Review

KnightFall Customs OWB Teklok holster

I was looking around for an outside the waistband (OWB), competition-ish style holster when I ran across KnightFall Customs. Since they made one for Polymer 80 style pistols, I sent off an interest email. I hadn’t found many holster manufacturers’ that made the style holster I was looking for. KnightFall Customs sent this one for review, and it is appreciated.

  As one would guess, this is a molded Kydex holster. The OWB holster KnightFall sent was their OWB Teklok / Paddle, in black, but other colors are available. The holster is nicely molded. So much so, that it flows nicely around the contour of the pistol. There are no really sharp edges. If you like polished edges on your kydex, you can get it as an option. It is also open at the bottom so that longer / compensated pistols will fit. The molded in sight channel is very tall and will allow for “suppressor height” sights.  Lead times can vary, but they are still usually fairly short compared to some other holster manufacturers. 

  Now for the real reasons I wanted to try out the holster. First, it could be had with a TekLok belt mount. The Bladetech TekLok, is adjustable for different width belts, and then it actually has a little fold up lock to keep it on your belt. Mounting a TekLok, on a holster, also sets the holster farther away from your body. I’ve used the TekLok before, and so for a “competition style” holster, this was great. The zero cant was also a feature I was looking for. I like straight draws when using a holster for competition. Since I have a mini red dot on this particular pistol, I needed a holster that had an “RMR” option. The KnightFall has an RMR option, which cuts out the front of the holster to allow for the sight. This also can make the pistol presentation quicker, by allowing the gun to clear the holster sooner. This holster also has 2 tension adjustment screws. A nice feature for someone running different pistols in the same holster, like me. 

  This KnightFall holster is for a Polymer 80 PF940v2 with a 17 slide. Basically a fullsize pistol. Being that it has an open bottom, I was also able to fit my compact Polymer 80 in it, with the compensator. It also fits without the comp. I would have liked the holster to come with more drop, but that’s me. The holster makes the pistol ride about halfway above, and halfway below the beltline. I didn’t have any problems using it this way, just a personal preference.

  I really like the function of the Knightfall holster. Draws are super smooth, partly because of the adjustable retention. The pistol “snaps” in and out no matter where the retention is set. A testament to the molding process. I have shot 2 steel matches and one other match with the Knightfall. During these matches I carried the gun for at least 5 hrs. At no time did it feel uncomfortable, nor did I worry about the pistol falling out if I bumped up against it. I am also able to get a full grip on the pistol before the draw stroke. There is no extra kydex in the way, and the holster is cut upward a little too allow for the P80’s undercut trigger guard. 

  KnightFall Customs makes other style holsters also. If you’re in the market for this style of holster, or any other style, I would go check them out. Prices are on par with other places and the quality is top notch.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

Outside the Waistband holster with Teklok mounting

Target Market:

Competition shooters, Tactical Carriers

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Kydex

  • Teklok belt mounting

  • Options for Polymer 80’s

  • Straight Cant

  • Optic sight cut

  • Adjustable retention

  • Made in Alaska

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

Patterns, Colors, and Cuts

What others are saying?:

Adam at Knightfall Customs 5/5 stars

MY FAVORITE HOLSTER FOR OWB

I was having a hard time finding a holster for my P80 build with a compensator, then I saw these and thought I'd give it a try. Customer Service was very responsive, and even did custom mounting holes for the Safariland QLS system. Very happy with it, will be buying another soon for a G34 P80 bild.

Link to other reviews:

Nothing found for this particular holster

Price point:

MSRP = $69.99

I need it now! Availability:

Knightfall Customs

Our Rating:

Pros:

  • Optics cut out

  • Adjustable retention

  • Open bottom

  • Teklok

  • Available for Polymer 80, Faxon, and Grey Ghost pistols

Cons:

  • Lead time can vary

  • $5 for polished edges

  • Would like more drop from beltline

Score: 8.00 Great

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Swampfox Kingslayer

Swampfox Optics is a new optics manufacturer. They seem to be doing some good things, like the Kingslayer. The Kingslayer is a micro red dot. When I first heard about these, I ask for a review one. They shipped one right out and here we are.

  The Kingslayer micro red dot is your typical reflex sight. It mounts using the industry standard RMR footprint. A huge plus when mounting it on a pistol slide. It also comes with a picatinny mount. As one can expect, it is fairly small at 1”w x 1”h x 1.8”l. The size gives it a 22mm window to look through. I found the 3 MOA dot to be very useful. Not too small, but not too large, kind of in the easy to pick up and see category. Weighing in at 1 ounce, it is very light.

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  Function of the Kingslayer is pretty self explanatory. There is an up and down arrow button on the side. This increases and decreases the brightness. The up arrow also turns the sight on when pushed. The down arrow will turn the sight of after holding it down for about 3-5 seconds. Also the Kingslayer has an auto off after 4 hours of button inactivity. Now comes one of the deal breakers for me, the battery life. The kingslayer uses a CR1632 battery. It’s smaller than your normal CR2032. Battery life is stated at 200 hrs on the high setting, and 3000 hrs on the lowest. The one saving grace to the battery life is the fact that the battery tray is on the side of the unit. No taking it off to change the battery.

  After receiving the Kingslayer, I mounted up on my Grey Ghost slide. Partly because it has an RMR cut-out. No problems with mounting. I then zeroed it. It has tiny screws for windage and elevation. The screws are snug and take a little bit of force to turn. A good thing since they are not “click” adjustable. Then I preceded to……..break it. While moving stuff around on a tall bench, the pistol fell onto concrete, on the Kingslayer. The fall was from 4 feet. The glass in the Kingslayer cracked, ugh! I could still see the dot, and it held zero, so I shot it a little bit. When I contacted Swampfox, they immediately sent me a call tag and replaced it with a new one. I’ve been a little more careful with this one. 

  Besides my self induced problems, the Kingslayer has worked well. It’s held zero, even after taking it off and installing it on a different slide, and then back. The side battery tray is a nice feature. The 3 MOA dot is easily picked up, but not as well as some . I attribute this to the 22mm window size. It is noticeably smaller than some of the other micro red dots I’ve used. It could just be the shape. For a fairly reasonable priced micro red dot, it seems to perform as advertised.

  If your in the market for a slide mounted red dot, the Kingslayer might just be the ticket. At around $200, it is a good way to try out using a slide mounted red dot. If you then decide to upgrade to a “name”, you can put it on something else with the picatinny mount. Go check out Swampfox Optics, they seem to be doing some decent stuff.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

Micro Red Dot on RMR footprint

Target Market:

Those wanting a Micro Red Dot

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • 3 MOA dot

  • 10  Illumination settings

  • IPX7 waterproof to 1 meter

  • Shockproof to 800G’s

  • CR 1632 battery

  • 1500 hr battery life

  • 1,8”(length) * 1” (width) * 1.0”(height)/ 1.4"(height) with mount

  • 1 oz without mount / 1.3 oz with mount

  • Multi coated lens MOA windage and elevation adjustments

  • 4 hr auto off after button inactivity

  • Side battery tray

  • 50,000 round guaranty

  • 22mm lens diameter

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

Red or Green Circle dot

What others are saying?:

Doug on Swampfoxoptics 5/5 stars

Ok sooo a long story... I bought a Kingslayer off of eBay from an armed forces officer that had bought two. I’m a special operations officer and deal with very expensive equipment. The good: the product is solid, crystal clear glass and great concise dot. 

The bad: the thing drained batteries like nobody’s business even in the off position. 

The amazing: I contacted Swampfox via email even though I didn’t purchase it from them. In a matter of minutes I was contacted back and advised that they would honor their warranty and would ship a replacement and mailing slip right out. I received it only to find it had the same issue. Once again I contacted Swampfox and again I was immediately contacted back. This time they were not so fast to just send a replacement, Robert and Chris worked with me hand and hand for days trying to find the glitch. At no time in this process was I ever degraded, ignored or told it was operator error. We never could quite figure out the issue so I kinda just called it a wash for buying something second hand. About a month after our last conversation I was contacted by Robert and Chris who stated that they had found a virus in the tiny circuit board and had fixed all the issues and that they were sending me a brand new redesigned model and a postage paid slip for my return as well as everyone that owned a Kingslayer! This was a long process and my optics have to work every single time they are asked to or they cannot be used due to what I do. I have waited -on purpose - to write this review so that I can state with confidence that the optic is reliable. The Kingslayer is amazing crystal clear glass that rivals optics I run that cost HUNDREDS more. I have run the optic on a pistol, ar, and mp5 with zero malfunctions. But more impressive than the optic is the company. The team at Swampfox could have easily denied my claim due to me purchasing second hand and that is even stated in the fine print of their warranty. Swampfox never batted an eye at my claims, never tried to cover up a problem and never tried to sidestep my communication. The optic I received is still on the original battery, has been used extensively and has held zero on whatever I mounted it on. For the price I believe this is one of the best red dots on the market and the company service is second to none.

Link to other reviews:

Pew Pew Tactical

Price point:

MSRP = $219.99

Retail = $170.99 at OpticsPlanet

I need it now! Availability:

SwampFox or Optics Planet

Our Rating:

Pros:

  • Price

  • Clear dot

  • RMR pattern mount

  • 3 MOA dot

  • Side mount battery

Cons:

  • Window size

  • Battery Life

  • Battery size

Score: 6.50 Okay

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Freedom Flag G17 slide w/Nevada Cerakote

  If you haven’t heard of Freedom Flag Products, you should go look them up. About a year ago, they collaborated with Nevada Cerakote to send me one of their G17 slides. When they ask what model or cerakote I wanted, I left it up to both of them. Freedom Flag also makes AR products, as well as other Glock style slides. The review slide they sent me is in their “Track Style”, without an optic cutout.

  I can’t really describe the “Track Style”, but it is not a typical cookie cutter slide. It has some oblong, straight up and down, cuts at the rear for cocking serrations. Then down the rest of the slide it has, what I like to call them, mathematical shaped recesses. At the front of the slide, there are also 2 angled cuts with 3 slots cut in them. On the top front, is also a diamond shape recess with 2 slots. So a compensated barrel might work with this slide. Freedom Flag’s slides are for Gen 3 style pistols, this includes Polymer 80’s. They also come in 5 more standard cuts, in case you don’t like this style. An RMR cut is $50 more, if that’s your thing.

