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The Lee-Enfield rifle served the British Empire in its last days from the fields of Europe to the jungles on Asia and all point in between. The classic rifle chambered . 303 British came in many shapes and sizes from the SMLE pattern which was used designed before World War One to the Ishapore Model 2A that was produced in 1962 in 7.

Lee-Enfield Rifle: Shootable History

Lee-Enfield Rifle: Shootable HistoryThe Lee-Enfield rifle served the British Empire in its last days from the fields of Europe to the jungles on Asia and all point in between. The classic rifle chambered .303 British came in many shapes and sizes from the SMLE pattern which was used designed before World War One to the Ishapore Model 2A that was produced in 1962 in 7.62×51 mm NATO. In total more than 16 million Lee-Enfield pattern rifles have been produced in over seven decades. It’s a simple design that set the standard for bolt-action military rifles for most of the 20 th century. Its longevity, durability and the fact it’s a favorite of military surplus collectors is why we chose to feature it. This installment will showcase a variant of the model most commonly used by British and Canadian troops in World War Two, The Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk II bolt-action service rifle. It’s been in service for over 100 years and still serves in combat today around the globe. The Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk II was essentially a designed that evolved from the Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I. The new improved design feature some changes over that enhanced its stability while shaving productions times and saving resources. These improvements allowed England to produce large quantities of rifles to arm its colonies and allies. Just because the war with Germany and Japan was over didn’t mean the end to conflict around the globe. In the years after World War Two the Lee-Enfield No.4 MkII would see action in the Suez Canal Crisis, the Israeli War for Independence as well as civil wars in several of the former British Empire Colonies and recently liberated countries on all continents. Image:Rick Dembroski You can see the short-range rear sight in this picture The Rifle Now that we have a little history on the rifle and its beginnings let’s take a look at the specifications, and the build quality of these historic rifles. Handling this rifle is like holding a piece of history, a piece of history that played an important part in the founding and defending of many nations since the late 1940’s. Name: Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk II Caliber: .303 British Average load: 174 Grain Full Metal Jacket 2500 Feet per second 2408 Ft lbs of energy at muzzle Length: 44.45 ” Barrel Length: 25.2″ Weight: 9.06 lbs Effective Range: 550 Yards Feed System: Bolt Action Capacity: 10 Rounds Total Units Produced: 16 Million + Country of manufacture: England (several manufacturers, our model was produced at ROF Fazarkerley in 1953) Pakistan (marked POF) Canada (marked “Longbranch” Australia United States (Under Savage Arms name) India (Ishapore Rifle Factory) We have previously covered the earlier World War One Lee-Enfield SMLE rifles and although they take the same type of ammunition, the rifles are almost entirely different. The barrels, sights and bolts of the two rifles are not compatible which is important to note for anyone looking into owning or collecting them. In our opinion and the opinion of many collectors of military surplus firearms the fact they are different rifles does not negatively affect their collectivity or status. First Impressions When I first received my Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk II there are several things about it that made an instant impression on me. The first thing that jumped out at me was the weight, at just over 9 lbs you get an instant reminder that guns use to be made to last. The combination of wood and steel was the backbone of all rifles for well over 100 years and it felt great to hold something so heavy and sturdy. While getting a feel for the rifle I took time to look over the wood on the stock and top cover of the rifle. With the creation of the Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk I and later the Mk II the British had gone away from the tradition of using oak for rifle stocks and replaced it with birch in most production models. The wood on our example features an amazing finish largely free of fading, scratches or discolorations. It’s really a gorgeous sight in our minds. Image:Rick Dembroski Volley sight in down position Disassembly and Inspection Having owned several bolt-action rifles over the years and an earlier Lee-Enfield SMLE of World War One vintage I thought I was familiar with how the rifle should break down, I was wrong. Unlike the earlier SMLE pattern Lee-Enfield the N0. 