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22 Oct

Spotting Season

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It’s about that time of year (has been for a while for other departments) when we start getting ready for our holiday season.  As you are already probably aware, the unofficial start to the holiday shopping spree is Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  While the pencil pushers behind the scenes here at OpticsPlanet have been gearing up with inventory, projections, forecasts, and all that other stuff, we here in Product Intelligence are getting going with what will be the first of one of our many contributions to the seasonal push this week.  I’m not going to spill the beans on …

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25 Sep

Fall Is Finally Here!

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Fall is finally upon us.  The time of year for colorful leaves, crisp air, and good smells is my favorite.  Aside from the awesome weather we’ll be having, I also know I’ll be spending a lot of time outside.  Summer is nice but the air conditioner is a better option than 100 degrees and 90 % humidity, in my opinion at least.  While I enjoy autumn and will be outside more than any other time of the year, I don’t care to freeze so it’s time to stock up on some new gear again.  I wear what I have pretty …

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28 Aug

Ups and Downs

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My summer has been a bittersweet mix of good and bad.  I’ve, as discussed in previous blogs, have had the chance to head out of town more than I usually do.  Two weeks in Europe and several nice weekend trips have left me with some nice and irreplaceable memories.  I’ve spent a lot of time with a nice young woman and have been able to enjoy some decent summer weather.  The dark cloud that’s been looming over me, however, is the loss of my grandmother about a month ago.  She was a wonderful woman who didn’t have a mean bone …

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31 Jul

Prism Predicament

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When my time on the earth is done, few will be able to say Michael C. was quick to make a decision about pretty much anything.  As stated in previous blogs, I don’t like to jump into things.  I try to weigh the pros and cons of every decision I make that's more important than what I’ll be eating for lunch.  That, admittedly, takes some meditation on too sometimes.

Trying to decide what the heck type of optic I want to mount on my AR has been no different.  At first I was happy with iron sights (for the time …

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19 Jun

All My Bags are Packed, I’m Ready to Go

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I've had the Peter, Paul, and Mary (not John Denver) version of Leaving on a Jet Plane stuck in my head for the last week or so. 

The time has come where my long anticipated return to the Fatherland is less than a week away.  The buildup has been excruciatingly dragging for the last few months but now that it’s less than a week away, time seems to move a little faster for some reason.  I’ve talked about gear that I’ve wanted to get for the trip but I’ll rundown a few of the things I’ve settled on and some …

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05 Jun

White Bass Capitol of the World

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A few weeks ago, I headed north a few hours to Fremont, Wisconsin for a weekend of fishing.  For those of you that aren’t aware, Fremont is the “Official White Bass Capitol of the World.”  I’m not sure how many towns have attempted to usurp this title, but it would be hard to.  I have a friend that I’ve known since seventh grade who has been trying to get me to go with his group of family and friends pretty much as long as I’ve known him, which is about 15 years now.  Usually they go up on the same …

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01 May

Demo Day

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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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27 Mar

Birds of a Feather

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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 Feb

Toss A Line Out

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Fishing is a hobby that I’ve participated in my entire life, but have never really given too much thought to.  It's just something I go out and do.  When I get involved in a hobby I usually research whatever it is I’m doing so I can get good gear, know how, and any kind of insight into it.  Fishing has just kind of always been there.  I don’t get out fishing nearly as much as I would like to anymore but I try to make it out at least a few times a year.

My tackle box has usually been …

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15 Jan

In the Bleak Midwinter

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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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