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Cold Weather Hunting Gear You Absolutely Need

Oh, when the weather outside is frightful, but the tree stand is so delightful… For almost all of us, it doesn’t really matter what the weather is doing, we’re going to go hunting regardless. This includes when the temperature drops down into frigid levels. What do we do? We gear up and go! Sometimes the weather catches us off guard and we have to regroup a little. No worries, just remember these five cold-weather hunting gear pieces every hunter absolutely needs to enjoy the hunting season to its fullest. Editor’s Pick – Baselayers It’s kind of funny. Before the hunting community got all technical, base layers were just referred to as long underwear. The thing is, base layers have become far more technical than your plain, old long underwear. Comfort levels have increased, as have warmth and scent prevention. After all, your layer of clothing closest to your skin is …

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How to Safely Close a Pocket Knife

A pocket knife is a popular outdoor tool. These multifunctional knives can be used nearly every day whether you’re camping or working. Caring for your pocket knife is as important as knowing how to effectively use it. Part of that care is being able to close it. Knowing how to properly and safely close your pocket knife can help maintain the quality of the knife and ensure it lasts a long time. Plus, closing the knife and storing it safely is important for your safety and to avoid any potential accidents. There are several different types of pocket knives, and each one requires a slightly different process to close it. The four different types of pocket knives we focus on here are the slip joint, frame lock, liner lock, and lockback. Read on for our how-to guide for closing a pocket knife! How to Close a Pocket Knife Slip Joint …

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Trijicon Rolls Out New Concealed Carry Reflex Optic

Michigan-based Trijicon chose September 01 to announce a long-awaited product. It’s a concealed carry optic, which they call the RMRcc. The company’s landmark RMR product line is so popular, the model name is often conflated with any brand’s reflex optic. Despite that, the company lagged behind many competitors in rolling out a compact edition appropriate for concealment-size guns. Tough and Durable Lightweight and low-profile aims were met with the new optic. It weighs just an ounce, battery included, with its 7075-T6 aluminum frame. Its dimensions come in at just under one inch in height and width. It’s also thinner overall than the original RMR. This new release has a black finish; the finish treatment is not yet disclosed. Recoil is not an issue Though the construction is lightweight, Trijicon says the RMRcc will stand up to the stoutest recoil from even 45 ACP and 10mm. With one of the available …

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Buying a New Compound Bow? Make It Custom

Planning on buying a new bow? Try your custom ideas on a myriad of bows with the Mathews Custom Compound Bow Builder and explore the possibilities. For 30 years, Mathews has been building, innovating, and bettering the bow. Couple that with education and conservation efforts, and you’ve got a group of passionate archers involved in the hunt from top to bottom. Alongside their holistic effort to better archery, they’re also making custom bows that lend themselves to the personalities of the folks who shoot them. I built my TX-5 using Mathews’ Bow Builder, and even as a novice archer, the process was simple, fun, and intuitive. With nine customizable areas and deep dives into smaller custom notes — like choosing the color of your harmonic damper or center and end serving — the Bow Builder creates a bow that’s entirely unique to you. The author’s customized Mathews TX-5 Once you’ve created a …

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How to Easily Make a Blackout Survival Kit

Cities of steel and concrete are testaments to mankind’s ingenuity. Are you prepared for a disaster? We take a lot for granted today, including the internet, our motor vehicles, indoor plumbing, and sewage, running water, and more. Learn how to easily make a blackout survival kit now! These are far more than niceties; these public utilities and advanced technologies are what make modern life so luxurious and indeed possible. What you have probably taken for granted even more than that is the one utility that makes them all possible- electricity. Without electricity, all these modern marvels grind to a halt. No more freshwater. No more sewer service. Definitely no more internet, and no more light that comes on at the flick of a switch. All of those and a host of other lesser technologies will be rendered useless, almost instantly, if we lose power. I hate to break it to …

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Integral Folding Knife Design: Pros & Cons

