16 Aug

While we don’t carry everything (and we’re working on that), one particular brand that I have been forced to purchase from competitors is now available right here at Tactical Store. Magpul has arrived.

Someone out there may have just come out of a coma, is asking if Reagan is still President (sadly, no) and doesn’t know about Magpul. Magpul Industries Corporation was founded in 1999 by Richard M. Fitzpatrick. As A Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, Richard had first hand experience with what worked and what could use improving.

Magpul’s first product, introduced in 1999 was designed to assist with – well, pulling your magazine, hence the name “Magpul”. For years, soldiers have rigged tape and paracord at the base of their magazines to facilitate easy removal from a pouch or vest. Building on the success of that product, over the years Magpul has designed and released several products – followers, magazines, stocks, fore ends… even complete firearms – the Masada and Massoud, concepts such as the PDR and FMG-9 and acted as consultants for the TDI Kriss.

Magpul has some incredibly talented designers and engineers on their staff, and evidence of this is seen in their Theory …

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02 Aug
One of the greatest benefits of working at OpticsPlanet is my hands on access to all of the products in which we carry.  This can be both wonderful and terrible at the same time.  I can see every product, evaluate the strengths and the weaknesses, and then select the best item to suit my needs.  However, conflict can arise when I find two products that I equally desire.  When I reach this road block many will say “why don’t you just get both”.  Well, that’s a nice phrase, but I am on a budget! 
This happened not too long ago while I was in the search for a new backpack.  I wanted something that I could bring to work every day as well as safely carry my laptop and any other gear I might have for the day.  Durability and adaptability were also of utmost importance.  These key factors were pushing me towards a tactical backpack.  The first pack(s) I had in mind were that of the 5.11 Rush Series; Specifically the Rush 12 (also available inSandstone andMultiCam).  It was just large enough to carry 15” Macbook Pro and far exceeded my durability and adaptability

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01 Aug
My first knife purchase here was the Victorinox Farmer Swiss Army Knife.  Come to think of it, my second and third knife purchases were the Victorinox Farmer Swiss Army Knives, as well.
I like the Farmer for a number of reasons – first, for the lack of a corkscrew.  I have never, ever needed a corkscrew when out in the woods.  Most places you are likely to encounter wine, will have corkscrews.  If I was really desperate, I would push the cork in, drink the entire bottle, and not worry about re-corking it.  Plus, I’m a bourbon guy anyway.  The bottle opener comes in handy when a Newcastle Brown Ale crosses my path, and there’s a can opener so I can be in charge of the shelter during the coming apocalypse.
The Farmer has a usable flat head screwdriver blade, and a half a phillips head, sort of.  It looks odd, but it works.  There is a reamer, so if I ever need to ream something, I suppose I’m covered there.  The best feature, in my opinion, is the wood saw.  I’ve used this to clear branches overhanging a trail, to cut a walking stick, to make shelter …

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