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Tactical Distributors Tiger Stripe Shirt

Yea, after getting that OTTEE gear Aloha now tiger stripe shirt I ran across this one. Yes I did have to buy it and boy I’m glad I did. It’s pretty great.

The pattern looks great. It’s not an exact copy of known Vietnam ear tiger stripe but it’s close enough that it caught my eye. The colors are great in it.

The wood buttons are a nice touch.


Year of the Tiger Stripe. We are celebrating TD’s 10th bday this year and adopted the Tiger Camo pattern as our signature print for our Anniversary Collection.  This is a cotton/Spandex button up cut for an athletic fit yet has the stretch you need to keep moving. Great for a cover shirt or for Saturday night. 

  • Logo Tagged Chest Pocket
  • Cotton Spandex
  • Tiger Stripe Print
  • Wooden Buttons
  • Athletic fit
  • Lightweight Stretch
  • 51% Cotton/45% Poly/4% Spandex

It fits great. Do NOT get it in a size bigger because it says “athletic fit”. It would have been more accurate to call it tailored fit. It hides my full size 1911 perfectly but isn’t so loose it makes you look like a slob. Well I always look like a slob but you probably don’t.

The material is very cool and comfortable. I recommend this one over the Aloha Now shirt. Not only is it about 75 bucks cheaper, it’s more comfortable and cool. Cool and is body temp. The Aloha now shirt is still cooler for style points in my opinionation.

“Less Than Perfect ” Hank’s Belt Arrived

The gun belt I bought from the Hank’s Belts LTP sale arrived today. These belts are advertised as “less than perfect” but I was hard pressed to find the flaw.

That little bit of black dye leaking over to the brown part is the only thing I could figure.

These belts are great and I encourage you to get one at the big discount they got going on right now. They have all colors and all styles up on the sale not just thins one belt. I’m sure you would find something you ‘d like there. I would hurry though.

OTTE Gear Aloha Now Tiger Stripe Shirt

If you remember back during SHOT show, and lord knows that seems like a decade ago now, I saw this short from OTTE gear and wanted one bad. I finally got mine.

It did not disappoint.

First I want to show you the detail easy to miss. Made into the tiger stripe pattern are references to the Vietnam war. The “flowers” are of course explosions. You can see the Hueys and scout choppers.

Until I got the shirt in my hand I didn’t notice the B-52 and F4 jets dropping bombs.

It’s not as yellow as the sun on it makes it seem in the picture. It is slightly tailored so I ordered it a size bigger than I needed to help with CCW. I could have ordered my normal size of medium and been fine though. If you wear medium, size M and L will fit you pretty good but get M if you like that more tailored look. The site has a size chart that will help you figure out which you want if you decide to get one. Shirt is top quality and I mean that. ’nuff said.

Bawidamann x OTTE Gear’s 2020 Collaboration: Aloha Now Tiger Stripe

Bawidamann spent over a year from concept to completion perfecting this pattern which commemorates the 40th Anniversary of Apocalyse Now.  His journey took him to many places, real and imagined, including the archives of the Wright-Patterson AFB National Museum to locate an original ADS Tiger Stripe garment. Where he ended is with a sublime interpretation of Tiger Stripe that will be a definitive classic with hidden details from the Vietnam war – Hueys, F5s, B-52s, & River Boats.

  • 100% Cotton, 2-ply 100s
  • Made in Portugal
  • Real coconut shell buttons attached with a reinforced stitching
  • Shirts have been garment washed therefore shrinkage after home wash will not be significant

There was a mix up over shipping. OTTE was amazing with customer service over it though. I don’t think I have ever had a company do more to make sure things were right than OTTE did. Normally I wouldn’t even mention something like this but their handling of it was so impressive I was touched.

Timber Vaults Concealment Shelf (part 1)

This company emailed us a few weeks ago and offered to send us something of our choice for a review. Looking around on their website I chose an oak shelf.

Once it arrived, I was impressed. This thing is not some pressed sawdust piece of walmart furniture. It’s exactly like they say it it.

Very strong and very sturdy.

Hardware for its moving parts are meant to last a lifetime. The bottom folds down as you can see. It goes from looking like a shelf to giving you access to firearms in a snap.

I got the model big enough for a 16 inch barrel carbine and a couple of handguns or whatever else you think should go in there.

It mounts to the wall with metal and isn’t going anywhere. Mounting instructions and various items included of course.

You use the RFID to open in it. No handle for kids to grab and nothing sticking down to catch the eye of a thief or some one suspicious.

Why RFID Is Better Than Just a Magnet

While many types of concealment shelves, mirrors and furniture offer magnet-based access, we believe RFID mechanisms offer a superior solution. RFID provides fast access like a simple magnet, but with much more security. We use this technology because the RFID card is the only way to access the hidden contents—without destroying the unit.

