Friday, 07 October

11:00

Evergreen adds Extensive Colors to SH-3 Crankbait [AllOutdoor.com]

Evergreen has produced the mother of all shallow-running crankbaits, the Evergreen SH-3. A powerful crankbait, that can move tons of water to bring in those big bass. Its development was initiated by bass pros Brett Hite and Justin Kerr, professional staff for Evergreen US. The SH-3 was rigorously tested in many different conditions and waters in both Japan and USA. The result of all this testing is a highly refined shallow-running crankbait that moves tons of water as it swims.

Evergreen adds Extensive Colors to SH-3 Crankbait

The lure is highly buoyant, with a fat body and square bill that produces an action similar to traditional wooden crankbaits. While its super-wide wobble action draws in a strong response from big fish. There is also a tungsten weight transfer system to help give anglers better casting distance, a common issue for squarebill crankbaits. The SH-3 is super versatile and performs well in a variety of conditions and water bodies. Be it large, shallow flats to verticle bluff banks, and to reeds and other vegetation. The SH-3 can be worked and catch fish anywhere there’s fish to be caught.

Evergreen adds Extensive Colors to SH-3 Crankbait

Satoshi Ito, Ever Green Product Manager, comments, “With the input of Brett Hite and Justin Kerr, we’ve been able to really refine the SH-3 product line and expand its efficacy on the water with nine new bass-catching colors. There’s now a pattern and color to match the forage base on any U.S. big bass body of water.”

Evergreen adds Extensive Colors to SH-3 Crankbait

New colors include SPEED CRAW, GHOST BABY GILL, CHAMPION SHAD, SKELETON PUMPKINSEED, COLD SHAD, ALBINO CRAW, CHART SHAD, GHOST GREEN GIZZARD, and GHOST WAKASAGI. Existing colors include FIRE CRAW, OLIVE CRAWDAD, GREEN PUMPKIN GILL, and BIG BITE SHAD.

Gear up for a whole new range of shallow-diving cranks that rocket-cast to match any situation, on any body of water. Experience for yourself the overwhelming power of this world-class shallow crankbait.

Evergreen adds Extensive Colors to SH-3 Crankbait

FEATURES:

  • Nine additional colors added to the SH Series
  • Floating crankbait
  • Diving Depth: 2- to 3-feet
  • Length: 2 ¾-inches (69mm)
  • Weight: 11/16-ounces (19.0 grams)
  • Hook size: Front #3; Rear: #3

Available November 2022. MSRP $15.95

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10:12

Latest NY decision [Of Arms and the Law]

Mark Smith discusses it here. Post Bruen, it's a whole new legal day!

10:00

ATN and Fred Eichler Team Up to Promote the 2022 Hunting Season [AllOutdoor.com]

American Technologies Network (ATN) and world-famous hunter Fred Eichler have recently announced a brand new partnership to help promote both the ATN lineup of thermal and digital night vision hunting optics and Fred’s own YouTube channel where Fred shares his deep passion and skill for hunting across a broad variety of environments featuring interesting game animals most of us would only dream to be able to hunt. Full details on this new partnership are posted below.

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ATN and Fred Eichler Team Up to Promote the 2022 Hunting Season

ATN and Fred Eichler Team Up to Promote the 2022 Hunting Season

Doral, Fla. (October 2022) – American Technologies Network (ATN) Corp., a leader in the tech optics industry, today announced its partnership with Fred Eichler, a world-renowned outdoorsman, whose hunting passion and knowledge will help inspire outdoor enthusiasts to elevate their own hunting experiences. ATN said this partnership is timely and exciting for both its customers and hunting enthusiasts as many prepare for hunting season.
“People like Fred Eichler are the backbone of the shooting sports industry and have deep understanding and insight into this community,” ATN Corp. Chairman, Founder and CMO Marc Vayn said. “Having Fred use our products and showcase his success with them will help introduce the ATN brand to the outdoors community on a larger scale.”
As a legend in the predator hunting community, which is a huge part of ATN’s key audience, Eichler’s values and skills align well with ATN’s. Eichler’s passion for the outdoors and hunting speaks to the same outdoor-loving audience that ATN serves.
Eichler said he loves ATN products because the company constantly innovates its night and thermal optics, helping him find greater success against predators at night.
“I started using ATN products 11 years ago,” Eichler said. “The durability, long battery life, and functionality, as well as multiple options in different price ranges are what drew me to ATN. Those are the same features that have kept me a fan of ATN products for more than a decade.”
ATN customers and Fred Eichler fans can watch Eichler hunt with flagship ATN products and unveil brand new ATN gadgets on Eichler’s Instagram: @fredeichlerMOTV, and YouTube page. Hunting enthusiasts can also follow ATN’s Instagram and Facebook for additional hunting and gear updates.
ATN is focused on bringing partners like Eichler front and center to help its customers see the gear in action and learn tips and tricks from ATN pros. ATN will continue to look for strategic partnerships that align with the brand’s audience and values to further expand ATN’s product awareness and help customers experience the outdoors in a new way.
ATN and Fred Eichler Team Up to Promote the 2022 Hunting Season
It is partnerships like this that can often lead to customers learning about better equipment and gear or even new hobbies like hunting. ATN is one of the most well-known brands of Thermal, Digital Night Vision, and other smart optics products that are very popular for hunters who need to be able to spot and identify targets in low or no light conditions. To learn more about ATN and their lineup of gear you can visit.

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10:00

Orchid News Update: NICS Enhanced Background Checks [The Firearm Blog]

Orchid News Update: NICS Enhanced Background ChecksOur friends at Orchid, who handle a variety of administrative, legal, and logistical services for Federal Firearms License (FFL) holders, are reminding everyone that firearms transfers for individuals between the ages of 18-20 will be delayed for a period of time while there is an implementation of enhanced background checks. The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act […]

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09:00

Gerber Introduces the Limited-Edition Fastball – The Fastballoween [AllOutdoor.com]

Made in my hometown of Portland Oregon, and featuring a tough S30V Wharncliffe folding blade is the new Limited-Edition Fastballoween EDC Folder. The Fastballoween builds on the success of the original and well-received Fastball EDC knife and adds a fun and unique laser engraved design and appropriately themed hardware to give the trusty blade a new look.

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Gerber Introduces the Limited-Edition Fastball - The Fastballoween

Gerber Introduces the Limited-Edition Fastball – The Fastballoween

Take heed of this message, and don’t slumber too long. Claim your Fastballoween before they’re all gone.

The Fastballoween is a limited-edition version of our bestselling Fastball, this time including an exclusive raven & moon lasermark, orange backspacer, black oxide blade, and black hardware.

The Fastball’s trend forward yet practical design has an intuitive finger flipper opening, a utilitarian wharncliffe blade, and an aircraft-grade aluminum handle. Equipped w/ B.O.S.S. Tech™, the Fastball lives up to its name offering quick, smooth deployment – every time.

Gerber Introduces the Limited-Edition Fastball - The Fastballoween

The new Fastballoween EDC blade is available now from Gerber Gear for a price of $140.00 and is made right here in the USA in Portland Oregon along with a lot of other quality Gerber Gear. If the Halloween-themed blade isn’t really your style then you can also check out the original version of the Fastball here for slightly less, or take things to 11 and get your own custom Gerber Fastball made for you here. If you’ve never tried a Wharncliffe blade as an EDC option then you’re really missing out!

Gerber Introduces the Limited-Edition Fastball - The Fastballoween

Features

  • Limited edition design featuring raven and moon lasermark, orange backspacer, black oxide coated blade, and black hardware
  • S30V Wharncliffe blade
  • Ball bearings for consistent action
  • Precision detent provides “lightswitching” operation
  • Easy-off liner lock release
  • 3-position clip
  • Blade length: 3.0”
  • USA made
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Gerber Introduces the Limited-Edition Fastball - The Fastballoween

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08:00

TFBTV – Do You Really Need a Red Dot on Your Pistol? [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at Thunder Ranch with lead instructor, Jack Daniel, to discuss whether or not you really need a red dot on your gun. For the sake of argument, James (a recent red dot convert) adopts an anti-red dot stance, while Jack tells us why red dots on handguns are helpful, and gives viewers tips on how to maximize performance with a red dot. Enjoy this special from Thunder Ranch.

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08:00

EasyExport Now Processing Suppressor Exports to the International Commercial Market [The Firearm Blog]

EasyExport Now Processing Suppressor Exports to the International Commercial MarketUntil recently, U.S. laws and regulations prevented most commercial sales and exports of firearms classified under the National Firearms Act (NFA). However, changes to ITAR, USML, and State Department classifications in 2020 opened the exportation of silencers (sound suppressors) to commercial customers. If you thought navigating the NFA as a U.S. customer was confusing, exporting […]

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07:00

Glow in the dark Flashlight? The Pelican 3310ELS [The Firearm Blog]

Pelican 3310 ELSThere was always this joke about the dubious usefulness of a flashlight that glows in the dark. Pelican has created just such a thing. But instead of it Languishing in the bottom of a drawer with dead batteries, and no external light to charge its luminous exterior, the Pelican 3310ELS is an emergency lighting station […]

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06:27

Belgian Congo Force Publique FN49 Sniper [Forgotten Weapons]

One of the rarest versions of the FN49 rifle is the Belgian Congo contract, made to equip the Force Publique there – the military force in the territory when it was a Belgian colony. A total of 2,795 of them were delivered (all actually AFN-49s, chambered for .30-06); 1,500 rifles in 1951, 1,100 more in 1952, and 185 scoped sniper models in 1954. Some of the standard rifles (including this particular one) were later scoped, though. They replaced Mauser Model 1930 bolt action rifles, but only for a few years – Belgian adopted the FAL in 1954.

When Congo gained its independence in 1960, the arms of the Force Publique ended up in the hands of fighters on both sides of the Congolese civil war. They remain very scarce in western collections today because they were dispersed across central Africa in the wake of the civil war and have never been commercially exported. Interestingly, this is the only place historically where two opposing forces both used the FN49 in combat; the UN mission to Katanga included a contingent of Indonesian troops armed with their own FN49s.

Many thanks to the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History in Brussels for access to this very rare piece! Check them out here:
https://www.klm-mra.be/D7t/

06:00

Do You Really Need a Red Dot on Your Pistol? [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at Thunder Ranch with lead instructor, Jack Daniel, to discuss whether or not you really need a red dot on your gun. For the sake of argument, James (a recent red dot convert) adopts an anti-red dot stance, while Jack tells us why red dots on handguns […]

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Thursday, 06 October

17:00

TFB Review: The Magpul RLS – Rifleman Loop Sling [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: The Magpul RLS - Rifleman Loop SlingMost people use rifle slings to carry a long gun when their hands are busy with other things. Various trends have come and gone, such as the three-point and one-point slings. Another classic style of sling that is not as common today is the shooting sling, which secures around the arm to add tension and […]

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16:30

POTD: Romanian Soldier with Pușcă Automată model 1986 [The Firearm Blog]

Romanian Soldier with Pușcă AutomatăTo the best of my knowledge, the rifle in today’s Photo Of The Day is a Pușcă Automată model 1986 (Automatic Rifle Model 1986) chambered in 5.45×39mm. It’s made by Romarm National Company / Cugir Arms Factory, established in 1799. If you know better, you’re welcome to correct my error in the comments below. Original […]

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16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: Large Handguns vs Carry Fatigue [The Firearm Blog]

Concealed Carry Corner: Large Handguns vs Carry FatigueWelcome back to another Thursday Concealed Carry Corner article. Last week we talked about the best size for concealed carry guns and if you’d like to check it out, the link is here. While reviewing the P226 XFIVE that dropped a few days ago, I decided to give carrying it concealed a try just to […]

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15:00

Lucid Optics 2022 Ballistic Summit Report: Gear, Guns, and Fun, Part 1 [AllOutdoor.com]

September 2022 marked the Lucid Optics Ballistic Summit  annual gathering of manufacturers, influencers, and content producers at a unique, three-day conference hosted by Lucid Optics, a small but growing optics company based in Wyoming. The event occurs at NRA Whittington Center, a sprawling facility in northwest New Mexico and home to nearly every kind of outdoor shooting range one can imagine.

Jason and Jamie Wilson, Lucid Optics founders/owners, hosted the Ballistic Summit. Attendees stay in Whittington’s dorm-style competitor housing, where Jamie provides three delicious hot meals per day. When range time is done for the day, the bourbon, cigars, and conversation flow into the night. This beer girl even learned about various bourbons from fellow attendees this year, who it turns out are as eager to share knowledge about adult beverages as they are rangecraft. The hours spent sharing industry experiences, insights, and catching up with new and old acquaintances is one of the reasons this event and others like it are so valuable for the gun industry. SHOT Show is colossal in every way, offering a broad look at the latest products but little opportunity for in-depth sharing. The Ballistic Summit goes in-depth with a focus on small manufacturers, and gives members of the media a chance to handle the products in the presence of their creators. The format gives rise to conversations that are simply not possible in other formats, while reminding freelancers such as myself that we are part of a strong, patriotic, national community.

Ballistic Summit
A few optics on the Lucid display table. The HD7, in the background, will be on sale late 2022.

Here is an overview of two companies represented at this unique and memorable event, and the products they brought to show.

Lucid Optics

The headline company used the months in which materials were in very short supply to go back to the drawing board with a couple of products. Their biggest news is the impending, early winter 2022 release of a new optic, plus upgrades to their popular L5 and L7 riflescopes.

It was a Ballistic Summit treat to be among the first people to shoot using the P8, the new 4x magnification, red dot optic from Lucid. Jason and crew have outdone themselves with this. Shooting a carbine topped by the P8 on a 100-yard range, I anticipated I’d lose perspective on the many targets when peering through the lens. To my surprise, I was easily able to transition between the optic versus looking downrange with the naked eye,* without struggling to re-locate my target of choice. Wilson explained that the P8 is designed to operate with both eyes open, allowing the brain to hold perspectives of both the overall and target areas at once. As someone who often struggles with “grayout” phenomenon as soon as I get focused on a target with a magnifying scope, it was quite a pleasant surprise to not experience that, and to be able to maintain visual cognizance of the wider environment as well.

Looking through the P8 reticle onto another product displayed at the event, Firebird Detonating Targets, I found it easy to locate and stay on the target. The reticle draws the eye to the center but doesn’t impede visibility of small targets like the mini-snuff can size Firebird. It’s illuminated too, and when rain clouds darkened the range, the reticle was still clearly visible against the black Firebirds. One AAA battery powers the P8 reticle. Wilson said 3,500 hours is a reasonable expectation of battery life.

It’s my opinion, based on this test, that the P8 will shine as a rural defense/varmint gun and tactical optic. Inside of about 12 yards, the magnification was too strong to maintain perspective. But at the distances we shot that day, which are typical for tactical and property defense work as well as deer and hog hunting, the P8 seems ideal.

Ballistic Summit
The author uses the P8. The ability to maintain a downrange view, both eyes open, on its fixed 4x magnification was surprising.

This nice little optic will ship with the buyer’s choice of a tall mount, appropriate for AR platforms, or a short one suited for shotguns and AKs. At a price of around $400 once it’s released, I think this one will be on lots of people’s wish lists.

Lucid Optics has also upgraded the lenses on their L5 and L7 scopes, now providing greater light transmission. The L7, a tactical scope, also benefits from a sharper-edge reticle and shorter throw lever.

Ballistic Summit
Eve on Rob Pincus’s AR with a Lucid Optics L7 on top, and Bilson Arms Pivotal Buttstock on back, amazed the Lil’ Mo still works with cracked glass! See the crack? Photo by Rob Pincus

An existing Lucid product, seen in a new way, really got me enthused. The Li’l Mo is the company’s low-mount red dot suitable for long guns and handguns. Well-known trainer and Second Amendment advocate Rob Pincus mounted a L’il Mo and no less than three other conference products on his Nemo AR, and generously allowed attendees to shoot it. I was quite surprised to see that the well-used Li’l Mo he’d mounted at the 45-degree position had a solid crack across the lens, dividing the view into a lower 2/3 versus upper third, more or less. The optic still had a very clear view, and the dot still worked perfectly—enough so that I made a hit or two at 75 yards from standing position without struggle. This unintended test of an old product made me an even bigger fan of the Lucid brand.

Bilson Arms Pivotal Buttstock

Conference attendees got to see first-hand a brand new invention from Bilson Arms, a company owned by Louisianan Billy Angers, who comes from a background of inventing time-and money-saving upgrades for the oil and gas extraction industry. Like any good inventor, he’s made improvements to an old design, in this case the AR15 buttstock. His Pivotoal Buttstock slips over a standard buffer tube, replacing a traditional buttstock that only telescopes to one that both telescopes and rotates with the user’s or rifle’s position.

Ballistuc Summit
Bilson Arms Pivotal Buttstock, in gift-worthy packaging.

The butt part of the aluminum stock is set on a socket joint that allows the shooter to maintain a good cheek and shoulder weld while moving the rifle about. This was well-demonstrated with Pincus’s rifle, which bore a magnifying Lucid L7 scope on top and the Li’l Mo at 45 degrees. It was unusual, and efficient, to be able to rapidly switch between optics without resetting cheek and shoulder contact points. Users can easily adjust tension to allow the butt to rotate more or less freely.

I can see this stock being superb for obstacle courses, hunting afield, or any situation requiring odd positioning. It offers the chance to maintain shoulder contact and reduce recoil for quicker follow-up shots at times when breaking shoulder contact with a traditional stock would be the only answer. The stock also has a nice recoil pad. A spare ball is included in case the original is lost.

Clear as mud? Billy has a good video showing installation and adjustment of the Pivotal Buttstock on the Bilson Arms website.

Ballistic Summit
The Pivotal Buttstock gives a cushioned, custom feel, but really shines when transitioning between top- and 45 degree-mounted optics.

The Pivotal Buttstock is offered online in black Cerakote. At the Summit we saw it in an array of Cerakote colors, presented in a gift-worthy box. I’m sure Bilson Arms can set buyers up with their preferred color. Direct order for $279.00.

In addition to the Ballistic Summit products named here, I previously featured Firebird detonating targets and APF Armory rifles. Watch for more installments featuring even more brands from the event.

*My eyes weren’t exactly naked, thanks to the Gatorz light- and laser-sensitive, ballistic-grade specs I get to wear.

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14:00

POTD: Largest Sporting Rifle Cartridge Ever Made – .950 JDJ [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have an absolute behemoth. It will probably be the biggest rifle covered on Photo of the Day. It may be unassuming all things considered but make no mistake that the SSK Industries .950 JDJ Single Shot Bolt Action Rifle is a giant in every way. It is chambered for the .950 JDJ cartridge which is in fact bigger than 50 caliber. This in most cases would technically make it an NFA item but the SSK Industries company got a Sporting Use Exception from the ATF in order to have their rifle and cartridges fully transferable like any old rifle off the shelf. The .950 JDJ Bolt Action is a single shot rifle that needs has a fully enclosed receiver so the bolt needs to be removed in order to insert the cartridge much like some older sporting 50 BMG rifles.

“Manufactured by SSK Industries, this enormous rifle pushes the envelope in size, raw power, and rarity. This rifle is designed to fire a cartridge based on the 20x110mm Vulcan Cannon cartridge, shortened, and necked up to match a .950 caliber (24.1mm) cast lead bullet. The round is large enough that when developed by J.D. Jones of SSK industries, they had to receive a “Sporting Use Exception” from the ATF to deregulate the rifles. SSK Industries manufactured only three of these rifles, and as of 2014 SSK no long produced ammunition for it. Manufactured without sight, on the super heavyweight Krieger barrel, enormous eight chamber muzzle brake, and fitted with a Burris 7x scope. The barrel is marked “SSK 950 JDJ Gun Number One” in fancy script lettering on the left side. The action functions by removing the bolt from the receiver, placing the round directly into the bolt, and putting the whole assembly back into the receiver, similar to how anti-tank rifles are loaded. The rifle weighs an astounding scale-breaking 61 pounds! Mounted on a McMillan style extra large benchrest style stock with a solid recoil pad. Includes two reloading dies, approximately 23 loaded rounds, 63 empty casings, two wood loading blocks, and approximately 90 cast lead bullets.”

950 JDJ

Lot 401: Ssk Industries .950 Jdj Gun Number One Single Shot – Incredibly Massive Rare Ssk Industries .950 Jdj Gun Number One Single Shot Bolt Action Rifle with Scope. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved October 5, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/72/401/ssk-industries-950-jdj-gun-number-one-single-shot.

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13:00

New TrueTimber Coolers – Keep the Beverages Frosty [AllOutdoor.com]

TrueTimber continues to add to their impressive lineup of apparel and accessories with the launch of their new 24-can soft TrueTimber coolers. Available in two of TrueTimber’s popular camo schemes, Strata and Rift.

truetimber coolers

About TrueTimber

Founded in 2005, TrueTimber is based in Inman, South Carolina and is the most realistic, performance-driven camouflage brand in the industry. TrueTimber offers a wide variety of clothing items and accessories, featuring 27 distinct camo patterns that perfectly blend with their surroundings. The company spends countless hours researching, testing and seeking new technology to produce the most effective and lifelike camouflage patterns possible. TrueTimber products can be found in retailers across the United States and Canada, and it continues to be one of the fastest-growing camouflage companies in the world. For more information about TrueTimber, visit TrueTimber.com.

I’m really excited to launch these new coolers and give TrueTimber fans more gear available in their favorite camo patterns,” said TrueTimber CEO Rusty Sellars. “These new coolers are perfect anywhere, offering all day insulation and versatile design for a wide variety of uses. Whether it’s a day out with the family or a backcountry hunt, these coolers are built to our highest standards and offer the usability consumers demand.

TTC 24-Can TrueTimber Coolers

  • Lightweight, Waterproof Soft Cooler
  • Welded Zipper Lid
  • Detachable Shoulder Strap
  • Available Strata and Rift Camo Patterns
  • 24 Can Capacity
  • Dimensions: 13.875” x 10” x 12.75”
  • MSRP $119.99

Avoid the worries of leaks as these coolers have a waterproof exterior and a welded zipper lid for a tight seal to keep ice and water in the cooler and not on your gear. Exterior zipper pouch for smaller items you want to keep dry and a bottle opener are nice to see.

truetimber coolers

These coolers are a great addition to camping, road trips, the beach, boats, and everywhere else you can think of to bring some cool beverages all at an affordable asking price of $119.99. To learn more about the entire TrueTimber product line and see all available patterns, visit TrueTimber.com. Also check out TrueTimber’s social media on Facebook and Instagram.

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12:00

Are You Nuts? Know your Fishing Knots! – The Uni-to-Uni Knot [AllOutdoor.com]

Where going with a different style of knot for this week, instead of a knot used to connect your fishing line or leader to a hook, swivel, or lure. I’m going to show you how to tie a Uni-to-Uni Knot, a line-to-line connection, perfect for tying a monofilament leader to your mainline, or in a pinch a line splice if you get partially spooled and need to add more line to a reel. The Uni-to-Uni Knot consists of two uni knots as the name implies. The knots are tied around the other line and then are pulled together to make a strong connection. This is a very strong line-to-line connection that is much easier than something like an FG Knot or Bobbin Knot, but does suffer from being bulky and not sliding through the guides as easily.

Step 1

Overlap your two lines with each other.

Step 2

With the first line make a loop parallel to the other line, don’t cross over the other line just yet.

Are You Nuts? Know your Fishing Knots! – The Uni-to-Uni Knot

Step 3

Wrap the tag end of the first line several times through the loop you first formed, minimum four wraps but use more for the thinner the lines you are tying.

Are You Nuts? Know your Fishing Knots! – The Uni-to-Uni Knot

Step 4

Wet the line and wraps and then cinch the knot down, but not too tight, and leave the tag end still.

Are You Nuts? Know your Fishing Knots! – The Uni-to-Uni Knot

Step 5

Now with the other line, you are going to repeat steps 1 through 3 and start tying another uni knot on the first line.

Are You Nuts? Know your Fishing Knots! – The Uni-to-Uni Knot

Step 6

Again make sure the line is wet then tighten the second uni knot but again don’t cinch it all the way down.

Are You Nuts? Know your Fishing Knots! – The Uni-to-Uni Knot

Step 7

Wetting both the lines, pull the two uni knots towards each other. Once they are tight against each other do a final cinching down and then cut the tags short. If using a monofilament line you can carefully use a lighter to make a small bead of melted line at the tag end for extra security, but you must make sure not to burn the knot or lines.

Are You Nuts? Know your Fishing Knots! – The Uni-to-Uni Knot

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11:00

NEW Shimano Curado DC 200 Blending Performance and Flexibility [AllOutdoor.com]

When it comes to low-profile casting reels there are a few that set the standard for all other reels to meet. The Shimano Curado family is one of these reels, carried by pro tournament anglers and recreational anglers alike, the Curado family provides dependable, tournament-tested performance in a compact package. Shimano has now introduced the new Curado Dc 200, with Digital Control technology and increased line capacity for enhanced performance and flexibility. Which is great for hooking up on those fish that often bite at the very end of your cast. The Curado DC 200 has 40% more line capacity compared to the smaller Curado DC 150, putting those easily spooked, trophy fish well within range. The additional line capacity also increases the reels versatility and performance by letting you have more choices in baits and techniques depending on heavier line or larger lures.

The Curado DC 200 has Shimano’s unique DC technology, I-DC4. This is an Intelligent Digital Control braking system that utilizes a microcomputer to monitor the spool speed 1,000 times per second. The microcomputer then applies the perfect amount of braking force as the spool spins to prevent your line from backlashing. This makes the reel better for anglers of all skill levels, less thumbing the spool, and more trouble-free casting in all conditions.

NEW Shimano Curado DC 200 Blending Performance and Flexibility

The Curado DC 200 is able to handle large fish easily thanks to a rigid metal Hagane Body and durable Cross Carbon Drag system. The Hagane body technology keeps the reel rigid and eliminated any flexing so the gears mesh better, giving the anglers a more direct experience when cranking the reel. This makes for a more efficient power transfer for an effortless cranking experience. The Cross Carbon Drag provides an expanded range of drag settings for an exceptionally smooth drag performance even under pressure fighting a large fish. Built rugged the Curado DC 200 can withstand continual use and abuse due to its seamless blend of toughness and durability with precision engineering and expert craftsmanship.

NEW Shimano Curado DC 200 Blending Performance and Flexibility

The Curado DC 200 is available in two gear ratios to cover a wide range of situations that anglers encounter on the water. The medium 7.4:1 gear ratio Curado DC 200 (CUDC200HG) is a versatile workhorse reel that is an excellent choice for any relatively slow presentation, like fishing a crankbait in cold water, slow-rolling a spinnerbait, or grinding a squarebill against rocks and stumps. The extra-high 8.5:1 gear ratio Curado DC 200 (CUDC200XG) lets anglers retrieve line fast – perfect for flipping or winching trophy fish out of heavy cover.

Fish smarter and leverage Shimano’s premium DC technology with the all-new Curado 200 DC, available now at authorized Shimano dealers with an MSRP of $269.99.

Curado DC 200 – Features

  • MicroModule Gear
  • X-Ship
  • HAGANE Body
  • CI4+
  • S3D Spool
  • I-DC4 Intelligent Digital Control
  • S A-RB Shielded Anti-Rust Bearings
  • Super Free Spool
  • Cross Carbon Drag
  • 7.4:1 and 8.5:1 Gear Ratios
  • Right or Left Hand Retrieve

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11:00

Rugged Suppressors Introduces the Alaskan360 Suppressor [The Firearm Blog]

Rugged Suppressors Introduces the Alaskan360 309 SuppressorModern hunting cartridges are still pushing the limits of pressure and durability when it comes to the firearms they’re shot out of and the accessories that are attached to those guns. Rugged Suppressors has just announced the introduction of their latest suppressor  – the Alaskan360. The Alaskan 360 is meant to be an all-around suppressor […]

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10:00

Valley Tieless Fishing Tackle EZ Hook: No Knots No Fuss [AllOutdoor.com]

While I promote learning different fishing knots, for some tying hooks is just not possible. Many people struggle with tying fishing knots for a variety of reasons, poor eyesight, large fingers, or just lack of experience in knot tying. For those people, there is an easy solution made by Valley Tieless Fishing Tackle. The patented EZ Hook is Valley Tieless Fishing tackle’s solution for those who are who struggle with tying fishing knots. The hooks are available in the universal size of 6. They allow anyone to attach the hook to their 8-10lb diameter braided line without having to tie a complex fishing knot.

Valley Tieless Fishing Tackle EZ Hook: No Knots No Fuss
Photo Courtesy of Valley Tieless Fishing Tackle

How the EZ Hook works is simple, just tie a simple overhand knot on the end of your line, loop it one time around the hook, then just bait the hook and fish it as you normally would. That’s all that is involved with getting the hook on your line. The hooks work by holding the overhand knot as a stop to snuggly hold onto your line. That way unless you somehow mess up an overhand knot there’s no knot to mess up.

The Valley Tieless Fishing hook in size 6 was tested for two years on multiple species. It successfully caught bass, sunfish, trout, perch, crappie, northern pike, and catfish. The hook was tested throughout the year and worked in open water and through the ice. The size 6 hook measures approximately .4 inches wide by .98 inches long. It has an average tested pull strength of 11 lbs and works best with braided line in the 8 to 10lb breaking strength.

Valley Tieless Fishing Tackle EZ Hook: No Knots No Fuss
EZ Hook DimensionPhoto Courtesy of Valley Tieless Fishing Tackle

The EZ Hooks come in a pack of 5 and have an MSRP of $3.29 a pack. You can check the hooks and all the other Valley Tieless Fishing gear here. There are also informative videos and other material there for you to see.

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10:00

KE Arms Seeking Publically Disclosed Info in GWACS Armory/KP-15 Trial [The Firearm Blog]

KE Arms Seeks GWACS Customer Support In Ongoing KP-15 Court BattleMost of you here already know that KE Arms is knee-deep in a court battle over the design of the KP-15 monolithic polymer lower receiver. While KE Arms will not ask for direct support in the form of direct donations, they are indeed seeking the help of the 2nd Amendment community via purchases from their […]

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09:00

Rugged Suppressors New Alaskan360 – Versatile Multi-Caliber Suppressor [AllOutdoor.com]

New for Fall of 2022 is Rugged Suppressors new Alaskan360. With impressive dB reduction across a wide range of calibers, full auto rated, and lightweight – this is one adaptable suppressor.

Rugged Suppressors Alaskan360 AllOutdoor AO

Not many suppressors utilizing titanium in their construction are full auto rated and even fewer offer the wide range of caliber options as the Alaskan360. To be fair, the body and baffles on the Alaskan360 are made of 17-4 Stainless Steel while the mount and front cap is US Grade 5 Titanium, this clever decision was enough to bring the Alaskan360 down to 11.8oz with Rugged Suppressors new R.U.M. mount and 9.4oz without R.U.M. mount.

ADAPT™ Modular Mount Technology

Designed with versatility in mind, the Rugged Universal Mount, or R.U.M., is made from US Grade 5 Titanium. The R.U.M. is compatible with Rugged’s Dual Taper Locking System™ mounts, fixed mounts, booster assemblies, and 3-lug mounts, as well as industry-standard mounts.

Rugged Suppressors Alaskan360 AllOutdoor AO

If you prefer to use another mounting system, the Alaskan360 does utilize the industry standard 1 3/8×24 mounting thread.

Caliber ratings include subguns up to 9mm and rifles up to .338 Lapua making this a good choice for someone that may only want to own one suppressor to move to various host firearms.

Many multi-caliber suppressors lose effectiveness on smaller caliber projectiles as the baffles are too large, Rugged Suppressors has listed meter ratings for the following calibers and the numbers are impressive. At Ear:

  • 308: 130.8 dB
  • 5.56: 130.4 dB
  • 300 BLK subsonic: 130.1 dB
  • 9mm: 127.8 dB
  • 6.5 CM: 140.9 dB
  • 300 RUM: 139.4 dB
  • .338 Lapua: 136.1 dB

To increase effectiveness, various end caps are available in the following calibers.

  • .36 Titanium Front Cap (included)
  • 5.56 Stainless Steel Front Cap
  • 7.62 Flash Hider Cap
  • 5.56 Flash Hider Cap
  • 7.62 Stainless Steel Front Cap
  • 7.62 Titanium Front Cap
  • Razor556™ Stainless Steel Front Cap

Rugged Suppressors Alaskan360 AllOutdoor AO

Included with the Alaskan360

  • Titanium Front Cap
  • Alaskan 360 Suppressor
  • Operator’s Manual
  • Alaskan 36 Multi-Tool and Retainer
  • Rugged Universal Mount (R.U.M.)
  • Rugged Dual Taper Tool

Available now at a MSRP of $1,099.00. Also available at Silencer Shop. For additional information and to locate a dealer, visit Rugged Suppressors Alaskan360 Product Page.

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08:00

TFBTV Show Time – Top 5 Handguns in Serbia (for the money) [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV Show Time, @James Reeves is at the LORIST show with @DumDum Darko to discuss what are the best five Serbian handguns – for the money. This is tricky because some handguns are much more expensive in Serbia than in the United States, so when buying a handgun, the value for your dollar (or dinar, or euro) is going to be much different than in the United States. European guns tend to be cheaper in the US and wait till you find out how much a Desert Eagle costs…

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08:00

New Thermal Reflex Sight from X-Vision Optics [The Firearm Blog]

New Thermal Reflex Sight from X-Vision OpticsX-Vision Optics has a new thermal reflex sight called the TRW1, short for Thermal Reflex Sight Wide View. According to the company, it’s “perfect for home defense, tracking, scanning, and close-range shooting within 100 yards”. X-Vision Optics @ TFB: X-Vision Optics Announces Thermal Reflex Sight New TM1 Thermal Monocular from X-Vision Optics X-Vision Optics XANR100 […]

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07:00

Accuracy International AX-SR Rifle for Australia’s Snipers [The Firearm Blog]

Accuracy International AX-SR Rifle for Australia's SnipersThe Australian Department of Defence has selected the Accuracy International AX-SR as the Long Range platform for the sniper capability of the L159 contract. The rifle will be introduced into service as a multi-calibre system, capable of being configured to .338 Lapua Magnum, .300 Norma Magnum and 7.62mm NATO calibres. Australian Firearms @ TFB: TFB […]

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06:27

Ask Ian: Most Changed/Updated Rifle of the 20th Century? [Forgotten Weapons]

https://youtu.be/F4bYrMxVP88

From Nick on Patreon:

“What small arm of the 20th century do you think got the most updates and changes from first production model to last? Was the effort worth it? Or should this country/company have adopted an entirely new design at some point before that last production?”

After initially jumping to the Mosin Nagant and then the Enfield, I realized that I think this really comes down to a question of AR vs AK. Both of those two rifles have been adapted and redesigned (updated and changed) for use in a wide variety of different roles. Ultimately I think the AK takes the prize on this question, with these variations:

Original AK-47, intended to be used as a submachine gun.
AKM, completely redesigned receiver and intended to be infantry rifle.
RPK, Heavier barrel, new trunnion and stock to be a squad automatic weapon/LMG.
PSL/Yugo M76, larger caliber, serve as designated marksman rifles.
AKS-74U, new top cover and sights, much shorter for use as PDW/SMG.

And plenty more less significant examples…

The shirt, BTW, is from Otte Gear.

06:00

TFB Behind The Gun Podcast Episode #43: Cerakote Talk with TFB Staff Writer Lucas D [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Behind the Gun Podcast: Cerakote Talk with TFB Staff Writer Lucas DWe’re back again with another TFB Staff writer interview on the TFB Behind The Gun Podcast! This week I’ve brought in one of our newer writers Lucas D! Lucas D is an avid hunter, competitive shooter, and deep sea fisherman who’s got a lot of experience within the firearms industry on both the retail side […]

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Wednesday, 05 October

17:00

Bermuda’s Unique SA80s [The Firearm Blog]

Bermuda Unique SA80sIn 2015, the Royal Bermuda Regiment began to field the British L85A2 bullpup. Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory and is one of several territories to have its own British Army-affiliated home defence regiment. The regiment’s transition to the L85A2 was completed in early 2016, with the replacement of the last Ruger Mini-14s which had been […]

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16:30

POTD: French Navy Soldier with F88 Austeyr [The Firearm Blog]

F88 AusteyrHave you taken your vitamins today? As you know vitamins have several important functions for your body. Some say they are almost as important as a daily dose of TFB’s Photo Of The Day, and we agree of course. Today we’re looking at a really happy French Navy sailor with an F88 Austeyr on the Starboard […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: New .500 Bushwhacker Cartridge for BFR Revolvers by TII Armory [The Firearm Blog]

Wheelgun Wednesday TII Armory .500 Bushwhacker Cartridge and BFR Conversion (5)With standard factory chambering options like .45-70 Government and .450 Marlin, the Magnum Research BFR revolver is probably the most capable production wheelgun that is not a shotgun or grenade launcher. Well, if these chamberings are not big enough for you and if you want an even more powerful version of the Biggest Finest Revolver, TII […]

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14:00

Curious Relics #049: West German – J.P. Sauer & Sohn Western Marshal [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome, if you are a newcomer to this fun bi-weekly segment of AllOutdoor.com! The last time around was a whole host of articles covering the German Mauser 1914 and its extended family of pistols. We started out by covering history, variations, specifications, range time, and aftermarket parts.  Today we get to run through a revolver that I admittedly know very little about. This is the J.P. Sauer & Sohn Western Marshal also sometimes referred to as the Hawes Firearms Co Western Marshal. These West German-made revolvers were imported into the United States and they were meant to be fairly inexpensive. As an unlucky byproduct, the inexpensive guns in world history usually get drowned out and forgotten. That being said there is not a tome of information on these out there and what there is I take with a grain of salt. Please keep that in mind while reading forward. Let’s dive right into the J.P. Sauer & Sohn Western Marshal 22!


Welcome to our recurring series of “Curious Relics.” Here, we want to share all of our experiences, knowledge, misadventures, and passion for older firearms that one might categorize as a Curio & Relic  – any firearm that is at least 50 years old according to the ATF. Hopefully along the way you can garner a greater appreciation for older firearms like we do, and simultaneously you can teach us things as well through sharing your own expertise and thoughts in the Comments. Understanding the firearms of old, their importance, and their development which lead to many of the arms we now cherish today is incredibly fascinating and we hope you enjoy what we have to share, too!


History Abridged: J.P. Sauer & Sohn Western Marshal 22

The 1940s and 1950s were filled with western movies and stories coming back to life and being imprinted into the American psyche. Fathers who yearned to be cowboys since their youth suddenly had little boys of their own begging for department store costumes and catalog bb guns. The real deal Colt Single Action Army revolvers were (and still are) ridiculously expensive. All in the same frame of time starting around 1950 up to 1960 there began to be a movement of cheaper copies of the good old Single Action Army. Colt themselves would produce aluminum and alloy framed 22 revolvers such as the Colt Single-Action Frontier Scout which we have previously covered on Curious Relics (link here). One such product of this want was the J.P. Sauer & Sohn Western Marshal 22 at its centerfire relatives.

Western Marshal
Colt Frontier Scout 22LR

Before going under the microscope we have to take several leaps back to understand where and why these 1960s pot metal revolvers came about. After World War Two J.P. Sauer & Sohn establishes a new base of operations in Eckernförde, West Germany. During a space of three years, an engineer by the name of William R. Wilson set out to manufacture and export copies of the famed Colt 1873 Single Action Army. This began the formation of the Great Western Arms Company which in turn enlisted Haywood “Hy” Hunter and his mail order catalogs to handle the importation and distribution of these new 1873 single-action revolver clones. Those Hy Hunter catalogs became a great marketing force for these western revolvers but unfortunately, they were the only marketing. This resulted in the Great Western Arms Company going into financial turmoil with one investor/debtor taking control and getting rid of Hy Hunter in favor of E&M (Early & Modern Firearms, Inc.) and Stoeger. By late 1958 the Great Western Arms Company goes bankrupt and ceases to manufacture.

Western Marshal

At this point (roughly around 1959) Hy Hunter comes up with a proposal to J.P. Sauer & Sohn to manufacture the same Single Action Army clones that the Great Western Company had made and that he would be the sole distributor in the United States. By late 1960 approximately 300,000 “Western Six Shooter” revolvers, as they were marketed, were produced. These were supposedly made in varying barrel lengths and were in 22, 22 Mag, 38/357, 44 Mag, and 45 Colt. By 1960 these revolvers had gained popularity and would be reliable clones to pick up into the mid-1960s. Apparently, around 1964 Hy hunter and his company went through some odd and confusing legal battles (regarding the importation of stuff like machine guns) that are outside of my scope of concern as far as research today. Besides Hy hunter being forced to cease importation and distribution, I am not sure what occurred in the window between then and the next paragraph timestamp.

Roughly around 1967, the Hawes Firearms Company is formed by a former employee of the Hy Hunter conglomerate and begins importing and distributing the previously mentioned revolvers but with new names such as Western Marshal,  Montana Marshal, Deputy Marshal, Federal Marshal,  Chief Marshal, and Silver City Marshal. Initial 1967 and 1968 revolvers did still have the name “Western Six Shooter”. The Hawes Firearms Company would continue to import and distribute the J.P. Sauer & Sohn Western Marshal 22 (and its centerfire counterparts) all the way up until roughly 1980 when the Hawes Firearms company goes out of business because of a great many lawsuits regarding accidental discharges. I have not read of any particular fault to attribute to the cause of these accidental discharges besides these revolvers having a frame-mounted firing pin with no transfer bar system.

Western Marshal

End of Part One: J.P. Sauer & Sohn Western Marshal 22

So closes out the first part of the J.P. Sauer & Sohn Western Marshal 22. I hope it was informative. As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, finding this information was difficult and extremely scattered. Some of it very well could be misconstrued by me or other authors as well as being totally incorrect. I apologize in advance if more in-depth work comes out and reveals such notions but for now, I have to stick with what I know and present it as such and transparently. if anything new or relevant pops up I will try to go back and amend whatever is necessary. See you next time!

Western Marshal

In closing, I hope our Curious Relics segment informed as well as entertained. This all was written in hopes of continued firearm appreciation and preservation. We did not just realize how guns were supposed to look and function. It was a long and tedious process that has shaped the world we live in. So, I put it to you! Is there a firearm out there that you feel does not get much notoriety?  What should our next Curious Relics topic cover? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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13:00

POTD: The Unknown SAA Alloy 22 – Hawes Western Marshal [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a single-action revolver that is similar to many of its time and also a more relevant example of today’s offerings as well. This is a J.P. Sauer & Sohn Western Marshal (also referred to as the Hawes Western Marshal). This revolver is featured in today’s Curious Relics segment so if you want to know more about it in depth make sure to check that out. Besides that, I wanted to talk about how common revolvers like this were back in the day and how similar it is to today’s offerings. Back in the late 1950s and 1960s, the United States saw an influx of single-action revolvers. This mostly has to do with all of the new western-style movies and tv shows coming out starting in the 1940s and going through the 1970s. Colt’s very own Single Action Army was expensive and the company took a bit of a break from making them so they were tough to get. Manufacturers from home and abroad brought clones scaled down and up to compete. These days we have guns from Heritage, Ruger, Chiappa, etc that make pot metal 22 revolvers and a large chunk of Italian companies that make larger centerfire versions. Very little has changed, there are a lot of parallels!

Hawes Western Marshal

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12:00

APF Armory: Your Next AR? Report from Lucid Optics Ballistic Summit [AllOutdoor.com]

There’s a new AR company in town called APF Armory. This Minnesota-based company has at its core a love of the AR platform and Midwestern values. I had the chance to meet company reps and their guns at the 2022 Lucid Optics Ballistic Summit at NRA Whittington Center in New Mexico, and found out they’re building rifles that make the company a one-stop shop for a gun that’s exactly what the hunter, competitor, or defensive shooter wants.

APF has nine lines of AR-based firearms, in addition to selling steel and carbon fiber barrels, muzzle devices, and other components. Custom colors are also a specialty; the company does in-house Cerakote treatments. That’s cool, but admittedly not so unusual among gun shops. What makes APF products special is caliber options. They’ve perfected the adaptation of the Stoner design for chamberings normally considered hunting-specific. APF organizes its full-gun products into 12 categories. They are:

MLR – This category sports 22-inch barrels and chamberings suitable for long-range and big game. Included are 26, 28, 30, and 33 Nosler, 7mm Remington Magnum, and 300 Winchester Magnum. They have a generous 15.5 inches of MLOK around the forend, nitride-coated bolt carrier group, and muzzle brake, and .936 gas block. MLRs ship with a five-round magazine. $2,999.99. 

APF
APF MLR chambered in 300 Win Mag.

Carbine – This line features a standard 16-inch barrel, full-length Picatinny rail, and Magpul MOE six-position stock. Chamberings include 5.56 NATO, 40 S&W, 9mm, and 450 Bushmaster. Rifle calibers feature an adjustable gas block. $1,124.99-$1,499.99 depending on caliber

3 Gun Gen II – Chambered in 223 Wylde, this competition rifle has anodized finish, a .750 adjustable gas block, skeletonized Flatblade trigger, and Mission First Tactical stock. $1,599.99, or just the upper for $974.99.

DMR – Here is where to choose a favorite caliber for an enjoyable big game hunt or target session. With a nickel boron-coated BCG, these rifles should run smoothly in any weather. The Magpul ACS six-position stock and a variety of color treatments on the tactical/natural palette will make this rifle blend in during the day, while the full-length rail and 15.5 inches of MLOK allow lots of room for accessories. Chamberings include 223 Wylde, 22 Nosler, 6.5 Grendel, 224 Valkyrie, and 308 Winchester. $1,599.99-$1,649.99

Varmint – As the name implies, this is a series of medium-size chamberings for small to medium game. 20- or 22-inch stainless steel barrels and a Luth-AR brand MBA-2 stock, hefty weight, and field-friendly Cerakote choices enhance accuracy and make the Varmint rifle stand out among others in the ATV or truck. Offered in 204 Ruger, 223 Wylde, 22 Nosler, 22-250 Remington, and 243 Winchester at $1,414.99 to $1,669.00

APF
APF Target model wearing a Lucid Optics L5 scope.

Target – Get your platform game on with this series, featuring 22- or 24-inch Shaw barrels with full-length Picatinny rail on top, CMC Flatblade triggers, and Magpul’s bench-friendly PRS stock. The target model is heavy, at 9.6-11.6 pounds. Chamberings include 223 Wylde, 204 Ruger, 22-250, 243 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor, and 308 Winchester. $1,799.99 to $1,999.99

9mm Competition – This pistol caliber carbine is ready for action as a comp gun, with a Mission First Tactical stock and skeletonized CMC Flatblade trigger. A full-length M-LOK handguard with rail keeps the heat away while the muzzle brake tops off the aggressive look. This 6.8-pound shooter has black anodized finish. $1,174.99

Hunter – This rifle will take on large or medium game, with an 18-inch barrel in 308 Winchester or 450 Bushmaster, or the 22-inch, 6.5 Creedmoor model. The Hunter offers lots of MLOK/rail space for accessories and has a Luth-AR MBA2 buttstock. Lots of colors to blend in with virtually any hunting environment are available. $1,414.99 to $1,539.99

Pistols – It’s not every day one encounters a 5.56 billet pistol with takedown features to make a braced pistol even more portable, but AFP has it for $1,695.95. Also choose from standard AR pistol models in 5.56 NATO, 300 Blackout, 308 Winchester, 350 Legend, or 450 Bushmaster in rifle calibers. If handgun chamberings are more your thing, APF offers them in 40 S&W and 9mm. Barrel lengths range from 10.5 to 14.5. Metal is finished in nitride for rifle calibers or phosphate for handgun calibers. All have a single-stage milspec trigger. Prices range from $1,099.99 to $1,695.99, or just buy a pistol upper for a handy caliber change.

Alpha – The bread-and-butter entry level AR from APF. These gas guns have a 16-inch barrel and all that’s needed to start on an AR journey or upgrade to a better upper. Offered in 223 Wylde and 308 Winchester, these rifles are even offered with an optional red dot optic. Flattop Pic rail/M-LOK furniture and no fixed irons allow the new shooter or school to appoint the Alpha according to preference. $749.99 to $1,074.99

APF
The author fires the APF Slim. It’s wearing the P8, a soon-to-be released, 4x red dot from Lucid Optics.

Slim – Like the Alpha, but among AFP’s lightest guns at 5.9 pounds. This basic 5.56 NATO AR still has 15.5 inches of M-LOK. The 1:9 twist, 16-inch barrel should deliver satisfaction for anyone looking for a good basic AR. $799.95

Elite – This is the emerging, new line of rifles with the upper and lower machined from the same block of aluminum billed, with matching numbers. They feature flared magazine wells and Proof carbon fiber barrels.

APF
APF Elite wearing a Lucid Optics L5 scope.

In addition to these full rifles, APF has alternate-caliber uppers for most, sells grade 5 titanium suppressors to fit rimfire and centerfire guns, and other components like stripped lowers and muzzle brakes, and a wide selection of barrels.

At the Lucid Optics Ballistic Summit, we got to test several APF wares on Whittington’s scenic short and long ranges. During two full days of steady shooting by a dozen or so industry folks including other manufacturers, professional shooter/influencer types, and gun media specialists, it became clear that these rifles are well-made and ready for action in whatever field the buyer chooses. While civilian use of APF products is hard to measure, their eager adoption by more than 100 law enforcement agencies to date speaks to the quality and reliability of these rifles.

If you’ve always wanted to “build” an AR but don’t have time or expertise to perform that task at your own bench, APF stands ready to create a rifle, carbine, or pistol to your exact specs, and they encourage consumers to contact them directly to discuss their needs. Though the company has grown to serve many distribution outlets, they remain interested in serving and educating individual customers, too.

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11:19

Link [Of Arms and the Law]

Clayton Cramer: "I Will Take Seriously Government Concern About Machine Guns in Private Hands When the Government Shows It Is Similarly Concerned" It sounds like the government lost track of upwards of a thousand M-4s, and shipped them to someone who thought he was buying empty rifle crates.

11:00

NEW Shimano Swagy Strong Spinnerbait: Pulse, Durability, and Vibrations [AllOutdoor.com]

For bass fishing, there are just some tried and true lures that work all year round. No matter the season, water temps, or body of water, lures like jigs and spinnerbaits just produce bites. That’s where Shimano’s new Swagy Strong comes in, a new spinnerbait that has unprecedented durability and tuned vibrations. A new spinnerbait that anglers can cast at virtually any structure and be able to fish productively throughout the year.

Shimano's NEW Spinnerbait: Swagy Strong

When it comes to spinnerbaits there’s a delicate balance between the action of the bait vs the durability. If the spinnerbait is too beefy you take away from the vibrations and pulse of the lure and vice versa. Shimano engineers have designed a solution for this dilemma, making the Swaggy strong very durable while still having great action. It has an innovative tapered-wire design giving the lower arm strength and durability with a better hookup ratio, and the upper arm tapers to a thinner wire that enables the lure’s specially designed blades to produce unequaled vibration, flash, and lift.

Shimano's NEW Spinnerbait: Swagy Strong

In spinnerbaits blade selection is critical to the success of the lure and has to be adjusted depending on the conditions. The Swagy Strong is offered in two configurations to do just that, a double willow-leaf and a single willow-leaf with a colorado blade. The double will-leaf version can be fished faster in both deep clear water or burned across a shallow flat fast as possible. The Colorado blade version can be fish slower in low light conditions or where there’s less visibility, relying on its thumping vibrations to draw in the fish.

Shimano's NEW Spinnerbait: Swagy Strong

The Swagy Strong features a hand-tied skirt available in six colors: Black Gold spinnerbaits present twin gold blades, Natural Bait and Pink Smelt patterns feature silver blades, while Chart White, Tidal Killer, and White include a silver leading blade with gold trailer. Both DW and TW blade configurations are available in ⅜ oz and ½ oz.

High-quality swivels, beads and spacers on the tapered upper arm contribute to a heavily engineered spinnerbait that is certain to hold up to both time and abuse. Finished with alluring 3D eyes, Swagy Strong remains snag-free around the heaviest cover where trophy caliber bass lurk. Available at authorized Shimano dealers, Swagy Strong has an MSRP of $13.99.

Swagy Strong – Features

  • Tapered Wire Design
  • Double Willow or Single Willow/Colorado Configuration
  • ⅜ or ½ oz.
  • Six Colors

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11:00

New Custom Shop Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor [The Firearm Blog]

Ruger Custom Shop Precision RifleRuger Precision Rifle, the rifle that took the market by storm in 2015 now comes in a customized version in 6.5 Creedmoor. Tweaked by Ruger’s own Custom Shop it features a TriggerTech Trigger, a newly developed barrier stop and an improved firing pin tip geometry to improve functionality for a wide variety of primers. The new […]

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10:00

Arc’teryx Invests $5 Million Toward Diverse Climbing Access [AllOutdoor.com]

Oftentimes, the large gear companies that we know and love had humble beginnings. They were started by those with a passion for the gear, who saw problems and fixed them. This is true for Arc’teryx. The company was founded in 1989 by climbers who loved the sport. Now, 33 years later, Arc’teryx invests in bringing the love of climbing to a broader audience. Arc’teryx has committed to pumping $5 million into ensuring people from all communities have access to climbing.

Arc'teryx Invests $5 Million Toward Diverse Climbing Access

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Arc’teryx Equipment, the global design company specializing in technical high-performance apparel and equipment, today announced a commitment of $5 million CAD over the next five years to community leaders and organizations who are advancing equitable access in climbing, as well as those who support the highest level of the sport.

Arc’teryx Invests $5 Million Toward Diverse Climbing Access

Arc'teryx Invests $5 Million Toward Diverse Climbing Access

Through their NextGen Climb Commitment program, Arc’teryx is working with organizations to make the sport more accessible for new climbers. Aid is also being extended to elite and semi-pro athletes. The program’s outreach is accomplished in several ways, including setting up climb nights, access to indoor climbing gyms, and providing monthly and annual memberships to less fortunate members of the climbing community. Flashy Fox, Colour The Trails, and Brown Girl Outdoor World are among the organizations with which Arc’teryx is working.

“Our origins in climbing are at the heart of what the brand is about. We are committed to supporting ways for new and elite climbers to experience the sport.”

Arc'teryx Invests $5 Million Toward Diverse Climbing Access

If you’d like to learn more about Arc’teryx, head over to their website to see what they offer. If you’d like further updates directly from the company, be sure to follow along on social media. They can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. Keep climbing!

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10:00

BREAKING: GLOCK Carbine – CONFIRMED [The Firearm Blog]

BREAKING: GLOCK Carbine - CONFIRMEDThis week you may have seen a pair of photographs of an AR-15 pattern carbine in FDE shared around the Internet. What set this carbine apart, however, was the intriguing markings on the lower receiver. There have been rumours of a Glock carbine for a number of years but the photos that recently surfaced are […]

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09:00

TFBTV – Is the Holosun EPS Carry the New King of K-Cut Red Dots? [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop compares three different red dots for micro compact pistols. The most popular handguns these days are micro compact double stacks like the SIG P365, the Glock 43X, the Taurus GX4, and the Springfield Armory Hellcat, among others, and they all use a smaller size of optics cut. Three optics that fit that mounting footprint are the Holosun EPS Carry, the Crimson Trace RAD Micro Pro, and the SIG-Sauer Romeo Zero Elite. Which one is the best? You have to watch to find out, duh.

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08:00

ALPS OutdoorZ releases new -25° rated Redwood Sleeping Bag [AllOutdoor.com]

With fall here winter is just around the corner. Released just in time is the ALPS OutdoorZ -25° Redwood sleeping bag. It only takes one camping trip to realize that temperature ratings are not suggestions but make the difference between freezing and a comfortable night’s sleep. With a -25° rating, take on winter camping in comfort.

