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29 Jan

I was born on the West Side of Chicago and have lived in the area all of my life. As I was growing up, I did a fair amount of fishing with family and friends, but never really got into shooting sports until I was older. None of the adults in my immediate family enjoyed hunting or recreational shooting, but I was always fascinated by it and as soon as I turned 21 years old, I set out to purchase my first firearm. Living in a city like Chicago, you tend to get spoiled by the convenience of being able …

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21 Jan

I get a lot of grief around here for my taste in matching firearm accessories.

One of the three AR’s I have is my tuxedo rifle, sort of how like Mr. Lester Polfus (better known as Les Paul) had his tuxedo guitar, the Les Paul Custom.

The Les Paul Custom made its debut in 1954 after the successful Les Paul Goldtop. Les Paul himself suggested his namesake guitar needed a new and classy finish that would go well with a tuxedo on stage. From that point on, the Les Paul Custom Blackback was referred to as the "white tuxedo".

While …

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15 Jan

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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09 Jan

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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31 Dec

Awhile ago I had a very interesting conversation with a customer. I'll call him Bill (not his actual name).

Bill was a Vietnam Veteran who was a Green Beret. Being a Green Beret, he saw plenty of action and he knew a lot about firearms, optics, and combat. Yet he had no experience with thermal imaging as the technology came out after his time. Bill was in the market for a thermal riflescope, but he did not know anything about them nor had he ever looked through one. Thermal imaging units are very expensive, especially the higher end ones made …

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26 Dec

At the 2014 SHOT Show, ATN announced their newest entry into digital HD day/night riflescopes. The ATN X-Sight is available in 5-18X and 3-12X models with many, many remarkable features. If you follow Steve's Riflescope Blog, you may have seen that he has been using the 5-18X model for a little while and I was just asked to do a product video on it as well, which gave me an opportunity to become a bit more familiar with it. Thanks to the ATN Obsidian Core technology, which is a highly specialized computer that is designed to run a huge group …

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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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