4 Mk II features a small and rather annoying lever that needs to be depressed to remove the bolt from the receiver. In our model this is rather stiff and slightly cumbersome, I can only image with dirt, grit and carbon fouling this might be problematic. Once you figure this part out disassembly is rather straight forward. Pressing down the lever releases the bolt from its guide rail and allows the user to rotating the bolt head to the 12 O Clock position and remove the bolt from the receiver. We have provided a picture of the lever in order to make sense of the description Image: Rick Dembroski Once we figured out how to remove the bolt and check it over we reinserted it into the receiver and began to work the rifles action. The hallmark of the Lee-Enfield rifles is their smooth and fast action, and I can tell you that it only takes to a few times working the bolt to realize how nice it is. This isn’t like a Browning A-Bolt or Winchester Model 70 hunting rifle, this is a different type of smooth all together. The bolt takes a small amount to move from the locked position and cycle through its normal operation. While looking at the rifle from the shooters position, if you image a clock, the bolt in the closed position rests at around 4 O’clock, and in open position it is at 2 O’Clock. It’s a small compact movement to move the bolt and it flies effortlessly along its rails. It’s really a hard feeling to describe how smooth and effortless this is. It’s far better than other bolt actions military rifles of its era. As we continued our inspection of our sample rifle, we came to notice the markings on the receiver of the rifle that read 9/53. After a little more research we found out that our particular rifle was made in September 1953 by the Royal Ordnance Factory at Fazakerley, a suburb of Liverpool England. Based on our rifles serial number we concluded that it was originally produced to be exported to the country of Burma (Now Myanmar) for military service. At this time Burma was in the middle of civil a civil war between Communist Party of Burma and the Karen Nationalist Party. The conflict went on from 1948-1962 and stretched into a full overthrow of the government by the nations military leadership. The final part of the rifle that we looked at from the outside was the barrel and bayonet system. The No. 4 Mk I and Mk II rifles feature a locking lug on the barrel for a spike or blade bayonet. This is different from earlier Lee-Enfield rifles which featured a flat nose where the end of the barrel was even with the stock. On earlier rifles the bayonet fit onto a large lug under the barrel as opposed to a lug formed into the barrel. The other distinction in bayonet mounting between the SMLE and the No.4 Mk II is that on the No. 4 Mk II rifles the bayonet twists to lock into position. On earlier rifles it featured a locking tab on the rear of the bayonets handle Image: Rick Dembroski Image:Rick Dembroski Final Impressions The Lee-Enfield N0.4 Mk II is an amazing piece of working shooting military history. These rifles which were once ridiculously cheap are getting more expensive as each day passes. Unmolested examples of most World War II era rifles are becoming harder to find. While the .303 British cartridge may not be the cheapest ammunition to find, its more than up to the task for harvesting game animals if you would want to. Most people I know that own Lee-Enfield rifles take them out a few times a year and put them back in the gun cabinet. To many of us, taking our classic military collectible rifles out to the range and shooting them is a way to reconnect with a long gone era. I enjoy taking it the Lee-Enfield and other rifles out and letting kids shoot them and realize that once not everything was made of plastic and aluminum. If you are interested in collecting or shooting vintage military weaponry the Lee-Enfield series of rifles is a great place to start. They offer a combination of speed, reliability and amazing build qualities that make them instant favorites of many gun collectors. These types of rifles have been involved in many of the worlds armed conflicts for over a century, that says more that I can. If you are a collector of military rifles, we want to hear from you. What are your favorites ? and Why ? How did you get into collecting ? The firearms community is made up of many types of collectors and shooters, but all with one common cause and that is to safely enjoy our firearms. Image:Rick Dembroski Volley Sights, something we won’t see much of in 2017

