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22 Oct

This. Is. (the) Spartan!

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Choosing a universal rail mounted laser sight could be a pain to size up correctly.  Whether it’s seeing if the Viridian C5 or X5L will be sized better for your firearm, a bit of research and knowledge has to go into your purchase considerations.  While researching choices is always a good and necessary choice, a lot of people don’t know where to turn.  The new LaserMax Spartan sight got rid of the guessing.  You get to KISS (Keep it simple, stupid!) while still knowing you’re going to get a top notch sight.

LaserMax has come out with tons of awesome …

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25 Sep

2 O’Glock on a Sunday

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I know this is the Optics Blog but no optics will be discussed today.  Instead, I’ll share my experience and a few pictures from my first time bringing my brand new Gen 4 Glock 19 out last Sunday. 

The first pistol I owned was a S&W revolver.  It’s hazy because it’s been so long but I believe the first firearm I ever shot was a small revolver, like a J-Frame or something similar.  I’ve been used to the mechanics and action with shooting revolvers for a very long time now.  I owned a Ruger LC9 last year for a bit …

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28 Aug

Magpul Mania!

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In one of the last blogs I wrote, I was mentioning selecting an optic for my AR and had pretty set my sights on the Vortex Spitfire.  I’m still set on it, but before I buy it I decided to make my gun look nice first.  I’m good with the iron sights for the time being so the optic isn’t a “must” for me right now.  I’m a traditionalist and can appreciate the visual appeal of the “evil black rifle” but I want to customize it a bit.  If I’m stepping away from my typical Fudd ways which draw me …

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31 Jul

Almost A Staycation, But Not Quite.

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This summer has been full of fun trips away from home for me.  So far I’ve logged a fishing trip to Wisconsin, a weekend trip to Indianapolis, a two week trip to Germany and Austria, and most recently a weekend trip with friends near New Buffalo, Michigan.  I decided this year as an unofficial resolution to spend my dollars on experiences and adventures as opposed to acquiring more things.  I’ve enjoyed it so far and have made a lot of new memories that will last a lifetime.  It’s probably for the better anyways since I’m starting to run out of …

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19 Jun

Summertime Blues

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It’s (unocifically for two more days) summertime, finally.  I’m not what most people would call "skinny" so I’m more comfortable outside in a little bit cooler weather.  I think extremely handsome, tough to break, and hearty are better adjectives to describe myself.  Fall and spring are my two favorite seasons.  I still spend a lot of my time outside during the summer, it’s just not my preferred weather.  I read an article this morning that this year is supposed to be the earth’s warmest on record (not in the earth's history, just since we've been keeping track).  Judging by the …

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05 Jun

3 Months Too Soon

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I will be the first to admit that I am not the neatest person.  I keep things safe, secure, and in order that matter like my outdoor gear and previous years' taxes.  If it wasn’t for having to clean the house and car every now and then to impress women, I would be knee high in clothes and whatever else it is that I’m too lazy to put away.  What I lack for in neatness, I make up for tenfold in a neurotic need to plan ahead. 

I just found out about a month ago that my family will be …

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30 Apr

Indy Weekend

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A couple weeks ago, I had the chance to head down to Indianapolis for one of my best friend’s 30th birthday party.  As I love a road trip, warmer weather (it was 15 degrees warmer there than at home that weekend), and spending time with my friends it was a no-brainer to go.  Rounding that 30 year old corner means that chances like this are becoming fewer and farther in between for everyone to get together so you have to jump at the chance when you get it.  We had a group of about 12 or so of old and …

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27 Mar

Gearing Up

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As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, I will be making a return to Germany and Austria this summer.  I do apologize if the subject is getting tired but for being away for two weeks and 4,510 miles (not in km mode, yet) from home, a lot of planning goes into the trip.  Luckily we sell a lot of things I’ll need so I won't need to get up from my desk to do a lot of my shopping.  Not until lunch, at least.

Daydreaming, I like to imagine my return kind of like an Ancient Roman triumph.  Think of Julius …

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20 Feb

No Burnt Ends

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In my last blog I complained about the cold and was looking forward optimistically to warmer weather.  As I sit here typing this, it’s -1 degrees outside and with the windchill anywhere between -20 and -30.  I’m going to complain again about the cold and keep on looking forward optimistically to warmer weather in this blog too because what the hell else am I going to do?  Ten minutes outside and my jeans feel like they’re frozen to my legs and the feeling in my face is pretty close to non-existent.  I guess that doesn’t matter though because without gloves …

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15 Jan

Whack-A-Mole

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I wouldn’t consider myself a sharpshooter by a long shot.  I would, however, consider myself a pretty skilled and competent shooter.  I started off early in life with a classic Red Ryder which progressed to pellet rifles, which progressed to a .22, which progressed to the various firearms and calibers that I now own.  By far the firearm that I’ve had the most practice with (and fun) is my Ruger 10/22.  She’s been running hot and often for a long time.  With the same rifle, I took one of the best placed (probably luckiest) shots of my life.  

 

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