Covert Cabinet HG-21 Handgun Cabinet Review

Covert Gun Cabinet

Covert Cabinet Handgun Cabinet HG-21

A major concern homeowners have when it comes to home defense is gun safety along with quick access to their firearms. Considerations include keeping home defense firearms out of the hands of children and others that may live in, or have access to the home. You simply cannot have weapons displayed openly for various reasons with safety being a priority.

However, you still need the ability to protect your family and possessions and having a firearm locked away in a safe can be problematic when an intrusion occurs. One option, and a very good option by the way, is to install a Covert Cabinet Handgun Cabinet. They are hardwood cabinets made specifically for handgun storage, while still being able to store other items as well, such as documents, cash and valuable jewelry.

Covert Gun Cabinet Open

Theft of your firearms is a major concern, and thieves have been known to carry off small gun safes or other storage devices. Locked boxes always indicate valuables to a thief. Thieves generally do not even look at shelving, let alone carrying them off, making them the ideal hiding place for firearms.

Made of real hardwood, these cabinets, as they are called, are made in America. They can hang on any wall in any room in your home or office. They are not made of composites or particleboard but real hardwoods in either maple or oak. Once hung on the wall there is absolutely no indication they have a secret storage compartment. Items can be placed on the shelves and left there. Items on the shelf will not interfere with your access to firearms or other valuables.

Locks, latches and hinges are hidden from view with no indication even under scrutiny that they are present when the compartment is closed. The compartment drops down from under the shelf. The interior lock is magnetic that requires a magnetic key to access, which of course is included.

The storage compartment does not simply drop open, spilling things when you activate the magnetic lock to open. The hinges operate smoothly using a “Stabilus” dampener gas spring. However, the hinges do operate quickly giving you immediate access to what is inside.

Covert Gun Cabinet Open Side View

Once on the wall small children cannot gain entry, because first, they are well above their reach and secondly a key is required for entry. Children of course are curious, so if they know there is a secret compartment they will want to investigate. This can cause fall injuries and/or breakage of items on the shelves, so keep this in mind when installing and using.

You can place photographs, bric-a-brac, candles and so forth on the shelving. Once again, items stored on the shelf do not have to be moved to get at what is stored in the concealed compartment.

The shelving blends into any décor so they are not the focal point that catches the eye. Subdued and yet allowing things to be hidden in plain sight, making them the ideal “secret” storage place that allows quick access to your firearms.

Specifications:

  • Includes three distinct finishes: Sugar Maple, American Cherry and Gunstock Walnut with your choice of Maple or Oak Wood
  • Exterior Dimensions are 21″ long by 12″wide by 4″deep
  • Interior Dimensions are 13.5″long by  8″wide by 2″deep
  • Includes 1 Magnetic safety lock with 1 magnetic key
  • Also includes 1 Stab-O-Shoc dampener gas spring
  • Comes with 2 Hinges, steel, nickel plated
  • 1 ½”  double sided adhesive on the back of 20mm black Foam
  • Finish is two coats of Varicure Satin finish
  • Mounting hardware and installation instructions are included

Considerations

The cabinets are designed to hide your valuables in plain sight. Certainly, no one wants to be the victim of a burglary, but why compound the misery by having your valuables stolen as well, when there is a break-in.

Your firearms are within reach if you experience a home invasion. Unfortunately, if someone kicks in your front door while the family is watching television, you do not have time to run to your gun safe, fumble with the lock, remember your pass code, or combination, and then grab your firearm. Quick reaction is essential.

Invest now in something that makes absolute sense, there is no downside at all to owning a Covert Cabinet system that allows you to secure and hide your firearms within reach in any room, in your home or office. You can purchase a Covert Cabinet HG-21 for $229.99 Amazon.com or on CovertCabinets.com.

Quick Modification

Covert Gun Cabinet Modification

I wanted to be able to keep money in my cabinet without it getting in the way when reaching for my firearm, so I tacked in a simple zippered pouch that I picked up at Staples to the underside of the self, seen above. This works quite well for keeping cash, coins and small jewelry items without interfering with your firearm.

