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Goodbye Mark

Our friend Mark Craighead at Crossbreed Holsters has passed away.

You guys might not have known Mark, but he was a great guy and a champion of the second amendment.  He invented the Supertuck holster, which many other companies in the Industry quickly aped due to it’s superior design.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time of pain and sorrow.

Gun Guy Code

I think we need to come up with our own code… Instead of outing ourselves by wearing Gun Company Logo stuff and all that related jazz.  We wear Fishing brand hats or something like that.  I’m into Motorcycling… So how about Adventure Touring gear?  Huh… Come to think of it, that’s not a bad idea at all.  It’s certainly tactical enough to make work, but looks like you are more interested in finding a bathroom, an iced tea, and a sammich so you can get back on the road/trail.

The Speed and Strength jacket called “Call to Arms” is a great ADV jacket that can work dual purpose for us.  And don’t you love the name?

Gunguy Cool

It’s called Contractor Chic, or Gunguy Cool, or whatever you want to call it… Gun Guys (if you are reading this blog, you might be one) have taking a distinct liking to dressing like they just got back from an Iraq Contractor Job.  Tactical pants, vests, and gear are often worn by the fans of this look.

Sometimes, it’s not a good idea.  Sometimes it calls unwanted attention to you.

It used to be Fanny Packs or Photog Vests.  Now it’s Maxpedition, Opsgear and Infidel hats.  Guys, we’ve created our Uniform and we stand out.

This is not a good thing.  For the guy in that story, sure he screwed up.  But he’s not a Bad Guy and was planning no evil.  He was guilty of not getting permission to exercise his constitutional rights.  Oh well… We do live in a Sheep State.  If you don’t act like a Sheep, your wrong.  So should be look like Sheep Dogs?  I am thinking maybe not so much in the weeks to come.

TankVest.com

I’m a fan of something called TankVests… check them out there at TankVest.com.  Adding your Gear Packing Accessories to your Bike like that, that’s brilliant.  Completely brilliant.  It’s one of those Forehead Slap things.  How come this hasn’t been out there for 20 years?

I want of these for my KTM.  Unfortunately they don’t make then for the 525 MXC… And there is not a lot of call for it since that bike has been discontinued by KTM.    If you have a 525 MXC and are near West Virginia, or could ride over there on your machine… TankVest might be able to make us a set!  Cool eh?

If you have a KLR650 though… Just get one.  They are making something pretty cool and it’s a good company that can use some support.  So check them out!

Gear Alert: Primos Light

I’m a gear whore when it comes to some things… especially Lights.   I love a good flashlight.  Primos has an interesting new Weapon Light out now.  It’s designed for Night/Low Light Predator Hunting. Check it out.

It seems fairly large for a weapon light, but it has some good qualities that make it worth a look.  Rechargable is a nice feature, as is the 220 Lumen LED head, and a 5 hour run time.  A High Low switch would be able to extend that life cycle by double I’m sure.

On the side is a small dial switch that turns a red filter to give you a 220 Lumen white light, or red light as the situation warrants it.  Well, maybe not red… more light a soft pink.  The white light is nice and bright, but I’m not sure our example is 220 lumins.  Maybe half of that… but it’s still nice and bright.

It has a very narrow profile and could potentially do very well on the side of a Quad Rail, or on the top with a rifle with a fold down flush front sight post.  However, this light from Primos has a couple problems I’m not real pleased about…

The mount is crazy tall.  It’s designed to clip to your 1″ Hunting Scope Body, and be able to rise above the scope’s objective bell and such.  Which is find for what it is… but a low picatiny mount would give this some nice tactical applications, not just hunting.

The light does come with a pig-tail switch.  But if you have charged batteries in the light, the light is on.  When you attach the pig-tail switch, you can then turn it off.  Oh, it also turns off if you plug it in to recharge… but then you can’t have the pig-tail switch plugged in when you do.  This retarded power on/off thing is a deal-breaker for me on the light for my purposes… but might be just fine for yours, so it’s worth looking at.  I think to make this light more ulititarian would have been to include a simple freaking ON OFF BUTTON.  Also, it’s not water proof.  WTF was Primos thinking here?  Fix these issues and give it a low profile pic mount and you could have a heck of a good Weapon Light for the Tactical Shooter, not just the Critter Shooter.

Meopta Optics

There is a fairly new line of optics out.  If by fairly new you mean 80 years in the industry and people have still never heard of them.