  As I would expect, the machining on this slide is spot on. I couldn’t detect a single mill mark. Yes you can see marks through cerakoted parts. The Glock slide parts kit installed with zero problems and everything works smooth as butter. This is the second slide that Freedom Flag has sent me, which is why the review has taken so long. The first slide they sent had a very, and I mean very, small tool mark on the angled cut. I was okay with it, but they pretty much demanded I send it back, so I did. That’s top notch service. I don’t know if this slide is the same one, or a new one, but I suspect it’s new. The rear sight cut was spot on, and I had zero problems installing the rear sight. The front slot seemed a tiny bit larger than I needed, I could twist the front sight ever so slightly when tightening it down. I measured it, and it was within Glock factory specs, so it must have been the front sight and not the slide. All in all, they do an excellent machining job.

  All Freedom Flag’s slides are Cerakoted. As mentioned, this slide was sent to Nevada Cerakote for some magic. I told them to also surprise me and that it was being installed on a gray Polymer 80 frame. Nevada Cerakote did not let me down. They did a 4 color gray/black camo on it that looks amazing. The colors are blended together so smooth that you can’t even feel where one ends and the other begins. 

  Nevada Cerakote is pretty big in the cerakote market. They have their hands in lots of one off coatings for trade shows, like SHOT. They are factory trained and certified by Cerakote. But really, they just do a great cerakote and have great ideas for patterns. If you are looking to have something coated, please go check out Nevada Cerakote.

  The Track Style slide is a great addition to my Polymer 80. In fact I purposely bought the Poly 80 frame for the original slide. The slide mounted up easy. It slid right on and cycled smoothly. Frame to slide fit was phenomenal. Not so tight that I needed to break it in, but not loose either. I can barely wiggle the slide. To top it all off, the pistol cycles fine, even when the slide was brand new. When I first installed the slide, if you rode the slide closed on an empty magazine, it would stop about ¼” from going into battery. After 50 or so rounds, that stopped. It never did it using the slide release or sling shotting the slide. I’m using as Faxon barrel with the Freedom Flag slide. As expected, it shoots great. Both a testament to the slide and barrel.

  When using the Track Slide, I used it in a few OWB holsters. It fit fine in both of them. I did have to loosen the tension screws on both. I attributed this to the fairly squarish style of this slide. Not a big deal at all, more of just a heads up. To go along with this, the cerakote has not worn off the edges either. Another testament to the Nevada Cerakote quality.

  If you are in the market for a Glock slide, Freedom Flag does a fine job. They even make a slide that converts a G19 size frame into a G17 length slide and barrel. The slide is 100% made in the USA and at a competitive price. Definitely go give Freedom Flag a look, as well as Nevada Cerakote.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

Fully machined Glock Gen 3 slide with cerakote

Target Market:

Those wanting a unique, quality slide for their Glock or Glock style pistol

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • “Track Style”

  • Designed for Gen3 guns, will not fit a Gen4

  • Cerakoted 

  • Optional Laser Etching

  • Tighter tolerances for increased accuracy, reliability, and performance

  • Precision machined from heat treated 4150 barrel steel

  • Barrel lock-up manufactured with tighter tolerances

  • When used with a match-quality barrel, accuracy will be greatly increased

  • 100% Made in the USA

  • Compatible with Polymer80 Frames

  • Tested for function

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

Lots of single colors, or ask about special Cerakote

What others are saying?

5/5 stars - Fantastic and Durable Slide

I bought a graphite black slide a few months ago to go with a Polymer 80 G17 I built. Taking it out of the box, it's a really good looking slide. The front serrations are very tactile and the back are equally good. When fitting it to the gun, it was indeed a very tight fit, but that really is a good thing. I did have to file a little bit on the inside of the slide around the barrel lock-up, but that was primarily due to the aftermarket barrel being a little out of spec. Once I fixed that, it worked great. I now have over 1k rounds through the slide and no issues. I've used it in the Limited Division at a USPSA match and it was great there, even got a couple compliments. I highly recommend filing in the logo on top of the slide with white to make it pop. Overall, I could not be happier. The customer service is very good and personal, and the shipping was quick. If you're on the fence about it, just do it! You won't find a better custom slide for the money

Link to other reviews:

Holster Reviewer on YouTube

Price point:

MSRP = $249.99, $400 as tested

MSRP (Cerakote) - $150 for 4 color camo

I need it now! Availability:

Freedom Flag Parts 

Nevada Cerakote

Our Rating:

Pros:

  • Tight slide to frame fit

  • Good barrel lock up

  • Custom Cerakote finish

  • Unique design

Cons:

  • Square (holster fit)

  • No front cocking serrations on this model

Score: 8.5 Great

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Build a Custom 10/22 Step by Step

  Just about everyone owns a Ruger 10/22. They are fantastically fun guns to shoot and build. Amilcar Hernandez has written a book called “Build a custom 10/22, step by step”. In this book we learn how to upgrade and/or build a 10/22. I was asked if I would like to get a copy to review, and being that I really like 10/22’s, I said sure.

  As with most “do it yourself” style books, Amilcar takes you through the process, literally, step by step. It is 175 pages long, but reads quickly. Up first is the Introduction and Things to Consider chapters. The Intro is really just that, an intro. However the “Things to Consider” chapter helps you determine what you want out of your rifle. Is the main use plinking, hunting, or target shooting. Then it goes into more detail on each.

  The layout of the book is very helpful. It walks you from a chapter on “Budget”, all the way through to a “Lubricant” section. I found the way each chapter built on itself, very useful. Amilcar also puts “references” in every chapter. Very helpful if you would like to look something up.

  Probably the most useful part of the book is the hands on explanations. In the “Bolt” chapter, it goes into how to polish the factory bolt and to what advantage the polishing has. The “Barrel” chapter has a section on different types of 10/22 barrels. From thread-in to press-fit, etc, and why you would want one over the other. The “Trigger” section is fairly lengthy, as it probably should be. Then the book moves on to “stocks, magazines, ammunition, sights”, and so on. Basically the book is a wealth of knowledge that Mr. Hernandez has compiled over the years.

  The “Build a custom 10/22, step by step” is a really good book. I learned some things, as will probably anyone who reads this book. My favorite part is the “Gallery” section at the end of the book. It has numerous 10/22 builds. All with a short build sheets as to which parts were used. This is probably one of those books that I will look at 100 times. Gaining little bits of info here and there.

  Not as involved as a machinists, build from scratch, book. The build a custom 10/22 book has a lot of good information. Just set it on your coffee table, pick it up when you see fit, look at all the detailed pictures, and decide to build a 10/22. I probably would have overlooked a book like this on Amazon, because you need to see it to appreciate it. Amilcar does a nice job and I am glad I was fortunate enough to get one

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

Book detailing how to go about building a 10/22

Target Market:

Those wanting to upgrade or build a 10/22

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Describes what to do and where to go for your 10/22 build

  • Paperback

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

Kindle Version

What others are saying?:

Mandi 5/5 stars on Amazon

Great Literature, and Pictures both for the beginner builder as well as a veteran.

Highly recommend this book to anyone that owns, builds, or shoots a 10/22. Has everything you need to know.

Link to other reviews:

No real reviews, just press releases

Price point:

MSRP = $29.99

Retail = $15.99-29.99

I need it now! Availability:

Amazon

Our Rating:

Pros:

  • Easy reading

  • Photo’s

  • Chapter organization

  • Build lists in “Gallery” section

  • Minor gunsmithing instructions

Cons:

  • Few grammar and spelling issues

  • Actual web links will be outdated someday

  • Price for soft cover

Score: 7.50 Good

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EndoMag

  Mean Arms came into the Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) market with an interesting idea. They made a 9mm insert for Magpul Pmags, called the “EndoMag”. This eliminates having to use a special lower receiver or magazine adapter. I was intrigued after we discussed them on the Gun & Gear Review Podcast. Mean Arms kindly sent one for review.

  The Endomag is not your standard magwell adapter. First up, it goes inside a Gen 2 or 3 Pmag body. Just take your Pmag apart and set your spring and follower somewhere. Now, depending on where you live, cut the Endomag to the required magazine capacity. It has marks for 15, 20, and 30 rounds and comes in a 10 round configuration. The included instructions tell you how to do this and it is super simple. I cut mine to accept 30 rounds. Then all you need to do is slide the Endomag assembly into the Pmag body and install the floorplate. It is now ready to be used.

  Before using the Endomag, it is recommended that you break it in. Basically, it involves testing to make sure the mag body doesn’t rub the bolt. Then testing cycling, by hand, with the Endomag installed. Again, the instructions are very useful here. I could feel the bolt rubbing a little on the one they sent me. I just did as instructed and have had no issues.

  The Endomag has some great benefits, and a few that leave me wanting something else. I love the ability to load rounds just by pushing them down, much like a standard AR magazine. This is because the Endomag is a double column, double feed magazine, much like the Colt 9mm style magazines. The Endomag also features a last round bolt hold open feature. My biggest complaint about the Endomag is the built in ejector. It functions great, but takes some training to unload the firearm. One has to cycle the bolt back by hand to eject the live round. Then while the bolt is back, you have to drop the magazine. If you drop the Endomag out before cycling the action, the round will not eject, and thus just go right back into the firing chamber. Like I said, this is a training issue, but during a competition this could confuse some people and maybe even cause an unsafe condition. Besides this training issue, the Endomag doesn’t require any other learning curve. It is the same size as a standard magazine, therefore it fits in all your gear. All the rifle’s controls will also be the same, especially the magazine release button. I also noticed that the magazine spring, that Mean Arms uses in the Endomag, looks very much like the spring that came out of the standard Pmag. So much that I would guess it is the same spring. The EndoMag also lets one “try out” a PCC without having to purchase a lower receiver or magwell adapter. Of course you would still need a complete 9mm upper.

  I used the Endomag a lot. As expected, it ran like a champ. If I had a failure, it was minor, because I don’t remember any. One of the nice features about installing the Endomag in a Pmag body is that you can mark the Pmag with “9mm” in the dot matrix! That way you have a better chance of not getting your magazines confused. As far as training with the Endomag, I give it a thumbs up. 9mm is cheaper than 5.56/223, and has about the same felt recoil. So you can get some good training in, for cheaper.

  Mean Arms has a good idea with the Endomag. It has some decent features to aid in training. Goes into a magazine body that you probably already have, and works fantastic. I just had to get over the ejecting a round before dropping the magazine. If you think the Endomag is for you, go give one a try, they are inexpensive enough to see.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

9mm magazine kit for converting standard AR-15’s to 9mm without a magwell insert

Target Market:

Those wanting a 9mm carbine without the added cost of an adapter

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Converts a Magpul 30-round 5.56x45 PMAG (Gen 2 and 3) to 9mm

  • Functions as a standard AR magazine

  • No magwell adapter needed

  • Uses a standard AR15 receiver

  • Insert comes fully assembled.