6 Useful and Fun Gifts for Gun Lovers to Buy in 2018

6 Useful and Fun Gifts for Gun Lovers to Buy in 2018

Useful gifts for gun lovers consist of handgun cleaning kits, educational books, and shooting range gear bags. Other creative ideas for the gun lover in your life are gun-themed products like a gun-shaped USB flash drive. Below we have listed six of the most useful gifts for gun lovers to buy in 2018 in no particular order. 1. Whiskey Bullet Stones The whiskey bullet stones are a unique way to chill whiskey, scotch, or bourbon without diluting the liquor. They come with a revolver base for holding them. The bullet-shaped chilling stones are made of stainless steel and are anti-bacterial. Features Anti-bacterial. Stainless steel. Revolver base. Six bullet-shaped chillers. FDA-approved. Pros Fun way to enjoy liquor on the rocks. No dilution. Easy to use. Safe. Cons Some people may like ice melting in their liquor. 2. Revolver-Shaped USB Flash Drive The Revolver-Shaped USB Flash Drive can store 32 GB of data and operates at a high speed. It has a 3.0 interface, and it is compatible with 2.0 and 3.0 USB ports. Features 32 GB. High speed. Supports Windows 10, Windows 9, Windows 8, Linux 2.6, and more. Compatible with 2.0 and 3.0 USB ports. 3.0 interface. Made of metal. Pros Good amount of storage. It can store music, videos, photos, and documents. Fast transfer speed. Cons Some people don’t use USB flash drives anymore. 3. Barbuzzo Last Man Standing Bullet Pint Glass This Last "Man Standing Bullet" Pint Glass has a design of a bullet in the side of the glass. The glass is hand-blown and can hold 17 ounces of liquid. You can order it as either a pint or whisky glass. Features Hand-blown. Available as pint or whiskey glass. Pint glass is 17 oz. Whisky glass is 10 oz. Faux .50 caliber bullet. Pros Cool design. Durable. Large size. Cons You need to hand wash it for cleaning. 4. Long Range Shooting Handbook The "Long Range Shooting" handbook teaches gun owners about long range shooting. It’s divided into three main sections: what long range shooting is and how it works, the basics of long range shooting, and how to implement what you’ve learned. The author has professional experience in the US Army as a special operations sniper team leader. Features Available as Kindle ebook or paperback book. Principles and theory of long range shooting. 330 pages. Pros Master the fundamentals of long range shooting. The author has professional experience as a sniper in the military. Your choice of ebook or paperback version. Cons Not ideal for someone who doesn’t enjoy reading books. 5. Deluxe Tactical Padded Shooting Range and Gear Bag This shooting range and gear bag is one of the best gifts for gun lovers who frequently shoot outdoors or at the range. It is made of heavy duty 1000Dx1000D Cordura nylon, a durable material. The bag has 10 quilted, padded pockets for safe storage of items. Features 16″ x 11″ x 10″. Can hold up to 10 handguns. Heavy duty 1000Dx1000D Cordura nylon. 10 pockets that are padded and quilted. Pros Durable. Soft, padded protection. Plenty of pockets. High handgun capacity. Cons You wouldn’t be able to carry a rifle or other long gun in it. 6. Real Avid Handgun Cleaning Kit Without a doubt, handgun cleaning kits are one of the most useful gifts for gun lovers. The Real "Avid Handgun Cleaning" Kit can clean .22, .38, .40, .45, and 9mm handguns. It comes with a cleaning mat, cleaning patches, handgun cleaning rod, nylon slotted tips, phosphor bronze brushes, and nylon jags. Features Cleaning mat. 250 small cleaning patches. 250 large cleaning patches. Two nylon slotted tips. Small parts tray attached to the tray with a magnetic strip. Cons Some customers thought the cleaning patches could be of better quality. Summing Up The six items listed above are some of the best gifts for gun lovers to buy in 2018. Their new favorite drinking glass could become the Barbuzzo Last Man Standing Bullet Pint Glass. Or they could enjoy cooled liquor with the bullet chillers. Students or those who have a need for storing files on a USB will find the revolver-shaped USB flash drive a creative, useful gift. Which of these six items do you think are the best gifts for gun lovers?