This is a set of Meopta 10×42 HD Binos sitting next to a set of Swarovski  SLC 10×42’s.  The Meoptas are retailing for $999.99 and the Swarovski’s for 1500 bucks MORE money.  Looking through both sets, I really can’t see any difference.  Maybe the SLC’s are just oh so very slightly better.  But really I can’t see any difference at all.  Certainly not any difference I’d pay 1500 bucks more.  The Meoptas are a No Brainer Buy.  The best comparo would be to the Zeiss Conquest 10×42 which also retails for 999.99.  The Meopta is pretty much a dead ringer but I like the Meopta better in that it required less movement of the focus knob to get something far away and something farther beyond that to get into focus.  Almost no movement at all to get from Far to Further, if you know what I mean.   Considering that Meopta makes the Zeiss Conquest rifle scopes – I found this to be no surprise.  I don’t know if they are making the Binos for Zeiss or not, but they do build the scopes.  So if you’ve never heard of Meopta, you’ve probably looked through some before if not own some.  Meopta also makes a lot of other optical products for other countries.  Even other industries.  The Periscopes for Subs, Prisms for other optics companies the periscope prisms for the M1A Battle Tank, the windows in the Space Shuttle that have to take High Temp and sudden deep cooling… So they are a very technically advanced optics company.  They make everything in house, unlike some optics companies which sub-contract and dont actually manufacture anything.  (Vortex)
Looking through a Meopta Rifle Scope is like looking through any comparable Zeiss Conquest, but generally for about 200 bucks less.

I also like the fact that they throw in an iPhone Adapter for Digiscoping… taking pictures through your spotting scope.  It’s easy and it works.  Put the phone in the adapter, then putt out the scope’s Eye Cup and put the Adapter/Phone to the Spotting Scope.  Crystal Clear.

Remember how I have said that if I am going to spend my own money on Optics its going to be on Nikon or Zeiss… Throw a 3rd option in there for me.  I’m really digging the Meopta HD Binos and their rifle scopes.

Ordered a couple things for my bike

Let’s see… shopping list.
New chain.  Current chain is past the “OMG you need to freaking replace this NOW!” point. I really don’t want to experience a 4th chain breakage.  Those instances have a habit of putting me on the ground.  So I got me a nice 530 O-Ring Chain that has some solid reviews for strength and longevity.  I’ll need a hand putting it on.  (Hint to M)
Oil filter.  Past time to change it.  I’ve never gone this long before without a change and its making me feel itchy.  I am almost to the Recommended Miles for an Oil Change.  *shudder* The oil is still pretty clean and same color as new oil, so I’m not worried… but I want to change it soon.  I’ll sleep better.
New brake lever.  When I dumped it shortly after my second concussion, it bent my brake lever to hell.  It’s harder to reach and because of the angle, when I pull it in, it does so with no feel and too much “grab”.  This makes braking… not so smooth.
And I finally ordered some luggage for the Superhawk.  A tank bag.  After spending a couple hours reviewing tank bags and taking everything into consideration for size, style, and how I’m going to use it… I selected the Joe Rocket Manta XL which seems to be just about right for my needs for an Over-Nighter in SLC or a couple days worth of Road Tripping with the additional use of a Backpack.  And the price was right.
Once I get this stuff in and the chain and lever on… I’ll be ready to go the distance.

Oh, and I welcomed a few new additions to the “ATTACK MODE” Play List.
Rob Zombie’s “WHAT”, “SUPERBEAST”, and “DEMONOID PHENOMENOM”  and Prodigy’s “OMEN”.

 

 

Super Sonic

Been cleaning a lot of old guns at work.  Part of that process as involved using the Hornady Magnum Ultra Sonic Cleaner.  They sell this primarily for cleaning Brass for Reloading… but Hornady has a Cleaning Solution formulated for Gun Parts.

Hornady's Ultrasonic Cleaner, bathing a Colt Huntsman.

The stuff is AMAZING.  I love it.  Especially useful when cleaning something very delicate and you don’t want to scrub it with a brush… something really valuable.  The Ultra Sonic cleaner did the trick nicely.  It takes some time to warm up completely from Room Temp, but once warmed up, set it for 15 Minutes, it will save you a lot of work.

As you can see, it’s not big enough to dunk a gun whole… I wish Hornady made one that was actually “Magnum” sized for guns specifically… but dunk a pistol on one side, then flip it over and hit the other side.   But still… a nice BIG tank would be awesome.

Killer Hoodies

Geraldo is just nuts.  He blames Hoodies, which is a different take on the Travon-Zimmerman incident… but one that is about as stupid as it gets.

Speaking of Hoodies… the idea of the Tactical Hoodie caught the imagination of some of The Horde.  I’ve been thinking about this.  It’s very doable.  I have some very good ideas at different levels of Tactical.

1.  Low profile, looks completely normal on the outside.
2.  Condition Black, looks tactical on the outside, has some reinforcing matterial on the outside that would allow quick attachment of needed accessories.
3.  Fangs Out.  Using technology from motorcycle jacket armor and ballistic nylon to provide max protection in a tussel and look completely badass.

Only question though is who would be willing to buy and how much would you be willing to pay?  A normal good quality Carhart Hoodie is what, 60 bucks?  Would you be willing to go $99.99 for a Custom Made Tactical Hoodie?  I have a friend that is about to launch a Tactical Accessories Business, and he could make these Hoodies if the interest was really there for a Seriously Killer Hoodie.