It's that time again and people will be looking at gifts – practical and otherwise. I thought it was a good time to get a look at what's out there for "people like us."
Magpul Core Flight Gloves
I remember the highly prized Nomex flight gloves that I saw while in service in the early 1970s. Finally got a pair too – and I liked them. Now we have the new Magpul Flight Gloves, made with modern materials – and they offer fire resistance too. They're touchscreen capable – a thing these days --
Magpul Flight Gloves
Shopping at Brownell's
You can see some product details in the Brownell's New Products Review story above. Here's a few picks from their New Products section:
Streamlight TLR-2 HL G: this is a weapon light that has plenty of – if not all of -- the lumens, plus a green aiming laser. It runs on two 3-volt CR123 lithium batteries and has a clamp-on rail system like others in the TLR line. About $430.
Have a 1911-aficianado on your gift list? The Vickers Duty Magazine has a reinforced, solid tube, a new follower with sand cuts and a last round retention feature. The standard coil spring has been replaced with a stainless flatwire spring and an extended steel base pad has been added. About $55.
If you know someone who needs to learn range estimation and a training aid would be helpful, Brownell's is listing the SIG-SAUER KILO2000 rangefinder. It has the ability to range reflective targets at 3400 yards, trees at 1500 yards, and deer at 1200 yards for simple, intuitive long distance ranging. About $500.
Those who work on AR-15 rifles can use the XS Armorer's Block. They say that the XS Universal block will work for any AR pattern upper receiver: AR-15, AR-10, SR25, or DMPS GII. Lots of flexibility for about $60 – on sale now.
Odds and Ends:
, their "accordion" style Model 71 Magazine Pouch fits most 9mm, .40 caliber, single stack and double stack .45 ACP mags, flashlights, knives and multi-tools. It's very handy -- and I'd know as I've used one. All that and it's value priced at about $15.
You can't ever have enough flashlights, so light it up with Surefire's
Titan Plus "professional-grade keychain flashlight." It puts down 300 lumens while having two other light levels: 75 lumens and 15 lumens. It's powered by its included AAA NiMH rechargeable battery and can run for up to seven hours before it needs a charge. Likewise, it can be powered by a single disposable and very available AAA alkaline battery.
How about a belt? Try the newly designed Western Belts by CrossBreed
are available in Black, Brown or Natural Tan and feature a 1.5 inch double layer construction that is tapered in front to 1.25 inch. They go with casual western attire, or you can select the plain buckle for a more traditional dress option.
From Comp-Tac Victory Gear
a couple of stocking stuffers: one is the use of the polymer Comp-Tac Standard Clips to make the Clip Keychain. Use the clip with the supplied keyring to keep your keys on your belt, pocket or even a bag. Available with Khaki clips in sizes 1.25, 1.5 and 1.75. For the business-type on your list, the Comp-Tac Business Card Holder. I've used one for years. It's made of Kydex and marked with the Comp-Tac Logo and web address.
The Crimson Trace
Rail Master Pro Universal Green Laser Sight & Tactical Light fits most modern pistols, rifles and shotguns with an M1913 Picatinny or Weaver-style accessory rail. The aimer is a powerful green laser that is capable of up to 1 hour of continuous use on a single CR2 Lithium battery. The Rail Master Pro also includes a 100 Lumen white light for target identification.
Your email account will be devoid of our publications on Thursday (and Friday), as we take time to reflect on our blessings and good fortune. Part of our bounty is our Wire family – those who toil on these publications, those who provide funding for our operations by their memberships and advertising and those who take time out of their lives to read the wires.
To all of you, thanks and have a joyous holiday weekend.
- Rich Grassi