Redwood Sleeping Bag

Available in either tan or green, this sleeping bag has a solid color exterior and plaid interior with oversized construction to fit us full sized campers comfortably. At 38” W x 70” L the Redwood is the same as a standard Twin XL sized mattress. At 13lbs this sleeping bag is a bit on the heavier side making it ideal for overlanding, truck camping, base camp tents, and overnight hunters that bring most of their gear in via truck, ATV, or side-by-side.

Redwood sleeping bag

The Redwood is a “heavy-duty” oversized rectangle bag. The Redwood series use Techloft Insulation. Techloft Insulation consists of multi-hole staple-length micro-denier fibers that have a siliconized finish for maximum insulation, loft, and compactness. The TechLoft insulation will keep you warm and toasty on those colder nights when you’d prefer to have more “wiggle room” than you get with your mummy bag. It uses 2-layer offset construction to eliminate cold spots. For transporting, we include 3 webbing straps with quick-release buckles that keep your “rolled-up bag” secure.

ALPS OutdoorZ Redwood Sleeping Bag – Features

  • Oversized rectangle
  • Two-layer construction
  • Rugged cotton canvas outer
  • 100% cotton flannel liner
  • Heavy-duty, #10 zipper
  • Roll-up straps

ALPS OutdoorZ Redwood Sleeping Bag – Specs

  • Temperature Rating  -25°
  • Dimensions 38″ x 80″
  • Fill TechLoft Silver
  • Outer Material Rugged Canvas
  • Liner 100% Cotton
  • Liner Color Flannel
  • Total Weight 13 lbs.
  • Shape Oversized Rectangle

Available now at ALPS OutdoorZ website for an MSRP of $249.99. What do you think of the -25° Redwood Sleeping Bag? Or, do you have any experience with cold weather camping? Let us know in the comments below.

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08:00

Bushnell Expands Concealment Options with New Micro Reflex Sights [The Firearm Blog]

Bushnell Expands Concealment Options with New Micro Reflex Sights RXC-200 RXU-200Bushnell have introduced the RXC-200 and the RXU-200 reflex sights. The RX series micro-reflex sights are compatible with anything that accepts the SHIELD RMS or RMSc footprint. Both of the sights are available with an MSRP of $199.99. The new sights join the RXS-250 and the affordable RXS-100. Bushnell @ TFB: New Bushnell Performance Eyewear for Spring/Summer […]

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07:00

TFBTV Show Time – Serbian RedStar Shotgun Ammo Coming to the US [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV Show Time, James Reeves is at the LORIST gun show in Serbia talking to Nikola from Belom Ammunition about their new line of shotgun ammo coming to the United States, RedStar Ordnance. Belom promises that RedStar will be budget priced while still performing better than other 12 gauge ammo on the market. @DumDum Darko makes a special guest appearance in this episode.

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07:00

Steiner Introduces T6Xi Series of Tactical Riflescopes [The Firearm Blog]

Steiner T6Xi RiflescopesSteiner have released their new T6Xi series of riflescopes, which includes four new 6-power zoom scopes: the T6Xi 1-6×24 for close-quarter to mid-range engagements, the T6Xi 3-18×56 and T6Xi 2.5-15×50 for near- to extended-range performance and last but not least, the T6Xi 5-30×56 for long-range and precision shooting. Below: Low Power Variable Optics – The Illuminated KC-1 Reticle of the T6Xi […]

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06:27

Prototype 7.7mm Arisaka Type 99 Carbine [Forgotten Weapons]

The Japanese military made the decision to move from a 6.5mm infantry rifle to a more powerful 7.7mm cartridge in the 1930s, with specifications for the new rifle proposed in 1938. In response, the Nagoya and Kokura Arsenals developed new models of rifle and carbine.

What we are looking at today is one of the Nagoya (Plan #1) experimental carbines; serial number 4 to be specific. It has a variety of novel features, including:

Spring loaded buttplate for recoil reduction
Unique muzzle brake
New aperture rear sight
Threaded cleaning rod
New magazine retention system
Recoil bolt in stock

These carbine, and the other experimental patterns, were tested at the Futsu Proving Ground in 1939. Elements of both designs were ultimately used to create the Type 99 adopted later in 1939 (Japanese calendar year 2599).

06:00

Top 5 Handguns in Serbia (for the money) [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV Show Time, @James Reeves is at the LORIST show with @DumDum Darko to discuss what are the best five handguns in Serbia – for the money. This is tricky because some handguns are much more expensive in Serbia than in the United States, so when buying a handgun, the value […]

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17:00

TFB Review: SIG Sauer’s New P226 XFIVE Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: SIG Sauer's New P226 XFIVE PistolOver the last few months, SIG has been releasing a number of new firearm models varying from the P365 line with their new Macro pistols to the MCX LT series. SIG has decided to bring out something for the full-size metal frame handgun lovers. Traditionally, the XFIVE line of pistols was made in Germany, but […]

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16:30

POTD: Spotter ready? Shooter ready? Steyr Mannlicher SSG M1 [The Firearm Blog]

Steyr Mannlicher SSG M1In the Spring of 2018, TFB reported about the new modular Steyr Mannlicher SSG M1 rifle. Today we have two good-looking photos of it in action, with the spotter sitting beside the shooter. The riflescope is made by Steiner Optics. The SSG M1 is available in .338 Lapua Magnum, .308 Winchester or 6.5 Creedmoor – […]

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16:00

UK has Procured Chinese AKs to Train Ukrainian Troops [The Firearm Blog]

In recent weeks we’ve examined how the UK has procured various 7.62x39mm AK-pattern rifles for use in training Ukrainian troops in the UK. The latest video and photographs from the training the UK is providing show that alongside the previously identified AK variants a number of Chinese Type 56-1 rifles have also been procured. Ukrainian […]

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14:13

AllOutdoor Review: Benchmade Casbah AutoKnife [AllOutdoor.com]

I finally got around to getting a new pocket knife this year after beating the shit out of a Kershaw Dividend for the past couple of years. I went with a much nicer (and expensive) Benchmade Casbah 4400-1 in blue grivory, with a drop point plain-edged blade. This knife cost about 3 times what I paid for my Kershaw, and so is the Casbah 3 times the knife. I bought the Benchmade about 2 months ago now and have been using it the same as I did with the Kershaw, and then some. I want to be clear this is not a destruction test. I didn’t try to push the knife to its breaking point. The purpose of this was to just see how well this will hold up to average daily use for most and a bit more.

Specifications of the knife from Benchmade

Going off the specs of the knife alone it is a well-rounded knife, a push-button automatic knife great for just general daily use. A decent blade size made with a good quality steel that has good corrosion properties, a big factor for me. At first glance the packing is a lot nicer than the Kershaw’s was. It came packaged in a nice box instead of a clamshell package. There is a Styrofoam insert inside the box to protect the knife in transit. The Casbah comes with a small pouch for the blade along with all the legal and care papers about Benchmade. So pretty standard for higher-end knives but still nice.

AllOutdoor Review: Benchmade Casbah AutoKnife

AllOutdoor Review: Benchmade Casbah AutoKnife
Everything the Benchmade Casbah comes with
AllOutdoor Review: Benchmade Casbah AutoKnife
Blue Grivory has been discontinued, but the knife is still available in black
AllOutdoor Review: Benchmade Casbah AutoKnife
A nice big pocket clip that can be moved to either side of the knife

The initial read on the Casbah is, thick. The Grivory scale makes for a thick knife and a larger presence in your pocket. The Casbah is about 30% thicker than the dividend, but having plastic scale instead of steel/aluminum scale corrosion isn’t a concern. I had a lot of problems with the Dividend’s scale holding moisture and salt and causing corrosion before. The knife grip texture is very grippy even when wet. The jimping on the back of the knife handle is part of the action and is made from metal. The safety on the knife is a bit sharp but honestly, I haven’t used it at all unless I was just fidgeting with the knife. The button for releasing the knife is well-machined and well-rounded. The design of the handle for the button does a good job of keeping you from accidentally pressing it. My biggest complaint right away about the Casbah was the factory edge. You could see the scratches from the sharpening job, the knife wasn’t dull but definitely not the sharpest knife out of the box.

The factory edge of the knife left me wanting more

Ok beyond the factory edge everything else is good on the knife. There’s no side-to-side play in the joint of the knife, and the automatic action is strong. I need to say there really aren’t any aftermarket modifications you can do with the Casbah. While I don’t consider this a negative for some who like to tinker or give their knives a personalized touch this might be negative.

So my plan for testing the knife was to just use this knife till I needed to re-sharpen it. To just use it as an average person would till it needed some maintenance. I run a restaurant that has a lot of live seafood so my knives deal with a lot of moisture and salt along with a lot of boxes to break down. Along with some fishing and breaking down some fish, there will be no destruction tests in this review. I did not baton any wood, pry anything, or cut anything harder than some fresh bones.

As soon as I got the knife I had to move 10 cases of live flounder into the tanks, it was just tape and foam boxes so nothing tough on the edge. While I felt the edge could have been sharper, it did make short work of opening all the live fish bags and boxes. So it was definitely a workable edge. The knife got thoroughly dunked in saltwater and was given a rinse in fresh water after everything was done. Then it was wiped down to dry it off, but there was still moisture in the handle.

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AllOutdoor Review: Benchmade Casbah AutoKnife
Light spots of Rust

I put the Casbah back in my pocket for a few hours and checked it later in the day to see how the steel was holding up. The residual moister and probably salt did cause some speckling of light surface rust. Nothing serious but just a little staining, 95% of it just came off the steel when rubbed with some paper towels. So this is looking good, the Kershaw didn’t hold up as well when it came to salt exposure so the Benchmade is already doing better.

Completely broken down Kershaw Dividend, the scale design holds moisture and salt. The differing metals don’t play nice with the screws.
AllOutdoor Review: Benchmade Casbah AutoKnife
Bag of aquarium salt
AllOutdoor Review: Benchmade Casbah AutoKnife
more blade staining

Salt and knives don’t make the best of friends and I wouldn’t recommend sticking a knife you like into a bag of aquarium salt. The stuff is super fine and sticks to about everything. Same treatment again for the knife, rinse with some fresh water, pat dry with paper towels, and back into the pocket it goes. And of course a few more spots of light rust here and there. 2 months of this sort of salt treatment and no substantial levels of corrosion has occurred to the knife on any parts aside from light spots of rust that can be wiped away.

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Chopping up some herring for catfish bait

Now for fishing use, while I couldn’t make it down to the gulf for a hard corrosion test of the knife, but I was able to make it out to the lake several times to see how the casbah held up. It got the bait knife treatment and was used to hack up herring and bluegill during these trips. Nothing unusual to say about it, it cut up the bait well and got covered in scales. Cleaned up easily and stayed grippy when wet. When we caught some catfish the knife was used to dispatch and break down the catfish. This involved using the blade as a brain spike to kill the catfish and then to go through their backbones when cleaning them.

The casbah held up well, there is a decent amount of meat to the blade so no flexing when going through bones. To just test how it would hold up to chopping a bit, I used it to go through the vertebrae instead of between them. And even for a smaller knife it did well with no edge deformation or chipping. But I do have to say it struggled a little bit after a couple of trips when it came to cutting the skin of the catfish. The edge was still sharp enough to cut most things, but the catfish skin took a few slices to get through when gutting a couple of them. Again I got to say the texture on the handle is very grippy, even with catfish slimed hands the knife was easy to keep a tight grip on.

The last catfish I cleaned, for the catfish coubion, was right when I decided the knife needed to be sharpened. It was still sharp enough to cut open and break down boxes, but too dull to easily push cut paper. So it was time to sharpen it, I used 3 Shapton Kuromaku Ceramic whetstones to do this. Starting with a course 320 grit stone to remove the original factory scratch pattern and start the edge fresh. I sharpen the blade till a burr forms then flip the blade till another burr forms, keeping the same grind angle for both sides. Once the burr formed on the second side, I moved on to the next stone. The next stone was a 1000 grit stone which gives you a nice sharp edge but it can be sharper by using a higher grit finishing stone. The final stone was a 5000 grit stone used as a finishing stone, which gives a nicer fine edge.

I’d say you don’t need to go this in-depth with sharpening your knives, especially for a pocket knife, but this was a test to see how well the blade sharpened. And I would say this was a relatively easy sharpen blade. It was too easy where you have to worry about how durable the edge is but not hard to sharpen either. A good middle ground to be at for the knife.

Overall I would say this purchase was definitely worth the money, yes it was three times the cost of my old knife. But in every aspect, it’s proven itself to be a better choice. The corrosion resistance wasn’t even a contest, the old knife would rust just being near the ocean in my pocket all day, while the casbah can be dunked in salt and rinsed and be fine. The build is much nicer, the joint is rugged and has no play to it. And the sharpening of the knife is easy but not too easy. The old knife was a breeze to sharpen but that edge was gone pretty quick, the steel was too soft. So yes three times the cost, but definitely see myself having this knife for three times as long.

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13:00

POTD: When Savage Made A “Revolver” – Savage Model 101 [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a Savage Arms revolver! You may not have heard of one of these before and it is probably because these revolvers did not come out with much of a bang upon their introduction to the market. This is a Savage Model 101 revolver in 22lr. This mostly has to do with the fact that they are a single-shot pistol. Yes, you read right, this “revolver” is a single shot. The cylinder is actually pinned to the barrel and upon loading or unloading the barrel and cylinder swing out in tandem. Their production run was from 1960 to 1968 and was advertised as costing $20. Pretty spendy for a 1960s single-shot pistol that looks like a six-shooter. The 1940s through the early 1960s saw a huge emergence of western movies. Many kids grew up with six-shooters and horses in their heads. All those little cowboy wannabes most likely were disappointed.

Savage Model 101

Lot 766: Three Handguns – A) Savage Model 101 Single Action Single Shot Pistol. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved October 3, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/2044/766/three-handguns.

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12:00

Sitka Studio Debuts with Conservation Collab: Martin Guitar/Thomas Rhett [AllOutdoor.com]

Sitka Gear has launched their all-new Sitka Studio that will seek to do collaborations for conservation among many other lofty goals. Their first ever collaboration is with Martin Guitar and Thomas Rhett where a one-of-a-kind guitar was crafted, brought on Thomas Rhett’s tour, and is now being auctioned off for a non-profit cause.

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sitka studio

Sitka Studio will aim to expand the boundaries of culture through design exploration, brand collaborations, and conservation. For its debut, the brand has partnered with Martin Guitar and Thomas Rhett to create a customized one-of-one Martin HD-28 guitar that Rhett is currently using on tour and that will be auctioned off to benefit conservation.

Bidding is open now through November 15th and is already over $11.5K. Plus, SITKA will match the auction bids up to $50,000 to help fund a waterfowl research project with partners including the University of Arkansas at Monticello, California Waterfowl, Five Oaks Ag Research & Education Center, Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited and other conservation organizations.

  • PICKGUARD: GORE-TEX® Fabric in OPTIFADE® Camo infused with Epoxy
  • TOP DETAIL: SITKA “Darkest Before Dawn” Mallard Inlay
  • FINGERBOARD: Hexagons inspired by OPTIFADE® Camo design in Tan G10
  • BACK INLAY: Four Lines represent the Four Waterfowl Migration Flyways
  • HEELCAP: SITKA Orange

sitka studio

  • TOP MATERIAL: Sitka Spruce
  • SIDE MATERIAL: East Indian Rosewood
  • NECK MATERIAL: Mahogany
  • ELECTRONICS: Fishman Infinity Matrix

Sitka Studio looks to be the start of something incredible by bridging the gap between various cultures, art, and conservation. It will be exciting to see what other collaborations Sitka forges for the outdoors and other passions we all share. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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11:00

AllOutdoor Review: Vasque Breeze LT Low NTX Hiking Shoes [AllOutdoor.com]

It’s no secret that Vasque, of Minnesota, makes great outdoor shoes. When I mentioned to my septuagenarian mom, who’s still an outdoorsperson, that I was testing a pair of Vasque Breeze shoes, she practically lit up with memories of whitetail pursuits in her 1970s Vasque snow boots. “Best boots I ever had,” she said.

septuagenarian

With that endorsement, it was easy to be enthused about this latest Vasque trial. The Vasque Breeze LT Low NTX Hiking Shoe (phew! Can I just call them Sue?) arrived in an attractive logo box that’s emblazoned with, “We believe we are all better on the inside when we spend more time outside.” It’s a pleasant reminder of the Vasque founder’s aim, to inspire more Americans to adopt an outdoors lifestyle.

Vasque Breeze
The color combo is growing on me.

These are attractive hiking low-tops, available in men’s and women’s. I chose brown, or Sparrow as Vasque calls it. The dark brown uppers contrast with bright yellow laces and a bright lime sole. The combo manages to be eye-catching yet stays sub-gaudy. I like it for hiking, but it won’t stretch to a business setting. As other reviewers have noted about Vasque’s color choices, I wish there were subtler choices so I could wear these shoes more places. Male consumers get a break here; with brown-on-brown upper/midsole/sole tones. The Vasque Breeze Women’s low-tops are also offered in an emerald green without the standout contrast.

Despite that minor complaint, Vasque did their customary bang-up job of mixing textures and patterns for a unique, attractive, and interesting visual effect. The combination of smooth and mesh materials, with varying complementary patterns, makes for a shoe that looks exclusive and deserving of the $159.99 pricetag. What’s astonishing is the functionality they squeeze out of the materials. These shoes manage to be light, breathable, and waterproof all at once.

vasque breeze

More than previous shoes and boots of this brand I’ve worn, the Breeze LT Lows felt stiff out of the box, and in the first 15 minutes or so of hiking. But that seemed to level off, or maybe I got used to them, soon after. The Vibram soles have fairly aggressive, cloverleaf-shaped and knobby traction bumps that perform well on the steep, rocky woods where I first tried them. Living dangerously for a bit, I walked in the stark shadows of pines left standing after a fire that swept the area without warning in high winds last spring. It was a bit of comfort to know these shoes are soled in the same material wildland firefighters’ boots are. Should a hiker get caught in a hot spot, foot comfort won’t be among their concerns with these or other Vasque footwear. Those who want good protection from jutty or flaming things on the ground will like these.

The Big Bird-yellow laces on these shoes are round, and round laces are notorious for coming untied. So I double-knotted these and they did well. Truth be told, they’re holding up better to cactus snags than the flat laces on my other Vasque Satoru low-tops, a shoe I’m otherwise fond of.

Vasque advertises these shoes with sizes ranging 6-11, including half sizes, in regular and wide. I was unable to get them in wide and a search of the Vasque and Zappos sites also shows wide as unavailable. I ordered a half-size bigger, and that gave my bunion feet a good fit. By lacing to the farthest holes and using a lacing technique a serious hiker showed me, heel slip was eliminated, and my feet are happy as I can make them. A friend who’s a longtime Vasque fan says the brand always runs true to size.

vasque breeze
With a little strategic lacing, I eliminated heel slip.

These shoes offer limited flexibility with great sole protection and traction for anyone who prefers hiking in low-tops, which seems to be pretty much all the through-hikers I enviously follow on YouTube. I like that they’re not super-low as they don’t expose my socks under average-length pants, and the cushiony top provides a bit of a bumper around the ankle bones, something I think is a great compromise between low and ankle-covering footwear.

The Vasque Breeze LT Low NTX hiking shoe is another hit from Vasque, in my opinion. Our Vasque rep has informed AllOutdoor that the company recently revived the direct order function on its website after a hiatus. Zappos is a major distributor, too. Both sites price these shoes, in mens or womens, at $159.99 with free shipping. I’m proud to wear these kicks at the range, on the trail, or to the store. They’re rugged, but with style, and a little style never hurts. Now if they’ll consider simplifying their nomenclature, that’d be awesome. What makes sense in the office doesn’t always translate to good marketing, but who cares as long as the shoes feel good? As the old blues song suggests, I’ll call them the Breeze.

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11:00

Australian Defence Force Selects Benelli M3A1 as its New Combat Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

Australian Defence Force Selects Benelli M3A1 as its New Combat ShotgunOn 30 September the Australian Defence Department announced that it had selected a raft of new weapon systems as part of the first tranche of its major Lethality System Project (LAND 159) project. One of the weapons selected was the Benelli M3A1 which will become Australia’s new Combat Shotgun. Australian Firearms @ TFB: TFB B-Side Podcast: […]

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10:00

NEW Shimano Tranx 150 Fishing Reel – Inshore Angler Killer [AllOutdoor.com]

The Shimano Tranx line of low-profile baitcasters are known for their power and dependability. Shimano has designed the entire Tranx family for that smooth and reliable performance that anglers have grown to love and expect of Shimano. They have now expanded their popular Tranx family of reels with the all-new Tranx 150 to meet the needs of those inshore anglers of the Gulf Coast. Wading anglers from Texas to Florida needed a versatile lighter offering while walking the inshore waters looking for reds and trout. It is the smallest offering in the Tranx lineup, the Tranx 150 delivers the compact power and palmability of the larger reels in the line while offering anglers enhanced durability and protection against the corrosive effects of saltwater.

Built tough to be that workhorse reel you need for long days on the water, the Tranx 150 employs a HAGANE Body for extreme rigidity and impact resistance. This all-metal HAGANE body enhances durability, and overall reeling smoothness. The non-flexing body will make sure that every turn of the handle translates directly into cranking power.

tranx 150

Shimano has also added their CoreProtect technology to ensure the reel will be there for many seasons of inshore salt adventures. This adds water resistance without creating resistance during the cranking of the reel, a special coating is applied to critical portions of the reel. This causes water to bead up and roll off the reel, keeping water and salt out. The reel also features a Cross Carbon Drag to produce 13 pounds of run-stopping power. The other two remaining features of the Tranx 150 are the additions of Shimano’s Super Free Spool Technology and SVS Infinity Controls. Both work together to make some of the smoothest and most precise casting possible.

Anglers can harness the power of low-profile Tranx 150 in one of three gear ratios (6.3:1, 7.2:1, or 8.2:1) in right-hand retrieve reels that weigh 6.7 oz and hold 150 yards of 20-pound-test PowerPro; a left-hand retrieve option is available in the 7.2:1 gear ratio model. Tranx 150 is now available at Shimano authorized dealers with an MSRP of $209.99.

Tranx 150 – Features

  • HAGANE Body
  • SVS Infinity
  • CI4+
  • CoreProtect
  • S3D Spool
  • S A-RB
  • Cross Carbon Drag
  • Super Free Spool

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Serbian RedStar Shotgun Ammo Coming to the US [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV Show Time, James Reeves is at the LORIST gun show in Serbia talking to Nikola from Belom Ammunition about their new line of shotgun ammo coming to the United States, RedStar Ordnance. Belom promises that RedStar will be budget priced while still performing better than other 12 gauge ammo on […]

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09:00

TFBTV Show Time: AR-15 Shopping at the Lorist 2022 Serbian Gun Show [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at the LORIST 2022 Serbian Gun Show shopping for AR-15s with @DumDum Darko. Sure, your options are limited and EXPENSIVE, but you have choices from manufacturers like DanielDefense and Smith & Wesson Inc., as well as options that we don’t have in the United States. James and Darko peruse the guns (and a lot of rakija brandy) and talk about what options are out there for Serbs.

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08:00

Gamakatsu’s NEW Power Drop Hook Series Out NOW [AllOutdoor.com]

Gamakatsu the industry leader in fresh and saltwater hooks and other terminal tackle has introduced their new line of Power Drop hooks. the Power Drop is a perfectly engineered way to keep a variety of soft plastic baits just off the bottom and responsive. Making sure your bait stays visible and flawlessly performs in the strike zone.

The Power Drop series of hooks are built around a solid ring. On the ring, there is a premium hook, a swivel, and a 3.5-inch flexible dropper wire. The Power Drop series design results in your bait being presented naturally just above the bottom, great for softer bottom, grass, or a leaf layer. This small gap off the bottom allows for better hooksets on any predatory fish, letting them inhale your bait easily.

The Power Drop is simple to use, rig it and then cast it out. Once it reaches the bottom just fish it the same as you would a traditional texas rig, jig, or punch bait. The flexible dropper wire can be adjusted so you can choose how you want to present the bait, longer if theres a thick layer of mud and silt, or shorter if you want to hug the bottom more. Just choose a weight that you want, run the wire through it and bend the wire around to secure the weight. You can even try using two smaller weights together for an increased sound presence. These will come in three different models, all featuring a different premium Gamakatsu hook.

Gamakatsu's NEW Power Drop Series Out NOW

Power Drop w/ Superline EWG – Features

  • Features a solid ring connected to a swivel to prevent line twist
  • Add the desired weight to the dropper wire and bend end of wire to secure weight in place
  • Dropper wire is 3.5” long to keep baits off bottom. Can be shortened if needed
  • Superline EWG hook features heavier wire for use in heavy cover
  • Sizes: 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0, 6/0
  • Qty/Pkg: 2

Gamakatsu's NEW Power Drop Series Out NOW

Power Drop w/ Superline Offset Round – Features

  • Features a solid ring connected to a swivel to prevent line twist
  • Add the desired weight to the dropper wire and bend end of wire to secure weight in place
  • Dropper wire is 3.5” long to keep baits off bottom. Can be shortened if needed.
  • Superline Round Bend hook offers a large bite area that’s perfect for any worm presentation
  • Sizes: 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0
  • Qty/Pkg: 2

Gamakatsu's NEW Power Drop Series Out NOW

Power Drop w/ Hybrid Worm – Features

  • Features a solid ring connected to a swivel to prevent line twist
  • Add the desired weight to the dropper wire and bend end of wire to secure weight in place
  • Dropper wire is 3.5” long to keep baits off bottom. Can be shortened if needed.
  • Hybrid Worm hook features a distinctive acute hook angle to keep baits aligned perfectly
  • Sizes: 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0, 6/0, 7/0, 8/0
  • Qty/Pkg: 2

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08:00

JagerWerks Introduces the A1 Optic Accessory Mount [The Firearm Blog]

JagerWerks Introduces the A1 Optic Accessory MountFresh on the market from JagerWerks for those who have limited Picatinny rail space but still need or want to have more attachments forward of the optic is the new A1 Accessory Mount. Made at their home base in Michigan, the A1 Accessory Mount is meant to interface with the JagerWerks A1 Optic Mount which […]

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07:00

TFBTV – NEW Zastava “Black Spear” Serbian .50 Caliber Sniper Rifle [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV Show Time, James Reeves is at the Lorist Gun Show in Serbia checking out the newest sniper rifle from Zastava, the M12 “Black Spear.” The Zastava Black Spear is a .50 BMG sniper rifle that is more or less an updated version of Zastava’s previous M93 “Black Arrow” .50BMG sniper rifle. James gives you a preview of this new release before the full video drops on the TFBTV main channel.

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07:00

EAA Announces Girsan MC P35 Ops Optic Red Dot Compatible Model [The Firearm Blog]

EAA Announces Girsan MC P35 Ops Optic Red Dot Compatible ModelEAA released a new model in their Girsan MC P35 Ops line, the Ops Optic. It adds red dot compatibility to the other modernization features of the Ops model. This brings many characteristics of more modern pistols to the classic design of the Hi-Power family. Hi-Power @ TFB: HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Competitive or […]

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06:27

Dr. Jackson Crawford’s Thoughts on Finnish Brutality 2022 [Forgotten Weapons]

I am very happy to have had the chance to introduce my friend Dr. Jackson Crawford to Brutality matches this year, at Finnish Brutality 2022. I thought we should take a few minutes to sit down and talk about his experience in the match as a first-time shooter. I’ve been doing these for a while, and it is nice to get insight into the event from a fresh set of eyes.

Jackson runs a great channel on Norse language and mythology from an academic and historical perspective – largely the same way I approach firearms and their history here, if I may be so bold a to say so. If you are interested in that subject and don’t already follow his work, you can check out his channel here:

https://www.youtube.com/c/JacksonCrawford/

 

06:00

Is the Holosun EPS Carry the New King of K-Cut Red Dots? [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop compares three different red dots for micro compact pistols. The most popular handguns these days are micro compact double stacks like the SIG P365, the Glock 43X, the Taurus GX4, and the Springfield Armory Hellcat, among others, and they all use a smaller size of optics cut. Three optics […]

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Monday, 03 October

19:45

Personnel Changes At NRA []

The blog NRA In Danger is reporting that Millie Hallow and Tyler Schropp have left the NRA.

Mrs. Hallow was the Managing Director of Executive Operations. Her primary function seems to have been as the gatekeeper for Wayne LaPierre as willing to lie for him when needed. I should note that Mrs. Hallow is a prohibited person insomuch as she is a convicted felon. I reported on that in 2019 when it came to light she had been convicted of embezzlement while serving as the Executive Director of the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities.

I have had confirmation from another source that Mrs. Hallow is out. There is no word on whether she received a golden parachute or was required to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Additionally, it is not known if she left willingly or was pushed out the door.

Tyler Schropp served as the Executive Director for Advancement. I have not received confirmation from a second source that he has left the NRA. If and when I do, I will update this post.

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17:00

TFB Podcast Roundup 61: Machine Guns, Range Bags & Gun Storage [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Podcast Roundup 61: Machine Guns, Reloading & Gun StorageHello everyone and welcome to TFB Podcast Roundup 61! We’ve got a great lineup of gun-podcast content for you guys this week and I just want to take a moment to remind all of you of an upcoming event in the South Eastern part of the United States that I think most of you would […]

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16:30

POTD: Indonesian National Armed Forces with U.S. Marines [The Firearm Blog]

Indonesian National Armed ForcesPhoto Of The Day – Every day we present our readers with at least one photo. The subject is always a firearm of some kind, preferably with a muzzle flash or some action around it. But we’re happy with a perfectly edited still life photo as well. Today we have U.S. Marines and Sailors with […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: Federal Personal Defense Punch Rimfire .22 WMR [The Firearm Blog]

The Rimfire Report: Federal Personal Defense Punch Rimfire 22 WMRHello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and its many guns, shooting sports, and ammunition. Last week we had Sam S. channel his inner Discount Han Solo and told us all about the Charter Arms Explorer II AR7 pistol. Much like the AR7 […]

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14:20

Hawaii: Honolulu Police Department Considering Firearm Rules Changes [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) will hold a public hearing to consider new proposed Rules governing Firearm Permits and Licenses in light of the recent Supreme Court decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen. The proposed amendments to Chapter 15 of the Rules of the Chief of Police, entitled “Firearms Permits and Licenses,” fall short of creating a true objective licensing criteria, by allowing subjective factors to dictate permit issuance.  Click here for more information.

14:00

The Path Less Traveled #064 – Leki Black Series FX Carbon Trekking Pole [AllOutdoor.com]

This summer, I was contacted to review the Leki Black Series FX Carbon hiking/trekking poles. Initial thoughts were my current poles are just fine, but aren’t the best when having to travel places, as they remain about 20″ long. This doesn’t do well in overhead storage on a plane, nor am I willing to check my hiking bag if I’m doing a short trip. Luckily, Leki’s folding pole system is compact enough to bring just about anywhere.

Leki Black Series FX Carbon Trekking Poles are adjustable carbon fiber lightweight Z style trekking poles that fold away into 3 sections
IMAGE SOURCE: LEKI

Welcome to our recurring series of “The Path Less Traveled.” In this series, we want to take you along for our exploits out in the wilderness while hiking, camping, exploring, and general adventuring. This will include our small daily victories, foibles, tips, tricks, and reviews of gear we authentically appreciate and frequently utilize. While a well-worn trail can often be the pathway to a leisurely day, the paths less traveled can often spur on some of the greatest memories, misadventures, and fun we could imagine. Join us in the Comments as we share our travels and hopefully we can all come together for a greater appreciation of the outdoors.


[Say it in Forrest Gump’s voice] I heard you like poles. Hiking poles, fishing poles, pole saws….

poles folding adjustable level locks simpler reliable leki black series fx carbon than twist lock poles durable
IMAGE SOURCE: LEKI

Company Info – LEKI

After World War II, Leki’s founder, Karl Lenhart crafted parts for skiing poles to replace original parts he was dissatisfied with. In the southern portion or German, Lenhart’s Dettingen facilities for making wooden letters for various purposes also crafted aluminum pole materials from his skills learned during the war. Leki had many firsts, including fiberglass shafts in 1960, 7075 Aluminum shafts in 1963, and the first adjustable trekking poles in 1974 to say the least.

Leki Brand Black Series FX Carbon trekking hiking poles
IMAGE SOURCE: LEKI
leki black series fx carbon lightweight lock strap trekking poles
IMAGE SOURCE: LEKI

While Mr. Lenhart passed away in 2012, his company continues in innovating in the skiing and trekking worlds with various advancements and improvements. You can read more about Leki’s groundbreaking designs here. Leki’s company philosophy includes six core values for their work culture and products:

ABOUT LEKI
LEKI’s DNA is made up of many faces, stories and values. For decades, LEKI has been built on the six core values that will continue to guide us into the future. Enthusiasm, innovation, quality, partnership, excellence and responsibility characterize LEKI and our employees, partners and athletes. For each value, we have chosen a representative who embodies that value and who thus also embodies what LEKI stands for.

You can Find Leki online at the following sites and social media platforms:

Product Info – Leki Black Series FX Carbon Trekking Pole

strap length is surprisingly easy to adjust leki black series fx carbon
IMAGE SOURCE: LEKI

The Leki Black Series FX Carbon Trekking poles were released in 2019 as their flagship line, coming in at 228g per pole. Black Series FX Carbon Trekking poles fold down to 15.5 to 16 inches once fully collapsed. This is of great convenience for those who are traveling with trekking poles on an airplane, or anywhere else where the poles need to be stowed before use.

large supportive surfaces leki black series fx carbon carbon fiber lightweight

With a 16mm telescopic shaft, and 14mm connecting shafts, the diameter of these poles are able to handle loads and stresses in different directions due to the layup / weave geometry of the carbon.

construction large supportive leki black series fx carbon

These poles extend out to 130cm (full distance) has a full length of 51″; extended to 110cm (minimal distance) is roughly 42.5″. I am 66″ tall, and use the poles at 117cm, so I am close to what Leki’s Pole Length Advisor recommends. Fully extended to 130cm, the advisor recommends a 185cm / 73″ max height.

speed lock plus carbon security leki black series fx carbon

Cork grips on the poles are roughly 30-33mm in diameter, with consideration to ergonomic features. When going uphill, the 22mm thick foam handles give another 175mm of soft hand holding area.

leki black series fx carbon lightweight adjustable carbon fiber trekking poles adjustable

Locking strap is a lightweight, sweat wicking material that is going to mostly go without any interest because it seamlessly functions well at what it does.

Leki reports the Aergon Air topside grip area is lighter than their previous models while also providing rubber overmolding. It does provide comfort when going downhill as well as providing an additional hand holding position with additional grip. Aergon Air:

SL2+ Core Locking Device has a cam grip of 55kg, rated higher than most trekking pole locks. The camming action is smooth and lack difficulty in manipulating.

lock security strap length lightweight construction leki black series fx carbon trekking poles

Lastly, the Universal Carbide Flextip on Leki’s poles have the options for many basket or tip types to suit your hiking needs. You can see a list of available parts on Leki’s Accessories page.

security strap skin hollow core skin lightweight style leki black series fx carbon trekking

Observations – Weight, Cost, Durability – How Many Can I choose?

Leki’s poles have strength, reliability, and one of the most well known names in the business behind these flagship poles. With all my might, I could not cause the poles to deflect more than 30mm by tweaking the handle with the carbide tip planted into the soil. I’m not sure I could break these carbon poles unless there was a severe accident or flat out stupidity.

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Luckily, in the rare chance you need to have replacements or repairs from accidents, Leki’s carbon poles carry a one year warranty.

Warranty Coverage on TREKKING Poles
Question: What does LEKI USA’s Trekking Pole warranty cover?
Answer: There is a one year warranty on our Carbon Shaft Trekking poles and a lifetime warranty on Aluminum Shaft Trekking poles. The warranty covers shaft breakage only.

Question: What is not covered under the LEKI USA Warranty for Trekking Poles?
Answer:

  • It does not cover bent aluminum poles, as they can be straightened in a vise without compromising the integrity of the pole.
  • It does not cover normal wear and tear.
  • It does not cover lost straps, lost sections, or any other lost parts.
  • It does not cover chewed straps or grips by animals or other living beings.
  • It does not cover broken straps, broken or worn tips, worn grips, expanders, sleeves or missing baskets.

LEKI USA Customer Service reserves the right to limit the amount of Return Authorizations assigned per customer over any given period of time. A customers claim(s) will be scrutinized based on rate of recurrence.

Due to the construction methodology of these poles having the corded folding function inside the carbon rods, they swing differently than a pole where center of balance is higher. The distributed weight does balance out the 228g, and made me feel I could swing the poles a little faster than a lighter pair, but with minimally more effort.

cld core locking trekking leki black series fx carbon poles fiber lightweight style

I spent 11 hiking days and 140 miles with these poles, and had no complications, nor can I imagine how they can or may cause problems in the future. One of the coolest features of the Black Series FX Carbon Trekking Pole was the compact basket with a clip-in area to keep the poles from flopping around once folded!

combines lightweight construction carbon fiber leki black series fx carbon

My only complication was initially figuring out the locking mechanism where the poles must me fully extended past the green ” stopping point” printed on the pole shaft. Typically when I see something that tells me to stop, I stop beforehand. This is solely because I didn’t RTFM, and figured it out quickly once seeing a friend manipulate his folding pole. (No, stop thinking like that.)

grips have an 8 degree offset leki black seroes fx carbon put less pressure on the wrists

With a MSRP of $259.95 for two poles, there are competitors that are biting at Leki’s heels. A price tag of nearly $130 a pole is nothing to scoff about, but these are likely the last poles you’ll ever need to buy. Only you can answer whether this is a “Buy once. Cry once.” valuation.

With zero complications in my brief experience with these poles and finding no major weak points in their design, I can make a confident statement that these poles will be good for anyone who needs a trekking pole that can be placed in a compact area with little concern for durability or reliability.

leki black series fx carbon adjustable carbon trekking

3.25 of 4 stars.

Comparison

There are two big names in the trekking pole industry, Leki and Black Diamond. I perused REI, Moosejaw and Amazon, finding the Alpine Carbon Cork WR trekking poles being the closest comparison. These poles similar to Leki’s, MSRP for $219.99, and weigh 250g ea.

I once purchased some Wal-Mart poles for a friend who was trying to determine whether they were getting into hiking. The Ozark Trail Lightweight Carbon Fiber Adjustable Quick Lock Trekking Poles with Cork Grip – 2 Pack are $39.99, and allegedly weigh 221g (actual = 260g and 254g). If you’re on a budget and don’t want to consider a pair of Leki’s, these are an option. At worst, you can return them, no?

Lastly, a pair of poles that have nearly 2000mi on them, but are telescopic aluminum poles with little support for repair parts in the US are the Fizan Compact 3’s, which I have reviewed here in the past.

Specifications – Leki Black Series FX Carbon

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As Per Leki’s site:

BLACK SERIES FX CARBON

  • Part#: 65229001
  • MSRP: $259.99
  • Series Unisex
  • Construction Folding|CLD|Adjustable
  • Grip Aergon Air Cork
  • Strap Lock Security Strap Skin 4.0
  • Segments 4-pieces
  • Shaft Diameter 16|14|14|14 mm
  • Upper section Carbon (PRC 1000)
  • Lower section Carbon (PRC 1000)
  • Locking System Speed Lock 2 plus
  • Basket Trekking 2.0
  • Tip Carbide Flex Tip
  • Length/Size 110 – 130 cm
  • Weight/Pole 228 g/per pole
  • Pack Size 40 cm

The opinions expressed above are entirely from the author and weren’t subject to review by LEKI USA, or any external entity.

cork grips leki black series fx carbon much more comfortable than foam handles on Black Diamond folder poles
Leki’s Black Series FX Carbon trekking poles passed the cat sniff test.

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13:00

POTD: The First Plastic Plinker – The Remington Nylon 66 [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a standard run-of-the-mill Remington Nylon 66. Would it surprise you to know it was originally going to be called something else?  You may have an idea of where the Nylon 66 retrieved its name, but originally the name of the gun was supposed to be called the Remington Model 555 and nicknamed the “Bearcat,” but Remington quickly realized that Ruger had introduced a gun with the same name in 1958. So, after coming up with a stock made from the same material that would be found in commercial goods and the automotive industry, Remington made their efforts that much more affordable by making the receiver a piece of folded sheet steel that simply slid over the top of the plastic stock. For more in-depth information feel free to check out these Curious relic articles featuring the Nylon 66!

Nylon 66

Lot 687: Remington Nylon 66 Rifle –  Nylon 66 Semi-Automatic Rifle. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved October 2, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/2015/687/remington-nylon-66-rifle.

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12:15

Grassroots Spotlight: Meet Georgia Campaign Field Representative Alicia Adams! [NRA-ILA News]

When you first meet NRA-ILA’s Campaign Field Representative, Alicia Adams, you notice that she’s the “life of the party”; but when you take a closer look, you see that she loves life and friends, and has a zeal for our nation that is contagious. Based in Kennesaw, Georgia for the 2022 Election Cycle, Alicia Adams is the #1 NRA recruiter for volunteers, the #1 door knocker (10,504 Target Voter Attempts), and the #1 Campaign Field Representative in the entire United States for NRA’s 2022 Campaign Field Program.

12:01

Manipulated Public Opinion Polling Should Not Drive Public Policy on Guns [NRA-ILA News]

A recent study by the Crime Prevention Research Center underscored how easily public opinion polling can be used to distort, rather than illuminate, peoples’ true feelings on gun control. Policy-makers should take note.

12:00

ALPS OutdoorZ’s NEW Floating Gun Case – Stay Above Water [AllOutdoor.com]

A new gun case from ALPS OutdoorZ, the premiere manufacturer of extreme-duty hunting packs and outdoor gear, will ensure your favorite long gun will never take a long swim with their new Floating Gun Case. This new Floating Gun Case is ideal for float-trip hunters, duck hunters, or anyone who needs to transport their firearms on or around the water. That way with a floating case you aren’t taking a swim in a pond or doing some unexpected magnet fishing looking for your rifle or shotgun. The new Alps OutdoorZ Floating Gun case is built to the same high-quality standards as are all of their other packs and accessories.

The floating gun case uses a high-density floatation foam build to prevent your firearms from sinking to the bottom if they are dropped or knocked into deep water. The case also has additional flotation from the roll-over Velcro-sealed opening. This seal helps prevent water from entering into the case and causes the case to be buoyant using the pocket of air sealed inside when the case is properly closed.

The Alps OutdoorZ Floating Gun Case measures 59×9 inches and is sized to fit shotguns with extended chokes and barrels up to 28-inches long, perfect for a duck or goose gun. There is a handy side pocket that has choke tube/ shell holders built in, along with a zippered pocket to keep small items secure and organized. Additional features of the case include a padded shoulder strap and carry handle and a D-ring clip at the barrel end of the case for hanging the case when it’s not in use. The cases will be available in Realtree MAX-5 and Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Habitat camo patterns at an MSRP of $69.99. For more information about this and other innovative products from ALPS OutdoorZ, visit http://www.alpsoutdoorz.com/.

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11:56

Canadian Provinces Respond to Federal Gun Confiscation Plea: Pound Sand [NRA-ILA News]

From Canada last week came a heartwarming story of how certain Canadian jurisdictions are responding to the central government’s plea to help it implement its draconian and legally-dubious firearms confiscation scheme.

11:38

SAF Gun Rights Policy Conference [Of Arms and the Law]

I just returned from it, you can access the videos on their YouTube channel. Here's one five-hour segment.

Some sessions were very interesting. One speaker has an organization devoted to giving teachers first-aid training and equipment. He points out one school shooting where nobody knew what to do to save a student who was hit, they were even applying a defibrillator when there was no reason to do so. The organization also trains armed teachers. He said just being armed is only the beginning, they should also be organized so that each goes to a critical place or a choke point, and have some training in action shooting so they don't freeze up. His group uses guns that fire small capsules at enough speed to hurt, because messing up should hurt, and pain is a powerful aid to memory.

11:22

RIP, Judge Silberman [Of Arms and the Law]

Josh Blackman has a legal obit on the good judge. He wrote the DC Circuit opinion in Parker v. DC, which thereby became Heller v. DC. That opinion, by splitting with all the other circuits, and by striking down a gun law, became a perfect vehicle for a Supreme Court case.

Irony: he spoke at a gathering which I attended, and said that when he was up for a Supreme Court nomination, NRA opposed him. He had been asked if he'd support a "Saturday Night Special" ban (which was the fad of gun control groups then), and replied he might, if anyone could tell him what a SNS was. This was interpreted as an anti-gun answer, when it was quite the opposite. Thus he never sat on the Supreme Court, but, he added, if he had we might not have gotten Heller (meaning he wouldn't have been in the DC Circuit to generate the Circuit split).

11:00

Cheaters Never Prosper! Lake Erie Walleye Tourney Riddled with Lies [AllOutdoor.com]

For those who are in professional fishing tournaments, the competition can be as fierce and serious as any other major sport. People will look to do every tiny, little thing they can to get a competitive edge and win a major tournament because there are some serious prizes to be won. From scouting a lake weeks in advance, testing innumerable lures, watching weather patterns, and even cheating. This past week at a Lake Erie Walleye Trail (LEWT) fishing event two men were blatantly caught cheating and competitors were boiling with rage.

Fishing Coverage on AllOutdoor

Chase Cominsky and Jake Runyan were on a fishing team together, and at the end of the tournament they caught 5 walleye weighing in at 33 Lb which was considerably more than all other competitors. The tournament director thought something was fishy so he decided to cut into the fish, and immediately found lead weights, fish filets, and other debris stuffed inside to increase the weight of the fish.

In all, there was 8 pounds of additional “materials” stuffed inside the walleyes to increase their weight and tip the scale in their winning favor. The abhorred cheaters, Chase Cominsky and Jake Runyan, were caught live in front of all of the other competitors during weigh-in, and the crowd had become rapturous with anger.

Disgusted guys and gals, I’m sorry for letting you down for so long and I’m glad I caught cheating taking place in YOUR LEWT at the same time. I can’t think enough to post results, but congrats Tsczyko and French and TOY Hendricks and Ulmer. Same goes to the yak and open winners. I hope you know now that when I say ”you built this LEWT and I will defend its integrity at all costs”, I mean it. You all deserve the best.

– Lake Erie Walleye Trail Tournament Director, Jason Fischer

We would never promote violence of any kind, shape, or form on AllOutdoor, but it is honestly surprising no one tried to “have a talk with those guys” in the parking lot after they got caught cheating and were kicked out of the tournament. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below. We always appreciate your feedback.

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11:00

Australian Army Selects SIG Sauer P320 XCarry Pro to Replace The Browning HiPower [The Firearm Blog]

Australian Army Selects SIG Sauer P320 XCarry Pro to Replace The Browning HiPowerThe Australian Department of Defence has announced that under its Lethality System Project LAND 159 project a raft of new small arms have been selected for the Australian Defence Force’s dismounted combatants. The news was announced at the end of last month with Head Land Systems, Major General Andrew Bottrell announcing the selections and saying that “this […]

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10:00

NEW Browning All-Terrain Huntsman Chair – Stable Blind Seating [AllOutdoor.com]

If you’re hunting out of a blind this fall a good quality seat can make a world of difference, especially on a slow day. I know from personal experience a bad chair can make for a bad day especially if you go ass over end falling backwards out of it. Browning Camping & Hunting Blinds also knows that a good chair for the blind is key. A quality chair can make the difference between a successful hunt and a long uncomfortable sit in a blind. For that, they designed the new Browning all-terrain Huntsman Chair.

The new Huntsman Chair is built using a sturdy steel frame that is fully powder-coated for rust protection. Around the frame is the rugged TechMesh bottom and back panels. The 18×18-inch seat and back make for a very comfortable seat, with good ergonomic support. This will eliminate fatigue during long deerless hours in the blind. Under the seat’s frame, there is an adjustable swivel base that allows for a 16 to 24-inch height range and is silent. The chair has a 360-degree rotation so you quietly and easily adjust to change your shooting angle.

One of the biggest problems hunters face with their hunting chairs is achieving a level position in the blind, be it a ground blind or raised blind. For the new Huntsman Chair, this isn’t a problem, thanks to its heigh-adjustable tripod leg design. Each of the three legs can be independently adjusted with a simple camming lever. That way you can easily achieve a level seat on uneven terrain, so you don’t fall backwards like I did.  Large swivel feet further stabilizes the chair and keep the legs from sinking into soft ground, again as mine did. The chair has an integrated shoulder strap plus compression straps for securing the base to the folded chair for easier transport for the hike in and out of the woods.

For more information on the Huntsman Chair or other premium Browning hunting and camping gear, visit BrowningCamping.com.

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10:00

Amtac Gear Teases the New NorthmanX Fixed EDC Blade [The Firearm Blog]

Amtac Gear Teases the New NorthmanX Fixed EDC BladeFans of our YouTube channel will know that several TFB staff including TFBTV Executive Producer James Reeves often carry the Amtac Gear Northman fixed EDC blade. Amtac is well known for making some best flat ground cutting tools suitable for everything from opening boxes to defending yourself in a situation where a gun might not […]

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09:00

TrueTimber Expands Pulse Early Season Hunting Apparel Lineup [AllOutdoor.com]

Some of the best days to be out in the timber hunting whitetail deer and turkey is in the early fall. The temps are pleasant, the daylight to be hunting is longer, and it is often more quiet – peaceful – compared to the busy late season months. With all of these motivating factors to get out early, the TrueTimber Pulse lineup of early season hunting apparel has been expanded just in time!

TrueTimber Coverage on AllOutdoor

The Pulse SpikeCave LS Performance Crew is one of the new introductions with moisture-wicking, anti-microbial, and four-way stretch properties. This new long-sleeve retails for $39.99 in sizes of Small to 3XL. The other new offering to compliment and match their aforementioned performance crew is the Pulse SpikeCave Performance Pants. The pants has the TrueTimber Strata camo pattern, lightweight durable shell fabric, 4-way stretch material, and a double-layer knee and seat. This performance pant has an MSRP of $99.99 in sizes from Small to 3XL as well.

Inman, South Carolina – From the tree stand to the turkey woods, the new TrueTimber SpikeCave lineup answers the call for serious hunters facing warmer temperatures. Moisture wicking, anti-microbial properties paired with a breathable, lightweight design will keep hunters cool, comfortable and undetected in the woods.

“Ensuring that our hunters have gear for every season is a must here at TrueTimber,” said TrueTimber CEO Rusty Sellars. “We work hard to ensure that we provide apparel that is both high quality and has been designed with the needs of hunters in mind. This new line is no exception and delivers not only great performance but is highly transitional for a variety of hunts and seasons. The SpikeCave set is perfect for the early season bow hunts and can then get pulled out again in springtime when the turkeys start to gobble.”

The TrueTimber Pulse collection of early season, warm weather clothing got bolstered by a couple more offerings giving hunters more options when it comes to going afield this fall. It just depends how you want to hunt: more layers, or lighter/leaner. As always, let us know all of your thoughts on the TrueTimber Pulse lineup in the Comments below! We always appreciate the feedback.

TrueTimber Pulse

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08:00

Toddy Stopper – Stop Fish from Getting Hooked when Necessary [AllOutdoor.com]

For a bait company that’s so set on having people hook up on fish like Gambler Lures – maker of soft plastic staples like the Big EZ, the BB Cricket, and the Power Ned – they have now come out with an interesting new product for 2023. It is a piece of tackle literally designed to keep anglers from hooking up on and catching fish. Gambler Lures owner and 2023 MLF Pro Circuit angler, Val Osinksi, turned his lure design skills towards one of the biggest challenges anglers on the tournament trail face. How do you practice for an event without catching and wearing out all the fish, but still getting bites on your lures? The answer to this dilemma is the Toddy Stopper.

“I was fishing Santee Cooper for the Toyota Series and my co angler hooked a couple big fish on a wacky rig during practice and I kept asking myself what I could make to keep those fish from getting hooked and allow my co angler to shake them off even after they bit,” Val said with a bit of a laugh, “it seems counterintuitive but when it comes to tournament fishing, every bite matters and often times a couple ounces is the difference between a top 10 and a top 25.”

Val ended up designing the Toddy Stopper, named affectionately after his co-angler, a bullet-shaped plastic cap. The cap can thread over any single hook and will lock into place on the hook’s barb. Capable of being used on a wide range of lures, Chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, swim jigs, and swimbaits, if you can fish it you can cap it with a Toddy Stopper. This solves a couple of problems for tournament anglers, it can be used in places with hook restrictions, so no more snipping nice hooks. And the other is the ability to practice water without letting the fish get smart. Once you put an actual hook point in a fish it will be wary of that lure, terrible if you need to catch it again later during a tournament.

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08:00

Primary Arms Classic Series MINI and MICRO Reflex Sights [The Firearm Blog]

Primary Arms MINI and MICRO Reflex Sights (1)Equipping handguns with reflex sights becomes increasingly popular and quite frequently we learn about new players entering this market or companies expanding their offerings of optics-ready handgun products and sights. Primary Arms is no exception and they’ve recently released two new Classic Series handgun red dot sights – the Mini and Micro Reflex Sights. Let’s take a […]

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07:00

TFBTV – What does an LAPD Undercover Cop Carry for EDC? [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves interviews 25-year LAPD ex-undercover vice officer, Jeremy Stafford (who is also an editor of Guns & Ammo Magazine) about what worked for him when he would EDC when he was an LAPD Undercover Cop for the Los Angeles Police Department. From guns to knives, to medical gear/IFAKs, Stafford covers it all and lets you know what works for him. His answers will surprise many of you.

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07:00

TFB Weekly Web Deals 26: On-Sale Magpul AR-15 Stocks [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Weekly Web Deals 26: On-Sale Magpul AR-15 StocksWelcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 26. A stock is one of the most important pieces of furniture you can select for your rifle. While you can operate an AR-15 with a standard stock that usually comes with the rifle you’re purchasing, if you really want to optimize your rifle for you and your mission, […]

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06:27

CZ’s Embarrassing Volkspistoles: The CZ100 and CZ101 [Forgotten Weapons]

Developed in the 1990s and entering production in 1996, the CZ100 and CZ101 were CZ’s first polymer-framed pistols. They were offered in both 9mm and .40S&W, with the CZ100 being a double stack design (magazine capacity 10 or 13 rounds) and the CZ101 being single stack (magazine capacity 7 or 8 rounds). Interestingly, the .40 caliber model included a ported barrel/slide from the factory.

The design intent was to create an inexpensive, very simple personal defense pistol – a sort of volkspistole if you will. In order to do this, there are a lot of polymer parts, like the rear sight and striker spring guide rod. The frame itself is polymer, without any metal reinforcement of the slide rails (although there is a metal insert for the locking cam to act on). In fact the polymer used isn’t even a glass-reinforced one. CZ says that there was no undue wear after 15,000 rounds, but this design didn’t inspire a lot of commercial confidence.

While the design is generally done to be very cheap, the striker involved an unusual locking block mounted on top of the slide, which is surprisingly complex to disassemble, and includes several very small parts and springs. The trigger is a double action one, with a very long pull and reset. This negates the need for a manual or trigger safety, but is not suited to precise shooting. A DA/SA style version (the CZ110) was release in 2000, but failed to become any more popular than the 100 and 101.

Ultimately, the pistols were disappointing form a commercial perspective. Production ended in 2007 after right about ten years, with a total of about 35,000 examples made including both calibers and all three models. CZ doesn’t really like to talk about these pistol, but they used the experience to help develop the P10, which has been a far more successful and highly-regarded polymer-framed design.

