The other EDC new product from SureFire is the Sidekick. This keychain-attached compact flashlight is able to deliver up to 300 lumen and will cycle through three brightness settings with the use a single button. The Sidekick will also come with a retractable string for secure use.

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Two very interesting product of the EDC line are the Titan and Titan Plus.  Shot Show 2016 Surefire Titan Shot Show 2016 Surefire Titan Plus

Surefire has extended the product line with the Intellibeam technology to the Fury, Lawman and Scout lights.  Shot Show 2016 Surefire R1 Lawman Intellibeam Shot Show 2016 Surefire P3X Fury Intellibeam Shot Show 2016 Surefire

As for weapon-mounted light there will be more models with the capability of White-IR LED. Shot Show 2016 Surefire M300V Shot Show 2016 Surefire X300V

The product that has revolutionized the market of CCW weapon-mounted lights is the XC-1. This light is mainly designed for weapon with a size similar to the Glock 19. At the show it was mounted on a 1911 from Wilson Combat, not too sure about that. Shot Show 2016 Surefire XC1 Shot Show 2016 Surefire XC1

The X-300 Ultra has now the mounting interface of the X-400 and has been powered up to 600 Lumens. Shot Show 2016 Surefire X300 Ultra Shot Show 2016 Surefire X300 Ultra

ShotShow2016: TNVC

Tactical Night Vision Company is the most reputable night/thermal vision company on the market. They are truly experts on the matter, here is part of our experience at their booth. Enjoy

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This is the new M-TEK Flux Carbon helmet. It features M-Lok rails, Wilcox L4 Shroud and a new shape for enhanced protection and comfort. Shot Show 2016 TNVC Tactical Night Vision Company Shot Show 2016 TNVC Tactical Night Vision Company Shot Show 2016 TNVC Tactical Night Vision Company Shot Show 2016 TNVC Tactical Night Vision Company

Here is their line of weapon mounted visors, both thermal and night vision. Shot Show 2016 TNVC Tactical Night Vision Company Shot Show 2016 TNVC Tactical Night Vision Company Shot Show 2016 TNVC Tactical Night Vision Company Above is their new weapon mounted dual-switch that works with 1913 rails and Keymod or M-Lok sections.

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For more info please visit tnvc.com

 

ShotShow2016: Magpul

Shot Show 2016 Magpul Magpul MOE SL-S Stock

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Shot Show 2016 Magpul Shot Show 2016 Magpul Magpul Hunter 700L Stock

Shot Show 2016 Magpul Magpul PMAG D-60

Shot Show 2016 Magpul Magpul PSR Gen3 Stock

Shot Show 2016 Magpul Magpul UBR Gen2 Stock

Magpul Core Gloves

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Magpul Daka Pouches

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ShotShow2016: Industry Day at the Range

KRISS USA – SPHINX

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KRISS Vector GEN II CRB Enhanced 9×19 in Combat Grey (w/ Trijicon MRO)

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KRISS Vector GEN II SBR 9×19 in Combat Grey

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KRISS Vector GEN II SMG 9×19 in FDE (w/ Trijicon MRO)

SPHINX SDP Compact Sand Duty 17rds 9x19

SPHINX SDP Compact Sand Duty 17rds 9x19

SPHINX SDP Compact Sand Duty 17rds 9×19

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SPHINX SDP Standard Black 17rds 9×19

SILENCERCO

Silencerco Handgun

SilencerCo Maxim 9 (featuring Glock magazine)

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Omega Titanium Rifle Suppressor

Osprey Micro Rimfire Suppressors

Osprey Micro Rimfire Suppressors

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Hybrid Suppressor

Hybrid Suppressor: compatible with calibers ranging from 5.56mm to 9mm, .45–70 GOV to .458 SOCOM

SilencerCo Omega 9K

SilencerCo Omega 9K

Omega 9K Suppressor: 9mm and 300 BLK

 DANIEL DEFENSE

Daniel Defense Daniel Defense

Integrally Suppressed AR-15 featuring light-weight KeyMod rail.

