When searching for new survival gear, it can be hard to separate quality gear from the gimmicks. At American Survival Guide, we strive to make the gear selection process easier. This month we have a broad selection of new products.
From knives and saws, to quality clothing, to medical gear and shooting accessories we have a wide variety of gear to suit your survival needs. Whether you are looking for something to round out your own kit, or looking for a gift, the items listed here are sure to serve you well.Matador Arms Mag-X P320
The AR15 platform is one of the most versatile weapons in the world. Its modular nature means it can be converted into everything from a .22LR to a long-range tack driver. Until now, pistol caliber AR15s have required the purchase of a proprietary lower receiver.
Matador Arms has eliminated this requirement with Mag-X. The Mag-X is an adaptor that allows pistol magazines to be used in any Mil-Spec AR15 lower receiver combined with a 9mm upper.
The anodized aluminum adaptor locks into the magazine well with the standard AR15 catch. Pistol magazines are locked and released using the built-in paddle-style mag release. The Mag-X has a built-in ejector and is compatible with all Glock-cut 9mm bolts. The Mag-X is available for Sig P320 magazines.
The name Crimson Trace is synonymous with laser aiming devices designed for pistols. Designed for the massively popular Sig Sauer P365, the LG-422G provides a powerful green laser while maintaining the compact profile of the pistol.
The sight mounts to the built-in accessory rail and follows the contours of the trigger guard to place the activation button directly under the user’s middle finger. It will provide 2 hours of constant use using a single 1/3N lithium battery. It is easily installed and adjusted by the end user and provides a master power switch for training without activating the sight.
The ZipStitch provides surgical grade, non-invasive wound closure for those times when traditional stitches are needed but unavailable. The ZipStitch is the most advanced wound closure device available without a prescription.
Consisting of two 1.5-inch strips of hydrocolloid, pressure-sensitive adhesive and four precision zip ties made of medical grade polymer, the ZipStitch allows for precise placement and micro adjustable wound closure.
Additionally, the ZipStitch creates a “cage” around the wound site, isolating and protecting the wound from user movement that can pull the wound and disrupt healing. The ZipStitch is FDA-approved, thoroughly tested in over a dozen clinical trials and has proven its worth in hundreds of operating rooms.
Primary Arms specializes in bringing ultra high-quality optics to the market at an extremely affordable price. The popularity of long-range rifle shooting has created a need for more long-range optic options. This new Gold Series scope is Primary Arms’ medium magnification entry into this market.
This is a first focal plane optic with an etched reticle that has been calibrated for use with 5.56, .308 and 6.5 Grendel loadings. Adjustments are made with patented Zlock and Zstop turrets graduated for 0.1 MIL clicks.
The reticle offers illumination and features AutoLive motion sensing. The scopes feature premium glass, elevation rotation indicators and rubber eyepieces. Choose from 5 reticle options, each with either smart ACSS or traditional MIL-Dot or MOA reticles.
With hammock camping becoming increasingly popular, hammock users are looking for ways to extend their camping seasons into colder weather. Staying warm in a hammock brings unique challenges, and putting together a system can be confusing and expensive.
Swayy Hammocks’ all-in-one system is designed to keep you comfortable from 35 to 70 degrees (F) while weighing only 3.5 pounds. The comprehensive Eira system combines a hammock body rated for up to 400 pounds, a baffled insulation layer made with premium, hydrophobic 800 fill power down, an exterior shell that is windproof but breathable and a zipper to keep you enclosed in a warm cocoon. The system includes a premium rain fly, titanium stakes and a fully adjustable suspension system.
Don’t let the good looks of the new ZT 0470 fool you. This knife was designed by Dmitry Sinkevich to be a highly practical EDC knife. The blade is made from premium CPM 20CV stainless steel, which is known for its extreme wear resistance, edge-holding ability and corrosion resistance.
The blade is given a striking two-toned satin and stonewashed finish. It rides on ZTs KVT ball bearing washers and features a flipper opening system. The handles are precision machined from titanium and incorporate the steel-reinforced frame lock and a marbled, carbon fiber inlay. The slim pocket clip is titanium and provides a secure, tip-up carry. Despite its 3.4-inch blade and 7.8-inch overall length, the 0470 weighs in at only 3.2 ounces.
The first thing you will notice about the new Kershaw Antic is the karambit-styled oversized ring. However, unlike the aggressive karambit-style blades, the Antic is all about functional utility. The ring can be used to attach the Antic to a keychain or a carabiner. The end of the ring features a mini pry bar that doubles as a flathead screwdriver. The inside of the ring works with the back end of the handle to create an unobtrusive bottle opener.
The stainless steel handle is covered in a blue PVD coating and is set up for a tip-down, right-hand pocket clip. The blade is just under 2 inches and is locked in place using a sturdy frame lock. Weighing in at only 3.1 ounces, the Antic provides a lot of utility in a tiny package.
