Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Geissele / ALG Defense AK Trigger

About a week ago Geissele posted a sneak peak of the forthcoming ALG AK trigger with the following info:

Look what the ALG Elves are working on tonight! The new ALG Defense AK-47 trigger. The Lightning Bow's unique shape and position makes the AKT a transformative addition to an AK. See and shoot it at SHOT 2015.

Being a huge fan of the ALG QMS triggers for my AR15s, this is great news for all AK owners, like myself, who are always looking for options to improve one of the worst triggers on one of the most notorious and widely fielded small arms in the world. BLK RFL DIV will be venturing to the 2015 SHOT Show and I will definitely give this trigger a test.

Final notes. There are already some quality upgrades for the AK trigger, most notably, the Red Star Arms adjustable trigger, but this entrance into the AK market by Geissele/ALG should be interesting and I welcome it.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Crayons, Not Just For Kids

Marking your elevation and windage on the rear sight of your M1A can be done with an inexpensive and effective application of whiteout, enamel paint, fingernail polish, acrylic paint, or crayons. I recently ended up removing the terrible job I did at marking my rear sight with whiteout and decide to use a white crayon. Crayons are easily applied and clean up is a breeze, not to mention you'll be surprised at how resilient the application is. If you don't like the end result, simply use a toothpick and toothbrush to remove the crayon.

First, make sure your firearm is unloaded; rack the charging handle back, visibly & physically inspect the chamber, once cleared, allow the charging handle to go forward, and place the safety on if you haven't already done so.

Next, clean the rear sight where you plan on applying the crayon with some denatured alcohol. I use a q-tip and rag. You don't have to use too much, just give it a few wipes, and make sure the gunk is out of the crevices you intend to highlight.

Besides the actual crayon, the only other items you'll need are paper towels and more q-tips.

Get right into it, don't worry about the mess because it's easily cleaned up, just jam that crayon into the crevices. 

Once you have a good amount of wax built up into the rear sight markings, wipe the excess away with a dry q-tip and dry paper towel. 

Final notes. It's that simple and, again, if you don't like it, just remove it with a wooden toothpick and an old toothbrush.

Monday, December 29, 2014

BLK RFL DIV Shirt Giveaway Contest

We are very honored to have Mr Guns n Gear rocking one of our t-shirts and, along with that, there's a giveaway for one lucky winner. Please watch the video for contest rules to be eligible for the drawing. Basically, just comment on the Mr Guns n Gear's youtube video promoting the giveaway and like our Facebook page, it's that simple.

Click on the youtube icon on the lower right of the video to make the jump.

Mr Guns n Gear's youtube channel has a lot of excellent & informative reviews. I highly recommend browsing through his videos and subscribing.

Final notes. Thank you for all your support!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Emdom's Multi Calibre Mag Pouch

It's nice to be able to grab your gear and know that if you're going to be running 5.56, 7.62x39, or 5.45x39 for the day you don't have to worry about changing out the mag pouches to accept your mags. There are a few viable options on the market right now that can accomplish this and I have been using Emdom / MM's AK / M4 double magazine pouches for about a year & a half now. MM stands for Military Morons and the pouch was a collaboration between the two groups, one of many collabs, thus the co-branding. MM is well known, but if you haven't heard of the site or name, it's a great website with a ton of excellent reviews on gear & accessories.

The mag pouch utilizes a large velcro closure flap that is fully adjustable from the interior to accommodate different magazine types and adequately shelters stowed mags from the elements. If debris or precipitation do enter the interior of the pouch, there is a grommet on the bottom to allow said debris and water to exit. This minor detail does make a difference. The pouch also features a passive external elastic retention band to mitigate juggling while on the move.

The drainage grommet and elastic band around the middle of the pouch for mag retention is visible in the picture above. Additionally, there is no shortage of velcro, allowing for full adjustability.

Above is the interior part of the flap that can be adjusted to accommodate a diverse range of mags.

3 sets, 4 mags in each set for the two pouches I have on my battle belt. In order of appearance: 5.56x45mm Magpul PMAGS, 7.62x39mm Izzy Bakelite mags, and 5.45x39mm Izzy mags.

The Emdom/MM magazine pouch is easily mounted on your web gear with two long MALICE clips (as pictured up above) that are included with the pouch when purchased.

5.56x45mm Magpul PMAGS up first.

The 7.62x39mm Izzy Bakelite mags. Something to consider, for the picture I had the mags in the back slide in last, however, if you pull from the front first, you should load the front mags last. The reason being the overlapping of the floorplates. The same attention to the stacking of the floorplates should be given if you run your mags 'bullets up'.

5.45x39mm Izzy mags. Same note on stacking the floorplates as with the Bakelites.

Emdom's website states that the mag pouch was designed to run with 'bullets up', especially when running AK mags and specifically because of the snag potential of the rear locking lug. I have always run my mags up-side-down or 'bullets down & forward (facing)' and I have not had an issue, so I will continue running them 'bullets down & forward'.

Final notes. You can tell that the 3 Bakelites pictured up above have zero floorplate wear and I admit they were just for show. Why, because they're damn sexy, that's why and contrasting them with modern gear just looks good IMO. The ones I do run when shooting featureless in CA & freely in NV or AZ, are old sanitized TULA mags that I've had for years. They've held up well.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The BRD store is LIVE!

Yep, the BLK RFL DIV store is LIVE! There's a link over on the right side, if you're on Blogger, to check out some of our goods or just click HERE. If you're reading this on the blog feed on the BLK RFL DIV website, thank you for visiting!

And to celebrate our grand opening, we are offering free shipping for t-shirts & hoodies on all domestic orders.

Send me any feedback you have, especially if you have any issues checking out or with the online store interface. I have no idea why but the products are greyed out on my phone... trying to fix that now, not sure that the template I'm using can be adjusted.

Final notes. It has been an experience; from getting the business set up, all the paperwork and figuring out who needs what (an FFL must be a nightmare), doing all the artwork myself, learning what works & what doesn't, figuring out a decent online store platform to use, shipping, figuring out shipping is somewhat unbelievable, and then my poor daughter (2 years old) sick with a stomach bug for the past few days and I'm pushing to get it all released. Well it's done and I'm sure there are areas that can be improved, because I know there is a lot more that can be done, but it will evolve. I hope that any and all customers enjoy what we have done with the t-shirts and there's more to come! I need a beer now.... phew.