A working list of available RED/GREEN/IR Weapon Mounted Laser Sights permitted for Civilian use. This list is constantly being updated. EXCEL sheet available.
-MATCH YOUR SOCKS – AND YOUR SHOES-
Why compromise?…don’t compromise, really…don’t compromise on footwear and the layer between your feet and that footwear. I have paired up three of my regular wear shoes with three different socks to lay out the fit/form of each match up. If you aren’t in the military anymore…stop lacing up your jungle boots(or your issued Danners/Bates/ETC) and low bidder poly/wool socks…you don’t have to live like that anymore…or you do…in such a case…I will have another article on grinning and bearing before the holidays are over.
170Lbs - Athletic
10.5 Shoe Size - Normal Arch - Regular Width
My environment – Central Alabama/Southeast. Hot/Humid summers, warm springs(heavy rainfall), cool(not cold) fall season, and moderate winters(heavy rainfall).
Shoe – Merrell® All Out Blaze Aero Sport –
Fit- True to Size 10.5
Sock – Darn Tough® Hiker Micro Crew
Fit- True to Size 10.5(Large)
Shoe Wear – The lugged Vibram™ TC5+ outsole has shown little wear over 200+ days of use at work, on the range, hiking, and hopping around town. The footbed/midsole has retained elasticity and has held up well to abrasion, thorns, and sticks. The Merrell® Omni-Fit™ lace system holds to its claims…the shoes fit like a pair of well-made gloves. I am on my second pair in two years…only because my first pair developed a squeak after interacting with some A/B compounds at work.
Sock Wear – Merino wool construction with wicking technology these socks hold true to the DarnTough saying “PUT IT ON, FORGET ITS ON” You will feel the same way. Paired with Merrell’s Omni-Fit™…your feet couldn’t be happier. These SOCKS CANNOT BE BEAT! I have six pairs and I can’t kill them. I have hundreds of miles on a single pair and I still wear them. There are some signs of wear…but no holes and they still fit well.
Seasons for wear – These are optimal for hot/dry or hot/humid days without rainfall/precip. Avoid Rainy days if you plan to be in your shoes all day, they dry well and quickly but soggy shoes aren’t a good combo if you have to function 100%. I will wear this combo into the fall and early winter as long as temps aren’t dipping down below 50F.
Shoe – Salewa® Firetail 3
Fit – True to Size 10.5
Sock – Smartwool® Hike Medium Crew
Fit – True to Size 10.5(Large)
Shoe Wear – The lugged Vibram™ Reptail sole with Megagrip Combound is a sticky and durable rubber compound that is used in rock shoes but blends well for this approach shoe and hasn’t shown any significant signs of wear with 40+ miles of walking/shooting/hiking. It’s a little flat for my tastes and took some time to break in but the fit is perfect. I would certainly trust this shoe while scrambling or moving up slick shale.
Sock Wear – A little loose of a fit but true to size. Its soft and a bit thicker than the DarnTough® but it also adds a bit of cushion for a shoe that isnt as forgiving as the Merrell® All Out Blaze Aero Sport. It’s a great addition to this shoe and rounds out the paring or package.
Seasons for Wear – Cool Summers, Springs, and Fall would be optimum…but I would avoid soggy days with any level of precipitation. They breathe decent…but not well enough to call them a quick dry shoe. Temps shouldn’t be an issue above freezing If you pair them with the smart wool Medium or even the Heavy Weight Hiker for cooler temps.
Shoe- Salomon® XA PRO 3D GTX
Fit - .5+ Size different from normal wear of a 10.5
Sock- Thorlo® Moderate Cushion Light Hiking Sock
Fit – True to Size 10.5(Large)
Shoe Wear – The Contagrip® outsole is built like an offroad tire. It sheds mud and debris well and doesn’t wear bad enough to complain about it. Its sticky on damp surfaces and doesn’t react poorly to beating the pavement. Salomons 3D Advanced Chassis™ gives added stability when you want to up your step and move with some speed. A heel cup and toe cup also keep your toes safe from thick brush tears and hard rocks. These are my GOTO shoes for the gun range, hunting trips, and beating around the trails. Being that this shoe is GTX(GORETEX) it’s going to breathe decent but your feel will have the added protection from precipitation/moisture. These shoes perform just as well in the non GTX versions(Salomon offers a CS Waterproof version for a few bucks less). I own/have owned 7 pairs of the Salomon XA Pros in GTX, CS, and non-Waterproof and I will keep wearing them into the future.
