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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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30 Mar

One of my favorite examples of thinking under pressure occurs in the movie Passenger 57.  A man named Charles Rane bursts into the cockpit of a passenger jet in flight.  He has a gun.

Charles Rane: “Who’s in charge?”

The Pilot, Captain Whitehurst, replies “I am”, and is immediately shot and killed.

Rane asks, “Once again, who’s in charge?”

The First Officer replies “you are”.

Rane: “Excellent”.

There’s an easier way to determine who’s in charge in any situation:  The guy (or girl) with the binocular is in charge.

Let me explain my reasoning.  I was digging through some cartons …

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27 Mar

This morning was a cold but beautiful early-spring morning in the Chicago suburbs.  We had a bit of snow last night but shortly after, we were treated to a bright blue sky.  The little amount of snow that accumulated in my area melted quickly.  In our yard, we have a few shepherd’s hooks hanging with bird feeders which were just filled with seed.  I also have a finch sock, but that will go up in the next couple of months.  This was the first morning I really noticed a lot of birds in the yard so far this year.  Risking …

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20 Mar

Spring is just about here, which means a return to outdoor activities. So since I previously discussed folding knives, now seems like the perfect time to talk about fixed blade knives.

Unless you are working outdoors most of the time, it is uncommon to see fixed blades carried everyday. Whether this is because of local ordinances that restrict blade length, the general stereotype associated with carrying fixed blades, or just because it is usually more knife than is needed I cannot say. In IL for example, you are not restricted by blade length but by intent. So basically, if asked …

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