Blackhawk Hellstorm S.O.L.A.G. Gloves

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Blackhawk Hellstorm S.O.L.A.G. Gloves ( Special Operations Light Assault Gloves ), as the name implies, these gloves were designed for whatever you can throw at them.  I have put my set through the ringer and they still look and perform as good as the day I got them.  If you read through some of the reviews, you will find that people often complain about the sizing (finger length).  If you are truly interested in picking up a pair of these gloves, do yourself a favor and go to Blackhawks website and check out the sizing chart. I did just that and made sure that I was buying the right size the first time around.  Should you have a thick hand, you can adjust the straps on the wrist and top of the glove to loosen or tighten them up.

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Claim to Fame: An all purpose tactical 2

Target Market: Military, police, hunters and shooters.

FNBs:  (Features and Benefits of this product)

  • Quick drying synthetic material
  • Provides secure grip on wet surfaces
  • Dual back-of-hand and wrist adjustments for fitting
  • Nylon loop for easy donning and or attachment to a carabiners

 What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?  Blackhawk offers these gloves in a variety of options.  You can order these with Kevlar, Nomex, in a half-finger and or black/khaki colors.

What others are saying? "Great glove for a great price."

Price point:

I need it now! Availability: Readily available online at stores like Optics Planet, Amazon and or Blackhawk.

Our Rating:

+ Multiple options to choose from + Easy adjusting for a perfect fit + Quick drying material + Good hand grip on wet items.

- The material for the bump guards seems to be an open cell, so they can become sponge like in heavy rain. - Made in China

Score: 8.585

Jared prefers Simon Peter Sport Company for all his FFL needs.

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Browning Citori Ultra XS

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Claim to Fame: The quintessential representative of the quality of the Browning brand.

Target Market:  Ideal for skeet and sporting clays.  

FNBs:  (Features and Benefits of this product)

  • 410, 12, 20 and 28 gauge models offered
  • 28 or 30 inch vent-rib bead-sighted barrel
  • Chrome-plated chambers
  • Triple Trigger System
  • Shoots both 2 3/4" and 3" shells
  • Glossy walnut stock
  • Gold accented, high relief engraving

 What other aesthetic options or finishes are available? Browning offers the Citori line in a variety of options.  Check out all 3 pages, you will not be disappointed.  Browning

What others are saying? "It's a Browning, what else needs to be said." - Hickok 45browning citori ultra pic 3

Price point:

I need it now! Availability: Readily available at your local gun stores.

Our Rating:

+ Multiple gauges available + Glossy walnut stock + Gold accented, high-relief engraving + Chrome-plated chambers + Triple trigger system allows the shooter to fine tune the length of pull

Score: 9.5Amazing

Jared prefers Simon Peter Sport Company for all his FFL needs.

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Sig Sauer P226 Enhanced Elite 9MM

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There is not much to say when it comes to Sig Sauer firearms. They have a reputation for fit and finish that comes from over a hundred years in the firearms manufacturing business. Regardless of the trim level of my gun, I am reviewing a gun that is part of theSig 3 p226 family of pistols. This pistol design is thirty years old and is still going strong with the new x5 competition models fetching  $2000 plus pricetags. That being said, it is a trusted sidearm for organizations such as the U.S. Secret Service and Navy Seals here in America, as well as police and Special Forces military groups in over two dozen countries world wide.

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Claim to Fame:  High quality partnered with years of domestic and international military and police service.

Target Market: Home defense, tactical operations, self defense, military and police.


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  • 15 Round Magazines Standard
  • SIGLITE® Night Sites
  • Sig’s “SRT” Short Reset Trigger
  • Checkering on the front strap and the front of the trigger guard
  • Front and rear cocking serrations
  • One of the best decockers I have ever felt
  • One piece ergonomic grip with updated stippling pattern reduces reach


  • Firepower
  • Ergonomics lend themselves to a variety of shooters
  • Well execute beavertail design allows a firm high purchase everytime

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  The P226 comes is available in 9mm, .40 S&W, .357 Sig, and .22(Classic Model).  Aside from the Enhanced Elite version which I am reviewing there have been over a dozen variants over the years including;  longer barreled tactical models, a Blackwater edition, and the newer X5 models which come in green and red.  Although not a choice in this specific model the p226 is available in DA/SA SAO and DAK.  Sig Sauer Product Page

What others are saying?:  Youtube review- Cruciblearms

Price point:  I purchased mine brick and mortar here in New Jersey and paid $875.  This was a couple years ago and was part of a three gun purchase, so the manager gave me a little break on this and another handgun.

