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BUSHNELL ELITE TACTICAL ERS 3.5-21X50MM REVIEW

First impressions:

  • Robust weight 35 ounces compared to 38 of my Nightforce ATACR
  • Length 13 inches compared to 14.3
  • Positive clicks on elevation and windage knobs
  • Sticky power adjustment ring but loosened up after a few back to back turns so not a deal breaker. 

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Voodoo Tactical Ghillie Suit

I am the kind of person that is in search for the perfect camouflage.  What I have come to realize over the years is that there is no such thing.  There is only the perfect camouflage for whatever type of environment that you are in.  So to some, myself included, this makes the search for camouflage that much harder.   So if done right you have different camouflage for every environment that you operate in and now it has to be light and portable.  On today’s ever changing and dynamic battlefield you can change total environments and regions in just a matter of hours. 

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CRKT Survival Bracelet by Ken Onion


CRKT has come out with a few new products this year and not all of them are knives. They are stepping out of the box from what we consider to be "typical" CRKT products and design.  This is very exciting for us and should be for the consumers as well.  As always they are bringing high quality products combined with affordability.  One of these new products is the Onion Survival Parasaw.

 

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CRKT KERT

There have been many times in varying situations and scenarios that I have said I would kill for a belt cutter or oxygen tank tool.  These are a few of those little things that cause some of the biggest inconvenience on hostile or emergency type scenes.  Lots of different companies have their versions of a multi tool that try to incorporate these little items into one tool.  These tools are as varied in size, shape, color and design as you can possibly imagine.  CRKT entered their contender into this market first thing in 2013.

 

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CRKT Knife Reviews from a Woman's Perspective

So I've finally done it!  I finally took the time to play with the pile of knives from CRKT that Shooting Resources has in inventory.  I am covering pocket knives, everyday carry (EDC), some strictly utility and even tactical knives.  I am representing the female perspective, so hopefully, this article will prove helpful for the average female looking for the perfect carry knife, whether mostly for everyday use or maybe self defense.   Of course, some knives I do feel would be better for a man to handle or for a woman looking for something more substantial, so don't ignore me gentlemen!  This info could be useful to you as well!

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DiamondBack Tactical’s Commander Arm board

In March of 2006, I had an idea after flying a mission.  Pilots have leg boards to write information on.  Now, this works great for them because they generally do not get out of the aircraft, but for me and crewmembers it does not work at all.  It would fall off and get hung on things very easily.  However, a board that you could wear on your arm and write on would fit the bill perfectly .  So I set out on my mission to find such a product.  In April of 2006, I found what I needed in the form of DiamondBack Tactical’s Commander Arm board.  It was the only place that I found, after much searching, that had anything close to my idea.  It promised to have many options. 

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QuiqLite XP-440

While at the SHOT Show 2007 I ran across and interesting product called a Quiqlite.    It is a small twin led light that fits in your pocket and has a rotating head to adjust where the beam goes.  The light comes in several different color combinations, listed below.   It was an intriguing product with potential.   Quiqlite was nice enough to provide me with one to try out.  I chose the green and white color combination.

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Sleeka Elite Parka

    Snugpak, when you here the name what comes to mind first.  For most people it is small, light weight sleeping bags.  Most people do not associate the name with some of the other high speed products that they have.  In addition to sleeping bags they make jungle bags, and jackets.  Pro Force was gracious enough to send us a few of the new Snugpak products (coming in future articles), to include the Sleeka Elite jacket.  I know some would say there is no way a jacket made by Snugpak could be any good.  Well they are wrong.

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The Krill Light

The Krill lamp is a unique product developed by the Kriana Cooperation.  It was originally developed as a replacement for the traditional Cyalume light sticks and other chemical lighting devices.  It uses a pair of AA or AAA batteries and electroluminescent lighting.  This type of lighting combined with the durability of the design makes up for some of the disadvantages of traditional chem-lights.  They have now become the standard light source for many types of Law Enforcement, SAR, and Military operations. 

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Egear E-2 Flashlight

Let me start by saying that I have owned most of the top lights on the market. I have used the lights in everyday use, competition, to tactical scenarios. With that being said. I will tell you about a little known company that is working its way up in the LED flashlight market. Essential Gear also known as Egear. These guys have lights that look to take the market by storm, great design & durable. .  Egear sent us a few of their lights to test out. We received the PDL series you can read the review on those here. I was tasked with testing the E2, it’s an all aluminum tactical light that has the same specs as the other tactical led light that run $75 - $200 price range, just one thing, these are around $45 – 60, oh yea and one more thing, it runs off of 2AA batteries.

