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19 Dec

So – Christmas in five days.  I'm not sure when they moved it to December 25th, but it sort of snuck up on me this year.

In between swearing at other drivers and trying to practice goodwill towards my fellow man, I’ve been reminiscing about Christmases of years past.

I have to say that as an adult, Christmas isn’t what it used to be, but what is?  Because my parents were very good about helping others less fortunate, most of my toys got boxed up and given away when it was determined that I had “outgrown” them – like anyone outgrows …

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12 Dec

As someone who fancies myself a “gun guy” and have for a number of years now, it’s almost embarrassing to admit that my first AR purchase was made in the last couple of months.  I’ve accumulated various firearms over the last good decade and a half, but I had never made the leap for an AR.  With fears of them getting banned driving up the prices in the past years, I really couldn’t justify putting the kind of money they were going for into a rifle I would end up just using as a target and “just in case” rifle.  …

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05 Dec

Did anyone buy an AR-15 for Black Friday? I sure did and around here a new rifle means it’s time for a new optic. I decided to give a prismatic red dot sight a try and out of the choices, I had to go Vortex. A prismatic red dot sight is like most red dots, but has a prism inside which reflects the light and can be etched with a reticle. This allows for a more compact design of the optic without sacrificing optical quality. Most are in a 1x or 3x but Burris also offers a 5x prismatic red dot …

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28 Nov

Over the past few years with the various panic buying due to political and other circumstances, the shooter / law enforcement officer / soldier / tactical junky / outdoorsman that you know may seem to already have everything that you could possibly think of for a great gift. There is always something to buy, especially in this industry. What I have here is a list of some excellent gifts that are affordable yet aren’t just a gimmicky toy to be put away and forgotten about later.

Crimson Trace Universal Laser

Crimson Trace has a high quality affordable laser sight that …

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21 Nov

With all the crazy weather we've been experiencing here in the Midwest over the last few years, we often hear about the "Wrath of Mother Nature", but I've got to tell you that, in my opinion, the often overlooked Father Time can be a really mean S.O.B.! As I get older, he has become the "King of Gravity" – causing everything on me to sag in the wrong places. Where I once had hair, now resembles a small mountain, post-apocalyptic barren wasteland and new hair grows mysteriously in other areas where it shouldn't. And then there is my vision. Once …

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13 Nov

To quote David Byrne from the Talking Heads’ Once In A Lifetime:

“Well… how did I get here?”

It amazes me how seemingly small events can change your life further down the road.  I’m married because I hung around with a guy named Warren Hall back in the 70’s.  Warren went to art school in Grand Rapids, Michigan after we graduated high school, and I ended up at the same art school the following year.

After art school, I moved to Chicago to take a position that one of my old roommates from college had vacated.  Because I moved to …

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03 Nov

Another month, another blog for me.  And you guessed it – another excuse to talk about night vision. If you have been following my past blogs you will remember I have blogged about the Armasight Spark and CORE line multiple times. For this month’s blog I am going to focus specifically on one product of the CORE line, the Armasight Spark-X CORE Goggles.

Since the arrival of Gen 1 night vision, people have been trying to make the cheapest generation of night vision more effective. This has led to interesting designs. Zeiss developed a weapon scope (Zeiss Orion 80) with …

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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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