 I need it now! Availability:  Not a rare firearm however if you are looking for a specific caliber or specific finishes, it may take some hunting.

Our Rating

+ Weight and feel + Magazines + NJ and similar state compliant out of the box + Confident and secure decocker + Great trigger

- All of the night sights are the same color, which can sometimes be confusing in a low light situation.  I feel a different color front post would be more advantageous.

Score: 8.585


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Remington 870 Express

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Claim to Fame:  An all American pump action shotgun built with the same quality, precision and dependability found in their Model 870 Wingmaster, but at a more affordable price.

Target Market:  Hunters, clay shooters or just any one.  

FNBs:  (Features and Benefits of this product)

  • 12 and 20 gauge models offered
  • 26 or 28 inch vent-rib bead-sighted barrel
  • Shoots both 2 3/4" and 3" shells
  • A proven solid and dependable action
  • Affordable price

 What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?  Remington offers this gun in a plethora of options and finishes.  Remington

What others are saying? "Outstanding shotgun at a reasonable price."

Price point:

I need it now! Availability: Readily available at any local gun store or major sporting goods stores.

Our Rating:

+ 12 and 20 gauge models available + Shoots 2 3/4" or 3" shells + 26 or 28 inch vent-rib + Affordable price

- Laminate stock

Score: 9.090

Jared prefers Simon Peter Sport Company for all his FFL needs.

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Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack Review

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Maxpedition’s Fatboy Versipack is a high-quality, heavy-duty EDC shoulder bag. I decided to purchase mine one day when, on my walk from my car to the office, I dropped every single thing I was trying to carry in that day. It has many pockets, pouches and compartments to accommodate an endless variety of items. There is a wide, well padded shoulder strap to keep it from digging into your shoulder when you’re carrying it. It’s main pocket is big enough to carry my Kindle Fire HD tablet and a hybrid IWB holster (for when I’m not wearing it), along with a few other odds and ends. This compartment has a nylon cinch-sack type top thatFatboy Versipack Pocket keeps debris out. Behind the main compartment is a large, zippered pocket. This pocket is to store a handgun separate from the other contents of the bag. It has the soft side of hook-and-loop on it for attachment for holsters. Maxpedition sells a universal holster for just this task and another called the SNEAK that allows you to carry a spare mag alongside the pistol. It is large enough to hold a mid-sized handgun, like a Glock 19. In front of the main pocket is a smaller, zippered pouch that is the perfect size to carry a smaller notepad and more miscellaneous items. On one side, there is a magazine holder with a large hook-and-loop flap that has plenty of coverage to adjust to many different size magazines. The other side has a zippered pouch that is a little larger than the magazine pouch, which could probably hold at least 2 double-stack mags. The outside of this pouch has MOLLE webbing to attach even more gear. On the shoulder strap, there is a large buckle that allows you to easily put the pack on or take it off. Just below the buckle is a pouch with a buckled flap that is the perfect size for a large multi-tool with a pen sleeve on either side of this pouch. On the end of the shoulder strap that faces the rear, there is a HK style hook that can be used to hang keys or any other small tools. There are many color options, left and right handed versions and a model that replaces the side magazine pouch with a water bottle holder. The Fatboy Versipack is a very durable pack that I doubt I will ever wear out.

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Claim to Fame:  Seemingly compact exterior with a surprisingly ample interior. 

Target Market:  Concealed carriers that need more storage. 


Key Features

  • Heavy duty construction
  • Many useful pockets, pouches and compartments
  • Many color options
  • Holds a lot of stuff
  • Wide shoulder strap for comfort
  • Exterior MOLLE webbing

 What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  The Fatboy Versipack comes in many colors and color combos, like black, blue, red and pink. Check Optics Planet for all of their colors. There is a G.T.G. model that replaces the side magazine pouch with at water bottle holder. There are also left-handed versions of both models called the S-Type.