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Farson Blade Survival Tool Review

Farson Survival Blade

The Farson Blade Survival Tool design is based on an ancient stone tool found near Farson Wyoming. Ancient humans needed tools to survive in their environment just as modern humans do today. The tools that early humans used were made for a multitude of tasks. They did not make multiple tools they made one tool that could do multiple tasks. No frills no fancy scrollwork just sturdy usable tools. Get the job done and move on.

The Farson Blade cuts, chops, slices and skins. It makes an ideal all around backup survival tool. It will replace a knife or hatchet in a survival situation but consider it a backup tool that will compliment your other survival gear.

The blade fits anywhere, inside your backpack, survival kit or it can be worn on your belt or lashed to the outside of your backpack for easy access when hiking. Make the Farson Blade part of your everyday carry.

Caution: The blade right out of the box is extremely sharp, so use caution when handling. The tool is all sharpened blade for the most part.

It can be used in the home, or camp kitchen as a food chopper, dicer and slicer. The design allows the user complete control over the tool as you chop, skin or slice. Turn the blade around and you will notice the edge has just enough of a point so it can be used to slice canvas, leather, cardboard or meats and other food.

Because of how your hand is wrapped around the handle and over the blade there is no chance of losing your grip and sliding your hand up the blade if your hand or the handle gets wet/slippery.

There is Jimping (cut notches) where your thumb or forefinger would naturally rest to prevent slipping when applying pressure or for a more defined grip when doing delicate work with the blade. The blade is light enough and certainly sharp enough to easily make wood curls for fire tinder or even do carvings that are more precise.

Farson Blade Ax

Once in the Backcountry you can attach a wooden handle, using the 550 Paracord already wrapped on the handle to make a field expedient hatchet/ax for more serious chopping. If you remove the Paracord from the handle, you can also use the Farson Blade to split wood using a wooden baton. There is not a protruding handle of course so you will have to strike both ends of the blade to drive it straight down through the wood. Practice on a piece of 2×4 so you can get the feel of it before splitting harder less uniformed pieces out in the field.

Manufactures’ Specifications

  • Length Overall is 6″
  • 3.1″ in Width
  • Thickness is .140″
  • Length of Cutting Edge is 7.75″
  • Blade Material 4cr15
  • Handle wrapped with 8ft of 550 Black Paracord with a Loop for Securing around the Wrist
  • Includes Nylon Sheath With protective Plastic Insert

The blade material is high quality stainless steel so rust and corrosion is not a worry. Of course, as with any tool keeping it clean and sharp will enhance its usability and help prolong its life. Hone the blade as you would any knife, and because it is stainless, it can be honed with virtually any sharpening tool or stone.

Hikers can wear the Farson Blade on their belt or carry it in their packs. Campers will find the Farson Blade one of those tools they always reach for, for all their camping chores. Hunters and anglers will find any number of uses for the Farson Blade from skinning and processing wild game to cleaning fish.

The blade can be used with a Ferro/flint rod to create a spark or use it to shave a magnesium stick for fire starting. The Farson Blade also makes an ideal hide scraper for those that want to process/tan their hides while in the field.

Keep one in your home emergency kits and always have at least one in your bug-out-bag and survival kit. Carry the Farson Blade along with your traditional survival knifes and other gear on any outdoor adventure.

The Farson Blade is an ideal gift to give for those that already have several quality survival knifes. The Farson is that one tool that anyone will find useful in any type of situation.

Once again, it is not necessarily designed to replace any one particular piece of survival gear but will complement what you already have. However, if you find yourself in a situation where the only tool you have is the Farson Blade then you have a survival tool that will get the job done. To learn more about the Farson Blade visit FremontKnives.com

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The Lightning Strike Fire Starter Review

Lightning Strike Firestarter

The Lightning Strike Fire Starter

Most of you understand the absolute need for fire in a survival situation, and most of you come to the party prepared. You may have matches, lighters, Ferro rods and magnesium sticks, and you may even have a flint and steel. You also may carry dry tinder and other fire starting aids such as cotton balls, petroleum jelly, alcohol wipes and even alcohol based hand sanitizer.

