Friday, September 28, 2012

Zombie Packages... NOOOOOOO!!1!!

It's no secret to regular readers that I work in a 'big box' firearms store. It has its ups and downs but anytime I can fit a person to a firearm it's a good day. Before I get too far off subject; let's get to the heart of the matter. The 'big box' format comes corporate folks. I have nothing against them but more often than not they make my head hurt. For example our District Manager and Vice President came into the store and were all giddy about a recent meeting they had down south where they saw some "new and exciting" things.

Photo via Cheaper Than Dirt
"Do you have any Zombie Packages set-up?"
My sole died a little when they asked me this. They informed me that 'Zombie Packages' were selling like crazy and that this "New Trend" was going to reach me any day. I told them that their new and exciting trend was over five years old and was most likely on its way out. They looked at me like I was crazy and asked if I had any Zombie Targets. I think that is what bugs me the most about corporate folks; they like to think they have their finger on the pulse... you get the point. (insert witty comment about a zombie's lack of pulse)

Don't miss understand me; I enjoy a tacti-cool rifle as much as the next gunnie but I don't think we need to embrace Zombie Everything. I think it's great that it has helped get some new folks into shooting but I believe those folks would have found their way to our ranks in one way or another.
Remington 700 SPS Tactical AAC SD
If Zombies are one their way out; what's the next 'big thing'?
Eric at GunmartBlog agrees with Cheaper Than Dirt's opinion that zombies are dead... *ugh* (they write themselves) you know what I mean. He has proposed that Suppressors are the next wave and I can't say that I totally disagree. I have an NFA Trust and plans to own a couple cans (as soon as I save up enough pennies) but I don't think suppressors are it. To be honest I have nothing to offer up as I haven't seen anything really exciting in the industry as of late. Our community is ever changing and because of that the next big thing may not have hit the market yet or maybe it's already here and we just don't know.



 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Beez Combat Systems Padded Hydration Harness

BCS Padded Hydration Harness :: Photo Courtesy of BCS
 We have designed a lightly padded harness for our chest rigs. The one piece harness is available for the entire Beez Combat System's chest rig line. It will work with our AK47, AK74, Recon, 762 and Combloc chest rigs. We encouraged our designers to find a simple solution to add comfort, function, stability, and enhance performance to our chest rigs. The padded harness is the ultimate upgrade for you BCS chest rig.

Padded Harness design consideration:
1-Optimal size and shape.
2-Amount of molle/modular pals webbing.
3- Velcro loop for ID patches.
4-Drag handle shape and placement.
5-Routing webbing Hydration/Coms.
6-Hardware interchangeability

The padded harness provides additional comfort while providing a platform to mount a hydration carrier. With three rows by six columns of molle there is plenty of molle to mount the largest hydration carriers on the market. If you are not running a hydration carrier you can mount other pouches.


With the additional weight of a hydration carrier and water a drag handle/carrying handle was a must. We wanted to keep the drag handle as low profile as possible. The drag handle is made with 1.5” webbing to keep the signature low while extending across the back of the padded harness for easy access.
If you are running ID patches there is 2” of velcro loop that go the length of the molle webbing. Plenty of velcro to add other patches as well.

The shoulders are 2.5” wide and have two pieces of webbing on each side for the routing of a hydration tube or coms. The two pieces of webbing provide plenty of routing options while keeping the padded harness low profile.
The padded harness is available in Multicam, A-TACS AU, A-TACS FG, Coyote, Khaki, Ranger Green, OD, Woodland and Black.

Don't forget to check out their padded X and H harness. I might have to get one for my BCS Recon/LE Chest Rig. You can check out my full review here.
BCS Padded X-Harness

 

BCS Padded H-Harness

Friday, September 7, 2012

Browning "New" A5 Hits the Shelves!


After being teased at SHOT Show 2012 with this new shotgun I nearly forgot about its existence until it finally hit the shelves.

Once I had assembled the A5 I noticed two things very quickly. First, it was very light weight coming in at 7 lbs. 5 oz. The other thing was that it felt cheap. Not in the sense that weight means quality but the bolt catch seemed flimsy and the hex bolts displayed prominently on the left side of the receiver kills the aesthetics. I have not had a chance to fire the "New" Browning A5 but it certainly points well.

If I was in the market for a new recoil operated 3" 12ga with wood furniture I think I would be more attracted to a Benelli M2 Feild. At $100 cheaper (MSRP) I think the M2 is a better buy than the "New" A5. IMHO



 

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