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12 Sep

When I was in grade school, I took a Pringles potato chip can (and Pringles were brand-spanking new, so that’s how old I am) and filled it with coal and a pack of matches, put the lid back on, and hid it in the cave on my grandparent’s farm.  Pringles were introduced in 1967, so by the time they made their way to Tennessee, let’s call it 1968.  In 1968 I was in second grade, and already stashing away supplies.

I hadn’t given any consideration to food, but I had worked out shelter (the cave) water (stream coming from the …

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04 Sep

When someone tells me they want “affordable” night vision they are usually expecting to see Generation 3 quality at a Gen 1 price point. Many people buy Generation 1 units only to become frustrated and disappointed. No, a $250 night vision device is not going to turn night into day. Generation 3 night vision is capable of this but is also out of the price range of someone who was initially looking into cheaper Gen 1 units.

Traditional Generation 1 night vision gives a much distorted and not very usable picture. Generation 1 gives a sight picture that is like …

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04 Sep

Over the past four years I have probably had no less than two dozen customers ask for a hand held spot light that will illuminate a field out to 1 mile.  They often point out the "million candle power" spot lights that sell for under $50.  While useable in as an illumination tool – without spending significantly more than that – there is no white light that will illuminate out to 1 mile at night.

Enter Laser Genetics.  These guys came on a few years ago with a bang.  For those of you that are not familiar with the technology; …

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28 Aug

For my wife and I, 2014 has flown by as a result of some crazy circumstances in our lives. In December 2013, my wife, Nancy and I were told by separate doctors that we both badly needed total hip replacement (both left hips, too)! She was struck by a car when 12 years old and was told that "someday" would likely have some problems with that hip and that day finally came. I, on the other hand, had my right hip replaced in 2008, but couldn't explain to the doctor how I had injured my hip at some point in …

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22 Aug

I pulled out my gunsmithing screwdriver set, and my wife winced.  She knows that this normally begins a domino effect, with items coming out of most every closet, drawer and box, and surrounding me in a semicircle on the couch.

Okay, so I want a new gun.  With frivolous purchases like new brakes for the car and multiple vet bills looming on the horizon, I can’t make that happen right now.  What I can do, is pull out the tool set, and remake something I already own into a new gun, sort of.

Since my Glocks are not the best …

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29 Jul

How Thermal Works:

Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye; it's the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Unlike visible light, in the infrared world, everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes, emit infrared.Heat is also called infrared or thermal. The thermal imaging unit creates a picture that shows the differences in heat, some are able to show the tiniest differences in heat and display them as shades of grey in …

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25 Jul

My last two blogs have been on reloading, so I think it is safe to say this is quickly becoming a serious hobby of mine.  Last month I wrote that I had a Hornady Lock-N-Load Power Case Prep Center coming.  Well, I finally received it, and have since then trimmed and prepped around 1,000 cases! 










The purpose of this device is to combine all of the major case prep tools into one unit – the major benefits of which are, saving space on the reloading bench and the ability to quickly …

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18 Jul

There is a TON of information out there both on the web, in books, and in people’s heads about how to buy a safe and features of them.  However, there are always special circumstances that need more specific attention and information.   I myself had a few criterion with a smaller house with some tight corners.  While everyone wants the “big” safe, in smaller homes you just don’t have the room to get it in there…or do you?

 Can you still have a bigger safe?  Well, yes.  However, you do need to make compromises.  While I like having a larger safe, …

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01 Jul

I get to look through a lot of optics.

Manufacturers bring in pre-production samples, asking what we like and don’t like about their new products.  There are trade shows – the NRA Convention, the SHOT Show and the like – that have every product, ready for sale or not, on display.  We don’t have a retail storefront, but I do wander about in our competitor’s stores, checking out the optics and leaving strategically placed business cards behind.  I request that items be pulled from stock for inspection, to answer a customer’s question or to satisfy my own curiosity about something …

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24 Jun

Being a firearms enthusiast, target shooter, and hunter, I was one of those people who always dismissed airsoft guns as being toys for kids, for Europeans who aren’t allowed to own real firearms, and of course, the mall ninjas.

Last weekend I went to my cousin’s graduation party where a group of ten years olds brought their airsoft guns. I didn’t pay them much attention until someone shot me in the back, leaving a nice welt. I was immediately curious – here was a plastic rifle with a folding stock, picatinny rails, and that overall look that scares reporters and …

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