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27 Oct

     Earlier this year, my Mom was stuck in a rut of bad luck.  Wanting to snap her out of her ensuing funk, at least for a little bit, I wanted to drive up and take her out for an afternoon at the range and a late lunch after.   She was raised around firearms and isn’t gun-shy in the least so I knew she’d probably enjoy it.  She hadn’t been shooting for a very long time, so after I asked her she was really excited to go.

     Packing the night before for this day at the range was the …

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21 Oct

As any experienced shooter can tell you, protect your eyes and ears or you’ll regret it. From riding a motorcycle to fabricating projects, I’ve experienced enough tiny objects bombarding my eyes to have learned the value in quality eyewear early on in life. While most people are proactive in protecting their eyesight (it is fearfully difficult to imagine life without it) but don't seem to take the same care with their hearing.

We listen to music at the max volume our earbuds can handle, go to movies that immerse us in larger than life sound effects, and attend concerts that …

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08 Oct

You’ve got your night vision and now you need an IR laser and illuminator. While there are many different products that will work, the DBALs are some of the nicest available to the civilian market.

The DBAL is a military grade unit that allows you to use your night vision device helmet mounted. The IR laser lets you target without having to mount your NVD on the firearm. The advantages to this are that you won’t have to point your firearm wherever you want to see, potentially muzzle sweeping people. Wearing the NVD helmet mounted also lets you use any …

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03 Oct

Many of us spend a significant portion of our lives surrounding ourselves with things that bring us happiness. Much of the time, it's our families and friends, but often it includes numerous inanimate objects that we collect. It may be stamps, coins, antique tools, jewelry or any number of other items. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, for me it has been all kinds of knives and vintage watches. I do not want to attempt to define or discuss exactly how much "stuff" we might accumulate because that would just open a whole new can of worms that I …

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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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