Sock Wear – The Thorlo is a good fit, but not as secure of a fit as the Darn Tough. Cushion is about on par with the Smartwool and makes up for the sizing difference of the Salomons compared to the Salewa and Merrells. Combined with the GTX Salomon…your feet with stay dry and cushioned on the trail, commuting, or slapping plates with your primary weapon.
Seasons for Wear – All Season for the Southeast. This shoe works well for me in any season ive experienced down in Alabama for the past 20+ years. HOT and DRY summers are a NOGO. I would transition yourself to the NON-Waterproof versions of the same shoe if you plan to hike, run, Run and Gun, or commute in hot dry climates.
I haven't found a ONE SIZE FITS ALL glove for my needs. I have, however, found one manufacturer, Outdoor Research. A company that has been in my closet in some form or fashion for the past 17 years. From Gaiters and the Seattle Sombrero to the plethora of Softshell Jackets that have appeared over the past half-decade. I have and will remain a loyal user of the brand and their many offerings.
Glove - Aerator Glove – 1.6 ounces - This fitted gloves utilizes Activeice material to keep your hands cool in the heat. Synthetic suede palms and vent holes keep your palms from clamming up and have saved me from countless burns from hot hand guards and barrels on a variety of rifles. These gloves allow me to maintain positive control in the Alabama heat, it doesn’t matter if its pistol shooting or skeet shooting…I know I have an added level of control when these gloves are matted to my hands. The sense tech works well on everything but plastic screen protectors on some smart devices. Added benefits include UPF protection and carabiner loops for storage.
Use – Rope Work
Glove – Air Brake – 3.5 ounces - This synthetic backed glove keeps my hands cool and uses a rugged goat skin palm to manage belay or single ascent/decent. Gel pockets help manage/mitigate hot spots and Kevlar stitching is utilized in high abrasion areas. These gloves have been rock solid so far with my moderate use and sadly they won’t be offered by OR next year. Fit was somewhat off…as the pinky finger was longer than other gloves offered by OR. Added benefits are carabiner loops for storage.
Use – Base Layer/Warmth – 1.4 ounces – Touted as ORs lightest weight sense compatible liner, this glove maintains the same moisture management properties of its counter parts in a slim package that fits under tactical/work gloves. This is a great feature for users who can’t work in mittens and thick base layer gloves. The sense technology is somewhat touch and go, not to use a PUN, but plastic touch screen protectors cause issues/inconsistencies. A version of these gloves with dotted/matrix grip on the fingers and palms would make for a useful lightweight all purpose glove/liner.
Looking for a way to organize my rifle, extra magazines, med kit, and misc. junk that I would want near by on the ATV trail, or at the hunting camp...I knew I needed to utilize MOLLE or another system with multiple options for attachments and accessories...I looked no further than Grey Man Tactical and their RIGID MOLLE panel.
This configuration paired with three cinch straps is easily removed from my truck and installed into my ATV. This allows me to have consistency with the location of sources of ammunition, and medical supplies should the need arise.
Price Point - Great, the 15x25 Panel I utilize comes in under $100.00 Shipped. I have seen canvas clad poly units for the same price point and they lack the versatility/utility that the Grey Man Tactical Rigid panels offer.
Options - Panels range in size from 10x7 up to 30x17. With rigid mounting options to Pelican cases and specific applications for EDC packs.
Accessories - Grey Man offers multiple mounting solutions for the rigid panels. Rigid mounting kits, hardware kits, Velcro, and cinch straps to mount the panel. They offer a range of Weapon Mounting options from webbing straps and bungee toggles to clamps.
