It seems that everyone’s favorite piece of gear to carry and discuss are knives . With the variety of styles, shapes, sizes and the jobs they can perform, it is easy to see why they are a favorite piece of gear. When it comes to folding knives, I am very particular and will not carry an old pocket knife . I have seen a lot of guys carry those five to ten dollar knives that are piled in a box on a gas station or sporting goods counter top. Those guys always love to show off that new, shiny, cool looking knife . Of course within a week or two, the blade locking mechanism has broken, the edge of the blade is as dull as a butter knife and some of the screws or rivets are falling out. Those guys might as well have thrown their money into the garbage can because that is where their cool new knife ended up anyway. For most of my life I carried a Schrade Old Timer , Swiss Army knife , or a Gerber Paraframe . All three of these knives held up well, never broke, kept an edge and paid for themselves time and time again. The only down fall of folders, is that they generally don’t stand up to the activities I would use a fixed blade for. I know that I should not expect that kind of strength and durability from a folding knife as it is a completely different from a fixed blade. However, I always wanted that out of a folding knife, and I think I have finally found a folding knife that will perform as closely to a fixed-blade knife as possible. Also Read: Fallkniven Jarl Knife Review Over the years I have owned a few fixed, full-tang knives from Cold Steel and have always been very happy with their products and their prices. So, a few years ago I decided to purchase a folder from them and I decided on buying the Pocket Bushman . It is probably one of the plainest looking knives you can buy, but boy is this knife a BEAST! The blade measure in at 4 ½” inches long with an overall length of 10 ¼”! All the reviews said that this knife was big and it did look big in the photos, but I really didn’t appreciate how big It was until I was holding it in my hands. It felt more like a fixed blade knife than a folding pocket knife . Unlike other pocket knives, the Cold Steel Pocket Bushman does not whiz open with a flick of your thumb. It is rather slow and you need both hands to properly open it and shut it. When closing the knife you have to be extremely careful. The knife has a rocker lock which is tough as nails but it is a bit different to close than other folders. In order to close the knife safely and properly you need to place one hand on the spine of the blade and the other hand needs to pull the paracord lanyard at the bottom of the handle. The first time I tried this it was a bit awkward and I almost cut myself. After opening and shutting it a few times the motions became very natural. The handle has a very large and deep groove for your index finger. This helps in keeping your hand from slipping forward to the blade when working with the knife. The handle is probably the only downfall I can find with this knife. While I like the smooth steel finish, it makes it a bit tough to use the knife if your hands are wet. It would have been nice to see some kind of textured finished on the handle. However, there have only been a few times that I have tried to use this knife in wet conditions and most of the time when I am using this knife I am wearing gloves, which I highly recommend. While this is a folder and it fits well in my pocket, I love that it can handle the big jobs as well. I have used it for making tinder, cutting cardboard, tape, ropes, tie downs, zip ties, carpet, to baton wood, gutted fish, and even split small logs. I still remember the first time I showed it off at work. The guys thought I had wasted my money on some big knife just to be a show off. While they were chuckling I bent down and picked up a broken piece of wood from a pallet. I then commenced beating the back of the blade into a very tall, thick stack of cardboard. Once I got halfway down the stack I turned to a pallet that was leaning against a nearby shelf. Also Read: Benchmade Bushcrafter Knife Review The Pocket Bushman easily took chunks out of the pallet and after a few minutes it came out the other side of the board. I turned around to the guys, showed them there was no damage to the knife and no wiggle in the blade, folded it up, placed it in my pocket and walked away. A few years have passed and I have used this knife so much, yet there is still no movement between the blade and handle, and it still sharpens very easily. I have added paracord to the loop hole in the lock release slide at the bottom of the handle. This is by far, hands down, the best folder I have ever purchased and would recommend it to anyone looking for a new tool. I believe, when I bought this knife it was forty dollars. I checked out the knife out on Amazon the other day and it was listed for fifty nine dollars. I have been thinking about getting another one and I would not think twice about paying that price for this knife. If anyone else has used this knife I would love to hear about your experience with it. Photos By: Turetsky Dan P Matt Coz Other interesting articles: Benchmade Adamas Knife Review for 2020: Survival Gear Hands-On Cold Steel Bushman Review: Hands-On Review Cold Steel SRK Review for 2020: Is This A Good Survival Knife? Survival Gear Review: Kershaw OSO Sweet Pocket Knife
