Dakotaline Survival Snare Package: Weekly Product Review

Survival on Purpose

Again, if the campaign/event/catastrophe is protracted, the resources will not be equal to the strain.” ‘modified’ Sun Tsu

dakota snareTrapping is one of the oldest methods of hunting and gathering food in the world. Some of the first traps have been found and or noted in cave paintings and Chinese manuscripts dating back before 5000 BC (Chinese manuscripts dated 500 bc). Snares have long been the go-to choice for many trappers due to their simplicity and relative ease with which they can be used, setup and harvested.

As someone raised trapping Muskrat and Beaver for pelt money during the winter months by a sharecropping father, for myself trapping is second nature. The reality is a successful trap line has more to do with understanding animal habits than with any other single piece of knowledge. For instance, water loving, fur-bearing animals such as beaver and muskrat will always dive deep when snagged, in an attempt to “lose the creature” attached. By doing this they drown themselves if you set the trap properly, using a simple slip joint/knot that goes down and doesn’t allow them back up.

Trap lines for food creatures like rabbits, squirrels, groundhogs and more are different and approaches vary greatly depending on whom you speak too. For myself, I find the greatest trapping results by locating solid runs and laying snares in various places along several of these. Note the locations of the snares and ensure they are firmly anchored. Check them regularly, and alternate locations frequently, coyotes, bobcats, wolves and more will raid your trap line if you stick to a particular place for too long.

This being said, you can use larger snares and grab these creatures for meat as well, it is not the best to eat, however, in a pinch, food is food and this is why we carry seasonings and know our wild herbs right?

Some quick and very important Suggestions/RULES regarding snares, trapping and trap lines. These have served me well over the years and continue to do so.

  • Locate animal runs/ game trails by sight and NEVER follow them directly, always do your best to mask your scent before getting close to one. In Arizona, we have several indigenous species of plants that are quite pungent and easily used to mask human body odor. Creosote bushes and other similar plants allow for use by tying them onto your feet and crushing and rubbing them on your hands and in the general area.
  • Time is a good thing to have on your side when running a snare line, the more used to your scent the less likely the animals are to be spooked by it. A few days of no contact scent trail dropping in the area, eg., walking across but not STEPPING on the game trail, without causing harm to the creatures will help put them at ease.
  • When setting up your snares, you can use snare grease (specialized scent masking agents or simply wash with scentless soaps and crush local fauna in your hands while handling the wire or string being used.The Dakotaline Snare setup is a braided wire that holds its shape quite well, ensure it is firmly attached to a root/branch. Extend the loop over the path, brush a bit of dust over the bottom of the snare itself if you want though it’s not necessary. Ensure the loop is larger than the head of the animal (south- western rabbits have heads 4-8 inches in diameter) but smaller than the body. This is the first approach to snaring, using the animals travels to catch itself. Many times you will find the snare barely grabs a foot, sometimes a snare has been avoided or the animal ends up half way through. Regardless, remember, this is FOR YOUR SURVIVAL.
  • Baiting a snare, if you want larger game, eg., coyote, bobcat or even javelina (again South Western creatures) leave the rabbit, and place a large animal snare in front of the rabbit, in such a way that the creature going for the rabbit MUST pass through it.
  • Personally, as there is a plethora of greenery in Arizona, contrary to popular belief (Phoenix is not Arizona it is honestly the ecologically, worse place you could put a city, hands down with Los Angeles tying for second place.) While our greenery is not the same as what those who live East of the Mississippi are used too, it still exists. For myself snaring a bit of meat is nothing more than an addition to an already full stew pot. Cowboy stews, large Dutch Ovens setting in the coals, throughout the day toss in something new, and eat from it as you get hungry.(It may not sound wonderful, however, it works, and works well.)
  • Do not rely solely on snare lines, and ALWAYS switch them regularly; locations and animals runs etc., never over snare/trap an area. You will create problems, rather move with the animals, and take only what you need to live. Never more.I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH, NEVER MORE.
  • Protect your trap lines, they are your life, protect your hunting ground it is your life, contrary to popular myth, there is plenty of wildlife and food in general, to feed all humans on this planet, we could easily feed twice the number that currently exists. It is however, all about dispersion, this is why rural area residents tend to be standoffish in some ways, after all, they understand this.Citified folk look at stores as farmers look at cropland and hunters and the like look to their game areas. This mindset, the city mindset of grab what’s there now, I am owed because…this is and will not work with trapping and hunting. Spread it out, work with others around you and share game catches and or finds.
  • Always be safe, ensure the game trail is in fact, a rabbit trail or that, that hole is a gopher hole and not a badger den. Know tracks, and variations.

These are some things I have learned over the years. And I use them and teach my children today now. My daughter is 8 years old, and can track, hunt and clean game. This coming summer/fall we will be doing some camping and running trap lines while we do this. She will by the end of this next few months know how to live without ever leaving our Arizona mountains.

dakota snareMy son will be 14, being autistic slows down his mental/emotional growth a bit however, he is very much capable of defending himself and is very intelligent in an engineering sort of way. My wife is a deadly shot, loves her designated marksman AR (16” 1:8 / 4-10X AR Bushnell optic) and has and continues to hit targets from 50 yards through 500 with practiced ease. All of my family can shoot our Glock 19s and easily keep hits within 12” at 3-25 yards, everyone practices regularly.

However, I am off on a tangent, trapping, and snares. Regardless your choice and yes I will agree that a solid set of full body traps and leg traps work well. However, they are extremely heavy while snares are very lightweight in comparison. In fact, I carry 12-20 braided wire snares that will work for small through large game (including deer) and it weighs under 3lbs. The same amount of leg or body traps would weigh well over 30lbs and thats not including the traps big enough for deer.

This is why I highly recommend the Dakotaline Survival Snare package, at $24 through $29 for 12 snares depending in location purchased.

  • 4 Daoktaline Rabbit/Squirrel Size
  • 4 Dakotaline Racoon through Coyote snares
  • 4 Large Animal sized snares/ deer and even large cat and bear could theoretically be caught and held with these. Very strong tensile lbs per inch, more than capable of holding a 400lb black bear or 4-600 lb Russian feral hog.

The way these particular snares are built, they tighten and cannot be released without opposable thumbs, period! Any additional movement simply tightens them down more. This is why I prefer these snares to others available though I can and have made my own using cordage made from local fauna.

So what are the “pro’s” of this product?