Folding knife construction has largely gone unchanged since the late 18th century. But recent advances have changed this mainstay — sometimes for the better, sometimes not. Here’s how integral folding knives stack up. A basic folding knife has a pivot, a blade, a blade channel, and two handle pieces on either side of the blade, all held together by fasteners. Knifemakers have made only some small modifications to this basic folding knife design over the years. They include different locks, different opening mechanisms, and standoffs (pillars that allow dirt and debris to flow through the blade channel instead of getting lodged against a solid backspacer). But that’s about it. That is, until about 15 years ago when things began to change. Machining abilities expanded, and the public’s willingness to pay high prices for both custom and production knives increased. We have witnessed a fundamentally different way of making a folding knife: …

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The New Ol’Man Assassin Tree Stand

The new Ol’Man Assasin tree stand is ready to accompany you on your next deer hunt. The new lightweight and durable line of a tree stand, ladders, and accessories come in many configurations to suit your specific hunting needs. The New Ol’Man Assassin Tree Stand – Ready for Hunting Season The Ol’Man Assassin is an entirely new system of the tree stand and can be adapted for different situations. The Hang On Tree stand is a lightweight and mobile system. Which is able to accompany hunters who are constantly moving. The Millennium style ComfortMax seat makes the stand comfortable to sit on for extended periods of time. The entire package weighs only 19lbs. The Assassin folds up easily so you can make standing shots and the powder-coated finish ensures lasting durability without rusting.   The Ol’Man Assassin Speed Rail Hang On Ladder is the perfect accompaniment. With innovative design features …

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How Strong is 550 Cord (Paracord)?

Paracord is one of those items that you’ll never see a prepper without. 55o cord is incredibly versatile and known for rot resistance, flexibility, and tremendous strength. Paracord is useful for just about everything: you can easily pitch a tent with it, hang a hammock, use it for construction, and lashing if you know what you’re doing and your conscious you can even use it for climbing. It’s definitely useful, and it’s definitely strong but do you know how strong paracord really is? Genuine military spec paracord, Type-III, that adheres to the technical specification MIL-C-5040H and contains between seven and nine 3-fiber nylon strands surrounded by a 32-fiber nylon sheath is rated with a breaking strength of 550lbs. this is where the common nickname “550 cord” is derived from. While nearly all varieties of commonly encountered paracord are of the 550 variety, you should know that the term paracord could …

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Five Biggest Myths About the AR-15

There is no other firearm available today that has more misinformation about it floating around than the AR-15. The amount of information that is simply wrong, or flat-out lies regarding these sporting rifles is rather astounding. There are many on the 2nd Amendment side who feel this is due to political and media bias. Is that true? Maybe, but we don’t get into those types of discussions here. Let’s just take a good, hard look at five of the top myths about AR-15s, and the real truth about today’s modern sporting rifle. What does “AR” really stand for? This is one of Eugene Stoner’s prototype ArmaLite Rifle, Model 15s. We’ve all heard this one before, that “AR” stands for “Assault Rifle.” We all know full well that that is definitely false. “AR” stands for ArmaLite Rifle, the company founded by Eugene Stoner, the inventor of the rifle and the original …

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The Best Hunting Boots for Men in 2020

Whether you’re hunting moose in the Yukon or wing-shooting pheasants in South Dakota, we’ve done the research and rounded up the best men’s hunting boots of the year. Hunting boots are a particular kind of beast. Boots are generally individualistic and will depend on the wearer and the feet they’re packing. But some boots just stand above the rest, heeled or not. So, when looking for the best of the best, we doubled down on researching what hunters wear for various styles of hunting. And that specialization can mean the difference between an optimal day in the field or hoofing it back to the truck empty-handed because your feet are unhappy. From the best elk hunting boots to the warmest boots for the treestand, you’re bound to find something that’ll work in this list. Testing boots and gaiters in some of the nastiest mud we’ve ever experienced during a pack-in …

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How to Fish Without a Pole – Survival Skills

Do you know how to fish without a pole? Most emergency/survival kits include a small assortment of hooks, line, and perhaps a few swivels and weights – but no fishing pole. Quite understandable since it’s assumed you’ll simply cut a branch off and use it as a cane pole.  However,  there are several ways to catch fish without the need of a rod and reel. And doesn’t have to be only in survival situations, either. How to Fish Without a Pole There are several methods and techniques within the three main categories of fishing without a pole, each one requiring certain bait on certain size hooks attached to certain weights of main lines and drop lines – all in the quest for a certain fish, which in most cases is catfish. Three classic ways to fish are limb lines, trotlines, and jug fishing. Some consider a “throw line” as a …