Magnetic Locking Travel Gun Cases: Supertool

Magnetic Locking Travel Gun Cases: Supertool

Supertool provides patented transport solutions which use magnetic forces to provide security and ready access when needed. Firearms are expensive, which means the manner in which you store and transport them should be taken seriously. While many gun cases may claim to protect your pistols, none do it quite as expertly as Supertool’s Magnetic Locking Case. Featuring the state-of-the-art, magnetic MAGLOCK™ liner system and integrated locking zipper, this case not only locks but also forms around your handgun and magazines to create a vacuum-like seal, inhibiting movement and preventing damage. With your gear secured, this case yields the protective benefits of a hardshell with the light weight and portability of a soft case. Not only does their case provide hi-caliber protection but it also completely eliminates your handgun’s “footprint”, providing superior concealed carry benefits. Combine this case’s features with an integrated locking zipper and you have a 50 state travel and storage compliant means to transport. From the Supertool’s Founder & CEO George Huyke-Phillips, “We initially set out to design a case that would be travel compliant in all 50 states without a CCW. We took a look at the worst states with the worst gun laws and adapted features to comply with all 50 states’ regulations. We integrated a locking zipper with an enclosed magnetized device that properly separates the magazine if desired. The case also provides endless flexibility for internal configuration to US states that honor our right to keep and bear arms.” Supertool also designs and manufactures unique rifle parts & tools. To check out Supertool’s full line of innovative firearms products, please visit www. Supertoolusa.com.

Sawyer Squeeze Mini Water Filter Review for 2020

Sawyer Squeeze Mini Water Filter Review for 2020

In any survival situation, from urban to wilderness, there are few resources as valuable as potable water.  As a survivalist, I put big emphasis on the value of knowing every possible method of obtaining and purifying water should one be caught without equipment.  All the same, a good filter is an essential addition to any kit, be it bug in, bug out, or simply your overnight hiking pack.  In a lifetime in the backcountry, I have experienced a range of different filters over the years.  But recently, a former expedition partner and good friend, who goes by the trail name Iron Man, caught my attention with something new.  This past year I joined him for a stretch of his five-month, 2,200-mile thru-hike from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail .  During that time he introduced me to the Sawyer Squeeze Mini , the unbelievably small filter that was his sole reliance for water for the duration of his trip. Let’s just say it didn’t take me long to become converted. Quick Navigation "Sawyer Squeeze Mini" Water Filter Review Product Background Pros, Specs, and Operation Cons Sawyer Squeeze Mini Water Filter Review Product Background Building on technology originally derived for kidney dialysis, Sawyer has developed a filter that is certified for what they call absolute microns. In other words, there is no pore in the filter of the Sawyer Squeeze Mini that is larger than 0.1 micron in size, which means that it is impossible for harmful bacteria, protozoa, or cysts to pass through.  Listed as a PointONE biological filter, the Sawyer Squeeze Mini, along with its big brother the Sawyer Squeeze, achieve the highest level of filtration currently available on the market at 99.9999%. The Sawyer Squeeze Mini protects against giardia , cryptosporidium , cyclospora, cholera, botulism, typhoid, amoebic dysentery, e. coli, coliform, streptococcus, and salmonella.  It is even listed as able to safely filter treated sewage in North America and other first world countries. Also Read: Do It Yourself Beer Can Stove So reputed is the technology that Sawyer's next level filter, the Point ZeroTWO Purifier, which is rated to 0.02 micron in size, is the first and only portable purifier capable of physically removing waterborne viruses such as hepatitis and polio.  This filter is suitable for third world use, and has been helping to solve the world’s water crisis in over 70 countries while partnered with over a hundred organizations, including the United Nations .  In fact, the Sawyer's filters boast that they are so powerful that they can no longer be used for dialysis on account of beneficial particulates being removed from the blood due to their efficiency. Pros, Specs, and Operation The Sawyer Squeeze Mini kit is comprised of one Mini water filter, one 7” drinking straw, one cleaning syringe, and one 16oz reusable water pouch.  