Gun slings are perfect for tactical shooting. Some improve accuracy by providing a much-needed boost of stability, while others make it easier to cycle between your rifle and your sidearm. In order to get the most out of your sling, you first need to decide what you want your sling to do – improve your aim or keep your rifle in an easy-to-reach location while you’re walking hands-free. In this article, I plan to cover the benefits of different types of gun slings. If you’re looking to find the best M4 sling for you, read further. The Purpose of a Gun Sling An M4 carbine sling can drastically improve your shooting experience. It lets you carry your gun closely by your side, so that you can keep your hands-free but still grab your rifle at a moment’s notice. Also known as sentry slings because of their use in a peacekeeping capacity, these M4 tactical slings are perfect for armed personnel and hunters alike. While there are a number of different kinds of slings available on the market, each with their own benefits and drawbacks, most fall into the following categories: 1 point sling 2 point / adjustable 2 point sling 3 point sling Shooting sling While your average 1, 2, or 3 point sling is designed to improve carrying your gun, shooting slings specialize in improving accuracy. Since most shooting slings are designed for long-range rifles, I won’t be covering them when talking about the best M4 sling for deployment. However, we will touch on how 2 point slings can easily be converted into shooting slings further in the article. Your Sling’s Material Most gun slings are made from leather or a nylon blend, and both camps have their passionate supporters. While synthetic and leather slings may have some advantages, it’s mostly a stylistic component that attracts people to one or the other. Nylon slings Nylon and other synthetic straps are tough, durable, and never get stuck. The way you get the sling brand new is how it’ll last forever, until it breaks. For most people, this is a good thing as it means a consistent feel that doesn’t loosen over time. However, the drawback to nylon is that it can be slippery, depending on the type of clothes you wear, which could cause the sling to lose traction. Leather slings Leather slings are stylish. They look really cool and have more traction than their nylon counterparts, which is especially useful if you’re using a 2 point sling. The stiffness, or elasticity, of leather slings wears down over time. While some people prefer this for shooting slings, it can be annoying for people using gun slings designed to keep your M4 close to your body. The Pros and Cons of Each Sling Now that you have a basic understanding of gun slings, let’s look at the functionality of each type of sling. 1 point slings Also known as the single-point sling, this type of gun sling has only one connection point that attaches to the gun. It offers no benefit for shooting, but is perfect for being seconds away from grabbing your M4. When you let go of your rifle, it hangs close to your body in an easy-to-grab location. Grabbing your M4 automatically puts you in a shooting position that makes you ready to fire straight ahead. Can be worn to sling your weapon over your back or by your side if needed. Great for SMGs, but it can get uncomfortable for rifles and carbines as sways when dangling. For shorter people, their gun can bang up against their knees or groin area when running. 2 point slings The most common of the slings, most 2 point slings can double as shooting slings. You can also choose between three commonly used ways to tote your M4 with a 2 point sling: African carry, where the gun is over the back of your shoulder with the muzzle down. American carry, where it’s slung over the back of your shoulder with the muzzle up. European carry, where you carry the gun over the front of your shoulder with the muzzle up. How you choose to tote your M4 depends on your preferences and how easily you can grab your weapon. Generally speaking, African carry is the easiest to grab and sight up, but you run the risk of filling the barrel with dirt and debris. Pros Comfortable and easy to use. Can be converted into shooting slings, like the hasty sling and the USGI sling. Cons Using the 2 point sling hands-free leaves you unprepared. Inexperienced users are more likely to fumble around in a stressful situation when grabbing their gun. Have a look at the hasty sling in action: And the USGI sling: 3 point slings Your M4 3 point sling straps to your body like a harness, giving you an extra boost of security and a snugger feel than the 1 point sling. Your M4 is secure against your body so you don’t have to deal with annoying wobbling. Guns don’t bang against your body as you run. Your rifle is just as easy to grab and aim as the 1 point sling. They can restrict your range of movement. The positioning of the sling means that you run the risk of blocking your own ejection port or getting snagged on the bolt release. Excellent Slings for Your M4 Once you’ve decided what type of sling you want to get, it’s time to shop around and find one that works for you. Here are best-selling gun slings for the M4. 