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GUNS Magazine November 2011 Digital Edition - Page 62

Clint on Vehicle Defense: The 2011 miLiTary chrisTmas giFT guiDe. J John Connor ust ask yourself how many Christmas gifts you’ve received which didn’t exactly inspire a spontaneous happy dance? not even a big, Cheshire-cat grin? how many ugly Christmas neckties became dipstick wipers; how many garish, scratchy sweaters lurked in dark closets until they could be surreptitiously sent to goodwill? how many presents have you given—in good faith and hopes of pleasing someone—and been disappointed with their lackluster reception? as a “batt-powered candle”! Waterproof and shock-suppressed, the LD15 comes with spare sealing O-rings, a lanyard and split-ring. FeniX liGHt 8/F, 2nd BuildinG, donGFanGminG industrial center, 33tH district, Bao’an, sHenZHen 518133, cHina www.GunsmaGaZine.com/ FeniXliGHt “Either Drive Or Draw . not BOTH!” Learn how to defend yourself from inside the car with help from Clint Smith’s Thunder Ranch DVD course. Three Course Includes: Concealed Carry Options Home Defense Vehicle Defense Two-disc set only $49.95 — Order Today: BONUS I can guarantee you’ll never have that experience with a thoughtful gift sent to a serving soldier. Send precisely the wrong present to exactly the wrong person, and it will still get a smile, a laugh, a heartfelt nod of warm appreciation, simply because you cared, and you made the effort. Now, this list is primarily for your friends and family members “deployed forward,” OK? But if you check my “Odd Angry Shot” column in this issue, you’ll find suggestions for the warrior-friends you haven’t met yet, and other ways you can honor and support our troops and their families. Christmas is coming, and Santa’s willing to share the spotlight! In combat, often it’s the little things that count; peripheral accessories which wind up saving lives. Such may be the case with the 360 MOLLE GearKeeper from Hammerhead Industries. Light, compact and rugged, it securely tethers lights, multi-tools, comms, Z-Card packs and other essentials with a spring-loaded retractable cable. The 360 comes in two lengths and three levels of retraction force. If you don’t know exactly what size and weight gear it will be used for, I recommend the RT4-0004 model. Want to send something cool to clip to it? Keep reading! HammerHead industries 1501 Goodyear ave., ventura, ca 93003 (888) 588-9981 www.GunsmaGaZine.com/Gearkeeper (800) 628-9818 (M-F 8am-3pm PST) www.americanhandgunner.com/TRvids Barely bigger and heavier than the single AA battery that powers it, the LD15 miniflashlight from Fenix Light is perfect for a soldier’s use. Its twist-on switch won’t accidentally be activated, and offers a bright 117-lumen beam or 8 lumens of low, discreet light. It will even stand up on its tail to serve Jared West, the mad wizard of Mantis Knives, listened closely to troops’ input on what they needed in a folding knife, then sat down and conjured up the Kunitza. Big, stout and tough, it flips open, locks solid, and fills the hand with highly ergonomic CNC-machined G10 handle scales. The 154CM blade is 3.5" long, and when opened, its flipper doubles as a fingerguard. A soldier serving in Iraq was 62 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • NOVEMBER 2011

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