Gear Fixation vs. Practical Considerations

I’ve covered similar topics before, but wanted to address this again. I saw this quite often when I was working in a gun store, but I also encounter such people at the range. Sometimes they’re fairly well off, but it…

Osprey Defense…A New Level of Something

If you’ve read my Osprey Defense scuba “test” article, you probably picked up that I’m a little suspicious of the methods this company uses to market their products. Well, they’ve put out a half dozen or so videos since then,…

The Fallacy of Fit and Finish

All too often, I hear someone describe an AR-15 as being high quality because the upper and lower fit together tightly, and the finish on the receivers matches perfectly. Often, much attention is lavished on the rich, deep black anodizing…

Adams Arms "Sand Test"

There aren’t any lies in this video. The guys clearly show what they did with the weapon. No shenanigans, unlike the Osprey scuba video. However, the omission made is that a standard AR-15 would do just as well during this…

The Perfect Flashlight for Every Day Carry

I’ll admit it, I’m addicted to flashlights. I have way too many of the things. I learned the utility of small flashlights that were easy to carry yet very bright when I was in Iraq. There are times when night…

Electroless Nickel Plating for Firearms

You might be surprised to learn that, while living in Southern Arizona, I sweat a little bit in the summer. I’ve had problems with many carry guns rusting. At first, I thought it was just inadequate finishes. My Kimber 1911…

The 1911

I like 1911 style handguns. I have owned several exceptionally reliable and accurate examples of the breed. However, I don’t think 1911s are for everyone. Why? And why do I make a distinction between a “1911″ and a “1911 style…

Addressing Gun Store Myths

If you’ve been in a gun store at least once, you’ve probably heard an opinion about a firearm, good or bad. You’ve probably also heard some outlandish stories, too. I tried working in a gun store, and I could only…

Use of the AR-15 in Dirty/Dusty Environments

Recently, a news story broke about US weapon malfunctions during firefights in Afghanistan. For many, this was a chance to renew their attack on the supposedly faulty Colt M4s in use by our troops overseas. For others – mostly, the troops…

Bobro Engineering Cantilever Aimpoint Mount

After a comparison test I did between the American Defense and LaRue Tactical Aimpoint mounts, I was offered a free Bobro T&E mount by Primary Arms, a Bobro dealer. When I pulled the mount out of the box, I first…