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Fenix PD25 550 Lumen CREE XP-L V5 LED Tactical EDC Flashlight with holster, clip and EdisonBright CR123A Lithium Battery bundle
Fenix PD25 550 Lumen CREE XP-L V5 LED Tactical EDC Flashlight with holster, clip and EdisonBright CR123A Lithium Battery bundle
Offered by EdisonBright®
Price: $56.99
3 used & new from $56.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Significant battery power limitations and a bit too small., January 26, 2016
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Three reasons I give it 3 stars, which is perhaps the nature of a single vs. dual 123 battery flashlight:

1. It doesn't fit the hand nearly as well as a dual battery length flashlight. For personal EDC carry, I've been using a Fenix PD32 for the last year. It's small and has a great throw and illumination (2015, 340 Lumen model). Though small, it fits the hand well. This PD25 doesn't fit my hand nearly as well, resulting is less skilled manipulation a weaker grip. To me, there is a trade-off between size and ergonomics, and I feel the PD25 (and perhaps all single 123 flashlights) is just too far on the small side. Note that I work as a uniformed officer, so my flashlight use and technique may be different than some home users.

2. Run-time is way too short with rechargeables. Single RC123's have about 1/4 the power storage of most topshelf "dual battery" RC18650's.. I find this way too little of a run-time for a primary, regularly used flashlight. So, it's either carry a few extra charged batteries (just like we had to do 5+ years ago with dual 123 flashlights, before the RC18650's became available and highly efficient), or use non-rechargables, which over time, for a regularly used primary flashlight, get's way too expensive. So, for me, I guess single cell lights are best used as secondary, backup flashlights, infrequently used. If that is your use model; all good!

3. Finally, the color and throw of this LED are inferior to my EDC PD32, It's a bit on the yellow side, and doesn't have as good of a throw as the "lower lumen" light. Sure, it has a bit better area illumination, but for me, my PD32 was never deficient in that area.

So, If I were to do it over again, I would just buy the newer 2016 PD32. At 900 Lumens, it would be a seriously powerful EDC light, and perhaps most importantly for me, utilize a serious great battery, the 18650 rechargeable.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lightest KeyMod Rail Available! ( But without instructions, it should only be used by experienced builders.), January 16, 2016
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-Lightest Keymod Rail you can find.
-Small, multi-angle rail makes for a great grip, as is.
-In-expensive for a USA made product, and in comparison to higher-end alternatives
-Good quality machining and finish.
-Made in the still Free-State of Arizona.

-No instructions included, no blue thread locker included.
-Included barrel nut tool does not properly fit (will not work and will damage the nut if you try to use it)
-Aluminum barrel nut will not be a as strong or stable as steel (but that is the cost of ultra-light weight!)

Summary: If you are a reasonably skilled builder, looking for a lower cost solution than a BCM KMR Alpha, this is a good choice. If you are not a builder, then spend the extra $70 and go with a KMR Alpha, which will provide you with critical knowledge for installation, called an "instruction sheet". Oh, for those counting ounces, the total weight of the rail, with nut AND the six steel retention screws, is 8.13oz (not the 7.5oz as advertised). I saved 4.2 oz by swapping this in for my old 13" Troy Alpha Rail, saved another 4oz by swapping in an Aero 30mm scope mount over a PA mount, another 5.8oz by swapping in a CTR stock over an old ACL, and saved 16oz by swapping in a Faxon Gunner barrel, over a White-Oak HBAR. All told, I shaved 2 pounds off my old and too heavy DMR rifle; making it a very light and very fast handling magnified carbine.( IMO, If you are going 223, go light weight everything and accept that it is a 400 yard-max carbine. Building a long range DMR in 223 is a waste of both weight and money, considering the inherent ballistic limitations of the 223 past 300 yards.)

The Siege at Ruby Ridge
The Siege at Ruby Ridge
DVD ~ Laura Dern
Offered by RareFlix-N-Classix
Price: $22.95
18 used & new from $9.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Americans are now Ignorant, and they are therefore now slaves to the statist governments., January 13, 2016
This review is from: The Siege at Ruby Ridge (DVD)
After murdering a wife, a son and the family dog (and pleading the 5th at both the Justice Department and Congressional Investigation his criminal actions) FBI Agent in Charge of Ruby Ridge Bill Gore went on to run the San Diego FBI Office, where he single highhandedly failed to stop the 9/11 Attacks by ignoring and discounting the reports from a confidential informant who lived with and worked with the two terrorist "pilots" in San Diego. For both of these stellar failures, Bill Gore was awarded the position of Sheriff of San Diego County by the progressive-statist County board of supervisors, after a long-time family friend of Gore's, the then highly-senile Sheriff Bill Kolender . The progressive-statists of the Lincoln Club of San Diego County insured that Gore was funded 4 times over all other candidates (who where actually qualified Sheriff's Deputies) years later for the actual public vote in 2006. Bill Gore, like all progressive-statist law enforcement officers in CA, refuses to issue CCW Permits to the well qualified law abiding citizens in San Diego County, unless they are well established contributors to his re-election campaigns. He and his department is being sued in Federal Court for his jack-booted refusal to recognize general self-defense as a justified reason to issue CCW permits.
Bottom Line: Our parents and grandparents allowed the Progressive-Statists to take over almost all urban governments in the 1960's and 1970's, at both the local and state levels. This resulted in the dis-education of the last 2-3 generations of US citizens (while at the same time, providing for the education of 15-20% of all mexico's citizens, aka anchor babies). Though the blame for Ruby Ridge and 9/11 sit squarely on the Federalist Jack Boots of Bill Gore, it also rests on the shoulders of American Citizens who allow the moral and ethical corruption of progressive-statism to flourish, due primary a lack of good citizenship. America, you will continue to reap what you sow, and Bill Gore is the product of your failures as citizens.
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Holosun HS503C Paralow 133x54x72mm Circle Dot Sight
Holosun HS503C Paralow 133x54x72mm Circle Dot Sight
Offered by Kenzie's Optics
Price: $239.00
14 used & new from $201.12