Rigidity and Hard Use - I have installed, removed, and reinstalled this panel 30+ times as it moves from the ATV, My Jeep, and now into my Ram...its rock solid. For extra strength the guys at GREY MAN offer a stiffener for $29.00 which would be invaluable if you intended to use their panel for Free hanging overhead storage in a Hardtop Jeep or Utility Vehicle.
Customer Service - CANNOT BE BEAT - The guys at Grey Man e-mailed me after my purchase with tracking/shipping details and contacted me on social media thanking me for the purchase and asking for install pictures to share with their followers/customers.
I am 5’10 and 170lbs. I wear a 32x32 size pant. I have large thighs and carry much of my weight in my lower body. Take this into consideration when you are reading these reviews and applying them to yourself.
I have worn a multitude of different pants on the job, on the trail, on the range, and in-between. I have compiled a list of the best of in three different categories of Work Style Pants. Work/Duty, Technical, and Performance.
Work/Duty Pant is a plain looking pant that is designed around daily wear and performs well at the desk, the warehouse, and around your property. These pants aren’t loaded with technical frills and don’t bust out performance features. They are Primarily Cotton Canvas or Twill.
Work/Duty Pant Category –
Arborwear is the TREE CLIMBING brand. Founded by Arborists who were tired of trying to juggle wearing Canvas Work Pants and Rock Climbing pants, they decided to design and deliver one of the most rugged and long lasting work parts on the planet. If it’s any testament to their quality…I bought my first pair of Original Tree Climber Pants in 2002 and I still wear them today.
Estimator Pant – $40-$50 – Great walkaround pant and perfect for going out on the town after work. Unfortunately these are discontinued, but can be found on Amazon or E-bay from time to time.
Arbenter Pant - $60-$70 – Great work pant with awesome features such as tool pockets and slots, reinforced heel panels, and signature gusseted crotch. Again, much like the Estimator pant, it has been discontinued. Replaced by the New Arbenter Cedar Flex*
Lightweight Originals - $60-$70 – This pant is perfect for the summer months. They are built with a 10oz Cotton canvas but don’t sacrifice utility or ruggedness. The knees are doubled up and the pants feature a gusseted crotch, a utility pocket, and work friendly cuffs (large cuffs to accommodate boots). They offer these pants in three colors.
Original Tree Climber Pant - $60-$70 – This is the original! I have several hundred washes and wears on these pants and they haven’t busted. They are built with a 12.5oz ringspun cotton canvas featuring a gusseted crotch, utility pocket, doubled up knees, and a boot friend work cuff. These pants look great and take a beating in the warehouse and out in the woods. They offer these pants in four colors. – Chestnut, Moss, Driftwood, and Diesel.
Cedar Flex Pant - $70-$80 – It’s hard to let these pants fall into the WORK/DUTY Category…but the perform so well in this role, I have to leave them here. (I actually have these pants on today) Building on the Arbenter pant…these utilize a 13.5oz Flex Twill Fabric (96% Cotton, 4% Spandex) instead of the 12.5oz canvas. They feature a gusseted crotch, utility pocket, doubled up and articulated knees, rear utility welt pocket, double layer heel panels, and a boot friendly work cuff. I will eventually fade my other Arborwear pants out in favor of these pants due to their stretch feature. They offer these pants in three colors. – Chestnut, Moss, and Russet.
Vertx was birthed from necessity. When a request was made for low profile pants, Fechheimer Brothers produced the “Original Pant” and the Vertx brand was born. With 175 years of experience making military uniforms and wear items…it’s no surprise they were able to deliver.
Original Pant - $50-$60 – This pant is the orginal creation of Fechheimer that launched the Brand. I wear these pants to the gun range and when temperatures outside get a little unruly for canvas/twill pants. Utilizing a 9oz Advantage stretch fabric (98% Cotton 2% Lycra) these pants have just the right amount of give and flex. Featuring a flexible waistband, gusseted crotch, low profile cargo pockets, and articulated knees. For a budget utility pant…I don’t think these pants can be beat. They fit well, look good, and have boatloads of features that much more expensive pants offer.
