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15 Oct

JPoint and Shoot

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Depending on how much of a luddite you are, you may or may not have noticed that red dots on pistols is a rapidly growing trend. Whether your firearm is designed from the factory to mount an optic, or you use a mount/adapter plate, semi auto handguns with red dots are becoming more and more common.

The red dot gives you a single plane aiming device, unlike iron sights which require you to align the front and rear (2 plane), so by design a red dot is faster and simpler to acquire. The different reticle sizes favor different applications. Generally …

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18 Sep

Don’t Shoot Until You See the White-Hot in Their Eyes

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Somehow I have been on this earth for several decades and still I have yet to go hunting, even though it is on my bucket list. I know that in the best of circumstances, it is not easy and there are no guarantees. That is why I am interested in hunting feral hogs. They are invasive, abundant, and so destructive that you are encouraged shoot as many as you can find. Fortunately for IL, we do not have feral hogs here…yet. This morning I read 2 reports of feral hogs in Wisconsin. So not only do I no longer need to travel to …

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20 Aug

1 to the future

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If you were at Shot Show 2015 then you probably saw all the 1-6x scopes for ARs that are coming out. If you didn’t go to SHOT, like me, then you probably heard about all the new 1-6x scopes coming out. If you have no idea what I am talking about, then pay close attention.

A year or two ago, 1-4x scopes were common on ARs and 1-5x or 1-6x was a premium product. Now that 1-6x are becoming more common and available at multiple price points, the 1-8x scopes are a premium product. U.S. Optics has a 1-8 dual …

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24 Jul

Concealed means concealed

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While not usually my first choice, off body carrying does offer some advantages. It is not affected by your wardrobe, allows you to easily carry extra mags/accessories, and is not gun specific like holsters. With AR pistols suddenly available to those of us living in SBR "slave states", off body carry also enables those to be carried much more discretely than a full size rifle. Here are some of my choices for off body carrying.

Vertx EDC Commuter Slim Line Sling Bag 

The bag is 18"x13"x6" which gives you a capacity of 23 liters. It can carry any pistol, from …

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02 Jul

The Right Tool for the Job

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As you may have deduced, I am pro-knife. Knife enthusiasts like myself like to have a blade handy anywhere and everywhere. I put one in my pocket every morning, keep one in my vehicle, and have one in every bag. Recently, I took up kayaking as a recreational exercise. My first thought was “I need a knife to keep in my life jacket”.  If you didn’t know, prolonged exposure to water is not in a knife’s best interest. So I set out to find a knife that would withstand the elements and be ready for any job, any time.

Spyderco was …

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29 May

Imitation is Flattery…and Good Business

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I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I am a huge Trijicon fan. They make high quality, innovative products that are built to last. Over the weekend I got some trigger time behind an ACOG and couldn’t get enough of it.

 Like everything Trijicon makes, it is a joy to use. So it is no surprise that I have a set of Trijicon Night Sights, specifically the Bright and Tough series. They are arguably some of the best sights. I like them more than my Meprolight sight to be perfectly honest. But for my latest pistol, a Glock 17C, I …

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24 Apr

Armed with an Armasight Red Dot

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If you’ve read any of our blogs here, you are familiar with red dot sights. They are a fairly simple optic that are extremely versatile and one can be found to accommodate just about any budget. They are excellent on AR platforms, especially with night vision or combined with a magnifier, but can also go on shotguns, pistols, and almost any .22 platform. We’ve covered all the majors; Vortex, EoTech, Aimpoint, Trijicon, Burris, etc. But I’m always a fan of the not so mainstream and while normally we think of Armasight as mainstream, I am willing to bet many didn’t know …

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20 Mar

NOD Evolution: Digital Revolution?

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Night vision can be complex and overwhelming. Between the various specs to compare and the intimidating price, it can make selecting the right product for your application a bit daunting. So we like to provide as much perspective and insight as we can to simplify the process. A hot topic right now in night vision is digital night vision.

Digital night vision essentially uses a camera and an image sensor that is sensitive to infrared light. Traditional night vision uses an image intensifier tube, which uses an electron plate to multiply the light photons and create a visible image. Two …

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13 Feb

Never leave home without one

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Well, it’s Friday here and not payday so to stop myself from buying a new folding knife I am going to write about folders instead. Since I was young, I have been overly interested in knives. To me, they are the oldest form of functional art. From workhorses to show pieces, there’s a knife out there for every purpose and I have yet to find a knife that can do it all. That’s the recipe for a collector’s dream.

My first knife was a Buck knife lockback folder given to me by my grandfather. It was a modest length clip …

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09 Jan

Year of the SPARC

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No real surprise, but I’m going to kick off 2015 by talking about a Vortex product. What may surprise you is that I am not talking about a new product. I want to talk about the Vortex SPARC (Speed Point Aiming for Rapid Combat) and I don’t necessarily mean the SPARC II. Why am I talking about an old optic that’s been updated and thus discontinued? Because it’s the first Vortex product I ever bought, it is still one of my favorite optics, and it just got mounted on the 9mm AR pistol build I recently completed, that’s why.

To keep the …

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