The total kit weighs 3.5 ounces, and can be packed down to about 6”x3” using just a couple rubber bands, making it small, light, and easy to pack into any bag or kit.  In addition to its lightweight and extremely packable size, the Mini has no moving parts, eliminating the chances of breaking a handle or pump and rendering your filter useless.  Most impressively, the mini is rated to filter an astounding 100,000 gallons of water in its lifespan.  Retailing between $24.99-$29.99, this little giant takes the adage of “more bang for your buck” to a whole new level. To operate the Mini , the first step is to fill the 160z pouch with water untreated water.  Next, attach the filter to the pouch’s threaded opening.  The bottom of the Mini is threaded as well to facilitate this.  By squeezing the pouch, the water is flushed through the filter and purified. One can empty the purified contents into another water bottle or container, or simply drink directly from the filter’s outflow nozzle.  In addition, the Mini can be attached to the drinking hose of most bladders, allowing the user to simply fill their bladder from the water source and then drink at will. Lastly, the Sawyer Squeeze Mini's 7” drinking straw can be attached to the outflow nozzle, creating a life straw that allows the user to drink directly from a water source through the filter.  In an emergency, should your pouch get lost or damaged, the straw sees that one is still capable of utilizing the Mini to obtain safe drinking water.  Perhaps one of the most remarkable aspects about the Mini is that there are no expensive filter cartridges to replace. Ever.  By the 400-mile mark on the Appalachian Trail, Iron Man had already gone through 2 cartridges for his older filter pump.  At $55 each, he had gotten only 1,000 gallons out of each, and had been pre-filtering with a bandanna to boot. Sale Sawyer Products SP128 Mini Water Filtration System, Single, Blue Ideal for outdoor recreation, hiking, camping, scouting, domestic and International travel, and... High-performance 0.1 Micron absolute inline filter fits in the palm of your hand and weighs just 2... See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 08:58 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API Also Read: The Survival Food Pyramid While neither expensive nor complex, the Mini is certainly a high-end piece of gear, and needs to be respected as such.  The key to maintaining the Mini’s remarkable efficiency is as simple as consistent backwashing of the filter. Sawyer claims that a proper backwash will restore up to 98.5% of the filter’s flow rate.  In addition, consistent backwashing will lengthen the lifespan of your water pouch, as it will require less pressure to force the water through the filter, and thus less squeezing of the pouch. To backwash the Mini, one need simply fill the backwashing syringe with water, insert the outflow nozzle into the syringe’s end, and press the plunger to flush water back through the system.  The syringe does not thread to the Mini's outflow, so you will have to hold the two together.  In 5 months of straight use, multiple times daily, Iron Man’s Mini remained consistent and reliable during his time on the Appalachian Trail, due to a backwash after each use, and a generous backwash every 3-4 days. Cons The most glaring con for the Sawyer Squeeze Mini is the durability of the water pouches, as they are easily susceptible to damage and wear.  On the Appalachian Trail, Iron Man found that after about a week of use, estimated at around 6 liters per day or about 50 uses, the 16oz pouch had deteriorated to the point that it was no longer useable.  The most durable, efficient, and weight conscious replacement for the bags were plastic Smartwater bottles. While not quite as space efficient as the pouches, the bottles were significantly more durable, and their rigid stature made squeezing water through the filter far easier and less cumbersome than the pouch.  It is important to note that the Mini’s threading does not match universally with all water bottles, so be sure to test the system before charging out into the woods with bottles instead of the pouches.  Iron Man used one bottle for unfiltered water, and squeezed it through the Mini into two others that he used for storage and drinking. Also Read: DIY Expedient Family Water Filter Secondly, the saying that two’s company, but three’s a crowd can apply to the Sawyer Mini .  When myself and another joined Iron Man on trail, we found that using a single Mini to fill multiple containers for the three of us could easily become a somewhat slow and step related process.  Any group larger than that could quickly become frustratingly tedious.  