1. Magpul MAG518 Magpul Two Point Sling - Quick Adjust (Black) (Original... Weight: 6.0 oz Length, Overall Nominal: 48-60 in. ± 5 in. adjustment Slider Adjustment Range: 10 in. Width, Webbing: 1.25 in. Width, Pad: 1.85" Check Price When it comes to accessories you can trust, Magpul is among the best of them. This 1 point Magpul sling is no different. It’s easy to adjust, comfortable, keeps your rifle in arm’s reach. Since this sling is made by Magpul , you’re guaranteed to receive a heavy-duty product that can withstand years of wear-and-tear. If you’re interested in a versatile sling that can accommodate your M4 and a number of other tactical weapons then the MAG528 delivers in so many ways. Its easy-to-adjust slider means that you get the tension you want every time, without struggling. 2. AlientTACS CQC Transformer Rifle Sling CVLIFE Two Points Sling with Length Adjuster Traditional... Color: Black. The Two points sling is constructed with superior... Upgraded larger metal hooks make the sling fit the rifle well. The rope of the sling is adjustable, so it will be suitable for... With adjustment thumb loop and high density cord, the sling can be... Long adjustable strap creates wide length variability for the two... Check Price The CQC Transformer sling is probably the best 1 to 2 point sling that you’ll find under $50. It’s designed to be comfortable, quick to use, and, most importantly, versatile. Converting the strap to a 1 point sling is simple, and since it’s much lighter than its Magpul counterpart, your M4 sits snugly on your body without any discomfort. Overall, the CQC Transformer sling gives you the best of both worlds. You get the added comfort of using a 2 point sling, while also being able to convert it to a 1 point sling that keeps your gun closely by your side and ready to use. 3. Blue Force 2 point Vickers Sling Blue Force Gear Vickers Combat Applications Sling, Nylon... 1.25" webbing on both ends secured with included triglides Webbing can be looped through sling swivels or loops or combined with... Fits standard M4 carbines and other carbines and rifles Can be mounted upside down (Adjuster to the rear) on traditional bolt... Check Price Vickers’ combat slings have the reputation of being excellent for a reason. They’re comfortable, provide you with a full range of motion, and make it easy to grab your rifle from a suspended position. This combat sling is no different, and is even made from a heavy-duty nylon blend that’s strong enough to withstand abuse, while soft enough to ensure the wearer stays comfortable at all times. Another benefit of this sling is its quick adjust feature, which makes it easy to find the right tension that works for you. 4. Specter Gear SOP 3 Point Sling string(57) "The ItemId B008NKS614 provided in the request is invalid." The SOP 3 point sling by Specter Gear is perfect if you want a gun sling that keeps your M4 snug by your side where it’s easy to reach, but tightly secured. One real cool feature to this sling is the emergency release buckle, which immediately disengages the sling in the event of an emergency. This gun sling gives you the most bang for your buck with a sticker price under $50. It’s sturdy enough to withstand years of abuse and keeps your rifle in an easy-to-reach location. Unlike other gun slings on the market, the SOP 3 point sling enables you to run without worrying if your M4 will crash into anything. The Best M4 Sling Depends on You Now that we’ve covered a little bit about gun slings, it’s time to pick the right one for your M4. Unfortunately, finding the right sling takes a bit more than choosing between a single, double, or 3 point sling. You want to find the sling that works best for you, and more often than not, that requires some hands-on experience. Before you spend your money on a brand new sling for your rifle, hit the shooting range and test out some different slings. If you have friends who are into tactical gear, ask to try some of their slings with your M4. You’ll be surprised to find that choosing between the 1 point and 3 point sling is largely based on preference, not functionality. While finding the right sling takes time, it’s a process that’s well worth it. Once you find that perfect sling for you, you’ll probably never want to shoot an M4 without a strap again.