  1. Pricing, for less than a breakfast for 4 from McDonald’s you can easily have the necessary tools for feeding a family group of 4-10 for decades.
  2. Longevity, braided stainless steel cordage, with solid steel construction of clasps and connectors. They will not break and can easily hold much more than what they are rated for.
  3. Ease of use, seriously, these are the easiest to use snares I have ever had my (gloved) hands on.
  4. Lightweight in comparison to other trapping supplies the Survival Kit itself is extremely easy to carry and store. My go bags have them, my BOLs have them and all vehicles have them.
  5. Did I mention inexpensive and EASY to use?

So here are the “con’s” of the product.

  1. Once again I have not been able to find one unless you are adverse to harvesting game. In which case this isn’t an article for you.

Any questions, suggestions, additions?

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Wiebe Knives survival on purpose: Weekly Product Review

“ A dull knife will hurt you more than it will help, a sharp knife will ensure quick clean cuts and a sure stroke.”

Blades are somewhat of a specialty, I own several hundred, from low-end mass produced through high-end customs. Some of my favorite blades are Morakniv Companions which run between $12 and $30 depending on type and steel they are made from. Personally, for general bush crafting, I prefer a mixture of blades, Morakniv Companion, Ex Gurkha House Khukri 13” sirupate and a decent folding blade.

When it comes to dressing game, I have a few even more specific blades purpose-built to fulfill this task. Among my favorites are the CRKT Kommer Free Range hunting combination of two folders, one with a medium skinned gut-hook and both with very solid steel blades and extremely good grips. They work amazingly!

Recently I came across yet another skinning blade, the Wiebe Folding and Hunting knife which utilizes replaceable surgical steel blades. Each knife comes with 24 blade replacements. You can get them on Amazon for $26 apiece for the fixed handled version. I personally preferred the lock-back folding version found on www.wiebeknives.com the model I chose and have used several times for food prep and basic skinning of light game was the Wiebe Arctic Fox. The cost was $39.95 including shipping to my front door, shipping was very quick, within a couple of days.

One of the reasons I chose this particular knife was simple, I like having tools that can be utilized for a variety of purposes. Given that sterile blades and or clean blades may be difficult to come by, and that these are sealed into individual packages, it will save having to ruin a temper by heating a blade for minor surgical issues alone. Please understand, this is NOT something suggested by the company themselves, simply an observation I realized when testing it.

It is not a chopping or carving knife, it is specifically designed for skinning, caping and dressing game animals. In this task it excels, not only was I able to quickly dress a jackrabbit caught with a great snare (to be reviewed) it easily cut through the rather tough joints and cartilage separating legs from body and so on. Arizona jacks get to be around 25lbs the one I took using a snare was definitely within this size. Now, unfortunately, I have not had a chance to test the blades on larger game, however, because I do have several hides from various animals in storage for upcoming projects, I did try it on the various thicknesses.

Using short, steady strokes I was easily able to slice straight easily measured cuts where necessary. With on blade I dressed out the jack and trimmed several hides as well as using a few pieces of leather for some additional practice and to test longevity of the blade. With a quick strop (the blade is quite flexible so be gentle doing this) I was still able to shave afterword’s. There is no doubt it is a good steel and a solidly made blade setup.

Replacing the blades is also extremely easy, simply lift slightly on the back side of the blade closest to the handle and carefully grip (using pliers) or very carefully with fingers along the back of the blade and pull it straight away from the handle. Replace with a fresh blade by reversing this approach

Pro’s of the Wiebe Knives,

Lightweight and compact package, a little over 4 inches in length, and just a couple ounces even with the 24 extra blades that accompany it.

When extended it is a little over 7 inches total with a very solid grip stiff rubber handle.

It’s made of solid materials, while the blades themselves flex and can break, the chassis itself was quite sturdy and I was unable to force any issues.

Con’s of the Wiebe Knives,

Blade is very flexible, thin, good for skinning, but not much else.

While a blade will work for multiple small animals, one medium sized animal, you may have to use two for something larger like Elk or full grown Cattle etc.,

This is not a blade to be used for cutting through bones, or anything hard. It is for all intents a surgical instrument for processing game. And to this end it works extremely well. I would recommend this for your BOL’s and hunting packs. Spare blades are easily purchased for at this link for $37 for 100. The base knife itself comes in a great case with 24 spare blades, it can be purchased via Amazon or from the company themselves. Replacing a blade is best done with a pair of pliers however, it can be done using your fingers just go slowly and carefully.

I highly recommend this knife setup for those of us who run trap lines during the winter, as well as those who farm and or prep our own food from what we grow on the farm. While it won’t necessarily work for vegetable prepping, it will most definitely work to fillet fish, skin animals and prep your meat within reason. You will still want a chopper and or a flesher for larger projects of course.

If you have any questions or anything to add, let me know. Thanks as always, remember prepping is a state of mind more than anything else.

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M-CARBO Trigger Springs and parts: Weekly product review

“When the enemy is close at hand and remains quiet, he is relying on the natural strength of his position. When he keeps aloof and tries to provoke a battle, he is anxious for the other side to advance. If his place of encampment is easy of access, he is tendering a bait.” Sun Tsu

Understanding the intent of Sun Tsu and the various authors of the Art of War is not like understanding the modern legal system. It is more a matter of reading it as it is and taking it the same way. For all of the metaphor’s what is written is actually quite literal. I use Sun Tsu and the Art of War for most of my reviews simply because it applies to almost every area of life in some form or another.

mcarbo.com AR-15 hammer springIn this case a solid set of springs or parts in a firearm allows it to be reliable as a firearm. This promotes the ability to remain quiet and better able to easily win in battle or hunting. I found M-Carbo as a result of looking for better trigger set-ups for my Mossberg 702’s. When the recoil and trigger springs arrived I installed them and immediately went shooting to test them out. After all, even though you can easily test springs by measuring their resistance with a scale, there is a better way.

Shooting!

This is the best part of testing new parts, is the shooting, Smelling the cordite, burned powder and feeling the recoil, it is truly therapeutic! With the new springs, I realized right away that the reset and initial squeeze was much smoother and easier. The reset was very crisp, which of course is very important to me. Now, the Mossberg 702 is an inexpensive yet reliable, accurate and extremely fun firearm to shoot. One of its major drawbacks is the gritty trigger, it’s not a nice trigger, I know this and freely admit it. Of course being a .22lr it is not the largest issue, however, it is definitely something that can stand improvement. The M-Carbo trigger most definitely improved the quality of the shots made. The recoil or main spring itself is similar in quality to the factory spring, however, it did make the action less sluggish as well.