06:00

AR-15 Shopping at a Serbian Gun Show [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at the LORIST 2022 Serbian Gun Show shopping for AR-15s with @DumDum Darko. Sure, your options are limited and EXPENSIVE, but you have choices from manufacturers like DanielDefense and Smith & Wesson Inc., as well as options that we don’t have in the United States. James and […]

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Sunday, 02 October

16:30

POTD: Golf Company M16A4 Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Golf Company M16A4Photo Of The Day: If you’ve been in the Army, you know all about this. The first time you got issued your rifle. Here you can see recruits of the Golf Company getting their M16A4 service rifles for the first time. I’m sure they’re excited (perhaps). Below: Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, where recruits […]

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06:27

KE Arms vs GWACS: Update (and How You Can Help!) [Forgotten Weapons]

For a full deep dive into the suit, I suggest checking out the video posted by Runkle of the Bailey just recently, with Uncivil Law and Bloke on the Range as legal guest experts:

If you have personal correspondence with GWACS about feature or future plans, please end copies to KE Arms at: truth@kearms.com .

If you would like to help with KE’s legal defense fund, the best way to do so is to buy something from their web site, www.kearms.com . The KP15 is a great lower for all sorts of projects…so why not try one for yourself?

06:00

NEW Zastava “Black Spear” Serbian .50 Caliber Sniper Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV Show Time, James Reeves is at the Lorist Gun Show in Serbia checking out the newest sniper rifle from Zastava, the M12 “Black Spear.” The Black Spear is a .50 BMG sniper rifle that is more or less an updated version of Zastava’s previous M93 “Black Arrow” .50BMG sniper rifle. […]

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05:00

TFB Armorer’s Bench: Ten Odd Tools on My Bench [The Firearm Blog]

Odd ToolsWelcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb below, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article, I decided to have a little fun and walk around my shop and challenge myself to find some odds and ends to talk about. Let us […]

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Saturday, 01 October

19:45

You Rocked The East Henderson Raffle []

The East Henderson Youth Foootball and Cheerleading League expected to raise maybe $3,000 in their raffle for a FN-15 patrol rifle. Thanks to the controversy and your help they raised 10 times that amount!

They announced the winner today on Facebook in a live drawing. They added two gift cards to Cabelas since they did so well with the raffle.

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Congratulations to Kim Jordan on winning the FN-15 and a big thanks to all who helped including Grass Roots North Carolina.

You rock!

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16:30

POTD: It’s AUGtober! Steyr AUG A3 SF in The Sound of Earth [The Firearm Blog]

AUGtober Steyr AUG A3 SFFor gun nuts, it’s now officially AUGtober! Off to Austria then, to take a look at what’s going on in Lake Traun, or Traunsee, a lake in the Salzkammergut (Salzburg area). The lake has a maximum depth of 191 meters, and it’s a popular tourist destination, with medieval castles and other attractions. In our Photo Of […]

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07:00

SILENCER SATURDAY #247: Maxim Silencer Catalog And Instruction Manual [The Firearm Blog]

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of some of the most high-performing, yet affordable suppressors in today’s market. Last week we talked about Game Theory and Form 1 NFA Firearms. This week we take a glimpse into the past before NFA ever existed, […]

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06:27

First Shots: FN’s New High Power [Forgotten Weapons]

Today I’m taking FN’s new High Power out to the range for some first shots. I’m curious to see if it really is more comfortable to shoot than the original High Power, and if it can digest a wide variety of ammunition (something the originals were not great at)…

06:00

What does an LAPD Undercover Cop Carry for EDC? [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves interviews 25-year LAPD ex-undercover vice officer, Jeremy Stafford (who is also an editor of Guns & Ammo Magazine) about what worked for him when he would EDC when he was an undercover vice cop for the Los Angeles Police Department. From guns to knives, to medical gear/IFAKs, Stafford […]

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Friday, 30 September

17:00

TFB Review: Concamo Ghosthood – Confusion Camouflage System [The Firearm Blog]

Review Concamo Ghosthood - Confusion Camoflage SystemThis is a review of the Concamo Ghosthood and some of the components in their Confusion Camouflage System. If you’re following TFB, I’m sure you’ve seen the Concamo images at least a few times. The images look great, and they have wonderful marketing cooperation with excellent companies like Heckler & Koch. However, I was very curious […]

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16:30

POTD: Remington MSR (Modular Sniper Rifle) in Afghanistan (2013) [The Firearm Blog]

Remington MSRTFB’s Photo Of The Day. We go back in time, to Afghanistan in 2013. Above we see Spc. Daniel S. Kennedy, from Tuttle, Oklahoma, with 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, as he provides security as Afghan Border Police (ABP) break ground on a new checkpoint, in the Spin Boldak district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. The ABP moved […]

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16:00

Friday Night Lights: Rayvn Rail – PVS14 + FLIR BREACH Bridge [The Firearm Blog]

Hello reader. If this is your first time here at Friday Night Lights then Welcome! We focus this weekly column on night vision and thermal technologies. This includes night vision goggles, thermal sights and all the various accessories related to them. This week we take a look at a project I have been helping for […]

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12:00

Are You Nuts? Know your Fishing Knots! – The Non-Slip Loop Knot [AllOutdoor.com]

Last week we covered the Surgeon Knot, one of the quickest and easiest loop knots to tie. But there is a downside to that knot, it’s a bit bulky and especially in a more finesse presentation isn’t the best choice for anglers. This is especially true for fly anglers chasing after skittish trout. This is where the Non-Slip Loop Knot comes into the picture. This knot does take more effort to tie but will be a much neater knot once you’re finished with it. The Non-Slip Loop Knot has comparable strength to the Surgeon knot and works great for direct attachment to lures, jigs, and flies.

Step 1

Get your mainline and tie an overhand knot in it, making sure to have a decent length of tag end left for tying the rest of the knot.

Are You Nuts? Know your Fishing Knots! – The Non-Slip Loop Knot

Step 2

Take the tag end of the line and run it through the eye of the hook. Then take the tag end and run it back along the line and through the overhand knot, you already tied.

Are You Nuts? Know your Fishing Knots! – The Non-Slip Loop Knot

Step 3

Take the tag end of the line you have through the overhand knot and then wrap it around the mainline above the overhand knot. You want at least 4 wraps, adjust the wrap count to match the line thickness. The thicker your line the fewer wraps you’ll need and vice versa.

Are You Nuts? Know your Fishing Knots! – The Non-Slip Loop Knot

Step 4

After completing all the wraps around the mainline, take the tag end back through the overhand knot. Make sure your wraps stay tight and neat, you don’t want them overlapping each other.

Are You Nuts? Know your Fishing Knots! – The Non-Slip Loop Knot

Step 5

Start tightening down the knot, pulling on the mainline and tag end. Make sure to wet the knots to avoid damaging the knot, and also make sure to adjust the loop to the size you want. This is the last chance you will have to do adjustments. Once the Non-Slip Loop Knot is exactly how you want it and tight, cut the tag close and your knot is done.

Are You Nuts? Know your Fishing Knots! – The Non-Slip Loop Knot

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11:00

POTD: Less Lethal I Guess – 18-Round Thompson Birdshot Magazines [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a set of Thompson submachinegun magazines. These, however, are not just any Tommy gun stick magazines. They are 18-round Peters Thompson Birdshot magazines. In the mid-1920s the Peters ammunition company had the bright idea to market 45 birdshot ammunition for Thompson machineguns. These bullets used cardboard or paper wrapping around a set of birdshot pellets and were intended for riot control in factories and civil unrest at large. The Thompson birdshot bullets themselves were longer than your run-of-the-mill 45 acp ball ammunition. this meant that the Peters company also had to market 18-round magazines that were wide enough to contain the cartridges correctly.

“Marketed with an eye towards riot control and prison population management, the Peters-Thompson 45 Shot Cartridge loads a cardboard “pill” of 120 pellets of #8 birdshot into a double crimped 45 ACP casing. Though slightly larger than a standard 45 round, the only modification needed to run the Peters-Thompson through Thompson’s SMGs and Carbines was a special elongated magazine, two of which are included in this lot. Very similar in appearance to the standard magazine, the shot magazine is blued steel with the legend “PATENTED-AUG.-24-1920/FOR 18 SHOT CARTRIDGES/AUG.-24-1920-JAN.-11-1921″ stamped on the front.”

Thompson Birdshot

Lot 3557: Scarce Lot of Two 18-Round Peters-Thompson Birdshot Smg Magazine. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved September 29, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/71/3557/scarce-lot-of-two-18round-petersthompson-birdshot-smg-magazine.

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11:00

Henry Repeating Arms – New Original Henry Deluxe Engraved 25th Anniversary Edition [The Firearm Blog]

Henry Repeating Arms - New Original Henry Deluxe Engraved 25th Anniversary EditionHenry Repeating Arms has released a New Original Henry .44-40 WCF 25th Anniversary Edition rifle. The model will be limited to 2,500 units, each with a unique serial number ranging from 25HENRY0001 to 25HENRY2500. Henry Repeating Arms @ TFB: TFB Podcast Roundup 22: Henry Repeating Arms, and Northern Ireland Henry Repeating Arms Expands Capacity with […]

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10:00

Nebraska Man Sentenced for Plot to Kill Federal Fish and Wildlife Officer [AllOutdoor.com]

Acting US Attorney Steven Russell announced that Cody A. Cape, 24, of Blair, Nebraska, was sentenced by US District Judge Brian C. Buescher to a sentence of 117 months of incarceration. This is for threatening to Murder a Federal Law Enforcement Officer and Carrying and Using a Firearm During a Crime of Violence. In the federal system is no parole. After he has served his incarceration period, Cape will have to serve a 3-year term of Supervised Release.

Back in October 2020, Mr. Cape was cited by a USFWS Officer for a fishing violation. He and his friend were subjects of an ongoing poaching investigation by this Officer. As the investigation went on, Mr. Cape’s phone was seized with a search warrant.

Later, on December 25th, 2020, Cape had his friend pick him up and drive him to a specific location. This was the investigating Officer’s personal residence in Blair. Mr. Cape then had his friend drive him to an apartment in Omaha where he picked up a .45 caliber handgun and a rifle. Then Mr. Cape told his friend to drive to the Desoto National Wildlife Refuge to go check the employee housing to see if the Officer was there. Cape’s friend refused at this point, and in response, Mr. Cape placed his handgun in his lap and told his friend to take him to the Wildlife Refuge. His friend then complied in fear.

On their return from the Wildlife Refuge, Mr. Cape discussed ways he planned to kill the Officer, including using explosives such as C4 or TNT. He talked of wiring a car bomb in the Officer’s USFWS vehicle or throwing a bomb through the officer’s window to kill him and his family. His friend later contacted the police and reported what happened.

Mr. Cape was then located by the Blair Police Department on December 25, 2020, and had a .45 caliber handgun in his vehicle. Cape then was interviewed by FBI and USFWS officers and admitted to making threats about killing the Officer. He did claim that he was not serious about these threats, and only had said such things due to stress on him from the Officer’s poaching investigation. When asked if had made threats to the officer.

 Cape stated “probably” and then went on to state, “I don’t know where the f### I’d get that s###.” When asked for clarification, Cape stated “C4.”

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Blair Police Department.

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10:00

Premier Body Armor Everyday Armor T-Shirt 2.0 [The Firearm Blog]

Everyday Armor T-Shirt 2.0Premier Body Armor is introducing the Everyday Armor T-Shirt 2.0, a shirt designed for discreet protection and everyday use. This T-Shirt is made with anti-microbial compression fabric and has front and rear armor pockets to carry the company’s Level IIIA 7.75″x 12.75″ ballistic inserts. The intention is to protect the cardiac box, where your most vital […]

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09:00

Tungsten Rigged Jigs NEW from Northland – Winter Panfish Chasers [AllOutdoor.com]

Now the year is winding down and the temps are starting to fall, it’s time for anglers to start filling up their tackle boxes for the hardwater season. For anglers who are going to chase after panfish under the ice are going to love Northland’s new Tungsten Rigged Jigs. Coming with incredibly dense heads, and a trio of enticing soft plastics. These tungsten rigged jigs are available in two sizes and bluegill, crappie, yellow perch, and other panfish won’t be able to resist the offerings through the ice.

Heavy-for-their-size tungsten jigs are the big hot thing in ice-fishing circles these days, and northland leads the way with these prerigged jigs. Coming in three new versatile shapes and two sizes, the new Rigged Tungsten Bloodworm, Rigged Tungsten Mini Smelt, and Rigged Tungsten Mayfly options. Each of the prerigged jigs features a tungsten mud bug jighead and a super soft, ultra-realistic body. All variations of the prerigged jigs are available in five proven color combinations and come with two rigged jigs and three extra tails in a pack.

Tungsten Rigged Jigs NEW from Northland

Tungsten Rigged Jigs NEW from Northland

Tungsten Rigged Jigs NEW from Northland

The obvious advantage of rigged jigs is that they are always ready-to-go, and Northland has selected colors and shapes that are sure to draw attention beneath the ice. “I love the idea of rigged baits,” says Joel Nelson, a Minnesota panfish expert and Northland pro team member. Not only are they ready to go, but for those who fish a lot of tungsten and plastic, these choices solve tackle box space issues since separate bags of soft plastics don’t always fit where you keep your jig heads. If you know what you like, as so many panfish anglers do, these rigged jigs will save both time and tackle storage space – and you don’t have to rig them with freezing hands in sub-zero weather.”

All three of Northland’s new Rigged Tungsten Jigs are packaged five per card with three pre-rigged jigs and two additional soft-plastic tails. Available in five colors and 1/28- or 1/16-ounce sizes, they retail for $8.59.

Northland Tackle Rigged Tungsten Jig Features:

  • Choose from Bloodworm, Mini-Smelt and Mayfly larvae patterns
  • Rigged with a heavyweight Tungsten Mud Bug jig head
  • Match the hatch with lifelike shapes and tail wag panfish crave
  • Ideal for ice fishing and open water action
  • Each Northland Rigged Tungsten Jig is available in five colors and two sizes

Tungsten Rigged Jigs NEW from Northland

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08:00

NEW Camp Chef Woodwind Pro Pellet Grills – Dialed In Smoking! [AllOutdoor.com]

When it comes to harvesting wild game the pursuit of the hunt is half of the enjoyment of being in the outdoors while eating your harvest is the latter, and nothing cooks wild game better than a good smoker/grill combo. The trick is honing that process of smoking so all of your meats turn out just right. This can either be accomplished through years and trial-and-error (and lots of subpar meats), or you can invest in a quality smoker grill that alleviates a lot of that guesswork. Enter the Camp Chef Woodwind Pro Pellet Grill which looks to do exactly that.

Camping Coverage on AllOutdoor

What are some of the elements that people look for in a quality smoker?… Quality construction with a tight seal so you don’t lose smoke: check. Adjustable or multiple smoke settings to manage the meat you are cooking: check. Bottle opener: check! (Nobody wants to get parched while grilling) Most of the things we all want, this grill has and more. The full specs can be read below as presented by Camp Chef:

  • Smoke Box
  • Advanced Even Heat design
    • Double-walled construction
    • Gasketed lid
    • Down and Out ventilation system
  • Stainless steel body and internal components
  • Wifi enabled PID controller with full color screen
  • Smart Smoke Technology with 10 smoke level settings

  • Camp Chef Connect App compatible
  • 160°F up to 500°F
  • Ash Clean-out (patented)
  • Sidekick compatible
  • Four stainless steel meat probes
  • Expanded chamber height with upper and lower grill grates
  • Premium 22 lb pellet hopper with window and clean out/purge
  • Bottle opener

The new Woodwind Pro comes in both a 24” and 36” model. The 24” model will have 811 square inches of total cooking space and a 4,850 cubic inch chamber while the 36” model will have 1,236 square inches of total cooking space and a 7000 cubic inch chamber. The MSRP for both models varies from $1,199.99 – $1,499.99 depending on the configuration you get for yourself, and they both carry Camp Chef’s 3-Year Warranty. The grilling season might be winding down, but fall can often be the best time of year to smoke meats because, you – the grill attendant – aren’t sweatin’ like heck since we finally have cooler weather. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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08:00

New ZeroTech Optics Vengeance 5-25x56mm FFP Riflescope [The Firearm Blog]

ZeroTech Optics 5-25xZeroTech Optics has added another model to their Vengeance series of riflescopes. The new Vengeance 5-25×56 FFP RMG was designed for PRS and long-range shooters. The main tube is 34 mm, with a 56 mm objective lens, and the turret offers 28 MRADs of internal elevation travel with a zero stop. The company’s own RMF […]

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07:01

NEW Gill Fishing Rain Gear Collection – Fight Mother Nature on the Water! [AllOutdoor.com]

Gill Fishing, maker of premium foul weather gear and technical apparel for anglers has released an all-new foul weather gear collection. These new pieces of apparel blend Gill Fishing’s most advanced breathable waterproof fabrics with their powerful XPEL technology. This makes for waterproof rain gear that is highly breathable but stain resistant to blood, slime, and other things you run into while out on the water.

When it comes to foul weather gear there has always been a dilemma for anglers. If the gear is breathable it also can have water come in, and if its super waterproof moisture can’t wick away and you’ll steam inside your gear. Gill Fishing’s new foul weather gear solves this dilemma.

“Unfortunately, many breathable jackets that claim to be waterproof eventually let water in, while the old-school rain slicks made of impermeable materials, which effectively block water and are easy to clean, can be incredibly uncomfortable because they trap body heat and sweat,” says Dominic McCarthy, commercial director for Gill North America. “We’re proud to put an end to compromising. Like all Gill products, anglers can trust our new jackets and bibs to keep them dry during the nastiest weather while providing the performance benefits of modern breathable fabrics. And now, they can quickly clean them with a spray of water.”

The new collection includes two sets of rain jackets and bibs, both treated with XPEL technology, the Apex Pro-X, and Meridian X. And a third suit, the Aspect, made with breathable waterproof fabric for daily rain protection.

The pinnacle of Gill Fishing’s rain gear collection, the Apex Pro-X Jacket ($425) and Bib ($425) is constructed with Gill’s most breathable, waterproof, and durable fabric, XPLORE+ combined with their exclusive XPEL technology. The Apex Pro-X system is highly versatile, exceling in both wet summer conditions and cold winter days when paired with adequate layers. The hood is built to stay in place when travelling at high speeds using Gill’s exclusive Vortex hood technology, and an inner PU sleeve liner blocks water from entering the sleeves while releasing fish or scooping bait from the live well. Both jacket and bib are available in black.

Inspired by the unique needs of tournament anglers, the Meridian X Jacket ($350) and Bib ($299) is built with Gill’s XPLORE fabric combined with their exclusive XPEL technology for the perfect combination of waterproof protection and performance-aiding breathability. Gill loaded the jacket with fishing-specific features, including Vortex Hood technology that keeps the hood in place at high speeds, a high-cut thermal face guard for superior warmth and rain protection on the move, and four front pockets for quick, organized access to crucial tackle and gear. The jacket is available in shadow, shadow camo, and twilight, while the bib is available in black and shadow camo.

The Aspect Jacket ($250) and Bib ($199) keep anglers dry and comfortable without unnecessary weight or bulk. A great everyday jacket on or off the water, the Aspect is built with Gill’s XPLORE fabric and a layer of lightweight mesh that wicks moisture away from the body. The jacket includes Vortex Hood technology and multiple zippered pockets, while the bib has a convenient front relief fly and side pockets. The jacket is available in shadow, twilight, and glacier, while the bib is available in shadow.

This new foul weather gear collection shows Gill Fishing’s long-term commitment to providing anglers with the best innovative foul weather gear they can.

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07:00

Compensate! New Apex Tactical MRAT Compensator Kit for FNX-45 Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Apex Tactical MRATIf you own an FN  FNX-45 pistol with the factory threaded barrel, and feel you want to reduce the muzzle rise and recoil of the .45 ACP now you have an option with the MRAT (Muzzle Rise Amplitude Tamer) compensator from Apex Tactical Specialities. The MRAT compensator will set you back $175 and includes a captive-spring […]

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06:27

What Would Browning Do: FN’s New High Power [Forgotten Weapons]

It seems like everyone is making a copy of the Browning High Power these days, and FN themselves have jumped into the arena as well. What FN is making isn’t just a clone of the original pistol, though – they have built something largely new, taking inspiration and design cues from the original BHP to create a gun more suited to 2022 than 1935.

While the original High Power (or Hi Power, depending on what era you are looking at) is lovingly romanticized by many – and I totally understand why – it has a number of significant shortcomings by today’s standards. It doesn’t feed hollow points well. The triggers are often bad, in part because of the magazine safety. The sights are tiny. The capacity is underwhelming. And most significantly to me, they tend to have bloody hammer bite, forcing you to take a low grip or just suffer through.

The new FN High Power looks to have fixed all of that. It’s a bigger pistol, but it offers a much more comfortable grip, modern style sights, a very nice single action trigger, and 17 round capacity (it does not interchange magazines with the original BHP). Let’s take a closer look at what FN did, and why…

06:00

New Infitech Ruger PC Carbine ARL Chassis – Go AR15! [The Firearm Blog]

Infitech Ruger PC Carbine ARL ChassisIf you ever wanted your Ruger PC Carbine to have the same ergonomics as the AR-15, and use standard AR parts, Infitech now has a solution. Their new Ruger PC Carbine ARL Chassis can use the following AR15 parts: trigger/fire control group, safety, magazine release, pistol grip and buffer tube/stock. According to Infitech you can use any […]

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Thursday, 29 September

17:00

Inside the B&T Swiss Factory of Dreams [The Firearm Blog]

Inside the B&T Swiss Factory of DreamsLocated in Thun (pronounced “toon”) Switzerland sits B&T’s Swiss Factory of Dreams where firearms and accessories can be scaled to outfit a military while others are built simply “Because They Can”.  I had the rare opportunity to travel to B&T AG’s Swiss headquarters and be given a tour of where some of the most mainstream, […]

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16:30

POTD: M27 Live-Fire at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune [The Firearm Blog]

POTD: M27 Live-Fire at Marine Corps Base Camp LejeuneThe world is hungry for visual storytelling, and TFB’s Photo Of The Day does its best to keep the feed alive. Today we have live-fire on the menu, from the shooting range at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, earlier this year. Above you see Midshipman Maddie Crest, with the Naval Reserve Officers’ Training […]

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16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: The Perfect Size Carry Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Concealed Carry Corner: The Perfect Size Carry GunWelcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we talked about when to trust your carry gun and what to do when it comes to break in. If you’d like to check it out, be sure to click the link here. In the past, I’ve talked about the evolution of carry guns […]

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11:00

Marlin Model 1895 Guide Gun Reintroduced by Ruger [The Firearm Blog]

Marlin Model 1895 Guide GunThe Marlin Model 1895 Guide Gun is back! Reintroduced by Ruger, chambered in .45-70 Govt. it’s been dressed up in a brown laminate stock with crisp checkering. The cold hammer-forged barrel is 19″ long and has a 1:20” twist. The metal has a non-glare, blued, satin finish and the bolt has been nickel-plated for reliability. […]

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10:00

POTD: It Is Kind of Okay – Little All Right Palm Pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the DayHere we have a really strange palm pistol from the mid-1870s. This is the Little All Right palm pistol chambered for 22 Rimfire Short. It is a five-shot double-action revolver. It uses the palm style of hold rather than the more common literal pistol grip. The most noticeable aspect of the Little All Right is its lack of a trigger or hammer. The hammer is captive and concealed by the frame. As far as the trigger goes it is flipped over the muzzle of the gun when at rest or in a pocket and when in use it gets flipped vertically above the barrel and slid backward to work the action and fire the revolver. It is believed that under a thousand of these revolvers were made and the not-so-obvious reason why is it is a revolver and like most revolvers, it has a cylinder gap that expels debris and explosive gases. If you are to hold this in your palm and fire it that may produce some discomfort and even harm the shooter.

“One of the oddest of palm squeezes, the Little All Right was patented by Edward Boardman and Andrew Peavy in 1876. The top of the barrel features a slotted round tube holding a sliding trigger called a “pull”. The revolver is held in the palm of the hand, the end of the barrel resting on the second finger, the forefinger being placed around the “pull” that, when pulled back, fires the revolver. The pull also acts as muzzle cover, since it folds down over the muzzle when the gun is not in action. The low serial number (167) is marked on the underside of the barrel. There are correctly no other makings on the metal surfaces. Fitted with two piece hard rubber grips marked “LITTLE/ALL/RIGHT/PATENTED/JAN’Y 18/1876” on the left and “ALL RIGHT FIREARMS/CO./MANUFACTURERS/LAWRENCE/MASS./U.S.A.” on the right.”

Little All Right

Lot 86: Rare Little All Right Firearms Company Palm Pistol. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved September 28, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/57/86/rare-little-all-right-firearms-company-palm-pistol.

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10:00

New Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro with Shield SMSc Sight [The Firearm Blog]

Hellcat Pro with Shield SMSc OpticPocket Rockets with red dot sights are in fashion, and Springfield Armory now has a new option of their Hellcat Pro that comes combined with the Shield Sights SMSc sight. In case you haven’t seen or tried the SMSc red dot yet, it’s a very compact, yet useable optic in my opinion, especially on compact handguns […]

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09:00

NEW Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro OSP with Shield SMSc Micro Red Dot [AllOutdoor.com]

The Hellcat from Springfield Armory has been one of the most popular choices for concealed carry since its introduction a few years ago. Being the world’s high capacity micro-compact set the stage for all other concealed carry pistols to get up to Springfield’s level and try and compete. With the inception of the Hellcat Pro, users got even more rounds, a better purchase on the grip, and a longer sighting radius. Now, Springfield Armory has upped the ante even further by adding in a factory-mounted Shield SMSc micro red dot for shooters to immediately put to use.

Springfield Armory Coverage on AllOutdoor

This newest iteration of the Hellcat Pro is the same reliable, compact carry gun we have come to know and love, but now it boasts an equally reliable red dot for carry, competition, or any other use you might have for it. Instead of the owner looking to source a red dot, they now have one appropriately mounted to the slide fresh out-of-the-box. The full specifications for the Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro with the Shield SMSc can be read below:

  • Cartridge: 9mm
  • Barrel: 3.7″ Hammer Forged Steel w/ a Melonite® Finish and 1:10” Twist
  • Slide: Billet Machined, Melonite® Finish, Optics Ready
  • Frame: Black Polymer w/ Adaptive Grip Texture
  • Sights: Tritium/Luminescent Front, Tactical Rack U-Notch Rear, Shield SMSc
  • Recoil System: Dual Captive Recoil Spring w/ Full Length Guide Rod
  • Magazines: (2) 15-Round
  • Width: 1″
  • Weight: 21 oz
  • Length: 6.6″
  • Height: 4.8″

I, personally, own and have been shooting the Hellcat Pro since it was introduced and have been authentically impressed with it. I believe it is a great option to have a factory-mounted red dot like this for shooters to instantly use out-of-the-box. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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08:00

NEW Garmin inReach Messenger & Garmin Messenger Companion Apps [AllOutdoor.com]

When we venture into the outdoors we are always looking to explore the unknown and find new uncharted paths. With this vigor for adventure, we might find ourselves in areas that no longer have traditional cell phone reception to contact loved ones or send out a call for help if things should go awry. That is where something like the Garmin inReach Messenger and Garmin Messenger companion apps can be invaluable.

Garmin Coverage on AllOutdoor

What the Garmin inReach Messenger and Garmin Messenger companion apps do is ensure a line of communication to friends, family, and vital life services when we are trying to escape into the outdoors. It doesn’t matter if you have WiFi, a strong cellular network connection, or not. The companion app works to find the best connection possible so you always can communicate – in perilous situations or not. The specifications are outlined below:

  • Seamless satellite communication as a standalone device and when paired to Garmin Messenger companion app for smartphones
  • Companion app automatically chooses between Wi-Fi, cellular or satellite connectivity to ensure every message is sent and received
  • Keep your friends and family up to date on a trip thanks to group text chats – even those without inReach devices. Continue in-app conversations at home using your Wi-Fi or cellular connection without having to change device settings
  • If your smartphone runs out of battery, simply connect inReach Messenger to your smartphone for enough “Safety Charge” to send custom text messages from the Garmin Messenger app
  • In the event of an emergency, the inReach Messenger and Messenger App can send an SOS message to the 24/7 staffed Garmin International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC).
  • The impact-resistant inReach Messenger fits in the palm of your hand, measuring just 3.1” x 2.5”, weighs only 4 oz and has 28 days of battery life

Built for those who want a quick and easy way to reach friends and family when outside cellular coverage, inReach Messenger provides seamless satellite communication either as a standalone device or when paired to the new Garmin Messenger companion app.

Thanks to the communication-focused experience, ease-of-use and versatility, inReach Messenger is the perfect choice for anyone who finds themselves without cell coverage to stay connected with global two-way texting, location sharing, SOS capabilities and much more.

We’re heading into a busy fall season where a lot of hunting and exploring gets done so this might be the perfect opportunity for a lot of hunters to get acquainted with this new technology. It could be as simple as telling a loved one you’re going to be late for dinner because you are dragging a whitetail deer out of the woods, or even something worse like contacting EMS because you fell out of a treestand. Regardless, in good times or bad, this is the type of 21st century technology we like to see! As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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08:00

New Primary Arms SLx 1-10x28mm LPVO Scope [The Firearm Blog]

SLx 1-10x28mm SFP Rifle Scope from Primary Arms OpticsThose looking for a Low Power Variable Optic now have a new option from Primary Arms. The new model is called SLx 1-10x28mm SFP Rifle Scope, and it features a 34mm tube and has an overall length of 10.5″. The new scope has 11 different reticle illumination settings including two night vision and two daylight-bright settings […]

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07:00

D&L Sports 1911 Stand-Off Device [The Firearm Blog]

D&L Sports 1911 Stand-Off Device (444)Stand-off devices for handguns are frame-mounted parts that form a shield in front of the muzzle to prevent the action from going out of battery when the muzzle of the gun is pressed against the target. There are multiple different stand-off devices for the most popular modern handguns, however, if you want to retrofit your […]

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06:27

Ask Ian: Liberators or Cobray Terminators for the Elbonian Resistance? [Forgotten Weapons]

From Jon on Patreon:
“Elbonia has been occupied by an enemy force. Do you sabotage their resistance by airdropping them Liberator pistols or Cobray Terminators?”

To my mind, the Liberator is a substantially more useful resistance weapons, so I would supply Elbonia with lots of crates of Cobray Terminators. Why?

First, the Liberator is concealable. Historically, lots of resistance action requires hiding a small weapons. It’s not all forest encampments and ambushes.

Second, the Liberator is more effective. It uses a .45ACP pistol cartridge. The smooth barrel and atrocious sights certainly limit its utility, but if you actually hit someone with it, it will do the job. Most of the shotgun ammunition available to a resistance organization will be the most common sort of sporting ammunition, which is birdshot. Birdshot is very ineffective again people at anything but absolutely point-blank range.

Third, it is much simpler to fabricate a single-shot shotgun than a compact pistol. The Elbonian Resistance wouldn’t have much trouble making something like a Richardson Guerrilla Gun, so supplying them with Terminators doesn’t actually give them much that they couldn’t get already.

06:00

Apex Ammo’s New Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Habitat Waterfowl Blend [The Firearm Blog]

Apex Ammo's New Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Habitat Waterfowl BlendApex Ammunition is excited to announce new limited-edition shotgun ammunition specially produced in partnership with the Mossy Oak brand to showcase their Shadow Grass Habitat camouflage pattern and also featuring a duplex load combining No. 3 Zinc and No. 8 TSS shot to provide the user with a versatile load that can be used all […]

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Wednesday, 28 September

17:00

TFB Review: EAW Lightweight 3D-Printed Scope Mount [The Firearm Blog]

EAW Lightweight 3D Printed MountThis is a review of EAW’s 3D-printed Lightweight Riflescope Mount. According to EAW, they are the first to use this technology on a mount, and they claim that their aluminum block mount saves around 30-40% in weight against comparable mounts. I was introduced to the new mount at IWA in Germany earlier this year, and […]

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16:30

POTD: Brazilian & Ecuadorian Marines in Itaoca, Brazil [The Firearm Blog]

Brazilian Ecuadorian MarinesPhoto Of The Day and we have probably the first images (on TFB) of Brazilian & Ecuadorian Marines. Above you see a Brazilian Marine providing security during an amphibious landing. This happened during an exercise called UNITAS LXIII in Itaoca, Brazil. UNITAS is Latin for Unity, and it’s the longest-running multinational maritime exercise in the […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: Tune that Trigger! [The Firearm Blog]

Wheelgun Wednesday: Tune that Trigger!One of the biggest negatives of double action (and some single action) revolvers can be a long, heavy or gritty trigger pull.  The good thing is, you don’t have to live with these conditions forever.   Do you have to send your sixgun in for an expensive trigger tuning job?  Not necessarily. Revolver Articles @ […]

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11:00

POTD: It’s a Thompson! – Never Mind, It’s a Ingram M6 [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a submachinegun that looks a lot like the iconic Thompson…but it is not. This is a Police Ordnance Company Ingram M6. Gordon Ingram was a World War Two veteran who, when he got home from the war, thought he would try his hand at making military-style small arms. After a few failed attempts at rifles and light machine guns, he landed on a submachine gun in 1951 and it would be named the Ingram M6. It obviously draws a lot of features and looks from the Thompson submachine gun but it was much cheaper to produce and cheaper in overall fit and finish. They were made in several variants harkening the Thompson’s many variants and making very little sales domestically. Ingram would eventually find some commercial success with Peru ordering 400 copies and asking for a license to manufacture them. Gordon Ingram would go on to produce some very notable firearms such as the Mac 10.

“This is an excellent example of a fairly rare Model 6 Police submachine gun chambered in .45 ACP. This model was designed and patented by Gordon Ingram in 1949 and was produced by the Police Ordnance Company (POC) circa 1951. This model was probably one of the best post-war selling machine guns, as it had a unique design and was brand new in 45 ACP. It was purchased by a few police departments in the early 1950s and most sales were made to South America and the Far East. The POC was a limited partnership established by four WWII combat veterans, with Ingram as the chief/head engineer. The unique design of this model has what’s called/patented a “Progressive Trigger” mechanism. This design allows the firer to pull the trigger half way back for semi-automatic fire and all the way back for full-automatic fire without having to change the selector settings. Ingram left the company in 1952 and in the late 1960s is credited with designing/developing and producing the very successful MAC-10 and MAC-11 SMGs. Although this weapon is similar in outward appearance to the Thompson submachine gun, it is very different internally in that it uses a machine bolt and barrel assembly with all the rest of the components being made from stamped sheet metal parts including the receiver similar to the MP40 and STEN submachine guns. It fired from an open bolt in a simple blow back manner with a fixed firing pin and the noted 2-stage “progressive” trigger. The chamber is marked “INGRAM PATENTS PENDING/POLICE ORDNANCE COMPANY/LOS ANGELES CALIF. U.S.A./M6 MILITARY CAL. .45 A.C.P.” It has standard blade front and simple windage adjustable rear sights. It has a two-piece pistol grip/stock assembly with a horizontal forend. It is complete with one stick magazine and a canvas sling.”

Ingram M6

Lot 3548: Police Ordinance U.S.A. – Ingram M6 – Scarce Police Ordnance Company Fully Automatic Model 6 Class Iii/Nfa Police Submachine Gun. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved September 27, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/71/3548/police-ordinance-usa-ingram-m6.

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11:00

CZ 75 Republika Auctioned For $38,000 [The Firearm Blog]

CZ 75 Republika Auctioned For $38,000At an event organized by the Goltz Fortress Gallery in the Czech Republic, a CZ 75 REPUBLIKA pistol was auctioned for 40,000 EUR, about 38,000 USD. The CZ 75 Republika is a limited edition pistol made in only 100 pieces, based on the CZ 75 B. It was released in 2018, to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of […]

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10:00

Cook your Catch: Brown Butter Skate Wing with Parsnips [AllOutdoor.com]

A lot of people who fish the surf and piers consider skates to be trash fish for many reasons. Usually, they’re targeting other popular fish in the surf like whiting, redfish, or pompano. So now having to deal with a skate is undesirable, they are poor fighters unless very large, difficult to clean, and often thorny and a pain to handle. There’s that old story about some cheap buffet using a cookie cutter to make fake scallops from skate wings, but that’s just fudd lore. Once you actually clean and cook some skate you’ll see that the meat is nothing like scallops.

My first experience with skate was the same as other anglers, me and my buddies were camping and trying to catch some whiting to fry up for dinner. But all we ran into was skates, I think we saw only one whiting get pulled up that whole day. I knew skate wings are often eaten in Europe so I decided to start keeping some skates and taking their wings off. You can skin them like you would a catfish and find a light pink delicate meat, that when breaded and fried is amazing. I barely got to eat any of the skate at camp that night with how fast the guys were eating them. We’re going to do skate wings a bit fancier than fried over a camp stove today.

Brown Butter Skate Wing Ingredients

  • 1 fresh skate wing
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1/2 lemon
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • oil

Pureed Parsnips Ingredients

  • 1lb parsnips
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • salt
  • white pepper

We’ll start with the pureed parsnips because they take longer to finish cooking. Wash then peel the parsnips first. Make sure to tap the stems and tips off the parsnips.

Cook your Catch: Brown Butter Skate Wing with Parsnips

Cook your Catch: Brown Butter Skate Wing with Parsnips

Once they are clean and peeled start cutting up the parsnips into similarly sized pieces and put them all into a saucepan. Then get the four cloves of garlic and mince them up and also add them into the saucepan.

Cook your Catch: Brown Butter Skate Wing with Parsnips

Add the cup of heavy cream, two tablespoons of butter, and a sprinkle of salt and white pepper to the saucepan. Put over medium heat and let simmer with a lid on the saucepan. Cook this until the largest piece can easily be pierced by a paring knife.

Cook your Catch: Brown Butter Skate Wing with Parsnips

Once they are done, use an immersion blender and puree the parsnips until smooth. Season to taste and set aside until the skate is ready.

For the skate wing, make sure to peel the skin off of both sides of the wing. Be careful when skinning though, the wings have thorns and the slime stings and acts as an anticoagulant. You can use catfish skinning pliers or some paper towels to help give you grip to peel the skin off by hand like this. When you harvest a skate you want it to bleed immediately, I like taking the wings off as quickly as possible as well. These fish like sharks are highly perishable and will take on an ammonia odor if not taken care of properly.

Cook your Catch: Brown Butter Skate Wing with Parsnips
Skinning the wings by hand using paper towels for grip

Prep the skate wing by trimming off the edge of the wing, it’s thin and will durn easily in the hot pan.

Cook your Catch: Brown Butter Skate Wing with Parsnips

Depending on the size of your skate wing you can leave it whole or split it into portions as I did. This wing was 1.6 pounds so I split it because there have cartilage instead of bones this is easily done with a sharp knife.

Cook your Catch: Brown Butter Skate Wing with Parsnips

Salt and pepper the portions of skate wings on both sides and leave them out to warm up a bit to room temperature.

Cook your Catch: Brown Butter Skate Wing with Parsnips

In a nice nonstick(which I did not do and paid for) pan heat up a bit of oil over medium heat and then add the skate wings to them. Make sure to place the wings thicker side down, the backside of the wing is thicker than the belly side, and let them cook about 3 to 4 minutes on the first side.

Cook your Catch: Brown Butter Skate Wing with Parsnips

Once you flip the wing pieces, add in the 2 tablespoons of butter and the capers into the pan. Then baste the butter and capers over the wings as it finishes cooking for another 3 minutes. Pull the wings when done and put them aside. Then squeeze the lemon juice into the pan and make a pan sauce with the browned butter and capers.

Plate by putting down some of the pureed parsnips first then place the skate wing on top, then ladle on the capers and brown butter sauce over the skate and serve.

Things to note here, use a nice pan that the wing won’t stick to. The pan I had available was pretty beat up and so the wings stuck causing the final dish to be ugly, still tasty but kinda fugly. Either way stop chucking out these
“trash” fish, you’re missing out on a very nice cut of fish.

Cook your Catch: Brown Butter Skate Wing with Parsnips

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10:00

The New Palmetto State Armory Type 56 Spiker Clone [The Firearm Blog]

SpikerIt’s been a hot minute since Chinese AKs were imported into the US. Back in the mid to late 80s, you could purchase multiple configurations of these rifles including models featuring side folding stocks, underfolders, milled receivers, stamped, and spiker models like this one that PSA has finally released to the public. These of course […]

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09:00

Daiwa’s NEW CH-1 Shallow-Running Crankbait Patterns [AllOutdoor.com]

Morizo Shimizu is the mind behind one of Evergreen’s most bass-appealing super-shallow running crankbait designs. The Evergreen CH-1 has a target running range of less than a one-foot under the surface. The perfect bait to mimic forage running just below or at the surface of the water. It’s a floating crankbait, with a diminutive size at just 2.25″ long. The Evergreen Ch-1 weighs in at 7/16-ounce and dives just below the surface to bring in those aggressive strikes from bass feeding near or at the surface. Perfect for these fall days where the bass have schools of shad balled up shallow.

While these small crankbaits are great and effective they have a problem when fished on baitcasting gear, they struggle in the casting distance department. The Evergreen Ch-1 doesn’t have that issue though, featuring a rattle chamber at the end of the body, there are tungsten and stainless-steel ball bearings inside. These balls will move when the lure is cast allowing for remarkable casting distance, that way you can cover more water as you fish.

Daiwa's NEW CH-1 Shallow-Running Crankbait Patterns

The dive curve is less than one-foot at a normal retrieve, but the angler can adjust the running depth with the angle of the rod and retrieve speed to attract fish that stay just below—and feed—on the water’s surface.

For those already hip to the benefits of the Ever Green CH-1 crankbait, they already know it’s a. real fish-catcher. The secret behind the bait is its quick response upon retrieving and a powerful action whether fished fast or slow. Due to the circuit board design and fixed weight at a low center of gravity, the CH-1 responds quickly upon contact with the water. The action and the rattle attract fish from an extensive area. Even at low speed, the CH-1 takes firm hold of the water with action and during high-speed retrieval it does not break the water so the angler can use it stress free without problems with how the bait is running or fouling.

Daiwa's NEW CH-1 Shallow-Running Crankbait Patterns

The mixture of tungsten and stainless steel in the internal rattle and weight transfer system makes a complex low-pitched sound that draws in big bass all across the globe. The weight changing the center of gravity also gives the lure a unique and powerful high-pitched wobble that is irresistible to fish.

The CH-1’s wide lip and wide action help it avoid snags. Even after running into wood or vegetation, it recovers quickly and keys back into the strike zone.

The CH-1 is currently available in BLUE BACK CHART and FIRECRAW, new patterns to include MATTE TIGER, BLACK BLUE CRAW, MYSTIQUE BONE, CHAMPION SHAD, CHART SHAD, PRE-SPAWN DYNAMITE, ROOTBEER, and GHOST WAKASAGI.

FEATURES

  • Floating crankbait
  • Weight: 7/16 ounce (12.5 grams)
  • Length: 2 ¼ inches (58mm)
  • Diving curve: 0-1 feet
  • Hook size: Front #5; Rear: #6

Available November 2022. MSRP $15.95

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08:00

Shimano Revamps SLX A Line of Fishing Rods – Tournament Performance [AllOutdoor.com]

Shimano’s SLX rods already have a great reputation in the market for tournament-level fishing gear. Now they have revamped their line of SLX A series of rods, to provide tournament-level performance and durability at a price point that can fit into almost any angler’s budget. The new SLX rod series is available in a wide range of blanks with various lengths, powers, and actions. Great for bass anglers of all sorts, from the tournament trail to just having a nice afternoon with the family.

Shimano Revamps SLX A Rod Line

The expanded lineup of  SLX A casting and spinning rods are imbued with Shimano’s proprietary DIAFLASH technology. This makes for a lighter, stronger, and more responsive rod blank for the new SLX A rods. They also offer improved control when targeting trophy fish. The DIAFLASH tech fortifies the rod butt with diagonally wrapped carbon tape in an X pattern on the rod blank’s outermost layer. This reinforcement adds not only to the rod’s aesthetics but also adds rigidity to the lower part of the blank, reducing the ovalization of the rod and meeting the demands of contemporary bass presentations.

 

The SLX A rod is built with tournament- grade components and features along its whole length. The casting models use the K-style titanium oxide guides while the spinning models feature single-foot guides, both models have deep-drawn frames to protect the insert in the guide. Along with reducing frictions and improving line management. The rods have custom-tapered EVA split-grip handles for maximum comfort and transmission of vibrations during lure retrieval. The two swimbait-specific models feature full EVA foam rear grips and enlarged foregrips for the easier two-handed casting of large swimbaits while chasing trophy bass.

Shimano Revamps SLX A Rod Line

The redesigned SLX A series presents bass anglers with 7 specialized spinning and 16 casting rods – including four glass casting models and two exclusive swimbait rods – to make choosing the right rod for any given situation quick and easy. When fishing shallow and tight to cover, reach for the 7’ SLXC70MHA with Medium Heavy power and Fast action. Rated for lures up to ¾ oz, this sleek casting rod excels at presenting light crankbaits, allowing anglers to stay farther away from prime casting targets without sacrificing accuracy. The 7’5” Heavy power, Fast action casting rod (SLXC75HA) is the ideal choice for punching Texas-rigged plastics and tungsten weights through dense cover. Exceptional versatility is a hallmark of the 7’2” Medium Heavy power, Extra Fast action casting rod (SLXCX72MHA), allowing anglers to accurately present a variety of baits at both short and long ranges. This versatile casting rod is also available in a two-piece design (SLXCX72MHA2) for anglers on the go. Two dedicated swimbait rods in the SLX A lineup – the 7’3”, Medium Heavy power SLXC73MHSBA for 1 to 4- ounce lures and the 7’8”, Heavy power SLXC78HSBA for 2 to 8-ounce lures – provide bass anglers with exceptional new ways to present the largest baits and land trophy-caliber fish.

Find the perfect balance of power, sensitivity and price with the next generation of SLX rods, available now at authorized Shimano dealers with an MSRP of $99.99 to $109.99.

SLX A Features

  • DIAFLASH Technology
  • 24-ton Carbon Blank Construction
  • Titanium Oxide Guides
  • One- and two-piece designs
  • Custom Reel Seat

Shimano Revamps SLX A Rod Line

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08:00

The New Smith & Wesson M&P Marker M2.0 from T4E [The Firearm Blog]

The New Smith & Wesson M&P Marker M2.0 from T4EWhen it comes to training, nothing quite beats using the real thing, however, when safety is a top priority during force-on-force conflicts, something like the new M&P Marker M2.0 from T4E (Training For Engagement) can really be a helpful tool to the operator doing the exercise. The M&P Marker M2.0 makes use of a .43 […]

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07:00

Atlantic Firearms Egyptian Maadi AKM Build Kits [The Firearm Blog]

Egyptian MaadiThe Egyptian Maadi, specifically the Steyr imported ARM, has always been one of the better examples of imported AKM pattern rifles. These rifles are built on Russian-made tooling by Russian-trained technicians and workers. Back in the ’80s and ’90s, it was as close as you could get to an actual Russian-made AKM. Unfortunately, only a […]

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06:27

VHS-1: Croatia Copies the FAMAS (But Not Really) [Forgotten Weapons]

The VHS-1 was heavily influenced by the French FAMAS, albeit with a short stroke gas piston operating system. Early development began in the late 1990s with the prototype designs we looked in over the past few weeks, and the VHS-1 itself really emerged between 2003 and 2005. It was formally announced in 2005, and after formal testing by the Croatian military it was adopted, and the first military deliveries arrived in 2007.

In addition, the VHS-1 was exported to Kurdistan and the Iraqi Army. Two versions were made, the D1 with a long barrel and the K1 with a short barrel, and the upper assembly could be had with either iron sights (much like the FAMAS iron sights) or an integrated optic similar to the G36 and Steyr AUG. In total about 20,000 were manufactured, including a run of 40 made as civilian semiautomatic-only rifles for the Hungarian sporting market.

Lessons learned in the fielding of the VHS-1 would be used to further refine the design and lead to the VHS-2, aka Springfield Hellion.

06:00

New Faxon Firearms OVERWATCH 8.6 BLK Bolt Action Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Introducing the new OVERWATCH 8.6 BLK Bolt Action Rifle from FaxonTaking advantage of the relatively new and unique 8.6 BLK cartridge is Faxon Firearm’s new OVERWATCH bolt-action rifle. While Faxon Firearms normally specialize in making some of the best barrels in the business, they also have a passion to create their own style of firearms and the new OVERWATCH rifle is here to help fulfill […]

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Tuesday, 27 September

17:00

TFB Review: Aimpoint Duty RDS with 3X-C Magnifier (+Thermal) [The Firearm Blog]

Review Aimpoint Duty RDS 3X-C MagnifierThis is a review of the Aimpoint Duty RDS with 3X-C Magnifier – 39mm FlipMount & TwistMount base. As a bonus, we added Pulsar’s new PSP-V Adapter to add some thermal capability to the system. Due to the supply and demand situation in the World, it was quite difficult to get our hands on some of these components, […]

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16:30

POTD: The M500 12 Gauge Shotgun in Afghanistan [The Firearm Blog]

M500 12 Gauge ShotgunPhoto Of The Day: It’s been over a year, so we hear very few things from Afghanistan. These images were taken in 2014, in the Helmand province, and we see U.S. Marines 3/7 in a shooting competition with various firearms. Above you see U.S. Marine Corps Capt. James Covey, commanding officer, Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Purple Flexing or Just Perplexing? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 161st edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has […]

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12:00

AllOutdoor Review: Savage Arms 110 Apex Predator XP .22-250 Rem [AllOutdoor.com]

When it comes to varmint and predator hunting there are a bevy of features that hunters will seek out in their rifles – and often times – varmint hunters have very discerning tastes. Shooting for some people might be a recreation, an enjoyable past-time, or even a way to hunt and bond with others. For varmint hunters though, it can often be viewed through the lens of it being a job. Protecting livestock from predation by coyotes, eliminating prairie dogs from grassland meant to feed cattle, and to also ensure that livestock do not hurt joints and bones by tripping in disruptive holes. So, when you look at purchasing a varmint rifle it is a tool to accomplish an important task. With Savage Arms revamping their Model 110 rifle line in recent years, we saw it as the perfect opportunity to put a 110 Apex Predator XP chambered in .22-250 Rem to the test! Join us as we review one here today. Let’s dive in!

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Specifications – Savage Arms 110 Apex Predator XP .22-250 Rem

A modern varmint rifle affords you many attributes to customize and fit the rifle to the shooter. With the Savage Arms 110 Apex Predator XP, you get that and a bit more. It is a good suppressor host with a shorter and threaded barrel. The heavier barrel with fluting improves accuracy and alleviates heat on high-round count days in the summer sun. You have studs on the stock for bipods and/or slings plus you get Savage Arms’ AccuTrigger™ and an adjustable Length-of-Pull (LOP). The rest of the nitty-gritty specs can be read below as presented by Savage Arms:

  • Barrel: 20″ Carbon Steel, Matte Black, Threaded
  • Cartridge: 22-250 REM
  • Magazine Capacity: 4 Round, Detachable Box Magazine
  • Length of Pull: 13.75″
  • Overall Length: 40.5″
  • Rate of Twist: 1 in 12″
  • Receiver: Carbon Steel, Matte Black
  • Stock: Mossy Oak®, Synthetic Camouflage
  • Weight: 8.4 Lb

The Savage Arms 110 Apex Predator XP is offered in 6 cartridges all at an MSRP of $829: .204 Ruger, .223 Rem, .22-250 Rem, .243 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, and .308 Win. In the rare event that an issue should arise with your rifle, you are covered by Savage Arms’ Limited Warranty for the 1st year of ownership. Some other highlights and features encompassing the 110 Apex Predator XP are listed below as presented by Savage Arms:

  • Redesigned Model 110 Rifle
  • Carbon Steel Heavy Barrel Threaded with Thread Protector
  • Mossy Oak® Camo Synthetic Stock
  • Vortex Crossfire II 4-12x44mm Scope, Mounted and Bore-Sighted
    • Dead-Hold BDC Reticle’s Hashmark Design reduces Guesswork on Holdover and Windage
    • Vortex Hunter Medium Rings
    • One-Piece EGW 0 MOA Rail

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  • User-Adjustable AccuTrigger
  • Adjustable Length-of-Pull
  • Modern Ergonomics
  • Detachable Box Magazine

Carnivores are crushed. Our Apex Predator XP pairs a Model 110 rifle with a 4-12x44mm Vortex® Crossfire II scope that comes mounted, bore-sighted and ready to hunt. The platform provides accuracy and adjustability like no other package predator rifle thanks to the Savage® AccuTrigger™, thread-in headspacing, floating bolt head and precision buttonrifled heavy barrel. Plus, the length-of-pull of its synthetic Mossy Oak® camo stock can be easily adjusted to fit any hunter for better comfort and consistency. The Crossfire II’s DeadHold BDC reticle makes it easy to place accurate shots at extended range, and the optic is securely mounted to a one-piece EGW 0 MOA rail.

Optics – Savage Arms 110 Apex Predator XP .22-250 Rem

The Savage Arms 110 Apex Predator XP .22-250 Rem comes pre-outfitted with an optic from the factory in a Vortex Crossfire II 4-12x44mm BDC. This is a nice optic for shooting mid-range distances of 50 – 300 yards, but we knew that the area we would be hunting prairie dogs could allow for some even further shots. So, we opted to upgrade our riflescope to the Burris Veracity 4-20x50mm Ballistic Plex E1 FFP Varmint which we also reviewed on AllOutdoor HERE.

This allowed us for more magnification for the longer distance shots we anticipated we could take, a more expanded-out reticle with more stadia lines for windage and elevation, and the glass clarity on the Burris Veracity is a tier above the Vortex Crossfire II (which the $1,000 MSRP would suggest for the Burris Veracity). With the factory-equipped EGW full-length rail we could position our new optic exactly where we needed it to be with no issues in regards to eye relief; it was perfectly suited for the shooter.

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Field Use – Savage Arms 110 Apex Predator XP .22-250 Rem

Once it came to actual time in the field there were several elements of the 110 Apex Predator everyone in our hunting party appreciated. First and foremost was the threaded barrel which allowed us to add a Silencer Central Banish 223 silencer. By having a silencer on the rifle there not only was less noise for the shooter and less recoil impulse when peering through the scope, but it also masked the location of our shots to the prairie dogs. We could get more shots on a given prairie dog town before they all dropped down into their holes in hiding.

With multiple shooters in our prairie dog hunting group with varying statures, it was nice to be able to tune all of the 110 Apex Predator rifles to everybody’s needs. We accomplished this by adjusting the Length-of-Pull (LOP) on the synthetic stock as well as tuning the AccuTrigger™ to everyone’s personal preferences. This gave a comfortable, custom fit for everyone to accurately and effectively shoot.

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The other element that was evident while shooting the Savage Arms 110 Apex Predator is the accuracy we could achieve. We were fighting Mother Nature constantly with searing heat pushing 100 degrees, and crosswinds on the order of 30 – 40 MPH. All of this made it very difficult to make hits on prairie dogs at distance, but we still connected on a lot of them. This is likely a culmination of good ammunition from Remington; a quality barrel, trigger, and action from the Savage rifle; and a good optic in the Burris Veracity. My furthest successfully downed prairie dog was over 500 yards away. A personal record for myself!

A final small, but nice attribute about the Model 110 was the detachable box magazine. Whether you are doing a lot of stationary shooting like we were or you are on the move, it is a nice convenience to have a box magazine instead of a hinged floor plate where all your ammo flops out onto the ground.

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Final Thoughts – Savage Arms 110 Apex Predator XP .22-250 Rem

So, what are my final thoughts on the Savage Arms 110 Apex Predator XP chambered in .22-250 Rem?… For our prairie dog hunting trip out to South Dakota, this rifle performed like a champ. We never experienced any Failure-to-Feed (FTF), Failure-to-Extract (FTE), or any failures of any kind. With swirling clay, dirt, oppressive heat, and a high round count the conditions were perfect to expose any imperfections and the rifle exhibited none. If you are looking for a modern, varmint rifle that you can outfit to yourself with all the accessories you can think of, then the Savage Arms 110 Apex Predator XP could be perfect for you.