Outdoor Vitals is dedicated to providing premium ultralite outdoor equipment at an affordable price. The new LoftTek Adventure Jacket is designed to provide the warmth and performance of a synthetic jacket with the lightness and packability of a down jacket.
The jacket features a windproof water-resistant shell that incorporates elastic hems and underarm vents. The hood is adjustable and includes a high neck for extreme conditions. The insulated pockets are zippered, and the entire jacket is designed to be zipped into a pocket for compact storage.
The revolutionary new LoftTek insulation is designed to mimic down’s extreme weight-to-warmth ratio while still allowing it to retain warmth in wet conditions.
Having the ability to cut through larger pieces of wood can be a huge asset in the backcountry. There are a lot of saws on the market, but most of them are bulky, heavy, fragile or all of the above.
The Nordic Pocket Saw is lightweight, compact, extremely strong and highly effective. The saw utilizes a 25.6-inch chain with 33 cutting teeth. It is made from heat-treated high carbon steel and can be re-sharpened with a standard chainsaw file.
The chain cuts in both directions, providing optimum efficiency. The handles are made with durable heavy-duty nylon and are designed with comfort in mind. The 4.7-ounce saw is tested and rated to withstand 20 times more force than a human can exert, making it nearly unbreakable.
What’s the point of having a tool if it’s not where you need it when you need it? Slip this stainless steel tool collection into your wallet or backpack so it’s always handy. Or if you prefer, peel the adhesive backing off the tool and stick it to any flat inside or outside surface.
This credit card-size tool has 8 fish hooks, 2 arrowheads and a knife with sawback. Each item is reusable and can be returned back to its original position.
The Centurion Arms, LLC, Micro Mount is designed to securely mount a variety of popular optics to your flat-top upper receiver, including Aimpoint’s Micro R-1, H-1, H-2, T-1, T-2, Vortex’s Sparc I and II, Primary Arms’ Micro Dot and Advanced Micro Dot, Holosun’s HS403 or any other optic utilizing the same type of mounting interface.
The Micro Mount offers an absolute or a lower 1⁄3 co-witness with your backup iron sights. It features an integrated recoil lug between the mount and the optic and utilizes a standard ½-inch mounting bolt with a coin slot interface for easy mounting and removal.
The mount is precision machined from 6061-T6 aluminum and is Mil-Spec Type III hard coat anodized for durability.
Grim’s Key card is a specially designed lock disabling tool that’s great for everyday problems as well as specialized emergency situations. This stainless steel credit card-size toolkit has five picks, two tension wrenches and an escape multitool to help you escape most kinds of restraints and open most locks.
Easily stored in a wallet, tin, pocket or backpack slot, it’s always there when you need it. You can also peel the adhesive backing off the tool and mount it to any flat inside or outside surface. Each item is reusable and can be returned to its original position.
The Matchpoint USA Universal Chest Carry System mates the MatchPoint Ultimate Backer with a 1.5-inch woven elastic chest strap and a 1-inch polypropylene shoulder strap to create a chest carry system that will interface easily with your favorite Kydex holster.
The design of the Ultimate Backer allows it to interface easily with a wide variety of holsters, sheaths or any other carrier that can be screwed into place. Not only does the Ultimate Backer allow for extreme versatility when mounting objects to it, but the harness system can be mounted at a variety of angles for a truly custom fit.
MantisX revolutionized the firearms training market by creating a product that will not only track your entire shot sequence, but give you suggestions for how to improve your shooting, provide you with a trackable training program and give you a way to compete with your friends. The original MantisX was compact, lightweight and easy to use.
The new X3 is now 40 percent smaller, 50 percent lighter, has 3 times the battery life and provides a 4 times increase in data rate collection. The new X3 also incorporates a new, low-profile, toolless quick-detach system. The MantisX X3 is an invaluable tool that is guaranteed to improve your shooting performance.
The Tenicor Velo is an appendix carry Kydex holster that has been engineered for strength, comfort, concealability and simplicity. The Velo is designed with minimal bulk to aid in all-day comfort. The low-profile design incorporates Tenicor’s T1 belt clips that are slim, strong and fully adjustable.
A multi-angled enhanced muzzle wedge is integrated into the body of the holster. This wedge serves to push the muzzle away from the body while simultaneously pushing the grip toward the body.
This enhances both comfort and concealability without adding bulk. The sight channel is tall enough to accommodate most suppressor-height sights, and the top profile will accept most slide-mounted red dot sights.
Eating outside has never been easier, thanks to the Light My Fire Eat’n Drink Kit Bio. Each kit contains 4 high-edged plates, one of which functions as a lid that, along with the included harness, keeps everything together.
The kit also includes 4 Pack-Up-Cups and 4 Spork Originals. Each piece of the kit is lightweight, durable and easy to maintain.
The kit is made from Biobased plastics that are not only hot- and cold-safe, but are BPA-free and dishwasher- and microwave-approved. Bioplastics are fully recyclable and biodegradable as they are sourced from organic materials.
Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the October, 2019 print issue of American Survival Guide.