Right away I knew the Trident by SOG was going to be a winner. I opened the package with all the care and reverence of a child on Christmas Day! The plastic packaging fell to the floor. I’m sure it made a sound but didn’t hear it. I was transfixed on the beautiful combination of premium steel and polymer now nestled in my hand.
It was truly nestled. The shape of the handle, the feel of the textured grips, all a good match to me and how I hold knife. I released the safety and gently nudged the thumb stud….POW! The blade leapt from the handle exposing itself to the world in all its shimmery stainless steel glory!
This is one sharp knife! No pun intended…it has a hefty pocket clip situated next to, but not blocking the line cutting notch. The clip is solid with little to no play and keep the Trident firmly seated in your pocket.
The line cutter is a nice touch. I’ve used it a lot while fishing. Not having to open the knife to trim a bit of monofilament is really convenient.
The blade is rugged and razor sharp right out of the box and it’s held its edge nicely. I’ve been using it as my EDC for several months now and only once or twice have I had to touch up the edge.
The nonslip grip is comfortable and secure even when wet not to mention stylish! This knife was a design well thought out and executed. The extended grooving of the backstrap provides excellent control of the blade when doing fine work such as fileting fish!! That’s where I learned to appreciate the nonslip features!!
The fit and finish is spot on and everything I’ve come to expect from SOG. The quality and craftsmanship that went into the Trident guarantee many years of solid use.
This knife is an excellent choice for EDC and will not let you down!
Here I sit, outside in below zero temps writing this article. Am I crazy? Well, that depends on who you ask, but I can tell you that I’m warm and comfortable thanks to my new heated jacket! You read that right, a heated jacket!!
The parka, made by My Core Control, utilizes a breakthrough idea in warming technology. Instead of wires running throughout the garment and sucking huge amounts of power, the jacket has two heating elements strategically placed over the wrists. Why there? Well that’s where your blood vessels are closest to the surface of your skin. This allows the elements to warm your blood which is then pumped throughout your body by your heart warming not just your core, both but your extremities too!
This thing really works! It has three settings…high…medium….low…and is very effective at keeping the wearer warm. How do I know? Well we just came out of a cold snap here in SE Michigan and this coat kept me nice and cozy! Taking the kiddos sledding was a breeze. The jacket stayed warm for the hours we were out there. This would work great on the ice for fishing, in a tree stand for hunting and on a snow machine or atv running trails. Of course, my thoughts drifted to survival…..In my opinion this jacket is a must have for anyone doing outdoor low temp jobs or adventures. Quite literally, this jacket could save your life!
On the everyday side of it, taking and getting the kids to and from school was a pleasant experience even down to 23degF and I expect it could go lower. Wearing only jeans and a t-shirt, the electronics worked as promised and kept me warm and toasty.
I love being outdoors year round and this coat really makes it possible. Our windchills were in the negative double digits and this parka didn’t yield. The soft and quiet shell kept the wind at bay while the more than adequate fleece lining and insulation thightly held onto the heat from my body and that generated by the warmers. The construction and attention to detail is spot on though chest pockets would be nice. But their absence is predicated by the need for battery placement and the user interface. Which leads into how the jacket operates….
The wearer is presented with a ingenuous single button control….one push for high, another for medium and a third for low…all indicated by a steady, blinking or slow blinking LED. To turn the system off all that is needed is to press and hold the button till it blinks and dims. It’s that easy!! Good job on that one guys!!!
Charging is a snap, unzip the right front zipper… Pull out the plug….plug it in! That’s it. The power button blinks green until a full charged state is reached and then it’s solid. The whole process takes about 6 hrs to reach full charge.
I really like this jacket and suggest you run out and get yours!
Click here for more information information…. http://mycorecontrol.com/
Whats black and green and feels like it would be at home on an M4 in the hot zone? Why Laser Lyte’s newest addition to its already impressive product line. Never one to rest on their laurels, Laser Lyte has taken their original Center Mass laser and did the unthinkable…they made it better! Its now known as the Center Mass DL!!
If you’ve been around black guns for any amount of time you have become a custom to seeing various iteration’s of sighting lasers mounted on the fore ends in various configurations. Some good, some bad and most just mediocre. What they are all lacking are options…Options are every where and on almost everything. Just walk into a McDonalds and you’ll see what I mean! But not when it comes to lasers. The only options available have been black or tan casing with a red or green light, until now.
