If there’s one thing that AR shooters know, it’s that there are more accessories on the market than any one person could possibly need. A close second is the fact that many shooters dislike the original trigger guard, especially the gap between the trigger guard and the grip. The Strike Industries Cobra Series Trigger Guard was developed to address the latter issue and give some additional features, and I aim to help you wade through the former. There are many trigger guards available for AR15 type rifles, but the Strike Industries Cobra trigger guard has some unique features that set it apart from everyone else. Continue reading
The MadBull 7.62 Lite Rail 12.0 is a licensed replica of the Daniel Defense 7.62 Lite Rail 12.0 for AR10 type rifles. The 7.62 Lite Rail is a free float rail system designed to provide an uninterrupted upper rail, combined with a unique Bolt-Up System which provides a solid mounting platform. The original Daniel Defense 7.62 Lite Rail is designed to fit Armalite AR-10 and other .308 caliber AR style rifles. The MadBull 7.62 12.0 Rail Replica is designed for use on SR-25 or AR-10 airsoft rifles, but will also fit standard AR15 AEGs.
In comparison to the original AR15 Lite Rail, the 7.62 Lite Rail from MadBull is obviously more robust. Since it was designed for use with a larger round, the 7.62 Lite Rail has more material remaining in the handguard which gives it greater strength and rigidity when exposed to the extra punishment from the 7.62×51 NATO. Both the 7.62 and the AR15 Lite Rail are the same height, but the 7.62 version is slightly wider. While the MadBull version won’t be exposed to any recoil, it is a complete replica of the original. Both the MadBull 7.62 Lite Rail and the Daniel Defense rail are made of T-6061 Aircraft Aluminum. That’s right, MadBull uses the same grade of aluminum for their replica as Daniel Defense uses on the real one.
It’s Memorial Day weekend, and a lot of people will be getting outdoors this weekend. Camping and grilling, hunting, or even a range day with your guns and gear. I will also be getting outdoors, but in a much more mundane fashion. I’ll be moving this weekend, which will push back the next couple of reviews I have lined up by a few days.
However, we do have quite a bit of content coming up, including a rail system installation on an SR-25, a Pantac RRV write-up, as well as a couple of long-term gear evaluations on some Tactical Tailor kit and Propper uniforms.
At SHOT Show 2012 I stopped by the KSG Law Enforcement booth, where they had on display the original KSG, as well as the new short versions, the KSG Patrol and the KSG Tactial.
While I can’t necessarily own one, these are unquestionably two of the coolest shotguns I’ve ever seen.
Be sure to check out the new reviews we added. Two items from Pantac that are still holding up well.
The Pantac Messenger Bag (BG-C745) is a durable, multi-purpose bag ideal for every day carry and field administration, whether tactical or business. All Pantac tactical gear is constructed of 1000D Cordura with YKK zippers, which gives Pantac Gear excellent durability. Additionally, all Pantac items are backed by Pantac’s Lifetime Warranty. This quality is apparent when inspecting the Messenger Bag. All the stitches are straight and tight, there aren’t loose threads or excess material, and nowhere is the fabric thin or flimsy. The construction and feel immediately imparts confidence in the overall build quality. Continue reading
The Pantac BPP-MS backpack is a medium size, top-loading backpack for patrol or general purpose use. While digging for more information on this pack, I found that it is similar to what I saw listed as the Becker Patrol Pack MOLLE Style Backpack. After a little bit of poking, I sent off an e-mail to Ethan Becker, who designed the original Becker Patrol Pack. He graciously gave me a call back and gave me some information on the design of the Becker Patrol Pack.
The first thing Mr. Becker noted was that the packs with MOLLE webbing are actually not Becker Patrol Packs. The Becker Patrol Pack was produced by Eagle Industries and featured specific pouches for organization of gear. Ethan Becker was making knives that soldiers were carrying in Vietnam when a friend challenged him to make a pack that was better than the ALICE pack. His design incorporated a pocked or pouch for every item in the soldier’s kit so that anything could be found in the dark. Ethan said the pack was supposed to carry beans, bullets, and water for three days. The design was well received, and was used by various specialty military groups for years.
With the popularity of that pack, perhaps it was inevitable that a backpack based on the design would be released with MOLLE for customizable pouch installation. This pack uses the same waist belt and body configuration, and is the same size as the Becker Patrol Pack. However, Mr. Becker noted that he is not a fan of MOLLE. His main consideration was snagging when moving through the jungle. In additon, a MOLLE setup with multiple pouches would weigh more than the original pack did. Continue reading
As anyone who has used an AR15 knows, if you add a huge rail system, steel gas block and sight, the front end can get quite heavy. On my first AR, it only took a few range trips for me to decide that I needed to cut weight off of it. I elected to use the Troy TRX Extreme 9” Rail system. Needless to say, I was ecstatic to see that MadBull had obtained Troy Industries licensing. As soon as they announced the release of the replica Troy Battlerail TRX Extreme, I decided I needed one.
The original Troy Battlerail TRX Extreme has a few advantages over traditional rail systems. Instead of having 4 full rails, it includes 3 separate rail sections that are designed to bolt on only where needed. This saves a lot of weight. In addition, the rail system itself is very narrow, requiring less material, again saving weight. Continue reading