 What others are saying?:  “If you want the best compact everyday carry bag you can find, you want the Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack.”  - Survival News Online

For a good review and to see what all this bag can hold, see Sootch00 at Sensible Prepper.

Price point:

 I need it now! Availability:  The Fatboy Versipack is available from many retailers like Amazon and Optics Planet. Optics Planet has many more colors available than Amazon.

Our Rating:

+ Sturdy construction + Ample storage +Concealed-carry compartment +Comfortable strap

 Score: 9.090

Leatherman Wave Review

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The Leatherman Wave is considered a full-size multi-tool, but at 4” overall length when closed, it’s more of a medium tool. It is Leatherman’s most popular tool, and I can see why. I chose it based on the types of tools that it comes with. The pliers are good and they have wire cutters and a hard-wire cutter in the pivot of the pliers. The hard-wire cutters help with cutting thick wire or smaller nails without damaging the finer wire cutters. I would personally prefer replaceable wire cutters, but these are permanent. Leatherman Wave pt 2There is a very good can opener that doubles as a bottle opener. At the base of the can opener, there is a somewhat sharpened “V” that is used for stripping wire. One of the selling points for me was the screwdriver bit holder. The holder uses a full-size bit, but what Leatherman did was shave off the sides to slim down the bit. They will fit into a full ¼” bit driver. The bit supplied is reversible with a Philips on one side and a flat-head on the other. Other bits are available for purchase. The scissors are decent, but could be better if they were slightly longer. There is also a small bit holder that holds a proprietary precision screwdriver. It is perfect for those fine screws on eyeglasses and is reversible for Phillips and flat-head. The last interior tool is a large flat-head driver that can double as a light-duty pry-bar. Another large selling point for me was the accessibility of the knives, saw and file from the outside, while the tool is closed. The knives came from the factory very sharp and I have yet to need to sharpen them. Granted, I don’t use the blades very often, as also carry a pocket knife that I will usually use first. One feature I appreciate is that the Wave has separate straight and serrated Leathermanblades. I rarely use a serrated blade, so I prefer it being separate.  However with that being said, the serrations are great. They aren’t the sharp/pointy serrations you usually see, but more of a smooth serration that doesn't snag on rope and fabric. There is a very good wood saw that can shred through small branches rather quickly. The wood/metal file is very handy and on the reverse of it is a fine, diamond-coated file. After owning this tool for over a year and a half, I would definitely recommend it to anyone. There are a few accessories I would suggest getting alongside the tool. It comes with a MOLLE pouch(for the black) or a belt pouch(for the silver) that has room for spare bits. You can purchase a 40-piece bit set that contains more Phillips, flat-head, hex and even Torx driver heads. I also recommend the bit extender. It slips into the bit holder and extends your driver 3.25 inches and allows you to use any full-size, ¼” driver bit. One last note is that I just, upon writing this review, found out that there is a hidden (very well hidden) lanyard loop inside one of the handles. I never knew it was there, but it is really easy to deploy if you want it, but out of the way if you don’t.

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Claim to Fame:  Some what compact tool packed with tools and features. 

Target Market: The handy-person type that wants a good variety of tools to be always with you. 


Key Features

  • 17 tools
  • Sturdy design
  • Relatively small

Key Benefits

  • Blades accessible while closed
  • Changeable driver bits
  • All tools lock

Tools Included

  • Needlenose pliers
  • Regular Pliers
  • Hard-wire Cutters
  • Wire Cutters
  • Wire stripper
  • Knife
  • Serrated Knife
  • Saw
  • Spring-action Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Can Opener
  • Bottle Opener
  • Wood/Metal File
  • Diamond Coated File
  • Large Bit Driver
  • Small Bit Driver
  • Medium Screwdriver 

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  Mine is the Black Oxide version and there is also a Polished Stainless version.

 What others are saying?:  “It is a very well designed mid-range multi-tool that packs a lot of functionality into a compact and non-encumbering size.”  -ToolGuyd 

Price point: 

 I need it now! Availability:  The Leatherman Wave is available from many retailers including Amazon and Wal-Mart. 

