Texas Weapons Systems Kalashnikov Handguard Review

The Texas Weapons Systems (TWS) Handguard was something I wanted for my Ak the second I saw it. One issue I have with the AK platform is the smallish handguards. Although the Arsenal handguards are excellent and are probably the best when it comes to shielding you from the heat of the barrel and gas tube, they are rather short which can be an issue for taller guys with long arms. The other major problem with the AK is its ability to run an optic and a weapon light. The TWS Handguard seemed to be the answer to all of these problems.

First off, they are expensive, like $265 expensive. Second they are hard to find. Seems TWS is having issues getting them out the door, so much so that Gabe Suarez has canceled the use of the TWS Handguard on his Universal Rifle. The primary retail vendor for these is One Source Tactical (OST). TWS is really messing with OST on these. I ordered one when they were in stock, but OST ships as products come in. It took OST & TWS over a month and a half to get me the handguard. I was not thrilled by the responses I got from either company but I would side with OST. They have a lot of angry customers complaining about delays.

In the end the handguard finally arrived along with OST’s Terrorist Interdiction Bag (TIB) which I ordered during the delay and asked them to add to the order (which they were awesome about). Look for our review of the TIB in the future but first impression it is an awesome bag.

The TWS Handguard comes in a simple box with NO instructions. If you poke around online there is a massive outcry not only for instructions but also how much of a pain in the ass it is to install. TWS must have been listening, at least on the pain in the ass side, as it looks like it has had a redesign from the first handguards that were shipped. There used to be a bushing system that was supposed to in theory aid in barrel harmonics and accuracy. Now it just clamps onto the barrel. TWS probably saw that the bushing system was a source of pain when installing the handguard and got rid of it. Continue reading

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CoWitness Explained

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Dimitri with Primary Arms does a great job in this video of explaining CoWitness both absolute and lower 1/3. One of the reviews we are working on and should have up in the next week is the Texas Weapons Systems (TWS) Kalashnikov Handguard. Right out front, one of our major issues with this handguard is the lack of CoWitness. This is a great video that explains what we will be discussing when we talk about lower 1/3 CoWitness.

 

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Independence Day

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Have a safe and happy Independence Day from everyone here at Fleeting Survival.

 

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Out of Pocket

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We are going to be out of pocket for a little bit on travel but wanted to give you guys a heads up on some awesome reviews appearing in the next month or two.

Just to name a few:

  • Haley Strategic Partners Skimmer Trigger – Yes we went out and got our hands on a gen 4 Skimmer Trigger. With over 2000 rounds downrange we will give you an epic review when we get back
  • Texas Weapons System New AK Handgaurd – Finally delivered from OST, we will give you the skinny on what we think; good, bad, and the ugly
  • Jtech backpack – Looking forward to a good Bug Out Bag review
  • INFORCE 6vx – Super lightweight carbon fiber flashlight
  • INFORCE WML (Weapons Mounted Light) – INFORCE’s new mountable light
  • How to build a container garden – Urban survival through food production
  • Jim Fuller’s Rear Sight Modification – Sent a rear sight off to Rifle Dynamics to have Jim work his magic, we let you know what we think.
  • Haley Strategic Partners Thorntail Light Mount – Travis Haley has put out a light mount that might help AK owners with the weapons light conundrum
  • Magpul’s MS3 Sling – 1 to 2 point sling on the cheap
  • BattleComp 2.0 – On an AK74?
  • Venom Tactical’s Bolton Block – Lenny Bolton’s 2nd gen gas block combines the front sight and gas block into one lightweight part.

Stay tuned

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Bushcraft on the Cheap

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I’m one who LOVES a good deal so this is awesome that he was able to get all this for that price.

 

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Paul Gomez has passed away

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Trainer Paul Gomez passed away. Gomez International has been recommended to me several times and Paul has always preached “buy good gear and learn how to use it”.  He will be missed & our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Here is a great video of Paul and PatriotNurse discussing preparedness from the iconic Beans, Bullets & Band Aids perspective. After the video, check out Paul’s YouTube channel as it holds a wealth of information.

 

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Strike Industries AK Rear Sight Rail Review

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Strike Industries (SI) sent us one of their AK Rails for testing and evaluation a while back and I have to admit that looking at the pictures on their website I was not in love. Up till now, I have been using a micro red dot on a Midwest Industries (MI) AK side rail. I’m not a huge fan of the side rail concept but it does allow easy on and off and is great if you want to move back and forth between a red dot optic and iron sites.

As a data point, the MI side rail weighs in at 7.2 oz on my scale, partner that with a red dot and you’re at 11.5 depending on the mount and the red dot. That’s not a ton of weight but you do notice when you take it off to clean the rifle.

When I went with the MI rail (which I like a lot but is double the cost of the Strike Industries and hard to find right now) I was thinking I wanted to get the red dot as far back as possible. This was one of the reasons I was not thrilled with the Strike Industries concept as its moving the dot forward.

First impressions out of the box, we were impressed. This mount is a super lightweight, like 1.4 oz on my scale lightweight. The AK Rail is made of 6061 Aircraft Aluminum that has been hard coat anodized. The rail comes with instructions, 3 leveling hex set screws, and a horizontal mounting screw & nut that ride where you rear sight rides.

Installation was fairly easy, the hardest part being getting your rear sight off. There are a number of ways to do this, most you can find on the web. My preferred method is to stand the sight vertically and push down on the sight leaf with a screwdriver, once you get the leaf far enough down the rear sight will drop free. Both of Jim Fuller’s AK armorers DVDs include details on how to remove the rear sight and both are highly recommended by us. SI does not include details on how to do this in their instructions or if you should remove the sight leaf which we assume you should. Continue reading

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Testing a Common Man’s Survival Bow

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Dave Canterbury just posted a great video on testing a Common Man’s Survival Bow. Great explanation about setting up a bow on the cheap. This is not something I would have thought about but this is a great idea for a Bug Out Location to just to throw in the closet. You could get Dave’s recommended bow and a bunch of arrows for less than a $100 and if there was ever a SHTF scenario, this would be great silent method of hunting along with defense if need be.

 

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Memorial Day

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May God bless our fallen and their families not just today but everyday!

 

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Watch Out For Poisonous Plants This Spring

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It’s that time of year for watching where you step. As spring has sprung in most of the country you need to keep a lookout for those plants that ruin your day. Dave Canterbury did a great video in 2008 that has stood the test of time for me and thought I would share it with you guys. As Dave in Ohio this is gauged more for those in the eastern woodlands:

For those that are in the western part of the United states enjoy the wild USA has a great video on Poison Oak, Poison Ivy, and Poison Sumac:

A great additional resource for poisonous plants is Roger Caras book A Field Guide to Venomous Animals and Poisonous Plants: North America North of Mexico. Also, another great resource, as usual is the Boy Scout handbook.

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