Imagine for one minute however, that you can carry one item, one self-contained tool that has all you need to start a fire in virtually any environment, under any weather conditions. Well the Lighting Strike Fire Starter is that one tool.

What Is It and What Can It Do

Some call it a Ferro rod on steroids. The Lightening Strike is about the size of a Mini-Mag flashlight. The housing is anodized machined aluminum, with a waterproof storage handle that comes loaded with a fire starting tinder kit and the Ferro rod is replaceable by the way.

A Ferro rod or Ferrocerium rod is a manufactured metallic material that gives off sparks at temperatures up to 3,000 ᵒF (1,650 ᵒC).

The rod is encased in the Lightening Strike using a setscrew so it can be replaced or rotated when one side becomes worn. The barrel design directs the sparks so they are concentrated at your tinder, so no more sparks flying everywhere. They are directed through the barrel, “shot gunned” if you will. A channel or groove allows you to slide the striker along the Ferro rod.

The storage handle is ingenious, because it has an insert cap with a tether attached and an easy to remove waterproof cover. The cap is placed inside the storage handle (at the bottom) with a tether or “pull cord” exposed so it can be grasped. You simply place the tinder into the storage handle (resting on the cap) and when you need tinder simply pull the tether to raise the cap and tinder.

No groping with a pocketknife or stick trying to get at the tinder to extract it’s the little things, or not so little things, like this that make all the difference in the world when you find yourself in a survival situation.

The Lightening Strike Fire Starter is available in Blue, Red or Green and refills of the Lightening Strike Fire Tinder are always available. Pick up extra tinder at the time of purchase because you simply cannot have too much. The handle will hold enough tinder to start about 12 fires.

The need to start a fire is not exclusive to those that venture outdoors. Any adult and even children aged seven and older can benefit from knowing how to create fire in a survival situation, and they need the tools to do it, safe and effective tools.

Natural disasters can strike any community leaving you literally in the dark and out in the cold if you cannot create a fire. Carry one in your wilderness survival pack, car emergency kit and have one in your home’s emergency supply kit as well.

We Are Just Getting Started

The striker when not in use inserts into the barrel for storage and held in place with a shock cord (Bungee Cord) attached so once you remove the striker it stays with the Lighting Striker. Can you imagine the wind is blowing, it is snowing or raining and it is below freezing and you drop your traditional striker in the snow or a pile of leaves and you cannot find it?

Accidents like this cost lives. Well now, no need to worry when you carry the Lightening Strike Fire Starter, because the striker is always attached using the shock cord.

The barrel has a slot for the striker to glide along the Ferro rod. Because of the design, it takes no effort at all to create a spark and the best thing is you can create a fire one handed if a hand becomes injured.

To use one-handed grasp the Lightening strike between your knees and remove the waterproof cap to get at the tinder with your good hand. Once you have the tinder out put the cap back on and then remove the striker. Next fluff the tinder as much as you can one handed and then place your foot on the storage handle end and place the barrel on the ground directed at the tinder with the channel in the barrel up. Then slide the striker along the channel making solid contact with the Ferro rod. Sparks will shoot out the end igniting your tinder.

Lightning Strike Fire Starter One Handed

The Lightening Strike Fire Starter Is a Lifetime Tool

You can replace the Ferro rod when it is worn so you will always have the uniquely designed tool that allows you to direct sparks onto your tinder once you have replaced the Ferro rod. You will always have the waterproof storage compartment in the handle filled with fire tinder as well. There is absolutely no reason not to have a Lightening Strike Fire Starter in your survival pack, car kit and one in your homes’ emergency supply kit, and make sure you always have extra tinder available.

If you use up all the tinder stored in the handle, replace immediately, because you never know when you might need to create a fire.

My immediate thoughts were “this is the Cadillac of fire starters”. How many of you have broken a typical Ferro rod when striking it. The rods glued into a plastic handle will break eventually or simply fall apart and always at the wrong time. They are difficult to grip and forget about it when wearing gloves or your hands are cold.

The Lightening Strike handle is big enough so you can grip it with gloves on and still drag it along the encased Ferro rod.