Our Rating:

+ Sturdy design + Well thought out tools + Separate straight and serrated knives + Sharp knives

- Non-replaceable wire cutters - Wire cutters are kind of soft and I could see them becoming damaged, if used heavily - The lanyard loop was a little too hidden, but once found was pretty apparent

 Score: 8.585

5.11 Tactical Battery Case


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It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that eventually, all of the batteries in our equipment are going to run themselves out of 5.11 battery casejuice.  With that being said, it would be prudent for all of us to keep some spare batteries on hand and easily accessible.  However, the last you want to do is dig around in your gear bag in search of those spare batteries that you placed in there.  5.11 Tactical 5.11 battery case pic 3came up a pretty sweet design to keep your AA or CR123 batteries safe and secure.  This polymer case holds up to 4 batteries and is moisture and impact resistant.  The case attaches easily to your gear bag, vest, etc. using the MOLLE/SlickStick System.

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Claim to Fame:  A case that ensures that you’ll always have extra batteries on hand for your duty light, optics, radio and or electronics.

Target Market:  Tactical operators, night-time patrol officers and first responders.

FNBs: (Features & Benefits of this product)

  • Silent, no-rattle design
  • Moisture and impact resistant
  • Holds up to 4 AA or CR123 batteries
  • MOLLE/SlickStick compatible

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  5.11 offers this in black only.

What others are saying?:  "This is pretty much bomb proof."

Price point:

I need it now! Availability:  Readily available on the Optics Planet , Amazon and the 5.11 Tactical websites.

Our Rating:

+ Rattle free + Thumb dial allows quick access with or without gloves on + Moisture resistant +Impact resistant

- Only 1 color option. - Only accepts AA or CR123 batteries

Score: 8.585 

Jared prefers Simon Peter Sport Company for all his FFL needs.

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Nikon P223 3x32 Scope with BDC Reticle and P-Series Mounts

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One of the wonderful things about an AR-15 pattern rifle is the level of customization and variety you can get out of one rifle. To be fair, the shooting sports as a hobby is not a very affordable one.   However there are ways to make each dollar count. My AR has had the standard detachable carry handle and front post, a HI-VIZ front post, a Magpul MBUS rear, a co-witnessed cheap red dot, and now finally this beauty of a three power from Nikon. The value that an AR platform affords can be used to turn a carbine into a medium range precision rifle with the right glass. I currently shoot at a range that has a 200/300 yard section and I have been itching to use it.  However I am a ways away from being able to build a new long range shooter. This piece of glass is helping bridge the gap and reach out just a little 2

Glass is only as good as it can maintain zero and stay on the rifle, so mounts are an absolute necessity. The P-Series mounts are specifically designed for this and other scopes within this product line. I picked up the 1" version to fit my scope, however these are great mounts for other scopes and sights as well. Their two piece design allows for flexibility and mounting position.  In addition, the slide on and screw in method of mounting is rock solid.

The quality of these two products alone are great.  However, together the fit and finish of the final product make this a truly incredible value. Just about $200 for a quality piece of glass mounted and ready to roll is hard to beat.

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Claim to Fame: Nikon Quality and value.

Target Market: This price point is definitely targeting the entry level shopper, who's interests may be in medium range shooting, home defense, or 3 gun shoots.



  • Features
  1. BDC Reticle.
  2.  Large, precise “tactical” turrets that don’t require tools.
  3. Turrets can be reset to your zero making future adjustments a snap.
  4. Fully Multicoated Optical System for increased light transmission.
  5. Waterproof/Fogproof.
  • Benefits
  1. Price makes it accessible to most AR shooters.
  2. Fixed power reliability and size.


  • Features
  1. Two piece design allows versatility in mounting other optics.
  2. Available in both 1” and 30mm sizes.
  • Benefits
  1. Specifically designed to work with limited real estate on the barrel of the P223 3x32.

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  None although based upon my impressions of this product I would imagine that the pricier variable power scopes in this line would be of equal optical quality. If a different power configuration fits your needs better, the full line can be found at  Nikon Sport Optics

What others are saying?

Price point:


For the scope itself you’re going to pay just a touch over $160 out the door depending on taxes in your area. But if you were lucky and/or stupid enough to brave the cold on black Friday Cabela’s was selling them for $99 bucks which I gladly paid for it.

