I’ve heard a lot of guys talking about how solid and good the Ontario RAT 1 and RAT 2 knives are. They get the general nod of approval for bringing a good working liner locking folder to the table at a good value. Off the Cuff, I want to agree. Continue reading Ontario RAT 1: Updated
This is my second favorite folder of all time. (I’ve not given my #1 yet) And for me, this is kind of an odd duck in my collection. It’s an Auto. It’s one of the Kershaw Emerson Collaborations, as well as being part of Kershaw’s Launch Series. This is #5 out of a total of 7 knives in the series. And I have no desire to collect all of them… maybe one or two more though… they are quite good. Continue reading Kershaw Emerson Launch 5
Here’s a folding knife that I really like, from a company that I really like. The 722 Spitfire from Buck. To me, Buck is much like what Ruger was to me… a Company that I just ignored and for the most part, just didn’t care for all that much, with only a few individual exceptions on specific products. But now, Ruger is smashing Home Runs with most every swing and I just love watching them get better and better. Buck is the same way. I am a fan of the 110 series, as I’ve said before… and a fan of their Vantage knives… And now they have this. The Spitfire. Que up the Knife Snobbery… they are going to hate this one… But I like it.
The Spitfire comes with some color options, but I like the all natural clear anodized look on this one. It’s a Lock Back, using Buck’s classic lock mechanism that we’re all familiar with. An oddly shaped thumb hole, that looks odd, but works well enough for it’s purpose. Continue reading Buck 722 Spitfire: Thumbs Up on this one.
Opinel is an old knife making company based in Savoie France. And they have been making these knives for a very very long time. It all started with a tool maker’s apprentice that came up with a simple and clever locking mechanism that they call the “Virobloc” which is a type of “Twist Lock” or as I remember it being called many years ago, a “Barrel Lock”. Continue reading Opinel N.08
There’s not a lot to say about the Morakniv family. This one is the Companion. It’s an exceptionally simple knife with a well-shaped handle with a nice surface that lends to a good grip and feel in the hand. The blade looks like something found on a Steakhouse table. I’ve never owned a Mora before and considered them a slight step up from Dollar General Cutlery. Continue reading Mora Companion
This is one of my very favorite knives in the whole wide world. The Buck 110 is all of America, made into a folding knife. It’s NASCAR, Apple Pie, Pump Action Shotguns, and ZZ TOP all rolled in together. Continue reading Buck 110 Ecolite
Any time I’ve been looking at any knife on Amazon.com, Eafengrow knives are always popping up as recommended items. So tried to look into them and couldn’t find anything via a Google Search. Other than links back to Amazon.
Continue reading Eafengrow EF227 Folding Knife
There is a new gun company that is gearing up, that I am getting involved with. I can not say anything about it as of yet, but hardcore, dedicated enthusiasts and aficionados will really pick up what we are putting down. I am very excited.
Now, this doesn’t change my involvement in the Motorcycle Industry with certain European brands… But it keeps my whistle wet when it comes to weapons.
Goal is to be at SHOT 2019. And as of this point, we are on track.
We’re going to eventually be looking at maybe sharing a Booth at SHOT if someone is willing to cooperate with us.
Let’s try AIWB again. Let’s call this “Round Two”. A few years ago I tried Appendix Carry using what was at the time a very popular CCW type firearm in a very popular IAWB type rig. And I quickly found that it wasn’t for me. Because, let’s face it… I’m not the young high speed, low drag operator that I was in my youth.
But I wanted to try it again, and I wanted to try it with my personal favorite type of firearm ever, a 1911 Lightweight Commander.
This isn’t a gun review so I won’t even mention how fantastic my Ruger SR1911 LWC is… But it is. Ahem…
So I had a conversation with my Leathermancer, Lucas Adams. Lucas has been my #1 Go To for Holsters for the last 7 years? 8 years? I don’t know… But when I get a new pistol that I intend to carry, I talk to Lucas. He’s good. He’s that good. Even when I actually worked for another Holster Maker (Kydex, so it like, doesn’t even count) I still had Lucas make my personal carry rigs. Continue reading Adams Holsters’ “Closing Time” Appendix Carry IWB rig
At my core, I’m a 1911 Guy. Though I have a great fondness for SIG, CZ, and Beretta DA/SA type pistols, and a love of Revolvers… my heart belongs to the 1911. I get asked about them from time to time, though not as often as I used to. Because everyone’s talking about polymer framed, striker fired pistols these days. People are generally forgetting about the amazingly wonderful 1911. When asked, I’m most often asked about what my top choices are in a 1911. And usually, I’m asked about this after the person buys their 1911 pistol and then gets their Feels bruised because their pistol isn’t on my list.
Now, as far as lists go, I’m not going to a top 5 Brands. Because that’s not just boring, but obvious. So I’m going to pick the Top 5 Pistols. The individual model version… This is a much more challenging list. Made far more difficult by limiting it to only 5 pistols when this list could easily – very easily – go to a Top 20. So if you’re baby isn’t in the top 5, it’s probably really close… so your knee-jerk reaction of “What about this?” is going to be answered with, “There Can Be Only Five.”
Also, this list is just for Production pistols… Wilson Combat, Nighthawk Custom, Carolina Arms Group, Ed Brown, Les Baer and the like, I classify as “Custom” 1911’s.
Anyways, without any more preamble, here’s my Top 5 Production 1911 Pistols: Continue reading Top 5 Production 1911 Pistols.