In closing, I want to say thank you to Savage Arms for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their Savage Arms 110 Apex Predator XP .22-250 Rem. That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that the Savage Arms 110 Apex Predator XP .22-250 Rem is something worth spending your money on for varmint hunting? Would you use it on prairie dogs, coyotes, or medium-sized game like antelope? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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11:44

NILO Farms 70th Anniversary []

NILO Farms was founded 70 years ago by John M. Olin when he bought 600 acres of mixed pasture and woodland in Brighton, Illinois. Mr. Olin, who owned among other things, Winchester Ammunition, wanted a place to hunt and train his field trial retrievers. He owned the famous field trial retriever King Buck who was the 1952 and 1953 National Field Champion.

Historically, NILO Farms was a place for Mr. Olin to take his wealthy friends and clients for a day afield. Nowadays, it has been opened to the public by reservation for hunting, trap and sporting clays shooting, training, and other events. It is still owned by Winchester which is a subsidiary of Olin Corporation.

I do wonder if my father-in-law Clarence ever had a chance to hunt or shoot here. My in-laws resided in O’Fallon, Illinois and Clarence was very active in DU and Quail Unlimited while he was alive. As for me, I’d be happy just to watch the dogs work in the field though I would not turn down a chance to hunt there.

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11:00

POTD: Marlin Model 55 Goose Gun with an Integral Silencer [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a classic and common bolt action shotgun from Marlin, but something is off. It has an integral suppressor! This is a Marlin Model 55 Goose Gun with an integral silencer. The Marlin Model 55 Goose gun was produced from 1962 to 1996. It was a bolt action shotgun with a 2 shot magazine. They were chambered in 12 gauge and had a three-inch chamber. The real noticeable kicker to these goose guns is that they have a 36-inch barrel with a fixed full choke! Someone went through the trouble of swapping out the stock and fitting a suppressor integrally to the barrel.

“Outfitted with a cylinder choke, 3 inch chamber and a 13 3/4 inch length of pull, this shotgun has been modified via the permanent installation of an Earl’s Gun Shop SSG1 silencer (see item B). The barrel has been extensively ported throughout the length, and the forearm shortened to accommodate the body. A vented recoil pad is installed. Permanently installed on the barrel, with an overall length of 18 1/4 inches (barrel included) and tube measurements of 15 1/4 inches long and 2 inches wide, with a spanner-style front cap and an unknown number or arrangement of baffles. The Earl’s nomenclature is present on the right side near the muzzle.”

Goose Gun

Lot 3543: Marlin Goose Gun with an Integral Silencer. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved September 26, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/71/3543/marlin-goose-gun-with-an-integral-silencer.

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11:00

Slow Mo Guys Use Pinfire To Shoot 9mm And .22LR [The Firearm Blog]

I saw this video on YouTube and thought it was worth sharing. As some of you may know, I like slow motion especially when it pertains to firearms. Well, the Slow Mo Guys have access to some of the best slow-motion cameras and have occasional videos using firearms in slow motion. This time they used […]

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10:00

Bigger than a Can: NEW Maryland State Record Albacore [AllOutdoor.com]

There is a new Maryland State Record for Albacore Tuna, Thomas “Tad” Bodmer of Poolesville has been recognized by the Maryland Department of Resources as the new record holder in the Atlantic Division for Albacore, also known as long-fin tuna, (Thunnus alalunga). This was for his recent 77-pound Albacore catch. Bodmer is a recent convert to saltwater fishing, went out on the charter boat “Top Dog” on September 20th. Tad was fishing with Captain Ryan Knapp and First Mate Josh, and the trio was having a slow day on the water. While they were preparing to head back to shore, things did a 180 quick. Three of their trolling rods went down out at the same time, the trio scrambled to pick up the rods and start fighting the fish.

“It was chaos,” Bodmer said. “I would get my fish close and then it would run back out. It took 25 minutes to get it.”

Bodmer’s record albacore hit a naked ballyhoo on the troll. The crew knew just from the fight that they had a big albacore but did not expect it to be a record-breaking catch until the fish was officially weighed.

“All these people came out of the woodwork with cameras,” Bodner said. “I was like a deer in headlights.”

The albacore was officially weighed and certified by Sunset Marina in Ocean City. A Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologist was there to confirm the catch. The previous record Albacore was set in 2004 by Victor W. Gardner.

The department maintains state records for sport fish in four divisions – Atlantic, Chesapeake, Nontidal, and Invasive – and awards plaques to anglers who achieve record catches. Fish caught from privately-owned, fee-fishing waters are ineligible for consideration.

Anglers who think they have a potential record catch should download and fill out the state record application and call 443-569-1381 or 410-260-8325. The department recommends the fish be immersed in ice water to preserve its weight until it can be checked, confirmed, and certified.

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10:00

High Speed Gear’s New Adaptable Mini Missions Pouch [The Firearm Blog]

High Speed Gear's New Adaptable Mini Missions PouchHigh Speed Gear’s mission is to provide its customers with the gear they need in a form that is not only durable and reliable but also fits their setup just the way they need it. High Speed Gear is proud to announce their latest offering, the new Mini Missions Pouch which is a smaller and […]

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09:00

HANDUP Partners with Realtree Camo – EDGE Meets Mountain Biking [AllOutdoor.com]

HANDUP is a favorite among mountain bikers. Famous for their comfortable gloves with modern flair and other popular apparel. Now available in Realtree EDGE Camo patterns to bridge the gap between hunting and mountain biking. HANDUP gloves are the mainstay of the company. Incorporating incredible grip, comfort, UV protection, and durable enough to help protect your hands in the woods while riding, its difficult to not see a pair while spending a day on the trails.

HANDUP Gloves Realtree Edge AllOutdoor AO

Realtree’s EDGE Camo pattern has become one of the most popular camo patterns being found on not only hunting clothes, but everyday consumer products. EDGE is a personal favorite of mine, working very well in the Southeast United States terrain during Fall and Winter. HANDUP Gloves are available in XX Small to XX Large sizes with an MSRP of $29.

HANDUP Gloves Realtree Edge AllOutdoor AO

Camouflage has always been woven into HANDUP’s DNA since the beginning. Every year we’ve released gloves with a camouflage design. We love the fact that it can both blend in to its environment and stand out in a crowd… kind of like HANDUP. That is why we decided to look towards the experts at Realtree™, who have developed some of the best camouflage patterns around, and officially use their Realtree EDGE™ camouflage pattern across this whole collection.

We’re excited to bring you authentic Gloves, Hats, Button Ups, and Jerseys in this Realtree™ x HANDUP official collection!

Please Note: due to the nature of this camouflage pattern, each product is one-of-a-kind and may differ from that in this product picture.

  • 50+ UPF Sun Protection
  • Made in collaboration with Realtree EDGE™
  • Our all new FULLTOUCH technology is seamless touchscreen capabilities woven throughout entire palm, so no more trying to touch your phone “just right” to get that trailside picture
  • 4-way stretch, lightweight mesh on the back of the hand
  • Stretch cuff to easily pull gloves on and off without fumbling for a Velcro strap
  • Durable, single layer FULLTOUCH leather palm for maximum bike feel and no extra material bunching up
  • Laser cut ventilation holes on palm for breathability
  • Silicone printed graphics on the palms for extra grip so you’ll never drop that frosty beverage or muddy handlebars
  • HUGE towel sweat cloth on the thumb for wiping away your dirt-stache or foamy upper lip

Head over to HANDUP Glove’s website to checkout their entire lineup of Realtree Edge products. If you are interested in their gloves, be sure to check out their sizing guide.

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08:10

JAMA Viewpoint On “Assault Weapons” []

I was sent an embargoed article that appears in the September 27th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The article is by Philip Cook of Duke University and John Donohoe of Stanford University. It is entitled “Regulating Assault Weapons and Large-Capacity Magazines for Ammunition.” I have embedded the full two-page article below.

Both Cook and Donohoe have a history of research that supports gun control. Their op-ed proposes the regulation of certain semi-automatic firearms with features that they deem objectionable as well as a ban on large capacity magazines (sic). Their premise is that enacting such laws will decrease mass murders and the lethality of them.

They note that while the House of Representatives has passed such a ban that it probably would not pass the Senate. Thus, they are calling upon states to take the initiative to enact new assault weapons bans along with magazine bans.

They rely upon three major sources to back up their claims that such bans would be effective. First, they refer to a RAND Corporation study examining previous studies on the effectiveness of the Clinton AWB. While acknowledging that RAND found these studies “inconclusive”, Cook and Donohoe say “logic” would say the bans had a positive impact. Second, the authors then look at Australia which banned possession of all semi-automatic weapons and forced a “buyback” (sic). They say there has been only one mass shooting in Australia post-ban. What this ignores when applied to the United States is that Australia has over ten times the land area of Texas while having about four million less residents. Finally, they look at a study of “32 experts” conducted in 2016 and published in the New York Times in 2017. The “experts” deemed a new AWB as the most effective policy to prevent future mass murders. Looking over the list of “experts”, only four names stand out as not being anti-gun: David Kopel, John Lott, Gary Kleck, and Eugene Volokh. The rest were the usual suspects including Daniel Webster and David Hemenway.

While this article is being published after the Bruen decision, it seems to ignore the realities of it. For example, concurrent with the Bruen decision, the Supreme Court vacated the 9th Circuit’s ruling in Duncan v. Bonta and remanded it back for rehearing consistent with the new standards. Just this week, the 9th Circuit remanded the case back to Judge Roger Benitez and the District Court for “proceedings consistent with” the Bruen decision. This case was a challenge to California’s magazine ban. Similarly, the Supreme Court vacated and remanded a Maryland case on an assault weapons ban back to the 4th Circuit.

Based upon text, history, and tradition, I would find it very (!) hard to find any justification that would support the proposed bans of Cook and Donohoe in a way that would be consistent with the Bruen decision. Whether the intended audience of physicians or even the physician editors comprehend this is unknown. That said, you have to believe that a retired professor of public policy and a professor of law understand the implications of Bruen and choose to ignore it.

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08:00

NEW Ugly Stik Carbon – Species Specific Fishing Rods [AllOutdoor.com]

Ugly Stik has released a new series of fishing rods in their Carbon Family of fishing rods. The NEW Ugly Stick Cabron Species Specific rods are still 50% stronger and now 30% lighter. The rods still feature the legendary Ugly Stik toughness, matched with Ugly Tech construction to make a line of rods that are lighter and more sensitive than any other they’ve released before. The three new rods are designed specifically for Catfish, Crappie, and Salmon/Steelhead. The new Carbon Species rods are packed with increased sensitivity, crisp action, and models to perfectly suit each individual species’ application for a variety of sizes and styles. Available with 28 new models of Carbon Species Specific fishing rods to add to the Ugly Stik Carbon family, Ugly Stik is now even more versatile than ever for anglers regardless of the species they target.

Ugly Stik Carbon Series – KEY FEATURES

  • Still 50% stronger*, now 30% lighter**
  • Ugly Stik solid graphite tip provides increased sensitivity
  • Ugly Tech construction – 100% 24-ton graphite
  • One-piece, stainless steel Ugly Tuff guides provide maximized durability and eliminate guide damage
  • 7-year warranty
Ugly Stik Carbon Species Specific Rods
Ugly Stik Carbon Series Crappie [Photo Courtesy of Ugly Stik]

Crappie

  • Full high-density EVA rear grip for added durability
  • Golf style fore grip for added comfort and control
  • Ten different rod models ranging from 5’4” to 11’
  • MSRP: $59.95 – $74.95
  • Available: September 2022
Ugly Stik Carbon Species Specific Rods
Ugly Stik Carbon Series Catfish [Photo Courtesy of Ugly Stik]

Catfish

  • Full EVA shrink tube rear grip for added durability
  • Oversized golf-style fore grip for added comfort and control
  • Eight different rod models ranging from 7’6” to 9’6”
  • MSRP: $89.95 – $99.95
  • Available: September 2022
Ugly Stik Carbon Species Specific Rods
Ugly Stik Carbon Series Salmon/Steelhead [Photo Courtesy of Ugly Stik]

Salmon/Steelhead

  • Oversized carbon fiber fore grip
  • Golf style full rear grip for added durability and control
  • Ten different rod models ranging from 7’6” to 10’6”
  • MSRP: $99.95 – $119.95
  • Available: October 2022

To learn more about Ugly Stik, click here.

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08:00

Midwest Industries Glock Pistol Caliber Carbine Block [The Firearm Blog]

Midwest Industries Glock Pistol Caliber Carbine Block 3If you frequently maintain or build a Glock magazine-fed firearm, then you should find this new tool from Midwest Industries quite interesting. The new Midwest Industries Glock Pistol Caliber Carbine Block is a vice block with magazine-shaped extensions for securing a Glock magazine-fed firearm in a vice thus making working on such guns much more […]

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07:00

TFBTV – 6 Reasons Why the IWI Tavor is Better than the AR-15 [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, confirmed AR-15 bro James Reeves reviews the IWI Tavor X95 and gives you 6 ways the IWI Tavor is actually better than the standard AR-15/M16/M4 series of rifles. This is going to be a zesty one so make sure to check it out. Per IWI:

The Tavor® X95™ is the next generation bullpup from IWI US, Inc. Upgrades and enhancements from the original TAVOR® SAR include a new fire control pack with a 5-6 lb. trigger pull, repositioning of the ambidextrous mag release to an AR-15 location, a forearm with Picatinny rails at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions with removable rail covers, relocation of the charging handle closer to your center mass, a modular Tavor style pistol grip that can be swapped out to a standard pistol grip with traditional trigger guard and a smaller, lower profile bolt release button.

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07:00

Safariland Unveils the New Schema IWB Holster Collection [The Firearm Blog]

Safariland Unveils the new Schema IWB Holster CollectionSafariland is well known for its high-quality duty-rated holsters often used by law enforcement and military personnel. In an effort to expand its horizons to new customers and types of firearms holstering options, Safariland is announcing the introduction of its newest project – the Safariland Schema IWB holster. The Schema will be an Inside the […]

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06:27

Ask Ian: What Rifles Were the M2-M13? [Forgotten Weapons]

From Dennis on Patreon:
“What rifles were between the M1 Garand and the M14? I went through Basic with an M14 and I know the M15 was supposed to be a BAR replacement. Google doesn’t really find anything on the M2 – M13 rifles.”

The Army had rifle for much more than just standard infantry use. They also adopted rifles for marksmanship practice, sub caliber firing of artillery, pilot survival (as the Army Air Force), and spotting. Here are the M2 through M13:

M2 – Springfield .22LR training rifle (updated from the M1922) (https://youtu.be/kOc23X5IeEM)
M3 – Not used
M4 – Harrington & Richardson pilot survival rifle; bolt action .22 Hornet
M5 – Subcaliber .22LR adapter for 37mm guns
M6 – Ithaca pilot survival combination gun; .22 Hornet over .410 shotgun (https://youtu.be/LnHW3-aDP30)
M7 – Subcaliber .30-06 adapter for the 75mm recoilless rifle
M8 – Spotting rifle for the 106mm recoilless rifle (https://youtu.be/GHvmeyA-8rQ)
M9 – Subcaliber .30-06 adapter for the 106mm recoilless rifle
M10 – Not used
M11 – Not used
M12 – Harrington & Richardson .22LR training rifle
M13 – Remington .22LR training rifle

06:00

Reminder: You’re Invited to the 2022 NRA-ILA Firearms Law & Second Amendment Symposium Next Weekend! [NRA-ILA News]

NRA-ILA will host its annual 2022 NRA-ILA Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium on Saturday, October 8th, at the Doubletree Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree.  The event, including breakfast and lunch, is FREE. Space is limited, and RSVP is required at link below.

6 Reasons Why the IWI Tavor is Better than the AR-15 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, confirmed AR-15 bro James Reeves reviews the IWI Tavor X95 and gives you 6 ways the IWI Tavor is actually better than the standard AR-15/M16/M4 series of rifles. This is going to be a zesty one so make sure to check it out. Per IWI: The Tavor® X95™ is the […]

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Monday, 26 September

17:07

AllOutdoor Review: The NEW Honda Pioneer 1000-6 Deluxe Crew SXS [AllOutdoor.com]

The Side by Sides (SXS) is quite unique and still a relatively new concept in the Powersports business. While the first true Side by Side can trace its origins back to the 1970s, the trend really didn’t take off until more recently in the 21st century. Before side-by-side vehicles were common most farm/ranch crews, hunting parties, and maintenance departments were content with just using standard vehicles like jeeps, or small cars to get their work done throughout the day. The introduction of side-by-sides allowed users to get to places previously inaccessible to large off-road vehicles and work trucks but still allowed them to carry enough gear to get their chosen task done. In an effort to shore up the list of offerings in this particular class of vehicles, Honda recently announced the introduction of the new Pioneer 1000-6 Deluxe crew featuring many of the same great features from the original Pioneer 1000, but adding more crew space, and a load of subtle new features to compliment the original Pioneer’s already impressive technical specifications. Honda Power sports recently invited me out to a media event in Montana to test out the new Pioneer 1000-6 Delux crew and today I’ll give you an overview of my experiences with the SXS and the trip overall.

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AO Review: The New Honda Pioneer 1000-6 Deluxe Crew SXS

AO Review: The New Honda Pioneer 1000-6 Deluxe Crew SXS

So what’s new with the Pioneer 1000-6 Deluxe Crew? The first and most notable difference between this version and the original released in 2016 is its “best in class” second-row seating that has been added. I and a fellow writer from OutdoorHub.com both had ample opportunity to try out the new seating arrangements as well as test out the entire suite of stock and aftermarket features that are available on the Deluxe Crew. For the driving portion of the event, we were treated to a guided course around Bull Run Ranch in Cascade Montana. The course we drove around is not only packed with small trails having us drive up over 3,500-ft in elevation, but also motoring around the home of hundreds of Wagyu cattle.

AO Review: The New Honda Pioneer 1000-6 Deluxe Crew SXS

Before we started our journey we were given a chance to take a closer look at the Pioneer 1000-6 Deluxe Crew and its features. The Deluxe Crew comes standard with a lot of neat features including a 12V bed-mounted power supply, Honda’s renowned Dual Clutch Transmission (DTC), updated valve timing & throttle-body plate settings, an increased diameter cooling fan, and an increase of towing capacity up to 2,500lbs. However, one of the greatest features in my opinion is its new Tow/Haul mode which allows the user to instantly tell the onboard computer to keep the Pioneer in lower gears to provide better climbing, acceleration, and power during tough hill climbs or with heavy loads.

AO Review: The New Honda Pioneer 1000-6 Deluxe Crew SXS

Honda also is offering a whole load of aftermarket accessories including Bluetooth enabled stereo system, dome lights, hard roofs (all of the models we tested came equipped with the roof), heaters, waterproof wind panels, steel front bumpers, and even a powered subwoofer for those who like to play just as hard as they work. Before any accessories have been added, Honda is listing the Pioneer 1000-6 Deluxe Crew for an MSRP of $21,899 without any accessories. My fellow writer from OutdoorHub and I selected the base model as our ride and after a quick safety briefing by the Honda employees, we hit the trails on the mountains of the Bull Run Ranch.

AO Review: The New Honda Pioneer 1000-6 Deluxe Crew SXS

Driving Experience

The Pioneer 1000 has a ton of power at its disposal no matter how you want to use it. On the initial drive up into the mountains, we rode along a winding path with plenty of turns and decently packed dirt that wove its way through the hills where the cows grazed. On this portion of the ride, I was pleased to get a good feel for its return to center-assisted power steering which was a huge bonus over a standard steering system. The steering features allowed our party to remain on course at higher speeds without needing to fight side by side for steering control. Meanwhile, the raw power and smartly programmed shift points kept the acceleration through the hills smooth and even automatically applied engine braking for steep hills meaning the brakes are saved from constant use.

AO Review: The New Honda Pioneer 1000-6 Deluxe Crew SXS

The new Tow/Haul mode made for some really good hill climbing and allowed us to keep up with the convoy of Pioneers that was tearing through the mountainside even if we lagged behind a little bit. The Pioneer is supposed to have a top speed of about 60mph but the fastest we ever made it up to on our trip was about 35mph and the great auto-adjusting suspension made every second of the trip a smooth ride, even though some of the bumpier parts of the journey. In manual transmission mode, using the shifter paddles was a pleasant experience and the Dual Clutch Transmission really puts its work in when shifting gears or coming in and out of forward/reverse.

AO Review: The New Honda Pioneer 1000-6 Deluxe Crew SXS

AO Review: The New Honda Pioneer 1000-6 Deluxe Crew SXS

While we didn’t bring a ton of gear with us, the bed is still a standard size for most SXS vehicles and features an integrated dump bed with cleverly hidden levers that are behind the last row of seating. With 6 people in the vehicle, there was still plenty of shoulder room in the back but the front might be considered a little cramped if you’re packing 3 large guys in there. I think optimally this is a 5-crew vehicle and only a 6-crew in a pinch if everyone is friendly with one another.

AO Review: The New Honda Pioneer 1000-6 Deluxe Crew SXS

Final Thoughts

The end of our journey terminated at the Missouri river where we were treated to a world-renowned drift boat fly fishing experience. I caught several fish as did the rest of our party and it really capped off the entire experience by showing that the Pioneer 1000-6 Deluxe Crew can really do it all. Side-by-side vehicles are incredibly indispensable for those who are farmers, ranchers, or work with a small crew on large plots of land and need to frequently travel to locations on their property that regular vehicles would be inappropriate for. The utility of this vehicle means that Honda has heard the cry of nearly 25% of their entire Powersports market and is giving them a vehicle that they can work, hunt, and play in without needing to purchase several different vehicles.

AO Review: The New Honda Pioneer 1000-6 Deluxe Crew SXS

Another final note has to do with the immense storage capacity that the Pioneer 1000-6 now has. Both the front and rear seats feature a generous amount of storage space under the seats and Honda even has dedicated storage bags for those locations for people who like to keep their gear handy and neat in their working or hunting vehicle. I want to extend a personal thanks once again to the folks from Honda Powersports for inviting us out to the event and for treating us to an experience that allowed us to really test out what their new SXS is really capable of!

AO Review: The New Honda Pioneer 1000-6 Deluxe Crew SXS

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17:00

TFB Podcast Roundup 60: Weaponized Math and Aftermarket Parts [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Podcast Roundup 60: Weaponized Math and Aftermarket PartsWelcome to TFB Podcast Roundup 60. Math was always one of those subjects in school that I never really enjoyed or looked forward to. To be 100% honest, it was always a struggle for me throughout most of the school and something I almost never really appreciated until I started flying and shooting. While math […]

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16:30

POTD: M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System in Jordan [The Firearm Blog]

M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System JordanToday’s Photo Of The Day is a photo from the U.S. Central Command that shows U.S. Marines with 5th Platoon, Charlie Company, Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team, Central Command (or FASTCENT). As you can see, there are two spotters and snipers with the M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System, in action during a live-fire range operation. According to the caption, FASTCENT […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: Charter Arms Explorer II AR7 Pistol Review [The Firearm Blog]

Charter Arms Explorer IIHello and welcome back to another Edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and its many guns, ammunition choices, and shooting sports. Last week we took a look at some Obscure .22 Rimfire Tear Gas Cartridge Guns. This week I am at the helm and filling in for your usual […]

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15:00

POTD: Two Barrels for The Bad Guys – Ithaca Auto & Burglar [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have one of the many things that the NFA ended in the 1930s. This is the Ithaca Auto & Burglar shotgun. This specific one is a Model B. The Ithaca Auto & Burglar shotguns were marketed as an all-purpose self-defense tool whether it is used by police, carriers, prison guards, or in the home against intruders. They typically had short barrels, around 10 to 12 inches, and were made in an assortment of cartridges. When the laws regarding short-barreled rifles and short-barreled shotguns rolled around the Ithaca Auto & Burglar succumbed to the AOW (Any Other Weapon )designation.

“Produced between 1925 and 1934. Single brass bead sight, solid rib between the “SMOKELESS POWDER STEEL” and “MADE IN U.S.A.” marked barrels, and both sides of the frame decorated with a pointer in a field over the “AUTO & BURGLAR GUN/ITHACA GUN CO. ITHACA, N.Y.” markings. Checkered forearm and pistol grip stock, with the latter showing a very sharp angle and pronounced web knuckle for recoil management. Included with the lot is a box of Western Xpert shotshells (2 1/2 inch, 0 chilled shot) and an original brown leather holster.”

Ithaca Auto

Lot 3540: Ithaca Auto & Burglar Class Iii/Nfa Aow w/Holster – Ithaca Auto & Burglar Model B Double Barrel Smoothbore Pistol, Class Iii/Nfa Transferrable “Any Other Weapon”, with Original Holster. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved September 25, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/71/3540/ithaca-auto-burglar-class-iiinfa-aow-wholster.

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14:18

Speed Restriction Proposal to Threaten Marine Industries [AllOutdoor.com]

A new rushed proposal has been put forward by the National Marine Fisheries Service, an agency within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This proposal if implemented would put in place a 10-knot speed restriction for any boat 35 feet and larger. This speed limit would be put in place from Massachusetts to Florida, and could possibly devastate marine industries on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. As of now the current speed limit applies only to vessels 65 feet or larger, so the new rule would greatly affect recreational boating and fishing. As well as smaller commercial fishing operations along with a lot of the US charter fleet.

“The proposed rule, as written, would be the most consequential maritime regulation that we have ever seen imposed on the recreational boating and fishing sector,” says John DePersenaire, Director of Government Affairs and Sustainability for Viking Yachts. “It will affect not only boat owners but marinas, tackle shops, charter boat operators – basically all maritime-related businesses on the Atlantic Coast.”

Adds Viking President and CEO Pat Healey: “This would be a devastating regulatory mandate. Right whale vessel strikes have just not been an issue for our industry. This is a classic example of government overreach.”

The facts about right whale strikes don’t support these proposed sweeping changes by NOAA. In 24 years there have been 24 known right whale vessel strikes across 10 states. Of those strikes, only eight were attributed to boats in the 35 to 65 feet size range. If you want to let your opinion on this new amendment proposal to the North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule known, go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal. You can click here to comment on the proposal, they are taking comments until September 30th.

Speed Restriction Proposal Threaten Marine Industries
Map of Current and Proposed Speed Restriction Zones

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12:28

More Pushback on Credit Card Surveillance of Firearm Buyers [NRA-ILA News]

As we’ve previously reported, on September 9, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) approved a Merchant Category Code (MCC) for firearm retailers. MCCs enable payment processors and banks to categorize, monitor, and collect data on various types of transactions. Before the ISO decision, firearm retailers fell under the MCC for sporting goods stores or miscellaneous retail.

12:18

Update: Further Dispatches from New York’s War on Guns [NRA-ILA News]

Speaking about her new gun control legislation, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul claimed that “we took swift and thoughtful action to keep New Yorkers safe…. we will continue leading the way forward and implementing common sense gun safety legislation,” adding “our smart, sensible gun laws will go into effect as planned … on September 1.”

12:08

Illinois Sets the Stage for Possible Unprecedented Crime Wave [NRA-ILA News]

As part of a criminal justice “reform” effort, the state of Illinois is preparing to unleash the first statewide no-cash bail law, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2023, and the ramifications could be disastrous.

12:00

Court Rules Second Amendment Prohibits Federal Pre-Conviction Firearms Ban [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, a federal judge in the Western District of Texas ruled that a law which prohibits the acquisition of firearms by someone who is under felony indictment violates the Second Amendment. The decision to invalidate a major provision of the Gun Control Act of 1968 underscores the gravity of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in New York Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, which prescribed a standard of review that lower courts must apply when resolving Second Amendment cases. The case from the Western District of Texas is United States v. Quiroz.

11:00

New Shadow Grass Habitat Mossy Oak Ammo from Apex Ammunition [AllOutdoor.com]

Combining a blend of No. 8 TSS and No. 3 zinc-plated steel for a versatile and hard-hitting load and featuring the quality components you’ve come to know and love from Apex, the new Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Habitat ammunition from Apex ammo is here just in time for the fall hunting season. Apex Ammo is proud to introduce this limited-edition hunting shotgun ammunition which should be suitable for just about any type of waterfowl hunting you’ve got planned for this year.

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New Shadow Grass Habitat Mossy Oak Ammo from Apex Ammunition

New Shadow Grass Habitat Mossy Oak Ammo from Apex Ammunition

The new Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Habitat Waterfowl Blend shotgun ammunition will be available in quantities of 25-rounds per box for a price of $51.99 per box or $489.99 per case of 10-boxes. The Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Habitat Waterfowl Blend is available for purchase through the APEX Store, Mack’s Prairie Wings, and Rogers Sporting Goods. for more information you can visit any of the links above to get more information on this new ammunition offering from Apex.

New Shadow Grass Habitat Mossy Oak Ammo from Apex Ammunition

Columbus, Miss. (September 22, 2022) – APEX Ammunition, makers of premium, ultra-high-density Tungsten Super Shot (TSS) shotshells, is pleased to introduce its new limited-edition, Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Habitat Waterfowl Blend.

Available in 3-inch, 12-gauge shells, this handcrafted “duplex load” combines No. 8 TSS with No. 3 S3 zinc-plated steel for a versatile, hard-hitting load whether you are shooting over decoys on opening day or trying to bring down warier, late-season waterfowl.

The zinc coating on the premium grade APEX steel shot ensures uniform pellets for optimum patterning in a steel load and, when combined with 18.1 g/cc TSS, helps deliver a harder hitting payload with improved terminal performance to reduce crippling.

“We are excited to partner with our friends at Mossy Oak on this new offering,” said Jason Lonsberry, CEO, APEX Ammunition. “This load comes in a box featuring the Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Habitat camo pattern and offers hunters a new combination of shot sizes with deep penetration and lethal energy transfer.”

“Mossy Oak is excited to partner with APEX, one of the most reputable ammo manufacturers, to offer waterfowl hunters the Shadow Grass Habitat Waterfowl Blend that brings the best of both worlds for waterfowl ammo into one shell,” said Chris Paradise, Chief Sales Officer of Mossy Oak.

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11:00

Cabot Leviathan OAK Collection Custom 1911 Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Cabot Leviathan (1)Cabot Leviathan is the latest masterpiece added to the Cabot Guns OAK (One of a Kind) Collection of deluxe 1911 pistols. Like many other previously released OAK Collection pistols, the Cabot Leviathan is also made with the unique Damascus steel created by metal artist and blacksmith Robert Eggerling. Cabot Guns @ TFB: POTD: Cabot Moonshot 1911 […]

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10:00

UltraPress Titanium Water Filter & Purifier Bottle from GRAYL [AllOutdoor.com]

The folks over at GRAYL have just announced their latest offering to the outdoor hunting, camping, and adventuring community. Their new UltraPress is a titanium-constructed combined water filter and water purifier bottle that can be used with standard camp cooking implements like open flame fires or even gas-powered burners. This gives outdoor adventurers access to a sturdy, lightweight, and flexible container to eat, or drink from no matter where they are or what they’re up to.

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UltraPress Titanium Water Filter & Purifier Bottle from GRAYL

UltraPress Titanium Water Filter & Purifier Bottle from GRAYL

Durable and long lasting, the titanium design is equipped with retractable handles for boiling water on a pocket stove or campfire, making it super convenient to brew up morning coffee or make a quick meal. The outer has a strategically placed micro D-ring for safely collecting hard-to-reach water with paracord, or for hanging above an open flame. The UltraPress Titanium also comes pre-installed with a one-way silicone cartridge valve, making it possible to add electrolytes and other water enhancers without compromising the filter integrity (it can also be used as a beer mug; a perfect travel accessory!).

Like all GRAYL water filter purifier bottles, the UltraPress Titanium removes all global waterborne pathogens (virus, bacteria, protozoa) and filters many heavy metals and chemicals, including PFAs. The patented OnePress design makes purifying water in seconds ridiculously easy—just fill, press, and drink.

UltraPress Titanium Water Filter & Purifier Bottle from GRAYL

In addition to the new UltraPress Water filter and pump, GRAYL will also be releasing their new GRAYL X PATHFINDER collection which will feature even more great camping and hunting gear including a titanium pocket stove, and all the accessories needed to use your GRAYL UltraPress to its fullest potential without weighing down the rest of your kit. The GRAYL UltraPress will be available for order by November 1st of this year and will cost $199.95. For more information or to keep track of future releases from GRAYL, you can visit http://grayl.com/.

UltraPress Titanium Water Filter & Purifier Bottle from GRAYL

  • Technology: Electroadsorption, ultra-powdered activated carbon
  • Removes: Protozoa, bacteria, and viruses
  • Filters: Particulates, chemicals, PFAS, VOCs, pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals; substantially improves taste and odor
  • Flow rate: 3L/minute
  • Capacity: 16.9 fl. oz. (0.5L)
  • Weight: 14.1 oz. (400 g)
  • Height: 9.5 in. (24.13 cm)
  • Diameter: 2.75 in. (7 cm)
  • Cartridge lifespan: 300 presses (150L/40 gal.)

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10:00

Tokarev USA – New APEX Field Hunting Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

Tokarev USA APEX Field Hunting ShotgunTokarev USA has just announced that they are entering the hunting and sporting market. The first model will be their APEX Field Shotgun which is a semi-automatic shotgun with a 3.5” chamber. The model will be available with checkered Turkish walnut furniture and matte black chrome finish. Priced from $379.99 it’s available with either a 26” or […]

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09:00

Gamakatsu USA’s NEW 9″ Fishing Pliers – More Comfortable, Versatile [AllOutdoor.com]

Gamakatsu USA has introduced a new set of 9-inch pliers to their fishing equipment lineup. These pliers are similar to the original popular Gamakatsu USA 6-inch and 7-inch pliers, but along with being just a bit longer also have a 45-degree angle in the grip. This makes using these longer pliers more comfortable for pulling hooks or crimping sleeves. Say goodbye to awkward angles and hello to more organic and ergonomic use from a reliable tool.

Like all the other pliers that Gamakatsu USA offers, these new 9-inch pliers are made from corrosion-resistant stainless steel, with a PTFE coating for added corrosion and rust protection. This protective plastic coating is sprayed onto the steel and then baked to cure it onto the metal and create a nonstick, waterproof, non-corrosive, and non-reactive surface. The handles on the pliers also feature non-slip grips that will be easy to hold onto even if wet, slimy, or bloody.

The Gamakatsu pliers have precise crimping jaws to fit various sizes of sleeves. When big-game fishing, anglers will appreciate the crimps for hard-to-work-with heavy mono. Anglers will also enjoy the precision split ring feature on the needle nose tool. This feature will cut down the time anglers spend changing or replacing split rings. These pliers also feature a multi-tasking jaw that utilizes an outside cutter to cut braid, mono, or fluorocarbon.

The Gamakatsu pliers come with a lanyard, and a black nylon sheath, that way the pliers are right where you need them and hopefully not on a short trip to the lake or ocean bottom.

Gamakatsu 9 Pliers – Features

  • Precise crimping jaws
  • Split Ring feature
  • Outside cutter cuts Braid, Mono, Fluorocarbon
  • Includes lanyard & sheath
  • 45° angle provides a comfortable position for a variety of tasks
  • Stainless Steel construction to withstand the elements
  • Non Slip grip for wet conditions
  • Length: 9″

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08:00

Meet Faxon’s New OVERWATCH 8.6 BLK Bolt Action Rifle [AllOutdoor.com]

8.6 BLK has been an incredibly hot addition to the list of viable hunting cartridges across a broad spectrum of barrel lengths, operating systems, and hunting styles. Faxon Firearms is adding to the list of available firearms chambered for the cartridge with the addition of their new Faxon OVERWATCH 8.6 Bolt Action rifle and pistol that will be available in the coming months.

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Meet Faxon's New OVERWATCH 8.6 BLK Bolt Action Rifle

Meet Faxon’s New OVERWATCH 8.6 BLK Bolt Action Rifle

It’s quite interesting to see a company release a firearm that is chambered in a non-SAMMI spec cartridge offering but personally, I’m all for it. The First Edition rifle is being offered only in a 16″ model that will come standard with a 1:3 twist rate, M18x1.5mm threaded barrel, and a load of other high-end components like a Timney Elite Hunter trigger. The new 8.6 BLK First Edition Bolt Action rifle will cost $3,399.00 from the Faxon Firearms website, for more information you can visit https://faxonfirearms.com/. This rifle would work perfectly for anyone who likes to hand load cartridges and is looking for an ultra-quiet, high-end hunting or scout rifle.

Meet Faxon's New OVERWATCH 8.6 BLK Bolt Action Rifle

Specifications:

  • Faxon 16″ 1:3 Twist 8.6 BLK Barrel w/ Thread Protector, Taper Adapter, and Remage-Style Nut
  • Muzzle threaded M18x1.5mm for use with any AI standard muzzle device or suppressor mount
  • MDT LSS XL Gen 2 Chassis
  • Faxon TAC 30 Action & Bolt by Stiller
    • ​​​​​​​AICS Mag Compatible
  • Timney Elite Hunter 510-V2 Trigger
  • B5 Precision Collapsible Stock
  • B5 Pistol Grip

Weights & Dimensions:

  • Weight: 7.61 lbs
  • Length: 35.375″
  • Depth: 8″
  • Width: 1.5″

Not content with merely making barrels for the new 8.6 Blackout, Faxon Firearms has recently released the Overwatch rifle series, looking to combine top-quality bolt-action rifle building with the 8.6 Blackout caliber. Today we’re breaking down the two versions of the Overwatch Tactical.

The Overwatch is available in a more traditional style with the Overwatch Hunter, as well as two flavors of chassis builds in the Overwatch Tactical, in a 16″ barreled rifle and a 12″ barreled/braced pistol.

Meet Faxon's New OVERWATCH 8.6 BLK Bolt Action Rifle

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08:00

Safariland’s New Liberator Advantage Enhanced Warranty Program [The Firearm Blog]

Safariland's New Liberator Advantage Enhanced Warranty ProgramSafariland is extending and enhancing the coverage program for their Liberator and Redline series of electronic hearing protection headsets with the Liberator Advantage Enhanced Warranty Program. This program is designed to minimize the cost and expense that organizations like law enforcement and fire departments must incur when their equipment inevitably gets worn out and damaged […]

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07:00

TFBTV – 21st Century Battle Rifle: The Springfield Saint Victor 308 [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop tries to get a read on the Springfield Saint Victor 308 Winchester. Springfield Armory’s big bore AR is one of the lightest factory AR-10/LR-308 pattern rifles on the market, but some sacrifices had to be made to get it below 8 lbs. A strange combination of features makes it hard to tell what the Springfield Saint Victor 308 is best suited for. Hunting rifle? DMR? Or is it a throwback to the battle rifles of the Cold War period?

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07:00

Bitshaky Defense BOM Adjustable Offset Red Dot Sight Mount [The Firearm Blog]

Bitshaky Defense BOM Adjustable Offset Mount with RDS Guard (7)Bitshaky Defense is a new company whose first product is an adjustable offset red dot sight mount called BOM. This mount allows adjusting both the angle of the red dot sight in relation to the primary scope and its distance from the bore axis. Additionally, the Bitshaky Defense BOM mount can be equipped with a […]

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06:27

Yugoslav M70A: The AK With a Real Magazine Holdopen [Forgotten Weapons]

Yugoslavia began development of a Kalashnikov pattern rifle in 1959. The Yugoslav rifle would be distinct from the standard Soviet model, as evidenced by features like the gas cutoff for grenade launching and the early use of a true bolt hold open feature.

The first version was the M64, but this saw very limited production. The first large scale model produced was the M70 (fixed stock) and M70A (under folder), and that is what we are looking at today. Note that these rifles are frequently misidentified as the M64 pattern.

These rifles include a bolt holdopen attached by a screw in the left side of the receiver. They use a magazine that is identical to the standard AK magazine, but with a notch cut in the left side for actuating the hold open. This device was removed form later versions of the rifle and retroactively removed form many M70 and M70A rifles because its presence prevented the use of standard AK magazines – and that was seen as more important than the hold open feature. In its place, Yugoslavia adopted a new magazine follower with a flat rear surface that would hold the bolt open, but only until the magazine was removed. This at least altered the user that the magazine was empty, which is worthwhile.

Rifles retaining the hold open device are very rare today in the former Yugoslavia, and essentially nonexistent in the US. Thanks to this rifle’s owner for sharing it with me, along with the very cool Slovenian deployment case!

06:00

TFB Weekly Web Deals 25: Aftermarket AR-15 Triggers [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Weekly Web Deals 25: Aftermarket AR-15 TriggersWelcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 25! When it comes to the subject of AR-15, few components are as hotly debated as the triggers. The standard mil-spec AR-15 trigger isn’t necessarily bad but it does have room for improvement. The choice of whether or not to go with an aftermarket trigger is largely going to […]

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Sunday, 25 September

16:30

POTD: Eager Lion Squad Attack Tactics [The Firearm Blog]

Exercise Eager LionOver time, TFB’s Photo Of The Day has become an impressive gallery, with an ever-growing number of images of firearms in all sorts of environments. We’re now looking at images from Titin in Jordan, where U.S. Marines assigned to Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Central Command (FASTCENT) conduct a live-fire squad attack. The images are from […]

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08:59

A Successful Hunt []

What makes a successful hunt? Is it when you get a bag limit of birds? Or is it when you finally get that buck you have been watching for a year on a trail cam? It could be watching your son or daughter get their first deer.

There are many ways to define what makes a hunt successful. They will all be different for each individual and they are all valid.

“The Honeyhole”

I went hunting for the first time this season on Friday afternoon. Bow season in North Carolina opened on September 10th and this was my first chance to get out. I was invited by my daughter’s neighbor Zack to hunt some private land where he had set up a number of blinds as well as food plots. He graciously set me up in “the Honeyhole” where I had taken a 5-pointer last year. No shot would be longer than 50 yards and that post you can see in the middle is right at 25 yards.

While Zack got a doe where he was hunting, not one deer appeared where I was hunting. I had covered myself with Nose Jammer and set out discs with Ever Calm calming scent on them. Nonetheless, they just didn’t move.

Was my hunt unsuccessful? In the sense that I didn’t bag a deer, yes. However, in the greater scheme of things it was a successful hunt. I got to sit out in nature and enjoy the quiet. While I did hear road noise from nearby roads, I also heard the birds sing while they scratched around the ground looking for food. I didn’t have to answer phone calls or worry about answering emails. I could just relax.

I repeated this on Saturday morning on land inherited by the Complementary Spouse. I had built a blind last year using wood pallets, scrap wood, mis-mixed paint, and remnants of camo cloth. It is kind of rough and the particle board flooring is a little wonky. I set it back in the edge of the woods by a right of way. In the past, I had captured many photos of deer on trail cams as they used it as a path.

A couple of weeks ago I set out some deer minerals in the same location where I had made a mineral lick the year before. I got in the blind about a half hour before dawn and got set up. You can see my view of that area in the picture below. Just beyond that tree in the middle of the picture is a shallow, slow-moving, creek.

If you guessed that I was skunked again, you would be correct. Nonetheless, I considered this a successful hunt. I saw a Great Blue Heron fly up from the creek, I heard multiple woodpeckers go to work on the trees behind me, I heard the other birds singing around me, and I enjoyed the cool, quiet morning while I sat quietly hoping a deer would cross my path.

Would I have liked to have taken a deer either day? You bet. I am starting to run low on venison in the freezer and would like to have filled it with a nice fat doe. That said, I ended both days with what I considered a successful hunt. Hunting is like life. It is all in what you make of it.

As a postscript, Zack’s 10-year old son took a very nice 8-point buck last night on the private land where I hunted on Friday afternoon and evening. Father and son had a successful hunt.

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06:27

Desert Brutality 2022: Registration Is Open! [Forgotten Weapons]

Sign up for the original Brutality match here:

https://practiscore.com/inrangetv-s-desert-brutality-2022/register

November 11th – 13th, Hurricane Utah. Trooper day on the 11th, standard match is the 12th and 13th. Seven stages of Brutality!

05:00

TFB Armorer’s Bench: Henry Large Loop Installation [The Firearm Blog]

Henry Large Loop InstallationWelcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb below, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article, I decided to show the installation process of a large loop on a Henry 22 that made it to my bench. Now, full disclosure, this is […]

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Saturday, 24 September

16:30

POTD: US and Côte d’Ivoire Special Operations Forces [The Firearm Blog]

POTD: US and Côte d'Ivoire Special Operations ForcesLet’s go to Jacqueville in Cote d’Ivoire, or The Ivory Coast (Africa), for our Photo Of The Day. We see U.S. and Côte d’Ivoire special operations forces conduct a Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET). JCETs like these are intended to enhance U.S. relationships with partner nations by developing and maintaining critical military-to-military connections and improving joint […]

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13:16

SILENCER SATURDAY #246: Game Theory and Form 1 NFA Firearms [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #246: Game Theory and Form 1 NFA FirearmsGood afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of some of the most high-performing, yet affordable suppressors in today’s market. Last week we got a first look at the PWS BDE 7.62 modular and 3D printed rifle suppressor. We pause our reviews this week to […]

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06:27

Armatix iP1 Smart Gun at the BackUp Gun Match [Forgotten Weapons]

Yesterday we looked at the history and the functioning of the Armatix iP1 “smart gun”, and today I’m taking it out to a BackUp Gun Match. How will it perform? Will it cycle reliably? Will I time out before I can actually get it authorized to fire? Let’s find out!

06:00

21st Century Battle Rifle: The Springfield Saint Victor .308 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop tries to get a read on the Springfield Armory Saint Victor in .308 Winchester. Springfield’s big bore AR is one of the lightest factory AR-10/LR-308 pattern rifles on the market, but some sacrifices had to be made to get it below 8 lbs. A strange combination of features makes […]

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Friday, 23 September

19:00

AllOutdoor Review – Vanquest Katara 16 (Multi-Cam Black) [AllOutdoor.com]

Since 2011 the people over at Vanquest have been putting together what they say are “The TOUGHEST bags & packs for EVERYDAY CARRY, and help you stay ORGANIZED & PREPARED.” The brand is quick to mention that their products are used by everyone from outdoor enthusiasts to the FBI and USSOCOM. Vanquest is made up of former outdoor gear designers, photographers, and former founding members of Maxpedition.

They have also partnered with Cordura® fabric, and premium hardware suppliers YKK®, ITW®, and Duraflex® to help them bring to market “Tough-Built Gear”. They are a company that develops all their  products in the US, and partner with major US name-brand suppliers (such as Crye Precision for MultiCam-Black Cordura®). With that being said all of their gear is assembled in Taiwan and Vietnam to give their customers a good cost to quality ratio.

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Vanquest Katara 16 – Technical Specs 

  • Total Pack Capacity: 16 Liters
  • Net Weight: 2.65 Lb
  • Overall Exterior Size (Fully Extended with Handles): 18″ (H) x 10.5″ (W) x 7″ (D)
  • Main Compartment (Interior): 17″ (H) x 9″ (W) x 4″ (D)
  • Top Front Pocket (Interior): 7″ (H) x 8.5″ (W) x 1.75″ (D)
  • Bottom Front Pocket (Interior): 9.75″ (H) x 8.5″ (W) x 1″ (D)
  • Hidden CCW Compartment (Interior): 9″ (H) x 8″ (W)
  • Padded Laptop/Tablet sleeve (Interior): 16″ (H) x 8.5″ (W) x 0.6″ (D)
  • Color Options: Coyote Tan, Wolf Grey, Black, Multi-Cam Black

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Vanquest Katara 16 – How The Bag Was Tested 

Over the course of 18 months, this KATARA-16 was used to:

  • Tote around my EDC items to and from work
  • Carry on for multiple flights
  • Makeshift camera bag
  • Several short day hikes
  • Lunchbox
  • Light to medium use overall

vanquest katara
Vanquest Katara 16 – Quality and Comfort 

I think the overall perception of most of Vanquests products is that they are good but not great. I know on the site here we love to review the small back custom bags and there is nothing wrong with that. While everything in Vanquest’s catalog is definitely mass-produced, that doesn’t mean their products are not quality. Personally, I was pretty impressed upon first impressions with the Katara 16 when I first picked it up.

The use of 500D really makes the pack softer and lighter. Note that high-wearing areas are still made with 1000D. Its built to stand up to hard use where it need to sit but also has had some of the fat trimmed by using lighter materials where appropriate.

vanquest katara

For the best balance of weight and strength, Vanquest used ultra-durable 1000-D Cordura® nylon at high-wear areas (bottom, sides), and 500-D Cordura® for the rest of the bag. Our Cordura® is treated with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) for all-weather performance.

While most of the pack is constructed of 500D there are also Low profile Hypalon MOLLE-Air side panels plus Cordura MOLLE-Air front panel for modular expansion helping give it a much more urban look while keeping the whole thing light.

One big thing that bag has going for it is that it can be converted into a sling bag by removing one of the shoulder straps. The back panel lets you remove and switch shoulder straps to setup your KATARA as a right- or left-shoulder VSlinger sling pack for quick access. Shoulder straps are secured with hook-and-loop fasteners, durable Duraflex buckles and G-hooks.

vanquest katara

I think this is a really clever feature for people who may want to run this as a sling on the weekdays and then turn it into a backpack for adventures on the weekends. Im glad to see this feature on a 16 L bag and not on a 32L. Anyone who has used a sigh knows that you need to keep it light to keep it comfortable. I hate it when I see larger bags with sling features on them because I can just think back to how much my old Hazard 4 Photo Recon used to dig into my shoulder when I led it all the way up with camera gear. With all that being said I personally did not use the Katara in its sling configuration aside from converting it to see how the process worked.

The shoulder straps are very comfortable and well designed with an integrated and removable strum strap. There are also adjustable and removable shoulder straps with sternum straps that doubles as your stabilizer strap.

All of the hardware on this bag is very functional and built to last. The pack has Mil-grade ITW® and UTX-Duraflex® hardware made from high tensile strength Acetal polymer. The zippers are Durable RC-Class YKK® with lockable zippers, reversed for protection. To top it all off we have conquests’ signature Spartan Zipper pulls. Personally, I think that the spartan supper pulls are some of the best out there if quick access is your goal but they can snag on twigs and brush sometimes so keep that in mind.

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Vanquest Katara 16 – Organization 

This is the section of the review where I am probably going to sound like a Vanquest fanboy because I think they knocked it out of the park with the organizational options on this pack. The outer top pocket has a zippered compartment, elastic webbing organization, a slip pocket, and a hook-and-loop field for ID patches. The elastic webbings in this compartment are perfect for holding an extra lighter, multitool, ID cards and chapstick. This is easily my most accessed pocket on the entire bag. Then there are two Hypalon MOLLE-Air side panels that lets you attach our HYDRA Water Bottle Holder or single channel MOLLE accessories.

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Inside of the KATARA, there’s a padded sleeve for a tablet / small laptop that can be accessed from the left or right side of the pack.I put my 13” Macbook in this sleeve with no issues.  This sleeve also doubles as a hydration bladder pocket. The front of the sleeve is lined with orange loop fabric for your hook-and-loop accessories. This brings me to one of the most polarizing parts of this pack, the interior color. The majority of the interior of the KATARA is bright blaze orange. While I understand the color choice brings high visibility to inter of the pack making it easy to find your items, I think it’s just a bit too bright. You could argue that the color could also become useful as a way to signal in a survival situation and while I think that this color has its merits, I’m personally not a fan. If I want to be low vis, all I have to do is open this bag up and everyone’s eyes in the room are on the contents of my bag.

vanquest katara

I would like to see Vanquest offer the interior in a few different color options like a very light grey or a blue color. This way you can still see the interior of the pack but also not alert everyone in the room when you go to grab a bag of trail mix.

Opposite to the padded sleeve, you’ll find a zippered pocket on top, and a “3-Mode” convertible pocket on the bottom. The “3-Mode” convertible pocket can be opened from its left or right zipper and has a flap top closure. The “3-Mode” pocket can also be rolled-down and stored, revealing a large loop field for more hook-and-loop accessory attachments. I found this pocket to be very versatile and come in handy for keeping unconventional items like camera lenses and hard drives secure no matter how awkwardly shaped they were. There are two side internal pockets with elastic retention for medical gear, knives, or flashlights. I found this pocket fit a tourniquet perfectly and with enough retention to keep it in place but not be difficult to access when I needed it.

vanquest katara

Usually, when I get a new bag I throw a small organizer pouch in the main compartment to hold all of the small items I carry on a daily basis. With the KATARA 16 there was a divider or a pocket for everything I wanted to bring with my as an EDC bag. I think that this is the best part of the bag as organization is something a lot of the smaller packs have a hard time with. I would also like to bring up how much stuff you can put in this deceptively small pack. As the years go by and I refine my EDC gear to be smaller and lighter, I can really appreciate a bag of this size. The KATARA lets me take all the things I need and nothing more.

vanquest katara

Last but not least there is a CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon) compartment housed in between the main compartment and the front organization pocket. The hidden access path to this pocket is kept shut with velcro. You’re not going to be able to put a large handgun in the pocket so stick to the sub-compact pistols.

Likes 

  • Material Selection, the perfect combination of strength and weight was hit in my opinion.
  • Organization, by far the best part of this pack is its great organizational options.
  • Attention to detail, The team at Vanquest put a lot of time into the execution of the KATARA 16 and it shows.

Dislikes 

  • Color Options, This bag is only offered in very tactical colors and with very bright orange interiors, Id like to see some other color options come with a possible update in the future.
  • Price, the KATARA 16 comes in at $175.00 at the time of this review, this is a very well made bag but Id live to see it in that sub $150.00 category.

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Vanquest Katara 16 – Wrap up 

Overall, I would say the Vanquest KATARA is a great bag because when I first got this bag I didn’t think I was going to really enjoy it but I’m happy to say that’s not the case. I think this is a great EDC bag with incredible organizational options and its held together with quality materials. In the future I would like to see a “slick” version of this bag in a similar idea as the GORUCK slick packs. If you removed the MOLLE panels and offered the bag in a few different colors, I think this could be a really great “LOW VIS” Urban option.

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18:00

POTD: Rare Winchester Wingo “Ice Palace” Single Shot Shotguns [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have one of those things that makes me really enjoy doing Photo of the Day. I never knew that this was a thing. These single-shot shotguns are Winchester Wingo “Ice Palace” Single Shot Shotguns. There were only ever around 20 of these made and for the oddest reason, you can think of. They were invented and used for an indoor shooting sport that involved ice balls and large rimfire proprietary shotshells. These lever action shotguns used a 5mm shotshell ( picture a much larger brass crimped 22 birdshot). A literal ice ball would be launched toward the shooter and they would have to shoot and shatter it. Sounds pretty terrifying, no wonder it did not work out.

“Wingo was an experimental indoor wing shooting event developed in the early 1970s by the Winchester-Western division of Olin Corp. the only Wingo facility built was in 1971 in San Diego, California and operated for less than a year. Wingo was a game where opposing teams would shoot at launched 4 inch diameter ice balls fired from five ports towards the firing team, the non-firing team could control which port the ball fired from, and even the speed of the ball up to a reported 30 MPH. The guns were tethered to the shooting bench and wired for an internal microphone that would register when it was fired (necessary for automated scoring). These guns are Martini style single shot lever actions firing a proprietary 5 mm shot shell. Both guns have the remains of the wire underneath the barrel, “WINGO” markings on both sides of the receiver and left side bases for the Winchester Kwik-Point scope for quick and easy target spotting. Smooth forearm and stock with serrated buttplate. It is estimated that less than 20 Wingo guns were manufactured.”

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Lot 3251: Lot of Two Rare Winchester Wingo ‘Ice Palace’ Shotguns. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved September 22, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/71/3251/lot-of-two-rare-winchester-wingo-ice-palace-shotguns.

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17:00

Introducing the Midwest Industries Glock Pistol Caliber Carbine Block [AllOutdoor.com]

Does it take Glock Mags? The answer is most likely yes when it comes to Pistol Caliber Carbines in 9mm, 45 ACP, and 40 S&W. If you’re even an amateur gunsmith you’ll know that a good vise block for your rifle is a great way to take care of both simple and more complex gunsmithing tasks as well as cleaning. That is why Midwest Industries is proud to introduce its latest offering to the tool market with the introduction of its new Glock Pistol Caliber Carbine Bock.

