SureFire’s new Y300 Ultra flashlight is the railmount-less incarnation of their popular X300 weaponlight series. The 2 CR123 batteries are side-by-side instead of end-to-end in the Y300 (and X300), giving the light a short, wide shape. This shorter body includes a magnetic attachment system that allows the Y300 to attach to any steel surface or to its included magnet belt clip for secure carry and easy access. In addition, the Y300 includes a steel pocket clip for secure pocket carry or to clip the light to the bill of a cap.

And, before you ask, Surefire says, “Although it strongly resembles SureFire’s X-Series WeaponLights, the Y300U is NOT designed for attachment to a weapon of any kind.”

The light’s switch is the same rotating stalk push/toggle arrangement as it is on the X300 with the addition of a second brightness setting. You get 15 and 500 lumens, but it’s not clear how the switch works. It could be rotate one way for high power and the other for low, or it could be a tap-and-hold configuration. Either way,  it may take some getting used to for anyone picking this up after using conventional tail-mounted thumbswitch. The light is just 3.6 inches long with a weight of 5.5 ounces including two 123A lithium batteries.

The body and bezel are constructed of aerospace aluminum that’s finished with Mil-Spec hard anodizing that resists chipping and corrosion. The unit is also gasket and O-ring sealed to keep debris and moisture away from Y300U’s electronics. The Y300 Ultra has an MSRP of $295.

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hillebergIf you are a fan of the outdoors and haven’t yet discovered Hilleberg tents, you’re missing out. For those of you already aware of their durable and adaptable shelters, you’ll be interested to see this tease posted on Hilleberg’s Facebook page. Hilleberg has been making nothing but tents and shelters since the 1970′s, so a move into the sleeping bag market should signal they have something serious to offer.

UPDATE: The Hilleberg’s were using those sleeping bags to conceal their new Enan one-man tent. It’s a light, three-season tent in their Yellow Label series.

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Designed by Travis Haley, the Haley Strategic Partners Incog Rifle Bag is a range bag, a discreet carry bag and a great organizer that fits in a Pelican 1700 hard case. The bag measures 31″ x 10″ x 3″, which is perfect for a 14.5 inch AR, but we spoke with Haley and he tells us that it can fit a 16 inch AR thanks to an inch of loose material on the ends.

“The bag from end to end is 31 inches fully compressed,” says Haley. “There is an extra inch of loose material on each side. So if you add in the loose material then the bag will measure out to about 33 inches.”

Measuring my off-the-shelf 16 inch Daniel Defense DDM4 v7, I get a length of 33 inches. So, there is some flex in there to accommodate rifles larger than 14.5 inch carbines. The bag will hold a full size 18 or 20 inch rifle as long as it’s broken down.

“We went with 31 inches because it’s the smallest bag that can fit a complete carbine with a 16 inch barrel,” Haley says. Being so small makes it easier to carry around and less noticeable.

“If you’re traveling to a course,” says Haley, “it can be locked up in a pelican case, then when you get to the hotel or range you can grab it out of the pelican and go.”

Offered in HSP’s signature Disruptive Grey, the Incog Rifle Bag is built in the USA from a durable 1000D Cordura outer body sewn with nylon thread, 9-12 stitches per inch, and reinforced bar tack construction. The main gusset has #10 YKK zippers on both sides for independent access and web handle for accelerated opening both sides. The bottom gusset is reinforced with 2″ web to manage and reduce wear over time. Both the front and back panel, as well as the gussets, have 1/4″ closed cell foam and 30M poly to protect against impact.

Outside, the bag has an expanding front pocket. Inside, the main compartment features a large Velcro-loop grid on one side and a couple smaller of PALS fields flank a large, u-zip mesh pocket to contain loose items. The bag is available from HSP’s webstore for $170.

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I finally got around to building out this San Tan Tactical STT-15 AR lower today. It was mostly a pleasure to build since the bolt catch and magazine release are factory installed. I dug through my parts bins and scrounged up most of the remaining parts for the build from parts kits leftovers. Aside from a a few springs, detents I had a Battle Arms Development fire control selector, Magpul MOE+ grip and UBR stock and a recycled Geissele SD-E trigger ready to go.

+Much ambidextrousness.
+Good ergos. The support side mag release on many ambi lowers lack leverage and can be tough to operate. Not on the STT-15.
+Tight tolerances.
+Fits tightly on DDM4 upper.
+Massive magwell.
+Has an American flag on it.

-Rear takedown pin spring was a PIA to install. It needed to be shortened and it’s captured with a nano-sized socket head set-screw that has to be installed under pressure from the spring. I felt it was a miracle the tiny screw wasn’t lost during installation.
-Hammer pin fit was very tight. I can’t blame San Tan since Geissele pins are close tolerance, and I think the STT was also on the tight end of the spec.
-Sharp edge below right side mag release could use chamfering.
-Has a damned iguana on it.
-It has an auto icon on the fire control selector but no accommodation for an auto sear. Kinda mall-ninja.
-Flag is backwards (or on the wrong side of the receiver.)

~It’s got a finger ledge in front of the trigger guard. I’m used to resting my finger above the trigger guard, on the mag release. I find this a little gimmicky. I may change my mind with some use.
~It has rotation limited integral flush cups behind the takedown pin. I’ve never used a setup like this but have heard from guys that the sling mount can get in the way when working the fire control selector. We’ll see.