Customer service with this company is spectacular. Honestly, there have been several recent companies that are made up of former soldiers that are failing quite spectacularly and doing so at a large cost to the overall integrity of other companies run by veterans. One of those is Inter Ordinance, customer service is great but product refinement and honestly overall quality control is really pretty bad. M-CARBO goes several steps further; packaging is amazing, shipping is fast – as in extremely fast, and instructions for installation, easy to follow with accompanying videos as well. As soon as I found out they carried enhanced AR15 trigger springs I had to get a couple, I mean, my newest addition has a CMMG trigger parts kit and let’s be honest, it is a rough kit even with a fluff and buff. After putting this spring in I found it was much closer in feel to a solid drop in setup. For just a couple of bucks I easily made a less than $500 carbine build into a much more enjoyable package to shoot.

Accuracy is a by-product of a solid grip, steady firm press and good mechanical parts working in synchronization. This trigger will allow you to be more accurate with a rifle without a huge amount of money being spent on a drop in trigger. So what other products does M-CARBO make? They are really shining in the trigger spring world. The various firearms that they have springs and other parts for are as follows,

  • Keltec Sub2000
  • Keltec SU-16
  • Keltec PLR-16
  • Marlin 60
  • Marlin 795
  • Remington 597
  • Remington 870
  • Mossberg 500
  • Mossberg 702
  • Mossberg 715t
  • Savage 64
  • AR-15’s all milspec brands

For between $9 and $29 you can add triggers, springs, recoil springs, barrel nuts and more to your firearm of choice from this list. The best part is that over the past few months since I first grabbed a spring for the Mossberg 702 they have added to the product lineup and likely will be adding more. I would not hesitate to recommend them for several reasons. So here are the pros and cons as with all the reviews, we have to look at the good and bad if there is any.

Pro’s

  1. Pricing, honestly these parts are very affordable and easily installed.
  2. Customer service, amazing, as in really amazing! They are responsive, within 24 hrs most times and overly helpful!
  3. This is a company that values the American work ethic that we were raised to appreciate and embrace as children. Something severely lacking in other companies these days! So GOOD JOB M-CARBO!
  4. Product line, they deal in areas that have largely been overlooked by some of the larger manufacturers. Having a place to get great triggers for your Savage, Remington or Marlin .22lr as well as springs and more is pretty awesome, they make great guns and its nice to get solid after market parts for them now!

Con’s

  1. They are a smaller company, without a long track record. For some this may be a con, for myself it is an opportunity. I have seen dozens of smaller companies come and go, this is one I truly hope continues the excellent path they are on and profit as a result!
  2. They don’t have a new trigger for my Mossberg 702 yet…wait, that’s not really a con, but, I couldn’t resist!

Overall I highly recommend this company and their products and while I have not used every single product, I have used several and have been extremely impressed with the results. So thank you M-CARBO for actually keeping the motto you have as a company, “We take pride in the fact that all of our products are made here in America and we stand behind everything we make with at 100% Lifetime Guarantee. M*CARBO leads from the front as we have completely redefined customer service within the firearms industry by treating customers as Brothers. We’re constantly collaborating with the M*CARBO Brotherhood who is just as passionate as we are to completely revolutionize the firearms industry with affordable solutions to real factory equipment problems.”

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What Calibers and Brands of Ammunition are Best for Prepping: Weekly product review

“The skillful soldier does not raise a second levy, neither are his supply-wagons loaded more than twice.” Sun Tsu

Ammunition, something most of us have, the form of which depends entirely upon what is allowed where we live. For many of us, firearms are embraced and used. For others slingshots, archery equipment, and even blowguns. Many people have very different approaches to prepping, for myself it is a matter of balance, over the course of my lifetime I have learned to balance my approaches. As a child I was taught archery, firearms, trapping, tracking, stalking and even the use of slingshots. As I got older I continued to practice the use of all of these hunting tools.

Sun Tsu was clear in that he believed that soldiers were better for the ability to either use whatever they could get their hands on, or that they carry adequate supplies on their own person. Supply trains tend to slow an army down, and or any group really. It adds difficulty in that there are additional schedules to keep and routes to protect, maintain and be aware of. For preppers, relying on supplies coming is the last thing we really want. After all, shouldn’t we be prepared to the point where we do not have to rely on additional supplies, rather foraging as we go and having on our persons enough to get from one cache to the next?

For the purposes of this article, we will be concentrating on firearms ammunition. Specifically on what I have found to be the best ammunition for long-term storage and in accuracy, reliability and overall cost efficiency. In the past decade, ammunition has bounced around in both pricing and availability. At the moment it is both available and relatively inexpensive given current economic conditions. The following are several solid tests and sites available for good ballistics information. I have included one written result I published and recently updated.

  1. 9×19 Ammunition testing for self-defense by Jesse Mathewson
  2. Active Response Testing
  3. Lucky Gunner Ammunition testing
  4. International Ballistics Society
  5. Applied Ballistics
  6. Ballistics by the Inch

After ballistics, there are a couple other items that have to be addressed. How are you planning on storing the ammunition? Is it for practice, hunting or self-defense? What are your primary calibers? What are your pricing limits and abilities?

For instance, .45 acp is almost always two or three times the cost of 9×19 for practice and even self-defense ammunition. While it is proclaimed to be an amazing round and the only thing capable of stopping asteroids, the reality is that it is more difficult to shoot, more expensive (practice is essential for solid marksmanship) and in some cases actually less ballistically capable than solid jacketed hollow point (jhp) self-defense ammunition in 9×19. Numerous studies have shown that the bullet itself while important, is not by itself deadly, it must be compared with accurate placement, solid wound making capability and reliability of the firearm and round itself.

Death is caused by rapid exsanguination of the targeted subject, be it four-legged or two. This quite simply is loss of blood, unless you are fortunate enough to place a round severing the spinal cord from the brain, effectively destroying the brain stem, bleeding out is how everything dies when hit with a projectile weapon. Shock may occur, and there are other factors, however, death itself is almost always caused by bleeding out of the targeted subject. With this being said, any firearm is better than none, and a brick is better than a hand, etc,.

So how should we decide what is the best ammunition to store for the long-term and why? As an individual, I see ammunition as an insurance policy, as a result, I refuse to buy ammunition from Wal-Mart as over the past few years the sheer quantity they buy in and reduced pricing they buy at means that in many cases the ammunition sold will not be best quality. I have had several squibs, misfires and failure to fires, I no longer purchase ammunition from that location except for purely practice purposes and ONLY if I cannot get it anywhere else. I utilize on-line retailers to purchase ammunition that I know has a proven record and that has been tested by myself or others whom I have trust in.