  • Uses same controls as a standard AR

  • Uses standard mag pouches, etc.

  • Last round bolt hold open

  • Lifetime warranty

  • Built in Ejector

  • Compatible with Colt and Glock style BCG’s

  • Indents for 15, 20, and 30 round options, Ships as 10 round capacity

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

None

What others are saying?:

Charles F.  5/5 stars @RainierArms

Great 9mm option. Worked like a champ, I had no issues with the operation at all. Great product.

Link to other reviews:

The Firearm Blog

Price point:

MSRP = $29.99

Retail = $29.95 at AimSurplus

I need it now! Availability:

Mean Arms

Our Rating:

Pros:

  • Uses Glock or Colt 9mm BCG’s

  • No lower modifications or special lower required

  • Last round bolt hold open

  • Uses same spring as P-Mag

  • Fits same accessories as standard AR magazines

  • Uses same controls as standard AR

Cons:

  • Only available in 9mm

  • Magazine body required

  • Ejector in magazine

Score: 7.00 Good

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Velocity Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) Trigger

  Velocity Triggers has come out with a new trigger in their MPC (Marksman Performance Choice) line. This particular trigger is for pistol caliber carbines (PCC) that use AR15 trigger assemblies. I am a big fan of the original MPC trigger. I have also become a fan of the PCC trigger. They informed me at SHOT 2019 about the new trigger, so I requested one for review.

  The PCC trigger has the same features of the original MPC line. Probably the most notable is the ⅜” wide trigger shoe. Besides being wider than the average trigger shoe, it is available in a wide assortment of shapes and colors. This time I asked for a green flat, grooved, with finger stop shoe. I also have a curved radiused and flat radiused that can be swapped on in place of the original shoe. Yes, different shoes are available and can be installed on the trigger assembly. No more being stuck with a single shoe design. Additional shoes can be purchased individually. The shoe attaches with an allen screw. One big advantage to this attachment style is that the shoe can also be pivoted. I have mine pivoted just slightly so that the pad of my finger sits flat on the shoe. 

  Since a PCC functions differently than a standard AR, Velocity designed the trigger differently. The most notable difference is how the hammer is designed. It has a definite curved shape to it with more material. The disconnector is also slightly different. When laid out next to one another, it is easy to see the differences. Standard AR triggers don’t always work in the PCC”s. This is because the bolt has so much more mass. The mass can cause a standard trigger to bounce off the disconnector and cause a double fire. I’ve had this happen with non-pcc triggers. The Velocity PCC trigger does not have this problem. It has ran flawlessly for me.

Standard trigger on left, PCC trigger on right

  Velocity triggers’ have great trigger pulls, and the PCC is no exception. The PCC trigger has a pull weight of 4lbs and is non adjustable. When I measured it, it was an average of 4lbs, so it is consistent. As with all their triggers, it has zero creep, a smooth break, and positive reset. Along with that, there is also very little overtravel. Part of the reason the trigger has such a nice feel is that they Nickel Teflon coat the internal parts. This nickel teflon provides a superior resistance to wear, corrosion and friction. So to say it again, the PCC trigger has an excellent trigger pull. The trigger will also work with standard caliber AR’s.

  As an added bonus, Velocity sent some extras also. They sent a 3-hole Sentinel trigger guard in green. The Sentinel is made from aluminum and has more room for gloved hands. Also in the package was one of their new “Wicked” extended magazine releases. It looks like a face with straight teeth. When you see it, you’ll get the idea.  

  I used the PCC trigger in a standard AR lower. This lower usually runs a Stern Defense Glock mag adaptor, but I also used an ENDOMAG. The trigger functioned great with either system. I had zero failures to fire and zero double fires. I would say that’s a win. Purposeful double and triple shots were very well controlled also. 

  This PCC trigger is impressive! It did everything I wanted it to. If you are looking for a PCC trigger, or any other AR drop in trigger, go give Velocity Triggers a look. They keep impressing me with their products

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

4lb single stage Pistol Caliber Carbine trigger

Target Market:

PCC shooters wanting a good trigger

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • 4lb trigger pull

  • ⅜” trigger shoe, various shoes available

  • Drop in

  • Nickel Teflon coated

  • Made in USA

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

Different Shoe designs and colors

What others are saying?:

Nothing found

Link to other reviews:

None found

Price point:

MSRP = $189.95

I need it now! Availability:

Velocity Triggers or Black Bag Resources

Our Rating:

Pros:

  • Crisp break

  • Tactile reset

  • Different trigger shoes

  • Drop in

  • Nickel Teflon coated

  • Designed for PCC’s

  • Made in USA

Cons:

  • Only available in 4lb pull

  • Writing on trigger

Score: 8.50 Great

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Odin Works Ragna Forend

  Our friends over at Odin Works have another forend on the market. It is called the Ragna. When I was looking for a 15” handguard, I remembered that they had come out with the Ragna at SHOT 2018. When I contacted Odin, they sent it right out for a review. I received the M-Lok version, but a Key-mod version is also available.

  As with the Odin Works O2 lite handguard I reviewed earlier, the Ragna is also really light. When one first picks up the package that the Ragna comes in, you really can’t believe there is a 15.5” handguard in it. It weighs 10.35 ounces complete with the barrel nut and hardware. One reason it is so lightweight comes from a large quantity of organic shaped cut outs. These cutouts give it a unique look also. 

   Mounting up the Ragna is pretty easy also. If you have installed a barrel on an AR, then you can do this. Take your old handguard and barrel nut off first, if it isn’t a new build. Put some of the supplied Vibra-tite on the upper receiver threads. Take the supplied barrel nut and tighten it to 50 ft-lbs. Install the gas block and tube. Then slide the forend on. Line up the top rail with your receiver and tighten the two set screws. Then tighten the three clamp screws. You now have a new Ragna forend installed. I really liked how easy this handguard installed. The top rail lined up perfectly with the upper receiver’s rail.

  As with most handguards, the Ragna is made from aluminum. They use 6061-T6 aluminum and then hard coat anodize it black. This gives it the same durability and finish as the upper receiver it is installed on. It also has 2 full length M-lok slots at 3 & 9 O’clock. These M-lok slots are out at the front of the handguard. M-lok slots also run the full span of the 6 O’clock position (or as I call it, the bottom). It has no top M-lok slots because the Ragna uses a full length picatinny rail. I personally have a love/hate relationship with full top rails. I like the looks of them, but feel like I only need a little rail section at the front and back. 

  The Ragna is also loaded with other features. The first one that comes to mind is the quick connects at the front and rear. Three of them are in the front at 3, 6, &9 O’clock, and two in the rear on either side. Being a long handguard, it has a lot of flex out at the muzzle end. This flex really only causes a problem if you sling up and are using some sort of sight on the front of the rail. I say “some sort’ because it could be an iron front sight, a laser, or something else. The rearward sloped angle, at the front of the handguard, is also very well thought out. It doesn’t have any sharp edges or angles for things to get caught up on. Most low profile gas blocks will fit inside the rail. It has an inside diameter of 1.35 inches, so other accessories might fit underneath also, especially if you are one to like longer than barrel length handguards. 

  I had expected a good performing handguard from Odin Works, and the Ragna did not let me down. The diameter isn’t too large or too small for me. I was able to get a good grasp on the rifle. The odd cut out shapes also dig into your hand to allow for a good non-slip grip, but not so much as to be uncomfortable. Most people don’t need attachment slots down the full length of the forend, and I am one of those. So I like only having the 2 M-lok slots at 3 & 6 O’clock, should I choose to mount up a light or other accessories.

  Odin Works has done a nice job with the Ragna. I really like the looks and functionality. Having to not index a barrel nut is a huge plus also. If you’re in the market for a new forend, check out the Ragna. It is available in 12.5”, 15.5”, and 17.5” versions.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

15.5” lightweight handguard

Target Market:

Those wanting a lightweight freefloat handguard

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Free floating

  • Type 2 Hard Anodized

  • One piece barrel nut that is Black Nitride coated

  • All mounting hardware included

  • Continuous top rail

  • Made from 6061-T6 aluminum

  • Inside Diameter: 1.35"

  • Outside Diameter: 2.02" Tall by 1.52"

  • Key-MOD or M-LOK available at 3, 6, and 9 o'clock

  • All .750 ODIN Works gas blocks fit inside 

  • Weighs just 10.35oz installed (including barrel nut)

  • Made in USA

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

12.5” and 17.5”

What others are saying?:

Ryan H. @ Odinworks.com 5/5 stars

Clean fit

Fits clean and looks amazing. Couldn’t be happier

Link to other reviews:

Nothing found

Price point:

MSRP = $179.00

I need it now! Availability:

Odin Works or Black Bag Resources

Our Rating:

Pros:

  • Really lightweight

  • Good feel in the hands

  • M-lok slots

  • Top rail

  • Front/Rear quick connects for sling swivels

  • Made in USA

Cons:

  • Flexes

Score: 8.50 Great

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Favorite Link:   Axelson Tactical



Official Qube Compensator

  If you haven’t heard about CGS Group, well now is the time. CGS has been making custom rifle and suppressors for a few years. They recently ventured into the pistol compensator market. The “Qube” compensator is touted as the first pistol comp that doesn’t need set screws, more on that later. Because of the “no set screw” design, I asked if I could get one for review, and here we are.

  The CGS Group Qube compensator is called that for a good reason. The Qube looks essentially square, like a cube. It really isn’t square, as one can see in the FNB’s below. It has been designed for 9mm pistols. The squarish look makes it ideal for square slided pistols, like a Glock, but is at home on other pistol designs also.

  I really wanted to try the Qube out because of it’s set-screwless design. I was not disappointed either. Lots of other compensators use set screws to keep the thing on and indexed. These screws press against the threads on the barrel and can damage them. The Qube uses a 2 part system, with tapers and a nut, to mount it. Those 2 parts consist of an inner round piece and the outer square part. The inner piece has a bunch of tiny holes in it. This is what screw onto the threads of the barrel. It has 2 flats also, so you can snug it up tight. Then you slide the outer piece on. The outer cube sits on a taper at the rear, and has a taper on the front. A special tapered nut then screws on to tighten everything together. The instructions have you put your slide in a vice, with the Qube, to tighten it on. Please use leather or some other non damaging jaws. The vice then squares up the Qube to the slide. Then you can tighten the nut. Tighten it tight, I had it loosen up the first time I did it. 