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Introducing the Midwest Industries Glock Pistol Caliber Carbine Block

Introducing the Midwest Industries Glock Pistol Caliber Carbine Block

Ready to elevate your pistol? Introducing the first of its kind and newest addition to our tool family: the Glock Pistol Caliber Carbine Block. This high-quality block makes it easy to build and maintain a variety of firearm platforms that use the Glock magazine pattern. Offering a secure solution for easy customization, maintenance, and repair, this tool is designed for target shooters, law enforcement, and gun enthusiasts alike. The high-strength polymer block fastens to a vice and locks into your magwell without compromising the finish of your firearm. This revolutionary tool, like all Midwest Industries products, is 100% made in the USA so your build always meets the mark.

Introducing the Midwest Industries Glock Pistol Caliber Carbine Block

The Midwest Industries Glock Pistol Caliber Carbine block will be available as this article goes live and will cost the customer just $39.95. The Glock PCC Block will be compatible with any PCCs or Pistols that accept 9mm, .40 caliber, and .45 caliber Glock magazines and the block can also be attached to other work surfaces with its convenient mounting holes and all types of vises and vise grip inserts.

  • Fits Glock 9mm/.40cal and 10mm/.45cal style firearms
  • Compatible with PCCs and handguns (Kriss Vector, Ruger PC Carbine, and Glock 19/21)
  • High-strength polymer construction
  • Mounting holes for attachment to bench or alternative work surface
  • Securely locks firearm in magwell for maintenance
  • Multiple points of contact for vices

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17:00

Pocket Full of Hate: The Bond Arms Roughneck Derringer Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Pocket Full of Hate: The Bond Arms Roughneck Derringer PistolIf you’re a fan of the 1994 film Maverick or similar films involving high-stakes gambling and gun fights, you’ll no doubt be familiar with derringer pistols. Derringer pistols are small, very compact, pocket-sized pistols that don’t exactly fit into any other category of firearms like revolvers, pocket pistols, and the like. Unlike mini-revolvers or centerfire pocket […]

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16:30

POTD: Jordanian Maritime Counter Terrorism Team [The Firearm Blog]

Jordanian Maritime Counter Terrorism TeamTFB’s Photo Of The Day and we find ourselves in Aqaba, Jordan, where Jordanian service members assigned to the Maritime Counter Terrorism Team, maintain security at a pier during close-quarter battle drills. This happened during the Eager Lion training exercise in September 2022. Below: Lebanese service members assigned to the Lebanese Marine Commando Regiment, conduct over […]

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16:00

Daiwa’s NEW Evergreen IR Finesse Jig: High-Pressure Water Jig [AllOutdoor.com]

Love them or hate them, it’s hard to beat a rubber-skirted jig when it comes to catching bass. Pitch’em, flip’em, drag’em, or hop’em, they will catch fish even on the coldest of days. Largemouth and smallmouth bass all eat prey that looks something like a jig. Crawfish, young bluegill, or even sculpin and gobies all are popular bass forage. That’s where Evergreen’s new IR Finesse Jig comes in, a rubber-skirted jig like no other on the shelves of your tackle shop. They are a new modern take on a tried and true design. These new Evergreen jigs are loaded with modern technology, putting them on the cutting edge of jig development. The new Evergreen IR Finesse Jig comes from the need to constantly have the next new advancement in highly pressured Japanese waters.

The new Finesse jig is a perfect cross between a football head, round head, grass jig, and swim jig to ply those waters that crawfish and bluegill live in. The head of the jig is perfectly rounded to drop straight, deflect off structure, and crawl in straight lines on bare gravel and sand bottoms. The line tie on the head is at a 45-degree angle, for a more direct line to your rod tip for better sensitivity and control. This line tie angle also assists in stronger and more successful hooksets. The hook is a custom long-shank hook that is razor sharp and won’t bend out under pressure.

The IR Finesse Jig also features an impressive wire bait-keeper that makes sure whatever soft plastic you add stays in place.  There is also a single and double rattle holder on the base of the head adding an audible click to imitate crawfish.  Lastly, there is the weed-guard, which extends beyond the hook point, beating back snags, yet keeps the hook gap open for bass inhales and the subsequent hookset.

The IR Finesse Jig is available in three sizes – 5/16-, 3/8- and ½-ounce – and ten uber-bassy colors, to include: DARK GREEN PUMPKIN, BROWN PURPLE, GREEN PUMPKIN CRAW, BLACK BLUE TIP, SAPPHIRE CRAW, DK GRN PUMPKIN BRN CRAW, CLASSIC BROWN, CLEARWATER CRAW, ALABAMA CRAW, and HITE’S HOT CRAW.

Its design is simple—yet effective. Satoshi Ito, Ever Green Product Manager, comments, “Since Ever Green started designing and building baits, our first concern has been to create lures that look and act realistically. With the IR Finesse Jig, you’ve got a great option for largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass that looks and behaves like juvenile baitfish or crawdads skittering along the bottom. It can be fished like a football jig—and dragged on bottom without snags—but also excels as a flipping jig when you want a slightly smaller profile for neutral to negative fish. It also comes through the grass and junk easily for fishing all conditions. All around, it’s just a great bass jig.”

NEW Evergreen IR Finesse Jig Daiwa

Daiwa Evergreen IR Finesse Jig – Features

  • Crossover rubber-skirted finesse design with a compact, round head
  • Ten initial crawfish/panfish colors in the bait family
  • Strong, unbending custom, long-shank design hook
  • Wire bait keeper that keeps plastic trailers buttoned and prevents sliding off
  • Single or double rattle holder
  • Plastic brush weed guard that extends beyond the hook point but keeps hook gap open
  • Three sizes: 5/16-, 3/8- and ½- ounce

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16:00

Friday Night Lights: SAFRAN JIM LR – Cooled Thermal Biocular LRF [The Firearm Blog]

Night has fallen and we have the technology to see in the dark. Last Friday we took a look at the French-made Thales LUCIE low profile night vision goggle. This week we take a look at another piece of military hardware. The SAFRAN JIM LR is a cooled thermal biocular that has a built-in SWIR […]

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15:00

An Aligned Vision: GUNNER newest Ducks Unlimited Corporate Partner [AllOutdoor.com]

GUNNER is an industry leader in dog products for man’s best friend at home as well as in the outdoors and on the road. Their values and mission are set forward in not only making the world a better place for our dogs, but also the lands we recreate and hunt on. Similarly, Ducks Unlimited is all about conserving North America’s wildlife habitats. With an aligned vision, GUNNER has been named the newest Coporate Partner for Ducks Unlimited outlined in the Press Release statement below.

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Memphis, Tennessee – Ducks Unlimited (DU) is proud to welcome GUNNER® as its newest Corporate Partner. DU’s Corporate Partner Program features an elite list of companies that go above and beyond DU’s conservation call to action.

Addison Edmonds, the Founder of GUNNER, built this brand out of the love of “man’s best friend” and was inspired by his four-legged best friend and retrieving fanatic, Gunner. The original product, the G1™ Intermediate, set a new bar in safety and utility for pet carriers, withstanding 4,000 lbs. of force, a 12-gauge shotgun at seven steps, and a 200-foot cliff drop, in addition to carrying a lifetime warranty. GUNNER’s kennels have helped keep thousands of pets stay safe on the road since 2015.

“I have been a supporter of Ducks Unlimited for as long as I can remember,” said Edmonds. “This announcement is surreal as it has been a goal of mine for GUNNER to be a corporate sponsor since long before the first kennel ever went out the door. I am thrilled to see our keystone products with the DU logo and am so proud we are doing our part to support conservation efforts for future generations to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends.”

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GUNNER now offers an exclusive line of DU co-branded products, including the G1™ Kennel in all four sizes. This DU collection will also include the GUNNER Food Crate and other accessories. In addition to the co-branded product, this new line features a unique green color explicitly formulated for DU. Each kennel will display the iconic DU logo on the front door, and a portion of every sale of the product line will directly benefit DU’s wetlands conservation efforts.

“DU is thrilled to welcome GUNNER Kennels to our Corporate Partner family,” said DU CEO Adam Putnam. “Not only do they offer products built to last a lifetime, but they also offer products tested and proven to provide a safe haven for your pet. For DU members, our pets are family, and GUNNER kennels offer the peace of mind that our dogs will be safe when we are on the road. This partnership adds excellent value to the DU brand, and we are excited to have them join us as a partner in wetlands conservation.”


About GUNNER

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, GUNNER® is an American brand that manufactures industry-leading dog products to give dogs the lives they deserve. Designed for safe travel, GUNNER’s G1™ Kennel is the original 5-star crash-test rated dog crate and the market’s only double-wall rotomolded kennel. Whether on the hunt, on the trail, or simply at home, GUNNER believes that Man’s Best Friend deserves Man’s Best Kennel®. For more information about GUNNER’s story and products, go to www.gunner.com.


About Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 15 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.

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14:00

Maven Optics S.2 12-27x56mm Spotting Scope – 20% OFF til October 8th [AllOutdoor.com]

Autumn is the perfect season for backcountry hunters and wildlife viewers to get outdoors and explore their space. A valuable tool whether you are hunting or simply bird-watching is a spotting scope, and right now through October 8th Maven Optics is offering their S.2 12-27x56mm Spotting Scope 20% OFF – a $210 discount.

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Maven Optics has an interesting business model because they are Direct-to-Consumer, and have cut out the middle man. As a result, you get supremely high-quality optics for a significantly lower price-point. Once you couple that fact with their 20% OFF discount they are running, you are getting fantastic prices on their products.

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Spotting scopes can be a great tool in the field to cut through the haze of a foggy morning, the mirage of a sunny afternoon, or to simply spot game that blend in so well during the fall colors. All of the specifications for the S.2 12-27x56mm Spotting Scope can be read below as presented by Maven Optics:

  • Length: 11″
  • Weight: 34.4 Oz
  • Fluorite Glass
  • Fully Multi-Coated Lenses
  • Exceptionally Clear, Bright, High Contrast Image
  • Excellent Color Fidelity
  • Waterproof and Fog Proof
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Direct to Consumer | No Retail Markup

The S.2 is the ultimate lightweight and packable spotting scope specifically designed to maximize performance while minimizing size and weight. The S.2 features an Abbe-Koenig prism, fluorite glass, well thought out ergonomics, and is housed in a compact 11 inch, 34 oz. package. For those who go the extra distance and travel light, but refuse to compromise on performance, the S.2 is the absolute best lightweight spotting scope.

Once again, this temporary sale by Maven Optics is only going to last a few weeks. Now through October 8th you can capture the S.2 12-27x56mm Spotting Scope for 20% OFF – a $210 discount. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below, and share if you have any in-field experience with any of Maven Optics’ products. We always appreciate your feedback.

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13:00

Meet the New Safariland Schema IWB Minimalist Holster [AllOutdoor.com]

Safariland is well known for its high-quality duty-rated holsters often used by law enforcement and military personnel. In an effort to expand its horizons to new customers and types of firearms holstering options, Safariland is announcing the introduction of its newest project – the Safariland Schema IWB holster. The Schema will be an Inside the Waistband (IWB) holster that will just be the first of several new models of holster that will be coming out in the following months.

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Meet the New Safariland Schema IWB Minimalist Holster

Meet the New Safariland Schema IWB Minimalist Holster

Schema is an optics-ready minimalist holster designed for subcompact firearms. As the namesake implies, the skeletonized outline of the holster frame has a smaller footprint than traditional IWB offerings to optimize concealability. This new model offers superior functionality with a reinforced mouth, allowing for seamless firearm holstering while the holster is worn. The firearm-specific design creates an exacting fit, which is further secured by Schema’s passive trigger guard retention.

Meet the New Safariland Schema IWB Minimalist Holster

The new holster will kick off the company’s new EDC line and much emphasis is being placed on “responsible” concealed carry methods and gear. The Schema will initially be available for the SIG Sauer P365, P365 XL, Glock 43 and 43X, Springfield Hellcat, and the Taurus G2C and G3C pistols. The new Safariland Schema holster is available for order now directly from Safariland.com and will cost $39.99 regardless of the options selected.

Meet the New Safariland Schema IWB Minimalist Holster

“Safariland is thoughtfully expanding on our concealment line to offer consumers unparalleled quality and innovation they’ve come to expect from the brand,” said Eric Gasvoda, VP/GM of Duty Gear for Safariland. “Schema is the beginning of the revitalization of our EDC holster line, and I can’t wait to get it into the hands of our customers.

Meet the New Safariland Schema IWB Minimalist Holster

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12:00

Omega Protein Admits to Abandoning Full Pogie Net in Cameron Parish [AllOutdoor.com]

CCA Lousiana (Coastal Conservation Association) had received numerous reports and photos over the weekend of what appears to be an abandoned menhaden net just south of Holly Beach in Cameron Parish. In the photos they received, it showed a net floating surrounded by and filled to the brim with dead pogies. There were also many reports of dead redfish, black drum, and other species found in the water around the net and on the beaches. CCA reported the incident to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries soon after they had received the photos of the net. Now at the recent LDWF’s Finfish Task Force Meeting when asking about the menhaden net incident an Omega Protein representative reported to the task force that the company owned the net.

According to the representative, the net contained about 900,000 pogies, which weighed an estimated 500,000lbs. The rep. had no estimate on the possible bycatch that was also in the net. The rep. stated, the net had to be cut loose after the crew realized it contained more fish than they could safely harvest.

Locals who initially found the net have speculated that Omega Protein was netting the menhaden in too shallow of water for their harvesting operation. While the smaller boats could net the big mothership could not come close enough without running aground. To do your part if you’re in the area send in any photos of fish kills to the CCA and your Local representatives.

“It’s inexcusable to see this kind of waste off Louisiana’s coast,” Marine Fisheries Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Chris Macaluso told Louisiana Sportsman. “Making it more troubling is that the (Louisiana) Department of Wildlife and Fisheries thinks a million pounds of dead fish in this abandoned net is insignificant. Just like they believe the 10,000 or more breeding sized redfish the department estimates the pogie boats kill every year is insignificant.

This sort of waste is disgusting, Menhaden (pogies) is one the most important forage species for so many species of predatory fish. A short list would be flounder, redfish, speckled trout, mackerels, jacks, and cobia. If you take away the forage and the gamefish we love will disappear as well.

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11:00

AK Alternative? CW39 – New Roller Delayed Blowback Rifle from Pakistan Ordnance Factories [The Firearm Blog]

In December of 2021, TFB was the first firearms media to publish information about BW20, a new family of roller-delayed blowback rifles developed by Pakistan Ordnance Factories. In February of 2022, the entire family of weapons was officially presented in Saudi Arabia at the World Defense Show exhibition. Now, there is a new member in […]

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10:03

US V. Quiroz – §922 (N) Held Unconstitutional (Updated) []

Jose Gomez Quiroz was indicted in a Texas state court for burglary and later indicted for jumping bail. Both are felonies under Texas state law. While on the lam, Quiroz sought to buy a .22LR pistol from a dealer and answered “no” on the Form 4473 when asked if he was under indictment for a felony. He got a delayed (but not denied) response and subsequently took possession a week later. Then, the NICS System notified the BATFE of Quiroz’s transaction. He was charged with lying on the Form 4473 (18 USC §922(a)(6)) and illegal receipt of a firearm by a person under indictment (18 USC §922(n)). A Federal jury found him guilty on both charges. A week later, Quiroz moved to set aside the conviction under Rule 29 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and asked the court to reconsider in light of Bruen.

US District Court Judge David Counts of the Western District of Texas issued his decision yesterday and found §922(n) facially unconstitutional. Moreover, since §922(n) was found unconstitutional, Quiroz’s lie on the Form 4473 was immaterial. The US Attorney is already appealing the decision to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The media is making a big deal over the fact that Judge Counts was appointed by President Trump. What they fail to say is that Counts was originally nominated for the position by President Barack Obama and that the clock ran out before he could be confirmed by the Senate. Prior to the nomination by President Obama, Counts served as a Magistrate Judge in the Western District and was the State Judge Advocate for the Texas National Guard where he was a Colonel.

The expansion of civil rights has often come in cases with less than desirable defendants. Witness the expansion of rights thanks to Clarence Earl Gideon, a drifter, and Ernesto Miranda, a kidnapper and rapist, whose cases established the right to counsel and the right to a warning against self-incrimination respectively.

Now it is time to examine the decision in detail. It starts out by saying the court is dealing with three things: the known knowns, the known unknowns, and the unknown unknowns. The known knowns are that the defendant did buy a gun while under indictment and that he asked the court to reconsider the conviction in like of the Bruen decision. The known unknown was whether the current law on firearms purchases by those indicted for a felony aligned with the historical tradition of firearms regulation. Finally, the unknown unknown is the constitutionality of firearms regulation in a post-Bruen world. Judge Counts then methodically works his way through these issues.

First, did Quiroz’s motion for reconsideration under Rule 29 meet the legal standard? Looking at 5th Circuit precedent, a Rule 29 challenge is appropriate when there is “an intervening change in the controlling law”. Thus, because Bruen changed the framework with which to analyze firearms regulations under the Second Amendment, it met the standard for reconsideration.

Next, does the plain text of the Second Amendment cover Quiroz’s conduct in purchasing a pistol while under indictment? §922 (N) states that it is unlawful to “receive” a firearm while under indictment. Judge Counts says that the government has misread Bruen and lumped possession in with the historical justification for preventing it while under indictment. The government argued that the Second Amendment only covers possession and carrying with everything else is outside this. Judge Counts disagreed saying that you cannot possess something without first receiving something which is what the law states. Therefore possession is covered by the plain text of the Second Amendment. The question remained whether there was historical justification for excluding those under indictment from possession of a firearm.

The Federal Firearms Act of 1938 was the first federal attempt to regulated possession by a felon or those under indictment. It only applied to those under Federal indictment and “crimes of violence.” Congress implemented this law to deal with the motor bandits of the ’30s such as Bonnie and Clyde. Indictments in state courts were not added to Federal law until the Gun Control Act of 1968. The current version of §922 (N) was codified in FOPA 1986. The government argued that felon in possession laws were roughly the same as that when under indictment. Judge Counts disagreed and noted they lacked historical analysis going back to the enactment of the Second Amendment. He noted that the colonies and later the states generally refrained from disarming its citizens. He says the government has failed to make the case that long-standing historical precedent prevents those under indictment from possessing firearms.

Judge Counts looked at other rights of “the people”. He found that those who had been convicted or were “violent actors” had been excluded from “the rights of the people.” However, he did not find similar exclusions for those under indictment. He then noted that grand jury proceedings were not adversarial and rules of evidence don’t apply to them. Further, you can be indicted in a state without being indicted by a grand jury. Other laws that disarmed people were aimed at minorities.

Judge Counts then concludes:

The Second Amendment is not a “second class right.” No longer can courts balance away a constitutional right. After Bruen, the Government must prove that laws regulating conduct covered by the Second Amendment’s plain text align with this Nation’s historical tradition. The Government does not meet that burden.


Although not exhaustive, the Court’s historical survey finds little evidence that § 922(n)—which prohibits those under felony indictment from obtaining a firearm—aligns with this Nation’s historical tradition. As a result, this Court holds that § 922(n) is unconstitutional.

In coming to this conclusion, Judge Counts said that the new framework under Bruen creates unknown unknowns which raised many questions regarding balancing societal costs and benefits. He didn’t know the answers but he said he must “faithfully follow Bruen’s framework.”

UPDATE: Jake Fogelman at The Reload has a follow-up on this ruling that has comments from law professors at Duke and George Mason. Both think the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals as well as those of other circuits will “moderate some early decisions by lower courts as Second Amendment jurisprudence matures after Bruen.” Frankly, I hope they are mistaken.

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10:00

New Zero Tolerance Factory Special Series 0460RDBW Trailing Point [The Firearm Blog]

Zero Tolerance New Factory Special Series 0460RDBW Trailing PointZero Tolerance makes some of my favorite blades. With everything from more affordable pocket-sized EDC folders to some of their more expensive flippers and assisted open knives, the Zero Tolerance name is well known within the tactical and blade community for its high-quality knives featuring great designs and legendary aesthetics. Zero Tolerance has just announced […]

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08:00

[ADEX 2022] New Turkish AK Rifle from Sarsilmaz [The Firearm Blog]

[ADEX 2022] New Turkish AK Rifle from SarsilmazDespite the fact that the first AK went into production over 74 years ago, new companies and new countries are beginning to manufacture their versions of Kalashnikov rifles every year. At least 31 countries produced various AK variants, and now Turkey is joining that list, thanks to Sarsilmaz. Turkish Guns @ TFB: Surprising “High End” […]

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07:00

The New Premier Presidente Colt 1911 from SK Customs [The Firearm Blog]

The New Premier Presidente Colt 1911 from SK CustomsSK Guns/SK Customs has just announced its second edition in the Mexican War of Independence series of firearms. In the first edition, SK Customs presented their customers with The Emperor 1911 custom pistol which featured a sleek, dark high polish finish for the frame and slide while paired with Pearlite grips sporting an emblem of the iconic Rampant […]

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06:27

Armatix iP1: The Infamous German “Smart Gun” [Forgotten Weapons]

The Armatix iP1 is a pistol created by former H&K designer Ernst Mauch that was released – or almost released – in the US in late 2013 and early 2014. It is a .22LR caliber semiauto pistol that incorporates an RFID-connected authentication link between a watch and this pistol, so that the pistol can only be fired (in theory) when the authorized user is wearing the watch. Hence, it is a “smart gun”.

Mechanically, it is a simple blowback pistol that uses an electromagnet to deactivate a firing pin block type of safety. When the watch has properly activated the pistol, the electromagnet is energized and the pistol will fire. If it is not so authorized, the firing pin block remains in place and the pistol will simply go “click” ineffectually. There are, of course, several caveats, loopholes, and exploitable vulnerabilities in this system.

When the pistol came on the market, it caused a significant reaction among gun rights proponents, as a law on the books in New Jersey mandates that 30 months after a “smart gun” is determined to be commercially available anywhere in the US, all non-“smart” pistols become illegal to sell in that state. The Armatix was expected to trigger this law, and by extension effectively ban all handguns in New Jersey. As it turned out, the state Attorney General determined in late 2014 that the iP1 did not meet the technical requirements of the law, but by this time the pistol was well and truly sunk. Dealers who considered stocking it were bullied out of that decision, sometimes to the point of receiving threats on their lives. As a result, the pistol never saw significant commercial sale, and the only ones in the US appear to be those initially brought in for marketing and demonstration.

06:00

Taiga Wolverine Folding Shotgun For The Canadian Market (18.5″ & 10″ Barrels) [The Firearm Blog]

Taiga Wolverine Folding ShotgunFolding shotguns aren’t exactly new, but the Canadian firearms community has recently gained access to an infinitely more modern take on the concept with the Taiga Wolverine folding shotgun line. The Taiga Wolverine folding shotgun now comes in two sizes, “X” with an 18.5-inch barrel, and “M,” which stands for “mini” and will come with […]

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Thursday, 22 September

17:00

TFB Review: Ruger LCP MAX 380 Pistol with XS DXT2 Big Dot Sights [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: The Ruger LCP MAX 380 Pistol with XS DXT2 Big Dot Sights9mm micro-compact pistols have been front and center within the pistol world for quite some time now. During the midst of some of the biggest brand names releasing their own version of the 9mm micro compact to the industry, Ruger somewhat sneakily released the LCP MAX 380 pistol which took the super tiny LCP 380 […]

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16:30

POTD: USS Carl Vinson Sailors in San Diego Padres Salute [The Firearm Blog]

USS Carl VinsonPhoto Of The Day: When USS Carl Vinson, United States Navy’s third Nimitz-class supercarrier, was pier side in its homeport of San Diego, there was a salute to 100 Years of Aircraft Carriers at Petco Park. Below: A sailor assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Below: Grass and white clothes usually […]

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16:27

Meme Of The Day []

If you’ve ever played the card game Uno, this meme I found on Reddit will resonate.

Posted on Reddit by “Notagungrabber”

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16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: When To Trust Your Carry Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Concealed Carry Corner: When To Trust Your Carry GunWelcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we talked about carrying in questionable areas that could get you in trouble. This week, I wanted to take a look at a topic we all debate whether it’s when we first start carrying a concealed firearm or whenever we purchase a new firearm to […]

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15:00

AO Review: Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket – “5 Years Later” [AllOutdoor.com]

Outdoor Research is a Seattle-based manufacturer of technical apparel and gear for outdoor sports, They were formed back in the 1980s after a climber was attempting a summit of Mt. Denali when he and his team had a failure of a set of gaiters that sent them packing back down the mountain. That climber was Ron Gregg and after just over a year, Ron would have started his outdoor brand, Outdoor Research (OR). Back in 1980, their flagship product was an improved pair of gaiters, fixing the problems Ron had with older pairs. Today OR’s product line includes everything you would need for alpinism, rock and ice climbing, backpacking, paddling, and backcountry skiing and snowboarding. This particular review will focus on their ultralight Helium Rain Jacket.

This product we privately purchased and there was no money exchanged between the manufacturer and the reviewer.

Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket – Specs 

  • MSRP- $159
  • Weight – 6.1 oz (Men’s Medium)
  • Waterproofing- 2.5L Pertex Shield Diamond Fuse

Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket – How It was Tested

This jacket has been through a lot of use over the last five years of use, you name it, it’s done it. Here are just a few, climbing, running, boat rides, kayaking, hunting, hiking, biking, many gun range sessions, and travel.

Outdoor Research Helium

Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket – Water and Wind Protection

Like with all aspects of gear, there are some products that can do one thing well and others that can do another thing better. When it comes to weatherproofing and wind protection the Helium jacket leaves a lot to be desired but again we are talking about a 6.1 oz jacket here. OR has chosen to create the lightest jacket they can that still offers decent weatherproofing overall.

The Helium is primarily constructed of 2.5-layer Pertex Shield Diamond Fuse which allows for decent water resistance in lighter rain but will quickly start to absorb moisture and press against your body in heavier rain. Wind protection is great for its size and will block the most wind. With that being said given the weight of this jacket, its overall protection is great. Think of the Helium as a great emergency jacket that you can put in your bag just in case the skies are looking a little less than optimal at your trailhead.

Outdoor Research Helium

Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket – Breathability

The breathability on the Helium jacket is nothing to write home about, go for a late fall morning run or hike in this jacket and you will quickly find a lot of moisture building up on the arms of the garment. This can be attributed to the Pertex Shield Diamond Fuse fabric used throughout. The sides of the jacket have a stretcher venting fabric to keep some of the hot air from staying inside but it’s usually not enough. I know it would increase weight and cost but id love to see a set of arm-pit zippers on a future model. I think this could solve some of Helium’s current breathability problems.

Outdoor Research Helium

Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket – Weight and Packability

As mentioned previously the weight on the Helium is incredible. OR claims the jacket weighs around 6.3 oz but my jacket clocks in at 6.1 oz. With a weight like this, the packability of the jacket is also very high. I found myself very often just keeping this at the bottom of my bag in case some wet weather might find me or if the temperature was going to be a bit colder. OR did not specifically design the front pocket of the jacket to act as an internal stuff sack, but you can do this with the Helium like on some Patagonia jackets. This makes for even better compactness when traveling.

Outdoor Research Helium

Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket – Build Quality and Durability

I have owned this version of the Helium for over 5 years now it has stood up to a lot of abuse that it did not deserve. The durability of this jacket is amazing coinciding again that it is an ultra-lite garment. There is some minor wear on the softer parts of the jacket and most of the DWR treatment is gone now but everything else is still in great shape. I have no doubt that the amazing durability comes from the Pertex Shield Diamond Fuse fabric that boosts tear resistance from prior models. The overall build quality on the Helium is what you would expect from OR, great! All zippers, seam tape, and cords are functioning flawlessly and don’t feel overly thin or compromised.

Outdoor Research Helium

Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket – Fit and Sizing

I’m five foot nine and weigh 170 pounds and I find that the size medium fits me perfectly on the shoulders and chest. The sides of the jacket have some flex to them giving the garment an overall nice fit for all applications.

Outdoor Research Helium

Philosophies of Use 

Emergency rain jacket for Hiking, Running, Kayaking, Travel, and Firearm shooting.

Likes 

  • Priced well below is competition and can be often found on sale
  • The Hood has a great fit and is easily adjustable
  • Incredibly lightweight
  • Very tough and will last for many years

Dislikes 

  • Poor breathability
  • Not great in downpours

Outdoor Research Helium

Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket – Wrap up 

Overall, the Helium Rain Jacket is a no-brainer for those who love to be outside. It’s light and packable meaning you can carry it anywhere you go and not notice it taking up a lot of room in your bag. It’s definitely not a heavy-duty rain jacket for downpours but it’s worth having in my opinion.

Outdoor Research Helium

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14:00

Northland Fishing’s NEW Glass Buck-Shot Rattle Spoon [AllOutdoor.com]

Northland Fishing Tackle has released its newest ice fishing spoon, the NEW Glass Buck-Shot Rattle Spoon, a wonder on walleyes and other gamefish species under the ice. Using all the information they learned from their extensive beta-testing last ice season, the new Gladd Buck-Shot Rattle Spoon is bound to be this coming ice season’s hottest minnow imitation jigging spoon.

While the spoon has a body that is molded from metal like other jigging spoons, the finish and rattle sets it far apart from anything else out there. Featuring a realistic translucent “glass” finish over the lure’s baitfish pattern for a life-like pattern. Then there’s the noisy, high-pitched glass rattle chamber, something that the market and fish have not seen before. Both of these features will draw in fish from a wide radius, the rattle’s ticks and clicks will draw the fish in then the flutter and flash of the finish will entice the bite.

Northland's NEW Glass Buck-Shot Rattle Spoon

The Rattle Spoons are available in 3/32-, 1/8-, and ¼-ounce weights, and 10 different colors; Silver Shiner, Glo White, Super-Glo Perch, Green Perch, Super-Glo Chub, Hot Blue Chub, Pink Silver, Silver Fluorescent Chartreuse, Golden Perch, and Super-Glo Redfish

Northland pro Brian “Bro” Brosdahl is a longtime fan of the Buck-Shot Rattle Spoon, Bro Bug Spoon, and Buckshot Coffin Spoon—having put literally thousands of fish on the ice thanks to the unique action of each—but says the new Glass Buck-Shot Rattle Spoon occupies its own special niche with its high-pitched rattle and translucent, glassy finish.

“The Glass Buck-Shot Rattle Spoon is going to be a hot bait this winter. I had the chance to fish them last season, and I caught numerous 27-inch to 29-inch walleyes that would have just swum by other baits that they’ve been conditioned to. They just hammered it. Almost all my big walleyes and jumbo perch came on the Glass Buck-Shot last winter. It calls them in from afar and makes them angry,” notes Brosdahl.

Northland's NEW Glass Buck-Shot Rattle Spoon

Glass Buck-Shot Rattle Spoon MSRP: $9.99, 1 per card; $24.99, 3 per card.

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13:00

Berkley Fishing’s NEW Money Badger Crankbait – Multispecies Versatile [AllOutdoor.com]

Berkley Fishing is back at it again, expanding upon its stellar line of hard baits again. Berkley has announced the addition of the highly versatile, multispecies targeting Money Badger crankbait. The lure is designed to excel either fished traditionally cast or trolled around. The Money Badger boasts a well-designed clicking sound profile that helps draws in the fish from farther out. This compact crankbait delivers a rod-shaking, tail-thumping action, with balsa-lure-like movement that anglers can appreciate.

The Money Badger body has a tungsten weight transfer system molded into it. This provides better casting distance along with better accuracy with your casts. The crankbait can be fished either slowly or ripped through the water at max speed. Either way, the lure won’t blow out due to the embedded line tie system which delivers an incredibly stable swim. It will track true and even after a pause, it will immediately recover once it starts swimming again. Whether you’re making long casts with the bait for big bass or trolling the bait deep for walleye, the optimized bill design will keep you in contact with the structure and rocks with minimal snags and hang-ups. To round out the lures, all the Money Badgers come stock with sticky sharp Fusion19 treble hooks.

Key Features

  • Maximum hard thumping and vibration with amplified side roll to draw in fish from a distance
  • Tungsten weight transfer in three larger sizes for maximum casting distance
  • Clicking sound profile is tuned to deliver the perfect balance of sound and action
  • Hybrid baitfish-crawfish design delivers slow rise so the bait hangs on the pause
  • Versatile bait can be cast or trolled and fished fast or slow without blowing out
  • Embedded line tie delivers incredible stable tracking at all speeds with immediate recovery after pause
  • Patented FlashDisc technology improves tracking stability and accuracy with a true balsa-like action
  • Designed to crawl over rocks and wood
  • Equipped with stout and sticky sharp Fusion19 hooks

The new Berkley Money Badger models include

  • 4 cm – diving 4 to 7 feet
  • 5 cm – diving 8 to 10 feet
  • 6.25 cm – diving 9 to 11 feet
  • 6.75 cm – diving 10 to 12 feet
  • 7.25 cm – diving 11 to 13 feet

Colors: Black Gold • Black Silver • Blaze • Korey’s Candy • Firetail Green Craw • Firetiger • FX Shad • Ghost Green Craw • Ghost Morning Dawn • Ghost Red Craw • Killer Craw • Northern Lights • Perch • Pink Pearl • Purple Glimmer • Root Beer Craw • Special Red Craw • Spring Craw • Sunset 84 • Vanilla Chartreuse

MSRP: $7.99 – 4cm & 5cm • $8.99 – 6.26cm, 6.75cm & 7.25cm

Available: September 2022

You can check Berkley Fishing out here.

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12:03

Two Kentucky Men Receive Sentences for Paddlefish Poaching [AllOutdoor.com]

The U.S. District Court has recently sentenced two Kentucky Men on felony charges for the illegal harvest of paddlefish and paddlefish roe from closed waters in Mississippi. According to the court documents, James Lawrence “Lance” Freeman, 27, of Eddyville, Kentucky, and Marcus Harrell, 34, of Murray, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to the act of conspiring to violate the Lacey Act. The men had traveled from Kentucky to Mississippi multiple times between November 6, 2018, and January 5, 2018. Their purpose was to harvest paddlefish from Moon Lake in Coahoma County, which does not allow paddlefish harvest.

Freeman or Harrell would take the illegally harvested paddlefish roe back to Kentucky to sell to commercial processors. They would claim that the paddlefish had been caught legally in the Ohio River or other places in or near Kentucky where paddlefish harvest is legal.

Freeman was sentenced on September 15, in Oxford before U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills, to 6 months of incarceration, followed by 3 years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $20,000 to the Lacey Act Reward Account. Freeman, a commercial fisherman, was also banned from all fishing both commercial and recreational, for 5 years. He is scheduled to report to prison on November 28th.

Harrell was sentenced on July 26, in Oxford before U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock, to 5 years of probation and ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $7,500 to the Lacey Act Reward Account. Harrel, also a commercial fisherman, was banned from all fishing in Mississippi for 5 years and banned from harvesting fish roe of any species in any state for 5 years as well.

Following the sentence, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement Assistant Director Edward Grace stated, “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement is committed to conducting criminal investigations with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks in an effort to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats.  The Office of Law Enforcement takes violations of the Lacey Act seriously.  The investigation involving the 2 defendants who were involved in the unlawful harvest and dealing of paddlefish roe is no exception. We will continue to work closely with our state partners to conduct these important joint investigations.” 

“I am extremely proud of these Officers for their hard work and dedication they put forth in bringing these violators to justice,” remarked Col. Jerry Carter of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. “Thanks for the joint effort by all agencies State and Federal that were involved, it truly sends a message that unlawful acts such as this will not be tolerated in our state and that we will use all the manpower and equipment available to protect our natural resources.”

U.S. Attorney Clay Joyner of the Northern District of Mississippi and Edward Grace, Assistant Director of the Office of Law Enforcement for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made the announcement.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigated the case, along with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

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11:00

Radian Weapons’ COMPRESSOR Quick-Tune Guide Rod for Glocks [The Firearm Blog]

Radian Weapons' COMPRESSOR Quick-Tune Guide Rod for GlocksPart of the fun of goofing around with Glock pistols is that you can have them tuned to your exact specifications and needs. Reduced power or increased power recoil springs are one way to tune your pistol to your exact type of ammunition and components setup. Radian Weapons has just announced the introduction of their […]

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10:00

Recall Issued by SAUER USA for Sauer 100 6.5×55 SE Caliber Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Recall Issued by SAUER USA for Sauer 100 6.5x55 SE Caliber RiflesSAUER USA has issued a precautionary recall on specific serial numbers of SAUER 100 model rifles chambered in 6.5×55 SE (Swedish). The recall has been issued in relation to a safety concern surrounding the barrel’s strength and premature weakening over a high volume of shots. The full details and nature of the recall have been […]

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09:00

POTD: Before The C93 – Sharps-Borchardt Model 1878 Single Shot Rifle [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have an early example of Hugo Borchardt’s work. This is a Sharps-Borchardt Model 1878 Single Shot Rifle chambered in 45/70 Gov. To those of you who may not know, Hugo Borchardt designed what is considered the first commercially successful autoloading pistol, the Borchardt C93. Not only was that pistol successful enough to earn that title but it also served as an inspiration to Georg Luger to simplify and compacted the design into what would become the much-beloved Luger. The Sharps-Borchardt Model 1878 Single Shot Rifle comes from his early years in the United States when he assisted the Sharps rifle company in its attempt to put out another successful rifle. Unfortunately, the sleek and simple look to the design was not interesting enough for consumers and the rifle only ever saw small military and police uses both at home and abroad.

“The serial number suggests this example was made in late 1877 or early 1878. It has the military style blade/stud front and a Lawrence notch and folding ladder rear sight without patent marking, factory markings with “Old Reliable” on barrel, long military forearm, and smooth buttstock with checkered iron buttplate numbered “446/A” on the back at the toe. There are no government acceptance markings, but these rifles were purchased by a variety of state governments, the National Rifle Association, and the governments of China and some South American countries.”

Sharps-Borchardt

Lot 3226: Sharps-Borchardt Model 1878 Officer’s Model Single Shot Rifle – Early Production Sharps-Borchardt Model 1878 Commercial Single Shot Military Style Rifle. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved September 21, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/71/3226/sharpsborchardt-model-1878-officers-model-single-shot-rifle.

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08:00

Ultra Rare Tommy Built TMP7 Attempted Auction On Gunbroker.com [The Firearm Blog]

Ultra Rare Tommy Built TMP7 Attempted Auction On Gunbroker.comIf you’re familiar with the company Tommy Built Tactical, then you’ll no doubt know exactly what the term “TMP7” implies. That’s right, Tommy Built made the effort to make an MP7 and through Gun Dog Armory has opted to auction it off with a starting bid of $90,000. However, despite the relative popularity of the […]

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07:00

Gambler Lures Returns Gambler Ninja Spinnerbait: Back from the Dead [AllOutdoor.com]

No one knows what they’ll really miss till it’s gone, which is the case every time a bait manufacturer discontinues a bait. People often ask for the lure to be brought back but often it falls on deaf ears. There will always be a secondary market that forms for the lures. Often jumping the prices of the lures sky-high. In this case for Gambler Lures the bait was their most innovative spinnerbait design: The Gambler Ninja Spin.

“Every week I’ll get a phone call, an email, or some kind message on social media asking us to make the Ninja Spin again – so I just felt like it was time,” owner Val Osinski said.

So the guys at Gambler Lures have done just what their customers have asked. The highly requested Gambler Ninja Spin is back. This is the spinnerbait that Marty Stone used to win his first Bassmaster event at the Harris Chain of Lakes back in 2004. The Gambler Ninja Spin is being rereleased in both a 3/8oz and 1/2oz lure weights. The bait is a running secret among Florida locals and grass anglers. The Ninja Spin was designed specifically to be fished in heavy submerged/emerged grass and vegetation. The conical grass head when combined with the three hatchet-style blades that have a counter rotation allows the lure to throw off any vegetation. The Ninja Spin can fish the heaviest of cover and still bring in fish.

These baits are responsible for numerous local tournament wins all over the state of Florida, along with Carl Svebek’s FLW top 10 finish on the Potomac River. This fine wire spinner has been the secret weapon amongst pros who need a bladed lure for the grass. For more information on the Ninja Spin or any other Gambler Lures products check them out here.

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07:00

[ADEX 2022] The Small Arms of Azerbaijan (Part 2) [The Firearm Blog]

ADEX 2022 The Small Arms of Azerbaijan (Part 2)In Part 1, we looked at some of the Azerbaijani-made small arms showcased at the ADEX 2022 exhibition in Baku. In Part 2, we’ll look at more unique and lesser known products of the Azerbaijan defense industry – large caliber sniper rifles and machine guns. Azerbaijani Firearms @ TFB: Azerbaijan’s Prototype 23mm Anti-Material Rifle Developments from […]

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06:27

Ask Ian: Why Does the AR15 Have a Buffer Thingie? [Forgotten Weapons]

From Arvid on Utreon:
“Why does an AR-15 need a buffer thingy? Why can’t it just have a spring like every other normal gun?”

The Ar-15 really doesn’t need the buffer and tube, but it is a holdover form the origins of the system: the AR-10. The intent of the AR-10 was to create a 7.62x51mm battle rifle that was very lightweight (under 7 pounds, originally) but still soft-shooting and controllable. In order to do that, Eguene Stoner. has to pull out all sorts of tricks. As it applied to our question today, this included a straight-line design with a buffer on the end of the bolt carrier to absorb any residual impact of the bolt carrier on the end of the receiver tube. At this time, there was no apparent need to allow for a folding stock, so the bolt was allowed to run the full length of the stock to minimize felt recoil.

After the basic design was put in place, the disassembly was changed from sliding together to pivoting, and this required splitting the single very long bolt carrier into what we now recognize as the bolt carrier and the buffer. When the design was scaled down to the AR-15, the basic architecture stayed the same, even though the recoil-reducing elements were not really necessary in the new smaller cartridge.

06:00

TFB B-Side Podcast: An Interview with an Internet Gun Meme Lord [The Firearm Blog]

TFB B-Side Podcast: An Interview with an Internet Gun Meme LordAs the legend goes, the court jester in medieval society was the only human being in the King’s Court that could openly criticize, poke fun at, and tease the king without fear of being put on the gallows or worse. Obviously, in today’s hypersensitive world, we’re in an entirely different predicament and one of those […]

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Wednesday, 21 September

18:18

Report: NRA Loses Under Wild Skies Lawsuit []

The blog NRA In Danger is reporting this evening that Under Wild Skies has won its breach of contract lawsuit against the NRA. Under Wild Skies and its host Tony Makris produced African hunting shows that featured NRA advertising and sponsorship. While the show and the NRA had a 26 year relationship and Tony Makris was Wayne LaPierre’s BFF, once Ack Mac and the NRA went to court, the payments were frozen. Makris is or was an executive with Ackerman McQueen at the time.

From NRA In Danger:

We’re told all of NRA’s claims were shot down, and the jury awarded UWS $550,000. It may be worse than that, as the court only allowed damages for payments already past due (maybe just for those past due when the complaint was filed in 2019), not for future payments as they come due over the remaining years of the contract. That means that UWS can probably sue again for the remainder.

We’re told that the Brewer team for NRA was 10-11 attorneys; UWS had 1 or 2. The Brewer firm likely made a mint on the case. A weeklong trial, after three years of fighting, with a team of 10-11 attorneys billing at up to Brewer’s $1,400 per hour. The legal fees alone must have run into the millions, perhaps tens of millions.

Under Wild Skies was represented by the Fairfax, Virginia law firm of Dycio and Biggs. I have an email in to the firm asking for confirmation as well as a comment. If I hear more on this, I will post it.

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17:00

A Guide To The AR-15 Carry Handle [The Firearm Blog]

A Guide To The AR-15 Carry HandleThe carry handle. Love it or hate it, it’s an iconic feature of the AR-15. In recent years there has been a resurgence in their popularity. Unfortunately, this has led to some misunderstandings and incorrect advertising. So let’s take a look at the common models and what sets them apart. More Retro Gun Articles @ […]

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16:30

POTD: A Mass Communications Specialist in the Field [The Firearm Blog]

Mass Communications SpecialistPhoto Of The Day and we take a look at some of the heroes that make this endless series of articles go on – the photographers. Above you see U.S. Army Spc. Donovon Lynch, a Mass Communications Specialist assigned to the Viper Team at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center. He’s taking photos of paratroopers during […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: Dead Air Odessa + M1895 + Tornado Technologies [The Firearm Blog]

Dead Air OdessaFor some of the Wheelgun Wednesday loyalists in the TFB audience, you might remember when we began detailing the journey of acquiring an M1895 Nagant revolver (some 2 years ago), and the process of getting it threaded and finding a silencer for it. That long story comes to a close today because the silencer I […]

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15:00

Curious Relics #048: Dependable Carry – The Mauser Model 1914 Part III [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome, if you are a newcomer to this fun bi-weekly segment of AllOutdoor.com! The last time around I covered the history and variations of a German pistol which was a small and quiet commercial success. In this article, we are closing out the Mauser Model 1914 and all of its quiet inside voice glory.  Giving it a send-off with dating, aftermarket parts and accessories, and a range trip. Let’s dive right into the rabbit hole!


Welcome to our recurring series of “Curious Relics.” Here, we want to share all of our experiences, knowledge, misadventures, and passion for older firearms that one might categorize as a Curio & Relic  – any firearm that is at least 50 years old according to the ATF. Hopefully along the way you can garner a greater appreciation for older firearms like we do, and simultaneously you can teach us things as well through sharing your own expertise and thoughts in the Comments. Understanding the firearms of old, their importance, and their development which lead to many of the arms we now cherish today is incredibly fascinating and we hope you enjoy what we have to share, too!


Dating: Mauser Model 1914

Like many older firearms in this segment, the Mauser Model 1914 and its wider family of Mauser pocket pistols are tricky to date. Their production run saw wide winding dips and leaps like a boom during World War One and World War Two. The significant dips were for the most part in the 1930s. Like the previously covered FN pistols, these are going to be decipherable by their serial numbers and script/stamp usage. It would be several articles worth of explanation for every possible year so for the sake of this article and all of our sanity I think I will just search for the year of mine. From what I have read it seems the Mauser pocket pistols have consecutive serial numbers with the first variation starting around 2850 and ranging until roughly 13500. World War One production was an astonishing range of 13500 to roughly 290100. That range is said to have san serif font in all capital letters. Some wartime guns do not have a Mauser logo for unknown reasons.

“WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER A.G. OBERNDORFA.N. MAUSER’S PATENT”

The next serial number range I saw was 290100 to roughly 467700 and apparently, that is a year-based range (luckily for me) going from 1923 to 1929. These have a two-lined Mauser inscription rather than one line like before. My serial number sits at 342015 which puts it somewhere in the middle of that spread of years. It can be narrowed further however since the Mauser logo was absent on earlier pistols in this span and around serial number 461000 the “Mauser-7.65” on the right side of the slide was changed to “Cal 7.65”. Earlier pistols in this range also had ramp sights instead of the half-moon style mine has. The finish also changed to a salt blue very late in the range. I know that pistols made in early 1926 started around the 35600 serial number which would probably narrow mine to around 1924 or 1925. If I was a betting man I would wager it is more around 1925 judging by all the research I have been able to sort through.

Mauser Model 1914

Most of this information came from the website listed here. I highly recommend giving it a read if you are more curious about your relic!

Specifications: Mauser Model 1914

As usual, I have to contain the specifications of my personal pistol. Yours may be different. I will sprinkle in little things like different grips and so on because they are common enough. The only time you ever see these pistols looking like different animals altogether is when they were factory custom ordered back in the day.

  • Years Produced: From 1914 to Roughly 1945
  • Number Manufactured: Sources say anywhere from 500,000 to 1 Million ( I would wager around 650,000 judging by the serial number ranges)
  • Operating System: Straight Blowback
  • Chambering: 32 ACP
  • Barrel Length: 3.4 Inches
  • Overall Length: 6.1 inches from heel to crown
  • Weight: Roughly 1.3 Pounds
  • Action: Single Action
  • Safety: Manual Right-Handed Thumb Safety, located where modern magazine releases are.
  • Capacity: 8 box magazine
  • Front Sight: Fixed Front Half Moon
  • Rear Sight: Dovetailed Rear Round Notch
  • Grip: Checkered Walnut, Black Plastic

After Market Parts & Accessories: Mauser Model 1914

As far as aftermarket parts go things are looking weirdly sparse and mixed up. Most of my usual stops do not know the difference between the Model 1910 and 1914 (granted some may be interchangeable). Numrich has a few choice parts like slides, springs, grips, and magazines. It probably has the most of any of the sites I will name. eBay always has something but it is prone to change, for example, there was a barrel I had been considering buying for some time and now it is gone. Jack First has piles of very random parts but I will take that over none at all…thanks a lot Sarco Inc. Beyond that stuff the only “accessory” style stuff I could find was some very nice walnut grips at Grips4U and eBay did have some holsters but all were original and spendy!

Mauser Model 1914

Range Time: Mauser Model 1914

I hate to admit it but I have only ever had one range day with my Mauser Model 1914. That being said, with the minor field experience I can confirm that it is a surprisingly pleasant shooter and I did not have any malfunctions in the roughly 30 rounds I put through it. Even a guy like me has a limited supply of 32 ACP on hand so I had to be frugal just enough.

Mauser Model 1914

I had this little guy out at the range months back when I was working with the FN 1910 that I had previously covered on Curious Relics. At 15 yards I managed to keep it close to a relatively small bullseye. It shot high or I shot high or a mix of both. After shooting the FN 1910 with its almost nonexistent sights the Mauser Model 1914 wildly outperformed it as far as accuracy goes. It was comfortable in the hand despite being a smaller gun and my hands being large-ish. It makes me curious to feel the “more modern” updated 1934 style grip. I feel like id like the older ones better because they are large grips as is all things considered and the 1934 models have a bigger palm swell. Recoil was very manageable and the manipulation of the gun (though strange when first handling) was simple and easy. When the gun has the slide locked to the rear on empty there is no slide release. When a magazine (empty or loaded) is fully inserted it will drop the slide. The safety is odd by today’s standards but if I was carrying this pistol back in the 20s and 30s I feel like it would be completely accessible and except-able.

Mauser Model 1914

Conclusion: Mauser Model 1914

If I had more time and more 32 ACP this little guy would be getting a lot more attention. They are comfortable, reliable, and oftentimes affordable when you can find them. They are a cool cheap start to a collection of the Mauser pocket pistol family if you feel so inclined. I really enjoyed working with this pistol and I intend on doing more shooting in the future. Hopefully, I can snag the Model 1910 and give its time in the limelight. That is all for this one, folks, see you next time!

Mauser Model 1914

In closing, I hope our Curious Relics segment informed as well as entertained. This all was written in hopes of continued firearm appreciation and preservation. We did not just realize how guns were supposed to look and function. It was a long and tedious process that has shaped the world we live in. So, I put it to you! Is there a firearm out there that you feel does not get much notoriety?  What should our next Curious Relics topic cover? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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14:00

POTD: SWD Cobray M-11 Machine Gun Converted to Use Calico Mags [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a classic 1970s sub-machinegun but something is off about it. This is a Cobray M-11 otherwise referred to as the Mac-11 fitted and converted to attach a Calico 50 or 100-round drum to the top. This conversion looks crazy and I would wager it is insane to shoot given the rate of fire of the M-11 and the heavy drum on top. The biggest gripe that anyone ever had with these guns was the rate of fire. An astonishing rate I may add! I have seen claims of emptying a 32-round magazine in less than two seconds. that is absolutely ridiculous and so is this and I love it.

“Originally manufactured by SWD of Atlanta, this M-11 SMG has been fitted with a Calico conversion kit, which takes a Masterpiece Arms style extended M11 upper with short mounting rail and side-cocking and integrates a Liberty 50 front sight/magazine housing and a bolt reconfigured for same, giving the M11 a 50-round capacity. Adjustable post front sight and two-leaf magazine mounted rear sight, with a threaded muzzle, 5-slot accessory rail, “SEMI”/”SMG” selector switch on the left side of the receiver, safety on the left, and a telescoping steel buttstock. Included with the arm is a Calico 100-round drum magazine.”

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Lot 1546: Swd M11 Full Transferrable Smg w/Calico Drum Conversion – Swd Cobray M-11 Sub-Machine Gun, Class Iii/Nfa Registered Fully Transferrable, with Calico Liberty 50 Magazine Conversion and Two Magazines. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved September 20, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/71/1546/swd-m11-full-transferrable-smg-wcalico-drum-conversion.

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13:00

Grey Man Tactical Debuts Vehicle Bow Rack – 15.25×25 RMP Package [AllOutdoor.com]

Many of the fall archery seasons are opening up around the US from whitetail deer to hogs, and even other medium-size game animals. With this, a lot of people may be scouting and moving in-and-out of their vehicles with a high-frequency. So, Grey Man Tactical could not have picked a more important time to debut their Vehicle Bow Rack (#204 Vehicle Bow Rack – 15.25X25 RMP™ Package) to keep us ready for hunting this fall.

Grey Man Tactical Coverage on AllOutdoor

For those who are familiar with Grey Man Tactical, you already understand their innovative and intuitively designed vehicle storage panels and kits. This can vary from fire extinguishers to medical kits to firearms, and even bows as of their latest introduction. Grey Man Tactical outlines exactly what this new offering is all about in their Press Release statement below:

Lafayette, LA – Grey Man Tactical™ introduces every archery hunter’s dream with the #204 Vehicle Bow Rack. Ditch the heavy and bulky bow case when traveling to your next hunt and secure your bow to the Rigid Molle Panel (RMP™) bow rack from Grey Man Tactical™. Save precious cargo space when mounting your bow to the RMP™ which allows for easy access.

The #204 package was created for bow hunters who wanted a better way to store and transport their bows. The Enlarged QuickFist® clamps securely holds the bow in place during transportation without damaging the sight. A large utility pouch comes in handy for extra storage and a double mag pouch works great for holding extra magazines for your defense pistol or small tools.

#204 Vehicle Bow Rack – 15.25 X 25 RMP™ Package

  • (1) 15.25 X 25 RMP™
  • (1) Buckle Loop-Around + D-Ring Strap RMP Strap™ Black [Headrest]
  • (1) Buckle Loop-Around RMP Strap™ Black [Seat Bottom]
  • (2) Enlarged Clamp [bow]
  • (1) Double Mag Pouch [pistol]
  • (1) Large Utility Pouch

If you are pulling into your secret big buck honey hole and the first thing you see is the monster you have been chasing for several months, then you can have your bow close at hand with the #204 Vehicle Bow Rack. Plus, you get additional storage options for accessories with the package. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

Vehicle Bow Rack

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12:11

Are You Nuts? Know your Fishing Knots! – The Surgeon Loop Knot [AllOutdoor.com]

The Surgeon Loop Knot is the fastest and easiest loop knot to tie. If you can tie an overhand knot, you can tie this knot. While it isn’t as neat and elegant as some other loop knots, it is a very strong loop knot that does not easily slip. You can use the Surgeon Loop Knot to make a loop at the end of your line for attaching weights or clips. Or as shown in this article, to make a loop to where you are attaching your hook or lure. While it is shown with a hook in this article, this knot excels for tying on lures and flies. The open loop gives whatever is tied to more action and movement. For just tying an empty loop just follow the same instructions without a hook.

Step 1

Run the line through the eye of the hook and bring the tag end of the line back along the mainline. Make sure your tag end of the line is long enough for the overhand loop to pass over the hook or lure.

Are You Nuts? Know your Fishing Knots! – The Surgeon Loop Knot
The larger the hook or lure the longer the tag end should be

Step 2

Make an overhand loop using the doubled line and hook, make sure to keep the lines together and not twisted.