The Lightening Strike Fire Starter can be used with gloves on or when your hands are cold and gripping is difficult, because the people that designed it actually use their products. They know why fire is needed and when, so they designed it so it can be used effectively in any survival situation by anyone in any weather condition period.

Final Thoughts

This is without a doubt the best fire starter I have used to date. You might think the price is steep, I know I did, but after using it and seeing what it can do I’m very impressed with this product. The way I see it is your paying for a lifetime ferro rod handle that supercharges your average ferro rod on top of giving you the ability to start fire with one hand if need be.

Not only was I able to start a fire one handed but it also lit a wet fire tinder still wrapped in the plastic wrapping, pretty impressive if you ask me. You can purchase a Lightning Strike Fire Starter for $60.00 at hollandguns.com

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Tops ATAX Review

Tops Atax with Sheath

ATAX = All Terrain Ax

It is an ax, a knife, a skinning knife no less, a wire cutter, a range finder and a compass. We are not done yet though, it also has an inclinometer, a field clock, a wrench, hammer and rescue tool. Is there more, of course there is, because this is a ATAX so it also has a survival kit holder, a fire bow bearing, a field level and it can even launch arrows.

The ATAX is one of the most incredible pieces of survival gear I have ever seen that can be worn on your belt and carried with you anywhere. Pack your backpack and have it standing by because once you get your hands on this incredible survival tool, you will want to head out to the backcountry to put it through its paces.

Specifications

  • Overall length is 5.5 inches
  • Width is 4.5 inches
  • Thickness ¼”
  • Steel is 1095 tool Steel
  • Weight 16 ounces
  • The Handles is Linen Micarta
  • Comes With a Kydex Sheath (Revisable for tight or left hand)

The ATAX also includes an instructional DVD with the purchase of the tool, otherwise the DVD purchased separately is $14.99.

One of the more important aspects of the ATAX is the skinning tool. The razor edge combined with the weight, and simply how the tool fits the hand, takes the work out of field dressing and skinning large game.

The rounded razor sharp edge of the skinning blade is designed to prevent puncturing the skin when working through the animal tissue, thus preserving the hide for further processing.

The rangefinder on the tool is indispensable for hunters, hikers, and any outdoor enthusiast. Use it by sighting through the viewer to get an accurate reading off distant objects by matching with the range variation numbers stamped on the tool.

Slingshot bands can be attached to the tool to launch arrows, so make sure you have one or two sets in your pack along with arrows or you can make your own arrows if you find yourself in need in a wilderness environment.

Slingshot bands and arrows are not included with the ATAX.

Pound nails with the hammerhead on the back of the tool and then you can remove those same nails with the wrench slot. The slot works similar to how a claw hammer or pry bar would remove a nail. Use the wrench slot to grab and help turn a troublesome nut as well. Grasp the nut in the wrench slot and turn the bolt with the pliers on a multi-tool.

Tops Atax Multi Use Tool

The fire drill divot, another indispensable aspect of the tool is built in so you always have one. In any survival situation, fire is critical and if you are caught without fire starting materials, you can put together a bow and drill in no time.

The ATAX has a built in sun dial and direction finder so you can estimate time of day (pretty darn close, account for daylight savings time) and find north, south, east and west. The system is similar to a sundial and uses the cast shadow of the sun, which can be a wealth of information for those that know how to read the signs.

The included DVD has instructions that are more precise so it is important that you learn all of the important aspects of your ATAX survival tool.

Keep in mind there is an “ax” in ATAX, so yes it is primarily an ax and you can easily fit a handle to it to make quick work of heavy limbs and even trees. To make a field expedient ax handle fork/split the end of a stout branch, slip the end between the handle and blade back, and secure the forked end to the tool with cordage. Now you have an ax that you can put some weight behind for those heavier jobs in the field.

Tops Atax Ax

Weighing in at one pound I found the ATAX can be used for practically any cutting, chopping or slicing job. The heft feels comfortable, and I found I could accomplish more with less hand strain because of the design and weight. Once you grab it, and hold it in your hand, you will want to go find something to chop, or cut with it.

