Tactical Tailor

SHOT Show 17 – SOG Knives Baton Multi-Tools

January 19th, 2017

The new Baton multi-tool series from SOG consists of 4 minimalist profile multi-tools, about as thick as a marker and as long as a pencil for easy stowage into a pocket, pouch, or other container. Each tool in the series is named ‘Baton Q’, followed by a number (Q1 – Q4). The Q tools consist of handles made of aluminum (Q1 – 1060, Q2-4 – 6061-T6) and tools made of 5Cr15MoV steel, and depending on the model are designed for applications including office & personal, urban emergency, and basic and advanced wilderness.

This is a list of the tools included in each model Baton:

Baton Q1 – Spring assist scissors, pressurized ballpoint pen, bottle opener, medium flathead driver

Baton Q2 – Straight edge blade, LED flashlight, bottle opener, medium flathead driver

Baton Q3 – Pliers, gripper, soft wire cutter, straight blade, 3-sided file, Phillips driver, awl, chisel, can opener, small flathead driver, bottle opener, medium flathead driver, jewelry driver

Baton Q4 – Pliers, gripper, soft wire cutter, straight blade, 3-sided file, can opener, small flathead driver, bottle opener, medium flathead driver, magnetic ratchet driver, magnetic 12-piece hex bit kit


SHOT Show 17 – MKEK MPT-76

January 18th, 2017

MKEK’s MPT-76 or National Infantry Rifle is a modular battle rifle designed to replace the G3 currently in service with the Turkish Armed Forces. Chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO, the MPT features a free-floating, cold hammer forged 16″ barrel with a 1:10 twist rate, and a short-stroke gas piston system. A bit of AR influence can be found in the MPT’s design, in regards to the forward assist, rearward charging handle, and selector switch; these later two components, along with the magazine release are also designed to be ambidextrous. The MPT also features a retractible buttstock; modular quad rail forend; folding front and rear sights; 20-round translucent polymer magazine; and grenade launcher and shotgun interfaces.


SHOT Show 17 – First Article : Magpul USMC PMAG

January 18th, 2017

“Boom!” goes the dynamite. Hot off the presses, this is the very first PMAG 30 GEN M3 in MCT for the Marine Corps contract.

It even has the NSN!

Get yours soon from www.magpul.com.

SHOT Show 17 – Hardened Arms LumaShark

January 18th, 2017


The LumaShark is a free float handguard with dual integral CREE lights. The rail is constructed of 6061-T6 aluminum and is 12″ in length, with a monolithic top Picatinny rail, and M-LOK side and bottom slots. The 1150 lumen lights sit at the 6 o’clock position on the front end of the rail, and are activated via large, glove-friendly buttons. These buttons are pretty sensitive, so Hardened Arms also offers a more recessed button so accidental activation doesn’t occur during use. They run on CR123A batteries, which provide up to 1 hour of constant activation. As you can tell, the rail is rather wide, intentionally designed to allow clearance for a suppressor.


The lights feature quick-change bulbs which can be removed via an included tool. Hardened Arms also offers an IR bulb and laser as replacement for the standard bulbs, as well as remote pressure pads. Hardened Arms’ developed the LumaShark principally for Military and LE sales, although it will be offered for general purchase as well.


SHOT Show 17 – LALO Tactical

January 18th, 2017

LALO uses two upper and two lower designs to create three different boot models in the Shadow line. For example, (top to bottom) the Amphibian utilizes a drainable lower. The Intruder shares the upper with the Amphibian but comes a carbonized rubber outsole. The Operator introduces a new high upper but utilizes the same carbonized rubber outsole as the Intruder.

The models are available in Black, Coyote and Ranger Green.


SHOT Show 17 – Troy Defense

January 18th, 2017

Like last year, Troy Defense had a booth full of new products for the year. Here’s a few of the highlights:

Troy SOCC Battlemag


Troy is going the way of the translucent polymer magazine with their new SOCC Battlemag. The translucent body allows shooters to see their current round count, and the texturization throughout the mag body allows for a positive grip when drawing the mag out of a pouch or from a weapon. The SOCC Battlemag is engineered to function with AR-15 variants, as well as the HK416 and FN SCAR, and is optimized for the M855A1 cartridge.



The SOCC PDW is a new iteration of Troy’s PDW rifle sporting all-new SOCC accessories, including the new SOCC folding BattleSights, the SOCC ambi selector switch, and the 7.2″ SOCC PDW BattleRail, which is M-LOK compatible. It also comes with a Tomahawk Short Stock, Claymore Muzzle rake, Troy extended ambi charging handle, and a Geissele G2S Trigger.


MK12 Mod 1

As part of the ‘My Service Rifle’ line, in which TROY reproduces iconic US military AR-15 variants, comes the new MK12 Mod 1. The MK12 Mod 1 is a reproduction of the MK12 Mod 1 variant used by SEALs and Army Rangers, and includes a 12th model muzzle brake w/ suppressor mount, A2 buttstock, harris bipod w/ mount, Troy swing swivel mount, Ergo grip, 2-point sling, and Troy 2-piece scope mount. Additionally, a portion of all sales of the MK12 Mod 1 will go to support the Lone Survivor Foundation.


SHOT Show 17 – TNVC/Unity Tactical TAPS Update

January 18th, 2017

During Range Day we mentioned the production version of the Tactical Augmented Pressure Switch. To clarify, there are two variants and externally both look the same because they have the same basic functionality.

The TAPS mounts to M-Lok, KeyMod and Pic rail and includes 7″ SureFire/Insight or 7″ Insight/Insight leads. Once again, it requires a 2032 battery for constant on, but even without it, momentary still works. The only difference from the base model and the TAPSpro is that the pro model is programmable. Consequently, there’s a difference in price. The TAPS is $139 and TAPSpro is $239. Considering other switches are more expensive (and not programmable) that’s not a bad price. Plus, TAPS is 100% Made in USA. Additionally, the switches are available in FDE and Black.

These have been manufactured. The products will be loaded on the website and begin shipping next week.

I hope this answers any questions that have come up.


SHOT Show 17 – Battle Arms Development

January 18th, 2017

Last year, Battle Arms Development shared images of an AR that could be described as a work of art. The combination of wood and metal caused quite a reaction on the internet. At this year’s SHOT Show, they are showing a pre-production SBR in .300.

Aesthetically, I really like the combination of the Green Cerakote and Wood.  They plan to offer the furniture as stand alone pieces as well as a complete carbine. The wood on the forend and grip are Walnut while the cheekrest on the collapsible PDW stock is coated metal.