For my 22 rimfire needs, the use of Aguila, Eley or if I must, CCI is more than enough. However, for stockpiling and storing I only use Aguila and Eley. Though the cost averages .08 cents through .14 cents for the rounds I prefer it is still half of what I spend on 9×19 and other rounds. I have never had a failure to fire from Aguila, Eley and very very rarely from CCI. Additionally, they are sealed with a thin coat of wax, or are crimped, meaning they will store better for longer even without solid cases surrounding them.

Rim-fire ammunition stores differently than center-fire ammunition due to composition. Most American made rim-fire ammunition utilizes the following per available patent data. “The priming mix of the invention contains dinol as the initiating explosive, manganese dioxide as the oxidizer, tetrazene as the sensitizer and glass as the co-sensitizer and is intended for use in rimfire cartridges such as .22 caliber cartridges.” (Patent number US 4689185) Eley and Eley primed ammunition uses a slightly more stable and more evenly spread mixture resulting in a peanut like odor when discharged. The differences are that Eley primers are lead based, though I would suggest washing your hands after shooting firearms and loading magazines regardless, this is simply another reason to do so. In Chemical Analysis of Firearms, Ammunition and Gunshot Residue authored by James Wallace, the name given the Eley priming mixture is called Eleyprime. It consists of lead monoxide and styphnic acid which alone are safer to handle and produce though before the end of processing a drop of water is added resulting in a chemical reaction that ends with lead styphnate. While chemically no different than most priming approaches, the process is different resulting in a more stable, even primed surface. And the resulting overall consistency from round to round.

Storing this ammunition away from water sources is absolutely essential, use good stable solid dry containers and silica packages during storage. Even though the popular Gator Country reality shows they flaunt their rusted rifles, I would go so far as to say, that not only is that unsafe it is quite clearly lazy behavior. Clean your firearms, and do your best to keep your ammunition (powder) dry and clean as well. I have friends that Barney Fife their ammunition, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend that if you have the time. (Barney Fife had one bullet, which he polished religiously every day, several times a day)

When buying 22lr ammunition, remember, there are the types you can rely on, and the types that work well for hunting, storage and survival. What is your life worth? This of course, applies to all ammunitions regardless caliber. I know many people who absolutely love stockpiling corrosive com bloc ammunition because…”its cheap”. Obviously, they plan on having the ability to clean their firearms regularly and thoroughly as well as replace parts corroded due to not getting them clean enough. For myself, I simply do not want to have that many things to consider. I would rather pay extra now to prevent future issues. So when it comes to centerfire ammunition I test and look for the ammunition that works the best in the firearms I have, then I test its ability to sit under water for extended lengths of time or out in the cold, heat and more and still function. Obviously, if you reload you know that temperature and humidity affects a loads power overall. My loads at 3500 ft above sea level will not function the same or have the same POA if they were fired at sea level or at 17000 ft above sea level.

However, minor ballistic changes aside, what ammunitions do I recommend for storage? It’s easy really, I choose milsurp ammunition. For my 5.56/.223 carbines, I use IMI, PPU, GGG or Remingtons PMC as they are all crimped rounds. The IMI is readily available in 55, 62, 69 and 77 grains at the moment and while the cost is between .02 and .06 more per round than most ammunitions. I have found it to be the most stable round to round in testing as well as exceedingly accurate regardless of the platform. So I stockpile IMI ammunition, and do so by preloading magazines and using ammo canisters to store these preloaded magazines. For my 7.62×39 AKs, I only use Golden Tiger rounds, non-corrosive, accurate and sealed. Easily stored, again preloaded and in ammo cannisters. For my 7.62×51 or in my case the 7.5×55 swiss as I do not plan on using it nearly as much as the handguns and carbines, I have purchased several cases of South African ball/ Swiss surplus and sealed it into separate ammunition cases.

For defensive purposes the IMI 55 grn works really nicely as it does what it is supposed too and breaks apart in targets, the 124 grn Golden Tiger also works well, as it tends to tumble after hitting a target due to the length and bullet shape. For distance shooting, I also stockpile a few crates of soft point and hunting type ammunition for distance needs. And for handguns I stock 1-10 boxes of SD ammunition, so for every ten boxes of target/ non-specific sd ammunition I stock a box of SD ammunition and because I prefer CCI Speer Gold Dot for SD ammunition, I purchase Speer Lawman in the same bullet weight, allowing for less expense practicing with virtually the same round. Using desiccant packs and solid storage containers it is easy to ensure ammunition longevity. Do what you can to avoid temperature extremes, this alone is enough to cause instability and a shortened life span in ammunition. For instance, if you bury caches in different places, make sure they are 3 feet below ground level, this will allow for a fairly even temperature regardless what occurs above.

 

So here are my choices for ammunition for stockpiling, as you have already seen the reasons why I make the decisions I do, with evidence to support them, the list will be rather short, however, it was put together with allot of thought, testing, and research.

  • Rimfire ammunition, get the best you can afford, preferably ELEY primed, or CCI ammunition. Remington also makes an ELEY primed round that is very good.
  • Centerfire handgun rounds, test these fully for whatever handgun caliber you use. Test for reliability, function, and expansion as well as penetration. 12+ inches with full expansion is essential. I prefer CCI Speer Gold Dot in 115 or 124 grn and Hornady Critical DUTY 135grn, 147+ grns tends to be stopped easier by barriers and I noticed many of the rounds tested failed completely to open up when faced with barriers.
  • Centerfire Carbine, Military surplus (NON-CORROSIVE) is essential, they are crimped, and sealed. My choices for 5.56 are IMI, GGG (Lithuania), Remington PMC, Federal milsurp in that order. For 7.62×39 Golden Tiger all the way. Never corrosive unless it is only used for NON long term storage plinking needs.
  • Centerfire Rifle, Military surplus South African, IMI or Swiss depending on round used. PPU makes a VERY nice 7.62x54r round that I use in my Mosins.
  • If you reload, CRIMP the cases, and you can purchase primer sealants as well. For long-term storage!
  • Lastly, amount, I store on average 1000 rounds per firearm, this does not include practice rounds and the like. However, for hard use, 1000 rounds of premier ammunition in premier magazines per weapon. If you do the math on it, it’s actually a very small amount of ammunition. However, it is relatively easy to transport and properly apportioned can get you to the next step, where you use what you take from those who fight against you.

