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15 Oct

Stock Report

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In my last blog, I discussed some of my favorite grips for the AR. Now that you have a firm yet comfortable grip, let’s cover some stock options. Fixed or adjustable is going to depend on your buffer tube so if you want to change styles or are building an AR then make sure you have the appropriate buffer tube. Collapsible stocks are useful if you need a shorter LOP or have multiple users with different LOP, as well as if you are shooting in different outfits (body armor vs no body armor) or simply prefer a shorter OAL for …

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21 Sep

Get a Grip, Winter is Coming

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Fall is here, which means winter is around the corner. Winter is always a project season for my firearms, whether it is just maintenance or calibration/customization. Since the AR is the king of the customization projects, I thought I would review some products that I have or will be acquiring this winter, starting with grips.   

AR grips are possibly one of the most important part to upgrade, but there really isn’t a clear cut choice of which is best since everyone’s hands are different. But we can all agree, if your grip isn’t comfortable then it is pretty unlikely …

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20 Aug

If you can see it, You can capture it

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Recently we received an ATN Bino-X unit to play with and test out. The ATN Bino-X is part of the Smart Optics line. You may be familiar with the X-sight, a digital rifle scope. The ATN X-Bino is a digital binocular, capable of taking photos and recording video in addition to have a “night mode”.

 

Overall the size was a bit larger than your average 8×42 binos, but nothing monstrous. The weight was not nearly as bad as I was expecting it to be. The lack of an adjustable PD was a bit obnoxious but wasn’t detrimental to the …

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24 Jul

Necks; The best EDC

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If you remember, when spring rolled around I got excited about fixed blades. They are “man’s best friend” in the outdoors. Now summer is here and while I am still outdoors, you can find me at the beach more than in the woods. Given the typical attire (or lack thereof) at the beach, carrying a fixed blade can be difficult…unless you love a good neck knife like me. Everyone has a neck, and it carries a 5-11lb head, so why not add a couple more ounces?

Neck knives are an excellent option for many carry scenarios, but especially when your …

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02 Jul

Two is One, One is None

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If you were to ask my friends, they would say I am a textbook Gear Whore. If you ask me, I would say I just like having the right tool for the job…and any job can be done with the right tool…and since you can’t always know what tool you need, get em all. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that I have a lot of gear to cover just about any activity/job I take an interest in (for example, just started kayaking and already have it stuffed with gear).

However, on a recent camping trip, I discovered a gear deficit. …

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29 May

Nothing Says American Like Car Camping

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No memorial day weekend is complete without barbeque, trigger time, and sunshine. So to fulfill that American obligation, I went camping. Car camping to be specific.

We drove to privately owned property in Wisconsin, pitched our tents, set up some steel targets, and soaked in the good weather. I’ll readily admit that I don’t have extensive camping experience even though I do enjoy it. So I was lacking in some gear for this trip, namely a tent.

Since we were car camping, I didn’t see the need for a lightweight tent that is best suited for when you are deep in …

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24 Apr

Leaping on the Bargain Train

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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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20 Mar

Folders Beware: Fixed Blade Season is Here

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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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13 Feb

Do you even Proteus?

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Living in suburban Illinois, we have plenty of opportunities to use binoculars. But more often than not, when I am using them I find myself an hour or more away from home. Not far enough to pack a whole backpack, but enough that I bring some essentials with me. As usual, Maxpedition has me covered.

I love Maxpedition gear. Like Mercedes, they believe in the best or nothing. Their gear is made from 1000-Denier water and abrasion resistant ballistic nylon, coated in Teflon fabric protector, zipped up using YKK zippers, reinforced with double stitched stress points, and overall built like …

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09 Jan

2015: Hit your mark

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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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