Blackhawk's latest gun rest is ambidextrous, durable, and thoughtful. It features a well-padded buttstock pocket that can fit many stock designs, a removable tray to help accommodate magazines of various sizes and depths, and windage and elevation adjustments. This is a rest you'll be using for a long time.
For years when I traveled where I couldn’t carry a gun, I would take along a folding knife for protection. I now know better. While convenient, folders are difficult to deploy under stress, and the spot where the blade pivots is inherently weak. This disqualifies them for serious self-defense work. Instead, invest in a good fixed-blade knife. But do your homework before strapping on a blade. State and local ordinances governing knives—both fixed-blades and folders—are varied and confusing, so take time to investigate the laws where you plan to carry.
It’s funny how so much “covert” gear isn’t that stealthy at all. Many of the clothes, bags and accessories hawked by companies catering to the personal protection crowd scream “gun,” which is a bit of a problem when you actually want to carry in a discreet fashion.
One answer to staying below the radar when carrying concealed is to look to companies outside the gun industry. There are plenty of times when I prefer not to carry a gun in a holster on my hip, and in those instances I’ll most likely have it in a bag.
Woolrich is taking one of the more popular items in its clothing line and adapting it for concealed carry use. The Elite Discreet Carry Twill Jacket is an updated version of the Dorrington that has a number of new features for concealing firearms and other accessories. Here’s what Woolrich has to say about it:
Large, reinforced inner pockets feature integrated holster loops to accommodate concealed carry handguns with up to a 6″ barrel. A unique double angle on the inner pocket provides ready access to gear, but prevents the pocket from flaring open and exposing the contents.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation has responded to a May 16 New York Times editorial calling for Congress to gun down the proposed Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act, and, instead, to support the Environmental Protection Agency's on-again, off-again 35-year effort to ban lead in hunting and fishing gear.
Representatives Jeff Miller (R-Florida) and Mike Ross (D-Arkansas), co-chairmen of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, recently introduced bipartisan legislation (H.R. 1558) to clarify the long-standing exemption of ammunition and ammunition components under the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act.
The next time you go to buy a binocular or a riflescope, take a little penlight along. That simple tool will give you a good indication of whether an optic is worth the money, or whether it amounts to an overpriced tube of glass.
With a flashlight and a little know-how, you can learn a lot about lens coatings, how much stray light will distract you, even about how well you might be able to see through the optic in low light, which is exactly when most hunters rely on their binos and scopes.
In other words, does a 10x42 binocular really magnify 10 times? And is the objective lens really 42mm?
It turns out to be tricky to measure apparent magnification of an optic, for reasons too mathematical and abstract to mention here. But it’s actually quite easy to verify the objective lens dimension.
First, though, you have to understand the numerology of sporting optics. Most optics describe both their magnification and their objective lens size, so a 3-9x40 riflescope has a variable magnification range from 3-power to 9-power, and its objective lens is 40mm in diameter. Simple, right?
The objective measurement is important, because all things being equal, the larger the objective, the brighter and crisper the image should appear. Optics with larger objective lenses tend to cost more, too.
But in the world of optics, all things are rarely equal, and here’s how to perform a quick and easy test to determine if your optic has an objective lens that’s as advertised:
Two of my favorite introductions at this year’s SHOT Show were the .22 LR 1911s from Browning and Sig Sauer. I have one of the Brownings on order and should have it in hand any day now but it also looks like Sig is ready to ship its rimfire 1911s too.
Here’s a look at the two Sig models, one in tan (aka “flat dark earth”), the other in OD green. I like how both schemes look, but the most eye catching thing about these pistols is the $420 MSRP, which I’m guessing will translate into a $399 or so street price.
My buddy who shot this video the other night on the way home says the quality “sucks” from an artistic standpoint, but I don’t care. What’s cool about it is that the buck was about 400 yards off the road where he pulled over even though the road noise makes it seem the buck is just outside his car window.
There’s an allegorical component to the story of the poor fellow who put a slug though his tender bits while shopping in Lynnwood, Washington over the Memorial Day weekend. According to this report, he had a gun tucked into the waistband of his pants when he dropped the hammer. (Pulling a Plaxico, perhaps?)