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Voodoo Tactical STOMP Pack

Since the beginning of war itself delivering medical care even in its basic form to injured on the battlefield has been a challenge.  As the face of war has changed so has the medical care.  Medics can now provide life saving care to those wounded in a battle hundreds of miles from the nearest medical station, or even friendly territory.   Combat medical care has undergone many changes and improvements in equipment and training.  With these changes have come new challenges never thought of before, some have remained the same though. One of these universal challenges is how to get all your life saving equipment to those that need it on the battle field.  Let’s face it sometimes you can’t land on the patient’s location with a helicopter or even drive up to them in any type of vehicle.  

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Global Solar - SUNLINQ 12W

When on any operation particularly extended operations weight can be a huge issue.  Too often (especially for medics and communications members) our packs are additionally weighted down by additional equipment.  Unfortunately this is a necessary evil, certain items that are necessary for our mission on the team.  Without these things we would not be able to function to the best of our ability for the team.  More often than not these items require batteries and usually a lot of them.  This adds pounds to our pack that can become an issue in certain situations.   The usual solution to this problem is rechargeable batteries.  This is good in theory but in the field where are you going to plug in a charger?  Thanks to new technology this is now becoming less of an issue before.

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CRKT Lightfoot M1 Folder - M1-13D

This model of the M1 has a desert frame and blade.  The blade is a combined razor edge and triple point serrated edge.  The blade length is 3.125”, is very thick (0.13”) and stout.   The overall length of the knife is 7.625” with a weight of 5.8oz.

 

CRKT teamed up with renowned knife maker Greg Lightfoot on this particular knife.  CRKT seeks out maker like Greg because they are always looking for perfection in a product.  This knife is designed with heavy duty in mind.  This knife on initial glance screams “just try and break me”.   This knife has an interesting shape which is asymmetrical in almost every way.  When you look at it you find yourself wondering how this could be comfortable to hold and use.  Rest assured it is quite comfortable and seemingly has the ability to mold to your hand.

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CRKT M60-14PK Fixed Blade

This 4.375” blade version of the M60 offers versatility for a variety of cutting tasks, with a curved bottom grind and dull top grind, also with Combination Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edges.

 

A little about the M60 SOTFB series:  These extreme-duty Special Operations Tactical Fixed Blades (SOTFB™) are built to withstand the hardest possible duty in combat. The knives themselves are built like rocks, by far the heftiest full-tang fixed blades CRKT has ever offered. All M60s have AUS 8 stainless steel blades with titanium nitride coatings for superior corrosion resistance. Their injection-molded Zytel® scales have an aggressive operator’s pattern. A double guard hilt, with thumb friction grooves and pronounced butt pommel, gives maximum security and grip.

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CRKT M16-13T Folder

The M16-13T has a 3.50” blade that combines a razor sharp edge and a triple-point serrated cutting edge.  The overall length of the knife is 8.25”, with an impressive weight of 3.4oz.

 

This design is essentially the same as CRKT other M16 designs.  The difference being of course that this particular model is made of titanium.  The handles are open frame which makes for a unique feel when you are holding it.  The frame is made from machined 6AL4V titanium, the reason being that this gives it a better weight to strength ratio than most other metals.  This also means that it has a nearly indestructible frame.  The frame is then blasted with ceramic beads to give the handle a better and more comfortable grip. 

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CRKT Hissatsu

The Hissatsu has a razor-sharp edge with a blade length of 7.125” with an overall length of 12.25”.

 

Former Army officer James Williams is the designer of the Hissatsu.  Mr. Williams also designs Samurai swords and has a deep martial arts background.  He based the design of the Hissatsu in an old Japanese design made famous by the Samurai warlord Takeda Shingen.  This particular design allows for extreme penetrating power with enormous slashing capability in a single blade.  This blade is a modern version of that design with close quarters combat in mind.  The blade is made of 440A stainless steel with a high satin, black EDP, or Desert Tan coating.  The handle is double injection molded with a high impact polypropylene core with a non slip Kraton surface.

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Snugpak Elite 4 Sleeping Bag

For the better part of a year now I have had the opportunity to test Some of Snugpak’s equipment and products.  This included their Elite  4 bag. At the time the Elite series was a new line of bags that was designed with Special Forces and special needs in mind.  This bag line ranges from  what I consider to be cool weather to sub-arctic conditions.  The Elite 4 falls technically into the category of an all weather bag.  It has a wide temperature range which in most parts of the country covers 3-4 seasons.  It also has a few other impressive and what I considered at the time unique features.  I can say after testing these that now I consider these features to be the standard bags should be built too and also mandatory for anyone spending time in the cold weather.

