Gear Reviews

  • The Garmin Xero C1 Pro Chronograph … A Game Changer - By Mike Hardesty I’ve owned, from the late ‘70s until the present, four chronographs. The first two were the folding Shooting Chronys. They folded in half for easy storage and transportation but had a habit of cutting important wires when folded if you weren’t careful. They were powered by one 9-volt battery. I shot both […]
  • WarBird Intrepid BT Warbird Intrepid BT – Upgraded Ear Protection for Pros - In the modern land of electronic ear protection there’s really three camps: the entry-level protection for casual shooters, the mid-level items for heavier volume shooters and the premium-priced, top-of-the line gear for professionals and those who closely guard their health. While the entry level will always be dominated by the least expensive options, WarBird has […]
  • Hi Viz FastDot H3 Sights - Do you want the speed of a dot sight without the bulk, the batteries and the chance of mechanical failure? Well then the Hi Viz FastDot H3 Tritium and Fiber Optic system might be just what you’re looking for. Industry Day at the Range takes place a day before the SHOT Show officially starts. It’s […]
  • Liong Mah Designs Eutektik Folders - I’ve often said that we live in the golden age of EDC and field knives. There is an overwhelming variety of knives to choose from depending on your budget and needs. The nice thing is that there are a lot of great knives available for good prices. You don’t have to spend a ton of […]
  • Never Unarmed .45 ACP 1911 Magazine: Inexpensive Performance - I know what you are thinking. Inexpensive and performance when describing a 1911 magazine is contradictory. We all have tried inexpensive 1911 magazines, and the result was a jammed up 1911. Stovepipes and failure to go into battery malfunctions can typically be traced back to an inferior magazine. Reliability in a 1911 magazine is mandatory, […]
  • Amend2 Modular Stock and Enhanced Pistol Grip - There are a lot of grip and stock options on the market for the AR platform, but it’s always nice to have options; especially when they bring something new to the table. Many of you are probably familiar with Amend2 from their AR, Glock and now SIG magazines. They’ve recently started making AR furniture too, […]
  • Gear Review – Mantis Laser Academy - The ratio of keeping your skills sharp to the amount of money you have to spend on ammo is one that’s spiraling out of control. I miss the days of 9mm running for 8.99 a box. Sadly, I don’t think those prices will ever come back. Lots of dry fire is the new normal, but […]
  • 5.11 COVRT18 2.0 Backpack: Blend In And Be Ready - Most tactical knapsacks you can spot a mile away. They are casted with MOLLE-compatible webbing that says operator more than daily commuter.  In some cases a civilian aesthetic is good. The new COVRT18 2.0 Backpack from 5.11 Tactical helps you blend in while still having your essential defensive gear easily accessible. The COVRT18 2.0 has […]
  • XM42 flamethrower Friday Flame Out: Reviewing the XM42 Flamethrower - Flamethrowers. For the vast majority of Americans, these fire-slingers aren’t illegal, or even regulated in any degree. Maybe you’ve got a real need for these, like burning farm debris. Maybe you wanna have fun. Most likely, you’ve decided “I want that stuff over there to be on fire, but I wanna stand over here.” Your […]
  • Optics Review – Holosun HS512C Red Dot - The Holosun series of optics are quite broad these days. They’ve become one of the more creative companies on the market with night vision and thermal overlay red dots, extremely powerful weapon lights and micro-sized enclosed emitter optics. On top of that, they make some pretty good basic red dots. One of the more popular […]