Category Archives: Sneak Previews

Sneak Preview: Columbia River Knife and Tool M40-03 a Kit Carson Design

Kit Carson, a Kentucky resident and retired Master Sergeant was a distinguished knife designer. Kit passed in 2014, but prior to making his final journey Kit devoted 44 years of his life to designing excellent blades. The M40-03 is a … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview: Buck Knives Ground Combat Spearpoint

Hoyt Buck produced the first Buck Knife in 1902; since then, the company has become a global supplier of work knives, hunting knives, pocket folders and a variety of other edged tools. As broad and deep as Buck Knives product … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview: Alien Gear Shoulder Holster

For 2020 Alien Gear introduced a shoulder holster that merits our admiration. The Alien’s rig is adjustable in every conceivable dimension; it is extremely comfortable and highly customizable. You can configure it for two pistols, four magazines or no magazines. … Continue reading

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Upcoming Review: SIG ELITE PERFORMANCE AMMUNITION 300 BLK MATCH GRADE and FMJ SUPERSONIC 300 BLK

I’ll be kicking March off with a look at SIG’s 300 BLK offerings, the company’s FMJ Supersonic 300 BLK and their Match Grade rendition. SIG SAUER designs and manufactures all of its ammunition products in their Arkansas plant and is … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview: SIG SAUER P365 SAS

Coming up in December is my review of SIG’s P365 SAS. Every praise you’ve heard about this snag-free micro-compact 9mm you can take to the bank and its Meprolight FT Bullseye sight is icing on a delicious cake from SIG.

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MANTIS SHOOTING PERFORMANCE SYSTEM INTRODUCES THE MANTIS X10

I had the opportunity to review the original Mantis X performance shooting system that you can read here. Since January of 2018, the company has introduced a number of models that target specific shooter requirements. X – for beginner to … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview: Streamlight ProTac Rail Mount HL-X Laser USB

The ProTac Rail Mount HL-X Laser is a very slick tactical illumination package from Streamlight: 1000 lumens of tactical lighting with an integral red aiming laser and USB rechargeable makes it a very impressive offering. It may be time to … Continue reading

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Upcoming Reviews

At Shot Show 2019, in Las Vegas, Streamlight introduced its newest addition to the company’s highly successful TLR line of weapon mounted lights. The new light designated TLR VIR II combines visible and IR illumination with an IR aiming laser … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview Targetvision HAWK Spotting Scope Camera

This Wi-Fi enabled camera from Targetvision signals the coming end to the customary digiscoping mechanical contraptions. However, its real magic is in the software and that makes HAWK’s capabilities almost limitless. Catch my upcoming review late June.

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CRKT and KEN ONION COLLABORATION the HELICAL and SLACKER POCKET FOLDERS

Both of these Ken Onion designed EDC pocket folders are sleek and very sexy but make no mistake the inspiration is unquestionably tactical. Ken Onion has no shortage of genius ideas resulting in innovations like the Field Strip feature of … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview: Springfield Armory Edge Saint and HK VP9B

Springfield Armory’s Edge Saint 5.56 pistol is possibly the best AR pistol on the market. Quality, features and performance are unmatched by most of its competition. I’ll have a review underway that will put my comments to the test. Also … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview: Heckler & Koch VP9B

Heckler & Koch’s VP9 is either loved or despised by shooters, I could not find middle ground between these extremes. Those who hate it fall under a category of shooters that I call “bring back the MK23 cult.” HK introduced … Continue reading

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Spyderco’s Autonomy 2

  This Spyderco automatic folder has an interesting development history. Its predecessor, the Autonomy, served the U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmers and for 2019 Spyderco brings its lineage forward with exceptional quality, style and  functionality. Look for my review later … Continue reading

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CRIMSON TRACE CTS-1400

I’ll be closing out 2018 with a review of the Crimson Trace CTS-1400, an open reflex sight designed for rifles and shotguns. Unlike many of the mini sights on the market, looking through this sight renders what can only be … Continue reading

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A Sneak Peek at CTC’s Line of Red Dot Sights

CTC’s CTS-1400 In 2018, Crimson Trace Corp pulled out all stops and entered the red dot and magnified optics space with a complete line of rifle scopes and open and closed reflex sights for the tactical shooter. Purpose built with … Continue reading

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BUSHNELL’s LONG AWAITED TRS-26

  Bushnell’s TRS-26 has finally hit the shelves and I’ll be reviewing it for our readers over the coming weeks. I can sum up my initial impression by saying that it was well worth the wait! The TRS-26 is part … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview: Bushnell’s AR Optics

For July-August, I’ll be taking a look at Bushnell’s newest addition to the company’s AR Optics line. I’ve yet to find a more robust, accurate and quality sighting system at a price point of under $500. Assuming you’re not exiting … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview: Walther Arms PPS M2 RMSC

For 2018 Walther Arms introduced a 9mm subcompact pistol designated PPS M2, and along with that offering, the company included a limited quantity of the PPS M2 equipped with the British RMS Shield red dot sight. In doing so, Walther … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview: CRKT’s SIWI™by Sergeant Major Darrin Sirois

Later this month I’ll introduce you to one of the best fixed blade designs, at any price point or country of origin, that I’ve had the opportunity to review, . Retired Sergeant Major Sirois’ SIWI design is part of CRKT’s … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview: Streamlight TLR-7

In 2018, Streamlight introduced two new members of the company’s highly successful TLR weapon mounted light series, the TLR-7 and TLR-8. Streamlight dramatically reduced their footprint but retained the high performance that we’ve come to expect from the TLR line. … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview: Spyderco’s 2018 Warrior Hawk