Are You Nuts? Know your Fishing Knots! – The Surgeon Loop Knot

Step 3

Pass the doubled line and hook through the overhand loop in the mainline one more time, again keeping this tidy is important for the final knot.

Are You Nuts? Know your Fishing Knots! – The Surgeon Loop Knot

Step 4

Moisten the knot and line then hold the hook or lure and the standing line and pull to tighten the knot. Make sure to adjust the loop size at this point. Once the knot has been snugged down trim the tag end to about a 1/4 inch. For fishing lures and jigs you want to have a loop about the size of an M&M, anything bigger and cause the lure to tangle.

Are You Nuts? Know your Fishing Knots! – The Surgeon Loop Knot

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11:00

Strike Industries Announces the OPPRESSOR Golf Ball Launcher [The Firearm Blog]

Strike Industries Announces the OPPRESSOR Golf Ball LauncherStrike Industries is well known for its highly stylized and innovative aftermarket firearms components like handguards, magazines, AR parts, and muzzle devices. One new muzzle device coming to the scene is the new OPPRESSOR Golf Ball Launcher – not exactly the most tactical thing to be released but fun nonetheless! Danny over at Strike Industries […]

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10:13

Man stops violent criminal, and get arrested in Maryland [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. The good guy saw another person waving a gun and shouting threats after pistol-whipping another person in his rage. The good guy, Lloyd Muldrow, subdued and disarmed the offender and held him for police. Muldrow had a handgun, with a Virginia but not a Maryland permit to carry, and police arrested him.

(The article says he was arrested for carrying within 100 feet of a public building. Bruen specifically says that while "sensitive place" limitations may be constitutional, they must be strictly limited and find an analogy in restrictions that were in place at the time of the framing. The Maryland statute, if applied not just to a government building, but to an area of 100 feet around it, and even to persons inside other buildings within that radius, would seem clearly unconstitutional).

Donations for his defense can be sent to his GiveSendGo page.

10:00

5 NEW DIY Crank Blanks by Do-It Molds – New Profiles [AllOutdoor.com]

Do-It Molds, an industry leader in custom lure-making equipment, has introduced 5 new hard bait blank profiles to their Crank Blanks line. For anglers who enjoy making their own custom-painted fishing lures. The Do-It’s “Crank Blanks” are high-quality un-painted hard bait blanks, that serve as the base for artistic fishermen with an eye for detail. The new crankbait profiles include; The Pro Walker 120 4/5oz, 5DD Diver 5/8oz, Big Eye Shad Lipless 1/2oz, Flat Sided Circuit Board Lip 1/2oz, and Semi-Flat Side Coffin Bill 7/16oz.

“We continue to work with our customers and lure painters to identify profiles to add to the line-up. We offer some incredibly popular lure styles, and we will keep adding options based on the team’s feedback” – Brennan Chapman (Product Development)

The Do-It’s Crank Blanks are now available in 31 different profiles from topwater poppers chuggers and walking baits to jerkbaits, square-bills cranks, deep diving swim, lipless cranks, hollow body frogs, and even a jointed swimbait for anglers wanting to throw big plugs for big fish.

All of the Crank Blanks are manufactured using the highest quality processes available. They all feature a sanded waterproof welded seam for flawless performance. So no more wasting your time trimming and sanding mold flash off your plugs, or worrying about hardware working loose or water intrusion into the body. These Crank Blanks are also the first lure blanks available in the market to come “pre-masked”. You don’t have to apply tape over the lips to ensure you don’t get paint. The lips are already protected from the factory to make sure your lines are line and worry-free. All you have to do is paint and clear coat your lures, then simply remove the factory plastic mask off the lips. And if you want to add some custom components those are also available at Do-It.

All profiles of Crank Blanks are sold in 5-packs and new lure designs will continue to be available in the future at www.do-itmolds.com.

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10:00

[ADEX 2022] The Small Arms of Azerbaijan (Part 1) [The Firearm Blog]

[ADEX 2022] The Small Arms of Azerbaijan (Part 1)The ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia brought a lot of attention to the military-industrial complex of Azerbaijan. And while many of their heavy weapon systems were procured abroad, when it comes to small arms, Azerbaijan demonstrates a surprising abundance of domestically produced firearms, which were demonstrated at the ADEX 2022 defense exhibition in Baku. That […]

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09:00

AllOutdoor Review: 5.11 Tactical Single Rifle Case – 36″ (28L) & 42″ (34L) [AllOutdoor.com]

When it comes to a lot of the gear we choose to outfit ourselves with most of it is rudimentary. We all likely own firearms which need ammunition, cleaning supplies, accessories (optics, slings, etc), and cases to store them in during travel. What makes a shooter feel great about a purchase is when you can get additional utility – or even surprising features – out of such simplistic items. That is exactly what 5.11 Tactical took aim to achieve and accomplished with the suspiciously plain appearing single rifle cases. Like all 5.11 products, they are simple in their form and design; yet simultaneously, overflowing with desirable attributes. So, today we will be reviewing the 5.11 Tactical Single Rifle Case in both a 36″ and 42″ offering. Let’s dive in!

5.11 Tactical Coverage on AllOutdoor

5.11 Tactical Single Rifle Case

Specifications – 5.11 Tactical Single Rifle Case – 36″ (28L) & 42″ (34L)

The two most common rifle case sizes offered by all manufacturers is 36″ and 42″ because those will handle most rifles and shotguns. So, that is exactly what 5.11 Tactical offered as well. The two samples we received from 5.11 Tactical were used the better part of this year (including all summer), and as we alluded to earlier they have a lot to offer. All of the specifications for the 5.11 Tactical Single Rifle Case in their 36″ and 42″ offering can be read below as presented by 5.11 Tactical:

  • 600D Polyester
  • 12.5″ x 38″ x 3″ [36″ Rifle Case] | 12.5″ x 44″ x 3″ [42″ Rifle Case]
  • 1,708 Cubic Inches, 28 Liter Capacity [36″ Rifle Case] |  2,075 Cubic Inches, 34 Liter Capacity [42″ Rifle Case]
  • Weight: 1.1 kg [36″ Rifle Case] | 1.3 kg [42″ Rifle Case]

5.11 Tactical single rifle case

The 5.11 Tactical Single Rifle Case is offered in Black and Kangaroo colorways with the 36″ Single Rifle Case retailed for $82 while the 42″ goes for an MSRP of $92. With any product you receive from 5.11 off their website there is always Free Returns – in the rare event something is not to your liking – and Free Shipping on orders over $60. Some remaining features as well as a quote from 5.11 can be read below further elaborating upon the 5.11 Tactical Single Rifle Case.

  • Fully Padded Rifle Case
  • External Web MOLLE for Pouch Attachment
  • 5.11 Gear Set™ Compatible
  • 4×4 Loop and 6×1 Name Tape
  • Top Carry Handle, Removable Shoulder Strap

5.11 Tactical Single Rifle Case

  • Internal Padded Muzzle and Butt Stock Sleeve
  • Internal Rifle Retention with Dual Removable Straps
  • Abrasion Resistant External Webbing Perimeter
  • YKK® Lockable Zippers
  • 5.11® Signature Center Line™ Design

Your new go-to rifle case comes with all the right stuff for a trip to the range or out on exercises. Fully padded with external MOLLE webbing and Gear Set™ compatibility so you can Always Be Ready with extra mags or attachments. On the inside, you have removeable rifle retention straps as well as padded butt stock and muzzle sleeves to protect your firearm. Provides excellent carry-ability with a comfortable padded handle and removable shoulder strap. Whether you’re planning a day of sport shooting or an overseas mission, this case has your six.

Field Use – 5.11 Tactical Single Rifle Case – 36″ (28L) & 42″ (34L)

When it came to getting some real-world, field use out of these rifle cases I tried to bring a varietal buffet to the firing line to see how well and how diverse of a collection of arms would fit in the cases. I used everything from rifles to shotguns and even handguns – yes, handguns.

  • Rifles
    • Palmetto State Armory PSAK-47 7.62x39mm
    • BCM RECCE-14 KMR-A 5.56 NATO
  • Shotguns
    • Mossberg 500 Home Defense 12 Gauge
    • Mossberg 940 Pro Turkey 12 Gauge
  • Handguns
    • Glock 17 Gen4 9mm
    • SIG Sauer P365XL 9mm
    • Springfield Armory Hellcat RDP 9mm
    • Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro 9mm

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You might be asking why would anyone stick handguns in a rifle case?! I would not put handguns in these or any cases during transport, but it makes for a great, clean surface to load magazines, verify red dot brightness, and do maintenance other than on the dirty ground. The internal padding made for a nice working surface even if the terrain underneath the case was rocky, uneven, or abrasive vegetation.

Aside from this case doing improv as a working surface at the range, it authentically does a great job cushioning, protecting, and storing your long guns. My line of work involves shooting, testing, and reviewing a lot of firearms so I am shuffling a lot of equipment in-and-out of my truck constantly. I have used these cases all summer doing range reviews and handling firearms – sometimes gently and other times not so gently.

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The clip-on exterior sling is a nice touch because sometimes jaunts from my truck at varying ranges can be 15 yards to 200 yards. These keep my hands free to carry other things like ammunition, a 5.11 range bag, etc. The Velcro panel on the exterior is a nice touch, too, because I am a morale patch junkie (like many of us), and who doesn’t like to add a little personality to their gear? Correct answer is: everybody does.

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You also have a large area of External Web MOLLE for for various pouch attachments including 5.11’s own Gear Set™ so you can always have vital equipment accessible and at-hand at all times.

Final Thoughts – 5.11 Tactical Single Rifle Case – 36″ (28L) & 42″ (34L)

So, what are my final thoughts on the 5.11 Tactical Single Rifle Case in a 36″ (28L) and 42″ (34L) offering?… Overall, I believe the value proposition of $82 for the 36″ and $92 for the 42″ is a great value for shooters. These aren’t just a rifle case. You have a removeable sling, exterior MOLLE, a Velcro panel, it is cushioned, there are muzzle pockets, and much more. Whenever 5.11 crafts something it is more than meets the eye, and so is this. You get much more value out of a simple case than you would expect.

In closing, I want to say thank you to 5.11 Tactical for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their 5.11 Tactical Single Rifle Case in a 36″ (28L) and 42″ (34L) offering. That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that the 5.11 Tactical Single Rifle Case in a 36″ (28L) and 42″ (34L) offering is something worth spending your money on? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.


Wardrobe, Video, and Photography

All of the quality photography for this review was completed by the accomplished and wonderful Savannah Pierson of Savvy Photage while the video work was achieved by the versatile and gifted Jens Kallgren of High Shine Media.

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08:00

NEW St. Croix Rift Salt & Rift Jig Fishing Rods – Thinner & Lighter [AllOutdoor.com]

The St. Croix Rift line of saltwater fishing rods was introduced just two months ago at ICAST 2022. They encompass 16 distinct boat models (Rift Salt) and 12 jigging models (Rift Jig) and were designed in direct response to saltwater anglers demanding thinner and lighter rods that still had great strength and durability.

St. Croix’s New Rift Salt rods consist of 16 models of thin and powerful conventional and spinning rods. These rods form a comprehensive line-up that will work for you from the back bays to the bluewater. The expansive Rift rod lineup has you covered from pitching crabs at permit, chasing cobia off the beach on the sand bar, to throwing irons and poppers at tunas around the oil rigs. The materials and design mated with St. Croix technologies make for a rod series that minimize fatigue and maximize fun on the water.

St. Croix Rift Salt Fishing Rods

Specifically engineered to help with the physical stresses associated with high-speed vertical jigging, the new Rift Jig rods are made to be an extension of the angler’s body. The line consists of 12 conventional and spinning models from 5’6” to 6’6” in length with moderate, parabolic actions and medium through extra-extra heavy powers. The rods are tip-tuned and beefed up in the butt section, optimized for battling fish in specific weight classes.

Each of the gunmetal grey Rift rods starts with a premium SCIII carbon fiber blank matched with St. Croix’s Fortified Resin System (FRS). This gives them unparalleled flexural strength and durability. St. Croix also uses its Advanced Reinforcing Technology (ART) to further increase strength without adding weight to the rods. This results in an incredibly powerful and durable rod, that are thinner and lighter in the hand.

St. Croix Rift Salt Fishing Rods

The Rift rods are completed with finely crafted ergonomics and use components that further enhance the angling experience. The rods use angler-preferred lightweight K-style guide platforms that are corrosion-resistant, durable, and trouble-free. Where the angler holds the rods there are premium and slim EVA handles that are engineered and contoured for comfort. Ergonomic reel seats with double locking nuts provide worry-free and rock-solid security, while non-marring rubber gimbles hold the rods securely in stand-up belts and rod holders.

St. Croix Rift Salt Fishing Rods

St. Croix Rift Features

  • 28 lightweight and durable Rift Salt (Boat) and Rift Jig models – conventional and spinning – that support high-performance angling in any nearshore saltwater application
  • SCIII carbon fiber for unparalleled flexural strength and durability, matched with Fortified Resin System (FRS) technology reducing weight
  • Advanced Reinforcing Technology™ (ART™)
  • Integrated Poly Curve® (IPC®) mandrel technology
  • K-style stainless-steel guides with Alconite rings
  • Nylon reel seats with double locking nuts
  • Rift Salt models feature contoured premium-grade full EVA handles
  • Rift Jig models feature contoured premium-grade modified split-grip EVA handles
  • Non-marring rubber gimbals
  • 5-year transferable warranty backed by St. Croix Superstar Service
  • Designed in Park Falls, U.S.A. and handcrafted in North America (Fresnillo, Mexico)
  • Retail price: $290-$350 USD

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St. Croix Rift Salt Models

  • Rift Salt RIFSC66MHF – 6’6”, medium-heavy power, fast action, conventional / Retail $300
  • Rift Salt RIFSC66HF – 6’6”, heavy power, fast action, conventional / Retail $300
  • Rift Salt RIFSC70MF – 7’, medium power, fast action, conventional / Retail $300
  • Rift Salt RIFSS70MF – 7’, medium power, fast action, spinning / Retail $300
  • Rift Salt RIFSC70MHF – 7’, medium-heavy power, fast action, conventional / Retail $310
  • Rift Salt RIFSS70MHF – 7’, medium-heavy power, fast action, spinning / Retail $305
  • Rift Salt RIFSC70HF – 7’, heavy power, fast action, conventional / Retail $310
  • Rift Salt RIFSS73MLMF – 7’3”, medium-light power, moderate-fast action, spinning / Retail $305
  • Rift Salt RIFSC73MMF – 7’3”, medium power, moderate-fast action, conventional / Retail $320
  • Rift Salt RIFSS73MMF – 7’3”, medium power, moderate-fast action, spinning / Retail $310
  • Rift Salt RIFSC73MHMF –7’3”, medium-heavy power, moderate-fast action, conventional / Retail $320
  • Rift Salt RIFSS73MHMF – 7’3”, medium-heavy power, moderate-fast action, spinning / Retail $315
  • Rift Salt RIFSS76MF – 7’6”, medium power, fast action, spinning / Retail $330
  • Rift Salt RIFSS710MHMF – 7’10”, medium-heavy power, moderate-fast action, spinning / Retail $340
  • Rift Salt RIFSS710MHF – 7’10”, medium-heavy power, fast action, spinning / Retail $345
  • Rift Salt RIFSS710HMF – 7’10”, heavy power, moderate-fast action, spinning / Retail $350

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New St. Croix Rift Jig Models

  • Rift Jig RIFCJ56XXH – 5’6”, extra-extra-heavy power, 200-lb. fish, conventional / Retail $320
  • Rift Jig RIFSJ56XXH – 5’6”, extra-extra heavy power, 200-lb. fish, spinning / Retail $310
  • Rift Jig RIFCJ58XH – 5’8”, extra-heavy power, 150-lb. fish, conventional / Retail $315
  • Rift Jig RIFSJ58XH – 5’8”, extra-heavy power, 150-lb. fish, spinning / Retail $310
  • Rift Jig RIFCJ58H – 5’8”, heavy power, 100-lb. fish, conventional / Retail $310
  • Rift Jig RIFSJ58H – 5’8”, heavy power, 100-lb. fish, spinning / Retail $305
  • Rift Jig RIFCJ60MH – 6’, medium-heavy power, 50-lb. fish, conventional / Retail $310
  • Rift Jig RIFSJ60MH – 6’, medium-heavy power, 50-lb. fish, spinning / Retail $305
  • Rift Jig RIFCJ66MH – 6’6”, medium-heavy power, 50-lb. fish, conventional / Retail $320
  • Rift Jig RIFSJ66MH – 6’6”, medium-heavy power, 50-lb. fish, spinning / Retail $305
  • Rift Jig RIFCJ66M – 6’6”, medium power, 35-lb. fish, conventional / Retail $295
  • Rift Jig RIFSJ66M – 6’6”, medium power, 35-lb fish, spinning / Retail $290

St. Croix Rift Salt Fishing Rods

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08:00

New Pulsar Thermion 2 XQ Pro Thermal Imaging Riflescopes [The Firearm Blog]

Pulsar Thermion 2 XQ Pro Thermal Imaging RiflescopesPulsar have announced the start of sales of their new line of Thermion 2 XQ Pro thermal imaging riflescopes that were introduced at the 2022 IWA & Outdoor Classics trade fair earlier this year. The line includes three scopes: Thermion 2 XQ35 Pro, Thermion 2 XQ50 Pro and the Thermion 2 LRF XQ50 Pro. The main […]

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07:00

TFBTV – The Rolex of Tactical Pistols: The B&T USW-P 9mm [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves interviews Karl Brugger, the president of B&T, about the new B&T USW-P. The USW-P at first seems like little more than a modular, striker-fired, high-end CZ-75 clone, but as Karl reveals, this gun is much, much more than that. The USW-P has a number of features discussed in the video, but also manages to integrate into the USW-SF chassis system made by B&T to convert the gun into a 9mm carbine.

According to B&T:

The USW-P is a classic handgun that incorporates the same features as the USW-SF just without the folding stock and the optic.

The ground breaking B&T USW® (Universal Service Weapon) will soon be available in “pistol only“ configuration with the same handling characteristics and features as the USW-SF.

The classic design, the rugged two piece frame plus the striker-fired trigger makes the USW-P the perfect complement to the USW-SF.

When an operator picks the weapon up for the first time, the feel of the weapon reveals the well though-out engineering, attention to detail and Swiss engineering that B&T is famous for.

The two piece frame is an aircraft grade aluminum alloy/polymer design, which makes the USW-P the only high capacity, striker-fire, alloy framed pistol in production.

This design shares the same proven features as the USW-SF such as ambidextrous handling, reversible magazine releases and the unique flared slide ears for easy slide manipulation.

It will accept the same magazines as the original USW and the USW-SF.

The striker fired trigger gives the operator a much faster first shot and a tighter group.

The trigger safety combined with the striker-fired system will put the weapon faster into action than any SA/DA design.

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07:00

The Storm System: Foundation Side Plates from Adept Armor [The Firearm Blog]

The Storm System: Foundation Side Plates from Adept ArmorAdept Armor has just announced the completion of what they call the world’s first modular body armor system. With the introduction of Adept’s Storm Foundation Side Plates, users can adapt their body armor to different threat levels by removing these stackable 6×6″ single-curve side plates. The modular strike faces are said to be capable of […]

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06:27

A Path Less Traveled: IM Metal’s Tavor-Based Prototype for the VHS-1 [Forgotten Weapons]

Today we are continuing to trace the development of the IM Metal / HS Produkt VHS rifles. During this period, Croatia briefly considered adopting the Israeli Tavor rifle. Part of the adoption would have included a license for domestic production, and HS Produkt would have been the company to do the manufacturing. As a result, the company got a good look at the Tavor, and when the government decided not to adopt it, the company decided to integrate some of the features into one of their own prototypes. This led to a split in development, with the company developing one design based on a gas-operated conversion of the FAMAS and a second design based on elements of the Tavor.

Only a small number of prototypes of each style were built, for comparative testing. This Tavor-type example also has an integrated 40mm under barrel grenade launcher. It has an AR-180-like rotating multi-lug bolt, basic iron sights, and a creative (but woefully impractical) bipod built into the pistol grip and trigger guard.

Many thanks to HS Produkt for giving me access to prototypes like this one to film for posterity!

06:00

TFB HANDS ON: The B&T USW-P Striker-Fired Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

TFB HANDS ON: The B&T USW-P Striker-Fired PistolTFB had a chance to shoot the first B&T USW-P striker-fired pistol during a recent visit to the B&T headquarters in Switzerland.  Military-inspired, this new striker-fired 9mm pistol is designed specifically for the civilian market.  I had a chance to shoot this pre-production pistol and talk with B&T AG staff about the pistol during our […]

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The Rolex of Tactical Pistols: The B&T USW-P 9mm [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves interviews Karl Brugger, the president of B&T, about the new B&T USW-P. The USW-P at first seems like little more than a modular, striker-fired, high-end CZ-75 clone, but as Karl reveals, this gun is much, much more than that. The USW-P has a number of features discussed in […]

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Tuesday, 20 September

17:00

TFB Review: Pulsar Thermion 2 LRF XP50 Pro Thermal Riflescope [The Firearm Blog]

Review: Pulsar Thermion 2 LRF XP50 ProThis is a review of the Pulsar Thermion 2 LRF XP50 Pro, which Pulsar claims is the first thermal imaging riflescope with a classic design and built-in laser rangefinder. Loaded with features and some of the most powerful components available on the market, like the EU-made 640×480 sensor, this is definitely one to evaluate if […]

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16:30

POTD: Bulletstorm II – Swedish Championship in IPSC PCC [The Firearm Blog]

Bulletstorm II - Swedish Championship in IPSC PCCPhoto Of The Day and we have a bunch of action shots from Bulletstorm II, the first Swedish Championship in IPSC PCC (Pistol Caliber Carbine). A two-day, twelve-stage, level three competition with over 200 competitors and 30 teams. All the team fees were donated to Ukraine.  The most common carbines (in no particular order) were […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Saiga Lover or Hell Yeah Brother? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 160th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has […]

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15:00

The Path Less Traveled #063: Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Review [AllOutdoor.com]

This Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid review is going to either kill me or my wallet. Dan Durston has gotten more money from me this year than I have ever paid child support. Why? Well, my sine-liberi arse has purchased the Kakwa 40, X-Mid 2 Solid, X-Mid Solid (on accident), and X-Mid 2 Pro. If you’ve been paying attention, that’s roughly as much as the MSRP of a Smith & Wesson 317 and M&P 15 22LR, combined.

Dan Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Wall Tent double wall design function first design
IMAGE SOURCE: DURSTON GEAR

Welcome to our recurring series of “The Path Less Traveled.” In this series, we want to take you along for our exploits out in the wilderness while hiking, camping, exploring, and general adventuring. This will include our small daily victories, foibles, tips, tricks, and reviews of gear we authentically appreciate and frequently utilize. While a well-worn trail can often be the pathway to a leisurely day, the paths less traveled can often spur on some of the greatest memories, misadventures, and fun we could imagine. Join us in the Comments as we share our travels and hopefully, we can all come together for a greater appreciation of the outdoors.


Dan Durston’s Gear is more popular than that one video Kim Kardashian did a while back. If you don’t know who the guy is, catch up with these posts:

Company Info – Dan Durston’s Durston Gear

Dan Durston has spent some time outdoors and knows his stuff. Dayjob as an environmental biologist has him traversing all over British Columbia, Canada.

He’s been in the backpacking community for a while and got his name as a gear designer when in 2018, having some gear manufacturing funded by MassDrop(, back when they used to sell things other than $300 computer keyboards).

His recent re-releases of backpacks and tents have made records for selling out within minutes. Interviews with Backpacking Light indicated that one tent model sold out in seven minutes.

With products selling this ravenously, there must be something to them, no?

The special sauce is the price to weight to performance value. Dan’s gear ranks with products costing 2-3x his prices, while coming in at similar weights, and more often than not better performance measures. The awards and accolades by various publications further indicate he may be the new fan favorite of the press and the in-crowd alike.

You can find more info about Dan Durston’s insane plans to rule the backpacking world at the following sites:


Product Info – X-Mid 2 Solid

Dan Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Wall Tent two trekking poles fly first pitch
Dan Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Wall Tent

The X-Mid 2 Solid is a double wall tent, like its X-Mid 2P brethren, but with solid walls on the inner tent to help increase warmth during cooler times. With Fall kicking in, I am sure some individuals in more northern states could be appreciating a warmer tent soon.

This tent’s backbone, as said before is from the second generation of X-Mid tents. If you have one of the original MassDrop tents, this is lighter and stands up to conditions a bit better.

Setting it up requires the rain fly to be pitched in a geometric sequence of staking the corners. Two hiking poles are then inserted to 115cm (48″); technically the instructions state to raise poles until the fly is taut.

Installing the inner tent involves clipping two buckles to the ceiling of the rain fly, then guying out the corners.

Even with the added protection of the higher solid walls, the upper half of the tent remains mesh. It is reported the solid walls only increase tent weight by 31g (1 oz.).

Using 20D poly for the rainfly, with taped seams, and 2500mm sil/PEU coating, one can expect the tent to remain waterproof much longer than tents with claimed protection levels of 3000mm or more. YKK Aquaguard zippers also help prevent moisture getting in. A poly fly will also absorb much less liquid weight than a nylon fly will.

Dan Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Wall Tents Kakwa 40 seam sealed
Dan Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Wall Tent

The tent comes with four titanium V-Stakes, as well as four titanium shepherd’s hook stakes. While the tent requires a minimum of four stakes to set up, there are an additional eight staking points to increase stability and security during inclement times. A bulk distance of lightweight guy line is also provided with the tent.

Once the tent is pitched and adjusted to remain as taut as possible to prevent wind buffeting, the inside tent has a length of 92″ L x 52″ W x 45″ H at it’s greatest points. If you look at a diagram of the rain fly, you can see the inner tent is placed diagonally under the 100″ L x 83″ W x 48″ H dimensions.

Dan Durston Gear X Mid 2 Second Gen Footprint
IMAGE SOURCE: DURSTON GEAR

Having the tent pitched without the rainfly is near impossible. There is a recommended Stargazer Kit to help accomplish this task.

dan durston gear X Mid 2 solid wall tent stargazer kit
ORIGINAL IMAGE SOURCE: DURSTON GEAR

Observations

I’ve spent twelve days with this tent and I’ll admit… setting it up the first couple times required me to have a youtube video saved to my phone for reference. While the instructions are simple, the implementation of them, and the odd, nontraditional diagonal inner tent always makes things a little more complicated than a freestanding tent with two or three hooping poles.

dan durston gear x mid how to set up pitch tent hiking poles
ORIGINAL IMAGE SOURCE: DURSTON GEAR

Tent stakes do not add to the complication, nor do the titanium stakes. The complication is with requiring a perfect pitch of the rain fly, then often needing to adjust the rain fly and tent together once the tent is installed.

Dan Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Wall Tent living space design trekking pole tent
Difficult to get a picture perfect pitch with ideal tension on this thing, sometimes.

There were several instances while packing up where I would end up rolling the whole thing back into the stuff sack; inner and fly still connected after taking out the stakes. Knowing I would be too tired to fiddle with adjusting things a few inches when pitching separately sometimes feels like too much after hiking a dozen or more miles. This led to me often forgetting things in several of the four pockets. You don’t know humble pie until you have to dig out your tent a few hours after packing it up to find your sunglasses you left in a door pocket.

Dan Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Wall Tent double wall design function first design pockets
Dan Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Wall Tent

How does it do as a two person tent you ask? I honestly can’t tell you, as there were only a few hours which I had a second person in the tent with me. I can tell you two typical sleeping pads fit butted to each other comfortably, and that the 52″ inner width is generous compared to tents like the Big Agnes Scout 2 or ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 2.0. While four or five inches of width do not sound like a vast amount of space between two people, it sure is enough to have a virtual wall of Jericho if someone is being fussy or gassy.

Dan Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Wall Tent optional stake points 4 season
Dan Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Wall Tent

As a 1-person person tent, this thing is like the Biltmore Estate of tents. For real, if you’re like me and turn from side to side like a $5 rotisserie chicken at Costco, having this kind of space is amazing, as long as you can stay on your sleeping pad. for 230g (8 oz.), you’re getting 13.2 additional square feet of floor space compared to the X-Mid 1P! Forget bringing your copy of Walden, and go for the big boy tent, as long as you believe your camp spots can fit something with it’s footprint size.

Dan Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Wall Tent rain fly ykk aquaguard zippers
Dan Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Wall Tent

Ventilation was handled well with the tent, as the adjustability of the rain fly to the ground, or slightly higher allowed a fair draft to keep air moving about, while still not getting into the actual tent due to the solid 15 denier nylon halfway up. There are two magnetic wands in the ceiling vents on the rain fly to allow additional ventilation. Due to the double door, double vestibule benefit of a 2p tent, I often ran the tent with the windy side of the tent’s small vestibule door open, and the non-windy side’s large vestibule door open. This allowed max airflow, with minimal temperature loss for me.

Dan Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Wall Tent trekking pole shelter peak guylines four season
Dan Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Wall Tent

Additionally, the vestibules while close to the inner tent wall, still allowed me to either lay down or sit up and cook breakfast while still being inside the comforts of the tent itself. You may experience some leakage coming down on you, or your stove if not careful due to the geometry of what is covered by the angles of the vestibule doors, or not.

Dan Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Wall Tent living space vestibule
Dan Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Wall Tent

Durability has not been a concern. I am always a worry wort and buy window insulation kits from the hardware stores every spring to have a half dozen polycryo sheets to throw under my tent. Polycryo weighs nothing compared to my old tyvek ground sheets, and packs down to a size of cards. Dan does have groundsheets available to buy, if one desired to.


X-Mid 2 Solid – Comparison

As several sites, such as Backpacking Light, Outdoor Gear Lab, and Section Hiker have all noted, the X-Mid 2 Solid bats above it’s price point and weight class when it comes to space and durability. It is difficult to compare to tents in both the same weight and price class, as there are few, if none.

The Black Diamond Beta Light 2P is an ultralight shelter, with a rainfly and mesh bug skirt around the bottom. This shelter is $299.99, voluminous, and is 181 g lighter. Do remember, you will be sleeping on the ground to save those 181 grams.

The ZPacks Duplex could be considered if you wanted a floor and to remain light, as it is 141 g lighter than the X-Mid 2 Solid, but so will your wallet at $699.99. Dyneema is not cheap. Sewing Dyneema requires painstaking techniques and QC. This single wall tent likely punches a little higher than Durston’s, but at double the price.


Specifications – Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid

Dan Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Wall Tent two trekking poles fly first pitch packed stuff sack
Dan Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Wall Tent in stuff sack.

As per Durston Gear’s site:

Features

  • Ultra-simple pitch with just four stakes
  • Solid inner fabric to block snow, sand, and winds
  • Fly zippers are reinforced with buckles at the base
  • Tent pitches fly first, so the inner tent stays dry during setup in the rain.
  • The twin pole structure provides generous headroom and living space.
  • Double-wall design protects from condensation.
  • Dual doors and dual vestibules provide easy access and ample gear space.
  • Protected doorways can be left open in light rain.
  • Doorways are large and not blocked by trekking poles like many designs.
  • Polyester fabric does not sag in the rain.
  • Polyester fabric does not absorb water, so it dries fast and stays light.
  • 4 interior pockets provide handy storage.
  • Large vents provide excellent ventilation and close easily during harsh conditions.
  • Excellent snow shedding via steep roof panels
  • Full coverage fly extends to the ground to block drafts yet can be raised for more ventilation.
  • Packs short enough to store horizontally in a pack
  • Fly and inner can pitch independently
  • Magnetic door toggles for quick operation
  • Fully seam taped
  • Fully double-stitched construction
  • Non-slippery floor
  • Premium materials and hardware (e.g., YKK AquaGuard Zippers)
  • Optional stake points include 2 peak guylines, 2 side panel guylines, and an extra 8 stake points around the base.

Weight

  • Fly: 21.0 oz / 595 g
  • Inner: 15.5 oz / 440 g
  • Stuff sack: 0.5 oz / 15 g
  • Stake sack: 0.2 oz / 4 g
  • Stakes: 4 Ti hooks @ 8g, 4 Ti V stakes @ 12g
  • Tent (fly + inner): 36.5 oz / 1035 g
  • Complete package: 39.9 oz / 1135 g (tent, stuff sacks, 8 stakes)

Materials

  • 20 denier polyester in Alpine Sage (fly) or anthracite (floor) + 15 denier nylon in white (inner solid fabric)
  • 2500mm sil/PEU coating
  • Peak reinforced with 210d black nylon
  • YKK #5 AquaGuard (water-resistant) zippers (fly) + #3 zippers (inner tent)
  • 4 titanium shepherd’s hook stakes +4 titanium V stakes

Dimensions

  • Fly: 83 x 100 in / 210 x 254 cm
  • Fly area: 57.6 sq ft / 5.35 sq m
  • Fly peak height: 48 in / 122 cm
  • Inner peak height: 45 in / 114 cm
  • Floor width: 52 in / 132 cm
  • Floor length: 92 in / 234 cm
  • Floor area: 33.2 sq ft / 3.1 sq m
  • Vestibule area: 23 sq ft (11.5 sq ft x 2) / 2.1 sq m (1.05 sq m x 2)
  • Packed size: 12 x 6.5 in / 30 x 17 cm
  • MSRP (as of September 15, 2022): $33900

Dan Durston Gear X Mid Solid Wall Tent Titanium Stakes
P.S. – If you pitch a perfect tent and no one sees it on the Gram, did it even ever happen?

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14:00

POTD: A Bleeding Scam – Professor Blomberg Vampire Killing Kit [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have the lesser-known snake oil of the 1800s and early 1900s. This is a Professor Blomberg Vampire Killing Kit. These were in fact put together and sold by Ernst Blomberg so that civilians traveling to Eastern Europe had a way to defend themselves from the vampiric forces of evil!!! Or at least I am sure that is somewhat how the sales pitch went. Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula was not published until 1897 but the idea of demons that drank blood was a familiar tale and it had heavy roots in the far east. These Professor Blomberg Vampire Killing Kits came in different shapes and sizes and held various contents. Typical things like a bottle of holy water, a crucifix, and a stake were often included. Then there was the occasional small pistol (I have even seen ring pistol kits) or even a poison blow dart included in an “assassin’s” kit. Obviously, enough people ate up these Professor Blomberg Vampire Killing Kits because there are quite a few around today.

“These kits were assembled in the 20th century using a mix of original antique, modified, and modern components. This one has a label discussing the kit’s use and noting that “Professor Blomberg wishes to announce his grateful thanks to that well known gunmaker of Liege, Nicholas Plomdeur whose help in the compiling of this special items, the silver bullets &c., has been most efficient.” The case contains Belgian pocket pistol, a ball mold, multiple balls, a cap tin, powder flask, carved crucification, small cross pendant, Lord’s Prayer, German document, a wooden stake, and phials labeled for “Professor Blomberg’s New Serum,” brimstone, garlic powder, and holy water.”

Vampire Killing Kit

Lot 2269: Cased “Vampire Killing Kit” with Percussion Pocket Pistol – Cased “Vampire Killing Kit” with Liege Proofed Boxlock Percussion Pocket Pistol. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved September 19, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1041/2269/cased-vampire-killing-kit-with-percussion-pocket-pistol.

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12:07

Federal judge strikes down ban on receipt by those under felony indictment [Of Arms and the Law]

US v. Quiroz, W.D. Tex. The judge does a good job, and is quite faithful to Bruen. I just worry that too faithful an application might lead to results that could lead a later Court to abandon "text, history, and tradition" as unworkable.

12:00

Cook your Catch: Catfish Couvillion / Catfish Court-bouillon [AllOutdoor.com]

In France, there is a dish called Court Boullion. A quickly cooked broth used to poach fish, eggs, vegetables, and delicate meats. But what was once a French dish was changed once the Acadian French were kicked out of Canada and sent to the French Louisiana colonies. The culture which was once Acadian was changed by all the other cultural influences and became what we know now as Cajun. So while the name is similar to the old dish, Catfish Couvillion or Court-bouillon (pronounced COO-bee-YON) is very different. It is a well-seasoned tomato-based fish stew that is thickened with flour. While it is catfish this time, you can use any firmer white-fleshed fish instead. Red snapper and redfish are both very popular choices for this dish as well.

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds of catfish (or other firm whitefish)
  • 1 pound peeled and cleaned shrimp
  • 2 onions diced
  • 7 stalks celery
  • 5 green bell peppers
  • 5 garlic cloves( or more) minced
  • 2 can Rotel tomatoes
  • 2 can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Tony Chachere Creole Seasoning
  • 4 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 4 cups seafood stock

First off we start off with our fresh catfish, this is about a 5lb fish that I caught the day before at the lake. This dish does better with larger catfish because the fillets are thicker the meat holds up better in the gravy when you serve it out. The first step is simple, fillet out the catfish or whichever fish you’re using. And then take the skin off the fillets.

catfish Couvillion cajun creole

H&G (Headed & Gutted) catfish, a good way to keep catfish on ice once you’re done at the lake. Store body cavity down on ice to drain the blood further.

catfish Couvillion cajun creole
Putting paper towels on the fillets is good for pulling water and blood from the meat.

Then get your celery, onions, and bell peppers. Wash it all then dice all three of them evenly. This is your Cajun cooking Holy Trinity and the garlic we will add is the Pope.

catfish Couvillion cajun creole

Here’s a tip for easily chopping up your bell peppers, take the top and bottom off the pepper. Then run the knife along the inside to sort of fillet the pepper.

catfish Couvillion cajun creole

The final “fillet” of bell pepper is easy to dice up and will lay flat when you go to chop it up.

catfish Couvillion cajun creole

You want to have all your onions, celery, and green bell peppers diced up to about the same size. But you also don’t want to go too small with your pieces or you’ll lose them in the final product.

catfish Couvillion cajun creole
“Holy Trinity” you want a 1 to 1 to 1 ratio for all the vegetables.

Now in a big pot, melt the butter and add the oil, then once hot add in the trinity, salt, and pepper. Then, sauté the veg and about halfway through add in the minced garlic. Then cook the mix down till soft and the onions are translucent.

catfish Couvillion cajun creole

catfish Couvillion cajun creole

catfish Couvillion cajun creole

Once the veg is soft add a little more oil and all the flour into the pot. Mix it all together and then start sautéing it till the flour browns a little, make sure to not burn it though. You can alternatively just make a roux separately using equal parts oil and flour and add it into the pot instead.

catfish Couvillion cajun creole

Once the flour has been browned, add in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and the stock. Season to taste and then let it gently simmer for about 15-20 minutes. The flour that was browned will thicken up the Couvillion into what Cajuns call a red gravy.

You simmer it down for that long to help infuse all the flavors together and to take out some of the acidity from the tomatoes. You want to season the gravy a little heavier to account for moisture from the fish and shrimp that will be added. Once you add in the fish you can’t easily stir and mix the Couvillion without breaking up all the pieces of fish. So make sure the taste is where you want it. Then add in your fish first, and let that poach in the red gravy.

catfish Couvillion cajun creole

Once the fish is mostly cooked through add the shrimp to the pot. Once the shrimp finish poaching the dish is ready to serve.

catfish Couvillion cajun creole

Serve the Catfish Couvillion ladled on top of some hot white rice, Depending on the size of your fish pieces, aim for one to two pieces along with a few shrimp per person. Make sure to add plenty of red gravy for them to mix into the rice. Serve with lemon and hot sauce on the table so everyone can adjust that last bit to their palettes.

catfish Couvillion cajun creole
Celery leaves make a great garnish, don’t toss them out.

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11:00

Norma Issues Recall on .308 WIN Norma Tac 147 Grain FMJ [AllOutdoor.com]

Norma Precision Inc. has issued a recall on their .308 WIN Norma Tac 147 Grain FMJ cartridges. They have identified possible inconsistencies with the neck tension in a small number of the .308 WIN Norma Tac 147 Grain FMJ cartridges. The inconsistent neck tension can lead to projectiles becoming loose when handled or transported. Continued use of the potentially affected ammunition could impact safe firearm performance which can lead to damage to your firearms or yourself.

The SKU for the recalled ammo is 2422027 and the Lot Numbers are: 59KQ, 58KQ, 61KQ, 60KQ, 42MQ, 44MQ, 45MQ, 48MQ 62MQ, 50MQ, 56MQ, 42RQ, 64RQ, 71RQ, 65TQ, 66TQ, 68TQ, 69TQ, 50UQ, 44UQ, 50KR, 58UQ, 65UQ, 70UQ, 54KR. All of the ammo affected by this recall notice was produced in Germany.

How to determine if your ammo is affected

Find the SKU and corresponding Lot number on the packing for your ammunition. It is located in a white box on the exterior of the packaging as shown in the following photo.

norma tac

If you do find that your Norma .308 WIN Norma Tac 147 Grain FMJ cartridges ammunition is part of the recall based on its SKU and corresponding Lot numbers. Your next step of action will be to submit a return request online at www.Normashooting.com. Once Norma receives the unfired ammunition they will refund your full purchase price for the returned, unfired ammunition. They want to make it clear this only pertains to the Lot numbers identified in their recall bulletin. Norma will only reimburse customers for unfired ammunition from the specific Lot numbers.

If customers are uncertain as to whether or not recently purchased ammunition falls with the potentially impacted SKU and corresponding Lot Numbers listed on www.Normashooting.com or for additional questions concerning this Notice, please contact a Norma Customer Service Representative by email at Sales@normashooting.com or by phone at 912-800-9332.

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11:00

Army Awards Federal Ammunition $114M Frangible Ammunition Contract [The Firearm Blog]

Army Awards Federal Ammunition $114M Frangible Ammunition ContractThe United States Army has just awarded Federal Ammunition a new 5-year long contract worth $114,000,000 dollars. This new contract is meant to supply the United States Army with AA40 5.56mm Frangible Ammunition to be used for training purposes. Despite the recent adoption of the new M5 Spear and its .277 Fury cartridge, it seems […]

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10:10

iRayUSA Releases New RICO HD RS75 Thermal Weapon Sight [AllOutdoor.com]

iRayUSA continues to push the envelope in the thermal world with the RS75, the first commercially available 1280×1024 resolution thermal weapon sight. With more states every year adding night time hunting, shooters demanding more capability, and advancements in imaging technology – the RS75 is entering the market at a great time. The new RS75 sports a new large senor that increases image resolution, sharpness, and field of view. The high resolution 2560×2560 AMOLED display will translate the new sensors image into a clear picture with no loss of detail.

The Rugged Infrared Compact Optic(RICO) HD RS75 is the first commercially available 1280×1024 resolution thermal weapon sight ever created. You read that right, the legendary thermal image quality produced by a High Definition(1280×1024) thermal sensor is finally commercially available to night hunters in the form of an advanced weapon sight. The RICO HD RS75 has an incredible 1,310,720 pixels processed by InfiRay’s proprietary MATRIX III algorithm to create an image so clear, it is almost unbelievable.

It’s been more than a decade since the leap from 320×240 resolution to 640×512 resolution thermal sensor technology, but the inexorable advancement to 1280×1024 resolution has been approaching quietly in the background. As night hunters we have always wanted more performance out of our optics, but the problem was we couldn’t do that with existing technology which had reached its limits. Through years of research and development by an engineering team of over 500 devoted to sensor innovation, InfiRay Outdoor has unleashed the capabilities that night hunters have only dreamed of.

The RS75 maintains many familiar RICO Mk1 characteristics including a 4 button layout, similar software style and menu functions, and high speed germanium objective optics. In addition to the tried and true features of the MK1 line, InfiRay Outdoor added several highly requested features to the RS75 including 128gb of internal storage space, an upgraded 2560×2560 AMOLED display, an enhanced microphone, and a recoil mitigating mount for increased durability.

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RS75 [iRayUSA]

RICO HD RS75 Thermal Weapon Sight – Specifications

Sensor

  • 1280×1024 Sensor Resolution
  • 30hz Framerate
  • 12 μm Pixel Size

Optics

  • 75mm f/1.0
  • 2x Magnification
  • 16x Digital zoom
  • 11.7° × 9.4° FOV
  • 3,600 Yard Detection Range
  • AMOLED Display
  • 2560×2560 Display Resolution
  • 60mm Eye Relief

Physical and Warranty

  • 12.55” × 3.93” × 3.34” size
  • 44.9 Oz Weight
  • T-6061 Aluminum Housing
  • IP67 Rated
  • 1000 g/s² (300 Win./7mm Mag) Maximum Recoil
  • 5 Year Warranty
  • $17,999.00 MSRP

For full specifications and dealer locator, see iRayUSA.

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10:00

Cash In that Sound with the new HUXWRX CA$H 9K 9mm Suppressor [The Firearm Blog]

Cash In that Sound with the new HUXWRX CA$H 9K 9mm SuppressorIf you’ve been looking for a suitable suppressor for your favorite sub gun, then you might want to check out the latest offering from the folks over at HUXWRX. The new HUXWRX CA$H 9K (no that’s not a joke) 9mm suppressor makes use of HUXWRX’s next-gen OSS Flow-Baffle technology making it an ideal selection for […]

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08:00

AllOutdoor Review: Boyds At-One Rifle Stock – Updating a Classic Rifle [AllOutdoor.com]

Recently when I reviewed the Determinator Effective Range Target System, I used my friend’s classic Ruger 77 chambered in .308. I have fired plenty of rifles and this one had one of the most brutal recoil impulses I have ever felt. The factory stock is very light, recoil pad is completely solid from age and very thin. Coupled with the geometry of the stock, it was not pleasant to shoot. After our range day, the rifle’s owner decided it was time to bring the old Ruger into the modern era and ordered a Boyds At-One stock set with Boyds Aluminum Pillar Bedding.

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Boyds Coverage from AllOutdoor and The Firearm Blog

Boyds At-One Specifications

  • Length of Pull: 12-1/2” – 14”
  • Comb Travel: 9/16”
  • Overall Length: 30 1/4” (butt retracted) | 31 3/4” (butt extended)
  • ForeARM Insert Width Standard: 1 3/4” (rear) | 1 7/16” (front)
  • Target Style: 2” (rear) | 1 13/16” (front)
  • Recoil Pad: 1/2” Thick, Over-Molded Rubber
  • Weight: ~3 Lb

For a full list of available options and finishes, see the Boyds At-One product page. As equipped, this At-One has an MSRP of $299.99 with the aluminum pillar bedding.

Boyds At-One First Look and Installation

At our next range day, his At-One stock had arrived packaged perfectly with no damage from shipping. Installation is a breeze on the Ruger 77. Total time was less than 15 minutes.

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Taking down the more than 20 year old Ruger takes a single flat head screw driver, take care to ensure a proper fit so you do not strip a screw or scratch the finish on your new stock. Verify the rifle is clear, remove the bolt, trigger guard, internal magazine and then finally the bolt holding the action.

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With the Ruger broken down we were able to see the difference between the factory stock and the At-One side by side. The At-One is a bit heavier but does not add an unnecessary amount of weight. Forward grip improved from the factory stock which has a slippery smooth plastic compared to the textured rubberized grip of the Boyds At-One.

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Reassembly is as you probably guessed, reverse of disassembly. I was very impressed with the exact fit of all the components. Aftermarket stocks can sometimes be a pain to install due to manufacturing tolerances and require additional fitment by the customer or in some cases, a gun smith. The At-One fit exactly as if it were a factory stock.

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Fully assembled the Boyds At-One is a work of art. It transformed the old Ruger into one of the best looking bolt actions I’ve seen in a long time. The laminate finish is gorgeous. The At-One “Pepper” finish the rifle’s owner selected looks perfect with the stainless barrel, action and trigger guard. Accented well with the black recoil pad, cheek pad, grip sections, and stainless hardware on the adjustable recoil pad.

Let’s Test the At-One

The Boyds At-One completely transformed the look of the Ruger 77 but what about the shooting experience?

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Night and day difference. In its factory stock, the Ruger 77 was down right unpleasant to shoot. Perfectly serviceable as a hunting rifle but not one I would ever pick up to enjoy on a range day. Just firing the first 10 rounds had me rethinking selecting it for the Determinator review. Now with the Boyds At-One stock installed, the Ruger feels like a completely different rifle. The slight addition of weight, better grip, more functional recoil pad, and improved ergonomics come together for a completely different shooting experience. The Ruger paired with the At-One stock is still a fairly lightweight hunting rifle, recoil is still present but is manageable, similar to modern hunting rifles.

For fun we shot the Ruger 77 next to the rifle owner’s new Savage 110 Apex Hunter XP .308 for a quick comparison to see if the addition of the Boyds At-One has brought the Ruger into the modern world.

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The Boyds At-One equipped Ruger 77 was my favorite, hands down. Shocking when just a couple weeks prior I swore the rifle off. Dialing in the length of pull, comb height, and having a better grip on the rifle completely changed the shooting experience. I could not believe it was the same rifle. The Savage 110 Apex Hunter has a very large recoil pad with plenty of give, a surprisingly good trigger, and a smooth action. I prefer the ergonomics of the Boyds At-One but this quick side by side showed us that the 15 minute install of the At-One stock did modernize this classic rifle.

Accuracy testing was ruined by us learning that the Ruger absolutely did not like the Norma Whitetail 150 grain that I had brought for this review. Groups were about 4 inches at 100 yards with either stock. We did run some Tula 168 grain steel case soft point and it stacked a 3 shot group on a 6 in steel plate.

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Not the most scientific accuracy test but does reinforce the fact that you need to make sure you are testing the ammo you plan to hunt with before you head into the field.

Final Thoughts

The Boyds At-One is the easiest modification I have ever done to a rifle that completely changes nearly every aspect of it. The fit and finish is incredible. The only issue we had with this example was the provided sling mount in the right side QD socket was stuck. The owner later was able to remove it with some difficulty but overall, minor complaint. If shaving every ounce from your rifle is your main concern, this isn’t the stock for you but if you are willing to add a little extra weight to your rifle for better ergonomics, adjustable length of pull, comb height, and excellent grips – the At-One should be on your purchase list. I am looking at ordering one in the near future for my 18 year old Remington 700. I highly recommend you give this Boyds stock a serious look if you are in the market.

What do you think of the Boyds At-One or do you have any experiences with one? Let us know in the comments section below. If you are interested in ordering one for yourself, the “Build Yours” wizard will walk you through the entire process.

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08:00

GRS Riflestocks FENRIS Composite Stock [The Firearm Blog]

Norwegian GRS Riflestocks has added another option to their line of composite bolt action rifle stocks. The new stock is called Fenris and while retaining the general shape of other GRS stocks and key features such as the Speedlock quick LOP adjustment mechanism, the Fenris stock introduces the new Honeycomb grip and forearm pattern as […]

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07:00

New LIVETARGET Live Shrimp Hard Body, Saltwater Lure [AllOutdoor.com]

The shrimp always gets the short end of the stick when it comes to life, about everything that swims wants to eat them. While this sucks for the shrimp, it’s great for us anglers. Because everything eats them, they make for great baits or base to model our lures after. And while live baits are great, they can be a pain to acquire and then keep alive. For these reasons LIVETARGET has released their NEW LIVETARGET Live Shrimp lure, the winner of the “Best Saltwater Hard Lure” award in the ICAST 2022 New Product Showcase. It features a ABS plastic body for toughness and TPE soft plastics legs for maximum lifelike motion. The profile of the lure matches the look of real shrimp, and the unique swing weight system ensures a horizontal profile while the shrimp is worked and falls through the water column.

Live Shrimp

The lure is built with a line tie on the tail end of the shrimp, to help with castability. This gives the angler three retrive options for the lure, you can burn it quickly through the water to cover more ground. Twitch or pop it for enticing in reds and trout looking for a vulnerable target, or slow crawl it along the bottom with occasional hops to mimic a fleeing shrimp. The lure comes in two sizes and two eweight choices. This allows you to choose the sink rate and profile to match your fishing conditions.

Live Shrimp

Beneath the highly detailed exterio, the LIVETARGET live shrimp is armed with modern angling advantages that enhance its predator-attracting abilities. The body holds a round weight to give the lure a light click when in motion. The stout mustad hook for keeping any fish that hits it pinned till you have it in hand.

LIVETARGET Live Shrimp – Features

  • Unparalleled Anatomical Detail and Lifelike Swimming Action
  • Unique Interchangeable Swing Weight System
  • Durable ABS Carapace and Abdomen
  • The TPE Legs are made from soft plastic. The durable and buoyant material enables the legs to shimmy and flicker as the bait falls.
  • Internal Rattle for Lifelike Clicking Sound
  • Mustad UltraPoint Hook
  • Two Sizes
  • Eight Biomimetic Colors

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07:00

Adept Armor Releases the New Lightweight Dragoon Plate Carrier [The Firearm Blog]

Adept Armor Releases the New Lightweight Dragoon Plate CarrierAdept Armor is excited to announce the introduction of their new lightweight Dragoon Plate Carrier which can be used both overtly and covertly and allows the user to fit it with a wide variety of armor plate systems and the greatest amount of aftermarket accessories possible so that it can be configured to their exact […]

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06:27

Ask Ian: Why No German WW2 50-Cal Machine Guns? (feat. Nick Moran) [Forgotten Weapons]

From Nathaniel on Patreon:
“Why didn’t Germany or Axis powers have a machine gun similar to the American M2?”

Basically, because everyone faced the choice of a .50 caliber machine gun or 20mm (or larger) cannons for anti-aircraft use, and most people chose the cannons – including Germany. There were some .50 caliber machine guns adopted by Axis powers, most notably the Hotchkiss 1930, a magazine-fed 13.2mm gun that was used by both Italy and Japan (among others). However, the use of the .50 caliber M2 by the US was really a logistical holdover form the interwar period. The M2 remained in production because it was adopted by US Coastal Artillery as a water-cooled anti-aircraft gun, and commercial sales by Colt were slim but sufficient to keep the gun in development through the 20s and 30s. It was used as a main armament in early American armor, but obsolete in this role when the war broke out.

However, with the gun in production and no obvious domestic 20mm design, the US chose to simply make an astounding number of M2s and just dump them everywhere, from Jeeps to trucks to halftracks to tanks to self-propelled guns. And that’s not considering the 75% of production that went to coaxial and aircraft versions…

Anyway, back to the question. The German choice for antiaircraft use was the 20mm and 37mm Flak systems, and not a ,50 MG on every tank turret. And so, there was really no motive to develop such a gun. The Soviets did choose to go the US route, though, and developed the DShK-38 for the same role as the US M2 – although it was made in only a tiny fraction of the quantity of the M2.

Thanks to Nick Moran (the Chieftain) for his assistance on this video! You can see the video he references about tanks being attacked by aircraft here:

And his full channel is here:
https://www.youtube.com/c/TheChieftainsHatch

06:00

The New WHISKEY6 3-18x44mm Riflescope from SIG Sauer [The Firearm Blog]

The new WHISKEY6 3-18x44mm Riflescope from SIG SauerSIG Sauer has announced the newest addition to their growing lineup of both electronic and traditional optics. The new WHISKEY6 3-18x44mm riflescope is SIG Sauer’s ideal solution for short, medium, and long-range engagements for tactical and recreational shooting, as well as hunting dangerous game across a wide variety of calibers and lighting conditions. More from […]

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Monday, 19 September

17:00

TFB Podcast Roundup 59: USPSA Tech, Predator Control, & Survival [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Podcast Roundup 59: USPSA Tech, Predator Control, & SurvivalWelcome to TFB Podcast Roundup 59. This week’s episodes feature a good mixture of fast-paced USPSA talk from our friend Dave at the Arrogant Marksman Podcast channel, some more traditional hunting talk with an emphasis on predator control for healthy waterfowl populations, and of course we’ll be diving back into our own podcast featured last […]

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16:30

POTD: Swedish & U.S. Marines Light Up Their H&Ks [The Firearm Blog]

Heckler & Koch G36CIt’s time for another Photo Of The Day, and we can’t express enough gratitude to soldiers and photographers who capture moments like this when the shooting range is lit up by the muzzle blast from rarely seen firearms. In this case, we have the Heckler & Koch G36C in the hands of U.S. Marines and Swedish […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: The Obscure .22 Rimfire Tear Gas Cartridge Guns [The Firearm Blog]

The Rimfire Report: The Obscure .22 Rimfire Tear Gas CartridgeHello and welcome back to another Edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and its many guns, ammunition choices, and shooting sports. Last week we took a look at the CMMG Bravo 22LR conversion kit for AR-15 rifles. A lot of you had mixed feelings about the setup as […]

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13:29

Registration For SCI Convention Opens []

The registration for the 2023 Safari Club International Convention is now open. The even will be held February 22nd through 25th in Nashville at the Music City Center. This is the convention center where the NRA has held their annual meetings in the past.

