Gear Review: Warne RT-1 Range Tool

There are few things more frustrating than being set up on the firing line and discovering you forgot the one screwdriver or drive bit you need to complete the days’ primary objective. I’ve been there more than once; a bad habit of stuffing all my shop tools into my range bag is the scar I […]

Gear Review: Warne TW1 25 in/lbs. T-15 Torque Wrench

For many shooters the simple mention of “T-15” brings fond recollections of self-installed scopes successfully on their favorite tack driver they’ve used out in the field or at the range. To others, the thought brings back nightmares of stripped rings and receivers, slipping scopes, crushed tubes, and other avoidable installation incidents. More often than not, […]

Gun Review: Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ

I bought my HK P7 (which now looks like this) for a screaming good price in early 2012. You see, the older gentleman I bought it from was selling all of his semi-auto pistols, as he could no longer operate them due to arthritis in his hands and generally diminished finger/grip strength. This is where Smith […]

Gear Review: Ammo Ears Real Bullet Earplugs

I think we’ve all seen that old codger screw empty cases or live rounds into his ears as “hearing protection” on the range. If only on TV. But now you can hop over to and get a set of Ammo Ears, which provide 27 NRR of protection built off of actual, 9mm cases. Case […]

Gear Review: Rugged Suppressors Obsidian45

RF is on the prowl for a .45 ACP pistol suppressor. Narrowing down the list, three cans came to mind: the Rugged Obsidian45, the Dead Air Ghost-M, and the Liberty Cosmic that I previously reviewed (and own). RF wants a modular can with a “K” or short configuration option, so the Liberty is out. As the […]

Gear Review: Vortex Optics High Country Tripod

As a hunter with a photography background, I can attest to the difference high-quality glass can make in the field. Seasoned outdoorsmen will invest a thousand dollars or more in a single pair of binoculars or a spotting scope to gain a better view of game. Long range and small-bore (non-hunting) shooters can relate. Thing […]

Gear Review: Warne TW65 Torque Wrench (1/4″ Drive, 65-in/lbs)

Warne produces some mighty fine optics mounts. Like many other quality-seeking shooters, I’ve trusted their products for years and have their MSR and tactical mount 1/2-inch hex nut torque specification engrained in my brain – 65-inch/pounds. Adjusting a torque wrench to 65-inch/pounds isn’t typically a tiresome task; however, many wrenches like the Vortex Torque Wrench […]

Gear Review: KCarry Shoulder Holster

The KCarry holster bills itself as the “most comfortable holster you’ll ever wear.” Maybe. But the product is fundamentally unsafe . . . The simple elastic that covers the gun, including the trigger, does little to keep the trigger from being pulled while it’s still in the holster. I tried this with several pistols, including a […]

Gear Review: MyCharge Portable Power Outlet

I can hear Robert yelling at me as enter the title to this review. “This is a firearms website! Why the hell are we reviewing a big *ss battery?” As Lucentio would say, my reasons are both good and weighty. I get the feeling that you readers would appreciate this one . . . There’s been […]

Gear Review: Simtek Duo Portable Security Sensor

It may look like a miniature alien spaceship, but the Simtek Duo does something much simpler: it sends you an alert when it sees the light. As in literal, visible light and/or motion. What’s the point? Put it inside of a safe, a drawer, a suitcase, a closet, a storage unit, etc., and receive an […]