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A couple years ago, Kyle Lamb of Viking Tactics designed a multi-functional axe with hammer and pry-bar ends that would ultimately evolve into the 5.11 Tactical VTAC Operator Axe. As much as we loved the hammer, axe, pry-bar and two dozen other functions packed into this behemoth of a tool, it always felts like it was just a little too big to be carrying around in a bag on the regular. Which is why we were so pleased to learn that they had boiled down the feature set of the 5.11 Tactical Operator Axe into a more compact version. The appropriately named 5.11 Tactical Operator Axe Compact still has hammer, axe and pry-bar functionality, along with hex-bit capability (and a stowed bit), a ruler and notches for a paracord-wrap handle, so it does everything you expected the original to do. But the compact version packs all that functionality into a ten inch length (five inches shorter than the original) that works great as an EDC multi-tool and hatchet.

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Since the likelihood of your being able to find and purchase a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle for less than a couple grand is about the same as curing COVID-19 with Lysol, we decided to hold a Sweeps your parched lips will cry for. We’re giving away one full bottle (no, we didn’t open it to sample) of 2019 Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Seeing as how it’s characterized as the perfect Bourbon, you should enter post haste.