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Gemtech Trek 556 Suppressor – Review & Impression

Looking For A 5.56 Suppressor For Your AR-15?

When looking for a suppressor for my AR15 I wasn’t sure what I even needed or wanted. What did I expect from a suppressor that would be sending full pressure 5.56/.223 rounds downrange? I had no clue. Hopefully this article will help you if you are in the same boat.

GEMTECH- TREK Suppressor: The Good

One of the most attractive attributes of this particular rifle suppressor is the price. It currently retails from about $475-$500 respectfully on a few different online retailers websites. For me, that’s a strong value considering the performance of this muzzle device. It’s a single contained, zero maintenance, rugged silencer that will perform as expected every time with no fuss. Gemtech claims there is no maintenance or cleaning required so lon as you are only shooting 5.56/.223 normal pressure rounds through it. They didn’t design this particular can to handle low pressure “sub sonic” rounds and they even state that if you want to shoot sub sonic cartridges that you use a specific brand. The majority of commercially available 5.56mm subsonic ammunition does not stabilize in the M16 barrel and will yaw while in the suppressor. Damage caused by this ammunition is not covered under warranty. If it is desired to reduce the bullet flight noise and sonic crack, we suggest that a .22 rimfire adapter be used with standard velocity .22LR ammunition. If subsonic .223 ammunition is a requirement, Gemtech recommends only subsonic ammunition manufactured by Engel Ballistic Research, Inc. To read the full warranty and manual you can Gemtech Trek Owners ManualGemtech Trek Suppressor Review

Besides the value the Gemtech Trek suppressor performs consistently well shot after shot after shot. It reduces the overall sound of the gun firing by 29 dB and is the equivalent to shooting .22 shorts out of a .22LR rifle.

Designed specifically to fill the needs of the law enforcement user, the TREK is a compact, durable and lightweight sound suppressor for the 5.56×45 mm centerfire cartridge. The TREK suppressor meets all OSHA and MILSPEC requirements for shooting without the use of hearing protection. The Trek is also available in a lightweight version, the Trek-T, fabricated from high strength, aircraft grade titanium alloys.

Three Circle Knives Satori Tanto – Video Review

Three Circle Knives Satori Tanto Review

Review – Three Circle Knives Satori Tanto

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Three Circle Knives Satori Tanto

Black Cerakote Finish – Satori Tano by Three Circle Knives

If there is one tool that I’m always excited to update it’s my knives. Being an avid outdoors enthusiast, hiker and backpacker your tool is arguably your most precious tool. I’ve had the enjoyment of using the Satori Tanto knife from Three Circle Knives for the past few months and I must say it is a solid blade and one that I will be keeping in my backpack for years to come. From the unboxing of the knife to the field, I have been so impressed with this knife that I was giddy to film a video review. I generally use products for 2-6 months before recording or writing a review so I have been patiently using and abusing this fine piece of craftsmanship in the interim.

Three Circle Knives - Satori Tanto

The Satori Tanto knife is forged from 440c .25″ steel and is cerakoted in black (also called “shadow”) and the handle is wrapped in a desert camo 550 paracord forming a comfortable grip around the handle. Some obligatory specs for the blade from the Three Circles Website:

Specs

  • 12″ overall, 6.5″ blade Tanto
  • Cerakote in Black
  • .25″ thick 440C Steel
  • Kydex Sheath
  • Multiple Carry Options: Paracord or MOLLE Clip Paracord Options for handles: Black, Coyote Tan, Olive Drab, Gray, Maroon, Military Green

HSGI ARMORDILLO Discreet Case V2 Review

HSGI Armordillo Discreet Case V2

Review of the Discreet Carry Case Version 2 by HSGI

HSGI Armordillo Discreet Case V2 Review

So I’ve been on the hunt for a new laptop / messenger bag for the past few months and finally decided on the Armordillo Discreet Case V2 by HSGI. It’s definitely a “man purse” for me as I carry a lot of crap on a daily basis. In my laptop case I am usually hauling a Macbook Pro, iPad, notebooks, Bose QC-15 headphones in their bulky case, spare contact lenses, glasses, pens, flashlight etc.

In the recent months I have destroyed my Swiss Gear messenger laptop bag. The stitching came undone six months ago and I’ve just been hobbling along looking more and more ghetto everyday. I finally retired it once I got this jewel in the mail. I’ve been using it for the last few weeks and so far have been very happy with it.

IT doesn’t have the water bottle holders on the side or the magazine pouches like the previous model, the V1 but it does offer plenty of storage, safe keeping for a laptop computer and allows for a 13.5×15.5 inch plate if you so decide to have a plate carrier / messenger bag. Below is a video review of the bag.

Take a Look at the case on High Speed Gear’s website here.

Notkocher M71 Stove Review (Video)

Notkocher 71 Stove Review

The Swiss Army “Notkocher 71” Stove Review

 

Notkocher 71 Stove Review

I like to cruise through my local Survival store and see what kind of new gear I can try out. I came across this little denatured alcohol gel Swiss Army stove called the “Notkoher 71 or M71” and thought I would give it a test drive. From my online research “Notkocker” is pronounced as “not-ko-her” and is German for “emergency cooker”. I could be wrong on that so please correct me if I’m wrong.

I picked this particular stove up with the thought that it could be a great backup stove to my ISOPRO MSR Pocket Rocket which is my trusty standby when I”m out on the AT or Benton McKaye trails in North Georgia. I believe I only spent about $5.99 for this little green can of mystery and I always like to test new items out at home before taking them out and using them, even if it’s a simple little gel stove.

The Notkocher 71 weighs in at 5.9 ounces or 170g and measures 7.5 CM in diameter and 5 CM in height. it comes with a flexible top mounting stove that can also be stretched out to be used on your typical Sterno stove but I haven’t tested that out just yet. The burn time for 9 ounces of water in a stainless steel can with no lid was 6 minutes and forty seconds (6:40 rolling boil) and has a minimum of 45 minutes total burn time. Some people in forums have claimed more than two hours total burn time from one can. I am still tracking my time and will revise this post when I finally burn the whole can out.

G-Code INCOG For M&P Shield

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First Impressions of the INCOG Holster by G-Code

G-Code INCOG Holster For M&P Shield

I’ve been on a holster hunt for all of my pistols for a couple years. There are some I’ve found and love and others that end up in the holster graveyard. I recently pulled the trigger (pun intended) on a G-Code holster called the INCOG which is an inside the waistband kydex custom holster. What makes it custom? Well, you order it to your specifications. I ordered mine with the full slide guard on the back and four holes as opposed to the standard three for the ride height options on the back.

In the video you will notice the craftsmanship and build quality. The fine men and women over at G-Code put out some amazing products and this one so far has not failed to live up to their reputation. The cost for the holster was $69.95 and shipping roughly $10.00 but I was able to save on shipping by using the discount code “SOOTCH00”. As far as I know that code is still valid and using it made my total order including tax and shipping just under $72.00 shipped.

I plan to wear this holster with different outfits over the next couple weeks and will come back with a full review with another video including different outfits. The felt on the outside of the kydex makes it very comfortable to wear and have against your skin. It’s very light and as you can see in the video it has a slim profile which is what initially attracted to it much like my Phlster holster for the Glock 19.