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30 May

No, not that old limerick*, I'm talking about Pelican cases.

Last weekend I spent an hour or so looking at home for my copy of Wolf And Iron to loan to my friend Tim here at work.  He’s a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, and I’ve accumulated a fair sized library of the genre over the years. Problem is, all the paperback books are scattered throughout the house.  After rummaging through closets, the basement and numerous bookshelves, I never found it.  I did, however come to a revelation of sorts, one that I would never admit to my wife:

I have …

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19 May

Last month I headed up to the UP for a weekend. I was really excited to go as the last time I was there was in November. Little did I know, the woods still had five feet of snow even though it was fifty degrees and sunny!

Imagine the frustration at waking up very early in the morning, driving six hours only to be stopped at the last 3 miles because of snow in April. Then having to turn around and drive 6 hours back home. I figured I would try again in May; maybe winter would be over then.

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15 May

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 May

I think most men at one time or another feel the need and desire to go out and get a 2 wheeled monster.  Whether  they are young and want to have fun, or are in a mid life crisis, They feel a strong urge to go out and spend some hard earned money on a motorcycle.  I’m not different.  For the past 3 years I have been eyeing possible purchases with one fiasco after another ruining it for me.  “Oh well, I’ll get it next season”, was usually my remark.

Well, this year I wasn’t letting it get by me.  …

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02 May

 

Ever since I can remember, I've owned a knife. As a young boy, I always tried to have a pocket knife with me even though they were forbidden in the big city public elementary school that I attended. In fact, we were periodically directed to form a line in the hall and ordered to turn out our pockets and "shaken down" by the teacher! Still, we often carried our trusty knives and hoped for the best. One of the dumber things I did with my knife was to get hold of a golf ball, cut off the cover, unwrap …

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23 Apr

The Ruger 10/22 rifle will achieve another milestone this year.  2014 marks the 50th anniversary of production.  I marked my own 54th birthday a couple of weeks ago.

Just out of high school, one of my very good friends had the first 10/22 I had seen.  In my family, the Marlin Model 39 was the .22 of choice.  My Dad received an American Rifleman subscription as part of his NRA membership, and while it seems impossible that I could have missed advertisements for the 10/22, most of my attention went to articles on military rifles and ads for the racy …

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16 Apr

As we expand our camping product selection here at OpticsPlanet, we are now carrying water purification equipment. Water purification can be complex with the variety of different products out there. If you need a pocket water filter for your camping trip or are looking to have the ability to purify water in a long term disaster scenario, we sell the equipment you need for both these scenarios and everything in between.

Water purification is not taken as seriously as it should. Water borne diseases are deadly and can account from everything between Cholera to the dreaded brain eating amoeba. It’s …

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08 Apr

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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03 Apr

In the shooting world you will hear a lot of “Rule of Thumb” guidelines.  Many are fundamental rules and/or skills that every shooter needs to know and follow, i.e., on a bolt gun, mount the scope as low as possible.  However, some have been beat out by newer technology and testing.  This one in particular that I am interested in, is barrel length vs. velocity and energy.

The reason being, I like compact rifles.  I want them to be a short as possible WITHOUT sacrificing their capabilities.  Well, we have all heard, “that if you cut down a barrel you …

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28 Mar

Yes, I want to talk about the K.I.S.S. principle… Keep It Simple, Stupid! Wikipedia says it was started by the U.S. Navy in 1960 and became a common phrase by the 1970's. I'm a true believer in the KISS Principle as it is very easy for all of us to overcomplicate our lives.  We go through many cycles in our lives, and now it seems that I'm back in one of the Simple cycles. I want simple foods, to avoid upseting my delicate system. I relax by watching simple old movies that may have a simple or corny plots and often …

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