Remember it comes with an instructional DVD, so be sure and watch it once, and then watch it once more so you know exactly what your ATAX can do. There is no point in having a tool and not using it to its full potential, and this one has plenty of potential, more in fact than any survival tool I have ever used.

The ATAX feels good nestled at the waist, it does not get in the way, and it can be switched around for left or right hand draw depending on what else you may want to clip to the belt.

Keep in mind the Late Ron Hood designed this tool, made by Tops Knives, essentially as a backup survival tool. As incredible as the ATAX is, make sure you always have a quality survival knife and multi-tool with you both of which will complement the ATAX, so together there is not anything you cannot accomplish in any survival situation, especially surviving. The Tops Atax can be purchased for $139.95 at BladeHq.com.

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Everyday Carry Handcuff Key

The Perfect Everyday Carry Handcuff Key

With home invasions on the rise knowing how to break free from zip ties and being able to escape from handcuffs could save your life. With THINKs new concealable handcuff key you now won’t ever have to worry about being illegally detained by a criminal. The key is designed to be part of your everyday carry so it’s there when you need it.

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The Vipukirves-Leveraxe

Vipukirves-leveraxe

As a prepper we all know that heating your home with wood is the best way to be prepared because even when the grid goes down you still have heat and a way to cook your food. But we also know that splitting that wood can be a huge chore, there is a reason why they say chopping your wood will warm you twice. Well now there is a new axe that makes that chore easier and safer. Heikki Kärnä has invented a new kind of axe called the Vipukirves, which translates as Leveraxe.

leveraxe

Your standard axe works like a wedge and needs to be driven down with enough force to split the wood along the grain. What Heikki Kärnä has done is create an extra piece of metal on the side of the blade to force it to deflect at a right angle pushing the wood sideways. By pushing the wood sideways, like a lever, you need less force to split the log.

For US orders, the base price is €155.74 ($215), plus €47.26 ($65) in shipping, that may sound high for an axe but considering your exerting less effort and time to get the job done, sounds like a good deal to me, but then again I was never one to skimp when it comes to buying a quality tool. To purchase or learn more about the Leveraxe visit http://www.vipukirves.fi/english/index.htm and check out the video below to see it in action.

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Drone/Thermal Evasion Cloak

Thermal Evasion Cloak

Drones are soon to be everywhere, spying on your every move. Drones use thermal imaging to “see”. Thermal imaging “sees” the heat given off by the human body. If you can mask or obscure the signature, you can become invisible to drones, much in the same way wearing camouflage works to the human eye. No one has successfully come up with an effective camouflage for thermal imaging, but the folks at the TinHatRanch.com look like they are getting close. Check out their progress at the link below.

Drone/Thermal Evasion Cloak Update

 

 

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Sagewood Gear Scout Carry Sheath Review

Sagewood Gear Scout Sheath With Firesteel

Once you unpack the Scout Sheath, you will immediately realize it will last your lifetime and you can pass it down to the next generation, and it will last another lifetime, yes, it is that kind of sheath.

What Is a Scout Sheath All About?

The Sagewood Gear Scout Carry Sheath features a unique Pivoting Retention Strap called the PRS system. This remarkable design feature allows you to pivot the retaining strap down once you unsnap it. Remember how your old sheath strap works, you unsnap it and the blade and guard catch on the snaps as you draw the knife.

Your quick draw with your old sheath is anything but, as you fumble to untangle the knife from the straps. With the Scout Sheath, this problem has been eliminated. To draw your knife from your new sheath, you simply unsnap and rotate the retention strap down away from the blade. You will wonder, why no one has thought of this before.

Left or right handed, it does not matter, because you can change the direction of draw by removing the belt loops and flipping them to the opposite side. This provides you with carry options, cross draw configuration, small of your back or on either side. This feature is ideal for those that plan to carry a sidearm. The ambidextrous feature of the sheath allows you to carry your weapon as you always do, because the sheath can easily be repositioned to accommodate other items on your belt.

Sagewood Gear Scout Sheath GSO 5.1

The sheath is also PALS webbing compatible. What is PALS Webbing? The system is grid of webbing called a Pouch Attachment Ladder System or PALS developed for the United States Army. The system is used to attach smaller equipment onto load bearing platforms such as vests and backpacks. This is an outstanding feature to have.