Despite this, I found that the Mini’s size, efficiency, and reliability all but rendered this con irrelevant. For larger groups, one might consider the larger Sawyer Squeeze , weighing in at 4.2 ounces for the kit and rated for 1,000,000 gallons.  In addition to a larger filter allowing for a faster flow rate, the Sawyer Squeeze comes with 3 bags (12oz, 16oz, and 32oz) and a detachable drinking nipple.  Unlike the Mini, both ends of the filter are threaded, so that a Smartwater bottle could also be used to replace the backwash syringe if need be. Lastly, the Mini does not hold up well for winter use. Cold weather quickly renders the filter very temperamental and brittle, subject to internal freezing or outright breakage. If one were to use it in a cold weather scenario, it is suggested that the filter itself be kept inside a jacket amidst one’s body heat at all times other than during use, and stored in the warmth of a sleeping bag at night. In comparison to the Sawyer Squeeze Mini's capabilities, however, these cons quickly pale. Ultimately, there is little argument against this being amongst, if not the greatest little filter you can get your hands on About Joshua Valentine: A lifelong outdoors and survival expert, Josh combines years of backcountry experience  with a lifetime of unique and inventive fitness training, designed to prepare the body and mind for the rigors of the wilderness.  Josh holds certifications as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR), American Canoe Association Whitewater Raft Guide (ACA), and Personal Trainer (AFAA).  He is also a recorded Adirondack 46′r and White Mountain 4,000 Footer. Sale Sawyer Products SP128 "Mini Water Filtration" System, Single, Blue Ideal for outdoor recreation, hiking, camping, scouting, domestic and International travel, and... High-performance 0.1 Micron absolute inline filter fits in the palm of your hand and weighs just 2... 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BFGs Concealed Carry Mag Pouch

My search for an Concealed Carry mag pouch has taken me far and wide. I’ve looked at numerous options, purchased numerous options, and still found myself wanting something smaller and simpler. Well Blue Force Gear’s President’s Day sale introduced me to their belt mounted single pistol pouch. A couple clicks later it was on the way. "Blue Force Gear" makes great gear, and their pistol magazine pouch is no different. My New Concealed Carry Mag pouch Price The BFG Pistol magazine pouch is stupid cheap. At only 20 bucks I couldn’t say no to it. Most other options are pretty damn expensive. That’s not to say these ma pouches aren’t worth the price, it’s just they aren’t worth it to me. I vary my concealed carry handgun and it can be a sub compact double stack, a single stack, or full sized double stack firearm. This leads us to the next reason I chose the BFG Pistol magazine pouch. Easy and concealable Versatility Most pistol magazine pouches are made for a particular style of handgun. This meant I’d have to spend quite a bit of money to outfit all of my carry guns with a magazine pouch. I’m not about that life. The BFG pistol magazine pouch uses "Blue Force Gear’s" Ten Speed elastic front to tightly hold single or double stack magazines. The mags can be compact or full sized. Although, you won’t squeeze a 33 round Glock mag securely in this mag pouch. This gives me concealed carry mag pouch for my multiple carry guns. Walther PPS Single Stack Magazine Versatility is continued because the Blue Force Gear concealed carry mag pouch can be worn either horizontally or vertically. Simply remove a single strap and it will run horizontal. I really like horizontal carry because it’s easier to conceal and lower profile. It is slower to draw from, but it’s a viable option when trying to dress low profile. Double Stack MR9 Magazine fits too… Because of the elastic material it can also hold knives, flashlights, multi tools, or whatever else you need. You can carry a good sized pocket knife vertically and very low profile if needed. Simplicity It’s an elastic magazine pouch that’s not a piece of Chinese crap. Blue Force Gear’s Ten Speed elastic has proven to be a reliable material for magazine pouches. I have a Vicker Ten Speed Chest rig that I adore so I was already confident in the material. Reliable It’s held my Walther PPS magazine perfectly since I received it and the magazine has never budged or become loose. The reload dynamic is a lot different, and takes some training to overcome horizontal carry. Overall the Blue Force Gear’s pistol magazine pouch is easy to carry with, simple, reliable, and very affordable. It’s half the price of some of my more expensive mag carriers and does more with less. if you want one of your one,. hit Blue Force Gear up here. They also have some rifle variants, a double pistol mag variant, and more.