  If you have ever shot a pistol with a compensator, then you know what a difference they make. The Qube is no different, possibly even better. I put the Qube on a Polymer 80 compact framed pistol. I immediately noticed the reduction in recoil. No, I don’t have any factual recoil data, but it was definitely noticeable. The Qube also lets the pistol shoot flatter, meaning the muzzle does not rise as much under recoil. All of this makes for a much faster follow up shot or shots. I definitely can shoot much faster on steel targets with the compensator on the pistol. When the Qube came loose, completely my fault, I did shoot it with just the inner part. It even helped reduce recoil without the cube part on. Of course, this didn’t surprise me, as the inner piece has all those holes. It just doesn’t direct the gases up.

  The Qube’s design is very well thought out. From the taper design to the ease of use. Once you install the comp, you’ll notice it has a large top port, and two side ports. The side ports are also angled upward. The gases escape from the inner small ports and then are directed around and out the large ports. Whatever they did with the design allowed me to shoot all but very light 9mm loads. Light reloads and some light factory 115 grain were the only loads that didn’t always want to cycle the slide. Compensators are pretty well known for this. All other factory ammo worked flawlessly. This is from 115-165 grain bullet weights. You could always install a lighter recoil spring if wanting to shoot light loads, but I didn’t find a need for this. About the only problem you’ll find with the Qube, is not having a holster that fits it. The Qube does add 1.25” to the front of the pistol. If your holster is open at the bottom, it might fit. If not, I guess you’ll need a new holster. On a Glock 19, it makes it about the same length as a Glock 34.

  If you are one who likes compensators on pistols, go check out CGS Group. The Qube is an awesome little compensator. It would work great on a carry gun. Plus the hotter self-defense loads will make the comp work even better. You also get to choose from a vast color pallet to match your gun, or not. I really like the Qube.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

Pistol compensator that doesn’t use set screws for mounting

Target Market:

Anyone wanting the added benefits of a compensator

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Comes in 1/2 x 28 or M13.5 x 1LH threads to match the host firearm.

  • OUNCES: 2.4

  • LENGTH: 1.25″

  • HEIGHT: 0.825”

  • WIDTH: 1″

  • MATERIAL: 17-4 Stainless Steel

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

13.5x1LH, also in Black, FDE, Gold, & Rainbow

What others are saying?:

None found

Link to other reviews:

NFA Review Channel

Price point:

MSRP = $159.00

I need it now! Availability:

CGS Group

Our Rating:

Pros:

  • Reduced recoil

  • Reduced muzzle flip

  • Uses standard ammunition

  • Looks awesome

  • Tapered locking nut

Cons:

  • May not fit in some holsters

  • Makes firearm longer

  • Lighter loaded ammo may not function properly

Score: 8.00 Great

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DM1 Wallet

 When you think of EDC (every day carry), one usually doesn’t always think about wallets. Decadent Minimalist has a small compact solution, called the DM1, for carrying cards and/or cash. I talked with them at Blade Show West last year. Eventually they persuaded me to try them out. So as you can guess, Decadent Minimalist did supply these for review.

 I had looked into other minimalist style wallets before. The style of the DM1 caught my eye. It doesn’t use elastic or spacers like some of the other minimalist wallets out there. There is an option for a money/carry clip. It comes in a number of “card” quantities. Plus you can get it in a number of colors!

 This DM1 EDC wallet is really small. The wallet is only slightly bigger than a credit card. Actual size is 3.53 inches by 2.38 inches. It is open at one end also, so the dimensions are a little misleading. The thickness depends on how many cards it can hold. A 4 card is 0.23 inches thick, while the 12 card is 0.51” thick. They also weigh in at 0.46-0.89 ounces. Even if you carry a normal wallet most of the time, there are places where the Minimalist wallet fits in. It is so small that it works great if you are going to the gym, or just running to the store late at night. Just pick it up and go.

 Using the Decadent Minimalist is one of it’s shining features. All one has to do is just take a card, slide it into the open end, and listen or feel for the “click”. The cards do actually make an audible click when inserting them. You can also feel this click. To sort through the card in the wallet, just move the top one out of the way with your thumb. If that is the one you want, just continue sliding it out. However, if you want one of the cards in the middle, just slide the top card out enough until you can slide the card or cards under it out. You may actually find yourself doing this just because it is kind of cool. I may or may not know from experience.

 Decadent Minimalist sent me two different wallets. One is a 5 card in purple anodizing. It looks blue in the photo’s, but it really is purple. The other one is a 8 card in O.D. green cerakote. The O.D. one also has a matching money clip. The money clip also slides in like a card, therefore it will take up 1 of your card slots. So essentially, it turns it into a 7 card wallet. The money clip is a separately purchased item, so you can get it later if you want. I’ve used the money clip for cash money, and it works okay. But where the money clip shines, is when one uses it as a pocket clip. You can just clip the wallet over a pocket, like you would a pocket knife or something. This frees you up from having to rummage around in your pocket to find it. I personally didn’t use the clip for money, even though I did try it out. I do use the clip as a pocket clip though.

 The Decadent Minimalist DM1 is nicely constructed. Decadent starts with a billet of 6061-T6 aluminum, and then CNC machines the wallet out. It isn’t the cheapest way, but it sure makes a nice wallet. My only complaint about the wallet, is where I bent it. It is very minor. The bend happened near the front of the wallet. There is what I call a “key hole” cut out. It bent down slightly and now puts more pressure on the top card. These are also not RFID blocking wallets. Decadent Minimalist does however offer RFID blocking cards. These cards do however take up 2 card slots.

 One neat feature that Decadent Minimalist offers is custom engraving. It looks to be laser engraved, but don’t quote me on that. Either way, the wallets they sent were both engraved with “Gun & Gear Review Podcast” and the “www.firearmsinsider.tv”. These engravings added a nice touch that I was not expecting. So if you are giving a DM1 as a gift for something special, have it engraved.

 I now carry the 5 card DM1 everyday. It makes carrying and using cards really easy. Decadent Minimalist has really done a nice job with the DM1. It may be more expensive than some others, but small lightweight things seem to always cost more. It is also made in USA. Go give the DM1 a look.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

Minimalist credit card wallet

Target Market:

Those wanting a wallet that doesn’t take up much space

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Small credit card style wallet

  • 6061-T6 aluminum construction

  • Anodized or Cerakoted for durability

  • 0.46-0.89 ounces

  • Optional money/pocket clip

  • Optional engraving

  • Audible “click” when card is inserted

  • Made in USA

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

Way too many to list, click HERE

What others are saying?:

4 out 5 stars on Amazon

Some unaddressed criticisms...

 I've been using this for about a week now so I think I'm ready to give my first impressions on it. Honestly, I flip flop between this being a really hated wallet and a really loved wallet, but I think I love it more often than not plus I am extremely picky so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and rate it 4 stars. So besides the obvious stuff that's gone over in the descriptions, advertisements, and other comments, I'll address some other things.

 I purchased the 8 card holder and started testing it's capacity. I tried used cards that do not have any embossed numbers on them (the numbers that pop out). I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was able to fit 10 cards! However realistically it's probably unlikely that you have no cards with any embossing on them since most credit cards do.

 Next I tried the same capacity test using only embossed cards. If I place them in, all upright and in the same direction, I found I could fit no more than 7 cards into the wallet. That's a bit of a disappointment since it goes directly against the item's description, but again it is unlikely you would do this (for example ID cards have no embossing and you'll probably carry that with you). When I rearranged the cards, placing the embossed sides facing each other, as well as upside down so the numbers don't hit each other, I was able to fit in 8 cards. This method made it really hard to recognize the individual cards, let alone get to them. Again, this is an extreme scenario that you will unlikely encounter.

 Personally I carry 5 embossed cards and 3 non embossed, including one very very thin card, for a total of 8 cards and it fits very well for my needs. I place all my "money" cards (credit, debit, gift, etc) on one side of the wallet. Then I flip it upside down and insert my various ID cards. This way I have two "front" sides to the wallet and I can access my ID and my most used credit card without searching beyond the first card.

 Next, this wallet is super light! There have been many times I panicked when I thought I forgot my wallet only to find it in my jacket's pocket when I searched for it. If you put the wallet in your pants you won't feel the weight but it'll at least hit your leg when you walk so you remember it's there.

 The lightness of the wallet can also make it difficult to operate the wallet one handed. You don't have gravity to assist you since the wallet is so light and it locks on to your cards so tightly. It is possible, but requires some practice. I still end up using both hands most of the time - this is compared to my previous minimalist wallet that allowed access to most cards one handed but was also much larger/heavier.

 Last, I want to note that the wallet will make noise if you do not pack it tight. Even if you only put one card in, the wallet will definitely not accidentally let go. It is very secure. However that card will bounce around inside the wallet making noises. This is very annoying to me, YMMV. The noise gets less and less as you put more in the wallet, but even at 7 cards, the wallet will still make some noise. I imagine all 'hard case' wallets suffer from this so I can't blame the product too much, it's just that I'm used to 'soft case' wallets and I'm very easily annoyed.

 In any case I'll continue using it and will update if I find any other issues with it. That said, I still really like the wallet. For the 'pros' of the wallet, just read everyone else's comments!

Link to other reviews:

EveryDay Carry

Price point:

MSRP = $67 and up

Retail = $39 and up on Amazon

I need it now! Availability:

Decadent Minimalist or Amazon

Our Rating:

Pros:

  • Lightweight

  • Small

  • Comes in various sizes

  • Multiple colors

  • Optional money/pocket clip

  • Custom engraving

  • Made in USA

Cons:

  • Price

  • Bends easily on end (see picture)

Score: 8.00 Great

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Favorite Link:  Thor Targets




Thor Targets - Steel "A" zone set

 If you have done any type of shooting before, you know that reactive targets are great. Steel targets are probably one of the best bang for your buck targets. They give a distinctive tone when shot. That feedback goes a long way with new shooters, as well as old ones. Thor Targets kindly gave me a steel target and stand to review, and I love shooting steel.

 Steel targets are a joy to shoot. If you’re a new shooter, they give you feedback that can be heard and seen. If you are a seasoned shooter, they can just be fun, or give excellent practice. Thor targets does not disappoint here. The steel is easily heard. Plus you can just spray over the hits with some new paint and basically have a brand new target.

 Thor uses “better than AR500” steel. AR500 is pretty much the industry standard for steel targets as it is highly impact resistant. Thor uses an armor grade steel that has a higher Brinell strength. The Brinell scale characterizes the indentation hardness of a material. What does this mean to you. Well, the Thor steel should pit less and last longer. All good things when it comes to something being shot at. Thor also rates their targets for 3000 feet per second of velocity, at the impact point. So the velocity needs to be less than 3000 fps when it strikes the target. They also recommend a 100 yard distance for rifle rounds and a 25 yard distance for pistol rounds. These are for safety measures and to prevent being hit with back splatter.