Obviously, while this is my testing, assumptions, and experiences it does mean that alternatives are not only possible they may be better, if you have rounds that are better overall (every listed category) please let me know. I am always open to testing and trying new things. Hope you enjoyed this review and as always, keep your powder dry.

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High Standard automatic 22lr handguns: Weekly product review

“If you take away all mechanical possibility of failure than nothing is to blame except a lack of personal ability with the tool being used.” Jesse Mathewson (One of the phrases I use most often in firearms classes)

Generally speaking, I refuse to argue caliber sizes and brand names of firearms during a class. I find it to be like religion and politics, contentious and it will always take away from the knowledge to be learned by myself as the instructor and the students as well. Do I have my favorites, yes of course, who does not? They are not my favorites because they are aesthetically pleasing or because “this is how we have always done it” but because I know they will run well, are accurate and mechanically sound 99% of the time. Anything less does not belong in my firearms array.

Literally speaking, the size of a projectile has little to do with anything outside of the the POTENTIAL size of the hole it may create. I have seen men with unexploded 40mm shells buried in them live and men shot with 22lr die. Again, where a projectile is put is far more important MOST of the time than what that projectile is.

As a shooting advocate and person who has carried daily for over 2 decades, regardless location in most cases, as well as someone steeped in the law (with degrees and certifications that fill a medium sized moving box to support) I can say that if anything it is the person who is well trained, practiced and ready that will survive the best regardless the situation. The person who freezes and or runs will almost surely suffer the consequences in the end. This is not to say understanding the nature of judicious use of force versus the casual use of force is unnecessary, rather it is to better highlight the point.

High Standard 22 handguns are the crème de la crème as the French would say, out of the box you would be hard pressed to find a better former or current production handgun in terms of sheer accuracy and reliability, especially in the 22lr world. They can be had for between $250 through $1400 depending on the model, I will say with absolute assurance that even the High Standard Duramatic M-101 will shoot better than most humans who grip it! (Sometimes you can find them for much less) I have had a Supermatic and now happily have a Duramatic in an extremely beautiful condition that I relieved the shop of after it had sat on their shelves for over 6 months. The owner gratefully lowered the price to something obscene and I was forced to obtain it and take it home.

The benefits of owning one far outweigh any negatives that exist.

Pro’s

Durable, these are absolutely reliable, as with ALL 22lr firearms, clean them. However, I have never known one to have a major or catastrophic failure of any kind, I am sure some internet ninja can find some third-hand story. However, first hand, the best shooters in the world use High Standard bases for many of their shoots.

Accurate, without a doubt out of the box, these handguns are the most accurate firearms that are or were made on a production scale in 22lr caliber.

Easy to work on, while parts are not inexpensive, they are available. And there is a market for secondary parts from alternative vendors out there.
I love them, as in really love them!

Con’s

You will want more than one.

They cost money, and are definitely not within most budgets, though they are obtainable and should you get one, will outlast you.

So there it is, this weeks product review, how does that old wedding saying go, something borrowed something blue, something used and something new? I have owned and enjoyed Ruger 45/77s, Mark IIIs and Colt Woodsmen through Browning and my modern favorites the Walther P22 and Ruger SR 22. My experience with all of the above is easily in the tens of thousands of rounds. There are some really nice current production firearms. However, this was a review of a product I highly recommend simply because it could easily save your life in a grid down situation. Accurate enough to smack squirrels at 50 yards off-handed and easily packable. Do you have one, ever shot one, what are your favorites and WHY?

Free the mind and the body will follow.

Hybrid-80 polymer 80% lower review: Self defense on purpose

“When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men’s weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be damped.” Sun Tzu

In November I received my Hybrid-80 polymer 80% lower. This was admittedly my first in two areas, 80% lowers and polymer lowers. I was hesitant as many test results have come back from polymer lowers and shown them to have weaknesses in specific areas as compared to aluminum lowers. What sold me on this lower was the inclusion of brass inserts for the buffer tube and grip screw. Seeing as how these were the two most likely areas to break with hard use.

This being my first 80% lower, I decided to try my hand with my trusty drill press. Now I am no machinist, my dad struggled to teach me welding and I can use a cutting torch as well as braze when needed, but, I wouldn’t rely on my welds personally. Simply put my forte is not in the mechanical, though I can and do follow instructions quite well when necessary. So the drill press I purchased over a year ago but had not really used until now is the HICO-DP4113 8-Inch Bench Top Drill Press 5 Speed Rotary Tool Work Station. I found it on Amazon for a decent price and seeing as how walking about Costco is not something I can physically do at this time, Amazon is my Costco. Regardless the drill press it self works quite well!

After putting the pieces together for the 80% lower (which is sent with a jig/ guide and attachment screws) I placed it on the drill press and cinched it in tight, the drill bits needed were simple and something I already had, however, you can get them on Amazon as well. You will need the following, and make sure they are SHARP! First a 5/16th end mill, 5/16th drill bit, 3/8th drill bit and lastly a 5/32nd drill bit. Several conversations later with others who have experience putting together 80% lowers, and milling them out, I began on mine. I will be completely honest, it is very easy to want to rush it.

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DON’T.

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It is in your best interests to take your time, do one step at a time, slowly, as my father used to say, measure twice CUT once! This part of the process took several days as I would work on it for 30-45 minutes and walk away to “whoosahh” occasionally. It is not that it is hard, simply put I am not a MECHANIC, I am not mechanically inclined and prefer cutting precision holes with high powered firearms at distance too sitting in a dusty work space, hovering over a drill press and worried that I am about to screw everything up!

I ordered the CMMG innards from one of the dealers for hybrid-80.com, and had a bit of an interesting back and forth with their customer service, which sadly is not great. “Tennessee Arms company, if someone purchases from you, its not beneficial to treat them as if they are burdening you when they call in regarding orders.” Of course, sadly I have noticed a decline in customer service with American companies in the past decades. I wish I could say this experience is a rare one, it is not, hence it is not something I allow to taint my view of a PRODUCT!

Assembled this really is a beautiful piece, while I generally do not see AR or Aks in the same light as say a Mossberg model 41 or a Remington model 44 with their walnut and hardwood hand polished stocks. I can honestly say that after the work put in, I wanted to cuddle it and wipe it with gun oils, I guess its a similar response to when my kids were born, except this child is a bit less likely to talk back.

