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1 MAKE: Zippo MODEL: Ax­e­saw WEIGHT: 2.6 pounds MSRP: $80

URL: Zippo.com

This ver­sa­tile tool com­bines a hatchet, bow saw and mal­let into one rugged piece of kit. The 20-inch haft is capped with a stain­less steel, full-tang axe head with a 4.5-inch face and backed by a durable poly­mer mal­let for pound­ing in tent stakes and other tasks. The axe head locks se­curely into a safety sheath that dou­bles as the saw han­dle. Soft rub­ber over­lays pro­vide grip and make it very com­fort­able. A 15-inch steel saw blade stores in the haft when not in use and mounts se­curely in place when in “saw” mode. Each com­po­nent per­forms as well or bet­ter than other in­di­vid­ual tools on the mar­ket, but be­ing an all-in-one tool makes it the per­fect woods tool. The only con we found is that the op­ti­mal hatchet grip lo­ca­tion falls right at the saw blade lock­ing lever, which can be un­com­fort­able but is eas­ily reme­died with a Hogue hand­gun grip sleeve or 550 cord wrap.

2 MAKE: Le­upold

MODEL: Le­upold Car­bine Op­tic (LCO) MAGNIFICATION: 1x

RETICLE: 1 MOA dot; ½-MOA click ad­just­ments

SPECS: 3.6L x 2.25W x 2.41H inches; 9 ounces

MSRP: $910

URL: Le­upold.com

The LCO red-dot sight is made of 6061-T6 alu­minum and is built to take a beat­ing. The reticle has 16 bright­ness set­tings and an auto-off fea­ture af­ter 15 min­utes of in­ac­tiv­ity; it turns on to the last set­ting when it senses vi­bra­tion. It has front and back Di­a­mondCoat lenses, en­clos­ing the in­ter­nals in a ni­tro­gen-sealed cham­ber that’s 100 per­cent fog- and wa­ter­proof to 66 feet. Drop-test­ing the LCO was child’s play: We sub­merged it in a pan of wa­ter and froze it for two days at -10 de­grees (F). In­side a block of ice, the light came on when it was picked up. We bashed it on con­crete to break up the ice and then dropped the unit in 130-de­gree wa­ter. None of this phased it.

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MAKE: CRKT MODEL: Dak­tyl

BLADE LENGTH: 3.05 inches

OVER­ALL LENGTH: 6.8 inches (opened); 4.4 inches (closed) THICK­NESS: 0.145 inch WEIGHT: 2.4 ounces

BLADE: 420J2 stain­less steel MSRP: $60

URL: CRKT.com

This is a unique min­i­mal­ist de­sign that swivels out­ward 180 de­grees from the side to open and close. It opens and closes by press­ing down on the lever and swing­ing it open in either di­rec­tion, lock­ing it in place via a notch in the skele­tonized frame. It’s very com­fort­able to hold, and the skele­tonized “Hitch­cock” blade has a fin­ger hole at the base, which adds pre­cise con­trol, keeps the hand in place and aids in re­ten­tion. The hole also has a cara­biner for at­tach­ing to small loops and for use as a bot­tle opener.

4 MAKE: Warne

MODEL: RT-1 Range Tool

SPECS: 5 ounces; 4 (L) x 1.88 (W) x 0.75 (H) inches

MSRP: $20

URL: WarneS­copeMounts.com

The RT-1 boasts 12 chromevana­dium steel bits that cover most of the ba­sic firearms main­te­nance tasks en­coun­tered while in the field or at the range, in­clud­ing scope ad­just­ments.

The alu­minum han­dle is durable yet light­weight. It in­cludes three Torx driv­ers, six Allen heads, a pin re­mover, and Phillips and flat-blade screw­drivers. It eas­ily fits in a pocket. It’s well made and does a lot, given its small size and cost.