Triple Aught Design –
Triple Aught Designs is by far one of the best brands for outerwear and technical clothing. I would lump them with Arcteryx, OR, Beyond, and many other top tier brands. I don’t know much about their story but I know that they deliver a quality product that is produced her in the United State of America, which makes them one of my favorite brands.
Recon RS Pant - $120 – Awesome pants…you are getting what you pay for. Being that these pants cost twice as much as a pair of Vertx Originals, or four times as much as a pair of Columbia Roc II pants…you have to choke down some feelings when you put them in our cart. That being said…I don’t know if I own a better fitting or more comfortable pair of pants that doesn’t feature stretch material. These pants are built from a 6.5 Cotton/Nylon blend that features a DWR finish. They have a standard fit and straight leg with triple and double needle stitching. The knees are articulated(darted), the crotch is gusseted and there is an integrated back yoke for comfort. There is a plethora of pockets that comfortably store anything from your wallet and keys to extra 30Rd magazines and pocket knives. These pants utilize YKK zippers and are proudly MADE IN THE USA!
Columbia is a solid brand that has done well as a big boy in the outdoor industry at the hands of Gert Boyle and her son Tim. The Columbia Giant has swallowed up the likes of Sorel, Pacific Trail, Montrail, and Mountain Hardware in the past 20 years and shows no signs of slowing down.
Colombia Roc II Pant – $30-$40 – Good pant for the $$ and available at most outdoor sporting goods stores such as Academy Sports and Outdoors, Bass Prop Shops, Backcountry.com, and assorted others.
I have owned every color of these pants, and they served me well for 3-4 years wearing each pair a minimum of 100times. Perspective on that…I wore and washed 7 pairs of pants more than 100 Times. I had seam failures in a few of these pants after about a year of use. These pants don’t incorporate a gusseted crotch so they get snug in the jewels if you sit down abruptly or stretch them past what would be a normal walking stride. All in all…I score them well for a daily work pant. They have a flat front and look good with a polo or a T-shirt.
Honorable Mention - Mountain Kahkis and Patagonia Standup Pants
Based off of the FIT and durability of their Uniform Style Pants, I will not Purchase from Propper. Three pairs of Multicam Pants faded after the second wash and had a poor appearance. Being a military police officer, this was unacceptable. I would suggest the CRYE Field Pant and the Tru-Spec Tops for anyone wearing MultiCams/OCPs.
Based off of the FIT of their Uniform Style Pants, I will not Purchase from Tru-Spec.
Period of Wear - 30+ WASH AND WEAR PER ITEM
Propper™ ACU Trouser - Battle Rip® - MultiCam -
Based off of the durability of their Uniform Style Pants, I will not Purchase from Propper. The fit was better than that of the Tru-Spec, which is why I paired the Propper pants with the NEW Style Tru-Spec top. However…the three pairs of Multicam Pants faded after the second wash(SECOND WASH, TWO WASHES) and have a poor appearance when paired with other MULTICAM/OCP uniform items that don’t fade after the SECOND wash. I would suggest the CRYE Field Pant paired with the NEW STYLE Tru-Spec Tops for anyone wearing MultiCams/OCPs as a daily uniform. I remember buying these pants as advertised - “FADE RESISTANT” on Tactical Gears Website, which is omitted on the Propper website for these specific pants. Final Thoughts…$220.00 worth of CRAP. I think the Phrase is "BAG OF ASS" or "DIRT BAG" when your uniform has the appearance that you get with the Propper ACU Trouser.
