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23 Feb

I wear glasses.  It is winter in Chicago.  A poor combination, at best.

It’s 7 below this morning (actual temperature) and if I have to walk any distance at all – from the car into a store, say, I have two choices when I get inside.  I can A> keep my glasses on and see absolutely nothing because they fog up, or B> take them off and see absolutely nothing, because I need glasses to see.

Since it looks a little goofy (and can be painful) to walk around with opaque lenses, I normally take them off and stand still …

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20 Feb

In my last blog I complained about the cold and was looking forward optimistically to warmer weather.  As I sit here typing this, it’s -1 degrees outside and with the windchill anywhere between -20 and -30.  I’m going to complain again about the cold and keep on looking forward optimistically to warmer weather in this blog too because what the hell else am I going to do?  Ten minutes outside and my jeans feel like they’re frozen to my legs and the feeling in my face is pretty close to non-existent.  I guess that doesn’t matter though because without gloves …

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13 Feb

Well, it’s Friday here and not payday so to stop myself from buying a new folding knife I am going to write about folders instead. Since I was young, I have been overly interested in knives. To me, they are the oldest form of functional art. From workhorses to show pieces, there’s a knife out there for every purpose and I have yet to find a knife that can do it all. That’s the recipe for a collector’s dream.

My first knife was a Buck knife lockback folder given to me by my grandfather. It was a modest length clip …

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04 Feb

One of the most important and overlooked items in your night vision set up is the helmet. Most PVS-14s come with a plastic head mount that is called the “skull crusher” and for good reason. Wear the skullcrusher for more than an hour or so and you’ll be ready to wear a helmet. A good helmet supports the weight of the monocular on your head and allows you to be in the field longer without neck fatigue.

The Skullcrusher – A great way to try hands-free use, but not a long term solution.

There are many options for helmets available …

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29 Jan

I was born on the West Side of Chicago and have lived in the area all of my life. As I was growing up, I did a fair amount of fishing with family and friends, but never really got into shooting sports until I was older. None of the adults in my immediate family enjoyed hunting or recreational shooting, but I was always fascinated by it and as soon as I turned 21 years old, I set out to purchase my first firearm. Living in a city like Chicago, you tend to get spoiled by the convenience of being able …

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21 Jan

I get a lot of grief around here for my taste in matching firearm accessories.

One of the three AR’s I have is my tuxedo rifle, sort of how like Mr. Lester Polfus (better known as Les Paul) had his tuxedo guitar, the Les Paul Custom.

The Les Paul Custom made its debut in 1954 after the successful Les Paul Goldtop. Les Paul himself suggested his namesake guitar needed a new and classy finish that would go well with a tuxedo on stage. From that point on, the Les Paul Custom Blackback was referred to as the "white tuxedo".

While …

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15 Jan

I wouldn’t consider myself a sharpshooter by a long shot.  I would, however, consider myself a pretty skilled and competent shooter.  I started off early in life with a classic Red Ryder which progressed to pellet rifles, which progressed to a .22, which progressed to the various firearms and calibers that I now own.  By far the firearm that I’ve had the most practice with (and fun) is my Ruger 10/22.  She’s been running hot and often for a long time.  With the same rifle, I took one of the best placed (probably luckiest) shots of my life.  


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09 Jan

No real surprise, but I’m going to kick off 2015 by talking about a Vortex product. What may surprise you is that I am not talking about a new product. I want to talk about the Vortex SPARC (Speed Point Aiming for Rapid Combat) and I don’t necessarily mean the SPARC II. Why am I talking about an old optic that’s been updated and thus discontinued? Because it’s the first Vortex product I ever bought, it is still one of my favorite optics, and it just got mounted on the 9mm AR pistol build I recently completed, that’s why.

To keep the …

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31 Dec

Awhile ago I had a very interesting conversation with a customer. I'll call him Bill (not his actual name).

Bill was a Vietnam Veteran who was a Green Beret. Being a Green Beret, he saw plenty of action and he knew a lot about firearms, optics, and combat. Yet he had no experience with thermal imaging as the technology came out after his time. Bill was in the market for a thermal riflescope, but he did not know anything about them nor had he ever looked through one. Thermal imaging units are very expensive, especially the higher end ones made …

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26 Dec

At the 2014 SHOT Show, ATN announced their newest entry into digital HD day/night riflescopes. The ATN X-Sight is available in 5-18X and 3-12X models with many, many remarkable features. If you follow Steve's Riflescope Blog, you may have seen that he has been using the 5-18X model for a little while and I was just asked to do a product video on it as well, which gave me an opportunity to become a bit more familiar with it. Thanks to the ATN Obsidian Core technology, which is a highly specialized computer that is designed to run a huge group …

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