 I received the “A”-zone set. The set consists of the target, a stand, and a hanger. It also uses a 2x4 which is not included. One great part about the 2x4 is the ability to adjust the targets height. Depending on what length the 2x4 is cut at, determines the height of the target. If you have more than one set up, you can vary the heights for different targets. Thor’s target stand is really nice also. It is shaped like an “H” with one length being longer than the other. The stand is made to have the longer feet forward to offset the weight of the target. I found that sometimes one needs to put the longer feet toward the back. I may have tipped the target over doing a mag dump of 9mm. On the stand is a place to insert your 2x4. Then on top of the 2x4, you place the hanger. The hanger slides over the 2x4 and has a hook extending out from it. This hook is where the target rests. There is a slot in the target on which to hang it. Once you have the “set” you can just purchase the steel targets to hang from the base and hanger

 Thor’s “A” zone target is meant to replicate the “A” zone in USPSA. It is a little different in shape, but the size is about the same. One nice aspect to a steel plate target is that it has two sides. All of Thor’s targets come painted white. Since the target is reversible, one could paint the other side a different color, this could be for training or just fun. Thor uses ⅜” thick targets, so the larger the size, the heavier it can be.

30 yard 223 hit

 One can see the quality in Thor’s products. The steel plate has no sharp edges (at least when new.) The stand and hanger are expertly welded together. I even shot the steel at 30yds with a 5.56 55gr and it only put a very small pit in the steel (Do not do this yourself, it is not recommended by Thor, myself, or the Firearms Radio Network.) Everything else I have shot it with has only knocked the paint off. This is from .22lr up to 12 gauge buckshot!

 If you are in the market for some steel targets, check Thor Targets out. Their steel targets and stands will not let you down. They are rated by speed, not caliber. Just don’t shoot armor piercing rounds at them, unless you like holes in them. They will even ship them to you. So go check Thor Targets, or their new store “Thor Armory”.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

Quality Steel Targets

Target Market:

Shooters wanting a reusable target

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Impact rating of 3000fps at target, 100yds rifle, 25yds pistol

  • Harder than AR500 steel

  • Use of cheap 2x4

  • Steel base

  • Steel Hanger

  • Shaped like USPSA “A” zone

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

Other sizes and shapes available

What others are saying?:

Facebook

I purchased the dueling tree with 6, 6 inch targets and loved it. I hit it at relatively close range with a hard .308 shot, and it barely made a mark in it. The AR 556 just took paint off, and the .40 didn't make a mark. I will never have to replace these targets, so the cost up front more than pays for itself in the long run. Thanks Thor Targets. Great product and service!

Link to other reviews:

Johnsons Customs on Youtube

Price point:

MSRP = $150 complete

I need it now! Availability:

Thor Targets - use code “4eats” to save some money

Our Rating:

Pros:

  • Durable

  • Brakes down for easy transport

  • Uses cheap 2x4 lumber

  • Size (A zone)

Cons:

  • Shipping price

Score: 8.75 Somewhere between Great and Amazing

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Favorite Link:   Medford Knife & Tool

Medford Proxima

 Medford Knife & Tool is a semi-custom knife shop in Arizona. I say semi-custom because every knife leaving the factory is ground by hand. These knives are not what you find at the local sporting goods store. I talked with them at Blade Show West last year. A few weeks later they said they would send something to review. I was really happy when the “Proxima” showed up.

 Wow, what a knife the Proxima is. The first thing I noticed was the heft. It really isn’t too heavy at 8.2 ounces on my scale, but it is stout. Medford shipped this knife in a plastic, reusable, waterproof case also. Along with it came care, maintenance, and break in instructions.

 The Medford Proxima is a flipper style knife. So on the back of the handle sits the flipper. The flipper is attached (built on) the blade. By pulling it backwards, it “flips” the knife open. Medford designed the proxima to be smooth, but still have resistance. So I have to flick the flipper pretty noticeably to kick the knife open. They don’t want the blade so loose that it just falls open or closed. There is also a a recess cut into each side of the blade so you can open it with your thumb, or as one would with a regular folding knife. The flipper also has grooves on it to give your finger some traction while “flipping.” Once the knife is open, the flipper doubles as a guard to keep your hand from sliding forward during stabbing motions.

 Construction of the Proxima starts with the blade. Medford uses S35VN Stainless steel as blade material. The S35VN steel gives the Proxima excellent strength, edge retention, and wear resistance. This does make the blade a little harder to sharpen, but it is well worth it. I have not sharpened my blade, and it is still very sharp after 6 months of use. The blade is of the drop point style with a false tip. But even more important, is that the blade is 3/16” thick and almost 4” long! The false tip gives the blade a nice point. Every blade at Medford is ground by hand and the Proxima is no different. The hollow grind looks beautiful and allows years of sharpening before the blade edge gets really thick. I am also impressed with how the tumbled blade looks. It is not polished, but not dull either, just good looking.

 Now onto the Proxima’s frame. The frame is the other part in what makes a knife, a knife. Starting with titanium as material, this particular knife has some faded anodizing. The non-locking side has a purplish-blue fade to a bronzish color on the inside. On the locking side, which is a standard style frame lock, it has a solid purplish/bronze color. Both sides are also tumbled, and not polished. This makes for a really nice looking knife. The non-locking side also has some grooves and a finger cut-out for a good grip. The locking side also has some grooves on the lock, both for increased grip, and too help with unlocking the blade. There is also a hole for attaching a lanyard, if that’s your thing.

 This particular Proxima uses Stainless Steel hardware. Other options (colors, materials) are also available. The hardware is basically the spacers and screws that hold the knife together. It’s functional, and that is all that really matters. The pocket clip could also be included as hardware, but the standard clip is brushed titanium and held on with 2 screws. This clip is probably the stiffest clip I have ever used, and I love the amount of tension it has. This is where I have a slight flaw with the knife. The clip can not be moved, it comes in a tip-up position. I would have at least liked another option for if you carry it on your right side. The only problem I have had with the knife also includes the clip, it came loose on me after about a month. I put medium strength thread locker on the screws and have not had a problem since.

 When I go to use the Proxima, it just works. I just flip the blade out, it opens smoothly, and start cutting. The handle shape and size let me get an excellent grip if I need to do some real work. The spine of the blade also has some gimping that helps me get good downward force with my thumb. The flipper does stick out a bit, but that’s what makes it useful for me. I’ve cut everything from packing tape to pallet strapping (the plastic type) and the knife still cuts great. I expect the Proxima to last me around 5 life times, it is built that stout.

 So, if you are the type to use or buy $500 knives, definitely go check out Medford Knife & Tool. This Proxima is built like a tank. It is all US made and built by actual people, not just machines. I am not one to spend this kind of money on a knife, but after seeing and using the Proxima, I see why someone would. Go check MKT out, they have some really cool and functional knives.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

Heavy use, semi custom knife

Target Market:

Knife collectors, Military, Law enforcement. Anyone wanting a tough knife

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Large Flipper

  • Overall Length - 8.75"

  • Blade Length - 3.875"

  • Cutting Edge - 3.625"

  • Blade Width - 1.25"

  • Blade Thickness - 0.19"

  • Blade Material - CPM-S35VN

  • Handle Length - 4.875"

  • Handle Width - 1.25"

  • Handle Thickness (total) - 0.62"

  • Handle Material - Titanium

  • Weight - 8.40 oz.

  • Thumb groove for optional opening

  • Gimping on top of blade and on Flipper

  • Titanium Pocket Clip

  • Individual serial number

  • Lanyard slot

  • Frame lock

  • False tip

  • 100% made in USA

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

Many, go look for yourself

What others are saying?:

Nothing really found

Link to other reviews:

Texas Knives on YouTube

Price point:

MSRP = $575.00

Retail = $575 at BladeHQ

I need it now! Availability:

Medford Knife & Tool

Our Rating:

Pros:

  • 100% made in USA

  • Smooth function

  • Flipper

  • False tip

  • S35VN Stainless

  • Large useful blade

  • Good ergonomics

  • No blade movement when locked open

Cons:

  • Price (for some)

  • Pocket clip came loose

  • Pocket clip has only one location

Score: 8.50 Great

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Favorite Link:   Axelson Tactical






Rock Slide USA - RS2

 Rock Slide USA has come on the market with some pretty nice products. Of which is their Glock slides. The slides come in two different versions, with options available for both models. The model I received for review is their RS2, with a RMR cut, in black, for a Glock 17. This was a stripped slide, meaning it had no parts in it.

 When I first opened the box, I was impressed. The machining was beautiful. As was the black coating. Rock Slide Cerakotes all of their slides, so this RS2 is black Cerakote. I immediately installed my Glock parts kit. All the parts went in like they should. Since this slide has a cut-out for an RMR, I proceeded to install my Holosun 507 as it uses a RMR mounting platform. I did notice that the 507 moved a tiny bit back and forth on the slide’s studs. The RS2 has studs that the red dot sight goes over and then the sight screws go into the studs. This movement was minor and didn’t cause any problems. The stud option allows for a tight fit without having to have a custom milled slide. So, I tightened down the Holosun. Rock slide also sent me a cover plate. I did put it on just to see how it fit. As expected, it fit and lined up great. They also make this slide with a Vortex Venom cut, for those wanting a less expensive sight.

 Rock Slide did a nice job with the aesthetics also. Being that this is the RS2, it has vents cut out on the front of the slide. The RS1 does not have these. The vents are cut at an angle toward the rear. I also found that these vents are large enough to act as front slide serrations. Speaking of serrations, the ones on the rear are angled and sharp enough to give good grip. The slide is also beveled on top from the ejection port forward. It gives a distinct appearance and makes it not look so Glock like.

 I mounted up the Rock Slide to a Polymer 80 frame. The slide was a nice snug fit without hardly any side to side or up/down play. It is also using a Faxon Firearms barrel which it also mated very nicely too. For the record, I did not install any iron sights on the RS2, but it does have the rear dovetail and front oval hole for standard Glock sights. This slide makes the handgun shoot great! Better than another slide I have used. So Rock Slide’s claim of better performance are spot on.

 Ever since receiving the slide, I have shot this handgun more than any other. The RS2 runs smooth. I have shot it in a Speed Steel match with zero problems. Not counting the other times I have shot it at the range. I am very impressed with the accuracy and functionality of this slide. Plus I think it looks good.