I’m leaning back toward the simpler manual of arms and parts commonality found in standard lowers. But, if you’re lefty– or really like ambi lowers, you’ll dig the STT-15. It’s one of the best setups for southpaws on the market. At $280 MSRP, it’s an expensive lower. But, based on the quality of the machining, its unique  features and the relative ease of assembly, it’s not a bad deal. I paid $600 for a complete Knights SR-15 lower. While KAC is it’s own animal, the point is that there is a place in the market for premium AR parts.  These are just impressions noted during assembly. We’ll have more on the STT-15 soon.

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The Mega Arms Megalithic AR-15 upper is shipping in rifle length configuration and it’s a beauty. Mine just came in, so I did a quick build with a Daniel Defense 16″ gov’t profile barrel, Magpul MBUS pro folding irons, SureFire Brake and a Leupold HAMR with Deltapoint. The whole rifle with a Mega billet lower, Geissele SD-E trigger, BAD-ASS fire control selector, Magpul furniture and an empty mag weighs about seven-and-a-third pounds. Props to Magpod for being an awesome studio assistant! We’ll have more on the Megalithic once we get out and beat it up. If you’re looking, Rainer Arms has them in stock.

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Bravo Company Manufacturing is producing a short film series called American Gunfighter, each featuring one of their associated instructors. The first, shown above, features JD Potinsky.

J.D. is a former Green Beret from the US Army’s 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a decorated veteran with combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. After leaving the Army he deployed again to Iraq as the Country Manager for private a security company.

Looking closely in the shadows of the video, I think JD’s room clearing partner is Tom Spooner. Spooner is a recently retired member of US Army Special Forces and teamed with Potinsky in their latest venture Northern Red, Inc. to bring recent and relevant combat proven tactics and training to military, law enforcement and responsible citizens.

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Suunto just announced a new variant of their Elementum Terra line, the Suunto Elementum Terra Stealth. This new watch is styled for everyday wear but features an altimeter, barometer and 3D compass while boasting anti-reflective surfaces that help keep your visual signature in check. Its discreet exterior is complemented by high-contrast lime-yellow detailing in the display.

This is a premium offering from Suunto that that’s manufactured in Finland using the highest quality materials of stainless steel and sapphire crystal glass. It features a 3D compass and also measures altitude and weather trends. Expect the newly released watch to cost $950.


  • Logging altimeter
  • Barometric pressure & trend (weather tracking)
  • 3D digital compass
  • Time
  • Date
  • Alarm clock
  • Stopwatch timer
  • Water resistance up to 100 m
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Viking Tactics worked with Salient Arms to come up with a magazine base pad and magazine well that were designed to work together. Here’s a quick vid with Kyle Lamb explaining the new VTAC/SAI Glock Base Pads and Magazine Well.

Many mag wells will envelope the entire magazine base pad, leaving nothing to grab should you need to strip a mag from the pistol. These new VTAC products are a system that work well on their own, but they combine to add an extra bit of speed and efficiency to reloads and emergency magazine manipulation. Mag wells can speed up reloads and larger base pads improve handling.

The new aircraft aluminum VTAC/SAI Glock Base Pads ($30) have a lip that allows the user to strip the mag one handed, say, if injured. The new VTAC/SAI Magazine Well ($110) is contoured to leave plenty of the VTAC base pad proud of the well so it can be stripped to clear a malfunction. The mag well will also continue to work with standard base pads should you need to harvest mags from fallen foes.

VTAC says installation is simple and can be conducted without any modification to your Glock or mags. These products are made in the USA from type 3 hard coat anodized aircraft grade aluminum and are compatible with the G17/G22/G34/G35 Gen3 Glocks. They don’t work with Gen4 Glocks.

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SureFire’s X-Series weapon lights family has a new addition with the release of the X400-GN Ultra. This latest X400 model features a high-visibility green-laser sight instead of the red-laser sight found on the original X400 Ultra. In most other aspects, however—including light output, dimensions, weight, switching, and attachment options—the X400 Ultra with green laser remains identical to its red-laser counterpart.

SureFire says the green-laser version of the X400 Ultra (X400U-A-GN) is being offered to accommodate users who prefer a green dot on target over a red one. In addition to being highly visible, the five-milliwatt (505 nanometer) green laser of this new X400 Ultra is generated by a green-laser diode, making it more reliable over a wider temperature range than double YAG green lasers on the market.

The X300 and X400 aren’t just for handguns. The X300 works beautifully when mounted at 12 o’clock in front of a sight post on an AR. The X400′s laser module makes this orientation a bit too tall and blocks the front sight post. But, it works well mounted at 6 o’clock.

Features and Benefits:

  • Virtually indestructible LED delivers 500 lumens of white light
  • 1.5 hour runtime from two CR123 batteries
  • TIR lens creates a focused beam with spill light suitable for providing situational awareness and light for close up work
  • 5 mW / 505 nm green laser sight is highly visible to the human eye and rarely needs re-zeroing
  • Hard-anodized aluminum body, tempered window, and O-ring & gasket seals make light rugged, durable, and weatherproof
  • Ergonomic ambidextrous push/toggle switching
  • Optional DG & tape switches available 

The X400U-A-GN has an MSRP of $790 and is available now through authorized SureFire dealers or directly from SureFire. at www.surefire.com.

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