Daniel Defense

AR-15 featuring Magpul M-Lok platform

Daniel Defense

Leupold 

Leupold D-EVO

D-EVO and LCO Setup

IWI

IWI Galil ACE

IWI Galil ACE

IWI x95

IWI x95 in Olive Green

IWI Tavor

IWI Tavor in FDE

COBALT KINETICS

Cobalt Kinetics B.A.M.F. OD/Black

AIMPOINT

Aimpoint Micro T2 w/ Magnifier

Aimpoint Micro T2 w/ Magnifier

Aimpoint Micro  T-2 with Magnifier

Aimpoint CompM4

Aimpoint CompM4

BARRETT

Barrett MRAD

Barrett 98 B

Barrett 98 B

Barrett MRAD

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Barrett REC7 Gen 2

CMMG

CMMG Mutant 47

CMMG Mutant 47

FN Herstal USA

FNH M249 s

FNH M249 semi-auto civilian ready belt-fed

FNH M240 B

FNH M240B

Heckler & Koch

HK MR762

Heckler & Koch MR762

S&S Precision SlingClip

S&S Precision SlingClip

Shooting with a One-Point sling is certainly very comfortable, but when it’s time to sling the weapon system having a Two-Points really makes everything easier. This accessory allows to quickly change your configuration without having to handle any QD or clip interface. S&S Precision has had for a long time another similar product but this really seems slick and low-profile.

It is designed to fit most standard 1” slings and it effectively turns your single point sling into a two point sling with a simple flick of your thumb.
S&S Precision SlingClip

Specs and Features:

-6061 Aluminum
-New low-profile design
-Skeletonized design with fewer components
-Integrated hand stop/finger groove design
-Works in cojunction with single point sling systems (1” width) to secure weapon
-KeyMod & M-LOK versions available

BCM | 300 Blackout

Bravo Company Manufacturing has released a full line of 300 Blackout carbines and upper receivers. With this latest addition, BCM has officially entered the 300 blk segment of the firearm industry. The many similarities in the components of the weapon platform between .223 (or 5.56) and 300 Blackout allow an easy and cost effective caliber conversion.

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In the past few years we have seen many other companies  entering the 300 Blk market; we are very glad to see one of the best firearms manufacturer following the same steps. BCM will be offering the 300 Blackout upper receiver in 16″ RECCE, 12.5″ CQB and 10″ Pistol lengths.

300 Blackout SAAMI specs

Approved by SAAMI on 17 January, 2011, Supersonic 300 AAC Blackout 110-125 grain 300 Blackout ammunition was designed to produce a similar ballistic effect on target of a 7.62 x 39 mm round but out of a 9″ barreled AR platform carbine. At 300 meters, 300 Blackout has 16.7% more energy than a 7.62 x 39mm round. A supersonic round fired from a 9″ barreled AR pattern 300 Blackout carbine will match or exceed the energy at the muzzle of a 14.5″ 5.56 M4 carbine.

BCM Bravo Company 300 BLK

BCM 300 Blackout carbines use the exact same components, down to the magazines, as the rest of our carbine fleet with the exception of the barrels. This also means an end user can utilize both their existing magazines and AR accessories to fine tune the feel of their carbine, same as any other M4 or Recce rifle.

BCM Bravo Company 300 BLK

The 300 Blackout line of BCM carbines are built on our 1:7 Twist 11595E Certified Steel barrels. The bore on each BCM Enhanced Barrel is honed to perfect the rifled finish prior to chrome lining both bore and chamber. With a continuous taper profile designed to optimize balance, performance and weight; each BCM barrel is fluted toward the rear near chamber, increasing strength and speeding heat dissipation. Barrel harmonics and accuracy have been further improved by removing the sharp handguard cap shoulder commonly associated with AR platform barrels. Reliable, mil-spec quality, BCM Enhanced Barrels will deliver a repeated positive effect on target, every time you press the trigger.

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For more information about the 300 Blackout caliber, its conversion and its performance (also at distance) please take a look at what Travis Haley from Haley Strategic Partners has to say after one year of test and evaluation with this platform.

Kinetic Development Group | 2015 Update

Kinetic Development Group has been releasing a lot of great new products in the last few months. They have been focusing mainly on the FNH Herstal SCAR platform, diversifying from most of the other firearm accessories manufacturers on the market. We have already introduced you to the SCAR Adaptable Stock (SAS) a few months ago. Since then KDG has released  some other interesting products both for the SCAR and AR platform (technically any platform thanks to the Magpul M-LOK system [Read our article]). They started by providing the FN SCAR operator an alternative extended aluminum rail system that would provide the same customization and attachment options as most ARs do, this is the MREX (Modular Receiver EXtention).