This will be the first SCI Convention to be held outside of Nevada since 1993. In their earliest years, they held some conventions in cities like Atlanta and Orlando. However, they were not a great success when compared to Las Vegas and Reno. I am hoping this year will be prove to be different.

The 2022 convention was fun in Las Vegas and we split our time between it and the SHOT Show. I enjoyed the exhibits as well as attending some of the seminars. Not wanting to be tempted, I skipped the auctions and banquets. All of that said, I’m excited that it will be held in a location to which I can easily drive and where I know my way around. I also like the timing of it as it won’t make the month of January jam-packed with events.

More information on the convention is below in their press release:

SCI’s preferred hotels for the 2023 Convention include Grand Hyatt Downtown, Hilton Nashville Downtown, Hyatt Place Downtown, JW Marriott Nashville, The Westin Nashville, Renaissance Nashville, and Omni Nashville. Please mention “SCI2023” or “Safari Club room block” when booking hotels over the phone to receive discounted pricing. 

The Convention will showcase unique hunting opportunities on six continents, world-class taxidermy and art, and give manufacturers their first opportunity to demonstrate new products directly to consumers. Considered the “Ultimate Sportsmen’s Market,” the Convention also plays host to dozens of topical seminars presented by subject matter experts. Several hundred hunts, fishing trips, firearms, works of art, jewelry, and other items and services are offered at live and silent auctions, helping SCI raise hunter advocacy and conservation funds. Finally, you won’t want to miss out on the nightly banquets and world-class entertainment starring country music celebrities, hunting superstars, and much more!  

Whether attendees are looking to book their dream hunt, scope out the latest firearms and gear, or find taxidermy inspiration, the SCI Annual Convention will impress with many exhibits and something for everyone! 

To register for the 2023 SCI Annual Convention, visit https://showsci.org. To contact a registration agent, please dial 520-620-1220 or call toll-free at 888-746-9724.

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13:00

POTD: The Other Other 22 – Remington Model 16 Semi-Automatic Rifle [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a cool old Remington 22 rifle. Most folks would assume this rimfire rifle chambered for 22 was a 22 long rifle, but you would be mistaken. This is the Remington Model 16 chambered for 22 Remington Auto. These elegant plinkers were made to compete with the very popular Winchester self-loading 22 rifles of the time. Like most guns with a proprietary cartridge, this rifle did not last long. Not to say it was a failure, but it did sell for over 10 years from 1916 until 1928. They were marketed as excellent rabbit guns and featured a hidden tubular magazine in the stock much like many competing rifles of the day. The tube was accessed by pushing a button on the butt plate and the tube end would reveal itself to be pulled out.

  • Manufacturer: Remington Arms Inc
  • Model: 16-Rifle
  • Type: Rifle
  • Gauge: 22 Rem auto
  • Barrel: 22 inch round
  • Finish: blue
  • Grip:
  • Stock: walnut

Remington Model 16

Lot 3180: Remington Model 16 Semi-Automatic Rifle. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved September 18, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1035/3180/remington-model-16-semiautomatic-rifle.

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12:00

AO Review: LALO Zodiac Recon AT – “Non-Aquaphobic Trail Runners” [AllOutdoor.com]

LALO Tactical is a tactical footwear company that was founded to serve the needs of U.S. Army Special Operations Forces and Naval Special Warfare Operators. While the company is relatively new in the footwear space, its designers and developers have over 30 years in the industry working with some of the world’s top brands. LALO is proud to mention that they have been collaborating with professional athletes for years to make specialized performance footwear. They also state that “At LALO, we not only listen carefully to our professional athletes, but we also listen to our Operators on the front lines.” LALO offers a wide variety of footwear to fit roles from military to cross country and urban athletes. The focus of this review will be their Zodiac Recon AT shoes. In LALO’s own words “The Zodiacs are an oversized, rugged running shoe with lightweight component construction and responsive geometry. It provides a quick and responsive ride for off-road terrain.”

The ZODIAC RECONs were privately purchased by myself and LALO did not send me a review copy nor was I paid by LALO for this review.

LALO Tactical Zodiac Recon AT – Specifications 

  • Weight: 10.7 oz (based on a men’s size 9.5)
  • Color Options: Jungle Green, Black
  • MSRP: $175 (30% off MSRP for all Military) 

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LALO Tactical Zodiac Recon AT – How It was Tested 

The ZODIAC RECON was tested in a variety of locations across Europe and America over the course of 8 months. I used the Zodiacs for tasks such as trail running, gym sessions, short hikes, and water shoes. 

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LALO Tactical Zodiac Recon AT – Quality and Comfort 

LALO claims to use top-tier materials on all of their footwear and I can fully support this claim. Starting at the bottom of the shoe you can see LALO’s signature Off-Road Traction Pods (ORTP) on full display. All of these little pods help create traction in a variety of conditions and seem to not wear out too quickly. Unlike my many pairs of Soloman speed crosses – the lugs or pods, in this case – seam to hold up to road running conditions much better. I know they are not designed for this, but it is a good comparison for the multi-terrain durability of the Zodiacs. 

The Multi-density EVA construction in the sole is designed to cushion heel and toe striking while providing maximum support and stability to the end user. You will notice that the sole of the Zodiacs is a bit wider than most minimalist running or trail shoes, and that’s to help when running in terrain like sand. Not a surprising feature considering who these shoes are marketed for (SEALs). The rocker shape of the Zodiac Recon AT’s sole promotes forefoot strike and forward momentum.

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There is an EVA heel counter that assists with stability and keeps your foot stay looked into the shoe. When I found myself running up inclines or jumping between rocks, this feature really kept my feet locked into the shoe and gave me the support I needed. The sides of the shoes have drainage ports for water and mud if you get into some really gnarly trails. On a side note, LALO promotes this kind of abuse to their products so you know it will stand up well.

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The primary reason I bought the Zodiacs was to fill a need I had for a shoe that would be fine getting a bit wet during missions where boats were involved. I will fully admit when I purchase these shoes I thought they were also a kind of water shoe but now that I’m sitting down and typing up this review and reading over the description on LALO’s website, I can see there were never designed for that kind of an application. The more surprising thing to me now is that there worked really well in this role for me. The shoes once wet would always dry off very quickly and aside from the removable foam sole inside the shoe being a bit spongy from the water, I had no real complaints. 

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The Toe cap on the shoes is carbonized and heat transferred meaning that a lot of heat from your feet will vent out through this portion of the shoe. The toe cap is also slightly reinforced for a bit of protection. The skin of the shoe that interfaces with the laces is designed for a second skin to feel meaning it’s very minimalistic in nature. The skin is also very breathable to help ventilate your feet. 

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In all of my running shoes, I generally wear a 9.5-10. Obviously, not all manufacturers make their sizes exactly the same and there will be variations. I ordered my pair of the Zodiacs in 9.5 as it’s the size that fits best between most of my running shoe brands. Unfortunately, I think that LALO’s sizing runs a little bit smaller than most manufacturers so they were a bit tight but not a dealbreaker. I recommend going a half or full size larger for anyone else looking to get a pair of these. 

Philosophies of Use 

  • Suitable for both long and short-distance runs, but excels on trails. 
  • They’re not designed for this, but I found them to be a suitable water shoe as long as they are drained often. 

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Likes 

  • Well constructed and built to last 
  • Breathable, lightweight, and drainable 
  • Can be taken into the water (In my opinion) 

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Dislikes 

  • A bit pricy if you don’t qualify for their military discount 
  • Sizing seems to run a bit small 
  • Not great for running on treadmills given the rocker shape of the soles 

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LALO Tactical Zodiac Recon AT – Wrap Up 

The Zodiac Recon ATs represent a true off-road shoe that can really do-it-all. Truly a jack of all trades but also a master of none. If you’re looking for a trail running she with the tactical aesthetic that’s, ‘s not another pair of Solomans or Merrels I recommend giving these a try. Yes, they are a bit pricy but you do get what you pay for with this product.

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11:33

Financial Surveillance Used to Build Gun Owner Registry [NRA-ILA News]

On September 9, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) approved a Merchant Category Code (MCC) for firearm retailers. The ISO is a Geneva-based non-governmental organization that consists of a network of “standards bodies” from around the globe that create consensus across various countries and industries.

11:00

Daiwa Evergreen OB-68 Custom Topwater Bait – New Color Patterns [AllOutdoor.com]

For most people who fish for bass, a big topwater blowup is hard to beat. That sudden violent explosion of water, or even that subtle sip at the surface. Either way that visible strike is second to none when it comes to getting your blood flowing. Be it at Lake Okeechobee chasing giants in the grass or the farm pond down the street from your house, topwater action never gets old. This is why the Daiwa Evergreen is at it again, bringing out one of their tried and true offerings in a series of brand new eye-popping patterns. The popular and masterfully crafted OB-68 popper is being released in seven great new colors for even more appeal.

Daiwa and Evergreen is now offering the Evergreen OB-68 in the following new patterns. Flash Bream, Full Metal. Baby Bass, Flash Wakasagi, Bone, Flash Clear Shad, and Green Back Glitter. This is adding to the lures existing colors of Blue Back Herring and Magic Gill.

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Daiwa Evergreen

The Daiwa Evergreen OB-68 has a unique feature of its flipped-up tail, which increases cast-ability by reducing air resistance as the lure flies through the air. This lets anglers get those long casts into bass hot spots without disturbing them too much. Great for fishing highly pressured lakes. Along with a nice set of tail feathers on the rear treble, through body wiring, plus the new color patterns, and the odds are stacked in your favor every time you tie this lure on.

Daiwa Evergreen

The Daiwa Evergreen OB-68 measures 2-2/3 inches, weighs 3/8 of an ounce, and carries super sharp size six treble hooks under the belly and at the tail.

Features:

  • Sharp-edged face cup for more spit, bubble and splash
  • Available in 9 colors, including 7 NEW patterns
  • Super-sharp size 6 treble hooks with feathered rear hook
  • Fish-provoking hybrid rattle sounds from Tungsten, brass, steel and glass rattle weights
  • Flipped-up tail for less wind resistance and better casting

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11:00

iRAY USA RICO HD RS75 – 1280×1024 Resolution Thermal Weapon Sight [The Firearm Blog]

iRAY USA RICO HD RS75 - 1280x1024 Resolution Thermal Weapon SightEvery now and then there’s a release of a product that raises the bar, so sit tight and continue reading. The new iRay RICO HD RS75 thermal weapon sight features a 1280×1024 12μm sensor, 75mm f/1.0 lens together with an ultra-high resolution 1.03-inch 2560×2560 AMOLED to display the result to your eyes. RICO is short […]

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10:22

Shipping Companies Prohibit the Lawful Shipping of Firearms [NRA-ILA News]

Wondering what federal law says regarding individuals who do not have a Federal Firearms License (FFL) that need to ship firearms? Well, if you go to the website for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), select the Resources pull-down menu, and click on the Firearms option under Q&A, you will find links to a number of categories, although “shipping firearms” is not one of them. But you can find the information by clicking on the “Unlicensed Persons” link.

10:16

Woke Gotham: Putting Politics Before Public Safety [NRA-ILA News]

For years now, leftist politicians across America have promoted a pro-criminal agenda that included gun control initiatives marketed as “public safety” measures, no-bail and other criminal law reforms, and “depolicing” communities.

10:08

Ed Head, RIP []

Ed Head, trainer, author, and veteran of both the Border Patrol and the USAF, passed away on Friday from cancer. I never got the opportunity to take a class with him but did get to share a beer or two with him at a Michael Buys The Beer get-together in Las Vegas. He was wearing his traditional Hawaiian shirt and shared stories with my brother-in-law Larry and myself.

From Ed’s Facebook page in his natural element at Gunsite

His gun reviews were always spot on and you knew you could trust them. Ed knew firearms. More importantly, he knew how to use them in dangerous situations from his days in law enforcement. In addition to his reviews, Ed wrote the Skills Check column for the NRA’s Shooting Illustrated.

Ken Campbell, CEO of Gunsite, wrote this about Ed and his career on Facebook:

Ed (Was) was a US Air Force Security Police Officer from 1972-1976, specializing in nuclear weapons security. Also, he was the Captain of a weapons and tactics competition team.

He entered the US Border Patrol in August 1977 and was assigned to San Diego, CA. During his tenure, he supervised a Patrol Group of 19 supervisors and 160 Agents at the Imperial Beach Border Patrol Station. His stories of his time there are near-legendary. Successfully completing the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Firearms Instructor Training Program with a Distinguished Master rating, he began working as a Range Officer conducting all firearms training and qualifications for the Chula Vista and Imperial Beach Border Patrol Station. That later morphed into the Sector Firearms Instructor and then the Senior Firearms Instructor for the San Diego Border Patrol Sector, including more than 2500 agents. Additionally, he was the Founder, Rangemaster and first club champion of the San Diego Law Enforcement Combat Shooters Association.

Ed retired after 24 years with the USBP, retiring in 2001.

Ed met the love of his life Jean in and they were married over 36 years. They shared many adventures from horses to recent travel in their RV.

The other great love of his life was Gunsite. He began attending Gunsite in 1988, earning the coveted “Expert” (“Golden E”) rating in many of his classes. He attained his Instructor Rating at Gunsite in 1992. Ed worked as Operations Manager from February 2005 to September 2010 and then resumed his lengthy teaching career at Gunsite. His career as a writer in the gun industry also began to flourish, writing for NRA Publications and working with Michael Bane on video productions. Ed taught his last class at Gunsite late May of 2022. We know it was a very difficult moment for him to come to us in early June to let us know of his illness and withdrawing from the active instructor roster. We assured him he was only being moved to the “injured reserve” list and we looked forward to his return.

I love this picture of Ed from his younger days when he was a supervisor with the Border Patrol. You knew he meant business.

His death reminds me of John Donne’s poem.

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

We are all diminished by Ed’s death.

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10:00

SAUER USA Issues Series 100 Recall for Rifles Chambered in 6.5×55 SE [AllOutdoor.com]

SAUER USA has issued a precautionary recall on specific serial numbers of SAUER 100 model rifles chambered in 6.5×55 SE (Swedish). The recall has been issued in relation to a safety concern surrounding the barrel’s strength and premature weakening over a high volume of shots. The full details and nature of the recall have been posted below but suffice it to say SAUER USA will be replacing all affected customer’s rifles free of charge and they’ve made it very easy to check to see if your specific serial number range is affected using this link here.

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SAUER USA Issues Series 100 Recall for Rifles Chambered in 6.5×55 SE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sauer 100 6.5×55 SE Caliber Recall

San Antonio, Texas (September 16, 2022) – A specific barrel batch in caliber 6.5×55 SE, which is used in the SAUER 100 model, is being recalled as a precautionary measure. The rifles in question, that we have identified based on their serial numbers, must not be used any longer and should be returned to SAUER USA in exchange for a new rifle. This batch of barrels in caliber 6.5×55 SE has shown that a progressive premature weakening of the barrel material may occur after a high volume of shots, which could lead to severe damage of the rifle and personal injury. The exchange is, of course, free of charge for the customer.

You can check which rifles are affected by the recall by plugging in the serial number of your rifle at the following link:

SAUER Recall

Please reach out to Sauer USA at recall@blaser-group.us or (210) 377-2527 ext. 243 if you have any questions. For Canada residents, please contact The Gravel Agency Inc. at csr@gravelagency.com.

The SAUER 100 Rifle is a series of bolt-action hunting-oriented rifles that are designed to be their “entry-level” offerings. The rifles are available in a wide variety of caliber offerings ranging from .223 Remington, all the way up to .300 Win Mag. For more information on the SAUER 100 Series of rifles, you can visit the following link here.

All Photos Credit to JP-SAUER-USA.

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10:00

Riton Optics Introduces the 5 Tactix 1-6x24mm Thunder Ranch LPVO [The Firearm Blog]

Riton Optics Introduces the 5 Tactix 1-6x24mm Thunder Ranch LPVORiton Optics is proud to announce their latest partnership with the famed Thunder Ranch legacy training organization and the subsequent release of their new 5 Tactix 1-6×24 Thunder Ranch LPVO. The new 5 Tactix 1-6×24 Thunder Ranch LPVO is intended to be an extreme-use optic designed around modern sporting rifles like the AR-15. Of course, […]

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09:00

NEW Zero Tolerance Factory Special Series 0460RDBW Flipper Blade [AllOutdoor.com]

EDC Blades come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges but if you’re looking for real quality you should almost always go with an American Made blade when it comes to EDC duties. The new Zero Tolerance Factory Special Series 0460RDBW is made right here in the USA out of quality materials and features a trailing point blade which should be perfect for nearly any daily cutting, piercing, or slicing duty you set it to.

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The 0460RDBW Factory Special Series Flipper from Zero Tolerance

The 0460RDBW Factory Special Series Flipper from Zero Tolerance

ZT Factory Special Series 0460RDBW Specifications:

  • Blade Steel CPM 20CV
  • Blade Length 3.25 in. (8.3 cm)
  • HRC 60-62
  • Blade Finish/Coating BlackWash™ coating
  • Blade Thickness 0.121 in. (0.307 cm)
  • Closed Length 4.4 in. (11.2 cm)
  • Handle Material Red carbon fiber front, titanium back
  • Handle Color Red & Black
  • Handle Finish/Coating BlackWash™ finish back
  • Handle Thickness 0.4 in. (10.2 mm)
  • Overall Length 7.5 in. (19.1cm)
  • Weight 2.3 oz. (65.2 g)

This limited-run 0460RDBW blade will probably go pretty fast so if you’ve got the cash and are even the least bit interested in it I’d pick one up now before they go out of stock. The Factory Special Series 0460RDBW will feature a Reversible right/left tip-up pocket clip and will feature black-oxide coated hardware with a steel pocket clip and pivot cap and Teflon finish. The blade is currently on sale for a price of $240 down from its normal asking price of $300. For more information on the blade or to order directly from Zero Tolerance, you can visit http://zt.kaiusa.com/ to learn more.

The 0460RDBW Factory Special Series Flipper fromThe 0460RDBW Factory Special Series Flipper from Zero Tolerance Zero Tolerance

The 0460 returns in limited quantities with a fresh makeover. A deep red carbon fiber front scale pairs well with a BlackWash™-coated blade and back titanium handle. The curvy, upswept blade slices through EDC tasks, and a pronounced ergonomic handle curve fits the hollow of the hand. ZT upgraded the blade steel with premium CPM 20CV for greater edge retention. This standout Dmitry Sinkevich design is a can’t-miss addition to any ZT collection.

Features

  • Made in the USA; limited-run Dmitry Sinkevich design
  • CPM 20CV blade steel, BlackWash finish; sharp, long-lasting edge
  • Deep, ergonomic handle curve follows the curve of the blade; red carbon fiber front, BlackWash titanium back
  • KVT ball-bearing opening, flipper; titanium frame lock with hardened steel lockbar insert secures blade safely open during use

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08:00

Idaho Elk Habitat Receives $2.1 Million in Upgrades [AllOutdoor.com]

Idaho is home to countless animals, plants, and other wildlife. Covering an area of 83,570 square miles, the state has a lot of ground to cover for local conservation groups looking to help wildlife flourish. Thankfully, they have some help. Lately, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has raised over $2.1 million to revitalize Idaho elk habitat and increase funding for research.

Idaho Elk Habitat Receives $2.1 Million in Upgrades

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Coverage on AllOutdoor

“Once completed, these projects will enhance nearly 60,000 acres of elk habitat,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “That’s good news for elk, hunters and a myriad of other wildlife, bird and plant species.”

Idaho Elk Habitat Receives $2.1 Million in Upgrades

Idaho Elk Habitat Receives $2.1 Million in Upgrades

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation gave an initial sum of $375,436, which it used to raise a total of $2,103,338 in grant funding. This money will directly benefit 11 counties. Some of the funding will also go toward growing the Idaho 4-H Shooting Sports, which has over 1,400 young participants. Projects include planting 60,000 seedlings within a 1,000-acre area, controlled burns, and creating safe crossing areas for elk and other migrating wildlife, preventing injuries. Also part of the deal, RMEF will provide volunteers to help with Hunt for Hope. Hunt for Hope is a nonprofit that works to get the physically challenged and those with special needs into nature with accessible hunts and activities.

Idaho Elk Habitat Receives $2.1 Million in Upgrades

More great work from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Head over to their website to see more about their mission and what you can do to help. You can also find the RMEF on social media. Find and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Idaho has vast expanses of natural beauty. To learn more, take a look at the state website. Keep conservation on your mind!

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08:00

New Vortex Big-Bore Supreme Airgun Slugs from HatsanUSA [The Firearm Blog]

New Vortex Big-Bore Supreme Airgun Slugs from HatsanUSABig-bore air rifles are becoming a more popular option for hunters and target shooters due to the lower cost of ammunition, and the challenge it adds to the sport of hunting and target shooting. HatsanUSA is excited to announce its new line of big-bore PCP air rifle slugs with its new Vortex Big-Bore Supreme Slugs. […]

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07:00

TFBTV – The NEW 5.56 SIG MCX SPEAR-LT (Lightweight) [AllOutdoor.com]

For this episode of TFBTV, Hop and Luke traveled to New Hampshire to check out the new MCX Spear-LT at the new SIG Experience Center and range. The new lighter-weight version of the MCX incorporates features from both the M5 Spear NGSW rifle and the original MCX Virtus. It’s also available in a new caliber option… but I’ll let Phil Strader tell you about that.

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07:00

Norma Introduces New TAC-22 Subsonic 40-Grain .22LR Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

Norma designs some great ammunition manufacturing millions upon millions of cartridges for both the US and European markets. The company’s latest offering is their new TAC-22 Subsonic 40-grain ammunition featuring a lead round nose hollow point bullet and an advertised muzzle velocity of 1,017 feet per second keeping the rounds well under the range of […]

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06:27

Star Megastar: Spain’s Massive 10mm Autopistol [Forgotten Weapons]

In the late 1980s, the Spanish gunmaker Star decided to join the new hot trend of 10mm semiauto pistols. The cartridge was getting a lot of press, and Star saw this as an opportunity too ride the wave and also the get a pistol on the market that would attract IPSC competitors. Unlike some companies adapting existing .45ACP designs to 10mm, Star decided to start from scratch to build a pistol that was massive and durable; able to handle the power of the cartridge without any worries.

Star engineer Eduardo Zamacola (who had previously designed the M38/30/31 series for Star) had the first prototypes ready in 1990, in both 10mm Auto and .45 ACP. The design took cues from the Petter designs of France and SIG, with full-length internal slide rails and a removable modular fire control system. It offer 12 round capacity in .45 and 14 rounds in 10mm.

The pistol was quite massive and heavy (1.4kg / 3.1 lb), and failed to sell well from the start. The 10mm craze and flared out rather quickly – it remains a niche cartridge to this day, despite periodic releases of new 10mm pistols (the SIG 320 in 10mm being the most recent). what really killed the Megastar, though, was the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban in the US. This prohibited new magazines holding more than 10 rounds, and the whole point of the bulk of the Megastar was to allow larger double-stack magazines. With those no longer available, there was really not much reason to get a Megastar instead of something like a 1911. In total, just 978 were made in 10mm and 5,424 in .45ACP, with production ending in 1995.

06:00

TFB Weekly Web Deals 24: AK-Style Rifles and Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Weekly Web Deals 24: AK-style Rifles and PistolsWelcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 24. Aside from the AR-15 in the United States, few firearms worldwide are as recognizable as the AK. Originally designed and first produced in the years following the conclusion of the Second World War, the AK-47 and its derivatives have spread across the globe in great numbers and are […]

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Sunday, 18 September

16:30

POTD: Flintlock Key Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Bonhams Skinner Flintlock Key Pistol (1)Today we have a picture of a single-shot muzzleloading flintlock key pistol provided by Bonhams Skinner auctions. This early 19th-century discreet weapon is consigned to the Bonhams Skinner Early Militaria Collections auction which will be held on September 28, 2022, in Skinner Marlborough auction house. Rare Flintlock Key Pistol Circa 1800 The large key with slotted bit housing a […]

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10:02

TFB FIRST LOOK: Introducing the New 5.56 SIG MCX SPEAR-LT [The Firearm Blog]

TFB FIRST LOOK: Introducing the New 5.56 SIG MCX SPEAR-LTSmall arm designs are introduced in both revolutionary and evolutionary processes, each being equally important to developing a reliable and capable firearm system. For manufacturers, engineering a new gun and its progressive iterations, is a painstaking progression that requires refinement, numerous evaluation cycles, and performance improvements. For the consumer, the excitement of a new system […]

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10:00

The NEW SIG MCX Spear Lightweight [The Firearm Blog]

For this episode of TFBTV, Hop and Luke traveled to New Hampshire to check out the new MCX Spear LT at the new SIG Experience Center and range. The new lighter-weight version of the MCX incorporates features from both the M5 Spear NGSW rifle and the original MCX Virtus. It’s also available in a new […]

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SIG Sauer Unveils the NEW MCX Spear-LT Series of Pistols and Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

SIG Sauer Unveils the NEW MCX Spear-LT Series of Pistols and RiflesBack in the middle of July, SIG Sauer had me, and Hop of TFBTV out to their New Hampshire facilities for the grand opening of the new flagship SIG Experience Center, as well as the launch of the new P365 X-Macro pistol. While we were at the same event, SIG Sauer also revealed to us […]

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08:56

Nice Donation To Walk The Talk America []

Walk the Talk America or WTTA is an initiative from within the firearms industry to assist in suicide prevention along with mental health issues. Founded in 2018 by Michael Sodini, who was then with Bersa and Eagle Imports, WTTA seeks to find innovative ways to bring the industry and the mental health community together with the shared objective of decreasing suicides and increasing treatment.

This past week they received a $20,000 donation from Chattanooga Shooting Supplies, Inc. CSSI is now a Silver Sponsor of WTTA.

From the press release:

“Mental illness and suicide affect many individuals and families throughout the country, and that includes within the firearms and 2A community. We at CSSI want to play an active role in helping to find meaningful solutions to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health within the gun community. We are honored to support WTTA’s mission,” commented Ron Staffieri, CEO of CSSI.

“We are humbled by CSSI’s generous donation and support and proudly welcome them as our newest Silver Sponsor,” Michael Sodini, WTTA founder, said. “With every donation, we can provide more tools and resources to individuals, companies, and retailers. Our goal is to bring together not only the firearms industry and mental health resources but to make them available to all firearms owners. Donations like this from CSSI help to support our mission and we couldn’t do what we do without companies like CSSI.”

Michael Sodini has been a guest in the past on the Polite Society Podcast to talk about the work of WTTA. The firearms community as a whole has done a lot on suicide prevention. I wish I could really say the same about the gun prohibition industry. While they designate days as “firearm suicide prevention day“, they don’t provide resources beyond saying “lock it up” and pushing safe storage laws. Contrast that with WTTA’s resources which include classes, instructor slideshows, flyers for dealers, and links to even more resources.

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06:27

BMPs, Hurdles, and Kettlebells: Finnish Brutality 2022 Day 2! [Forgotten Weapons]

Thanks to Varusteleka for putting on an absolutely magnificent match! I’m also very happy to have a line of merchandise now available with them.

Time for Day 2 of Finnish Brutality 2022! We have five more stages today, and for people like me in Recon Division, five more 3km runs in armor and kit. I woke up pretty darn sore from Day 1, and it took a few minutes to stretch out my calves to the point I could actually walk…let’s see how Day 2 will treat me.

A few gear notes:
My camo is all Finnish M05, from Varusteleka. The kilt is no longer offered, though. My rifle is a WWSD with an Aimpoint CompM5 and a Vortex 3x magnifier. Pistol is a Laugo Alien. Knife is an Anthropoid from Acta Non Verba. Plate carrier, backpack, and belt are also from Varusteleka. Boots are from AKU.

Full scores available here.

05:00

TFB Armorer’s Bench: Franklin Armory 10/22 Binary Trigger Installation [The Firearm Blog]

Binary Trigger InstallationWelcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb below, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article, I ran out of time to work on some projects and ended up having a 10/22 in need of a binary trigger installation land on my […]

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Saturday, 17 September

19:40

SILENCER SATURDAY #245: Quick Look – The PWS BDE 7.62 Suppressor [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #245: Quick Look - The PWS BDE 7.62 SuppressorGood evening everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM R9 multi-caliber suppressor. Last week we got behind the HUXWRX FLOW 556K FBI HRT rifle suppressor. This week we continue with the 3D printed them and get modular with the PWS BDE 7.62 silencer. […]

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16:30

POTD: VIS-à-VIS [The Firearm Blog]

POTD VIS-à-VIS (1) VIS 35 and VIS 100M1Today’s Photo Of The Day is a picture by Tactical Imports Corporation (Canada) showing two Polish FB “Łucznik” Radom 9mm pistols – the VIS 35 and VIS 100M1. The former was designed in 1930 and adopted by the Polish Army in 1936. The latter, VIS 100M1, is the civilian version of the VIS 100 pistol which was […]

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06:27

Sauna, Sisu, and Sprinting: Finnish Brutality 2022 Day 1 [Forgotten Weapons]

Thanks to Varusteleka for putting on an absolutely magnificent match! I’m also very happy to have a line of merchandise now available with them:

Finnish Brutality this year has expanded from 8 stages over two days to now 10 stages in two days – and there is also a new “Recon” division. That requires wearing all of the gear for Armored division (12kg minimum; armor plates, 3 magazines each of rifle and pistol ammunition, 1L of water, and a knife) and then running a 3km path after each stage, for a total of 30km over the two days of the match. I opted to try this for the challenge, so let’s see if I survive that idea…

Special thanks to Dr. Jackson Crawford for the Old Norse poem used in the intro! Check out his channel here:
https://www.youtube.com/c/JacksonCrawford/

A few gear notes:
My camo is all Finnish M05, from Varusteleka. The kilt is no longer offered, though. My rifle is a WWSD with an Aimpoint CompM5 and a Vortex 3x magnifier. Pistol is a Laugo Alien. Knife is an Anthropoid from Acta Non Verba. Plate carrier, backpack, and belt are also from Varusteleka. Boots are from AKU.

Full scores available here.

Friday, 16 September

17:00

TFB Review: American Tactical Imports Galeo (Galil Clone) [The Firearm Blog]

A Galil has been on my bucket list since my youth. Unfortunately, the classic Galil was banned from import many years ago and original guns are very expensive these days. American Tactical Incorporated stepped up to meet the demand of gun nerds everywhere by building Galil clones from imported parts kits with US-made receivers and […]

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16:30

POTD: Sharps Bros Lower Receivers [The Firearm Blog]

Sharps Bros Lower ReceiversToday’s Photo Of The Day is a family picture! Above you can see all Sharps Bros lower receivers that have a custom magwell design. From left to right we have the Warthog, Overthrow, Showdown, The Jack and Hellbreaker. The picture is only missing the only normal member of the family, the Livewire. All Sharps Bros […]

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16:15

Metric Jigger []

I like to play around with different cocktails. I get my recipes from various places including books, online sources, and social media. On the last, I have been following the cocktails subreddit on Reddit.com. While some areas of Reddit can be a social media wasteland, the cocktail section is pretty decent with interesting recipes and nice pictures.

One thing I’ve started noticing is that some people post their recipes in metric measurements. The last time I had to think in metric volume measurements was high school chemistry with Sister Rita and that was a long time ago. Rather than trying to use a conversion tool, I decided to find a metric jigger or, at least, one with both metric and “normal” markings.

I have been using an Oxo stainless steel jigger for years and love it. Checking on Amazon, I found that Oxo makes the OXO Good Grips Mini Angled Measuring Cup which goes up to 2 ounces or approximately 60 ml. For $6.99 I don’t think either you or I could go wrong with it. (Sorry for the poor picture.)

I have been using the Oxo angled jigger (or mini measuring cup) for the last few years and like it. I don’t think it matters whether it is stainless or Tritan BPA-free plastic.

If you like to experiment with cocktails on the weekend, I highly recommend this jigger.

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16:00

Friday Night Lights: Thales LUCIE – French GIGN LPNVG [The Firearm Blog]

Hello there fellow night vision enthusiast. If you have been following along, last week I showcased the monocular pod adapters for the AB Night Vision RPNVG. If you have been following me, you might know that I have been lusting for a Thales LUCIE for some time now. Well, I have one now and am […]

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12:29

AO Review: Able Carry DayBreaker – “Far-East DayPack Built to Last” [AllOutdoor.com]

A Hong Kong-based company called Able Carry made a big splash on Kickstarter several years ago. As Hong Kong is a massive urban sprawl many of their bags reflect more of a lightweight, EDC build and layout. Their Bio on their official website reads as “we’ve been on a relentless mission to make the best tools for today’s citizens, so they can carry better with gear, in comfort and style.” The company also holds its products to three specific goals: Geared for Access, Engineered for Comfort – and finally – Built to Last.

I was granted a review copy of this bag for testing and evaluation, no money was exchanged, but I was able to keep the bag once the review was finished. 

I received the Able Carry DayBreaker DayPack last October and used it for about 3 months. Over the course of those three months, it has been used as an EDC, a work bag, and a hiking bag for shorter outings into the mountains. The bag was not tested on any longer travels or vacations.

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Able Carry DayBreaker DayPack – Specs

  • Price: $108
  • Colors: Ripstop Black, Castlerock Grey
  • Weight: Cordura Ripstop 1.28 Lb | X-Pac 1.23 Lb
  • Dimensions: Height 19.7″ | Width 10.2″ | Depth 7.5″
  • Max Recommended Laptop Size: 15.7” x 11” x 1.5”
  • Capacity: 25L

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Able Carry DayBreaker DayPack – Quality and Comfort

The version of the Daybreaker I was sent by Able carry was the Castlerock Grey with X-Pac, with what I guess was a VX21 variant. Able carry does not say on their site what the exact version of X-Pac the Daybreaker comes in but most people on the interwebs seem to think it’s the VX21. Given the price point that this bag comes in at, I think the quality is very good. Despite the bag being assembled in China, I find it a steal to get an all-USA-made X-Pac bag for just a hair over $100. The Daybreaker is a minimalistic style of bag meaning that it should have All the things you need and nothing you don’t. Coming in at an incredibly light 560 grams or (1.23lbs) this bag certainly does take the minimalistic approach quite seriously.

One of the stand-out features of the daybreaker is the patented A-Frame strap system on the bottom of the pack. Able Carry claims that this system allows the bottom of the pack to always keep its shape, while also creating additional anchoring points for smaller items or an easy way to route cables and hoses. While that’s a lot to promise from such a small feature, in my opinion, the claims hold true. The bag always kept its shape on the bottom and the straps helped me secure additional items like an ice axe or ropes with relative ease.

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While being a shell backpack the Daybreaker breaks away from its lightweight peers by providing a few comfort upgrades. The shoulder straps are padded and wide enough to provide a good amount of support for heavier loads, which the pack can handle despite being minimalist in design. The straps are also padded enough so that you won’t feel the strain of a heavy load cutting into your shoulders. I found the straps to be very comfortable for myself and all the outings the Daybreaker accompanied me on. The shoulder straps are attached to the bag via two triangle stitching points. I have to say this is the first time I have ever seen a stitching pattern like this implemented on any backpack. It’s both unique and serves as an incredibly strong shape for securing the straps to the pack.

Attached to the shoulder straps is the lightweight sternum strap system. I’m a big fan of this system because it’s light and simple and the method of adjustment is strong. The same line of the strap that is on the bottom of the bag creates that A-frame previously mentioned runs up and is the sternum strap. The sternum strap is adjustable via webbing loops and is thus removable. It utilizes plastic hardware to stay wedged in the loop, but they feel pretty robust and are securely affixed. I do not imagine these accidentally falling out compared to other bags that use a similar attachment mechanism.

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The top of the bag has a grab handle made out of the same strap material used on the rest of the bag. The Handle is fixed to the bag via that same triangle stitching. Nothing really seems to mention here, does what you need from a top grab handle. Also, there are two more grab handles on the sides of the pack. I love when packs have these because sometimes you need to pick up your bag and the top of it is not facing you. Case in point whenever I’m reaching in the back of my car for any of my bags. Zippers are YKK so that’s great, and feel good.

Overall the Quality is not top tier but it really can’t be at this price point. With that being said, its definitely a very well-thought-out shell with thoughtful touches and high-value materials.

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Able Carry DayBreaker DayPack – Organization

As previously mentioned this pack is very minimal, unfortunately, that also means the organization takes a hit in this department. The main compartment of the bag is quite large and will be where you place 95% of your items. The Daybreaker does offer a few unique places for its end user to place smaller or more specific items though.

Inside the main compartment, there is also a very minimal laptop sleeve/hydration bladder compartment. I personally have mixed feelings on this part of the bag. As a bladder retention system, it works as you would expect, with the sleeve having a little bit of expansion capability to accommodate larger bladders.  There is even a small strap to hang your bladder from so it does not sit at the bottom go the sleeve, this is a nice touch. The back of the pack is reinforced with a 5mm thick foam pad that provides good padding while acting as a heat insolation layer so that your own body does not heat up the water in the bladder too quickly. The flip side of this sleeve is that is does not work as great for laptops or tablets.

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The primary reason o say this is if you just have your laptop in the sleeve and a mostly empty bag, the laptop will sag against the sleeve and thus not be very secure. This sure is then exasperated once you start walking and the laptop begins to bounce against your back like a racketball. If you fill out the bottom of the pack with enough jackets or socks or apple pies you probably would have this issue as the laptop or tablet will be snug against your back but still kind of an issue in my opinion.

The opening of the main compartment is what I would call adequate, you’re not getting a full clamshell design here but you can still gain access to most steam in the bag from this zippered opening. On the inside top of the bag is a fairly large mesh pocket. The mesh is high quality and has a bit of a stretch to it to accommodate multiple sets of gloves or a fleece hat. I like the idea of this pocket as it’s a great place to put your smaller high-use items. Unfortunately, the zippered opening to this pocket is really small. I would say I have pretty average to smaller-sized hands but I can nearly fit my hand in this pocket. This makes getting something like a set of keys or chapstick a real challenge.

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I have the same problem with the side mesh pocket that Able Carry attached a key lanyard to. It’s a nice pocket but I can hardly get my items out of it with any semblance of ease. The key lanyard is nice though. In my opinion, a simple fix would be to just make the zippered openings the same length as the pockets. The Daybreaker does have one more pocket and it’s a secret one! I’m personally a big fan of hidden or secret pockets on packs, as long as I can remember what I put in them and where they are. The pocket is located inside the zippered section of the pack that holds the aforementioned foam back pad. The pocket is very discrete but also very small but big enough to fit a passport, a set of keys, or your favorite chocolate bar.

And that’s it for the internal organization but there are plenty of external loops for attaching additional items like ropes, ice axes, or anything you can hook a carabiner to. Last but certainly not least is the expandable water bottle pocket. The pocket sits snug to the pack when not in use via a bungee band. The pocket will expand to fit a 32 oz Nalgene bottle but it’s a very tight fit. I would recommend using a bottle with a smaller diameter and I found my 20 oz Hydroflask to with the pocket pretty well. The pocket also has a laser-cut drain hole in case you manage to spring a leak.

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Philosophies of Use

  • EDC, Dayhikes

Likes

  • Price: at $108 the Daybreaker comes in at a very competitive price given the quality of its design and components.
  • This bag weighs almost nothing for its size, and its impressive how comfortable it still is.
  • All of the external loops for attaching additional gear is a great touch and one I personally appreciated.

Dislikes

  • The Laptop-bladder-thing needs to decide what it wants to be. If its not designed for laptops then Able Carry shouldn’t market it as one.
  • Make those damn internal pocket zipper opening larger, not asking a lot here.
  • Water bottle pocket while well thought out, I wish it was just a little bit larger.

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Able Carry DayBreaker DayPack – Wrap up

This backpack comes as a pleasant surprise given my experiences with other backpacks. The design is so simple, and it doesn’t try to do too much. The lightweight and versatile designs are winners for me. But there are a few things that are dealbreakers for me and this I will not be EDC-ing this pack from this point forward.

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12:00

Plano Ice Rod Transport 38 NEW Ice Rod Storage [AllOutdoor.com]

Plano, 60-year industry veteran of tackle storage, has released their newest ice fishing rod storage and transport case. The NEW Plano Ice Rod Transport 38 is their newest high-density lightweight storage solution for all of their ice equipment. Built with the quality that protects your passion, the Plano Ice Rod Transport 38 case will keep your gear safe. Be it packed away in the garage during the warmer months or packed full of your favorite combos going out onto the ice.

These cases are constructed with lightweight and durable high-density EVA foam. These new premiere Ice Rod Transport 38s are the perfect option for the ice. Protecting your rods and gears from the bumps and drops on the way to ice and on the way back. The rod transport case features a smooth operating reverse coil zipper, for ease of use even with cold hands. The transport case is large enough to hold up to six ice rod-and-reel combos along with any miscellaneous accessories and gear. The case also has a convenient handle making it a breeze to carry.

Key Features
• Holds up to six ice rod combos and miscellaneous gear
• Quality, lightweight EVA construction
• Reverse coil zipper for smooth operating
• High-density protective foam
• Convenient carry handle

MSRP: $119.99
Available: September 2022

To learn more about the Plano Ice Rod Transport 38 and other gear from Plano, please check them out here.

Plano Molding Company started back in 1962 as an idea for a better tackle box, they become the precursor to any plastic tackle box available now. Plano is now the leader in molded plastics for sportsmen in all fields. They now have storage options for gun owners, archers, and hunters. Having soft cases and hard cases; backpacks and duffels; boxes of every shape and size for all sorts of outdoor sporting needs.

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11:00

POTD: Scarce Webley & Scott Model 1911 Single Shot Pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a very interesting early 1900s Webley. It is not your run-of-the-mill Webley & Scott however. This is a Webley & Scott Model 1911 Single Shot Target Pistol. These rather long barreled (9 1/16″) single-shot pistols were made from 1911 until 1919. They were invented with the intention of being training tools and a cheaper shooting option for their larger caliber autoloading handguns. These Model 1911 single shot p[istols were capable of attaching a stock at the base of the grip. They are almost entirely manual guns except for extraction and ejection.

“One of nearly 1,400 manufactured by Webley & Scott, the Model 1911 was designed as a training counterpart to the .32 Metropolitan Police Automatic. In ergonomics very similar to the police pistol, the 1911 uses a straight blowback auto-ejecting action, being reloaded by hand. Sold chiefly to police forces in the Commonwealth, few bear the slide marking “MADE IN ENGLAND” placed on handguns destined for the United States such as this example. It has the early tempered blue finish, a frame slotted for a stock and British proofs. The pistol falls into a serial number range (130770-130799) of 30 units manufactured in October 1919.”

Model 1911

Lot 424: Scarce Webley & Scott Model 1911 Single Shot Pistol. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved September 15, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/71/424/scarce-webley-scott-model-1911-single-shot-pistol.

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11:00

Jagerwerks Trijicon SRO Battle Ready Optic Shield (B.R.O.S.) [The Firearm Blog]

The Jagerwerks Trijicon SRO Battle Ready Optic Shield (B.R.O.S.)The Trijicon SRO is one of my absolute favorite red dot optics for pistol competition shooting. However, unlike most of Trijicon’s other pistol red dot offerings, the SRO makes a compromise in terms of durability in order to gain a larger window to look through. Jagerwerks has recently introduced its latest aftermarket innovation by releasing […]

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10:00

Colorado Migration Corridor Conserved By Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation [AllOutdoor.com]

Colorado is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. It’s also one of the harshest, as it has so many types of weather, sometimes all within the same day. This is brutal on my car, yes, but it can also make things difficult for local wildlife. Easing the difficulties of animal migrations is one way that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation helps our animal neighbors. That’s just what they did in Colorado, helping to conserve a critical migration corridor.

Colorado Migration Corridor Conserved By Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Coverage on AllOutdoor

“We appreciate the willingness of the Keystone Ranch to enter into this volunteer conservation agreement,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “Thanks to their vision and prudent stewardship, the wildlife values of 11,752 acres will remain intact going forward.” 

Colorado Migration Corridor Conserved By Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Colorado Migration Corridor Conserved By Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

The migration corridor in question is in the northwest region of the state. Keystone Ranch is privately owned land, and is home to every type of habitat and animal you can think of in Colorado. This includes sage grouse (I still can’t find any), pronghorn antelope, and black bears. Thanks to the RMEF and the owners of Keystone Ranch, this corridor, used heavily by elk and mule deer, will be left alone. While this is great news, there’s more. The agreement also opens up hunting of specified areas on the private property.

Colorado Migration Corridor Conserved By Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, spend some time on their website. You can find information on how you can best help the cause, as well as a place to make donations. Don’t forget to follow RMEF on all of their social pages. They can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. If you’d like to read more about my beautiful home state, check out Colorado’s website. Keep conserving!

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10:00

Tisas Announces the New 1911 Stingray Carry Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Tisas Announces the New 1911 Stingray Carry PistolTisas has just announced its latest offering to the 1911 market with the introduction of its new 9mm 1911 Stingray Carry Pistol. This new carry-focused 1911 pistol comes standard with a bunch of great features at a price that makes it affordable for virtually anyone who wants to carry a 1911 pistol. More from Tisas […]

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09:00

Introducing the HUXWRX CA$H 9K PCC Optimized Suppressor [AllOutdoor.com]

If you’re a fan of keeping your range trips quiet then you’ll be excited to hear that HUXWRX has just dropped their latest suppressor offering. The new C$H 9K 9mm suppressor comes equipped with the next generation OSS Flow-Battle design language and is also full auto-rated, ultra-compact, and ultra-lightweight making it perfect for use as a fun range toy or a handy tool for quiet pest control and hunting duty with 300 Blackout.

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Introducing the HUXWRX CA$H 9K PCC Optimized Suppressor

Introducing the HUXWRX CA$H 9K PCC Optimized Suppressor

The new CA$H 9K will be full-auto rated and weighs in at 5.9 ounces, 5.15 inches in length, and 1.375 inches in diameter meaning it should be able to fit under most modern handguards for AR-type rifles and PCCs. The CA$H 9K is also suitable for pistols but will require a booster assembly which you can purchase directly from HUXWRX here. The new HUXWRX CA$H 9K is available now for order through the HUXWRX network of dealers for a price of $662. For more information on the new HUXWRX CA$H 9K or to check out the rest of the HUXWRX suppressor lineup you can visit http://huxwrx.com/ to learn more.

Introducing the HUXWRX CA$H 9K PCC Optimized Suppressor

Introducing the can in black—the CA$H 9k is a compact, lightweight suppressor built with our next generation OSS Flow-Baffle® technology. With a 1/2 x 28 direct thread mount included, the CA$H 9k is optimized for submachine guns and pistol caliber carbines and is also ideal for short-barreled rifles using subsonic .300 AAC Blackout.

CA$H 9k dB specs*:

  • Muzzle: 139 dB
  • Right Ear: 135 dB
  • Left Ear: 129 dB

HUXWRX’s innovative Flow-Baffle® design is based on our patented and proven OSS Flow-Through® technology. Flow-Baffles® direct expanding gas away from the bore-line, and radial grooves route them forward through the suppressor and away from the shooter.

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08:00

The New 3-18x44mm WHISKEY6 Riflescope from SIG Sauer [AllOutdoor.com]

Just in time for the fall hunting season is SIG Sauer’s new WHISKEY6 3-18x44mm Riflescope. This medium to long-range riflescope is perfectly suited for long-distance hunting on both traditional hunting targets, as well as dangerous game animals. The WHISKEY6 will be available in two different reticle options and has been made by the same team that worked on the highly successful ROMEO2 red dot project as well as the Military-purchased TANGO6T LPVO project.

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The New 3-18x44mm WHISKEY6 Riflescope from SIG Sauer

The New 3-18x44mm WHISKEY6 Riflescope from SIG Sauer

FEATURES:

  • HDX optics extra-low dispersion glass combined with high transmittance glass (HT) provide optical clarity for any situation and up to 98.6% light transmission
  • Optional, proprietary MOA Milling Hunter 2.0 reticle designed for the needs of long-range hunters
  • Dependable waterproofing (IPX-7 rated for complete immersion up to 1 meter) and fog-proof performance
  • Covered by SIG SAUER’s INFINITE Guarantee, see website for full details

Introducing the new WHISKEY6 Riflescope from SIG SAUER. It delivers improved clarity, resolution and light transmission from the original WHISKEY5 all while reducing the overall weight by up to 25%. Designed in Oregon by the SIG SAUER Electro-Optics team, the WHISKEY6 brings a new level of quality and performance to the flagship line of SIG SAUER hunting riflescopes, available in a 3-18×44 with a low profile design.

The new WHISKEY6 riflescope weighs in at 22.8 ounces and will come standard with either an MOA Milling Hunter 2.0 reticle or a Quadplex reticle. Both options for the WHISKEY6 will feature standard 0.25MOA adjustment increments, 30mm tubes to accept the most common scope rings, and feature 25 MOA to travel per rotation with a total elevation and windage travel of 78 MOA. The MOA Milling Hunter 2.0 reticle option will be available for a price of $878.99 while the Quadplex version will cost $1,039.99 from the SIG Sauer website. For more information or to order you can visit http://sigsauer.com/.

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08:00

Aguila Ammunition – New 9mm Jacketed Hollow Point [The Firearm Blog]

Aguila Ammunition New 9 mm Jacketed Hollow PointAguila Ammunition has six decades of tradition and offers a full line of rimfire, centerfire and shotshell ammo. They are now introducing a new 9x19mm, 124-grain Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP), a round they describe as very accurate and made for defense purposes. According to Aguila, the muzzle velocity is 1,150 fps, and the new round […]

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07:00

Michigan DNR Salmon Stocking Increase Proposed in Lake Michigan [AllOutdoor.com]

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has decided to put out a proposal for increasing the stocking of Chinook salmon in Lake Michigan. After decades of fish stocking decreases to help with balancing the alewife and Chinook salmon populations, the Michigan DNR is reporting seeing good indicators that stocking increases may be needed in Lake Michigan for the coming year or years.

To be transparent about this proposal and receive public feedback, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a virtual meeting on Monday, Sept. 19th, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

“We have seen several years of good Chinook salmon growth and have a slight increase in the alewife biomass, or abundance of those fish,” said Jay Wesley, the DNR’s Lake Michigan basin coordinator. “Although the alewife biomass is a fraction of what it was historically, we have a good 2021-year class and have seen up to six-year classes of alewives in our fisheries surveys – that means there are up to six different age groups in the current population of alewife.”

The term “year class” refers to all fish of any species that were hatched either naturally in the wild or in hatcheries during that year’s fish spawning period. Coordinator Wesley says that a recently run predator-prey model suggests that Lake Michigan has a good ratio of Chinook salmon to alewife biomass. This was one of the many indicators used to make these new stocking decisions.

“The proposed 54% increase from 650,000 to 1 million spring fingerlings is a modest increase compared to the estimated 4.5 million wild Chinook salmon in Lake Michigan,” said Wesley. “It will allow us to increase numbers at sites like Charlevoix that contribute to the entire lake fishery and reinstate stocking sites like Ludington State Park and Fairport.”

Meeting details

Michigan Sea Grant will assist with the Zoom meeting:

  • Save the date: Monday, Sept. 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Passcode: 2022
  • Or join via telephone: 646-876-9923 or 301-715-8592
  • Webinar ID: 994 1124 7153
  • Questions? Contact Jay Wesley

Contact: Jay Wesley, 616-490-5090

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07:00

Rifles of Ukraine’s Volunteer Defense Groups [The Firearm Blog]

Rifles of Ukraine's Volunteer Defense GroupsVolunteer Defense Groups are small groups of Ukrainians local to a town or village who have been organizing to augment the other more regimented security forces. The small groups will also act as partisans if their region is occupied. Overt Defense has recently had the chance to examine some of the small arms issued to […]

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06:27

Great New FW Merch from Varusteleka [Forgotten Weapons]

I’m really excited to have this merchandise available from my friends at Varusteleka – check it out!

06:00

Bolle Safety Introduces New Gunfire Kit 2.0 Wraparound Eye Protection [The Firearm Blog]

Bolle BSSI Line Gunfire Kit 2.0 EyeproEvery year it is estimated that nearly half of all head injuries sustained in the United States are actually eye injuries. According to The Vision Council, 90 of these injuries that are sustained to the eyes are preventable. In the firearms world, it’s almost universally agreed upon that eye protection as well as hearing protection […]

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Thursday, 15 September

17:00

TFB Review: Pulsar Talion XQ38 – Budget Thermal Riflescope [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: Pulsar Talion XQ38 – Budget Thermal RiflescopeThis is a review of the Talion XQ38, Pulsar’s brand new Thermal Imaging Riflescope. Launched at SHOT Show 2022, it’s a compact, lightweight thermal imaging hunting riflescope with several advanced capabilities. The compact size and low weight in combination with a lean price point for a thermal sight make it stand out. It’s loaded with features […]

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16:30

POTD: Swedish Ak5 in Tactical Recovery [The Firearm Blog]

ak5Photo Of The Day – Today we get a closer look at some tricked-out Swedish Ak5 rifles. “Ak” stands for Automatkarbin in Swedish, which translates to an automatic carbine. This is the current standard-issue rifle for the Swedish military. Ak5 was developed in the 80s from the FN FNC. Between 2004 and 2009, the Ak5 […]

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16:12

OREGON: Vote NO on Ballot Measure 114! [NRA-ILA News]

Ballot Measure 114 is the nation’s most extreme gun control Initiative and will be voted on this November! The NRA has launched a website to inform voters why they must VOTE NO on Ballot Measure 114.  It is up to you to stop Oregon from further eroding its law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights! Criminals do not obey the laws. Increasing laws and financial burdens will diminish, if not eliminate, the rights of law-abiding citizens.

16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: Carrying In Questionable Places [The Firearm Blog]

Concealed Carry Corner: Carrying In Questionable PlacesWelcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we looked at the rise in PDWs being carried by individuals and what that looks like in public. When it comes to carrying concealed, there’s a wide variety of situations and settings that make you stop and question if you should carry. It happened […]

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11:00

Special Edition Super Black Eagle 3 Shotgun from Green Top/Benelli USA [The Firearm Blog]

Green Top and Benelli USA have teamed up to give their customers access to a special edition of the popular Super Black Eagle 3 shotgun dubbed the “Virginian”. This special edition shotgun aims to celebrate 75 years of successful retail business from Green Top Sporting Goods which is Virginia’s largest independent outdoor retailer and firearms […]

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10:00

New SI Pistol Grip and Flared Magwell for CZ Scorpion EVO [The Firearm Blog]

New SI Pistol Grip and Flared Magwell for CZ Scorpion EVOThe CZ Scorpion Evo is quite popular with enthusiasts for its compact and lightweight design and relative affordability within the 9mm PCC scene. Strike Industries has just brought to market their latest aftermarket accessories for the CZ scorpion with the introduction of their new Overmolded Pistol Grip and polymer Flared Magwell for the EVO. The SI […]

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09:00

POTD: Rare Prussian Model 1857 Dreyse Needle-Fire Bolt Action Carbine [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a rifle that we had touched on briefly in the past. I should say we touched a little on the design in a previous Photo of the day article but that was on the literal rifle. This Model 1857 Dreyse Needle-Fire gun is a scarce carbine variant and the one pictured is serial number 3 nonetheless. The Dreyse needle-fire system was quite simple. It uses a paper cartridge that is inserted into the breech and when it is closed up and ready to go a literal needle acts as a firing pin and punctures into the cartridge, through the black powder, and into a primer. This sets off the cartridge and is a quick and efficient way of shooting. It was an engineering marvel at the time and a couple of countries adopted it on the spot. The downside? The needles tend to get burned up and brittle and break as a result.