Several uppers later and over 1000 rounds of ONLY steel cased ammunition I realized I wasnt going to be able to break this lower shooting it. So I stuck it on one of my lower quality uppers and ran it through a series of drop tests, even using my Toyota 4Runner SR5 (V8) model to run over it on several different surfaces. I than stuck it on a standard milspec AR15 1/7 twist upper and ran another 532 rounds through it. I did not have a single failure as a result of the lower itself. I used hexmags, magpul mags and standard GI spec aluminum mags, most of which I have received from prior service/duty vets. Ever single magazine type worked, and the lower functioned amazingly with an additional 200 rounds of 300aac blackout as well. A total of 5 different uppers were used on this lower, from Colt through Delton and not a single failure to feed, function or work in any way and many of the rounds were after the abuse testing!

As a side note, I do not suggest you purposefully attempt to break all of your uppers. However, if you have the money to purchase two, do it, unless you use a torch or grinder good luck! I quite literally could not break it and honestly as a result sent off for another lower (pre-built this time) from one of their retailers. I am going to be building a pistol AR with it, and it will be my new bug out gun! Yes, that is how much faith I have in this lower!

I included lots of pictures and video this time out, as I find it to be essential when judging for oneself the value inherent. https://youtu.be/r7iafS6BSV0

Lets go ahead and list the pros and the cons and why I suggest this as your next AR build!

Pros follow.

Lightweight, it weighs on average about half what an aluminum standard lower will weigh. Remember, ounces are pounds and so on. I like having an AR that is capable of 200- 300 yard shooting that weighs 5-6lbs loaded. Its NICE!

Strong, I was unable to break it with standard drop testing and even some minor use of it as a hammer with the butt stock as the handle.

It is easy to mill, TAKE YOUR TIME!

Relatively inexpensive, I have seen them for between $50 and $90 and paid $135 for a pre-built version to put in my AR bug out pistol.

Fits all lower kits fine, dropped in two different trigger assemblies and they functioned flawlessly.

Fits TIGHT, this is NOT bad, its a simple fact.

Cons follow.

Its polymer and as we know only steel is worthy of being a firearm. Oh wait, you mean Glocks are polymer as well? What, you mean Glocks have the hardiest reputation of all current use firearms in the world? (Yes I am being sarcastic)

Seriously though, my largest con is that the pricing for these has risen exponentially in the last 2 months alone. There is no reason for this, except that they are not selling as well as they though and so they are making it up by selling less for more? Personally, from a business angle I would suggest selling more for less. Go back too the $45-$65 dollar 80% lowers.

I only have two of these lowers currently, this for myself is a huge con, I prefer the approach of, 2 is 1 and 3 is 2…otherwise known as, one can never have enough ammunition or firearms!

Folks, honestly, I would suggest making these your next AR builds, they are amazing and worth every penny. Again as I always do, if you are in Arizona, drop me an email, I will let you use any of the products I have reviewed and recommended. Why not, I like meeting new people!

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Free the mind and the body will follow!

Item Of The Week : Holosun Optics: Are they the new best red dot on the market?

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your victory complete.” Sun Tzu

Budget prepping is a difficult thing to do. After all, there is a difference between budget and cheap, inexpensive and cheap. Cheap by definition does not mean something is necessarily bad or of poor quality, however, with some things cheap is bad. Red dot technology has progressed light years beyond the first bulky Aimpoint, EOtech, and Trijicons. Obviously, Aimpoint as a company has maintained a seriously good reputation and continued to progress with the times, as has Eotech and Trijicon, however, their pricing reflects no shifts for markets unable to afford spending $600 – $2500 on a simple 1-4 power red dot styled optic.

My search for a less expensive optic commenced several years ago. I worked my way through Bushnell T series which functioned fine but were hit and miss at best. Eventually, I settled on the Bushnell AR scope series and decided to simply move on from the red dot phase. After all, a solid scope with excellent glass and comparable abilities to other more expensive brands will work in most cases. This didn’t mean I had no need for a red dot, after all, a solid red dot with a solid pair of backup irons is an amazing thing to have. Quick on target and easy to use, good red dots mean the difference between hits and misses in many arenas, especially combat related training and combat itself.

Over the past year I decided to do some research and look around again for a solid red dot under $500. I found several brand names, Vortex, AIM sports and even Bushnell had new offerings on the market. However, I was drawn to a relatively new company, Holosun©, this optic had serious potential. After dropping $170 on the HS403B found on Amazon, I received the well-wrapped package and mounting hardware. Two sets, a low riser and high riser were included. The high riser fit my carbine exactly as needed. Co-witnessed with my irons I took it out too the range and started testing.

After around 100 rounds I set the rifle to the side as there were other reviews that needed fulfilling and it held zero very well, so what more needed testing. As I leaned it against the carbine rack it smacked the crossbar on the way by and snap, the red dot came off. I leaned over and realized that the screw holding it too the gun had snapped off at the head. I finished my testing for the rest of the products and called Holosun on the way home. They assured me that they both new about the problem and apologized for the inconvenience this had caused, I asked if this was going to be an ongoing issue or if it was a simple flaw in this particular part of the design. The person I spoke with grabbed another individual who explained that the model I had received was the last in a first gen run and the new gen had much stronger hardware.

Upon arrival 3 days after the call, I installed the part and decided to test it too its breaking point. After all, nothing to lose at this point as the people I had spoken with assured me they would replace the entire unit free of charge if it happened again. I dropped tested it on dirt, grass and concrete from approximately 5 feet. I also decided to “accidentally” smack the red dot housing into a few items during my next test run. Needless to say it held firm and I have not had a breakage or issue since.

Though I doubt it will take a bullet to the casing as say an Aimpoint will, at 50,000 hours of battery life and with a VERY clear dot picture and glass as well as solid easy on when you pick the gun up, well I think this is my new best friend in the red dot world. They have different variations, shotgun patterning dots, circle over dot, plain jane red dot and all of the varieties can be had with a nifty solar-powered recharger put on the top if you want.

The company offers a limited lifetime warranty to the original owner, and their customer service is very expedient and quick to respond, a truly rare commodity in todays age of somewhat lackadaisic service. They are located in the USA, Walnut California, to be exact. They offer a 50,000-hour battery life, a variety of aiming products from lasers too red dots. In this case, my interest lying completely in their cost effective, efficient and extremely solid red dots. The HS507A is compatible with the standard RMR mount and the other red dots have a variety of mountings available with some specifically designed for Aks and others for Ars. Some options have a quick release mount and others a kill flash and other essential needs for red dots. The best part is their red dots run between $165 and $350 dollars and you can order from Amazon.