5 MAKE: Shooter’s Choice

MODEL: Uni­ver­sal Gun Care Pack MSRP: $25

URL: Shoot­ers-Choice.com

We’ve been us­ing Shooter’s Choice as one of our go-to clean­ers for years. FP-10 is a CLP (“cleans, lu­bri­cates and pro­tects”) that works well—it’s a good cleaner and an ex­cel­lent lu­bri­cant and pro­tec­tant. Plus, it smells pleas­ant. The MC7 Bore Cleaner/Con­di­tioner has a pow­er­ful smell, so we don’t use it un­less needed; but for heavy-duty clean­ing chores, it’s about as good as it gets. The Rust Pre­vent dis­places mois­ture, leav­ing a pro­tec­tive film. We use it for longer-term stor­age.

6 MAKE: Jage­mann

MODEL: Jag 17 Poly­mer Mag­a­zine (for Glock hand­guns)

OP­TIONS: Glock G17, G19, G42, G43 and .22-cal­iber 1911s

COL­ORS: Black, green, gray, brown, red, pink, blue

MSRP: $14

URL: Jage­man­nS­port­ingGroup.com

Jage­mann brings 60-plus years of ex­pe­ri­ence in metal stamp­ing into its line of pre­ci­sion-made poly­mer hand­gun mags. The Jag 17 has the look and feel of high-qual­ity metal mags, but it is made from au­to­mo­tive­g­rade en­gi­neered resin. The ex­tended base plate adds an extra round (18) and ad­di­tional grip for load­ing. It slides into the mag well fast and has im­proved ge­om­e­try in the fol­lower and feed lips for re­li­able feed­ing. We ejected it from shoul­der height onto con­crete 10 times, fully loaded—with barely a scratch. Plus, not even one round popped out.

7 MAKE: Mis­sion First Tac­ti­cal (MFT) MODEL: EPG27 AR15 Pis­tol Grip MSRP: $20 (black, Scorched Dark Earth); $25 (gray, Fo­liage Green)

URL: Mis­sionFirstTac­ti­cal.com

GI-is­sue AR grips were in­no­va­tive and er­gonomic … for the 1960s. But we’ve learned a lot about firearm grip er­gonomics since then. The EPG27 is based on modern hand­gun er­gonomics and puts com­fort and con­trol at a whole new level. Formed into the grip are grooves and palm swells that keep the hand in place on the grip, and the palm swells also serve to fill the hand nicely. A com­fort tab cov­ers the re­ceiver gap to pre­vent hand sore­ness from long shoot­ing ses­sions. Im­proved grip an­gle re­duces wrist fa­tigue dur­ing long shoot­ing ses­sions, be­cause the wrist isn’t bent at such a sharp an­gle. It also makes for bet­ter con­trol of the ri­fle while shoot­ing, as well as for one-handed op­er­a­tion— such as dur­ing reloads ... or when dual-wield­ing ARs, Rambo-style.

MAKE: Rite in the Rain MODEL: Storm Sight Shoot­ing Tar­gets

MSRP: $12 for 8.5 x 11-inch tar­gets (25-pack); $20 for 11 x 17-inch tar­gets

URL: RiteintheRain.com

Rite in the Rain has been mak­ing shoot­ing tar­gets us­ing its tan pa­per stock for a while now (see the left tar­get in the above photo), of­fer­ing four dif­fer­ent tar­gets. But re­cently, the com­pany came out with a line called Storm Sight Shoot­ing Tar­gets. The new lineup uses the same Rite in the Rain mon­soon­proof coat­ing, as all of its prod­ucts do. It fea­tures neon-orange on a white back­ground for bet­ter shot hole visibility at longer dis­tances. All three are dou­ble sided, with two dif­fer­ent tar­gets for vari­a­tion in shoot­ing drills. These tar­gets can be in a tor­ren­tial down­pour for hours and will shed wa­ter like duck feath­ers. We soaked a tar­get in wa­ter and for­got it for half an hour. When we fished it out, it was mildly warped, but it dried quickly, and the pa­per and sur­face coat­ing in­tegrity were not com­pro­mised.

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