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Snugpak Jungle Bag

  For years there has been a quest for the perfect jungle bag.  Unfortunately for those of us seeking this it does not exist yet.  There are those bags that come close though.  One of those is the Snugpak Jungle Bag.  I have had the chance to try this bag out on a few occasions now and while I plan on doing more extended time testing I felt the need to put my initial opinion about it out there so to speak at this time.  At this time I have tested this bag as a bivy over a sleeping bag 

 

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CRKT Crawford Triumph Folder

Columbia River Knife Company, the name is synonymous with  great knives of all types.  It is no secret that I do believe that they make the best knives on the market today.  Other companies try to keep up and out do CRKT all the time.  Everytime I think somebody may be making a knife that can compete CRKT surprises me with a new innovative design that absolutely blows the competition away.  The new Crawford Triumph Folder by CRKT is no exception.

    I do not make these decisions lightly.  Before I can say this is a knife that is reliable and I would trust it with my life if need be it has to be tested.  I test a knife by torturing it in real world situations.  In my world there are a number of substances and environments that a knife will be exposed to as well as tasks it has to preform.  It has to preform in the tactical environment, on flight duty, and everyday carry as well.   This knife is a complete blend of unique design and functionality.

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OTB Boots

There are many problem and debates that rage within the civilian and military special operations.  For those that are involved in operations in and out of the water one challenge faced is finding the best foot wear for this situation.  This again is a strongly debated topic and one where everyone seems to have an idea and opinion.  It is my opinion however that with a new product on the market the answer to this question should be clear and the debate coming to an end.  

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CRKT - MAK1 Multiple Access Knife

We have a new knife from CRKT that is geared to the professional, its part of their ER line.  These are knives that are for Firefighters, Police, EMT & Military.  

CRKT MAK-1 Multiple Access Knife, designed by Canadian knife maker and professional firefighter James McGowan. The CRKT MAK-1 features a 3.0" fixed blade made of 3Cr13 stainless steel, .20" thick. The blade of this CRKT knife has a notched thumb rest, blunt chisel pry bar tip. The MAK-1 has full tang construction with textured black G10 scales, window twist breaker groove, 8mm battery wrench, carbide breaker tip and reflective orange para cord lanyard.  The CRKT MAK-1 has an overall length of 10.0" and weighs 10.0 ounces. 

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Streamlight Sidewinder

Streamlight like many other flashlight companies has a reputation for great flashlights.  Well what makes a great flashlight?  The answer will vary depending on who you ask.  It is my opinion that there is no perfect flashlight, only the perfect one for you. However  the general factors that make a good one (aside from scuba lights) I have found are pretty standard.  They have to be bright, though, at least water resistant, multi-function is preferable, and small.  To get all of these features into a single light requires some out of the box thinking on the part of the manufacturer and design team.  This is something that I have to say I have been very disappointed in until recently. Angle head flashlights are not a new idea, the military has used different variants of them for years.  Streamlight did some thinking and took an old basic idea and made it better, thus enters the Sidewinder.  The name itself brings to mind all types of visions and misconceptions about it.  I admit I had my own about the light and they were all wrong, but in a good way.

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CRKT Guppie Multi Tool

In the operational environments of today sometimes having “just a knife” is not enough.  There are times and situations in which you need a little bit more.  You may need a small wrench or screw driver, or perhaps a mini pry too.  Try as we may a plain knife cannot accomplish all of this.  We have all done it myself included, broken or bent knives trying to use them for things they were just not intended.  I believe this inspired the first multi tools. Now almost every knife maker has their own version of the multi tool. 

 

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5.11 Investigator Knife

Over the past few years we at shooting resources have had the privilege of testing some wonderful things.  Of all of these things the knives and other edged weapons have been some of the most fun.  There have been many cool designs, different shaped blades, and features I never would have thought to put on a knife.  While this if fun and cool sometimes it is hard to beat a good old plain carry knife.  Now don't get me wrong the other exotic knives have their place and I take nothing from them.  Sometimes though you need just a knife.  Many knife makers are  catching on to this i believe.  There are two leading the way on this, one of them is 5.11.

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5.11 Large Kit Bag

When you mention a new tool bag to your teammates the tendency is to give kind of a humdrum response.  Even when you mention that is the new 5.11 Large Kit Bag the response is “oh really that is nice”.  Unfortunately popular opinion is a bag is a bag is a bag especially when it comes to a tool bag.  For the most part I have to agree with this opinion.  Most bags are the same, rectangle a few pockets and a main compartment not something special at all.  There are very few bags that seem to break this stereotype.  

