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ElZetta High Output Lights: New, Tough, and BRIGHT

ElZetta High Output Lights: New, Tough, and BRIGHT

As I left the 2011 SHOT Show, I found myself seated next to Dave Barnett. Dave had been at the show, but it’s a huge show, so I had never been by his booth. Dave demonstrated his very high quality flashlight to me- I was especially impressed by the intuitive and easy switch between modes by a quick twist of the rear bezel- and when he had a tester available, I reviewed the ZFL-M60 here. … Read entire article »

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The Biggest Little Knife: Daily Kiri Long Term Review

The Biggest Little Knife: Daily Kiri Long Term Review

As tool users and consumers we are often subjected to advertising that is, by any standard, over the top. Nearly every piece of gear from boots to watches is either “X-treme” or offers “X-treme” performance, promising to turn the purchaser into a hardcore “Tier-1″ operator. Here at Shooting Reviews, one of our foremost goals is to separate the wheat from the chaff. We endeavor to offer gear reviews that are based on performance under real … Read entire article »

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Benchmade 530 Axis Lock Long Term Review

Benchmade 530 Axis Lock Long Term Review

Enter the Benchmade 530 In the fall of 2006 I once again found myself deployed with the USAF to Balad Air Base, LSA Anaconda, Iraq. I was already carrying a personally purchased Benchmade Griptilian on duty in my DCU pants pocket. I decided I wanted something thinner and easier to carry clipped inside the waist band of my PT uniform while off duty, or as much as one can be off duty when deployed in a … Read entire article »

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TacProGear Rapid Assault Plate Carrier

TacProGear Rapid Assault Plate Carrier

I met Dan Lounsbury of Tactical Products Group a couple of days before the 2013 SHOT Show, while waiting for my luggage in the Las Vegas airport.  He told me a little about his company, who supplies tactical gear for government agencies and businesses.  I got on the TacProGear email list. The gear in the emails looks well-made, and is usually priced very competitively.  I was especially interested when I got an email listing their … Read entire article »

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Ontario 1-18 Machete: The Old Soldier

Ontario 1-18 Machete: The Old Soldier

Though the machete is a nearly omnipresent tool throughout most of the developing world, made by dozens of manufactures to hundreds of patterns, we in the United States only have one domestic manufacturer of quality affordable true machetes. The Ontario Knife Company has been stolidly churning out quality edged goods for over 120 years and during that time has contracted the production of many different tools for the the US Government. Among them, the M1942 machete … Read entire article »

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Attack of The Byrds – High Value Knives by Spyderco

Attack of The Byrds – High Value Knives by Spyderco

Spyderco’s Chinese-made Byrd line of economy knives deliver high-end features and tremendous value, as I found out when I purchased a few to review. The three Byrds I purchased are the Cara Cara 2, Meadowlark 2, and Robin 2, all with plain edges and G10 handle scales. The 2 in the model name designates that these are the second version of these knives. Improvements include full flat grind blades vs. the conventional Spyderco hollow grind, a … Read entire article »

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Benchmade Griptilian After 8 Years – A Video Review

Benchmade Griptilian After 8 Years – A Video Review

Please check it out the video review below to see how my Benchmade Griptilian has held up after 8 years. My sample size of one has been incredibly tough, and provided an exceptional value. Despite some rather hard use this knife still locks up tight, and has plenty of life left in it. Take a look at the video to see more of why I think the Griptilian line are such great knives. … Read entire article »

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Small Serious Knives – Part I – The Folders

Small Serious Knives – Part I – The Folders

Serious Small Knives: I tested five knives with blades of two inches or less, all of which offer fuller grips and far greater utility than the traditional pen knife or mini locking folder. The blade length was chosen to comply with the law (OCGA 16-11-127.1) that specifies two inches maximum blade length for legal carry on any school campus in Georgia, including colleges and universities. I think this review is also useful for anyone who lives or … Read entire article »

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Machetes and You: Getting a Grip and Basic Techniques

Machetes and You: Getting a Grip and Basic Techniques

Welcome to Part Three of our Beginner’s Guide to the Machete! In this entry we are going to begin learning about some of the basic techniques applicable to the usage of a machete as general purpose cutting tool and hopefully save ourselves a few blisters in the process. Firstly, lets pick up our machete and hold it as if to swing it. Most folks will instinctively grasp the machete with a full strength, full palm, four … Read entire article »

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Machetes and You: Care and Feeding for Your New Best Friend.

Machetes and You: Care and Feeding for Your New Best Friend.

Welcome to part two of our series on Machetes! Getting the tool ready to use. As briefly mentioned in Part 1 of the series, most real machetes intended for agricultural use are constructed purely for utility and lack the niceties of fit and finish that exist in consumer level cutlery. With rare exception, most won’t be suitable for use without a bit of time in the workshop. We are going to use an IMACASA 182 panga for an example … Read entire article »

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