“Crown/K” proofs are marked on several components. A “crown/A” proof is marked on the barrel, and a “crown/W” proof is marked on the buttplate tang. The number “3” is stamped on the bolt handle, bolt, receiver, barrel and trigger assembly. There are no other markings. The barrel is fitted with inverted “V” front and two leaf rear sights. The buttplate and trigger guard are brass. Saddle rings are mounted behind the trigger guard. The full length stock has a raised cheekpiece. The Prussian military adopted the Dreyse needle-gun, the first breech loading rifle to use a bolt to open and close the chamber, in 1841 as their main infantry weapon. The Model 1857 carbine is one of the rarer examples.”

1857 Dreyse Needle-Fire

Lot 218: Prussian Model 1857 Dreyse Needle-Fire Bolt Action Carbine – Rare Prussian Model 1857 Dreyse Needle-Fire Bolt Action Carbine Serial Number 3. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved September 14, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/71/218/prussian-model-1857-dreyse-needlefire-bolt-action-carbine.

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08:00

Beretta Introduces the NEW A400 Upland 28 Gauge Magnum [AllOutdoor.com]

Just in time for you to get one ordered for fall Duck hunting season is the new Beretta A400 Upland 28 Gauge Magnum semi-auto shotgun. The new shotgun will be available with a 28″ barrel and make use of OCHP chokes. Like other offerings in the A400 series, the 28 Gauge magnum will also feature a classic-looking wood stock, engraved receiver, and a ribbed barrel.  Customers should be able to pick these up for around $1800 on the open market.

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Beretta Introduces the NEW A400 Upland 28 Gauge Magnum

Beretta Introduces the NEW A400 Upland 28 Gauge Magnum

The A400 Upland is a great combination of the latest technologies with a classic look, for all the hunters that are looking for the best shooting experience.

The A400 Upland is the very first Beretta shotgun featuring an innovative wood stock with the Kick-Off Plus technology, that reduces recoil up to 50%.

The nickel-plated receiver is completed by an exquisite engraved styling pattern. The newly designed pistol grip and forend improves comfort and enhances the overall look with a slim new design.

Also new to the 28ga Upland is the ability to shoot 3” magnum shotshells. Now you can hunt with the lightest dove loads to the heaviest 3” waterfowl loads with reliable cycling.

THE A400 UPLAND IN 28GA is a great combination of the latest technologies with a classic look. Built for hunters looking for the best shooting experience from a refined gas operated 28ga action.

  • Model Code: J40AN88
  • Model Name: A400 Upland
  • MSRP: $1,829
  • Barrel Length: 28″
  • Choke: OCHP
  • Gauge: 28

Beretta Introduces the NEW A400 Upland 28 Gauge Magnum

The new Beretta A400 Upland 28 Gauge Magnum is available now from your local Beretta dealer. For more information or to search for a Beretta Dealer near you to order your own, you can visit http://beretta.com/.

Beretta Introduces the NEW A400 Upland 28 Gauge Magnum

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08:00

Christensen Arms Released the Modern Hunting Rifle (MHR) [The Firearm Blog]

Christensen Arms Released the Modern Hunting Rifle (MHR)Christensen Arms is proud to introduce its latest offering to the precision shooting and hunting market. The new Modern Hunting Rifle (MHR) is officially here. Announced earlier in the year at SHOT Show 2022, the Modern Hunting Rifle features a modular design that lets you customize virtually every aspect of the rifle with up to […]

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07:00

NEW TAC-22 Subsonic 22LR Ammunition from Norma Shooting [AllOutdoor.com]

Both hunters and casual plinkers are often very conscious about where they’re shooting and what kind of effect that has on their neighbors. While I quite enjoy loud and obnoxious explosions as much as the next red-blooded Americans, the simple fact that is your neighbors might not love the noise as much as you when it’s happening during the waning or early hours of the morning. Subsonic ammunition is a great way to reduce noise when hunting and pest controlling and that’s why Norma is excited to announce their late offering to the rimfire community with the introduction of their new TAC-22 Subsonic 40-grain 22LR ammunition.

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NEW TAC-22 Subsonic 22LR Ammunition from Norma Shooting

NEW TAC-22 Subsonic 22LR Ammunition from Norma Shooting

SILENT AND RELIABLE ROUND FOR PLINKING AND HUNTING WITH MOUNTED SILENCERS

NORMA TAC-22 Subsonic is a reasonably priced, high quality ammunition mainly for practice, hunting and plinking. The projectile is a 40 grain lead hollow point with a muzzle velocity of 1033 FPS. It shoots consistent tight groupings and offers reliable fast firing energy transfer due hollowpoint regardless the relevant shooting distance. NORMA TAC-22 Subsonic is a perfect match for any suppressed weapon and where low sound emmisions are required.

NEW TAC-22 Subsonic 22LR Ammunition from Norma Shooting

Norma’s new Tac-22 Subsonic ammunition will make use of a standard 40-gr Lead Round Nose bullet with a hollow point tip. The bullet has an advertised ballistic coefficient of 0.132 and advertised muzzle energy of 92 ft pounds when pushed up to a velocity of 1,017 fps. This makes it perfectly suited for applications where noise suppression is paramount, or you’re attempting to achieve better accuracy by avoiding transonic speeds and the resultant wake that disturbs the path of your bullet.

FEATURES:

  • Hollow point bullet for plinking and hunting.
  • Lower velocity below sound barrier (subsonic)
  • Great accuracy because of stable trajectory.
  • Perfect round for plinking and hunting,
  • Affordable and reliable with great accuracy and consistent performance.
  • Great choice for manual loading weapons with mounted silencers
  • Perfect for “silent” hunting or plinking in urban areas where
    you don’t want to disturb the neighbours.

Each 50-round box of Norma Tac-22 Subsonic costs $7.99 from the Norma Shooting website there are currently no limits on how many boxes you can buy and they are in stock at the time of writing. For more information or to check out Norma Shooting’s other great ammunition products you can visit http://normashooting.com/shop/.

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07:00

Beretta USA – New Model A400 Upland Shotgun in 28 Gauge [The Firearm Blog]

beretta a400 upland 28gThe Beretta A400 Upland semi-auto shotgun is now available in 28 gauge, combining Beretta’s latest technologies with a classic look. According to Beretta, the new A400 Upland in 28 gauge manages everything from light loads to 3” magnum shotshells, so you can quickly switch ammunition depending on what you’re hunting, without sacrificing reliability. It’s possible to […]

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06:27

Ask Ian: Good Bullpup Conversions [Forgotten Weapons]

From John on Patreon:
“You’ve covered your fair share of strange conversion of firearms. Have you ever come across a bullpup conversion that was actually useful, and not a kludge?”

Nope.

That’s basically the whole answer.

Okay, to elaborate a bit, it’s because making a bullpup use blue from either shoulder requires specific accommodation of the empty case ejection, and converting a standard rifle to bullpup configuration basically guarantees it will only be usable right-handed. Also, designing a good bullpup trigger requires specific intent in the design stage, and conversion triggers are always kludges. And lastly, the sights often end up mounted to some wobbly plastic extension.

06:00

Summit Treestands + Code Blue Scents = Hanging Tight & More Deer [AllOutdoor.com]

If you have been chasing whitetail deer anywhere in the United States for a reasonable amount of time you understand why they are one of they most hunted and coveted game animals in North America: they are incredibly smart, cunning, and elusive. With that being said, we need every advantage we can get to have the upper-hand. Whether it is drawing in more deer to our location with scents or being perched up high where the deer won’t think to see us, we need it all. With Summit Treestands and Code Blue Scents, you can have all the advantages this fall.

Summit Treestands & Code Blue Scents Coverage on AllOutdoor

If you have not heard, both reputable brands have multiple new products for 2022 meant to make your endeavors in the outdoors more successful, easy, and enjoyable. From drawing in more deer to making sitting all day on site comfortable, they have something that you likely will need this fall once your favorite hunting season opens up.

Summit Treestands: Viper Level PRO SD – Mossy Oak Elements Terra GilaRealtree Timber

This mobile, hang-on treestand takes comfort, mobility, and adjustability to new heights. It is available in 2 unique camouflage patterns to blend into the natural foliage of where you hunt and it is also incredibly quiet on one’s back when walking out into the woods to install it on the perfect tree.

Viper Level PRO SD – Mossy Oak Elements Terra GilaRealtree Timber

  • New, patent-pending Easy Level® dials on both the top seat frame and bottom foot platform allow for adjustments to keep both perfectly level – all while attached to the tree
  • Includes the Quick Draw® PRO cable system for faster and easier attachment to the tree
  • Integrated into the top frame is the FasTrack® rail for use with its compatible accessories
  • Aesthetic features on the foot platform channels more effectively break up lines to provide additional camouflage in the field
  • Design of the upper armrests creates a more roomy feel
  • Comes with a one-piece wraparound armpad that fully covers the front rail and armrests
  • Covered by Summit’s 5-year limited warranty
Summit Treestands: Viper Level PRO SD - Mossy Oak Elements Terra Gila & Realtree Timber - MSRP $529
Summit Treestands: Viper Level PRO SD – Mossy Oak Elements Terra Gila & Realtree Timber – MSRP $529

Code Blue Scents: Rope-A-Dope & Screamin’ Heat Stick

Sometimes we can have all the trail cameras, private property, and free time in the world, but the stinkin’ deer just won’t come in… and that can be a real bummer! To help with that, attractants and scents can draw in deer that would be otherwise weary. With Code Blue’s Rope-A-Dope and Screamin’ Heat Stick you can hopefully tip the odds in your favor so deer are running around your property (and not your neighbor’s).

Rope-A-Dope – MSRP $19.99

  • Put that trophy buck down for the count
  • Combo withstands harsh conditions to provide long-lasting scent to improve scrapes
Summit Treestands
Rope-A-Dope – MSRP $19.99

Screamin’ Heat Stick – MSRP $14.99

  • Pure, premium, and fresh estrous urine enhanced with all-natural female secretions, now in an easy-to-use, mess-free stick!
  • From one deer to one bottle®
Summit Treestands
Screamin’ Heat Stick – MSRP $14.99

All of these products are currently available on their respective websites at the time of this writing. So, if you need that extra gear this fall to secure filling your tag, now is the time to get after it before you start pondering shoulda, woulda, coulda. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below and if you have already used any of these products. We always appreciate your feedback.

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06:00

TFB B-Side Podcast: Finnish Brutality with Laura Viskari [The Firearm Blog]

TFB B-Side Podcast: Finnish Brutality with Laura ViskariIf Finnish Brutality sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve covered the event briefly before right here on TFB. I recently had the opportunity to participate in InRangeTV’s Woodland Brutality 2022 and I had an absolute blast with not just the stages but meeting with all sorts of characters at the event. With my first Brutality Match […]

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Wednesday, 14 September

17:00

TFB Review: The Italian Surplus Beretta 84BB Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: The Italian Surplus Beretta 84BBBeretta, the legendary Italian gunmaker, recently imported a large number of surplus Model 84BB .380 ACP pistols. They had served the Guardia di Finanza, Italy’s rough equivalent to a DEA/CBP/IRS agency, for many years. Are these worth the money, or just a neat novelty? Beretta @ TFB: The Ultra Rare Beretta Revolver (The “Model 1”) […]

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16:33

AO Review: Bedrock Cairn Adventure Sandals – “The Do It All Sandals” [AllOutdoor.com]

Bedrock sandals is a relatively new company in the footwear and sandal scene. Starting back in 2011 the company was founded by two friends working river restoration jobs in Northern California. They needed lighter weight and more “freedom feeling” sandals for their outdoor and everyday needs. Over the last eleven years, the team at Bedrock has been busy making their sandals more durable, adjustable, and capable. The subject of this review, the Cairn, was launched in 2016 and has been met with many awards and is now the flagship model for the company. Bedrock is particularly proud to be able to say that they assemble all of their sandals at their Headquarters in Missoula, Montana. 

These sandals were privately bought by myself and were not provided by Bedrock. 

Bedrock Cairn Sandals – Specs 

  • Weight: 1.10 Lb
  • MSRP: $115
  • Made in the USA

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Bedrock Cairn Sandals – Quality and Comfort 

Over the course of 18 months, the sandals were taken on many weekend trips to places like Portugal, Croatia, Malta, Spain, Greece, and Cyprus. Just like the first time I picked up a pair of ultralight running shoes, the Cairns are very light and left me wondering “how long will these last.” With over a year of Mediterranean island hopping adventures underneath these sandals now, I can confidently say they are built to last. Being more of a minimalist-designed sandal the Cairns will not be the most comfortable thing you ever put on your feet, but that’s not the point. 

Featuring a Vibram XS Trek Regolith Outsole, the Cairns are designed with longevity and sustainability in mind. I know those are both buzzwords with everything in the outdoor industries these days, but Bedrock really holds true here. Offering a re-soling program for all of their footwear, you can tell this is a company proud of keeping their environmental footprint as low as possible while offering a nice service for their customers. With that being said, Bedrock does charge a nominal fee of $55 for the re-soling of their footwear. 

The Vibram sole is lightweight and long-lasting in my experience. After numerous trips across rocky beaches or walks downtown there are only slight signs of wear on the Cairns up to this point. In my estimation, I think the first sole would last me about 5 years of use before it would need to be replaced. The Vibram outsole compound is definitely best for grip in dry conditions, but I found that even in wet conditions they help up about as well as I expected. 

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The footbeds have a triangle shaped texturing to them and will conform to your feet over time. Overall, the souls of these sandals are high quality, have great grip, and will last through a lot of abuse. 

The sandals have three forms of adjustment so that you can really make sure they conform to your feet. If your walking around town, keep them looser. If you’re on approach up a mountain or hiking through a shallow stream, tighten them down for maximum stability. The foot harness on the Cairns is primarily constructed of what I believe to be a 500D Cordura material. The outside of the sandals has a typical compression strap style of adjustment while the inside adjustment is a set of three webbing loops with an aluminum G-Hook for adjustments. The back and most commonly used adjustment point is a Velcro loop. 

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The comfort of the Cairns is what I would call good to a point. While they don’t offer as much support or cushioning as other sandals, the soul is rigged enough to absorb most impact and keep your adventures comfortable. I have taken these sandals on several short day hikes along rocky beaches and into some pretty rugged trails with zero complaints. Where the Cairns fall off for me is when it comes to distance. I found that if I walked over 12 miles in a day the sandals they would begin to really hurt my feet. They did not create any blisters, but just sore spots. After an 18-mile day walking around the hot streets of Rome, my feet felt like hamburger, and I retired them for the rest of the trip for a pair of running shoes. This is probably just my feet being weir after years of abuse so take this last part all with a grain of salt.

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Philosophies of Use 

  • Perfect for your Hotter Holiday Trips
  • Great for Shorter-Term Hikes, especially in Wet or Humid Conditions 
  • Boat or Kayak Sandals, the Strap on the Back keeps them Snug to your Feet even when Swimming

Likes 

  • Durability 
  • Re-Soling Program 
  • Lightweight 
  • Great Traction 
  • Packability 

Dislikes 

  • A bit Expensive for being Domestically-Sourced Materials, but still worth the Price 
  • Can become Uncomfortable after Extremely Long Days of Use 

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Bedrock Cairn Sandals – Wrap up 

Since picking up the Cairns over a year ago, they have become a more go-to, do-it-all sandal. I can take them on the boat, go cliff jumping with them on, and then have a casual dinner out and not need to change my footwear. Yes, they are a bit expensive, but you are getting a highly versatile and long-lasting product. If the Coyote brown color is a bit bland for you, Bedrock offers a wide variety of colors to suit your style. These are the best pair of sandals I have ever owned.

bedrock cairn

bedrock cairn

bedrock cairn

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16:30

POTD: Meprolight Tigon on FN SCAR [The Firearm Blog]

Meprolight TigonPhoto Of The Day: Today we have some futuristic-looking images from SK Group’s Meprolight and their Tigon, a hybrid thermal & red dot sight for day & night target acquisition. As you can see, the Meprolight Tigon is mounted on an FN SCAR. The Tigon sight integrates a red dot sight with uncooled thermal imaging […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: Colt Camp Perry – Single Shot Officer’s Model [The Firearm Blog]

Wheelgun Wednesday: Colt Camp Perry - Single Shot Officer's ModelColt Camp Perry Model was a single-shot .22LR pistol, intended for use in slow (and I do mean slow) fire competitions.  Guaranteed to bring a grin to any über-strict “at least three seconds between every shot” RSO, the Camp Perry Model had a 10″ barrel.  Why does this single-shot pistol feature on Wheelgun Wednesday, you might […]

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15:00

POTD: Bit Optimistic – South Australian Smith & Wesson New Model No 3 [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a Smith and Wesson top break revolver. This specifically is significant since this is a South Australian Smith and Wesson New Model No 3 police revolver. These specific revolvers came into being because of some rather thoughtless planning. When South Australia was founded as its own free state back in the 1830s it was ill-equipped for crime. This is because even though all other established Australian territories and states used prison labor, hence the whole “prison colony” term you may hear from time to time. South Australia did not have anything like that so it was assumed that there would be next to no crime at all. This did not stop criminals and like-minded individuals from taking advantage of the lack of defenses. The result was the South Australian government ordered a bunch of these Smith and Wesson New Model No 3 revolvers for their police force (which was also ramped up). They were chambered in the 44 Russian cartridges, had notched machined for a shoulder stock, and were nickel plated.

“Only approximately 310 Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Australian revolvers were manufactured, all with nickel finish, 7 inch barrels, and detachable shoulder stocks. They were shipped to Australia for the Southern Australian Colonial Police and carried in holster and scabbard on horseback in the wild Australian outback. The first shipment was for 250 revolvers and was sent to Smith & Wesson’s large New York distributor M.W. Robinson for the Australian Government on December 14, 1881. Mr. Robinson had received an order for 250 Smith & Wesson New Model 3 revolvers from the Australian Government earlier in the year. The revolver has the two-line address/patent dates barrel rib marking, matching serial numbers on the butt, cylinder, barrel and barrel latch, and an Australian broad arrow proof stamped on the butt. The leather flap holster is marked with an Australian broad arrow proof along with the rack number “69” on the inside of the flap. The walnut shoulder stock is numbered to the gun and marked with an Australian broad arrow. The original Australian leather stock scabbard is stamped with the rack number “91” and an Australian broad arrow on the inside. Provenance: The Dr. Gerald Klaz Collection”

New Model

Lot 1288: Australian Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Revolver – Rare Australian Contract Smith & Wesson New Model No. 3 Single Action Revolver with Holster, Matching Smith & Wesson Shoulder Stock and Scabbard [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #83, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved September 13, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/83/1288/australian-smith-wesson-new-model-no-3-revolver

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14:00

Are You Nuts? Know your Fishing Knots! – The San Diego Jam Knot [AllOutdoor.com]

The San Diego Jam Knot, as its name implies comes from a sportfishing capital of the world. The city is the gateway to the Pacific for anglers chasing after tunas, seabass, and yellowtail. The San Diego Jam Knot was originally tied as a quick and easy way of tying “irons” jigs when chasing big tuna on long-range boats off the coast of Mexico.

This knot is a great choice for all line types: mono, fluorocarbon, and braid. When making sure the jam knot is fully set and tight on a hook or lure, you can attach the hook to a fixed object and give a strong pull. That will make sure the knot is set tight and won’t come loose when fished. This knot is one of the stronger knots available and has been tested rigorously by the San Diego Tuna boats.

San Diego Jam Knot Know Your Knots

Step 1

Run the line through the eye of the hook and bring the tag end of the line back along the mainline.

San Diego Jam Knot Know Your Knots

Step 2

Take the tag end of the line and then wrap it around the main line multiple times, a minimum of 4 wraps, the more the better. The thicker the diameter of the line the fewer wraps needed, and the thinner the line or if using braided line more wraps are needed

San Diego Jam Knot Know Your Knots

Step 3

Take the tag end of the line and pass it through the double line next to the eye of the hook and then the loop made by the first wrap.

San Diego Jam Knot Know Your Knots

Step 4

Hold the hook or lure and pull and adjust the tag end of the line to tighten the knot up after moistening the line. Be careful not to mess up the wraps and have them go over each other.

San Diego Jam Knot Know Your Knots

Step 5

Trim off the excess line from the tag end of the line, leaving about 1/4″ behind for the tag. Then pull the knot down to the eye of the hook and tighten it up. You can put the hook or lure somewhere solid and give it a solid pull to make sure the knot is tight. This is the finished San Diego Jam Knot.

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13:25

AO Review – Burris Veracity 4-20x50mm Ballistic Plex E1 FFP Varmint [AllOutdoor.com]

This past summer the AllOutdoor staff headed west to the flowing landscape of South Dakota on a prairie dog hunting trip. For this venture, we deployed a lot of specialized gear for varmint hunting including a meticulously chosen optic in the Burris Veracity 4-20x50mm Ballistic Plex E1 FFP Varmint. This is a riflescope from Burris specifically designed and well-suited to long-range, varmint hunting. With stadia lines for the windage and elevation to make adjustments on the fly coupled with ample magnification, we put this scope to the test on the target-rich environment of Pierre, South Dakota. Join us as we review the Burris Veracity 4-20x50mm Ballistic Plex E1 FFP Varmint riflescope here today. Let’s dive in!

Burris Coverage on AllOutdoor

Nomenclature – Burris Veracity 4-20x50mm Ballistic Plex E1 FFP Varmint

Before we full on swan dive into what the Burris Veracity 4-20x50mm Ballistic Plex E1 FFP Varmint is all about we will take a step back and do some deciphering. Starting from the front of the name, we are working here with a Burris product hailing from their “Veracity” series. The Veracity series is known as their “top-of-the-line hunting scopes featuring a 5x zoom.” The glass clarity is incredible in adverse conditions and we absolutely put that to the test later on in this review.

Burris Veracity

Next, “4-20” describes your magnification range and 50mm elaborates on the objective diameter (front lens diameter furthest from the shooter’s eye). The characters of “Ballistic Plex E1 FFP Varmint” indicate the name given to the reticle by Burris. FFP is an acronym standing for “first focal plane” which explains what plane of the glass inside the scope that the reticle is etched in. Finally, this riflescope has adjustments in MOA; shorthand for “Minute of Angle.” MOA is elaborating as to what unit of measure the windage and elevation turrets are set for adjusting. If that vocabulary marathon is still a bit confusing, Burris does a good job of explaining their scope in the quote below:

Long range precision target shooters are very familiar with 4-20x front focal scopes. Burris now brings that size to long range hunters. The Burris Veracity 4-20x50mm allows target shooters and hunters the same finely-tuned precision.

This size is perfect for varmint hunting, and any very-long range hunting adventures. It also doubles very successfully in long range precision shooting.

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Specifications – Burris Veracity 4-20x50mm Ballistic Plex E1 FFP Varmint

When it comes to prairie dog hunting you need an optic that will afford you a lot of features. These important features vary from strong magnification to lots of windage/elevation adjustment to even a true parallax to help cut through the heat and mirage of the hot prairie. The Burris Veracity 4-20x50mm Ballistic Plex E1 FFP Varmint had all of these elements and more. All of the specifications for the Veracity 4-20x50mm Ballistic Plex E1 FFP Varmint can be read below as presented by Burris:

  • Scope: Burris Veracity 4-20x50mm Ballistic Plex E1 FFP Varmint [Item Number: 200640]
  • Reticle: Ballistic Plex E1™ FFP Varmint
  • Color: Matte Black
  • Knob Style: Tall Capped Knobs
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 58mm

burris veracity

  • Clear Objective Lens Diameter: 50mm
  • Ocular Lens Diameter: 44.25mm
  • Focal Plane: FFP
  • Main Tube Size: 30mm
  • Field of View: 26 low – 5.5 high (ft. @ 100 yds.)
  • Eye Relief: 3.50″ – 4.25″
  • Exit Pupil: 12 low – 2.5 high (mm)
  • Click Value: 1/4 MOA

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  • Elevation Adjustment, Total Capability: 70 MOA
  • Windage Adjustment: 40 MOA
  • Parallax/Focus: Side Focus/PA
  • Adjustable Parallax: 50 yds. – infinity
  • Finish: Matte
  • Length: 15″
  • Weight: 27.2 Oz
  • MSRP: $1,031 – $1,043 (depending on the reticle you choose from Burris)

This scope is covered by the Burris “Forever Warranty – No Questions Asked” where if your scope is in need of repair or replacement there is no receipt required, no registration required, and there will be no cost to you. Burris fully stands behind their optics so you can have the ultimate peace of mind in the field or at the range. The current MSRP for the Burris Veracity 4-20x50mm Ballistic Plex E1 FFP Varmint is benchmarked at $1,031 – $1,043 (depending on the reticle you choose from Burris). A further explanation as to what the Burris Veracity 4-20x50mm Ballistic Plex E1 FFP Varmint is all about can be read below directly from Burris:

The Burris Veracity™ is our top-of-the-line hunting scopes featuring a 5x zoom system, a larger field of view and a choice of front or rear focal plane design. Front focal plane reticle allows the reticle size to increase or decrease with magnification so trajectory compensation is always correct for the selected power setting. Rear focal plane is more traditional, and keeps the reticle clearly visible and the same size in all zooms. Advanced windage and elevation adjustment is accurate and repeatable, and matches the reticle’s MOA measurement system.

Tracking – Burris Veracity 4-20x50mm Ballistic Plex E1 FFP Varmint

A simple test I perform with all optics as part of their initial sight-in process is “tracking.” What is meant by this is if you make an adjustment – through either windage or elevation – by clicking a fixed amount on your turrets, that should actually pan out on paper. This refers to a scope tracking correctly across a paper target or other target you might engage. You never want to adjust your elevation say 10 MOA and then an optic does not act as advertised and only gives you 8 MOA of adjustment.

So, to test the tracking, I shot a 5-shot group. Then, I adjusted 2 MOA to the right. Next, I shot a second 5-shot group, and finally adjusting 2 MOA down. After wandering around my target, the scope gave me the exact amount of elevation and windage adjustment I was dialing in which is perfect. To finish the test, I repeated the process, but performed it in reverse to see if I would finish where I had began. The scope did return to its starting point so it passed the tracking test.

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Parallax – Burris Veracity 4-20x50mm Ballistic Plex E1 FFP Varmint

The next test I put the Burris Veracity through was to verify its parallax. The parallax of any scope is a very misunderstood property. Most people tend to believe your parallax knob (if any scope offers one) is there to make your image clear. This is an extremely rudimentary way of expressing what your parallax actually accomplishes.

The parallax of any scope is meant to get your reticle and the object you are looking at on the same focal plane. When this is achieved, yes, your image will look more clear, but once again that is an overly simplistic explanation for what is going on. Most parallax knobs will have yardage markers to indicate at what revolution point on the knob you should hopefully hit that “honey hole” of reticle and target being on the same focal plane. While the numbers are not always perfect, its a good baseline.

Later in our review of this optic, I engaged prairie dogs from 50 – 600 yards. When placing the parallax on varying distances out to 600 yards, all of my targets had good clarity and resolution to make an accurate shot. Moreover, the parallax was very forgiving which means less adjustments were required when engaging targets at multiple distances.

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Field Use – Burris Veracity 4-20x50mm Ballistic Plex E1 FFP Varmint

By the time it got to getting out in the field and using this optic I already had a very solid grasp of its performance, but this still would be where the “rubber meets the road.” If we couldn’t quickly engage targets, adjust to varying distances on the fly, and make successful hits on game then the trip would be a bust! Fortunately for us, the Burris Veracity continued to perform exactly how it had during the build up to our trip – lights out.

We battled a lot of difficult elements that Mother Nature was throwing at us. The heat wavered from 90 – 105 degrees during the day with 30 – 40 MPH winds. So, not only were mirages strong on the prairie at times, but we also had a vicious – and often unpredictable crosswind – to contend with. Regardless, the Burris Veracity made life easier coupled with the rest of our equipment, and we were able to eliminate a lot of prairie dogs that a rancher was seeking help getting rid of. By us enjoying some time shooting among friends and harvesting prairie dogs, we made one rancher’s pasture a safer and more hospitable grazing area for his cattle. Wins all around!

Final Thoughts – Burris Veracity 4-20x50mm Ballistic Plex E1 FFP Varmint

So, what are my final thoughts on the Burris Veracity 4-20x50mm Ballistic Plex E1 FFP Varmint?… Overall, the optic performed phenomenally for the task we put it towards. For anyone who is looking for a long-range, varmint riflescope this could be a great tool and asset for your hunting. Also, floating around the $1,000 price-point puts it in a relatively affordable realm for most hunters and shooters alike.

In closing, I want to say thank you to Burris for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their Burris Veracity 4-20x50mm Ballistic Plex E1 FFP Varmint. That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that the Burris Veracity 4-20x50mm Ballistic Plex E1 FFP Varmint is something worth spending your money? Would you take it hunting with you? To the range for competitive shooting? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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11:00

Berkley Expands Saltwater Lineup: Stick Shadd, Hit Stick, & Cane Walker [AllOutdoor.com]

The new Berkley Stick Shadd has a distinctive design that features an innovative keel design that makes for an erratic action. This gives lure an enticing dart, jerk, and walking action. This mimics a variety of saltwater bait fish. This lure design was formerly part of the Sebile brand, but has been brought back to life by Berkley. It now features brand new colors and fresh cosmetic texturing for a premium look with the same iconic shape and action. This versatile lure is perfectly sized for fishing inshore and comes in 2 lengths and 4 weights.

Berkley Stick Shadd Saltwater Key – Features

  • Size: 90MM | 3.5 IN, 114 MM | 4.5 IN
  • Weight: 90FL 13/32 OZ | 90SU 1/2 OZ, 114FL 1 OZ | 114SU 1 1/3 OZ
  • Dive Depth: 3 to 5-foot
  • Hook Size: 90MM | #4, 114 MM | #1
  • Twitch bait available in floating and suspending buoyancies
  • Targeting suspended and shallow fish
  • Sticky sharp 3X Anti-Rust Fusion19™ treble hooks

Available in 8 colors: Black Gold • Black Silver • Blue Bullet • Chrome • Chrome/Chartreuse • HD Pilchard • Mangrove Minnow • Ghostscent

MSRP: $9.99

berkley hit stick saltwater hard bait fishing lure
Photo Courtesy of Berkley

The Berkley Hit Stick Saltwater is a classically proven jerk bait shape. The lure provides great flash and rolling action to bring in those aggressive strikes from inshore species. It has a balsa-like action while still being made with a super-durable plastic construction that has the same castability as modern plastic lures. The tight tail wiggle with a big rolling action mimics wounded prey and the built-in flashdisc balances the lure for optimal tracking for suspended and shallow fish. It also has a high-pitch rattle built in that attracts fish from a distance.

Berkley Hit Stick Key – Features

  • Size: 95MM | 3 3/4IN 120MM | 4 3/4IN
  • Weight: 3/8 OZ | 1/2 OZ
  • Dive Depth: 3 to 5-foot
  • Hook Size: 95MM | #2, 120MM | #1
  • Ample flash and a rolling action fishes well at any speed and with a variety of techniques
  • Sticky sharp 3X Anti-Rust Fusion19™ treble hooks

Available in 14 colors: Black Gold • Black Silver • Blue Bullet • Chrome • Chrome/Chartreuse • Clown • HD Pilchard • Mangrove Minnow • Mullet • New Penny • Pearl White • Pink Silver • Red Head • Redfish

MSRP: $9.99

berkley cane walker saltwater hard bait fishing lure
Photo Courtesy of Berkley

The final release for the expanded saltwater inshore line is the Berkley Cane Walker Saltwater 110. It creates large amounts of surface disturbance and has a lively side-to-side walking action. This brings in vicious strikes while the cupped face gives it an extremely effective popping action. It features a heavy tail weight for increased castability.  While the built-in sound chamber and rattles attract fish from long distances. It’s sized perfectly for inshore application for getting aggressive topwater action.

Berkley Cane Walker Saltwater Key – Features

  • Size: 110MM | 4.3IN
  • Weight: 3/4 OZ
  • Hook Size: #6
  • Water Column: Topwater
  • Cupped face for topwater popping action and weighted tail for tantalizing side-to-side walking action
  • Aggressive sound and rattles for added attraction
  • Sticky sharp 3X Anti-Rust Fusion19™ treble hooks

Available in 10 Colors: Black Chrome • Black Gold • Blue Bullet • Bone • HD Pilchard • HD Pinfish • Mangrove Minnow • Mullet • Pinky • Red Head

MSRP $9.99

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11:00

GWACS vs KE Arms Litigation Goes to Trial After Failed Resolution [The Firearm Blog]

GWACS Versus KE Arms Litigation Goes to Trial After Failed ResolutionBack near the end of July 2022, we reported to you from KE Arms that the company was being sued by GWACS Armory over alleged patent and IP theft in regards to the KE-Arms KP-15 Monolithic Polymer Lower. While KE Arms has been attempting to work towards a resolution with GWACS Armory, it seems that […]

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10:00

Moultrie Mobile – Intelligent Game Management this Autumn [AllOutdoor.com]

The crisp air of autumn is becoming more common daily as the leaves are beginning to turn, hunting seasons are slowly opening up for various game animals across the US, and we all look to fine-tune our equipment for our next hunting expedition. If you are looking to have a better and more intelligent game management system for your property, you may want to take a look at what Moultrie Mobile has to offer. Not only do they have smart, cellular trail cameras to always keep you in the know of what is going on, but they have many more products that can assist you as well.

Moultrie Mobile Coverage on AllOutdoor

For the month of September, there are a handful of specials that Moultrie is running if you are buying your 1st or 10th trail camera. There are direct discounts on cameras from Moultrie – as well as FREE complimentary SD cards – and some other retailers have discounted bundles as well. Check out all of the deals listed below as presented by Moultrie:

If you want to ensure you have bountiful game on your property for years to come – whether that is whitetail deer, wild turkeys, black bear, etc – you need to take an active role in managing those game herds. Trail cameras can be a tremendous tool to help you take “inventory” of what is visiting your property… what you would like to harvest… and what you should allow to stay for future years to come – all before you step foot outside to begin your hunt! So, if you need a trail camera, be sure to give Moultrie Mobile a good look. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comment below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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10:00

New York’s Gun Laws Getting In the Way of Historical Reenactments? [The Firearm Blog]

New York's Gun Laws Getting In the Way of Historical Reenactments?Historical battle reenactments are both very educational and a lot of fun to either participate in or watch. The Battle of Plattsburgh, a historic battle that ended the British invasion of the United States during the war of 1812, is one such battle that is reenacted every year in the state of New York. However, […]

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09:00

“That’s a BIG Sword!” – North Carolina State Record Swordfish Caught [AllOutdoor.com]

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries recently certified a new state record swordfish (Xiphias gladius). This record swordfish was caught by Cary Carney of Newport, it weighed a whopping 504 pounds 8 ounces. The swordfish was caught about 55 miles off the coast of Morehead City on August 21st.

Cary Carney was fishing aboard the “Willow B”, which was captained by his son, Brandon Carney. They were fishing in roughly 1300ft (396 meters) of water when they encountered the “sword of a lifetime,” according to Carney.

Carney’s swordfish measured 104 inches fork length, from the tip of the bill to the fork of the tail. The fish had a girth of 53 inches around. The official weight was taken at EJW Outdoors in Morehead City. Carney landed the monster fish using a

Carney’s fish measured 104 inches fork length (from the tip of the nose to the fork in the tail) and had a 53-inch girth. It was weighed in at EJW Outdoors of Morehead City.

The fish was landed by Carney on 65-pound test line, on an electric Daiwa MP3000 reel that had blown a fuse. That meant he had to hand-crank the fish up from way down there only getting about 28.5 inches of the line every crank of the handle. The reel was paired with a 6-foot Crowder DDS80 rod, and Carney was using a dress albacore belly for bait.

When fishing for daytime swordfish electric gear is used due to the incredible depths the fish dwell at during the day. This fish qualified for the state record though because it was hand-cranked up. The first run of the fish was strong enough to blow the fuses on the reel so they disconnected everything and fought it by hand. The fish went all the way down to 2000ft with its blistering runs and pulled the boat about 10 miles before the fight was done. This monster bested the previous 1979 record by 63 pounds and was cut up and shared among 30 people leaving nothing to waste.

For more information on state record fish, go to the division’s State Saltwater Records webpage or contact the North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Tournament staff at saltwater.citations@ncdenr.gov.

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08:22

TFBTV: Why AK-47 Imports Suck – Changes Made Once in the USA [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at Zastava USA visiting with the Zastava team to discuss why AK-47 imports into the United States are absolutely terrible. Fortunately, Zastava has figured out a way to get by the hurdles presented by ridiculous U.S. laws, and the Serbian AK-47 manufacturer is glad to show the TFBTV team how they comply with the law while still producing an excellent AK, just like the AKs from the mother country.

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08:00

NEW Ed Brown 9mm Glock Magazines [The Firearm Blog]

Ed Brown 9mm Glock Magazines (1)Ed Brown has always been known as a manufacturer of high-end 1911-style pistols, however, within the past few years, they have been exploring polymer-framed modern handguns. Their catalog now includes a variety of parts and accessories for non-1911 pistols as well as the Fueled Series of custom S&W M&P pistols. Continuing the expansion into the […]

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07:00

Rock Island Armory STK100 Approved by IPSC and USPSA Divisions [The Firearm Blog]

USPSA and IPSC are both very fun and engaging shooting sports that have a long laundry list of rules, regulations, and approved equipment. Part of this approved equipment also includes very strict criteria for each division that separates competitors to provide a more even playing field. Rock Island Armory’s first offering in the polymer-framed striker-fired […]

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06:27

Genesis of the VHS: IM Metal Gets a FAMAS [Forgotten Weapons]

After their abortive effort at designing a bullpup AK conversion, IM Metal (later to become HS Produkt) decided to make another try at developing a rifle for the Croatian Army. This time, they decided to base their design on the FAMAS. Why that rifle? Well, at the time the Croatian Homeland War was still raging, and some of the most experienced fighters on Croatia’s side were French Foreign Legionnaires of Croatian nationality who returned home to join the war. They used the FAMAS, and that spoke highly for its efficacy – and it was genuinely and excellent combat rifle.

So, IM Metal obtained a FAMAS to work with, and set about making changes to it. They wanted to lighten it as much as possible, so they removed the bipod, and also the receiver extension used to free-float the bipod. They then moved the charging handle assembly rearward a bit and made a new upper handguard. They also opted to replace the lever-delayed action with a simple short-stroke gas piston.

The rifle we are looking at today is that original FAMAS, representing the very beginning of the new design process. The design would eventually coalesce into the VHS-1, maintaining the basic elements seems here – FAMAS layout and ergonomics with a gas piston system. Stay tuned as we continue to explore this line of development…

Thanks to HS Produkt for graciously letting me film some of their original prototypes like this one!

06:00

Why AK-47 Imports Suck [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at Zastava USA visiting with the Zastava team to discuss why AK-47 imports into the United States are absolutely terrible. Fortunately, Zastava has figured out a way to get by the hurdles presented by ridiculous U.S. laws, and the Serbian AK-47 manufacturer is glad to show the […]

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Tuesday, 13 September

17:00

Carry Gun Face-Off: PMM JTTC Comp Vs SIG Spectre Comp [The Firearm Blog]

Carry Gun Face-Off: PMM JTTC Comp Vs SIG Spectre CompWith the advancements in carry guns today, there are some really interesting models coming to market as well as some really cool aftermarket options for the next generation carry guns. With all the options on the market, there have been some arguments online about which model performs better and what’s the best bang for your […]

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16:30

AllOutdoor Review: Firebird Detonating Targets – Confirm Hits with a Bang [AllOutdoor.com]

Among presenters at the 2022 Lucid Optics Ballistic Summit at NRA Whittington Center in New Mexico was Dan Meeker, inventor and owner of Firebird brand detonating targets. Attendees at this media event got to experience these fun little devices firsthand. While Firebird is not a new product, it has undergone recent changes to make them even more enjoyable and environmentally responsible.

Meeker is quick to specify that these targets are not the same as Tannerite or any binary explosive target, in a few ways. The explosive compound is pre-combined and set into the holder, which resembles a small, plastic snuff can. So there’s no mixing involved. In addition, he has gone through extensive federal product testing and scrutiny to confirm that the product cannot be used to make any improvised explosive device. Unlike binary explosive targets that have to be mixed and used in a certain length of time, Firebirds will not expire and become inert in storage.

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The targets have a peel and stick backing that makes it easy to stick them on pretty much any sort of target backer, though results vary based on backing material. They are small and lightweight, with the smaller being 50 mm diameter, 8 mm thick, and the larger disk 65 mm across x 7 mm thick. There’s also an infrared version which is reflective under night vision devices and slightly reflective to bright flashlights. In terms of backing material for Firebirds, cardboard is not so dramatic but still explosive, while steel, as we discovered at the conference, delivers a satisfying combo of light, smoke, and audible report. Meeker suggests adhering a Firebird to clay pigeons downrange on a breezy day, four to five feet off the ground, for maximal effect. He also advised that plywood makes a great backer, but to be aware that the Firebird’s detonation will blow a small hole in it. Hits to the rim will work to detonate the target, but the burn is more gradual. Center hits create a good spectacle and boom factor.

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Smoke cloud on the right is dissipating, while a fresh detonation happens on the left.

Another advantage of these targets is a biodegradable shell. Official status for this is pending, but Meeker states that what’s left over after these targets’ explosive action will harmlessly degrade into natural surroundings. It’s not advised to use them on indoor ranges, however, due to not only their own smoke but the unsettling of particulate matter downrange.

With the dramatic backdrop of NRA Whittington Center, writers got to try out the targets using projectiles ranging in size from 22 LR to 6.5 Creedmoor, including slower-moving but powerful .25 and .45 caliber rounds fired from Airforce brand airguns. Though we couldn’t try them at distances greater than 100 yards due to fire risk, there’s no reason why they wouldn’t work when placed beyond that distance. When working alone to check zero, these targets could make confirmation a lot easier than walking out to check paper or even steel that’s taken enough hits to wear the telltale paint off. In addition to that helpful trait, Meeker said he’s had great success at winning the interest of young shooters with the help of Firebird targets. The instant reward of smoke and, in dimly-lit conditions, a bit of fire, along with an auditory explosion, closely simulates the instant-reward system that video games offer for accurate hits. Thus, these targets can even serve as a generational bridge for an American sporting tradition.

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Pro Airgun shooter Ton Jones takes aim on a Firebird at the Lucid Optics Ballistic Summit.

Placing the targets on steel plates was very simple. Doing so with Meeker’s supervision, I stacked double Firebirds on a single target for bigger effect–doing so comes with the obligation to exceed the 50-foot minimum distance and to insure a wide berth of non-flammable material around the target, however. He carried a small microfiber cloth along for re-setting targets, to wipe of the carbon left behind from the last explosions, which can impair their ability to stick tight to steel. Meeker said Firebirds are especially fun when attached to clay pigeons for in-flight pyrotechnics.

Safety is built in with these targets in another way. Each puck has a QR code on it that immediately takes the viewer to Firebird’s safety page. Should these products be found by someone who doesn’t know what they are, it creates a direct line to knowledge.

Firebird

Of course, basic safety guidelines should be followed when using these targets. Firing should be done from a distance of no less than 50 feet. And the immediate target area should be free of dry grass, pine needles, or other material that could catch fire. Always attach them by the adhesive backing, never by nailing or other means.

Firebird targets are sold in packets of ten for $16.95 for 50mm or $19.95 for 65mm. Direct order is available. Distribution to retailers in Texas and surrounding states is good, with nationwide retail sporting goods stores on the horizon for over-the-counter sales. If you’d like to get sme for free, a pack of 50BIO Firebirds is included with the purchase of a new HK rimfire from select dealers.  If you’re looking for a fun way to pass range time or spice up some practical training, Firebirds are sure to make the experience explosively memorable.

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16:30

POTD: Finland’s 9.00 Submachine Gun 2000 (H&K MP5) [The Firearm Blog]

Submachine Gun 2000Photo Of The Day and this is the fifth in a series of articles TFB is doing on the firearms used by the Finnish Army. The 9.00 Submachine Gun 2000 is used by the Finnish Border Guards, the Finnish Police and the Finnish Defence Forces. It is otherwise much more well known as the 9x19mm […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? 12 Gauge Tactical or Impractical? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 159th Edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has […]

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15:51

Channelview, TX [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

9/10/22 KTRK:

CHANNELVIEW, Texas (KTRK) -- Two armed men were shot and killed by a 17-year-old while they attempted a home invasion, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

On Friday at about 10:40 p.m., deputies with the Harris County Sheriff's Office responded to an in-progress shooting call in the 16000 block of 1st Street.

ABC13 obtained surveillance footage showing four suspects arriving and parking next door to the home.

Nearly two minutes later, two suspects are seen running back to the car before driving off.

Upon arrival, deputies said they located two men with apparent gunshot wounds on the lawn along the side of a residence.

The two other suspects were found on the lawn along the house and were pronounced dead, according to Gonzalez.

A woman, a 12-year-old boy, and two 17-year-old men were inside the home during the attempted home invasion but were not injured, Gonzalez said.

Deputies said one of the 17-year-olds retrieved a shotgun and discharged it several times, striking the two intruders. 

15:00

POTD: What is That Thing? – The Colt Trooper MKIII [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a Colt double action revolver with a swing-out cylinder but it is not a member of the snake gun family. This is a Colt Trooper MKIII chambered in 22 long rifle. The Colt Trooper was introduced in 1953 and was manufactured until 1969 before changing to an MKIII variant (yeah, they more or less skipped one). They were chambered in 22 long rifle, 38 Special, and 357 Magnum. The Colt Trooper MKIII specifically was made from 1969 until 1983 and was featured in one of my favorite movies The Thing (1983). The new MKIII featured a completely redesigned lockwork intended to decrease the amount of hand-fitted parts.

“Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Trooper MK III
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 22 LR
Barrel: 8 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut

Manufactured in 1980.”

Colt Trooper

Lot 419: Colt Trooper Mk III Double Action Revolver [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #2062, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved September 12, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/2062/419/colt-trooper-mk-iii-double-action-revolver

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14:00

WARNING – Stop Releasing Your Pet Fish into the Wild [AllOutdoor.com]

I think this is the third time I’m writing about released pets in the wild this year, but I’ll say it again do not release your pet fish into your local waterways. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is reminding folks that it is highly illegal and harmful to dump unwanted pet fish into your local ponds and waterways. It is also illegal and potentially harmful to move fish you’ve caught from one waterbody to another waterbody.

DWR Biologists across the state of Utah do surveys across the state every spring and fall. They survey various lakes and streams to get data about the fish in those waterbodies, checking their weight, condition, and population numbers. This year however during their surveys, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologists discovered an oscar fish (Astronotus ocellatus)  in the Millrace Park Pond. These fish are a cichlid originally native to tropical South America and are a common pet fish. They also found a variety of other exotic fish in several other community ponds in the Salt Lake Valley.

DWR biologists also discovered hundreds of goldfish (Carassius auratus), also probably pet fish, in a pond in the Mail Draw Wildlife Management Area on August 29th. This pond is a watering hole for local wildlife in the WMA and is not a fishing pond.

When a fish is illegally introduced into a pond, stream or lake, it can have several negative effects on that fishery, including:

  • Illegal fish species can prey on and outcompete other fish species, including sportfish, native fish and endangered fish species.
  • The new fish can introduce disease because they weren’t properly tested before being dumped into that waterbody.
  • The new fish can negatively impact water quality.

“Illegal fish introductions seldom improve fisheries — instead, illegal introductions typically ruin fisheries and threaten the species that live there,” DWR Sportfish Coordinator Randy Oplinger said. “It is also illegal in Utah and can result in a class A misdemeanor.”

Over the past two decades, several fisheries have been severely impacted by illegal fish introductions.

  • In 2005, illegally introduced Utah chub were discovered in Scofield Reservoir. That resulted in the DWR having to stock several additional species — including tiger muskie and wiper — to reduce the number of chub in the fishery. It also necessitated a slot limit for trout.
  • In 2006, illegally introduced walleye were discovered in Red Fleet Reservoir. The walleye damaged the quality and stability of the fishery, resulting in a required rotenone treatment in 2015 to rid Red Fleet of the walleye.
  • In 2016, illegally introduced walleye were discovered in Echo Reservoir. That resulted in the DWR having to stock sterile walleye to help decrease the number of actively reproducing walleye in the fishery.
  • Illegally introduced walleye and yellow perch were discovered in Big Sand Wash Reservoir in 2016, as well. That also resulted in the DWR having to stock sterile walleye to help decrease the number of actively reproducing walleye in the fishery.
  • In 2017, illegally introduced Utah chub were discovered in Mammoth (Huntington) Reservoir. That resulted in the DWR having to stock splake in the reservoir in 2020 in order to reduce the number of chub in the fishery.
  • In 2018, illegally introduced yellow perch, bluegill and green sunfish were discovered in Kolob Reservoir. The fish wreaked havoc on the fishery, resulting in a required rotenone treatment later that year.
  • Over the past 20 years, DWR biologists have also found countless examples of aquarium fish that were dumped into ponds, streams or lakes across Utah.

“It is very expensive and takes a long time — often requiring rotenone treatments that kill all the fish — to restore these waterbodies after fish have been illegally introduced,” Oplinger said. “Please help our native fish species and maintain quality fishing in Utah by never dumping a fish.”

Utahns are encouraged to call 1-800-662-3337 to report any invasive fish they find, or if they see anyone illegally introducing fish into a waterbody or trying to relocate live fish. Learn more about the consequences of illegal fish introductions by visiting the “Don’t Ditch a Fish” page on the DWR website.

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13:00

AllOutdoor Review: Chargel Gel Drink – “The Energy Drink You Eat” [AllOutdoor.com]

When it comes to being in the outdoors there are always the usual suspects when it comes to on-the-go snacking like beef jerky, nuts, trail mix, and the delicious yet unhealthy candy bar. As the modern hunter/huntress evolves into the 21st century so do our demands and tastes for what fuels us in the outdoors. Being active in the gym and the outdoors, I have ate a lot of “health foods” and self-reported fuel snacks throughout the years, but I had not come across Chargel – a gel-style, energy drink – until recently. Chargel is touted as “the energy drink you eat” and that phrase by itself is intriguing. So, when Chargel reached out to AllOutdoor to try their product we gladly accepted. Let’s dive right in to see what it is all about!

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About the Company – Chargel Gel Drink

Chargel – from the looks of their website – is based out of California and appears to be a forward-thinking company. They purport their products to be FREE of 9 Major Allergens and Certified Plant Based which could allow for a lot more people to enjoy their gel drinks if someone happens to have allergy concerns. They more extensively describe what their company is all about in their “About Us” section from their own website:

Not all energy is created equal. Which is good news because Chargel isn’t like other forms of energy. It’s a whole new way to charge up. Our unique gel texture has been formulated to equip you with instant energy prior to any workout. In other words, it’s designed for exercise.

With Chargel, you can say “yes” to that next after work run. And “no” to caffeine, gluten, artificial sweeteners and high-fructose corn syrup. And because it’s a gel drink, Chargel refreshes like a beverage and satisfies like a snack. With an original blend of carbs and vitamins to help energize your next bike ride or tennis match. So wrap your hand and your fitness tracker around all 3 refreshing flavors. It’s not the energy you expect. It’s the energy you want.

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Nutrition Data – Chargel Gel Drink

Right now, Chargel Gel Drinks are offered in 3 different flavors of White Grape, Green Apple, and Strawberry. You can purchase them off of Chargel’s website either in a Trial Kit or in Single Flavor, 6-Count boxes. Chargel touts their Gel Drinks as being Caffeine FREE, Gluten FREE, NO Artificial Sweeteners, NO High-Fructose Corn Syrup, NO Artificial Colors, FREE of 9 Major Allergens, and Certified Plant Based. The pricing, nutrition facts, and ingredients can all be read below as presented by Chargel:

  • Trial Kit: [Variety Box] 3 x 6.35 Oz (180g) Pouches – MSRP $14.99
  • Single Flavor Kit: [White Grape, Green Apple, or Strawberry] 6 x 6.35 Oz (180g) Pouches – MSRP $20.94

Ingredients: Water, Dextrin, Sugar, White Grape Juice, Less than 2% of Citric Acid, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Citrate, Gellan Gum, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Potassium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Locust Bean Gum, Sucrose Fatty Acid Esters, Polyglycerol Fatty Acid Esters, Niacin, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Thiamin Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12.

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Field Use – Chargel Gel Drink

The way that I utilized the Chargel drinks sent to me was once while walking my 2 corgis on ~4 mile hike through a local park, and also on a rather long bicycle ride. The first activity of walking one’s dogs might not sound very labor intensive (and its not), but to be active for 3 – 4 hours without getting some carbohydrates or energy in your system can be draining. Even if that mundane activity is getting exercise for your low-riders.

The area I walk my corgis is at a public park that is rather hilly with tumultuous terrain. My small pups definitely get their money’s worth when we go exploring there between the wildlife, abundant creeks to cool off in, and the miles we log. Overall, it is a favorite activity of ours and it keeps them (and me) in shape. So, I packed one of the Chargels with me and ate it on our walk, and that helped me maintain stable energy throughout the entire endeavor.

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The other much more daunting activity I deployed Chargel for was my hometown’s “Tour of Saints” 35 Mile bicycle ride. It is a long-winding, hilly ride through the countryside where you visit several small towns with pitstops for water along the way. It is gorgeous scenery in the early summer – extremely picturesque – but the day the event was held it was 95 degrees and incredibly humid. This made for some challenging conditions for even some of the most fit participants.

The “Tour of Saints” could be attacked however you like. You could try and fly through the course to get lactic acid boiling in your legs, or you could pedal through it leisurely and enjoy the scenery. I was somewhere in the middle wanting to push myself, but not wanting to cramp up over a fun ride. Over the course of 35 miles I drank/ate a couple of the Chargel gel drinks, and I believe it did help my performance. With the extreme heat and humidity we were experiencing (uncharacteristic of Minnesota in June), everyone was sweating a tremendous amount so remaining hydrated with proper electrolytes and carbohydrates was paramount. Throughout the entire 35 mile trek I never cramped, felt light-headed, or was “out of sorts;” I had good energy throughout the entire ride.

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Final Thoughts – Chargel Gel Drink

So, what are my final thoughts on the Chargel Gel Drinks as an alternative snack for outdoor adventures?… Overall, I was impressed and enjoyed them. The texture of the gel drink is something akin to apple sauce except there were tiny minced fruit inside. It wasn’t too sweet (no artificial sweeteners), but you still had a tiny sugar taste from the natural sugars in the all-natural ingredients. I personally would not have been against the addition of a little caffeine as well, but as the product currently is, I have no complaints. For anyone wanting a departure from your traditional, hum-drum snacks on the market, I would suggest giving Chargel a try.

In closing, I want to say thank you to Chargel for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their Chargel Gel Drinks in a variety of flavors. That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that the Chargel Gel Drinks are something worth spending your money? Would you take them with you hunting, hiking, and/or camping? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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12:00

Green Top and Benelli USA Unveil Special Edition Super Black Eagle 3 [AllOutdoor.com]

Today, Green Top unveils the new “Virginian,” a limited edition Benelli Super Black Eagle 3, commemorating 75 years of retail business. Benelli USA is an iconic firearms manufacturer known for creating one of the world’s largest selections of semi-automatic shotguns.

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Green Top and Benelli USA Unveil Special Edition Super Black Eagle 3

This new shotgun will be sold exclusively by Green Top and will be sold for a price of $1,999.99 as co