“PALS” consists of webbing sewn on the LB (load bearing) equipment, with matching webbing and straps on the attachment. The system allows for a very secure fit and for rapid detachment with little effort.

 Other Features Include

  • “Scout” aka Horizontal carry
  • MOLLE Compatible
  • The Sheath Is Made From 10oz Herman Oak Leather
  • Handcrafted and Hand Stitched
  • High Quality Hardware
  • All Fasteners Are Press Fitted For Incredible Durability
  • Double Snap Belt Loops
  • Water Repellant Finish
  • Option Fire Steel Loop 1/4”, 5/16” or 3/8” Diameter

You have your choice of three colors, black, dark brown, and light brown. In addition to the optional fire steel carrying loop, you can also choose between a tapered end or a squared end sheath. If you’re looking for a carrying pouch for storing/carrying survival gear, sharpening stone or anything else you can think of, then check out their PRS Deluxe Scout Sheath.

In the past, I have talked about knives, and their sheaths. I have often times waited anxiously for a new knife to arrive, the thrill of something new. You know the feeling, you unpack the knife, and admire its quality and then “oh by the way” there is a sheath in the package too. You pull it out, it is a limp nylon or canvas piece with Velcro fasteners that will soon gather lint, and they always seem to be in the way. You get the impression that some knife makers put all their efforts into the blade and the quality of the sheath makes it feel like it was an afterthought.

The maker’s labor over the knife and the artisan thinks, oh maybe we had better toss in a sheath while we are at it. Therefore, you start to search for a quality sheath only to find out they are twice as much as the knife you have just purchased not the case with a Sagewood sheath however, I found them to be half the price of some of the other sheath makers out there.

When you open the package of your new sagewood gear knife sheath it is a thing of beauty and you will want to hold it and look at it, maybe even run your fingers over the stitching as you imagine the possibilities; the craftsmanship is second to none. The Scout Sheath is perfect for hunters, campers, survival experts, and anyone that wants a high quality leather knife sheath that will last a lifetime.

Final Thoughts

The only downfall to this sheath was the wait time, at the moment Sagewood Gears has a waiting period of 8-10 weeks for any sheath ordered, but in my opinion it was well worth the wait. Sagewood Gear currently offers sheaths for some models of Survive Knives, ESEE, Tops, Ontario and Becker knives. Sagewood Gear sheaths start at $89.95 depending on the knife and model, making them a lot more affordable, see their full line of products at sagewoodgear.com.

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Survive Knives GSO Field Tests

Survive Knives GSO

This month we are giving away a Survive Knives GSO 4.1 to show our appreciation for hitting 50,000 fans on Facebook. Since Survive Knives is a fairly new company and many of you haven’t heard about them, I thought I would share this excellent video by Guy Seiferd running his knives through a few field tests so you can see just how well these knives perform. So check out the video below and then head on over to our Facebook post and make sure you enter to win one of his excellent knives.

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Tactical Walls 1242 RLS Hidden Gun Shelf

Tactical Walls Rifle Length Shelf

 

If you’re a renter and want a great way to conceal your firearms then Tactical Walls has come up with the solution for you. Their new 1242 RLS (Rifle Length Self) and 825 PLS (Pistol Length Self) shelves will not only get you compliments from your friends and family, but they will also give you peace of mind in knowing that your home defense plan is a lot more flexible throughout your home.

Both Shelves have a discreet foam lined cavity that can be configured to your liking. Simply cut the shapes that you desire and the foam will securely hold your items without moving, keeping them right where you want them. Both shelves also have two hidden locks and once simply disengaged with the magnetic keys the lower half of the shelf is smoothly lowered with the assistance of pneumatic struts.

Both selves are designed to work with standard 2×4 walls found in most homes and apartments and do not require any interior modifications to your walls. Each shelf is also supplied with a set of shelf brackets that are to be installed on the top of the shelf for added support as well as also acting as an elegant set of bookends. To learn more about these two new shelves or to preorder them visit TacticalWalls.com

 

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