Pelican Products Hardigg FieldPak
Many agencies issue patrol rifles and shotguns to an officer or vehicle. This can cause an issue with how to secure, protect, transport, and carry this equipment.
Hardigg, now under the flag of Pelican Products, has been manufacturing cases for more than half a century. I have used the company's Large Footlocker to store my gear in my SUV for quite some time. When I learned of the new FieldPak I knew it was a piece of equipment that would be useful on the street, at home, and anywhere you need to protect a pair of long guns.
The FieldPak consists of Hardigg's tougher than nails Storm Case and a double rifle case made by Eagle Industries that fits inside the Storm Case and can also be removed for use on its own. This combination should keep a pair of long guns protected in just about anything duty can dish out here on the streets or in the world's worst conditions in Afghanistan.
I have a couple of buds in the country who are packing their tactical rifles and backup in these and their rifles remain unharmed. Here in Pittsburgh I've been using the FieldPak to tote my Ruger 556 and Smith & Wesson M&P22 to and from the range. The case and rifles have endured virtual monsoons and not a drop of liquid has touched the firearms. The Hardigg Storm Case is water- and dust-proof thanks to its inner seals and numerous pressure latches.
To see how tough the Storm Case-Eagle Bag combination is, I jumped up and down on the iM3100 model I tested with the rifles inside. I am far from a little guy, tipping the scales at 240, and the hinges, locks, and rifles all came through without a scratch. But this is still not something I suggest you try at home because I don't want to hear of weapons being damaged.
Hardigg makes the FieldPak long guns from an M4 to a full-size tactical rifle such as an M21 or M24. So there should be a size to protect your weapons. If you need a serious weapons case, check out Hardigg Cases and now parent company Pelican. Between the two you will be able to protect most any weapon or tool in your arsenal.
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Scout Folder Knife
I have worn 5.11 Tactical clothing ever since 5.11 was just a pant in the Royal Robbins line. Yes, I am that old, and I still have a couple pairs of 5.11s with Royal Robbins tags. In the meantime, the 5.11 Tactical line has grown to several thousand SKUs, including quality, affordably priced knives.
A Scout Folder recently arrived via my favorite delivery truck. What I found was a stylish and nicely sized knife designed by Mike Vellekamp from Blade-Tech.
5.11 Tactical Scout Folder Knife
I immediately appreciated the easy ambidextrous opening of the AUS8 blade using Blade-Tech's V-Hole. I also like that the Scout's 3.5-inch blade opens smoothly and secures with a nested liner lock. This reduces the width of the Scout so it's easier to carry.
Further enhancing this knife's versatility is the number of ways you can mount the clip. You can adjust the the V-Hole to be in an up or down position and for left or right pocket carry. This may seem like a minor issue, but not everybody wants to carry a knife the way the manufacturer thinks is best. 5.11 Tactical supplies a T6 wrench with the knife so you don't have to search for one to make adjustments.
I found the Scout Folder to be a sleek, comfortable knife to carry. Its G10 grips give you a solid purchase on the knife but won't tear up the pants pocket you're carrying it in. The finger grooves on the frame of the knife are comfortable and fit a wide range of hand sizes. With a retail price under $50 you can't go wrong with the 5.11 Tactical Scout Folder.
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