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some limitations, but a good value for a 65MOA Red-Dot, January 3, 2016
5 Stars for the Optic, 2 Stars for the Mount.

I own a few Eotechs, and find the 65MOA circle to be much faster on tactical targets inside of 25 yards then 2 - 4 MOA dots. Problem with the EoTech's is that they are BIG, a bit heavy, a bit fuzzy, and pricey!

The 503 gives you an EoTech reticle with an Aimpoint size and weight: Win-Win! Especially for the ultralight builds we are all now doing.
And the reticle is much sharper than the EoTech, which is very important to me, as an older guy with now both near and far vision issues.

The mount is Chinese junk, however: One side would not stay flush on the 1913 rail when mounting it to proper torgue specs... and this could cause a problem for many users who want an absolute co-witness, or an exacting lower 1/3, as any decent replacement mount (such as my choice, the LaRue 715) will not result in those co-witness locations, due to the proprietary height of the optic. It is higher than aimpoint/bushnell/PA, due to the under-optic battery mount. This doesn't bother me, even with a fixed Troy front sight, but it might bother others with fixed front sights.

As for the under-optic battery tray/mount: It's passable, but not great. The tray/battery can be accidentally installed upside down, and the tray is by nature a fairly weak sub-component, and the micro-combo screw head screw is so small that the included tool is really to big and imprecise to screw it down safely without getting close to striping it. Use an eyeglass Phillips screw driver if you want the best chance of keeping it intact (and not loosing it in the carpet!).

So, $240 for the optic, $110 for a LaRue 715 mount, and I now have a very nice $350 65MOA Red Dot on my new 300 BLK pistol. If you can't live with any of the above mentioned shortcomings, but really need the 65MOA circle, then pony up an extra $200 for an EoTech, and live with the bulk and fuzzy reticle. If you don't need the 65MOA circle, but still cant do $600 on a Aimpoint, I would highly suggest the PA MDS, plus a decent riser such as a Samson, Bobro, or my choice, the LaRue.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Light, Reasonably Strong. Great Price. Needs a new tool and instructions., January 3, 2016
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Installed this on a new 300 BLK pistol build with an 8.5" barrel.
Very light rail, ultralite barrel nut, definitely strong enough for civilian use with and M4 or lighter barrel. good finish, good fit.
And a good price!, compared to the $205 shipped a BCM KMR Alpha would have cost me.

Here are the downsides:
1) There are no instructions included. No suggested torque specs, no suggestions on the use of the included washers, nada. If you are not an experienced builder, you can run into problems that you can't solve from experience, and risk damaging stuff.
2) The included barrel nut wrench DOES NOT FIT the barrel nut. Thanks for providing the tool to scrach the hell out of the aluminum barrel nut, Guntec! If fact, you are going to have a tough time figuring out what tool to use in order to install the barrel nut. The answer is a 10" adjustable wrench (not an 8", not a 12".... 10" only).
3) The rail didn't mate all that impressively with the upper receiver. Not too bad, but not great. I can live with it just fine, but for those who think they need a "monolithic" look or function, they might be disappointed.
4) The 1913 Rail (at least at the front) appears a bit out of spec: My Troy fixed front sight cross bolt, which fits just fine on a few other rails, managed to dig it's way into the base of the rail (light threading with the aluminum). As soon as it started to slow down, I backed it off, insured the sight was properly flush on the rail, and started again; nope, still needed to thread it's way through the lower portion of the rail in order to mount it. personally, I really don't care about minor fit and cosmetic damage like this, but others might.

If you want an easy to install, mil-spec rail, this is not the answer (just get a BCM KMR ALPHA). If you want a low cost ultra-light rail, and can live with the above issues (like I can), then this is a great solution. I plan on picking up the 12" version for a new carbine build in a few days, so for me, I find quite a bit of value in this Guntec product.

HOLOSUN AACW1.4 T1 Compatible Mount
HOLOSUN AACW1.4 T1 Compatible Mount
Price: $19.99
4 used & new from $19.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Weak mounting hardware results in off-center mounting. Pass!, December 22, 2015
This is the absolute co-witness version of the same lower 1/3 mount they ship with the Newer Holosun 503/513 series.

