31 Aug

I almost always have a buttstock shell holder when I’m hunting with a slug gun or centerfire rifle. The shells are within easy grasp, and they are held securely and quietly with elastic or neoprene. It’s one less thing you have to carry in your backpack or pocket and they are available in a flash. I usually leave three or four spaces empty for the shells when unload the gun. It beats having them rattle around and get dirty and dinged from hopping around in a coat pocket. I’ll pick up a fresh GunMate neoprene version for this season. I usually cut a small hole in the bottom of it for the sling swivel, and over time the hole gets bigger. These are inexpensive products and well worth the ten bucks or so.

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30 Aug

5.11 clothing is made with quality in mind. Many of the products are triple-stitched. Some of the 5.11 shirts are the nicest I know of. I have some retired Columbia clothing that has been replaced with 5.11 products. The 5-in-1 jacket is top quality with an fleece inner jacket that can be worn without the durable outer shell, and you can even remove the sleeves for a comfortable vest. Many colors and sizes are readily available, and it’s as good looking as it is functional. Once you own any 5.11 article of clothing you will be a convert, as I am.

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28 Aug

The Ruger Mini-14 has its lineage from the M1 rifle, and is a favorite gun because of its reliability and light weight. Ruger’s fantastic mounting system is one of my favorites and is rock solid, but does not lend itself well to mounting objects to other than one inch or thirty millimeter scopes. With the B-Square Mini-14 mount installed you may now mount ACOGs or night vision scopes, or any other odd creature that won’t fit in factory Ruger rings. The mount is high enough to allow the use of the gun’s iron sights and is installed by replacing the bolt stop cover plate. It is a long rail and allows plenty of length even for installation of night vision scopes. It is rugged and secure and gives good service. The B-Square company itself is top quality, and their offerings are dependable and reasonably priced.

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27 Aug
A great buy for the money for a very good quality spotting scope is the Bushnell Elite 15-45×60 #781548P.…

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24 Aug

Here in the midwest we’ve been hammered with severe rains. I’ve never seen our rivers this high, and a lot of our towns have been declared disaster areas. The frozen food is ruined because of no power. Both the gas and the electric has been out for quite a while where I live. So we grill on our propane stove, sleep with the doors and windows open, and sip warm scotch while our burgers and chops cook. We flush our toilets with rain water and play pool under lantern light. You really find out what lights are worthwhile when they’re needed for an extended period of time. Here’s a lantern that should fit the bill for most in times like these. The Browning Black Ice LED lantern uses four D cell batteries and burns for days. Every house should have one. It pays for itself in one night’s use.

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22 Aug

A customer asked what type of scope would be appropriate to mount on his Bushmaster A4. He said he would be using it for short to long range hunting for medium and small game and had about $200.00 to spend. In my opinion, one of the very best rifle scopes in that price range is the Bushnell Elite 3200 3-9×40. They are reliable and repeatable, and the Rain Guard coating actually works. Eye relief is adequate for most applications, certainly for smaller cartridges. The customer was advised to finish his purchase with Millett AR-15 rings that won’t break the bank. This is a basic setup on a black gun that is useable from close to as far as you would like to shoot, and the equipment is top quality.

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20 Aug

Millett, a great company to deal with and innovative thinkers has a set of rings for flattop rifles that won’t break the bank, but yet are secure enough for the most demanding applications. They are of proper height for a good cheek weld and look good as well. They are among the least expensive high quality rings available to connect your rifle scope to your favorite black gun. They are of minimal weight, and like all the Millett Angle Loc rings they are windage adjustable, allowing your mounts to center your windage instead of moving your riflescope too far off center. Not a big deal, but it’s there if you need it. At $25.95, these rings are a steal.

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17 Aug

I’ve been using my Motorola Two-Way radios for vacations of all kinds. One way they’re very useful is when there’s one or more cars driving with you. They’re perfect for communication on the road, to alert for a pit stop, check fuel levels, or even a Chinese fire drill. Amusement parks are easy places to get separated, and radios can easily help you find your way to a rendezvous. My Shirley and I use them while fishing in different areas, or even when I’m out hunting. The maximum distances specified are line of sight. Trees, buildings, and hilly areas decrease this distance. The batteries last what seems like forever if you’re not chatting constantly. Great, inexpensive products that every household should have. Several Motorola models to choose from.

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13 Aug

A customer asked me today if I thought a Burris 3-12 pistol scope would work on his M1A scout rifle. The answer is yes. The field of view at a higher power would make the scope and gun combination basically useless, though, unless you’re sitting at a bench. The Scout rifles are designed for quick, two eye open target acquisition at shorter to medium ranges. Pistol scopes like the 3-12 Burris are extremely specialized optics and they take a lot of experience to be proficient with, let alone master. A better choice for his gun would be the Leupold Scout scope or the Burris Scout scope. Both are low powered and have a large field of view. They are expressly made for scout rifles such as the M1A. We sell a lot of these Scout scopes to operators overseas using Springfield Armory Scout rifles instead of black guns.

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10 Aug

While the Streamlight TLR1 and TLR2 weaponlights are getting most of the traffic, another quality light that is available is the Surefire X200A. It’s a bit smaller than the TLR series, and connects to your guns in the same simple manner. It offers 60 lumens of light with a 10 year shelf life out of the two 3 volt lithium batteries, and is waterproof down to 99 feet. Accessory tail cap switches are available with remote switches for various applications. Both Picatinny and Weaver adapters come with the flashlight to insure the best and most secure fit. This small light fits well and unobtrusively on long guns, and with the optional backplate with remote switch it should serve most applications exceedingly well without being clumsy or breaking the bank.

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