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Allow me to ramble:
I’m finally getting all the things put away that I took with me to Tennessee in October. In the quiet moments between my wife telling me to get my camping stuff out of the guest bedrooms, I took time to reflect just how lucky I am to live in a country where I have access to all the things I own.
One of the coolest parts about using night vision is the ability to use IR lasers. Operating in the IR spectrum, these are lasers that are invisible to the eye and cannot be seen without a night vision device.
You can see that IR falls outside of the visible spectrum, making it invisible to the human eye.
Since the eyes cannot detect IR lasers, certain classes of IR lasers can be dangerous. The laser could be damaging your eye and since there is no visible beam you wouldn’t notice until the damage has been done.
This weekend Tim and I will be heading up to his cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for some deer hunting and night time target shooting; great way to spend the weekend…
As you can probably tell from my pervious blog posts, I have a deep appreciation for night vision. My drill sergeant use to say, “We own the night”. I didn’t fully understand what he meant by that until I got my hands on my first PVS-14. The abilities of a quality Generation 3 NVD is humbling to say the least. It pulls back the black curtain that …
Every family has their pastimes, traditions, and stories. In these we often find something, some object that carries many stories or family history with it. My family, like many, has a plethora of them. Many of which tied to the outdoors and the greatest of memories.
My father served two tours in Vietnam. He was a member of 5th Group in the Army Special Forces. On his last leave home he went into Johnson Sporting Goods in Des Plaines Illinois. He wanted a good knife to take with him on his deployment. Jerry, a good friend and worker there, opened …
We visit retail stores, study specifications, read reviews, pour over “How-To” guides and sometimes test fire a new rifle before we consider purchasing it. Often this process can take many months. Then we repeat the whole thing again to decide on the perfect scope that will be the perfect fit for the rifle and the type of shooting we will do. After all this, with no research or thought at all, I can’t begin to tell you how many sportsmen just simply purchase the first (and sometimes the cheapest) mounting system they find! So now you have a spanking, …
Well, technically, I wasn’t standing; I was more like prone in my own field.
I have just returned from the Great State of Tennessee, where I held the 28th annual reunion of my buddies from high school and college. I am the current owner of the family farm, located halfway between Nashville and Knoxville, and that is where we all converge.
I’ll spare you the details of the trip from Chicago to Tennessee, except to say that the Silver Dollar in Louisville has the best manager/bartender you are likely to find anywhere, and I’m not just saying that because she …
So you’re ready to break into your piggy bank or you have decided to empty the savings account before your bank requires a bail in. You want to invest in some quality gear and have decided you want the ability to see in the dark. After some quick searching on our website, you discover that you have enough to purchase either a night vision unit or thermal unit but you cannot justify spending almost $10,000 on both.
My first experience with thermal imaging technology came while I was serving in the US Army. A few members of my platoon had just gotten back from the range where they had been training with the FGM-148 Javelin. For those not familiar with the Javelin, it is man-portable antitank missile. There are essentially two components that make up the system; the launch tube assembly and the command launch unit or CLU, also pronounced as “clue”. The CLU is a thermal imager and is the sight of the weapon system. It is used to target and fire the Javelin. It can …
If you’re into flashlights, you’re familiar with the “lumen war”. There are so many companies striving to have the highest lumen flashlights (lumens=brightness rating). 200-300-400-1000+ lumens! In all honestly, what does that even mean?! I’ve been camping and hunting my whole life and have never had a need for 1000 lumens for practical applications. I have a 200 lumen handheld light that can do anything and it cost $60. However, because of my background in camping, I’ve long been a fan of headlamps over handhelds for many situations.
Living in the big city makes it difficult for the avid shooter to get in any regular practice. We need to go to a public range or wait for one of those rare occasions to be able to shoot casually on someone’s property out in the boonies to do some serious plinking. To scratch the itch, many sportsmen have turned to airguns to be able to keep sharp and have some fun as well. At normal airgun distances, usually beginning at 10 meters, we can set up a nice little indoor or outdoor range at home for many hours of …