The Center Mass laser was not only a great idea on paper but in the real world too. The projected rings show where your buck shot is going to hit and the expected spread when used with a shotgun and the rings also help in the tracking of moving targets on both rifle and shotgun platforms. It worked well and was a really cool idea and I liked it. But….
Sometimes you feel like a nut….
There’s always room for improvement and the gang at Laser Lyte hit this one out of the park with one little adaptation. The ring is great for targeting but sometimes a dot would be better. Kinda like that old candy bar ad…sometimes you feel like a nut and sometimes you don’t!! To address this issue and make one of the most versatile lasers on the market the Center Mass DL went outside the box with an external ring diffuser lens on a though rubber strap allowing you to project the “Ring of Death” or just one bright green dot! Why yes, you can have your cake and eat it too!!! When not in use the lens assembly resides on the post seen at left and is easy to move to and from the beam aperture. Nice job guys!!
The unit operates very easy. Hold the switch down and the laser shoots out till you take off the pressure, two presses in quick order and the laser stays on. How easy is that? Did I mention it uses a remote tape switch too?
Zeroing is a piece of cake with the windage and elevation screws adequately protected, yet easy to get to. Little turn here and a little turn there and your good to go. Round after round the laser kept me on target and provided excellent feedback as to where my shots were going to impact every time.
The little unit is rugged and the glass filled nylon case has a beautiful fit and finish and really emphasizes the less is more concept in design. The whole thing took as much abuse as I could dish and kept coming back for more. The recoil from my SKS had no effect on it and the laser maintained its zero. The same could be said for the shotgun.
If you’re a CQB professional looking for an adaptable system to go between platforms or just the average Joe looking to defend his home, you wouldn’t go wrong with this laser. Its rugged, reliable and easy to use and certainly makes a great addition to my home defense rifle.
As with all Laser Lyte products this one is American made! To get yours or for more information, click here!
As far as I’m concerned when it comes to ammo there are only two varieties…Target practice and social work! Up until now I have been using JSP’s as my carry ammo. They fed well, shot well and exhibited some properties that make them a viable option for carry. That was until I found Liberty Ammunition’s Civil Defense ammo.
These are some crazy cool rounds! Each bullet sports a nickel plated copper hollow point sitting atop a +P load with one of the largest cavities I’ve ever seen in a bullet!
So why the change? Well if the above description isn’t enough then consider this…With the Civil Defense rounds being lead free it cuts down on the carry weight of the weapon and spare mags. This also equates to less adjusting and pulling up of your pants because there’s not a ton of lead pulling your pants down!
Now performance wise…I loaded up and went to the range…OH MY GOD! One pull of the trigger and my p95 leapt to life like a miniature artillery piece!! I perceived a noticeable increase in felt recoil and audible report. It was as if I had unleashed the power of the gods’ and turned my pistol into a hand cannon! The action cycled crisply and the rounds fed smoothly with no issues or problems.
Looking at the size of the expansion cavity and knowing how hot these rounds leave the barrel, I have no doubts to the terminal performance of this ammunition. I would expect nothing less than maximum penetration with maximum expansion up to and including fragmentation of the bullet! If your looking for the best possible odds of incapacitation, this is the round for you.
High power, maximum expansion and clean burning, the Civil Defense loads are my choice for everyday carry. They have lightened my load making my carry experience more enjoyable. I trust my life and those of my loved ones to these rounds and wont leave home without them.
For more information on other calibers and to order yours, click here…
As I sit at our camp site in the Port Huron KOA I’m surrounded by the sights and sounds of campers enjoying the closing days of summer trying to draw out that last bit of sweet marrow from the bones of time. My son has picked up the hobby of “suction-cup archery” and my little girl is running around with her pink, light up miners hat on! Both getting the most from their new toys and having a blast.
Its human nature to try and get the most out of everything. Be it the way the Native Americans wasted nothing from a kill to convincing your wife that “why yes, my new tac boots will go great with these slacks for dinner with your mother tonight. In fact they might remind her of the boots she used to wear!” So its in that sprit that I write this review….