ARMY COMBAT UNIFORM (GL/PD 14-05) PANTS
ARMY COMBAT UNIFORM (GL/PD 14-04) SHIRT -
Based off of the FIT of their Uniform Style Pants, I will not Purchase pants from Tru-Spec. It’s beneath a person in uniform to have the appearance of swimming in his or her uniform. These pants were built to Uniform specs, and due to the broad range of sizing (unlike my issue ABUs which are SIZED W/I) any wearer outside the max fitment of each size looks like a walking trash bag. Their “NEW STYLE” OCP/MULTICAM Top…is a different story…being that I crammed myself into a Small/Long so that I wasn’t swallowed by it, this top has a professional uniform look and has not faded after a multitude of washes.
Final Thoughts…I would buy their uniform pants, but going down a size, I was happy with their NEW Style Top. - 50% success is better than a complete failure-
Daily Bag –
Preparedness is paramount for daily life. We exercise, we train combatives, we train at the gun range, we eat right, we sleep and recharge. Our equipment should follow suit. Along with regular maintenance of our bodies and our equipment…we should make certain that essential equipment is on hand as often as possible. Building a basic Go-Bag or Daily-bag is easy and cost effective if you are a Hiker, Camper, or Outdoorsman. I picked up a large portion of my pieces from www.tacticaldistributors.com, www.REI.com, www.backcountry.com, and www.moosejaw.com.
This is a breakdown of what I keep on hand each day.
MAJOR COMPONENTS -
Pack – Osprey KODE 32 – Info From REI/OSPREY SITE –
Bag has since been replaced by the KAMBER
Best Use Snowsports
Bag Style Backpack
Frame Type Internal Frame
Gear Capacity (L) 29 / 32 liter
Gear Capacity (cu. in.) 1770 / 1953 cubic inches
Weight 3 / 3 lbs. 3 oz.
Fits Torso 16 - 19 inches / 18 - 21 inches
Fits Waist/Hips 23 - 45 inches / 25 - 50 inches
Number of Exterior Pockets 3 + main compartment
Dimensions 21 x 12 x 11 inches
Jacket – Patagonia Torrentshell - Info From REI/PATAGONIA www.patagonia.com
Best Use Multisport
Fabric Recycled ripstop nylon
Type Of Waterproofing H2No Performance
Ventilation Pit Zips
Back Length Hip-length
Back Length (in.) Unavailable
Weight 12.1 ounces, 12.1
Pants – KUIU Attack Pant – www.KUIU.com
Shirt – DUKE LS Breathable T – www.dukeathletic.com
Underwear – Exofficio Boxer Breif – www.exofficio.com
Socks – Wigwam Cool Lite Hiker Ultimax – www.wigwam.com
Belt – Blackhawk Riggers Belt – www.blackhawk.com
100wt Jacket – Condor Base II ½ Zip – www.condoroutdoor.com
Gloves – Oakley SI Factory Lite Tactical Glove – www.oakleysi.com
Sunglasses / Case – Oakley SI 4+1 w/ Hard Case – www.oakleysi.com
Beanie – Mountain Hardwear Fleece Cap – www.mountainhardwear.com
Water Source – Camelbak Thermobak 3L – www.camelbak.com
Towel – Packtowl Personal Towel - www.packtowl.com
Stove and Fuel – Optimus Crux Lite W/ Terra Cookset – www.optimusstoves.com
Dry Bags – Outdoor Products 3 Bag Set – www.walmart.com
Tourniquet – North American Rescue CATS Tourniquet – www.NArescue.com
Knife – Benchmade Griptilian – www.bladehq.com
Hatchet – Boker PLUS VOS T-HAWK– www.bladehq.com
Water Purification – Steripen – www.steripen.com
Batteries and Battery Backup – Streamlight C23 and PowerBlok USB battery
Cheap Fleece Blanket
Toiletries – Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Small MedKit, Assorted Antihistamines and Pain Pills, Sunblock, Antiseptic Ointment, Compression Wrap, medical tape, three four foot sections of Paracord
Compass – Silva
Flashlight – Surfire G2 – www.surefire.com
Headlamp – Pelican Classic – www.pelicanstore.com – no longer available
Sharpie Markers, Pens, Pencils – Wrap 2ft of duck tape around each sharpie
Shotgun Shell - 00 BUCK SHOT - SPARTAN
Caribeaners – Black Diamond Wire Gates – www.blackdiamond.com
Magazines – Glock 26 – www.glock.com
YUKON Freedom Hammock and TREE STRAPS – www.yukon-outfitters.com
SHOES – Salomon XD – www.tacticaldistributors.com
I spent months researching a good option for a saddle/tripod for hunting, long range shooting, and overall supported shooting without lying prone. A monopod wasn’t in the cards and the saddle/monopods I had seen and used weren’t worth the money spent. I couldn’t choke down the $300.00 for a HOG saddle, or $500.00-$600.00 for a Manfrotto Tripod and Head…but I could choke down $100.00 for a TRICLAWPS and $140.00 for a SLIK PRO 700DX with a PAN-and-TILT head. The system has been rock solid for several different rifles, ranging from my Savage MKII to my Sig 716 Precision Marksman.
