Recognize the Good with Tango Yankee Chips

Recognize the good and kind people around you with Tango Yankee Chips.

Let’s be honest, people suck. But, not all people. And when people are doing what’s right, having a good attitude, or just being good people, we should recognize them. And that’s what the Tango Yankee Project aims to do.

By recognizing those who are doing good things, through the Tango Yankee Project, we can tell people, “what you’re doing in this life matters.” And in a time when our flaws often outshine the good we do, it’s nice to feel like what you’re doing still matters.

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Spyderco Native

Spyderco Native

Those of us knife nuts have our favorite makers, designs, and materials. Many fans tend to be fiercely loyal to their favorite makers, with some having one or two, while others among us have a wider palate.

For people who are after a wider palate, Spyderco offers the variety that they crave, with a massive selection of designs and materials. And this is a company that listens to its fans, being very interactive with their customers.

Top knife is the Spyderco Para 3 for comparison. The bottom knife is an early Native (note the pronounced swedge). The middle is the Native 5.
The top knife is the Spyderco Para 3 for comparison. The bottom knife is an early Native (note the pronounced swedge). The middle is the Native 5.

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The Emerson Seax — Viking Blade Design

Emerson Seax with Sig Sauer pistol for EDC

The designs coming out of the Emerson Knives, Inc. shop are ever-evolving, and Mr. Emerson never lets any grass grow under his feet. He has maintained the original designs that launched the company (if it’s not broken, don’t fix it), to his credit. That said, he steadily releases fresh material, which is a boon for those who enjoy new things.

Enter, stage left, the “new” Emerson Seax (it is pronounced “Sax”, as in short for saxophone), introduced in 2018.

Emerson Seax folding knife.

While this design is new for Emerson, as Ernie points out, it is not a new concept, having been used back in Viking times. Ernie has been a fan of Viking weapons and tools for many years, and this prompted him to pay homage to this blade design, which was originally used by Vikings in a fixed blade configuration.

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Convert Ezydog harness: take the field with Fido

dog harnesses in action

This Ezydog harness rig is gonna be interesting to a lot of you dog owners out there, even those of ya who don’t pal around with a Bandogge or Molossus (or for that matter any war dog). It’s called the Ezydog Convert Harness, and it is receiving excellent reviews everywhere we’ve looked.

Got a fur missile of your own? Read on.

@fatboybrewtus in his Ezydog harness
Fatboy Brewtus in his Ezydog Harness. Some dog hiking gear gets used more than others…

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Changing Stripes: a History of Tiger Stripe Camo

Iconic tiger stripe uniform Martin Sheen in the Vietnam War movie Apocalypse Now.

It has been said that just as a leopard can’t change his spots so too a tiger can’t change his stripes. Yet when it comes to military camouflage, the versatile tiger stripe camo pattern has changed and evolved over the years. The fact remains however that unlike the U.S. military’s Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) or Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP), the iconic tiger stripe camouflage pattern was never actually an “official” form of camouflage.

Tiger Stripe Camo

While it has been called “tiger stripe camo” unofficially, as the name derives from its resemblance to the stripes on the big cats, it is unique in that the pattern has no name. And unlike OCP, UCP, or the other official camouflage patterns, tigerstripe camouflage is also not really one specific pattern. Some experts have suggested that there were nearly two dozen different variants, so it really is the name of a group of camouflage patterns rather than one particular pattern.

Navy SEALS wearing tigerstrip camouflage in Vietnam.
U.S. Navy SEALs wore locally produced tiger stripe uniforms in Vietnam – and yes, blue jeans were also commonly worn by the frogmen. (Photo: U.S. Navy/Public Domain)

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Tactical Flannel: flannel shirts tough enough to fight in

"Tactical Flannel": it's a flannel tough and comfy enough to fight in.

Flannel shirts — for centuries we’ve enjoyed wearing them. That’s no exaggeration neither! Actually, its a bit of an exaggeration, but wtf, we get excited. Read on if you like flannel shirts.

First seen in Wales back in the 16th century (think Queen Elizabeth I, Bill Shakespeare, Ivan the Terrible timeframe), the fabric is thought to have made its way here to the United States circa the Civil War years.