I picked up a Holosun 503C a few weeks ago, and mounted it to my new 300BLK pistol. After a range trip and a removal for a rail upgrade, I noticed when I remounted the optic that the horizontal stata lines were way tilted sideways (the 503 has the 65 MOA Circle/Dot with stata lines). Upon inspection, I found that the mount at the 1913 interface was raised up on one side significantly, well off the receiver. I removed and slowly remounted, while watching the mount interface; as I started to tighten the mount (to a reasonable level: Im an armorer and hobby gunsmith), the right side started lifting up again. This is a big fail, and shows why you shouldn't trust your life to low cost gear. This is likely due to a bent cross bolt, or locking nut, or whatever... who really cares: it doesn't work right.

I just ordered up a LaRue 751 here on Amazon: buy once, cry once!

Streamlight TLR-1 HL Long Gun Kit
Streamlight TLR-1 HL Long Gun Kit
Price: $164.49
37 used & new from $155.15

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Bang for the Buck for a high lumen, high quality, feature-rich long-gun tactical light!, December 16, 2015
I've been running the TLR Series on all my Rifles, Shotguns and HD/Duty Pistols for over five years now. I count 7 in my inventory. Not one single failure. You will be hard pressed to find a better deal for the lumens, reliability and features (strobe) than the TLR Series. The only less-than-ideal issue I have is with the rather large angle connector for the remote. Though strong, it can get caught on clothing and slings if you don't tape it down. If fact, don't be shy to tape down the remote wire as well... the cloth tape for bats and hockey sticks works great for that. Also, if you are looking for an offset light mount for keymod, nothing beats the flexible mounting options of the BCM 1913 Light Mount Modular kit, and it's reasonably priced too!

***** Highly Recommended! *****

Nitecore 18650 NL189 Li-ion Rechargeable Battery 3400mAh 3.7V 12.6Wh CE UL ROHS Certification (NL189 Battery)
Nitecore 18650 NL189 Li-ion Rechargeable Battery 3400mAh 3.7V 12.6Wh CE UL ROHS Certification (NL189 Battery)
Offered by EdisonBright®
Price: $19.26
12 used & new from $14.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Best you can buy! Don't go cheap for Life-Safety uses!, December 8, 2015
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Sure, you can buy no-name brands or lessor brands for cheaper for your vapes, but when it comes to life-safety illumination , I only go the best, and that is Nitecore

Form Your Own Limited Liability Company
Form Your Own Limited Liability Company
by Anthony Mancuso Attorney
Edition: Paperback
Price: $43.59
58 used & new from $20.91

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good way to determine what type of business organization to use for your startup, December 8, 2015
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WIthin the first 5 pages of the book, I was able to determine that there was no benefit to me to go LLC ... The cost of the book saved me $300 in LLC filing cost using NOLO's online service for CA... winning!
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Sig Sauer SBX and Two (2) Black Adjustable Nylon Stabilizing Straps - Bundle (3 total items)
Sig Sauer SBX and Two (2) Black Adjustable Nylon Stabilizing Straps - Bundle (3 total items)
Offered by ABCD Sales
Price: $109.95

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Solution if you don't need covert carry or assembled compact transport, December 8, 2015
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Works well as it is not suggested to be used, as per recent BATF Letter.
Very tight fit, no rotation, bioch to get off of a Phase5 Hex2 tube, not nearly as tough to get on.

Two downsides:

Weight: at 8oz, its noticeable. Sure it balances out an AR pistol well, and provides it's intended benefit, but a half a pound is a half a pound once it's slung. And ya it's lighter than the previous model but who cares.. it's still half a pound!

Size: Sure it's only an extra 3" longer than the buffer tube, but that three inches, combined with the 4" drop and bulk of the "brace" is the difference between a highly compact and covert AR Pistol across your chest (running a slick or foam-covered tube), and a full-stock'd SBR across your chest (the brace is about the total length of a fully extended 5-POS rifle stock, so it's quite visually noticeable by onlookers... not nearly as covert on the street as a slick tube... I know this because I carry this daily in uniform... it's nearly invisable without the brance, and constantly noticed with the brace)

Also with size... if you want to stash your fully assembled AR pistol in a compact discreet case, the extra 3" with this stock attached makes it a surprisingly more difficult proposition. I can't get it into my Emdom-MM-TNT "Gym Bag" unless I take the stock off. Sure, I could disassemble the pistol and find an even smaller discrete case, but I choose to not tactically afford that extra 20 seconds to re-assemble my primary weapon just before or just after the gunfire starts... your scenario and threat analysis may be different than mine though on the readiness issue.

My compromise is to just carry the brace in my bag; If I need it, or end up securing a static site for any period of time where there is a moderate or better threat, I'll throw it on (but dreading taking it off later though!). If I had to do it again (which I will probably do soon), I would have gone with the Shockwave solution, which [appears] to provide for a fully collapsible, locking, adjustable brace (same length as the tube fully collapsed), Plus it's 3oz less weight, far less bulky when slung, and most range reports say it still provides a sufficient intended function. Oh, and about half the overall price of the SBX.

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