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  • Reloading Problem Solved!

    January 17, 2020 by

    Primers sticking to the decapping pin on your Dillon die? This solution will end your suffering.  About 10 years ago I bought my Dillon XL650 reloading press. It has been a workhorse that has produced many hundreds of thousands of rounds for me and I love it. Parts have worn out, Dillon has replaced them,… Read more

  • A New Era: My Sig Sauer P320 X5 Legion

    November 8, 2019 by

    After almost 9 years with the M&P9 platform it was finally time to move on. I own three M&P9 Full Size guns, one Compact, and a Shield. All have Apex Action Enhancement Kits. All have either Trijicon HD night sights or red dots. All served me very well for a very long time. Then I… Read more

  • Steel Challenge Rimfire Rifle Optic Project Gun

    March 27, 2019 by

    Around 2013 I started shooting Rimfire Rifle Optics division in Steel Challenge matches. Paul let me shoot his ARX-160, which is a fascinating “.22 trainer” version of the Italian 5.56 assault rifle. While an interesting gun with some nice features (Very light, uses standard Umarex mags like the M&P 15-22, and can mount any Weaver/Picatinny… Read more

  • M&P Extended Basepads for 2017

    March 11, 2017 by

    With several sports allowing 140mm magazines in their 9mm-friendly divisions, and USPSA’s recent rule change removing round limits for Carry Optics, many competitors are in search of a magazine extension to convert factory magazines to the largest size allowable. Several manufacturers have products available ranging from $24.00 to over $40.00 but not all are created… Read more

  • Mobius Action Cam: The Little Camera that Could

    May 30, 2016 by

    I enjoy watching first-person video of my competition shooting. Well, mostly I enjoy it. Sometimes the “D’Oh!” factor is a bit painful but on the whole it is fun to relive the experience. Also it’s a valuable training tool as I can see how I was engaging the targets, where I was looking, and what… Read more

  • Safariland ALS: solid value retention holster

    June 5, 2015 by

    My buddy Josh recently mentioned that he and Deede are using retention holsters during 3-gun matches. Naturally the comparison was made to my beloved Serpa CQC. As a result I felt compelled to┬átry the holster in question (Safariland ALS 6378) for myself. With all the furor over the Serpa lock I wanted to see if… Read more

  • CED/DAA Range Pack: The Perfect Match Companion

    March 16, 2015 by

    After years of lugging around a full-sized range bag at matches I started looking for a lighter, more compact alternative. The resulting purchase was a CED/DAA Range Pack and it’s performance has exceeded my expectations. When I practice I take a range bag and an ammo box. This allows me to have items like a… Read more

  • Trijicon HD Night Sights: get some!

    March 14, 2015 by

    I shot my first IDPA BUG Nationals in November of 2014 and it was a great experience. The only problems were with low-light stages. I’ve shot a fair amount of these at local IDPA matches and using a flashlight has always worked fine but in this case the light levels were such that I could… Read more

  • Xtreme Bullets: low-cost alternative or bad idea?

    August 10, 2014 by

    During the severe ammo and reloading component shortage during 2013 and 2014, many folks have been forced to find alternatives to their normal suppliers. As a high-volume reloader this shortage hit me particularly hard. At first I was feeling pretty good because I had several thousand rounds “in the bank” and knew I could shoot… Read more

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