We like flannel shirts for all kinds of stuff. We like ’em for everyday use, for camping, for wearing to the range, for wearing to them to the range, hell some of our guys have worn them on missions in places where there isn’t any good toilet paper and assholes sometime shoot at ya.

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Surefire Sidekick — A Small, Affordable, High-Lumen, EDC Light

SureFire Sidekick illuminating back yard.

Surefire has been making high-quality flashlights for years and is the choice of professionals the world over, including the highest level military operators and law enforcement professionals, as well as discriminating civilians from all walks of life. They are a solid company that stands behind their products.

The Surefire Sidekick, which is the least expensive light that they offer in their product line, retails for $29.99, which makes it reasonable for just about everyone who needs a quality light. I ordered the pocket clip for the light right away ($10), which I highly recommend.

SureFire Sidekick Clip
The attached clip adds versatility. Clip it to the pocket or the bill of your hat for hands-free operation.

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The Ledlenser P7R Flashlight | High-Powered Flashlight for Every Day Use

Ledlenser has announced the official release of their P7R flashlight. They claim they have the best-selling flashlight, and this particular one is great for every day or on-the-job use.

Ledlenser flashlight multipurpose

Not only does it shine at 1,000 lumens, but we’re told this handheld light shines a beam to almost 700-ft., which is pretty impressive. And if you run it on low-power mode, it’ll last you up to 40 hours before you’ll need to recharge it.

Ledlenser P74 Flashlight, lumens and battery power runtime

What’s really cool about this particular light is its programming feature. Using Smart Light Technology, you can actually program individual light functions, according to Ledlenser. You can even go from a close-up wide flood beam to a focused long-distance beam.

Woman walking dog at night with Ledlenser P7R flashlight.

The P7R also uses a Floating Charge system, which Ledlenser said means the light recharges quickly in its wall-mounted charging cradle.

Ledlenser P74 flashlight with floating charge system.

So, suppose you’re looking for a light with a low power function to save battery and make glare-free reading a thing or looking for high-power. In that case, Ledlenser claims they can give you both in their P7R flashlight.

Special features include an end cap switch and a focus lock, which fixes the present degree of focus in place. The P7R is also rated IPX4, which means it is protected against water splash, no matter the direction.

If that’s not enough for you, the light warns you when the battery is getting low—meaning you won’t randomly run out of battery without warning. There’s also a charge indicator on the light, which shows you the battery’s charge status.

If you decide the P7R Flashlight is the light for you, here’s what’s included in your purchase:

P7R flashlight with accessories included in shipping box.

  • 1 battery pack
  • Floating charge system
  • Belt pocket
  • Hand strap
  • Mounting material
  • USB cable

MSRP: $89.95

Ledlenser P7R Flashlight Specs

Ledlenser P7R flashlight - side profile
LED

  • LED Configuration: 1 x Xtreme LED
  • Luminosity: MAX 1000 lm – MIN 20 lm
  • Lighting Range: MAX 210 m (688.967 ft) – MIN 40 m
  • Battery Duration: MAX 40 h – MIN 2 h

Casing and Battery

  • Battery: 18650 3.7V
  • Battery Capacity: 8.14
  • Water Resistance: IPX4
  • Rechargeable

Height and Weight

  • Length: 158 mm (defocused)
  • Head Diameter: 37 mm
  • Weight: 210 g

For more information, you can go check out the Ledlenser P7R on Ledlenser’s website.

Ledlenser P7R flashlight

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Survival Knives: Check Out the Ontario RTAK II Field Knife

RTAK II field knife review

The Ontario RTAK II is an impressive field knife, to say the least. It’s not something that I carry around with me, but there are occasions where it comes in so very handy. From time to time, I have to clean up fallen trees from the back yard, and this knife will take the limbs off in a most handy manner. Limbs up to an inch in diameter usually come off with one swing.

With almost no effort, the RTAK II sinks into wood. Seriously, I barely swung the blade and it went in that far!
With almost no effort, the RTAK II sinks into wood. Seriously, I barely swung the blade and it went in that far!

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