MSRP - $149.95

Retail - $149.99


For the P-Series mounts it is the same story MSRP is what you pay, and that is $53 or so out the door.

MSRP - $49.95

Retail - $49.99

 I need it now! Availability: I see both of these products available all the time at the various Walmarts that I end up in. Currently it seems online availability of these products may be slightly limited, however that may improve after the holiday season.

Our Rating:


+ Price + Weight and feel + Awesome Turrets + Bright Glass + Durability

- I would have enjoyed a bit more eye relief. - Reticle a little small for my taste.

Score: 880


+ Price + Rock solid + Versatility + Ease of use

Score: 990

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Mechanix M-Pact Gloves




Every shooting enthusiast should have a pair of gloves, for safety as well as comfort.  Some gloves have even been designed with shooting mechanics in mind, which not only assists in a positive grip but absorbing recoil as well.  And then there's winter, where you would be crazy to shoot without gloves on... especially if it is below zero and you are wrapping your mits around an all-steel frame pistol.  Brr!

With all the tactical clothing brands out there, sometimes you just don't know what you want until you see someone else wearing Mechanix MPact Glovesit.  I saw a youtube video on the Military Arms Channel with the host wearing the M-Pact gloves, and it convinced me to give them a try.  I purchased them online from Full Source, although you could probably find them locally since Mechanix is a fairly popular glove brand... I could only find the actual mechanic/automotive styles around me.  The company mistakenly sent me another pair of a different style (and different size) with another customer's billing information, so I just forwarded the package onto its correct destination and Full Source gratefully credited me back for the shipping costs.

Anyways, back to the gloves... they're really nice.  I find that they are not as sensitive / dexterous as other competitors who focus on shooting, such as the PIG full dexterity tactical glove from SKD tactical.  But I kind of wanted something a bit more robust but still light enough to load mags, manipulate controls, etc.  They have a rubberized pad over three knuckles that run down your three non-shooting fingers, which looks very attractive and almost skeletal, yet I haven't found a purpose for them.  Maybe backhanding the person who muzzles you at the range? The rubber is attached through "sonic welding" which is absolutely a marketing buzzword because my right glove already has separation between the fabric and the rubber in one spot.  Nothing some crazy glue didn't solve.

The index finger, thumb, and top-of-the-palm have a layer of texture patches which assist in gripping, they work okay when wet but exceptionally.  There are two pads sewn inside the glove for the remainer of the palm which do absorb recoil very well.  Makes the snappier pistol calibers less stingy after a few mags for sure.

Would I buy these again if I had to?  Sure, but I'd take a closer look at the competition.  Does the pair I already own have a permanent home in my range bag?  Absolutely, as long as they still hold up.

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Claim to Fame:  Offers full-coverage hand protection with features like a rubberized thumb, index finger and palm for durable gripping power in any situation.rovides installation of a rail system without permanent modifications.

Target Market:  People with hands, interesting is looking "hella" tactical during maintenance & repair, construction, heavy equipment operation, towing & transportation, and shooting.


Key Features:

  • Molded Thermal Plastic Rubber (TPR) provides impact protection to the fingers and knuckles
  • Form-fitting TrekDry® top material helps keep hands dry and comfortable
  • Hook and loop closure for a secure fit to the wrist

Key Benefits:

  • PORON® XRD™palm padding absorbs shock and vibration
  • Rubberized grip material on the thumb and index finger provides durable gripping power
  • Machine washable

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?  8 different color schemes available, I chose Coyote (Matches FDE firearms accessories and clothing).

What others are saying?  Prepper Central

Price point

I need it now! Availability:  Full Source

Our Rating:

+ Rigid / reinforced in typical wear areas but thin where you want most dexterity + Coyote color matches FDE color accessories + No difficulty manipulating firearm controls / trigger finger fits in trigger guards to problem

- Grip texture on inside of glove is sparce and very minimal to give that "second skin"effect in regards to thickness, and is adequate but not extremely tacky. - Fingers (index and thumb) are a big thick for reloading smaller calibers into mags.  Not designed exclusively for reloading .22 lr into mags but I found it almost impossible to accomplish without taking a glove off - Rubber part already started to come detached from fabric, but after a year of moderate use.

Score: 7.0 GoodFI 7.0



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