There are hundreds of options available(mixing and matching) and you can mix and match Heads, Mounts, and Legs to come up with the best Weight-to-load capacity option for you, but Price and load capacity was the main factor for my purchases. Being an avid photographer for several years, I had working knowledge of the SLIK products and first hand understanding of the quality I would get for the price.
Searching around on the TRICLAWPS website and the HOGSADDLE website I was able to narrow down a reasonably priced option that also met my needs and fit all of the boom sticks in my gun safe. There are direct mount offerings from Larue Tactical and Magpul Industries. The mounts work well for semi-automatic rifles with MLOK or adaptable hand guards (some Bolt action chassis systems also have these features), but you are in the wind for traditional Bolt actions and rifles without mount points for MLOK or Piccatiny rails. While the Larue mount is $85.00 and the Magpul is $50.00, the Larue and Magpul limit you to a Manfrotto head.
Best Direct Mount Options available for Piccatiny or M-LOK railed rifles- PRICE FACTOR
LARUE TACTICAL - LaRue SPOTR LT666x06-ADP Tripod Adapter Mount QD – $85.00
Every Rifle I own has a LARUE mount/Product and will continue to follow this trend into the future, if I preferred the Manfrotto Heads, I may have gone with this option for my Piccatiny Railed Rifles.
MAGPUL INDUSTRIES - M-LOK® TRIPOD ADAPTER - $49.95
Magpul Industries is synonymous with AR-15 accessories and is slowly creeping in on the precision bolt gun market with the HUNTER chassis so it’s no surprise that they offer a direct mount M-LOK adapter.
Best Saddle Options Available – PRICE FACTOR
Triclawps Saddle – $99.00
The Triclawps is a glass reinforced resin construction with metal hardware and accepts standard screw mount head adapters/plates so you aren’t limited to specific brands or manufacturers.
PIG Saddle - $135.00
The PIG is all metal construction and has two different thread patterns for adapters/plates and now comes with a matter Melonite steel finish.
All in all the SLIK PRO 700DX/TRICLAWPS has been a solid platform that supports a wide range of rifles. Total package weighs less than 12lbs for the Head, Legs, and Saddle. There are lighter tripod options available but for the price, I don’t think this one can be beat.
I was skeptical of the "SMART WATCH" since they started rolling off the tech aisle at your local Blue store. Being connected has never been a priority, and hell, being disconnected from the ins and outs of social media, new networks, and often enough...people, is a welcome occurrence. That being said, the Suunto Traverse Alpha was an offering that ticked a few boxes for me and when I found one on sale for under $400.00, I had to give it a shot. Having used Suunto products in the past, (most OIF/OEF guys in the SOF community have/had experience with the Suunto CORE Altimeter/watch - not that it was the best offering on the planet, but it was something) sticking with a brand I had some familiarity with was paramount.
First impressions of the watch(first few months of use)...its light weight, comfortable, battery life is excellent(I charge it once a week with a lot of use), Inverted display and red/amber back-light are less harsh in darkness, features work well(GPS/GLONASS are laggy), and overall the watch has performed as expected or better for my uses. My menu settings include: Clock, Altimeter, Moon Phases, Pedometer, and the Stop Watch W/ Laps.