There’s something deliciously medieval about a tomahawk, and this coming month we have a review of the impressive Warrior Hawk from Spyderco coming your way. Designed by martial artist and former Marine, Laci Szabo , the Warrior Hawk can only … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview: Peltor Sport Tactical 500 Bluetooth

Peltor is a global leader in hearing protection products for industrial and military application. A 3M company, Peltor offers a wide range of hearing protection headsets and technologies. For 2018, the company introduced the Smart Tactical 500 electronic hearing protector … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview: CRKT’s TECHNICIAN MULTI-TOOL

There are a number of task specific multitools on the market, many of questionable quality; however, there are few high quality general purpose multi-tools with a technical orientation. Columbia River Knife and Tool introduced a Glenn Klecker designed multi-tool, the … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview: Spyderco’s Elegant and Rustproof Caribbean

    Coming up in April, I’ll be telling you about my experience with this really sexy folder from Spyderco. The Caribbean is not only visually pleasing, its flat ground, rustproof, blade makes this impressive folder an exceptional choice for … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview: Mantis X Training System

Illinois based Mantis has  proven its technical prowess with an impressive training system that leverages some very elaborate technology  with good old pedagogy to deliver a training system that will improve your shooting. They say that bad habits die hard … Continue reading

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SNEAK PREVIEW: BROWNELLS GLOCK THREADED BARREL

My last review for 2017 takes a close look at a new line of Glock barrels from Brownells. Glock owners wishing to upgrade their Glock 19s or Glock 17s,  Gen 1-Gen 4, with standard or threaded barrels now have an … Continue reading

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SNEAK PREVIEW: CRKT TECPATL

Michael R. Rodriguez of Fayetteville, North Carolina designed the Tecpatl™ as a part of the CRKT® Forged by War® program. His conviction: a good combat fighter relies on instinct; a great fighter understands the importance of an ergonomically flawless weapon. … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview: Streamlight ProTac HL-X Handheld

All of the natural disasters gave us an opportunity to put Streamlight’s ProTac HL-X to use. This is one heck of a light that function flawlessly in less than optimal conditions. We’ll have our review out for your reading pleasure … Continue reading

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STREAMLIGHT BANDIT THE SECOND BEST LIGHTING ACCESSORY YOU CAN GET

You may recall my review of Streamlight’s Keymate USB in which I marveled at its simplicity and utility. It’s my first choice for best lighting accessory you can get. I mean that sincerely, if you haven’t purchased a Keymate USB … Continue reading

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Sneak Peek: SPYDERCO EUROEDGE™

I’m very fond of the Italian and Spanish gentlemen’s pocket knives. Lion Steel, from Italy, and Miguel Nieto, from Spain, are two Euro designers that come to mind. Now, Spyderco’s EUROEDGE™ falls superbly into the gentleman’s folder genre with a … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview: Streamlight Protac Rail Mount HL-X

The Streamlight Protac lights have enjoyed tremendous popularity since their introduction. Then Streamlight added a rail mount feature, and in so doing, the company succeeded in delivering all of the Protac features in a weapon mounted form factor; eliminating the … Continue reading

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Sneek Peek: KRISS VECTOR SDP-SB

  This coming June is a special month for us in that at long last I have the opportunity to review the KRISS Vector. I’ve had a long lasting love affair with the Vector, which began at Blackwater’s facility where … Continue reading

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Sneak Peek: Streamlight Strion DS

For 2017, Streamlight introduced a new member to its highly regarded Strion®line of rechargeable handheld compact lights. The Strion® DS delivers all of the features found in other Strion handhelds with the added benefit of a dual switch activation. This … Continue reading

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SNEAK PREVIEW: CRIMSON TRACE LG-443G KIT FOR YOUR GLOCK 43

Crimson Trace announced a new member to the company’s Laserguard family, the LG-443G, for the Glock 43 pistol, during SHOT SHOW 2017 in Las Vegas. In April, I will be reviewing the company’s kit version, a brilliant piece of marketing … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview: Walther’s New Creed 9mm Pistol

For 2017 Walther Arms introduced an impressive new 9mm pistol. If you’re familiar with the company’s superb PPX, the Creed is an offspring from that great gene pool but with some of the bells and whistles omitted to deliver an … Continue reading

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SNEAK PREVIEW: Crimson Trace LinQ

Just in time for the Holiday Season, we’re going to introduce you to CTC’s wireless weapon mounted laser / light accessory for your favorite AR platform. CTC included a 300 lumen white light and green laser and four modes in … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview: A LOOK AT THE BURRIS XTR II 1-8X24

Before rolling into the Holiday Season, we’ve got a great review coming your way. The BURRIS XTR II line of magnified optics with the M.A.D. turret feature has all of the sudden become a very serious competitor in the tactical … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview: Streamlight TLR-6 Combo Pack

About a year ago I reviewed Streamlight’s TLR-6 for the Glock-43 ; since then, this laser-light accessory, from one of the country’s leading manufacturers, has developed quite a following. A trend that is clearly visible from the number of holster … Continue reading

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SNEAK PREVIEW: SPYDERCO STREET BEAT IN BLACK

Coming up this July, we’ll introduce readers to Spyderco’s Street Beat compact fixed blade knife. This edged weapon is possibly the best implementation of a compact fixed blade knife that we’ve ever had the pleasure to review. Everything from blade … Continue reading

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SNEAK PREVIEW: STREAMLIGHT PROTAC RAIL MOUNT WEAPON LIGHTS

For June, we have a review of Streamlight’s ProTac® Rail Mount 1 and Rail Mount 2 weapon lights coming your way.  These lights feature the same outstanding 10 Tap functionality in a fixed rail mount configuration to complement your modern … Continue reading

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