Thursday, June 28, 2012

SWFA & Weaver Scope Comparison

SWFA SS 3-9x 42 Tactical 30mm scope compared with the Weaver Tactical Grand Slam 3-10x 40mm

When I was putting together my 10/22, I knew that I wanted to make it an accurate gun, so I decided to try and make it match my .308 as closely as possible with how it was set up so it could be a kind of "trainer" rifle. Some people have gone so far with trainer .22's as to put them in Accuracy International Chassis and put high end glass on them like Nightforce or Schmidt & Bender's to match their big boy rifles. Since I haven't won the lottery or anything, that wasn't really an option here.

Link update

For whatever reason the Wildwood Survival link has been broken for several days. I changed the link to Wildwood Tracking which is a sister site and still seems to be up and running. Well worth a look, there is material on that site that I have never seen the likes of anywhere else.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Gun Cleaners and Lube

Everybody has one, and I'm going to show you mine

Having a discussion about cleaning and lubrication products for firearms is borderline like having a religious discussion. Both parties minds are usually made up before the talk even starts and occasionally by the end of it somebody is dead. Thankfully that doesn't happen very often though.

A Fire Success

The World is Always Burning

This is just a quick post about an experiment that worked tonight. I have plans for some more meaty posts later.

Fire building has always been difficult for me and it is something I've put a lot of time into trying different things because I *want* to be good at it. There is another link I need to add to the blogroll and I'll do that shortly, but the host of RealitySurvival made an awesome fire building video. I've been playing with that method and it has been working really well for me. You can check that out here (it's longer than it needs to be, you'll get the idea within the first few minutes):

8541 Tactical Ammo Burrito - Review

The Tactical Ammo Burrito

This is a clever product from John McQuay of 8541 Tactical. He was *I believe* a former USMC scout/sniper and has been actively building a name for himself in the tactical long-range shooting community lately. You may see him in various gun forums under the name LoneWolfUSMC. In addition to his own website he has been doing a weekly Q&A session on youtube called Mail Call Mondays that provide excellent information for precision rifle shooters of all skill levels. If you are into bolt guns with bipods and expensive pieces of glass

Off The Map Knives - Review

Functional Art

About a year or so ago, I had a hankering for a custom blade. I have a handful of very good production
knives (mostly ESEE) but wanted something a little more personal. My search eventually let me to the knife maker Brian Andrews. His site is The Backyard Bushman and his brand is called Off The Map Knives.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Survival Defined

Thus spake the Norseman

In the future I plan to have a blogroll up featuring some of my favorite places on the internet. In this post I am going to highlight one of them. This man goes by the title Norseman and is a USMC survival instructor. He knows his stuff, and explains it in an easy to understand fashion. Here is a link to his blog. I believe he is still active duty so he doesn't post very often. One of his youtube videos had a pearl of wisdom in it that

Kidd 10/22 Barrel Review

Kidd 10/22 Barrel

Up this week is the Match Bull Barrel from Kidd Innovative Design. They are extremely accurate barrels for a very reasonable price. Kidd offers pretty well everything you could ask for to accurize a Ruger 10/22. They even offer their own complete receivers and rifles if you want an even better quality product from which to base your build off of. If you are considering upgrading your 10/22, give Kidd a visit.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Tactical Operations Ammo Cheek Pad Review

Tactical Operations Ammo Cheek Pad

First up, and ever, is going to be the Tactical Operations Ammo Cheek Pad. They can be found at One thing to know about me is that I am a dedicated south paw, so this particular model is a left handed one in Multicam. As a side note, my transactions with the folks at tactical works have been outstanding. Their customer service is excellent. Take a few minutes to check out their site.