It’s hard to believe that such a small, lightweight headlamp can be this bright. We’ve seen torches rated at more lumens put out less light than the Bandit. It weighs just over an ounce—the same weight as a pair of sunglasses—so it feels as if you’re not wearing anything at all. It’s USB rechargeable and, at 180 lumens, has a two-hour run time; at 35 lumens, it runs for more than nine hours. A third mode is emergency flash, which flashes at 180 lumens. The light is diffused, so it has an even, spotless light that fills a nice area to work in and reduces shadows for up-close work. It’s hinged so it can be pointed straight ahead or at any angle you need. It also has a visor clip to mount it directly to a hat.
A full-sized 1×30 red-dot tube designed for ARs and military-style carbines, the Romeo6T uses a .9x.75-inch solar panel with two Super Capacitors to provide up to nine hours of battery-free run time. The housing and included mount are constructed of 7075 aluminum, so the Romeo6T is tough enough to take whatever you can dish out. It powers down when it’s been dormant for a while and has near-instant power-up when it senses motion. The user can cycle through four reticle choices: dot, dot with two hold-overs, circle dot and circle dot with two hold-overs. The Romeo6T is submersible to 20 meters and uses a CR2032 battery as backup.
MODEL: Patriot Series
MSRP: $20 ($25 for .223 kit; comes with locking lug pick)
The Otis Patriot Series of cleaning kits features the Otis Memory-Flex cable and Otis patches but also includes a two-piece rod and square patches for those who like to clean old-school style. Included is a multi-purpose T-handle with enough beef to get a good grip while pulling through the flex cable; it can also be used as a handle for the rod. A built-in bit driver and four bits are included: 5/32 hex, T20, and Phillips #0 and #2. Also provided are a slotted patch tip, AP brush, caliber-specific bore mop and bronze bore brush. The Patriot Series is caliber specific for .17, 9mm, .40, .45, .223, .30 and 12 gauge.
MSRP: $18 (750ml); $23 (1 liter, tested)
Hard-sided sport bottles take up too much space when empty, and soft-sided collapsible ones don’t stay upright. Stash merges both: When full, it acts just like a hard-sided bottle; when empty, it can be collapsed down to less than a quarter of the size. Plus, it’s about half the weight. The bottom and top are made of semi-hard HDPE (high-density polyurethane), while the body is a safe, flexible—but durable— TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane). It can be used with warm water (maximum temperature: 140 degrees) and even frozen. The Stash uses a screw-on cap, is wide enough for ice and features a flexible handle to clip it to your pack. It’s a great product, but we wish the cap were attached. Available in 4 colors.
Pub. What else need be said? It’s a bottle opener that clips securely to your keychain, ready for when you’re at the pub and thirsty. The handle has a good-looking carbon-fiber front with a steel back. The Pub weighs 1.8 ounces and is 3.6 inches closed, including the keychain attachment. Push the key chain attachment to the side, and a 1.6-inch blade is revealed that is made of 8Cr13MoV steel with a stonewashed finish. It uses a friction lock to secure it in both open and closed positions. The Pub also has a built-in screwdriver tip and mini pry bar. We’re fans of any knife that doesn’t look like it’s a knife … until you want it to.
MODEL: Tactical Spork
SPECS: 6.875 inches overall; 2.5-inch blade; 1.25-ounce weight
KA-BAR is known for making combat knives for U.S. Marines to kill bad guys. So, you know that if KA-BAR makes a spork, it’s going to be a bad-ass spork. It looks like a heavy-duty spork that has a handle with the signature KA-BAR knife handle look, but pulling both ends will reveal a 2.5-inch serrated knife. The knife has the feel of metal, but the knife and handle comprise one-piece polymer, as do the spork and handle. One of these should come in every MRE (because you never know when you could be eating a meal and a bad guy happens by who needs to be “KA-BAR’d.”
Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the August 2017 print issue of Gun World Magazine.