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22 May

 

Out of all the rifle scopes I have tested, my favorite is the Nightforce 5.5-22×56. The quality of all Nightforce products is outstanding and this scope is no exception. The glass is from Japan and the scope is built in the United States, Idaho to be specific. A Nightforce scope is the type of scope that will be passed down for generations. Not only is the optical quality incredible, but the scope is extremely rugged. At one time Nightforce had a picture on their webpage of a military service NXS scope that was shot by an AK-47. If I …

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18 May

After many years, this Spring I decided to once again chase the elusive wild turkey, so in late April, I planned a hunt on my old friend Wally's farm in Southern Illinois. I won't go into great detail about the hunt (you can read about it here), but I realized that although I brought my ever-present OPMOD Limited Edition 10×42 binocular and decided that I really needed a new good quality pocket compact binocular. Shortly, I plan on researching models that will work for me and will follow up with my findings.

However, in this blog, I would like to …

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08 May

When I was but a wee lad, our elementary school library had a book I was very fond of.  It was a book about animals.  It wasn’t one of those “the bunny is fuzzy” books, but was about animals' vision.  One type of illustration in particular fascinated me – it showed the areas of binocular vision for different animals, based on the placement of their eyes.

Meadowbrook Elementary is closed now, and that book is long gone, but through the magic of Wikipedia, I can show a couple of the type of illustrations:

A person apparently is going to have …

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01 May

The beautiful weather I have been looking forward to and talking about in previous blogs is finally here.  The sun is shining, snow is nowhere to be found, and the temperate outside is tolerable at its worst.  At best it’s absolutely beautiful.  Last Sunday was a nicer day, a little windy but manageable, but a nice day nonetheless.  It was time to head out shooting. 

We headed out to my uncle’s property again in the far south edge of the Chicagoland area where there’s nothing but corn and soybean fields.  Having a little bit of an ammunition shortage for my …

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24 Apr

Living in Illinois, you quickly realize that we are not ideally suited for “long range” shooting activities. So I started with a pistol, picked up a shotgun (especially since we can’t hunt deer with rifles) and then when the market was right, got myself an AR and a .22 “tacticool” semi-auto rifle. Since my AR was a DPMS flat top Frankenstein (picture a bull barrel, A2 carbine handguard, no iron sights, slick side upper, and an A2 fixed stock) it quickly was replaced with something superior but remains my testing platform for 90% of the products. So what’s the latest …

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13 Apr

Twice a year Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Kentucky hosts the Machine Gun Shoot. The shoot is in April and October and is the largest machine gun show in the United States. The show lasts from Friday to Sunday and gives you the chance to see just about any type of machine gun. These are all legal machine guns, registered under the NFA. There is a night shoot with tracers and also a large gun show where you can buy firearms, parts, and accessories. This year there was even a Huey helicopter that you could ride in!

One …

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09 Apr

 

As we all know, early spring weather can be very changeable. So far, the Midwest has had a number of mild Spring days that have brought out much of the regular suburban wildlife. Racoons, skunks and possums are no strangers to my backyard, but this early in the year, there is sparse cover for the little buggers to hide. My next door neighbor has a large old oak tree in his front yard and last year it was host to a very hard working, but noisy woodpecker. At least half a dozen times I grabbed my OPMOD 10×42 binocular …

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