I’m not the doomsday prepper type. I don’t hoard hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition, I don’t have steel-reinforced doors on my home or a sweeping bunker complex in the basement. That said, I still think having a bug-out bag filled with a handy assortment of the essentials—medical supplies, a little water and food, a couple guns, ammunition, flashlights, etc.—is sound policy. Would a typical duffel bag work for this purpose? Probably. But when I go reaching for this bag, I have to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it’s going to perform flawlessly. No broken straps, no busted stitching or zippers. So when I saw the Maxpedition Aggressor™ Tactical Attache , I figured it would fit the bill well. I just had no idea how well. Initial observations: The Maxpedition Aggressor measures about 22″(L) x 13.5″(H) x 7″(W). Bigger than one might initially think looking at the photo. (Image courtesy of Maxpedition.) You take one look at this bag and you know that the folks at Maxpedition aren’t pandering to the masses, they’re making a specialized product that was born to absorb extreme abuse and keep your stuff intact. I like that. You’ll pay more for this bag because of it, but I’m of the “buy nice and only cry once” school of thought. Even though I may never use it to the extremes it was designed for, it’s nice to know it could handle it if I did. Components: I’ve made my own leather holsters for years, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that the quality of the stitching directly affects the holster’s longevity. So I was pleased to find that the Maxpedition Aggressor has not only very robust stitching along all seams, but as much as quadruple stitching in high-stress areas. The bag is constructed entirely of 1000-Denier light-weight ballistic nylon fabric, meaning the only remaining possibility for a weak point would be the zippers. But the ones on the Maxpedition Aggressor seem built to withstand putting your full body weight into closing them over even the most overstuffed compartments. (Not that I did. Okay, yeah I did.) Outstanding features: "The Maxpedition Aggressor" ’s internal hook-and-loop padded divider. (Image courtesy of Maxpedition.) The Maxpedition Aggressor has more pockets than I’ve ever seen on a bag this size. I’m talking pockets hidden inside and behind other pockets. That’s perfect for storing lots of gear—there’s little to no wasted space. They’re easy to access and held shut firmly with short-weave hook-and-loop fasteners. The shoulder strap is padded and comfortable, which is an absolute necessity: Fully loaded with supplies, this bag can get really heavy. After loading up the bag, I found myself truly impressed with how much thought the designers put into its creation—several features I wouldn’t have considered a necessity proved to be surprisingly handy, such as the internal hook-and-loop padded divider ( above ), the exceedingly roomy cinch pockets on either end meant for water bottles or radios, and the zipper-capture system that adds an extra layer of security, keeping unscrupulous hands from easily getting at your things. Verdict: If you’re in the market for a top-of-the-line range bag or bug-out bag, this would be a great choice. If you find that the pockets don’t fit your gear just right, Maxpedition also offers inexpensive hook-and-loop mounted accessories—mag pouches, universal holsters, etc.— to further customize the Aggressor’s interior. This bag is hard to beat.
In today’s prepping survival marketplace there are many choices of fire starting tools. Fires can be ignited by using a variety of these available tools by using many different techniques. The bottom line though is to have a reliable fire starting implement that you can count on to get you a blaze started under all kinds of conditions. This tool can do that. Brand new to the market to the point that sales packaging is not yet even complete, the Clickspring Fire Piston actually uses old school technology that has been around for some time. In this new tool fire starting is delivered by a precision machined tool constructed of aluminum and brass. Quick Navigation The Origin of Clickspring Firing up the Clickspring Tool Shop Specs The Origin of Clickspring If you want a lot of background information on this new product, your search may leave you with more questions than answers, but that does not impact the quality or function of the "Clickspring Fire Piston" . The company or founding name Clickspring oddly comes from a home shop project development machine shop whose primary focus is on clock making. The proprietor “Chris” creates the home shop project videos that you can watch on YouTube. Firing up the Clickspring You’ll need access to a computer or device that can dial up the YouTube video that shows you how to start a fire using the Clickspring Fire Piston . The package I received for this product review contained no written instructions, no owner’s manual or a parts list. All that is described in the video. I can only assume once the final packaged product hits the market it will contain the necessary written information to learn to use it. Clickspring The Fire Piston - Survival, Camping, Hiking, Fire Starter Ideal for camping, hiking, and survival kits. See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 14:18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API Also Read: DIY Firestarter Though I could not ever get the sound working on