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By Stephen Owen on 4/21/2014 3:47 PM

EDC Gamut Plus TavorHype and practical realism rarely see eye to eye. A building buzz in the shooting and tactical communities - not to mention the MMA world - surrounding Vertx’s new EDC Gamut and Gamut Plus backpacks got my attention. Generally speaking, we’re pretty impressed with the Vertx approach to apparel, so when we saw their new line of backpacks and bags at SHOT Show last January, we were eager to test drive them. I’ve carried a lot of packs a lot of miles, so hype – even from a liked source like Vertx, doesn’t cut it for me. 

Does this pack live up to the hype? Read on and find out the what's good and what it needs...

By Jonathan Owen on 4/14/2014 6:25 AM

BAD EPS EPP EPTSometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. This is one of those times. 

Drive a gas or diesel powered vehicle, and you’re engine needs motor oil. Most drivers use conventional motor oil, some though use synthetic oil, just because it’s better - for a number of different reasons. If you have an AR-15, you have a take down pin and a pivot pin (the two pins holding the upper receiver to the lower). A number of companies have tried to make better pins, but they generally compromise somewhere with their end result, which is why I’ve never used them. Until now, that is, thanks to excellent design and execution over at Battle Arms Development. 

Is it worth reading a review on two pins for $30? Only one way to know - keep reading. And watch the video.

By Jonathan Owen on 4/2/2014 3:05 PM

Sans 13 Watch Smith and Bradley LtdNo, it doesn’t have night vision, a breaching device or a micro folding knife, but the Smith and Bradley Sans 13 tactical watch features more purpose driven design than half of what we might call “tactical” today. Besides, it’s National Tactical Officers Association NOTA tested and recommended. What more could you ask for? Okay, a SHWAT™ review… Its rugged yet simple good looks have spurred comments in some of my sneak peak photos pushed out on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. There really is more to this watch than good looks and a true law enforcement pedigree. This is an American success story launched on Kickstarter.