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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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3M™ E-A-R™ Push-Ins: Inexpensive, Easy Protection

3M™ E-A-R™ Push-Ins: Inexpensive, Easy Protection

Exposure to loud noises causes hearing damage.  Shooters can protect their hearing by wearing earplugs, earmuffs, or combining the two.  Earplugs have some advantages compared to earmuffs, including very low expense for disposable earplugs, and portability.  Being easy to pack and cheap to purchase means that it’s easy to keep spare earplugs in a vehicle, in your pocket, or in your shooting bag.  In every carry-on bag, assault pack, and range bag, I keep a hard … Read entire article »

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d.light Solar LED Lanterns

d.light Solar LED Lanterns

I like lights, as frequent Shooting Reviews readers know.  Dependable portable lights are especially important for hunters, campers, and during emergencies that lead to power outages.  I also like solar power, as the efficiency of solar cells has dramatically increased in recent year, fortunately paralleling the development of bright and energy-efficient LED lights.  I was actually searching for small solar panels to charge portable electric devices such as iPhones and Android when I discovered d.lights. d.light is … Read entire article »

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eGear Pico and Jolt Personal LEDs

eGear Pico and Jolt Personal LEDs

eGear is a company that has been making lights for about fifteen years.  Their Pico is a tiny keychain-sized light that they describe as a “zipper light”.  The Pico has an attached miniature carabiner that can be snapped onto keys or a zipper. I have several friends who are enthusiastic Pico owners, so I bought one from the local Military Clothing and Sales store for $6.95.  The Pico uses four LR41 watch batteries mounted in a carrier. … Read entire article »

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Mechanix Gloves: Armor For Your Hands

Mechanix Gloves: Armor For Your Hands

Protective gear for warfighters is continually evolving, but the need to keep fighter’s hands safe has been recognized for a long time.  US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan wear gloves to protect against sharps, hot weapons’ barrels, and especially the sudden searing heat of detonating improvised explosive devices.  Gloves for shooters are always tradeoffs.  Adding additional layers of material gives the wearer more protection at the cost of flexibility.  Some materials like Nomex have great … Read entire article »

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