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21 Jan

I had big plans.

I was going to sit in my living room with my Nikon 8×42 Monarch binocular in one hand and three fingers of George Dickel #12 in the other (with elbows steadied on the arms of my favorite chair), watching and feeling benevolent as the deer gnawed away at the deer block I thoughtfully placed in the back yard a few weeks ago.

The number of deer vary, but there’s a group of eight or so that make the rounds through our subdivision each day.  For three seasons, life is pretty good for a deer.  My wife …

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15 Jan

It’s about that time of year when I can either come to terms with the fact that it’s winter, or sit around and complain about it.  Last year’s sustained “Arctic Vortex” made it pretty impossible to grin and bear it as the grin would probably freeze and you would end up looking like Jack Nicholson busting through a door with an axe in The Shining, only permanently.  This year has been a lot more mild than last, but still has had a few times and days where it’s dipped below 0.  As any good Flatlander or Midwesterner for that matter …

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09 Jan

2015. Welcome! What’s a new year without a new year’s resolution? Some would say it’s a good year, but for the rest of you who go in for this kind of thing my resolution for the year is to spend more time/money doing stuff than acquiring stuff. Specifically, the goal is to devote more resources to putting rounds downrange than investing in new toys/accessories. Part of that will be signing up for training classes, going to a few more local shooting matches, and making more trips to my outdoor range. But the other part, besides buying bulk ammo, is acquiring a …

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31 Dec

My search for the best multi tool has led me to the Victorinox SwissTool. I wanted one that was of the highest quality, extremely rugged, and not made in China. My last requirement greatly narrowed down the field where I found Victorinox, the Swiss company.

Victorinox is famous for their Swiss Army knife. I was familiar with the Swiss Army knife but had never seen the multi tool. After confirming the multi tool was made in Switzerland I ordered one. The multi tool has more features then I could ever need. I also got the “plus” unit that came with …

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26 Dec

Ever notice how strange some of the product trends are? Let's leave apparel styles out of the discussion and focus on some of the other products we deal with on a daily basis. Cell phones are a perfect example. They started out very large. Some of you may remember the old "brick" style phones and then there was the "bag" phones. Gradually, the sizes got smaller and smaller and eventually came down to about the size of a (modern day) Snicker's Bar! Then the battle of display sizes began and we are now back to some smart phones that are …

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19 Dec

The calendar is against me this year.  I wanted to blog during Christmas week (missed that by a week) and I have a tradition (well, it’s happened once) of writing our first blog of the New Year, which isn’t going to happen either, thanks to Michael, Matt, George and Tim and their posts.

When I was a kid, I always thought my Grandmother had been hitting the toothache medicine when she told me that time would pass more quickly as I got older.  Like pretty much everything else she tried to tell me, she was right.  Wasn’t it just Christmas …

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12 Dec

In the last few months, I've decided that I’ll be headed back overseas this summer for another trip to the das Vaterland (Germany) and Austria.  I've learned from experience that there is a severe lack of taxis and motorized transportation, especially in the rural routes.  A good day pack was probably the most useful thing I brought with for the whole trip.  My choice for my last trip was the OPMOD™ TAC PACK 3.0 All-Purpose Backpack.  One of the benefits of working for OpticsPlanet is the ability to get them from the source, so I picked up one for my Dad, brother, and …

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