 Please go take a look at Rock Slide USA. This RS2 slide is great. Rock slide also manufactures barrels for these slides. The slides start at $200, with options to basically have a complete slide with sights and an optic! Different color options too. They are also made in the USA with a lifetime warranty.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

Precision machined Glock Slide

Target Market:

Pistol builders, Glock users that want a complete slide cut for a miniature red dot

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Tighter Tolerances

  • Made from 416R Stainless Steel

  • Cerakoted

  • Vented

  • Optional cover plate

  • Tapered - not square (adds a non-glock look)

  • RMR cut (optional Vortex Venom cut)

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

With or without optics cut and vents.

FDE, ODG, Burnt Bronze, Tungsten, Pink, Unfinished

What others are saying?:

Rusty M. - 5/5 stars at Rockslideusa.com

Top notch company!!! I received my slide within a couple weeks after ordering, it looked and ran great, unfortunately there was a small ridge on the chamber face that I didn’t even notice until I ran some rounds through it. It was just enough to slightly dent the fired case head, I reload my ammo or I probably wouldn’t have worried about it. I gave Rock Slide a call, they said no problem, sent a postage paid return label and I had a replacement slide within two weeks. The slide is flawless, the finish is awesome, it fits the frame great, looks and runs great. I had the venom sight cut which fits absolutely perfect. I couldn’t be happier with my purchase and the great customer service. I highly recommend Rock Slide USA to anyone who is looking for a quality custom slide. Check out the other products they offer too, I picked up a SilencerCo threaded barrel and extra mags for my Glock 17 and the pricing on everything is very reasonable.

Link to other reviews:

YouTube review by Dark Knight Adventures

Price point:

MSRP = $219.99, $239.98 as tested

Retail = $199.99-429.98 depending on options

I need it now! Availability:

Rock Slide USA

Our Rating:

Pros:

  • Price

  • Vent cutouts

  • Precision machined

  • RMR cut

  • It just looks good

Cons:

  • Not machined for individual optic

Score: 9.00 Amazing

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Favorite Link:   Axelson Tactical

Axeon Optics 4-12x40 rifle scope

 Axeon optics is a newer company with some interesting optic products, but they also make normal scopes. They sent me one of their 4-12x40 scopes for review. Axeon is distributed by Umarex USA. I thought this would be great to try on my .17hmr rifle. So off I went to mount it up.

 I first want to mention that this is a budget scope, so I am comparing it to other budget scopes that I have used. The Axeon has the old standby Plex reticle. I personally think plex style reticles are fine, but I prefer some sort of ranging reticle. The reticle is in the second focal plane, so it stays the same visual size throughout the magnification spectrum. As stated, this is a variable 4-12 power scope with a 40mm objective lens. It also uses a 1” main tube. It does not have a fast focus eyepiece. I tend to set the focus and leave it alone anyhow.

 The Axeon scope does have some decent features. It comes with fully coated “green” optics. The green is the actual color of the coatings. The coating seemed to give really good light transmission through the scope, even at 12 power. Clarity was nice and sharp also. So much so that I could see the little 17 caliber holes at 100yds. Axeon also throws in a set of flip covers, and they aren’t so bad that you want to toss them away. The magnification adjustment knob is also really smooth. This makes it really nice to switch magnification while looking through the scope.

Taken at 4x - Target board is 100yds

Taken at 12x - Target board is 100yds

 For windage and elevation adjustments, Axeon uses capped turrets. The caps screw on and off easily. Underneath the caps are the actual ¼ MOA adjustment knobs. The knobs are plastic, but have a decent grip to them, this made turning the knob easy. Now for the really bad part. The click adjustments are terrible. They can barely be felt. So much so that I couldn’t really tell if I went one click or four. Even with this, the scope held it’s zero every time I used it.

 The rest of the specifications are down below, so I won’t bore you with them here.

 If you are in the market for a budget scope, go at least look at Axeon. If the adjustments were better, it would be a good little scope. It has some decent features. it just needs a little refinement.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

Inexpensive quality scope

Target Market:

Those wanting an entry level optic

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • 4-12 power magnification

  • Plex reticle

  • Multi coated Green optics

  • 40mm Objective lens

  • 1” main tube

  • 13.25 ounces

  • 11.875” in length

  • 3.5”-4” eye relief

  • Field of View - 25f eet @ 4x, 8.3 feet at 12x

  • ¼ moa adjustments

  • 30 moa windage and elevation adjustments

  • Waterproof

  • Shockproof

  • Fogproof

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

2-7x32 and 3-9x40

What others are saying?:

Nothing found

Link to other reviews:

None found

Price point:

MSRP = $138.99

Retail =$118.67 on Amazon

I need it now! Availability:

Axeon or Amazon

Our Rating:

Pros:

  • Large field of view

  • Flip caps included

  • Good light transmission

Cons:

  • Duplex reticle

  • Non-positive clicks on adjustments

  • Made in China

Score: 6.5 Okay

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Favorite Link:   Thor Targets

Holosun HS507C

 If you have listened to the podcast, you already know that we are fans of the Holosun products. Holosun came out with their micro reflex sight, the HS507c, some time ago. This little reflex sight has some really awesome features. After waiting a while for the green one to come out, I asked if they would send a red one out for review. Yes, I got tired of waiting for the green, which is either available now, or soon will be.

 The HS507c is small. Coming in at 2.65 ounces, it is light also. Dimensions are - 1.8” long, 1.2” wide, and 1.6” tall. The visible window is 0.63”x0.91”. I like the window size, it works well for me. One of my favorite aspects of the 507’s are their “industry standard” mounting platform. Holosun did some homework and decided to use the Trijicon RMR mounting holes and form factor. This means the 507 should work with all RMR cut pistol slides and mounting bases. I used it on two different RMR cut glock slides. The 507 fit both of them just great.

 As opposed to many other micro red dot sights, the 507 has different reticle options. Not only can you choose the 2moa dot, but also a circle dot, or just the ring! The ring is a 32moa circle, and the circle dot adds in the 2moa dot in the center of that ring. I tried out all 3 types of reticles. I liked the ring only reticle for close up shooting, around 5 yards and closer. Of course the circle dot worked well for me from about 5-10 yards. Which leaves the 2moa dot. The dot is what I actually leave the sight set to. Brightness adjustments are on the left side with a “+ or -” button. There are 10 daylight and 2 night vision settings. I found that the dot reticle works best for me, of course your choices might be different. Either way, the Holosun gives you choices that other sight manufacturers don’t.

 The Holosun HS507c is also packed with a “Solar Failsafe”. Yes that means that the 507 can be run off of solar power. On top of the window housing is a solar panel. The panel allows the 507 to run without the need of a battery in all but the very darkest of conditions. This feature also automatically adjusts the diodes brightness. I am not big into auto adjusting sights, but the Holosun’s works well. FYI, I don’t like the auto adjust features because if the sight is in a dark place, and the targets are well lit, the dot will not be bright enough on the target. Having a “Failsafe” for when or if the battery dies is still a great option. Speaking of battery, it uses a CR2032 with up to 100,000 hours of life. Or around 50,000 hours of constant on in the middle brightness setting. It is a good thing that it has long battery life. To change the battery, one has to remove the sight, as the battery is changed through the bottom of the sight. Not my favorite, especially since some of Holosun’s regular sights have a battery tray on the side.

 If you are using the 507 in the battery mode, it has an auto off/shake awake feature. As one can guess, the sight will automatically turn off after a set time time period of no movement. Settings are something like 1,2,4 hours of non-use. There is also a “don’t turn off” feature. The instructions tell you what buttons to press for adjusting this. Along with the auto off comes the shake awake feature. Just as it states, any movement of the sight will wake it up to the last brightness setting. I left the 507 in my safe, facing to where I could see it. It is so sensitive, that just opening the safe would turn it on. So I left it undisturbed in a safe, dark place. When I returned, I could tell the sight was off, when I just touched the sight lightly, it turned on! So it works spectacularly. This feature aids in the extra long battery life.

 This little sight is a beast. The 7075 anodized aluminum housing can take quite a beating. They rate the thing at 5000G’s! I even ran the 507 loose, yes I didn’t loctite the screws at first. If you want to use the 507 on something else, it does come with a picatinny rail mount.

 I may not have as many rounds through the sight as I’d like. But so far, the 507 has done everything I wanted it to do, even more. The dot or circle is pretty clear. A lot better than many red dots, but not as sharp as a few. Some notable firearms people have used the 507 way more than me. Guess what, they have held up for them. I’d say the 507 is good to go, especially since I have used other products from Holosun.

 All in all, I am super happy with the HS507c. Holosun turns out a nice product. It has various reticle, auto off/on functioning, solar use, and uses a RMR mounting pattern. So if you are looking into something like this sight, check out Holosun. Holosun keeps impressing me with their products.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

Compact reflex style sight with multiple reticles

Target Market:

Those wanting a pistol or shotgun mounted red dot sight

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Parallax free

  • Multi-reticle System 2moa dot and 32moa ring

  • Included CR2032 battery - up to 100000 hours of use

  • 10 Daylight & 2 NV Compatible brightness settings

  • Shake Awake technology with last setting recall

  • Failsafe solar power

  • Auto brightness

  • 1 moa adjustments

  • Picatinny mount

  • Adjustment tool

  • RMR mounting platform

  • 7075 aluminum housing

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

Green dot/circle

What others are saying?:

5/5 stars on Amazon

Better Than The Rest... HANDS... DOWN!

I have to say, this beats out the RMR on EVERY front. I gave the RMR a try and it failed miserably to impress me, especially for almost $600.

The HS507C is rugged and has withstood my 1,000 round test on my 226 Legion. It’s dead accurate with the 2MOA dot and the CQB Circle it fantastic for that speedy target acquisition. Holds zero perfectly as I didn’t have to adjust it at all since I sighted it in with the first mag.

The clarity of the glass and lack of severe parallax (unlike the RMR) is unparalleled in such a rugged micro red dot. The ability to change reticles puts it a head above the rest and the battery life is second to none! 10 + YEARS! I’ve used them all, The Delta Point, Burris FastFire, Doctor, RMR, Vortex Venom, etc.

The auto adjust brightness works well and on a sunny Texas day that dot it bright and very crisp. The RMR is splotchy and oblong.

For only $300 you are getting a VERY Feature-Rich product that has a lifetime warranty to back it and it worked so well I bought a second one.

Definitely worth the money and don’t get me wrong, I waited 3 months for the first one, it was agony and I wasn’t expecting to wait any longer than 2 weeks for the backorder. But honestly it was DEFINITELY worth the wait.