The watch is always connected via Bluetooth on my phone, Vibrating alerts are off on the watch and notifications are off on my cellular phone. I track all of my runs/hikes in the MOVESCOUNT app that I have uploaded to my cellular phone. Using the app specifically for data tracking...it has worked to my expectations. Each Run/Hike is cataloged by date, although the GPS/GLONASS is laggy and takes 30-40seconds to click over...I still use it for timed runs(despite a lack of accuracy).
The Newest offerings from Suunto allow the purchaser to make some cool tweaks and custom touches to the watch. I was impressed. Custom bezels, custom buttons, different band offerings, case colors, and an engraving option for the case.
All in all, not considering the price I paid...the watch has Value at the MSRP price point, but it can be found for less than MSRP with a little internet shopping or digging at a High End Hook and Bullet Sporting Goods Store or High End Outdoors store.
. KEY FEATURES -
- Hiking, Fishing and Hunting modes
- Sunrise-sunset times and alerts
- Fishing and hunting specific POI types
- Moon phases and moon rise/set times
- Automatic Shot detection
- Red backlight, Night Vision Goggle compatible
- GPS and GLONASS for route and POI navigation
- Real-time breadcrumb view of the recorded track
- Tracking for speed, distance and altitude
- Discover new routes with heatmaps on Suunto Movescount and Suunto Movescount App
- Route planning in Suunto Movescount with topographic maps
- Route preview and route altitude profile on the watch
- 100 m/330 ft water resistance
- Altitude (FusedAlti™)
- Weather trend and storm alarm
- Backlight in flashlight mode
- Vibration alarm
- GPS time update
- Daily, weekly, monthly and yearly activity tracking of steps and calories
- Mobile notifications
- Compatible with Suunto Movescount App (iOS and Android)
The AK47 furniture now being produced by Magpul® really modernizes the look of the AK47 without going full "DOMESTIC" or converting the stock to accept AR-15 components and going to a KEYMOD, MLOK, or full length Picatinny or 1913 MIL STD rail system. The full length ZHUKOV handguard is one of the components that really enhances the user interface and the appearance of the rifle itself...however...on AK platforms with long gas tubes(Yugo length or 7.5"+ in this case), the upper plastic isn't a direct fit on the factory gas tube. A little ingenuity, cutting, and fitting always solves the hurdles presented by the "one size fits all" box items...in this case you go a few steps further. Now...you can run the Hogue® upper hanguard plastics with the Magpul® Zhukov lower portion once its been fitted...but I really wanted the look and adaptability of a railed Gas Tube.
Rifle – Zastava M70 PAP
Stock - Zhukov Stock by Magpul (www.magpul.com)
Handguard - Zhukov Handguard by Magpul with Magpul MLOK Sling Mount and Magpul Trimmed Vertical Grip (www.magpul.com)
Trigger - ALG Defense AK Trigger (www.ALGDEFENSE.com)
Gas Tube - ULTIMAK M9 Gas Tube (www.ultimak.com)
Magpul® Zhukov Handguard – Part Number MAG586
Ultimak® Gas Tube – Part Number M9
You will need:
Silver Sharpie or Grease Pen
Speed Square with inch measurement markings
Table vice or C Clamp and stable base/table
Dremel with cutting wheel and grinding wheel
Hand File and 200Grit Sand Paper
Rustoleum High Temp Black Grill Paint
Hand Drill, Drill Press, or Cordless drill with metal bit (check bit size against the size of the hardware provided by MAGPUL) I went one step larger.
Make sure to wear eyepro and a paper face mask at a minimum and a full face shield/PPE for full protection. Wear ear pro if you are in a smaller room or area.
MAKE NOTE – YOU WILL HAVE TO REMOVE THE FACTORY HANDGUARD RETAINER BEFORE INSTALLING THE ULTIMAK GAS TUBE and ZHUKOV HANDGUARD.