Now obviously I have not been able to test the veracity of the 50,000-hour battery life, however, the unit I have has been on and working clearly for well over 6 months without a hiccup. I have no doubt that the longevity is easily better than Bushnells offerings and Vortex. The price point allows budget preppers and shooters to have (as the company motto says) “A military grade optic at under military prices” now personally, I have not tested it in combat yet. However, it has preformed well through many tests it is NOT designed for. I do not recommend you treat your optics badly on purpose, that is my pleasure to do for you! Having family and friends still in the military this is the question I ask myself, “would I recommend this to them?”

YES!

It works very well, it will be ready for them when they need it, and will function with general abuse and function well. This being said, I am not the desk personnel from the Pentagon and it isn’t my job to accept money to pass along new products to our soldiers.

This being said, what are the pros and cons listed out?

Pros

  1. 50,000-hour battery life with optional solar panel for charging and auto adjustment in all light conditions.
  2. Multiple reticle styles and mount styles available.
  3. Crisp clear dot, brightness easily adjustable or set for auto adjust.
  4. Movement activated red dot when you pick up your firearm, the red dot comes on!
  5. Built for shotguns, rifles of many calibers and even handguns.
  6. Limited lifetime warranty.

Cons

  1. They are a relatively newer company, so not as much time to evaluate and test as other more established companies.
  2. They have had some issues with mounts, however, this is being addressed and is easily fixed, upgraded with a call too their customer service.

Overall, this is a product I definitely recommend and run on my carbines now. MD Creekmore also has one and here is what he says, “I bought this sight a couple of weeks ago and mounted it on my Colt M4 and so far I’ve been very impressed and agree with everything Jesse has said here in his review. I have an Aimpoint and an EOTech on two other AR’s and the Holosun HS503GU (the model that I have) is just as good as either one of those for half the cost. ”

Free the mind and the body will follow…

Item of the Week : Helikon Wolfhound Light Insulated Jacket

Solid gear and a place to get this gear is an essential part of any camping, prepper, survivalists toolbox. Many times we find ourselves perusing Amazon or Ebay and crossing our fingers when the gear we see doesn’t have a good number of reviews or is stuck in the limbo of the 50/50 world, where half love it and half hate it. Since no one likes to flip coins we often find ourselves out searching the web/local sporting good stores and even yard sales and pawn shops to locate gear we need so that we can ensure the safety and comfort of our family.

While I am and always will be a dedicated bargain shopper, with some items bargain shopping is not beneficial overall. You can get the less expensive pullet or the less expensive knife and still have a solid tool. With jackets, tents, sleeping bags and the like, less expensive sometimes means the difference between relative comfort and uncomfortable, soggy days. So where is the middle ground?

Military 1st is a great website based in Great Britain with reasonable pricing and relatively quick shipping. To test them out I ordered the Helikon Wolfhound Light Insulated Jacket in “coyote” or light tan. Upon receiving the jacket less than 10 days after ordering it, I was quick to try it on, for we Arizonans, this is a perfect jacket to have, as layering is essential given the large temperature swings that occur this time of the year.

Over the weekend we had a group (local friends/family/like minds) get together and did some shooting, training, eating and all around enjoying of each others company. The jacket soon found its way on to one individual who promptly fell asleep only to later waken and state, wow, that’s a nice jacket. The next morning my son grabbed it on the way out the door to school, he is 14 and stands 2 inches taller than I do, it fit him well, (though looser in the waist than with myself) and after wearing it all day he came home and sheepishly stated, “dad, I grabbed your jacket”…smiling he said, “can I have one now?”

Now I cannot vouch for the other products on the site, I can however, say that with myself they were prompt, extremely well mannered and as is usual with our British cousins explained exactly what was being received on the site. Very punctual, solid material and worth the money spent. Again, I do not always spend lots of money and truly do enjoy looking for the bargains, however, there are times when finding both or possibly spending a bit more will in fact, get you a better product. This is one of those times, I think that this Online Product Portal would make a great addition to your repertoire of places to shop.

Pricing is in British pounds, however, this is easily changed to dollars with any number of online currency conversion tools. Shipping is quite quick and reasonable as well. It will come via Royal Post, made me feel quite special, maybe silly but heck it’s the little things right? Regardless, I hope that they are able to stay around for a bit and keep supplying solid well-made equipment and clothing for reasonable prices.

Free the mind and the body will follow

Item Of The Week: NAA Mini Revolvers: Self Defense on Purpose

Jesse Mathewson – Product Review Editor

Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.” Sun Tsu

NAA Mini Revolver

NAA Mini RevolversSmall self-defense tools are among the most deceptive tools available for the common man. We have been raised to believe that size is everything. It is cultural in the western world, everything from lips to bottoms and all in between bigger is better or in very rare cases smaller is better. This is the current pervasive belief that is held within much of western society. In the United States, the longest held myth is the following, “Unless it starts with a .4 or a .30 it simply will not work.” Those of us who have seen combat, been involved in self-defense or had other issues occur where firearms were involved know that this is actually scientifically untrue.

NAA Mini RevolverHowever, it is important to understand that I do not agree with the opposite extreme either, the often repeated, “more people die by .22 than any other” group of people. Rather I am a realist, a researcher and a practitioner who tests everything carried and does so with every potential defensive tool I add to my chest. As someone who grew up in a home where a .22lr supplied meat and fur money for the winter hard times, I am the last person to discount this extremely viable cartridge. However, I have also lived through the shortages following the 2008 election and the subsequent decline in quality control with big box American-made ammunition. As a result, I absolutely agree with the issues that can occur with .22lr, especially with dirty firearms or poorly made ammunition.

NAA Mini RevolversMy fix for this, simple, I chose to spend 0.08 to 0.14 a round for Ely or Ely primed ammunition made by Aguila using Remington machinery. Secondary, I have taken to cleaning my .22lr firearms every 200 rounds or after every range trip and once a month regardless use. Amazingly, my firearms and their subsequent accuracy and reliability has gone up significantly as a direct result. In fact, I am happy to say that when properly cleaned, maintained and using Aguila or Ely ammunition has reduced failures to a grand total of 1 in over 5000 rounds, better than centerfire 9mm and 5.56, produced by both federal and Winchester. (I have had numerous failures to fire and one squib over the course of the last year with these) while not scientific in nature these results for myself at least lead me to a simple conclusion, .22lr works quite well if you test, clean and use good ammunition.