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KDG has also released in the past few moths a new mounting system based on the M-Lok platform: the Kinect QD. This line of Quick-Detach mounts allows the operator to change and swap accessories on the weapon within seconds.  There are two spring-loaded wedges in the base of the Kinect™ mounting point. When you press the accessory or rail section down in the MLOK™ slot, two tiny deployment triggers get pressed against the rail firing the wedges into place. There is nothing more frustrating that fiddling with an allen wrench (if you can find it) to get your accessories on an off your weapon with traditional modular rail sections. This changes the whole dynamic of the MLOK™ system and really makes every accessory truly removable with the ability to mount it in a second when needed. Due to the high quality materials and engineering skills this system does not fear recoil or hard use.

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The last product line KDG has released is the Sidelock Optic Mounts. The first one to arrive on the market was designed for the Aimpoint Comp M4. The patented cam system locks the mount down onto picatinny without the need of tools, side levers, or huge knobs. The release system allows users to change out their optics on the fly with less hassle. The 3 levels of locks insure the optic will not move unintentionally, maintaining zero for the shooter, and returning to zero when remounting in the same position after removal. They have now released two other optics mounts: the Sidelock Universal Scope Riser (that features a plain 1913 rail system) and the Sidelock Aimpoint Micro Mount.

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Blue Force Gear | Dapper Kit

Blue Force Gear has now released the full line of Dapper Organization products. These pouches and panels were first introduced to the market at Shot Show, last January. Blue Force Gear is well known for smart and extremely-lightweight products. We have use extensively their Ten Speed line of pouches and we are excited to see the same technology applied to the EDC segment.

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As for now the Dapper line consists of 3 series of hook and loop attachments: Mag pouches, Elastic loops and Clear zip pockets.

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The Ten-Speed Magazine Dapper combines the legendary Ten-Speed performance with the flexibility of the Dapper system to provide the lightest, low profile way to carry spare magazines or other similar-sized items.  Military-grade elastic pockets hold most double or single stack pistol magazines, lights, multitools, or other similar-sized items secure and in place. The Ten-Speed® pockets lie flat when not in use for reduced bulk and greater storage flexibility.

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The Utility Dapper Pouch is a larger utility pouch to hold most everyday items and mission gear such as chargers, personal items, computer equipment, medical supplies, tools, magazines or almost any other item one would carry in a bag.  The Large Utility Dapper can be quickly installed and removed on any loop field to quickly change the load out, making it the ultimate in discreet, modular load carrying.

The Pouch has two blue zipper pulls that are easily located and a top rubberized carry handle for easy opening and transporting.  The carry handle can be hung around most US door knobs for use when traveling.  The top is transparent, allowing you to see the contents without opening the pouch.  The inside is a loop field, allowing the installation of Dapper Loops for even more organization options. The pouch comes in two sizes. Dapper-Vynal-Pouch-inside-pack-600x400 DAP-U-VINYL-01-WF-600x400 Large-Utility-Dapper-Pouch-Veclro-Attach-Organizer-inside-Pack-600x400 Large-Utility-Dapper-Pouch-Veclro-Attach-Organizes-First-aid-ammo-gloves-and-more-600x400 Velcro-Bag-02-Use-600x400

The Accessory Loop Dapper uses military-grade elastic to keep smaller items in place and organized.  The smaller loops hold cables, batteries, chem lights, medical supplies, pens and other smaller items in place.

The Large Accessory Loop Dapper holds larger items such as tourniquet straps, bandages, large bundles of cables, 550 cord or smaller electronics such as GPS units, point and shoot cameras and most phones. The Accessory Loop Dapper is available in three different sizes: small, medium and large.

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What we really like about the Dapper Organizers is the flexibility of it. Where you are an Operator overseas, a First Responder or even just a student who wants his backpack neat and organized this is the right product for you. The fact that the same product could be used for a Direct-Action backpack, a EDC Bag or even a car (or TacticalWalls) makes your kit very versatile and efficient.

For more information please visit BlueForceGear.com