5 stars all day long. And I have worked with Holosun before and if you have a problem, they will fix it and have it back to you up and running within a week.

Let’s face it, even Trijicon and Leupold manufacture a lemon every once in a while. It’s the luck of the draw when it comes to mass produced items.

Link to other reviews:

Warrior Poet Society

Price point:

MSRP =$299.99

Retail = $299.99 on Amazon

I need it now! Availability:

Amazon

Our Rating:

Pros:

  • Multiple Reticles

  • Solar

  • RMR mounting platform

  • Battery life

  • Price

Cons:

  • Battery Location

Score: 8.50 Great

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Favorite Link:   AR15 Podcast

The Mag Feeder

  As a shooter, we all sometimes want easier magazine loading. Welcome to The Mag Feeder. I am not one to typically use magazine loaders, so there is that. But with lots of them on the market, this AR15 magazine loader is a little different. Manufactured by Six Axis Development. I can’t remember if I contacted them, or the other way around. Either way, the sent me one for review.

 The Mag Feeder is very well thought out. The first notable feature is the USGI magazine catch. Yes, the same one as on an AR15. This keeps your magazine locked in place while using the loader. Now, as with everything now days, it is made from a chemical resistant polymer. So you don’t have to worry about destroying it from gun lube or cleaners. It also folds up for storage and ease of transportation. Last up is the neat little slider that does the actual work.

 Loading the Mag Feeder is pretty self explanatory. First unfold it so that it lays flat. There is a magnet that holds it in the folded position. Lay it on a flat surface. Slide a magazine on until the mag catch latches. Throw some 223/556 or 300 Blackout rounds in the loader. Or put them in the little load slot toward the top. Organize the shells so they all point the correct direction, they will not go in the wrong way. You can also take out the pusher block and load them in from the top. Once all the rounds are in the loader, slide the “pusher block”  down and the magazine is now loaded. Then, of course, push the mag button and pull the loaded magazine out. Now go shoot.

 Now we know how The Mag Feeder is suppose to be used, I’ll tell you how I use it. I basically just pour a bunch of rounds into the body of the Mag Feeder. Then I straighten them out. I only need to use the “loading port” for the last few rounds. So it is pretty quick, and really easy to use. I tried it on a bunch of different magazine styles, from USGI to Pmags and they all worked fine. The pusher block is also held at the top of the loader with a magnet, actually one of the same ones that keeps the loader folded. This is nice because it doesn’t fall out. But if it does, it will only go back in one direction.

 There are lots of things to like about The Mag Feeder. Ease of use, of course. It also has marks for how many rounds are in the loader, well at least by 5’s and up to 30. This is nice if you want to load a 20 round magazine for example. I have one dislike about the Mag Feeder. It doesn’t stay open. I would have some sort of catch made to hold it open. When you pick the loader up off of a table, it just folds partway. I also like how it will fit in a double magazine pouch. Because it folds, you can stick it in an ammo box, or most soft case side pouches.

 The Mag Feeder is staying in my range bag. I am very pleased with how it works, and it can save your thumbs. If you need an easy way to load AR15 magazines, this might be a good option. Six Axis was also kind enough to send a .30 cal ammo can and some .223 ammo. That was a plus that I didn’t expect. Go check out The Mag Feeder and maybe some of their other products while you’re there.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

Foldable 30 round AR15 magazine loader

Target Market:

AR15 users who want easy loading of magazines

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Made in the USA

  • Safe for hands and magazine lips

  • Folds in half for portability

  • Magnetic operated to keep closed in your bag/box

  • Magnetic pusher block to keep from falling out

  • Works with all AR15/M4 magazines

  • Chemical Resistant

  • Allows for easy inspection of rounds prior to shooting
    Securely grabs on to the magazine

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

None

What others are saying?:

Nothing found

Link to other reviews:

Some Youtube videos, but that’s it

Price point:

MSRP = $59.99

I need it now! Availability:

The Mag Feeder

Our Rating:

Pros:

  • Easy to use

  • Quick

  • USGI Mag catch

  • Folds and stays closed

  • Fits in double mag pouch and ammo cans

  • Capacity markings

Cons:

  • Doesn’t lock in open/use position

  • Price

Score: 8.00 Great

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Kineti-Tech Glock Trigger

 When I was looking for a Glock replacement trigger, I ran across Kineti-Tech. They had a trigger that interested me, mainly because a complete drop-in trigger assembly was under $100. I reached out and they said they would send one out for review. I received their style 4 drop in trigger.

 Kineti-Tech’s trigger kits have 4 different shoe options. This gives you a bunch of options. All of them are non-radiused and smooth. The first is a curved trigger. Next is the hooked trigger, Third up is the standard straight. Last, and the one I received, is the short straight. I call it the short flat. It has an angle about ⅓ of the way down, and the rest is straight. I like the design of this trigger as it shortens the reach over the all straight trigger.

 I installed the Kineti-Tech trigger in my Polymer 80 PF940C. Installation was super easy. Simply because Kineti-Tech sent me the complete drop-in trigger. They also have an option for just the trigger shoe, or the shoe and trigger bar. My stock Glock parts trigger had a 7lb trigger pull. Just by installing the trigger kit, it reduced the pull weight to 5lb’s. It did decrease the pull length by about ⅛”, so not a lot. Trigger pull was smooth, but so was the stock trigger. The break didn’t feel as crisp, but most upgraded Glock triggers feel this way to me. Reset was real good, comparable to the factory trigger, but a little shorter. The Kineti-Tech trigger retains all of the factory safeties. I did install a 3.5lb connector. This reduced the pull weight to 4.5lb’s. That lasted around 200 rounds, then I reinstalled the connector that came with the trigger. I prefer the crisper break over the mushy feel I get with the light connector.

 Kineti-Tech’s trigger has a nice feel to it. They use 7075 aluminum to craft them. Then anodize them black. The trigger safety can be had in red or black. I like the look of the red, as it gives some contrast. The trigger doesn’t feel like a stock Glock trigger, and that makes me happy. Being all aluminum, the trigger doesn’t seem to flex as much either. I have no hard data for this, just my experience. I wouldn’t say it’s a competition trigger, but it is better than stock. So maybe I’d label it as tactical.

 Everyone seems to be making Glock triggers now days. Kineti-Tech has done a decent job with theirs. It is priced well. Easy to install. But most of all, it is an improvement. It is worth checking out if your in the market for an upgraded Glock trigger.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

Aluminium Glock trigger with 4 different shoe options

Target Market:

Those wanting a different Glock trigger at a decent price

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Different shoe options

  • 7075 Aluminum

  • Short reset

  • Pull weight reduction

  • Optional polished trigger bar

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

Shoe options 1-4

Red or Black trigger safety

What others are saying?:

OUTSTANDING  ⅘ stars on Kinteti-Tech.com

Love these triggers. Bought two already and a third very soon. Take up seems to be about standard, although very smooth if parts are polished, but the reset is super short. Very satisfied customer right here.

Link to other reviews:

Nothing decent found

Price point:

MSRP = $47.95 - $116.44

Retail = $96.44 as tested

I need it now! Availability:

Kineti-Tech

Our Rating:

Pros:

  • Decent trigger pull

  • Great Reset

  • Price

  • Feel of trigger shoe

  • US made

Cons:

  • Long take-up

  • Not as crisp trigger break

Score:  7.0 Good

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Favorite Link:   Axelson Tactical

Kagwerks Extended & Raised slide release

 One thing that has plagued me and plenty of others with the Glock brand of pistols is the slide stop placement. The guns just don’t lock back on the last round for me all the time. For some people, they never lock back on the last round. I’ve had plenty of shooters, albeit none with much training, tell me I need to change my grip and that will solve the problem. And that is true, I could alter my grip to a less optimal one for shooting but more optimized for getting lock back. I suppose if I wanted to compromise my ability to get first second and third round hits in order to perform a reload better 17 rounds later I could do that. Those people apparently don’t really understand the concept of “most likely to least likely”. That is if I did find myself in a situation that I needed to employ deadly force are the first few hits more important or that sweet IG video like sub second reload more necessary? Obviously the former is better so maybe my grip is fine.

Photo from Kagwerks

 I’ve always worked around it and never really considered it a problem as if I don’t get lock back, I’d get a click and tap/rack,  then it’s locked back so it’s reload time. Or, if able to recognize that I’d been on the gun for more than a few shots a “click” means that mag gets dumped immediately and a new one goes in. A quick overhand rack and we’re back in business.

 Neither are perfect but there is really no other solution, or is there?

 Enter the Kagwerks extended slide release. When I first saw this I thought “neat, maybe one day i’ll check it out” and thought no more about it. That is until I saw all the hate it was getting from internet operators. Everything from “a solution looking for a problem” to “it’s a slide stop not a slide release” , and my favorite “shearing forces could cause that to break”. These claims seemed unfounded at face value and it appeared no one making them had any time with the product.

 So I reached out to the company and they were happy to send one out for review. I needed to see what the hate was about.

 Spoiler alert: I have no idea what the hate is about. I love this thing.

 It is installed easily, like any other slide stop but the company recommends a gunsmith do it. One can only assume this is for liability reasons.

Photo from Kagwerks

 I had no fitment issues with any holsters I have, so that was nice. After some dry practice it was off to the range. Long story short, it works as advertised. I had zero failures to lock back. One benefit I noticed that I hadn’t thought of is it puts the release back just enough that it’s a tad more intuitive to hit. There was very little learning curve and I don’t recall ever “missing” on a mag change. I did, however, inadvertently lock the slide back a few times during administrative racking. This gave me cause for concern so I spent a good portion of my next training session on malfunction clearances. The “problem” didn’t manifest itself at real speed in real time once. Despite operating the slide several different ways this only time I unintentionally locked the slide back was during administrative tasks that arguably I should have done anyway or should have done at full speed for positive reps. Personally I’m chalking this up to a nonissue, but your mileage may vary.

Overall the Kagwerks extend slide release gets a huge two thumbs up from me and I just can’t wait for the gen 5 version to come out as I’d like it on both of my carry guns for commonality.

Photo from Kagwerks

Do you need this? Well, probably not. For the casual plinker or ccw’r its likely to never be a problem if you don’t have this, unless it is. A buddy of mine who is a patrol cop,  who trains regularly and shoots competition told me after using one for a while “I like the concept it’s just not worth the thousands of reps to retrain myself on something radically different to maybe shave 1/10 off my reload” he also went on to say he fails to get lock back only about 10% of the time and uses his support hand to release the slide. I use my primary hand thumb to release the slide and saw very little learning curve so there could be something there.