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SPOT Satellite Messenger

   As humans we have a desire for information at our finger tips.  A result of this and our advances in technology we have managed to shrink the world and make it smaller so to speak.  Despite this however the world is still a big place and many areas are still in hospitable for us.  Sometimes this is because of nature being what it is and other times it is of our own doing as humans.  Those of us with less than normal jobs or just a sense of adventure and exploration seek these places out on a regular basis.  I feel very safe in saying that one of the goals is to be able to travel to these places and bring back the information to share with the rest of our social network, job, or what have you.  In order to do this you must make it back alive and in one piece.  This is more of a challenge than it sounds like at times.

 

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Insight Tech HX150 Arcturus Tactical Light

For the past few months I have been trying out the new addition to insight technology's line, the HX150 Arcturus Tactical Flashlight.  I have tried to make this thing fail, dropped it from high places, tossed it from a moving car, I even accidentally ran over it with my car, yes it even survived it. 

   

The HX150 Arcturus is not your average tactical light.  This can also be a weapon mounted light (with optional mounting ring).  When you first pick up the light you feel the solid construction, with its Hard-Coat anodized aluminum construction the HX150 takes a beating and keeps going.  

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Voodoo Tactical Scout/Swimmer Bag

     Over the past few years VooDoo Tactical’s name has become with synonymous with high quality tactical gear.  They have proved that tough, dependable, quality tactical gear does not have to cost and arm and leg.  Their dedication to this shows not only in current products but also the new products that have come out.  Now most operators think vests and packs when they thing new tactical gear, this however is not always the case.  When VooDoo Tactical sees or hears a need for a new product and then produce something to meet this need even if this product only files a small niche.  Nowhere is this is more evident than in the new Scout Swimmer bag.

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Energizer Hard Case Tactical Helmet Light

When most people hear that Energizer makes tactical lights they laugh.  I have to admit the idea was intriguing so I approached the idea with skeptical optimism.  When I received the Tactical Helmet Light I remember thinking that it felt like was going to break the thing.  However as the old saying goes dynamite comes in small packages.

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Adventure Medical Kits - SOL - Survival Bottle

Adventure Medical Kits name is synonymous with high end high quality medical/survival kits.  It is very hard not to pick up any type of outdoor magazine and not see some type of review or advertisement for their products.  Advancements in the products used in the survival/medical area come slow and infrequent.  So when a company like Adventure Medical comes up with and improvement or a new product it is definitely worth taking a look at.

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Tac Drive USB Drive Review

Over the years there have been many different opinions on why to store and transport your personal medical data.  This does not seem to be as important to most people as it should.  Even a car accident in another city or state can leave medical professionals in the dark about information they may need to know about you.  Having this knowledge at their disposal may actually affect the outcome of your survival.  This is especially true if you are in a profession in which you find yourself in a different location all the time.

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511 Tactical - Rush Delivery Messenger Bag

511 tactical makes all sorts of bags and packs to suit most anyone in the tactical/medical world, but one place they really didn't have a market was "covert looking" bags.  I was looking for a bag that could carry my laptop as well as my weapons in a discrete way as not to bring attention to the fact of what i was doing much less carrying.  511 must have had a few requests for this cause they have not introduced the Rush Delivery Messenger Bag.

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Delorme Topo Software

Maps have been around in some shape form or fashion ever since man has explored his surroundings.  Over the years they have changed in form and information contained in them,  there was and is a map for every use or interest imaginable.  With our current technology today they are ever more detailed and contain more information than ever before.  So whether you are going on a hiking trip, trying to get information on a certain location or planning and extend operations type raid mapping information is more important than ever.  However even with all of our technology getting the most up to date information on the “lay of the land” can prove to be somewhat of a challenge.

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ResQ Pak

 One of the constant and on going debates with in the Tactical Medical community is how do you provide medical care to a team member that you cannot get to.  The simple answer is you cant since you are not there with the team member.  I have heard this over and over again and I respectfully disagree.  If you have done your job as a Tactical Medical provider for your team then your team should have received several things that would allow you to do this.  One is current and on going first aid training and hands on simulation, simulating if they are down, hurt and separated from the team.  This should also include you being able to see them and talk them through lifesaving treatment on the radio.  This should be practiced over and over again so the situation if and when it arrises is not new to either side and can be delt with accordingly with minimal time loss.

 

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