Zero Tolerance 0770CF Knife Review for 2020

Most who consider themselves prepared would rank the humble pocket knife as a survival essential of the highest degree.  In fact, the sharp blade often exceeds even fire and water in immediate importance.  So having a sharp edge ready to go no matter the situation means carrying a quality blade with you 24/7 or at least whatever part of 24 fits your lifestyle. Therefore the place to cut costs is certainly not with your EDC blade .  Everyday Carry is code for that which we have on us as much as possible. Not a tent or sheath knife, or even water bottle, EDC means right here, right now, and everything you have with you when you take off running. Zero Tolerance 0770CF Folding Knife; 3.25” High-Performance Crucible... 3.25” Crucible S35VN steel features excellent wear resistance, toughness and protection against... Carbon-fiber handle construction with a secure inset liner lock, reversible deep-carry pocketclip... See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 09:18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API Quick Navigation Zero Tolerance 0770CF Review A Lightweight Heavyweight Crash and Burn Phoenix This Flipping Out A Knife in the Hand Better Than Two in the Bush Zero Tolerance 0770CF Review A Lightweight Heavyweight Zero Tolerance has generated a reputation on above average knives that not only vastly exceed traditional quality and performance, but actually set the bar high for everyone else. In other words, unlike many other brands, Zero Tolerance, or ZT, starts at the high end of knives and goes up from there.  The problem, however, was pretty much the entire line of Zero Tolerance knives were huge and heavy, not to mention expensive. Now while ZT did address the huge and heavy with their 0770CF knife , they kept it expensive if you consider ~$200 for a factory folder. Also Read: 6 Tools To Survive Anything ZT began its journey back 2006 when, as they say, “We saw a place in the market for a Made-in-the-USA line of hard-use knives that would meet the needs of professionals in the military and law enforcement, as well as other first responders, such as firefighters and emergency medical personnel.”  Considering themselves “Proudly Overbuilt,” I just had to see for myself with their lightest, smallest, thinnest offering. Of the Zero Tolerance knife lineup, most of them overlapped what was already in my EDC stable. For a new ride to tickle my fancy, it must occupy a empty space in my knife quiver. The ZT I chose was a carbon fiber scaled assisted opening flipper with great steel and a most importantly a blade profile that I can really use for the ED part of EDC. The USA, well Tualatin, Oregon to be specific is where ZT knives are born. American manufacturing by American workers is a significant selling point of ZT. For me, I have to wonder what is it with Oregon? Not only are there a couple dozen popular custom knife makers inside the Oregon borders, but also a company named Benchmade. Heard of them? Although ZT traces its roots to its 2006 KAI Cutlery spinoff, many consider it a premium brand of Kershaw knives. But it’s more like the smarter better looking sister of Kershaw.  Kai USA Ltd. is the parent company and in turn the Kai Group is the grandparent. Regardless of the Japanese connection, Zero Tolerance claims all its knives are built in Tualatin, Oregon which happens to be the headquarters of Kershaw. So you can see how some confusion could arise. Crash and Burn The Zero Tolerance 0770CF is a super tough lightweight assisted flipper with ELMAX steel and carbon fiber scales. The 0770CF is essentially the new and improved version of the short lived and ultimately doomed Zero Tolerance 0777 which was an amazing folder of mythical features. So much so that when the “Triple Seven”  went from computer screen to factory floor, there were just too many design obstacles and engineering overlaps to overcome. Hype turned to horror and the knife disappeared almost as fast as the Remington R51 .  Or in Zero Tolerance parlance the 0777 was a “very limited-run.” And to further hide the past, ZT released the 0770CF with the added feature of being, “much more generally available.” Either way, the 0777 was a $475 unicorn, and the 0770CF is a glass of icewater in the face at less than half the price. Phoenix This The shape of the 3.25 inch blade on the 0770CF combines several useful design elements including a slightly full belly, a gentle interpretation of a Wharncliffe tip, aggressive jimping for thumb purchase on the back spine, and an effective swedge riding the spine before expanding to full thickness just prior to tapering to the tip. Related: Survival Knife vs. Hatchet A Wharncliffe blade , as described in Wikipedia, is “ similar in profile to a sheep’s foot but the curve of the back edge starts closer to the handle and is more gradual. Its blade is much thicker than a knife of comparable size.  