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04 Sep

The “Genetics” of Laser Genetics

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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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25 Jul

Hornady Lock-N-Load Power Case Prep Center

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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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20 Jun

New Reloading Equipment

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Last month I wrote about my startup into the hobby of reloading.  I covered some of the basic, budget friendly, equipment you need to start out.  If you haven’t check out my previous blog, it can be found here.  Since then I have loaded a few hundred rounds of .223/5.56 and learned quite a bit about the equipment. 

The first component that I quickly added was the Lee Pro Auto-Disk measure.  The standard Auto-Disk measure is more suited for a “set and forget configuration”.  The hopper is held down with screws and is not well suited for quick disk changes.   …

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15 May

New to Reloading?

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Reloading has always been a foreign subject to me.  I have generally kept my distance due to the fact that mistakes can have deadly consequences.  Up until about a year ago, I never did much research into the subject, other than the “doom and gloom” stories of reloading mishaps…  Like all hobbies, the more research you do, the more comfortable you become.  As I did my research I found reloading is not as complicated as I initially thought.  As long as you take it slow and check your work, the risk of injury is extremely low. 

Before I purchased a …

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08 Apr

“How to Strip your Baby”

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The AR15 has always been, and is now more than ever, an extremely popular rifle.  It is the perfect firearm to learn the fundamentals of gun ownership and marksmanship.  With only a few trips to the range, you can quickly become a proficient shooter!  One of less thought of fundamentals, and just as important as the rest, is firearm maintenance.  A poorly maintained firearm can have dangerous consequences; everything from failure of components to failure to fire in situations where lives might depend on the ability of the rifle to put rounds down range.  Fortunately the AR15 is just as …

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07 Mar

New Sight for Your New Space Gun

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The past year has seen an unprecedented number of sales for AR15 style rifles.  There is good deal of new shooters out there and ten times as many accessories.   If you have a new AR, a great way to increase your accuracy and enjoyment is with some kind of optic.  One of the great things about an AR is its adaptability.  You can easily start with a gun designed for close quarters/home defense (short barrel and collapsible stock), switch out a few parts and a new optic, and you have a gun designed for long range shooting.  It is important …

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29 Jan

FLIR RS24

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It has been a busy two weeks for the Product Intelligence department at OpticsPlanet.  It started with a week in Vegas for SHOT Show and ended with a week of working the OpticsPlanet booth at the Chicago Outdoor Sports Show (COSS).  Eighteen of twenty days, and much of them 10-12 hour days; I have to think back to my service in the US Army for the last time I worked that much.

I am still digesting what I saw at SHOT Show.  I did not have much time to think about SHOT because we were thrown back into the fray …

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26 Dec

Celestron Power Seeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope

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One of the areas of optics that I would consider myself a novice is in telescopes.  I know the basics of telescopes, which essentially means I know the difference between a reflector and a refractor scope.  I am sad to say, until a few months ago, I have never owned a telescope in my life.  Now, I have used them before.  My brother had one when we were kids, and my brother–in-law has a Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain that he pulls out every once in a while.  Other than those two modes, I really do not have much experience in this area.

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21 Nov

Weapon Mounted PVS-14

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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 …

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15 Oct

Thermal Imaging 101

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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 …

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