Measure 3/8ths of an inch from the inside of the shorter section of the channel on the receiver side of the channel and ¼ inch down. Mark this measured area and shade it with a silver sharpie or grease pen. You will make this measurement on the left and right side of the provided channel. (you are cutting away the inboard section of the short top section of the channel)
Clamp the Channel into a vice or use a C clamp to mount it to a stable base before you cut.
Use a metal cutting wheel on an adjustable speed dremel to remove the cutaway sections.
You will be removing the two sections, clean the cuts up with the dremel grinding bit/wheel and the file.
Do a final smooth/sand with 200grit sand paper.
Once the area is clean and smooth, test fit that section to ensure clearance. (some additional fitting and cutting may be needed, I listed measurements for my initial cuts as each rifle may require additional fitting and cutting on the channel provided by Magpul)
Depending on the gas block design, you will need to remove 1/8th -1/4 of an inch from the bottom of the forward U-CUT section of the rail. There is already a U Shape cut in the forward section of the channel, I had to remove additional material to clear the lower portion of the gas block on my N PAP. I smoothed out the cut with a dremel wheel, round file, and sand paper
To ensure clearance and proper install for the ULTIMAK gas tube you will need to test fit and measure for new mounting holes to accommodate U-Shaped channel retainers that are provided by MAGPUL. Test fit the channel with the ULTIMAK gas tube and measure for the new mounting holes you will need to drill into the channel. Mark and drill the holes.
Once you have test fit your cuts and drilled your new mounting holes, I highly suggest cleaning the rail with acetone or brake cleaner. Allow it to dry, wipe down with a lint free cloth and apply two even coats of Rustoleum ® high temp black paint.
Allow the channel to dry and install the handguard and gas tube per the manufacturers provided instructions.
Resco Manus -
316L Stainless Steel
Matte Grey with BWG9 SuperLuminova
Swiss Ronda Quartz; 4.5 year standard battery life
Slightly Domed Sapphire
Single inner AR (Anti Reflective) coating
Hex Screw Lug
Screw-down Crown and Pushers
Black Nylon NATO Strap
~Watch box and hex wrenches are included~
Outdoor Research Axiom Jacket - COYOTE(Discontinued Color)
The jacket can still be purchased in Black, Blue or Red.
The jacket is slim around the waist and makes it difficult to conceal even a compact pistol IWB or OWB. I am 5'10 and 170lbs and to carry and wear this piece, I have to leave the jacket unzipped...which in foul weather, isn't ideal. Its light weight, the mechanical stretch is flawless, and after 50+ wears the DWR finish still beads water(which is rather nice considering similar pieces from other manufacturers didn't last half as long).
Layering requires 100wt fleece or less, slim fitting fleece such as the Sitka Core Heavyweight Top, KUIU Peloton 200 ZIP-T, or even the First Lite Halstead Tech Fleece work perfectly. Offerings from other manufacturers with similar features would work as well. I mentioned the above because they are pieces I regularly pair with the Axiom.
Fabric Performance: Waterproof, Breathable, Fully Seam-Taped, Laminated Construction, Windproof, Lightweight, Movement-Mirroring Stretch
Design Features: Fully Adjustable, Helmet Compatible Wire-Brimmed Halo-Hood, YKK® AquaGuard® Zippers, YKK® AquaGuard® Vislon Zippers, Zip Chest Pocket, Zip Hand Pockets, Internal Media Pocket, Internal Front Stormflap, Key Clip
Functional Details: Dynamic Reach™ Underarm Panels, Double-Separating Center Front Zipper, Pocket Placement Above Harness or Pack Belt, HookLoop Cuff Closures, Elastic Drawcord Hem
Fit: Trim Fit
Fabric: GORE-TEX® Active 3L, 100% nylon 30D mechanical stretch ripstop face with 100% polyester backer
Center Back Length: 30” / 76 cm
Avg. Weight (oz./g): 14.2oz / 402g (L)