I haven’t gotten this mounted to the wall yet. It’s heavier and more solid than I expected. This is a heavy duty piece of .. Tactical furniture?.. The walls in the ol’ homeplace won’t support it. So I’m working putting something together to hold it. You are going to have to wait till part two to see it mounted and in action I’m afraid.

I can tell you right now though, I can recommend this thing if you been looking for a covert hide away for a gun or just for anything like this. It’s not a gimmick and it’s not cheap junk.

They also make some other nifty pieces that hide guns if the shelf doesn’t do it for you. Check it out below and come back for part 2 of the review once I got this mounted up on something.


Leatherman P4 Review

Guest post from friend of the site, C. Lopes

I’ve been obsessed with multitools for almost 30 years now.  My first was a Leatherman PST-I, given to me as a gift when they first came out.  I was skeptical at first and it looked like a cheap gimmick.  However, this thing really opened my eyes and quickly moved me away from the swiss army knives I grew up with.  I found I was using it daily to complete tasks.  While it was rarely the best tool for the job, it was always the most convenient and was almost always “good enough” to get the job done.  I used it instead of hunting down the best tool and saved a ton of time in the process.  I bought the Super Tool, 1st-generation Wave, and Crunch when they first emerged, and found the Wave to be the most useful of the 3, as well as the easiest to employ.  I’ve experimented with others, including the Surge as well.  Fast forward to today, and I own multiple New Waves, including one customized with parts purchased from Texas Tool Crafters that I’ve been carrying for years.  I know some will question Tim Leatherman’s politics, but I’m a machinist who has experimented with a huge sample of multitools.  I use them hard.  I fully believe that the Wave is the highest quality multitool in existence, and it’s not a close competition.  You might own a Gerber and you may like it, but if you actually use it hard daily (what you might consider “misuse”) it will fall apart.  The Wave will stand up, take it, then ask for more.

I write this as a review of Leatherman’s new offering, the “Free” series.   I recently purchased a new Free P4, and I want to compare/contrast it to the Wave.

At first glance, it may look like the Wave, but operates very differently.  The plier head is substantially similar to that used on the Wave, including the replaceable cutter bits.  I believe the only modification is to the hinge mechanism. The plier hinges are “free,” compared to the Wave.  The Wave uses tension to hold the tool closed when not being used, while the Free uses magnets.  It can be flipped open like a butterfly knife.  It’s a neat feature.  In fact every blade on the Free can be opened and employed using 1 hand.  This seemed at first to be an advantage.  After about a week of use, however, this advantage seems of questionable value.  The most useful tools, which to me are the blades themselves, are easily accessible with 1 hand on the Wave.  Also, in order to create the external opening feature for all blades on the Free, the blades are smaller and arguably not useful.  Most notably, the file itself is less than half the size of that on the Wave.  Also, the bit driver, present on the Wave, is gone.  In it’s place, fixed phillips and flathead screwdrivers have been added.  I miss the versatility of the bit kit.

As a machinist, let me say that with respect to the fixed screwdrivers, the phillips head screwdriver was obviously cut out on a CNC mill. But the way that it was done so left toolmarks that look like it was cut by a Chinese child laborer with a hand-file. Does a finishing pass really cost them that much in terms of time? Maybe it doesn’t matter because the steel quality is so low that after using it the tool marks will be covered up by scratches on any use because it wasn’t heat-treated. The PST-I phillips head was heat-treated. This is just weak. In fact, the finish on the whole tool is just not up to standard “Leatherman quality.” Also, the rulers stamped into the side of the Wave are gone. Overall, the quality of the Free is markedly lower than that of the Wave. The pocket clip loosened to the point of almost falling off within 1 week of unboxing this thing. In contrast, the Wave’s removable clip is solid even after years of use. There seems to be less steel used in the Free, and I suspect when you multiply this by thousands of multitools it saves Leatherman money. I fear that this will come at a cost to their reputation

The steel quality on the main blades is crap, but they are also crap on normal Waves. These crap blades generally are on all their offerings. It’s 440C steel, but this is mediocre for a blade that actually sees use. Call me a snob but if you can find the s30V versions I highly recommend doing so. They also offer some in a 154CM version. In both cases the steel is top quality and is noticeably superior to the “regular” offering. You can also purchase replacements on ebay, but installing them voids the warranty. While I don’t mind voiding my warranties, this is something that may be important to you. Texas Tool Crafters I believe remains an expensive option, as they sell customized Waves for a premium, including blades with quality damascus laminates that function well with that exotic look. They used to sell parts, but due to a legal settlement with Leatherman I believe they had to stop. This is unfortunate, and I wish Leatherman would provide better options. Some of us actually use these tools hard. Don’t get me wrong, the Wave is rock solid, but I wish the s30v offering was standard.

All in all, I don’t recommend the P4 free at any price when the Wave exists. Especially at almost twice the price of a Wave. And when the Wave doesn’t exist, get a SOG.