Wharncliffes were used by sailors, as the shape of the tip prevented accidental penetration of the work or the user’s hand with the sudden motion of a ship.” I’ve also read that the Wharncliffe shape makes for better penetration into an opponent’s muscle behaving more like a can opener than a slicer. But the 0770CF, not quite so much. Instead the 0770CF blade profile scores high in daily slicing, but benefits from a precision tip while maintaining Wharncliffe strength.  The overall length of a deployed 0770CF is 7.5 inches, and when in the pocket, the handle alone takes up 4.3 inches of space. The thickness of the knife is a hair over 3/8ths of an inch, and the blade at its thickest is 1/8th inch thick. Flipping Out As with most flippers, the deployment lever of the Zero Tolerance 0770CF doubles as a finger guard which in my opinion is over half the reason to carry a flipper. The SpeedSafe® assisted opening spring assist mechanism rockets out the blade with minimal effort, and the inset-liner lock snaps into place with a satisfying click. A added bonus with the 0770CF is that the assisted opening mechanism is completely isolated from the locking bar. Some assisted blade designs package the deployment and locking as one unit meaning that if the spring fails, so might the lockup. In the case of the 0770CF, complete failure of the spring assist would not render this useless as a locking knife. I do notice, however, that the longer the time between blade deployments, the more force needed on the flipper lever. Sometimes I am quite thankful for the heavy duty jimping on the lever as it digs into my index finger when trying to wake up the knife after a long sleep. Zero Tolerance 0770CF Folding Knife; 3.25” High-Performance Crucible... 3.25” Crucible S35VN steel features excellent wear resistance, toughness and protection against... Carbon-fiber handle construction with a secure inset liner lock, reversible deep-carry pocketclip... See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 09:18 / Affiliate links / Images from "Amazon Product Advertising" API Related: Neck Knives For The Masses The oversized and overbuilt pivot is the only obvious ornamentation on the naked carbon fiber scales. Three small black screw heads grace each side of the scales on the in a row along the palm-side of the handle connecting the scales to a steel spacer that occupies the rear portion of the grip spine. The foremost portion of the grip spine is fully open completely free from obstructions making the removal of debris painless whether dried blood, bone fragments, or more likely pocket lint. The deep carry pocket clip is reversible, but only in the tip-up (when folded) configuration.  Out of the box I found the pocket clip to be a little weak.  After removing it and rebending the clip to my specifications, I now find the clip worthy of the rest of the knife.  The blade is billboarded with the ZT logo on one side, and four lines of info on the other including a serial number. Related: Fallkniven Jarl Knife Review With a weight of three ounces soaking wet, the 0770CF fights much harder than it’s weight class. By using ELMAX steel, Zero Tolerance provides an in-house super steel choice that claims the best of all options. In my experience, the edge retention is on par with Benchmades house iron 154CM.  The ELMAX seems not quite as durable as S30V steel but resharpens more easily.  But we are splitting hairs here. The balance point of the 0770CF is just where it should be, right at the index finger point behind the guard.  Because the balance is where you hold the knife for precision work keeps the blade on task with little fight from gravity.  Heavier blades can drop or twist when lightening or adjusting your grip. A Knife in the Hand The Zero Tolerance 0770CF is decidedly angular with pool table-flat scales that turn corners just barely slower than 90 degrees with one flat bevel splitting the difference between across and down. But that’s a good thing.  The platform that houses the blade leans more towards the carry side of the EDC equation.  The 0770CF disappears into your pocket barely printing even in dress pants.  Considering that nearly 100% of the knife’s service life will be awaiting orders while tucked discreetly along a pocket seam, it is easy to overlook the lack of ergonomic elements when drawing, deploying and dissecting with the blade. Better Than Two in the Bush Any EDC blade worth its salt is a knife you can count on for daily hard use, as well as being worthy as a survival tool. EDC is as entertainingly controversial as is the contents of one’s bug out bag.  Everyone has an opinion based on some fantasy of what will be needed when you really need something.  As card-carrying EDC aficionado, I have carried folding knives from the lightweight Fallkniven PC , to the heavyweight Benchmade Adamas 275 . So for me, the Zero Tolerance 0770CF is truly a lightweight heavyweight. Zero Tolerance 0770CF Folding Knife; 3.25” High-Performance Crucible... 3.25” Crucible S35VN steel features excellent wear resistance, toughness and protection against... Carbon-fiber handle construction with a secure inset liner lock, reversible deep-carry pocketclip... 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