I suppose if the gun always locks back for you it’s not for you either, got it. But, if you do experience failures to lock back from your Glock, I would encourage you to take a good look at this product. I also would really like to see a g42/43 version as the problem is much more common for me in the single stack glocks.

FIREARMS INSIDER REVIEWS - 8 KEY POINTS

CLAIM TO FAME:

Solves lock back issues for gen 3 and 4 double stack glocks in 9mm, .357sig and .40 S&w

TARGET MARKET:

Glock shooters that have a high grip or big hands or anyone that doesn’t get lock back on the last round

FNBS (FEATURES & BENEFITS OF THIS PRODUCT):

Moves the slide stop up and back

WHAT OTHER AESTHETIC OPTIONS OR FINISHES ARE AVAILABLE?

Any color you want as long as it’s black

What others are saying:

They are saying a lot. Nothing I found in written review form. A few YouTube reviews are available.

Price point:

MSRP - $45

I need it now availability:

Kagwerks

Our Rating:

Pros:

  • Works exactly as advertised

Cons:

  • It’s expensive for what it is


Score: 9.0 Amazing

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Tandemkross 10/22 Ultimate trigger kit


 The rimfire experts over at Tandemkross have a new trigger for your Ruger 10/22. They released the “Ultimate” trigger kit on 10/22 of 2018 in collaboration with Brimstone Gunsmithing. I immediately contacted them to ask for a review trigger kit, well here we are with the trigger review! I was sent a red trigger, but black is also available.

 As mentioned, this trigger system comes in a “kit.” Of course there is the trigger. The trigger is made out of aluminum and anodized either red or black. It uses a wide flat faced design, with very sharp knurling on the face of the trigger. I loved the knurling. My finger immediately knew that I was on the trigger. Now I would maybe put a small chamfer, or angle, on each side of the trigger face. It felt a little sharp on the edges. There is also a over travel adjustment in the trigger shoe. The adjustment is just your standard set screw that butts up against the back of the trigger guard housing. A hex wrench is supplied for adjustment.

 Tandemkross’ Ultimate trigger also comes with a new hammer and sear. This is really what makes the trigger pull lighter. Tandemkross redesigned the sear and hammer. This leads to a reduction in pull weight and a boost in reliability. The reliability is increased, due to the fact that the hammer-sear still have strong engagement. It doesn’t say if the surfaces are polished, but it does mention they are EDM cut for precision. Either way, the trigger pull is fantastic.

 Last up in the Ultimate trigger kit, is the return spring. Why should you care, you ask? Well Tandemkross has ditched the spring and plunger system used on the stock Ruger 10/22. They have gone with a wire spring. This spring mounts to the side of the trigger shoe and rests on a shelf in the trigger housing. I found it gives a positive reset without adding anything to the trigger pull.

 I’m not going into installation. Tandemkross has some very good instructions. If you don’t think you can install the trigger, take it to your local gunsmith. I did have a small problem with the hammer, the hole was too small for one of my rifles hammer pin. Another of my 10/22’s hammer pin fit fine. I chalked this up to the one not fitting, having been built in the early 80’s.

 I am really impressed with the Ultimate trigger kit. It reduced my trigger pull from the factory 5 lb pull to an amazing 2 lb pull. Just by installing the kit and using factory springs. There is a tiny bit of pre-travel, but not even close to the factory trigger. I’d say the pull was smooth, but the travel is so short that it just breaks without being able to feel any creep. As mentioned, getting rid of that spring and plunger system is great also. It now looks like a trigger should. Having over-travel adjustment is nice also. The set screw supplied also has a rubberized tip to keep from marring the trigger housing. I also love the feel of the sharp textured WIDE trigger.

 Tandemkross did an excellent job, in my opinion, with this trigger kit. If you know anything about them, that probably doesn’t surprise you. At $145 for the Ultimate 10/22 trigger kit in red, it might be pricey for some. After using it, I feel it is worth the price. If you’re in the market for rimfire parts and accessories, do yourself a favor and go check out Tandemkross.


Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

Better trigger for your 10/22

Target Market:

Anyone wanting a better 10/22 trigger, but mainly competition shooters

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Wide flat trigger

  • Sharp texture on trigger shoe

  • Wire return spring

  • Redesigned Hammer and Sear

  • Reduced pull weight

  • EDM cut parts

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

Black

What others are saying?:

Essential Trigger! 5/5 stars on Tandemkross

Installs in minutes with YouTube help. And makes a scary big difference. 10/22 factory triggers are like Glock triggers. We usually just compare them with something worse. But this TK Ultimate Trigger is a whole different world of goodness. Silky smooth take-up right up until the glass-rod break. Even upgrades Ruger's own BX trigger upgrade. Mine breaks clean and reliably at about 3.2 pounds. And since the heavily textured flat shoe provides oversized purchase onto the pad of your trigger finger, the effect is even more dramatic. Dry firing with the Ultimate Trigger is impressive, but when out in the field whether poking targets or hunting small game, the TandemKross Ultimate Trigger immediately makes itself essential. I've upgraded a lot of 10/22s and I cannot name a better single upgrade than this trigger for better performance, increased accuracy, and most importantly just the sheer pleasure of shooting.





Link to other reviews:

GunsAmerica

Price point:

MSRP = $134.99-$144.99

I need it now! Availability:

Tandemkross

Our Rating:

Pros:

  • Textured trigger surface

  • Reduced pull weight

  • Crisp break

  • Over-travel adjustment

  • Trigger return spring

Cons:

  • Slight creep

  • Price (for some)

Score: 8.5 Great

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Favorite Link:   Axelson Tactical

Nightstick USB-556xl

 Everyone should have a good flashlight, at least in my opinion. Nightstick is starting to be one of my favorites. Recently they introduced a new series of USB rechargeable tactical flashlights. After reading the press release, I asked if they would send one out. Nightstick sent the USB-556xl. The 556xl is a single cell LED flashlight with a max output of 750 lumens.

 The usb-556xl is packed with features. As one could guess, it is USB rechargeable. It comes with a little usb cord also, but not the charger. In today’s world, finding a usb charger is easy enough. Since I am on the usb, the 556xl has a built in micro-usb charging port. The port is hidden underneath part of the handle. One must unscrew the center section and then slide it down to reveal the usb port. It is not the easiest to unscrew because of the o-rings used to seal the flashlight charging port. There is also a tiny light above the charging port. The light is red when charging, and green when fully charged. Nightstick says it takes 4 hours to fully charge, and that seems correct, but I never actually timed it. While I like the usb charging function, the 556xl does use a proprietary lithium-ion battery. Once charged, just slide the cover back on, and screw it closed.

 Since the usb-556xl is a tactical light, it has options that are quite useful. For instance, it uses a push button tailcap. The light will automatically shine on high, momentarily, if you push the button part way down. Of course it then turns off when released. Also, if you push the button all the way in, it turns on, on the high setting. To get it into the medium or low setting, hold the tailcap down while the light is on, then release pressure when it gets to the setting you desire. Once the light is turned off, it defaults back to the high position. This is probably my favorite function. Because when I want the light on, or need it on, having it on the high setting is ideal. The light also has a strobe function. To access the strobe, you have to push the tailcap button all the way down, twice, quickly. It only strobes at the high output, but can be turned on from either low, med, or high while the light is on. I prefer lights without a strobe, but Nightstick doesn’t offer this light without a strobe function. I would like the button to be inset farther into the tailcap, that way one could set the flashlight down on a flat surface, and have it shine upward to illuminate a room or something.

 I seldom use a pocket clip, but the 556xl has one. Mainly the light just gets put in my pocket, but some people find the clip useful. The clip on the 556xl isn’t that great. It works, but is a little flimsy or thin. The clip is easily removed also. One advantage to the removable clip is that it can be turned around. By doing so, it can be clipped to things, letting light shine outward away from it. I actually did this and clipped it to a hat bill. So everywhere I looked, the light was shining. Kind of like a headlamp.

 Specs, everyone wants to know these. First up, the light is bright. On high it is rated at 750 lumens and 9350 candela. Medium is 250 lumens and 2950 candela. Low is 80 lumens and 1115 candela. You get a 1hr/2hr/5hr runtime at the above settings. So pretty good for a 750 lumen light. I loved these, the high setting lights up my backyard better than my porch light. On high the beam wasn’t too wide and the light shines pretty far. I do use the medium setting alot. It is useful for finding dropped screws and such. Not too bright, but not too dim. I hardly use the low setting, it is a little too bright for finding stuff in the car at night. But then again, the low setting works good if you need to see where you are going, especially if there isn’t much ambient light. The 556xl can be submerged up to 1 meter for 30 minutes before something bad might happen. At 4.7” in length, it is not too big for pocket carry. It also only weighs 4.4 ounces. The body on the 556xl is 1” wide, and the head is a little larger at 1.2”s. If you like black, your in luck, because you can have any color, as long as it’s black. But, it is a class III anodized aluminum body, so it should last a long time.

Low setting

Medium setting

High setting

 This light has been in my pocket, everyday for almost 6 months. It shows some wear, but not too bad. I really like how it can be charged just about anywhere. At 750 lumens, it is bright enough for anything I need. It doesn’t classify as “all the lumens,” but what can you expect for a single cell light. I’ve dropped it on concrete, in water, and it keeps on working, the lens isn’t even scratched up. Do I think this is a decent tactical light? The answer would be yes, even if it has some minor flaws.

 If you are looking for a decent flashlight, the Nightstick usb-556xl is worth looking into. I really like the usb charging feature. It has good runtime, especially if you don’t use it on the high setting. At around $100, it’s not cheap, but is in the same price range as competing models. Do yourself a favor and go checkout Nightstick, they manufacture all different types of lights.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:

USB rechargeable tactical light

Target Market:

Anyone wanting a bright rechargeable tactical flashlight

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • 750/250/80 lumen output

  • 1/2/5 hour runtimes

  • 4.7” long

  • 4.4 ounces

  • Rechargeable

  • IP-X7 waterproof (1m for 30 min)

  • 6061 anodized aluminum construction

  • Momentary, constant on, and strobe

  • LED

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

320 and 900 lumen models

Link to other reviews:

None found

Price point:

MSRP = $111.00

Retail = $83.25 on Amazon

I need it now! Availability:

Amazon or Here

Our Rating:

Pros:

  • Bright

  • Momentary (750 lumen only)

  • Low, Med, High settings

  • USB Rechargeable

  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Pocket Clip

  • Proprietary battery

  • End cap (button recess)

  • Strobe function

Score: 7.00 Good

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