NAA .22lr mini revolverSo now we are faced with additional facts, use of .22lr in self-defense. Over the past two years, I found several cases. They follow in a quick list of links. Enjoy!

These are just a few, there are several others but it takes a bit of searching, as we know positive uses of the firearm to save peoples lives is almost always squelched by mainstream media, after all it takes away from the narrative that guns are evil. Regardless, the diminutive .22lr is a round that can and does work. And from my perspective having owned and used a Beretta bobcat in .22lr as well as several other small .22lr firearms, Bond derringer and now the NAA .22lr mini revolver. I have to say I truly do love the NAA .22lr, in fact, I am finding myself more and more attached to this little piece of well-designed steel as each day goes forward. So here are some quick pros and cons of this handgun alone.

Pros

  1. It fits anywhere and does so with minimal to no tell tale bulge or printing.
  2. Five rounds of single action .22lr, using your favorite well-made version can when put in the right places (which are quite large on mammals) cause cessation of action. Eg., stop a threat as a last resort.
  3. I have yet to see it fail as a handgun. It works, every time the bullet itself works. Which again with good ammunition, means easily 99.9% reliability in function.
  4. It is accurate, add the LaserLyte® laser grips and it is almost impossible to miss the target at between 3-5 yards at MOST.
  5. I have shot it with the standard wooden grips, LaserLyte® grips and the longer folding holster grips from NAA and had no problems with all of them. The most comfortable to shoot was easily the longer grips, the more accurate were the LaserLyte® grips and though they worked and looked good, I did not like the standard grips that came with the firearm.

Cons

  1. This is NOT a gun for beginning shooters, IT is NOT a handgun for a mediocre shooter, THIS is only a firearm for advanced or well-prepared shooters. It takes practice and lots of it to be comfortable carrying it, I suggest using a DeSantis® nylon holster for pocket carry with the LaserLyte® grips or the standard grips from the factory. And of course, if you use the folding holster grip, well it pretty much does it for you.
  2. It has five rounds, that’s it, unless you have 2 minutes to reload, you WILL not get more rounds out. This is a LAST chance gun, a true BUG, back up gun, it is NOT meant as a primary carry or primary defensive firearm.
  3. It is truly so lightweight you could easily forget you have it in your pocket, check your pockets before hitting the airport or courtroom. Please, for your own sake!

So I know several of you have this firearm in one of its several configurations, what do like most about it? Why do you enjoy it and what put you over the edge in purchasing one?

Free the mind and the body will follow!

Item of the week: LaserLyte® Laser Grips: A review for self defense on purpose

by Jesse Mathewson – Product Review Editor

Walk in the path defined by rule, and accommodate yourself to the enemy until you can fight a decisive battle.” Sun Tsu

NAA .22lr mini revolverSelf-defense is absolutely something that requires solid tools and the ability to use them effectively. LaserLyte® has already done something others have not, they offer a full range of practice targets and pistols that mimic full-size roller handguns and semi auto pistols in trigger pull and feel for a reasonable price.

They also offer laser grips for a variety of handguns, the grips I used were on a true B.U.G., or backup gun, the NAA22lr mini is easy to conceal, not as easy to shoot accurately. However, it can be done, and in fact has been done several times (used as a self-defense tool) for those individuals who had need to use it. A simple google search turns up several cases of self-defense in which the NAA .22lr mini was used. By adding the LaserLyte grips to this bug I was able to easily place rounds on target as far out as 7 yards. (See video for accuracy of the full five rounds at 3 yards) I will do a separate article on the usefulness of the NAA22lr mini as a bug very soon.

NAA .22lr mini revolverThe new line of LaserLyte laser grips also work on their target systems, helping you in practice and in real defense as well. Obviously, I am old school, this should be clear by now. This means that simply put I prefer to use iron sights over optics, and when I finally get optics out I want them to work well. Adding a light is essential for my bedside defense weapon, after all, I have children, target identification is essential. A laser, though? For a very long time, I thought this was the silliest thing a person could do. On a full sized weapon, I don’t see the benefit, I mean sure the military uses them to help in a variety of ways, however, one should learn to shoot well with iron sights right?

NAA .22lr mini Well, when it comes to bug guns or the little pocket rockets as some call them, we have to absolutely always be as accurate with these as we are with our full sized right? Well, for smaller bug guns, a laser is just the ticket, it doesn’t mean you will hit the target by default, but you will be able to better and more quickly get on target and stop the threat if you can more easily see where you are aiming.

NAA .22lr mini This laser attachment is priced reasonably, right around $135 and for other handguns as low as $105 depending on type you are using. It stays on target after several shots and is easy to adjust if necessary. Battery life is not extreme, but, with daily use for between 5 and 10 minutes a day I didn’t need to replace them for over two weeks. You may see different mileage with yours.

Here are the pros as I see them.

  1. Much easier way to line up on target
  2. With some models can be used as a practice tool.
  3. Good battery life, not the best but most definitely not the worst.
  4. Easy to use, the switch is placed right where the meat of the finger hits it as you squeeze for a shot.
  5. Inexpensive when compared to your life.

Cons as I see them.

  1. Honestly, you may end up relying on it, practice with your bare irons as much as possible, but have a set if it will help, and do so knowing it will function when you need them. Obviously not a large con.
  2. In bright overhead light (Arizona daylight) the laser is difficult to see past 3 yards, it is best used inside and close up, for the NAA 22lr LaserLyte laser. Still not a huge con, just an observation that isn’t a pro.

I highly recommend these sights and this company, their service and ready availability to respond when asked questions is amazing. We live in a new world where customer service has taken a giant step downwards. LaserLyte® takes customer service to an entirely new level. Remember, for the price of a case of 9mm you can get a serious training tool. For the price of half a case you can have a training tool and defensive tool as well. It is worth your life and that of your loved ones, absolutely.

Several people used it and were very happy, sadly the video that was shot was corrupted during transfer and I was unable to get it edited for the release of the review. I will get video as soon as I can. A suggestion when shooting the mini NAA 22lr, cup your grip hand and using your thumb and forefinger stabilize and maintain solid grip behind the cylinder opening, it’s quite easy, but I highly recommend practicing this dry first. Additionally, the target and ten shots (two load outs in the NAA mini 22lr) were shot standing, one handed at 3 yards or 9 feet. It really is quite accurate for a BUG. Again, the LaserLyte is highly recommended.

Free the mind and the body will follow…

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