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GUNS Magazine November 2012 Digital Edition - Page 41
he current administration has banned sending any pork products of any kind to our troops deployed in any country with a significant population of “people who may be offended.” That covers just about everywhere we have boots on the ground. So, no more bags of baconbits, no fried pork rinds, none of those juicy 1-pound canned DAK hams, and none of the “golden fleece of grunt-gifts,” Yoder’s canned pre-cooked bacon strips! T Forbidden because… Well, because they say so! Lithium Batteries & Devices With Integral Lithium Batteries: This prohibition applies to all mail going to our APO and FPO addresses worldwide and includes most flashlights, iPhones, iPads, iPods etc., computer batts, GPS devices, cell phones, most charging devices, MP3 players, handheld games, Bluetooth headsets, portable DVD players and just about anything else that offers our warriors personal communications, recreation and a little diversion. Government spokes-organisms say this “brings USPS into compliance with the regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organization and the Universal Postal Union.” Never heard of ’em? They’re tentacles of the United Nations, that collection of highly polished football bats in New York. PIHP’s—Persons In High Places—assure the troops they can still purchase lithium batteries and lithiumpowered devices at their local PX/BX stores. Yeah, right. Ask a grunt on a rock in WhereZitStan how that works for him. There’s lots of argument pro and con on the potential hazard factor, but to my knowledge, no credible evidence of an air disaster linked to transport of properly packaged lithium batteries or devices. At this writing, the ICAO says limited transport of some lithium battery devices may be allowed in early 2013. I smell a “follow the money” situation here. We shall await their ruling with baited breath—and clenched teeth. B Bushnell inoculars: everybody wants ’em, few are issued—and when they are, they’re too big and heavy to hump with your battle gear. A pair of lightweight (under 1 pound) compact, waterproof h2O 8x26mm compact binoculars by Bushnell are just the ticket. grippy rubber armor, fully coated lenses and tough, nitrogen-purged construction provides superior light transmission in a rugged little package—and you’ll like the price too! BUShneLL CORPORATIOn 9200 CODy, OveRLAnD PARK, KS 66214 (800) 423-3537, www.gUnSMAgAzIne.COM/BUShneLL eveloped by a former navy D SeAL officer, FrogLube is a non-toxic, biodegradable—even FrOgluBe “food-grade”—cleaner, lube and protectant for firearms, knives or just about anything mechanical. I’ve been testing it on a glock pistol and a carbine, and results are impressive. The only complaint from the troops is, they can’t get enough of it. Take care of that, willya? It’s highly resistant to salt water, works well in sandy, gritty environments, and it penetrates steel surfaces for long-lasting lube effect. Don’t worry: It’s foodgrade but contains no bacon! A portion of proceeds goes to Troops Direct and the navy SeAL Foundation. FROgLUBe weAPOn CARe PRODUCTS P.O. BOx 60581, SAn DIegO, CA 92107 (855) 376-4582, www.gUnSMAgAzIne.COM/FROgLUBe egardless of service, one of these Adamas knives by Benchmade, the 275 folder or 375 fixed-blade model make highly utilitarian and potentially life-saving gifts. Both have drop-point blades of tough D2 tool steel. The 275 folder has a smooth, strong AxIS Locking action, ambidextrous thumb studs, and a reversible pocket clip. The 375 fixed-blade Adamas has a MOLLe compatible injection molded sheath, secondary locking strap and tension screw to provide both security and speed. The skeletonized handle can be paracord-wrapped for more grip. A portion of proceeds from the Adamas knives goes to the Ranger Assistance Foundation. BenChMADe KnIFe COMPAny 300 BeAveRCReeK RD., ORegOn CITy, OR 97045 (800) 800-7427, www.gUnSMAgAzIne.COM/BenChMADe W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M R BenchMade roops need an illuminated T compass, but only with ondemand light so it won’t reveal navelite their position at night. In steep, broken country, forest, jungle or when batteries die, digital and satellite-dependent systems fail. So two Special Operations soldiers invented and patented the wristmounted naveLite backlit magnetic compass. Rugged and accurate, it’s an invaluable aid for any ground-pounder or mechanized mover. nAveLITe 2138 PALM hARBOR RD., STe B, PALM hARBOR, FL 34683 (727) 488-9926, www.gUnSMAgAzIne.COM/nAveLITe 41