the video thank goodness it came with subtitles, otherwise I would have been lost. It is not an intuitive use tool, primarily because it is a specialty precision engineered device. I had to watch the video several times to get the full orientation on it. The fire piston uses a forceful thrust of air that is heated by a fast pump on the piston inside the chamber tube or body of the tool. There are seals forward and aft on the end of the piston rod that allows the pressure to rise as the rod is thrust forward down the tube. Apparently this rise in pressure creates the heat that ignites the tiny piece of pre-burned char cloth inserted into the forward end of the piston rod. Once the piston rod is quickly thrust down the tube this ignites the char cloth which then glows red as an ember. The end of the rod with the ember is then held to the remaining piece of the char cloth to ignite it. Then this glowing char cloth is inserted into a wad of quick fire starting fodder such as a wad of dry grass, leaves or other materials that will start to burn. From there the fire is tended and built up as usual. "Tool Shop Specs" The Clickspring Fire Piston is milled or precision turned from brass and aluminum. Both end caps are brass. The tube is aluminum. The threaded brass end holds a small liquid filled compass which is a handy item. This cap is drilled though to hold a piece of lanyard material that is 700mm in length and a sliding brass keeper to tighten around the wrist or other holding spot. This threaded cap end screws down onto the threated end of the tool body or tube. Related: Review of the Best Firestarters The opposite end of the tube is where the brass piston rod with recessed dimple in the end of the rod holds the char cloth fits. This is inserted into the tube and held in place by the pressure created by the seals when the screw on end is in place. Caution here. If the opposite end screw cap is screwed down tightly, then the piston rod will not insert because of the pressure created by the seals on the rod. Once you handle it a few times you will quickly get the hang of how it all goes together and works. Again, watch the play-by-play video. The overall length of the Clickspring Fire Piston is just 5.35 inches long. The outside diameter of the assembled tube unit is 0.75 inches. It weighs a mere 5.6 ounces. The entire unit is quite compact and easy to store in a Bug Out bag, vehicle glove compartment, backpack or cargo pants pocket. The Clickspring Fire Piston retails for $89 and can be ordered on Amazon. Clickspring "The Fire Piston" - Survival, Camping, Hiking, Fire Starter Ideal for camping, hiking, and survival kits. See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 14:18 / Affiliate links / Images from "Amazon Product Advertising" API Other interesting articles: Building the Ultimate Survival Fire Kit: Which Items and Why? Survival Gear Review: Barricade Fire Blocking Gel "Survival Gear Review" : Doan Magnesium Bar Best Fire Starters for Survival in 2020: Hands-on Reviews, and Ways to Make Fire
The 4 Best Remington 700 Trigger Upgrades – Aftermarket Reviews 2020 Photo by Wendy / CC BY The Remington 700 is an excellent overall rifle and is used for hunting, target shooting and tactical use. The rifle, however, has a weak point—the trigger. The trigger has actually been the subject of a recall for being quite dangerous. Luckily, installing an upgraded trigger in general is the perfect way to increase the weapon’s accuracy. An upgraded trigger on your Remington 700 is one of the most important methods to increasing its shootability and overall precision. Below, we’ve scoured the marketplace and come up with the 4 best Remington 700 trigger upgrades . These should be just the ticket to your rifle needs. These can all be purchased from an online gun store like Brownells. Remington 700 Calvin Elite Trigger Timney Remington 700 "Calvin Elite Trigger" Price: 249.99 A gentleman named Calvin has been engineering triggers for Timney for quite some time. If you’ve ever used a Timney trigger, it was probably been engineered by Calvin. Calvin builds triggers to Timney’s specifications. However, the Calvin Elite trigger was Mr. Calvin’s opportunity to build a trigger to his preferred specifications. The Calvin Elite trigger is a single piece drop in model designed to replace your Remington 700’s trigger quick and easily. "The Calvin Elite" trigger pack is distinguished by its golden finish which is different from Timney’s standard black. The Calvin Elite Trigger is designed with an adjustable trigger weight, but it’s extremely light. The setting starts at a mere eight ounces and only goes to 2.5 pounds. Even at its heaviest trigger setting the trigger is still superbly light. At ounces you have a trigger designed to hit small targets at long range with ease. At 8 ounces, you’ve need some time to train and practice shooting with such a light trigger weight. Once it’s safely mastered the Calvin elite is a brilliant trigger. It’s a drop in, self contained trigger pack so it’s pretty easy to use and install. The trigger is extremely well made, much more durable than the standard stock Remington trigger. The important parts are Teflon nickel coated. The trigger is also fully adjustable for sear engagement and over travel as well. This is easily one of the best aftermarket triggers for Remington 700 rifles. Timney Calvin Elite Remington 700 unbox / Remington Recall Rant Watch this video on YouTube