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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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Field-Expedient Stove

Field-Expedient Stove

Anyone who has spent much time outside camping soon grows to appreciate fire.  Fires can be used for cooking, and in cold or inclement weather they can make the difference between being comfortable or miserable.  In some extreme cases, the ability to make a fire can be the difference between living and dying. Some time ago, I came across plans to build a small stove using a large can.  I was reminded of this during a … Read entire article »

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Tiny Torch: the Pelican 1910

Tiny Torch: the Pelican 1910

I have been a fan of Pelican lights for almost half my life.  I was delighted with the Pelican Steathlight’s power, impact resistance, and waterproof construction back in 1995, when I used to wander around the woods of Valley, Alabama to relax before bed after leaving my third-shift job.  After I became an infantryman, I carried the sturdy, surprisingly bright little L1 as a backup light, only managing to break the L1 after falling nine … Read entire article »

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Machetes and You: A Short Introduction for the Novice User

Machetes and You:    A Short Introduction for the Novice User

The large chopping knife is one of mankind’s most basic tools. Integral to non-mechanized agriculture, local culture and the demands of regional plant life have shaped the simple chopping blade into many divergent forms.  In these articles we will endeavor to give a brief overview of the form most familiar to western readers, the humble Machete, and offer some insight into the selection and usage of the same. Choosing a Machete: A machete should be inexpensive but … Read entire article »

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Eagle Crossover Pack

Eagle Crossover Pack

Last month I received an email from Natchez Shooter Supplies that included a dramatic sale on Eagle Crossover packs.  As a Soldier, and as someone who’s gone on many over-night jaunts while pursuing martial arts and shooting training, I have an interest in sturdy, reasonably-priced packs. I have long been a fan of CamelBak hydration packs, and I’ve used them while attending college, while deployed, and as carry-on packs while flying and while hiking for medium … Read entire article »

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Small Impact Tool Basics

Small Impact Tool Basics

I have moderated the Non-Firearm Weapons Forum at The High Road since the site was created in 2002. A frequent question posed on THR asks what weapon should be chosen if a firearm cannot be carried.  My first suggestion for a small defensive tool that can be carried everywhere is usually a flashlight.  Flashlights are useful in general, both for tasks and for illuminating dark areas that may contain human or environmental dangers.  If forced to … 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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Tactical Tevas

Tactical Tevas

I love a bargain.  If I can save a little, or even better, a lot of money, I’m thrilled.  I do most of my purchases online these days, and frequently will research for a while- and by “for a while”, I mean up to years- before I buy something, like the .454 revolver I bought last year.  I think that saving adds up, and if I save a little here and some more there, it’s … Read entire article »

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Mechanix Gloves 2: More Armor for Your Hands

Mechanix Gloves 2: More Armor for Your Hands

Several months ago, I wrote a review of the Mechanix Original gloves I used for my last two months in Afghanistan.  They worked very well for protecting my hands while still allowing me to manipulate my issue M9.  After returning, I wanted to find gloves that would allow good control of a firearm while keeping the hands warm.  I was also interested in finding a glove that would work well for female shooters. I bought several … Read entire article »

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The ShootingReviews Night Vision Overview

The ShootingReviews Night Vision Overview

The night vision marketplace is confusing.  For someone new to the topic it can simply be overwhelming.  The best I can do is an overview, and hopefully this article gives you enough information to get you started.  I should state up front that I’ve been using night vision equipment off-and-on since the early 1990′s.  I think they’re a blast to use, but I’m not an engineer, I don’t make my living from these things, and … Read entire article »

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