I’ve had this pouch from CSM for quite some time. Its gone from pack to battle belt to now resting on my fishing chest rig. I first heard of CSM with the Pancake of Death and really have admired their designs, attention to detail and spirit of innovation. The pouch I have is their Double Mag pouch that fits your modular gear and sports a hidden pocket for a knife!
Its gone from Battle Belt to packs to finally finding a semi permanent home on my HGSI Chest Rig that I use for fishing. Until recently the pouch has seen service holding all the odds and ends for my fishing load out. Bobbers, stringers, sinkers, packs of hooks and the back section has held various knives of various configurations. The divided main pouch helped to keep my gear organized and right at hand. The elastic divider ensured that I had the right amount of room for whatever was in there. The knife pocket on the rear of the pouch is a great home for my fillet knife keeping it right at hand
But today I did something different…Today I found out that is a perfect fit for my Double Tap! Yes, I own a Double Tap and yes I love it! The Double Mag pouch from CSM Gear and the Double Tap mate up like they were made for each other! Plus, seeing all the different platforms the pouch can go on there’s no reason not to have a sidearm with you! It also fit my P95 and held it to my rig with class and flare!! Who needs a net to land that big catch when your packing heat!! Now, I’m not advocating the disuse of a holster for your sidearm, I’m just pointing out what can be done with this particular pouch. Safety is a tops when it comes to firearms and a there is no replacement for a good and proper holster. They have a nifty one that looks user friendly and easy to use.
Its versatility doesn’t end there.
Like I said, I’ve been using the pouch as a part of my fishing kit. Its worked great at holding containers of hooks, weights and other various forms of tackle. The feature I really like is the knife pocket. No matter how much fishing swag I stuffed in it, there was always room for my filet knife!
This pouch rounds out a great rig and is really a God send for any mission or application you may be tasking it for. The construction is spot on and the quality it there with materials that have stood up to the elements and hook loop that keeps on going!
Much to the chagrin of my ex-wife, the rumors of my demise have been highly exaggerated! I’ve taken a bit of a sabbatical from the blog to regroup and get some much needed down time and perspective on life. In doing so I have learned much about myself and my new world, who my friends are and that the Friend of the Court is really no ones friend…they don’t even like each other!
With that said, I was also afforded the time to gear test….and boy, did I ever! So first up is a new product from LaserLyte, the SCV4. Now I know that there are a lot of pistol lasers on the market but this one steals the show. Designed for ease of use, smooth drawing and reholstering and reduces printing for concealed carry
Now don’t let it diminutive size fool you. This is a full feature device with ambidextrous controls. Its user interface is simple. There are two buttons, push one and it turns on push again and it blinks, hold and it turns off…see? Simple…
Zeroing was just as easy. I used the enclosed allen wrench and brought the dot in line with my sights on a target at distance and presto! Done! I took the laser off, shook it vigorously and dropped it on the floor a few times! After reattaching and tightening it back onto my pistol I turned it on….Bingo Bango! the laser and the sights still lined up!! Now for Peter’s Indoor Gun Range!!!
Again, the Four Fellows of Tom Foolery (myself, father, uncle and cousin) met up at the range for another dose of gunfire and chilli dogs. I had taken the laser off and tossed it into my range bag so a bit of digging was necessary before I could partake of the gratuitous gunfire erupting around me. Attaching the laser I once again verified the sight/light alignment and proceeded to lock and load! It kinda went like this….
After several rounds I was beginning to feel like a deranged cat going ballistic (ha!) after a red laser dot!! I decided to speed things up a bit and the accuracy and resiliency of this little unit was amazing! Even in rapid fire aiming was easy shot after shot. One thing I did notice was that after ten rounds there would only be 5 to 6 holes on paper, this meant that rounds were going through holes from previous shots! Now that’s the Bomb’digity!!
The laser withstood repeat recoil from my Liberty Ammunition +P loads with no perceivable drift from alignment. Those are some hot loads and I absolutely love their performance. The gun thundered, the action cycled and that little laser just kept on going!
As I mentioned above, with its diminutive size and smoothed out edges the SCV4 from LaseLyte makes a great choice for the concealed carry crowed or armed professional looking for just a little more in the shot placement department.