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Cannon in B Minor: Beretta 1301 Tactical Refreshes the Defensive Shotgun

Street Howitzer. Room Broom. Scattergun. Gauge. Twelve Iron. Brixton Typewriter. These are just some of the slang terms for one of the most misunderstood defensive weapons of the 21st century — the self-defense shotgun. For many younger or newer shooters, this class of firearm has been almost entirely written off in favor of short-barreled rifles, rifle-caliber “pistols,” and pistol-caliber carbines. This phenomenon isn’t without good reason. Low recoil, high capacity, faster reloads, and a myriad of aftermarket accessories make these alternatives highly attractive to both the novice and aficionado alike. When measured against pump-action guns, the rate of fire also becomes a factor. And then there are the aggressive options like the Beretta 1301. But the shotgun isn’t without its own advantages. Firepower per trigger press is going to be hard to beat. There’s also the ability to run buckshot, birdshot, slugs, and almost anything in between depending on your needs …

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The MSR XGK Stove Is Virtually Unbreakable

Professional explorer Mike Libecki has burned through a lot of gear on the 85 expeditions he’s done to some of the world’s most remote places. He’s experienced the harshest conditions Mama Nature deals out, like minus 67-degree temperatures in Siberia and blazing-hot jungles in Bhutan. In those situations, he can’t count on unreliable products. MSR XGK Stoves Over the past ten years, he’s taken the same two MSR XGK Stoves on every single expedition. (Libecki is sponsored by MSR.) “You can take a hammer and beat an ice casing off of it, then fire that thing right up,” he says. “It’s always the workhorse that gets stuff done.” Furthermore, Libecki says the XGK is “what matters most” during his trips to extremely cold environments. “Bottom line is—you go out to Antarctica or Greenland—if your stoves fail, your trip is done, but maybe your life, too,” he says. “You’re melting every single …

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How are Rifle Optics and Sights Different?

Holographic sights. Red dots. Reflex sights. These terms get tossed around a lot—often interchangeably. After all, how different could they be? Each of them features a reticle, a glass surface, and 1x magnification, right? The truth is that red dots and holographic weapon sights work on two completely different principles. Here’s the CliffsNotes version: red dots use an LED emitter to project a reticle onto glass. Holographic sights use a laser diode and mirrors to “project” a reticle that appears to be floating on your target. Of course, there’s more to it than that, but it’s a good place to start. RED DOTS As stated, red dot sight uses an LED emitter to project a reticle onto glass, which is then bounced back to your eye. The LED emitter uses very little battery power, so red dots can have a battery life up to 50,000 hours. And because the design …

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Benchmade Hunting Knives Just Got an Upgrade

Benchmade just gave its line of fixed-blade hunting knives a facelift. Here’s what hunters can expect from a new Benchmade hunting knife in 2020. Benchmade makes a few of the best hunting knives on the market. But it can be tough to cut through the competition with lots of strong brands. So to stay competitive, the Benchmade made some small (and a few large) changes to six of its cornerstone hunting knives for fall 2020. The changes hit Hunt Class knives in the Saddle Mountain Skinner, Steep Country, and Hidden Canyon families. These names will be familiar if you’ve flipped through the Benchmade catalog. But the brand contends that this is “not a fresh coat of paint slapped on an old model.” The ergonomics and in-hand design have been updated for each, along with the sheath systems. Benchmade HUNT: S90V, SelectEdge Benchmade will offer multiple models of the Saddle Mountain Skinner and …

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The Next Evolution of Roof Rack Have Arrived

For 45 years, ARB 4×4 Accessories has innovated products for vehicle-based adventures over rough terrain. Now, for the first time in more than 26 years, ARB releases a new roof rack system. ARB’s very first product was a roof rack. And while the new ARB BASE Rack is just another platform-style roof rack, it’s one that thoroughly impresses. ARB says that BASE stands for “Build, Attach, Set, and Explore.” Sure, that isn’t a very exciting name, but it does make sense. Although Australian off-road companies aren’t known for their quality branding or marketing, they are luckily renowned for innovative and top-quality off-road products. Just Another Roof Rack? Why should you care about another platform roof rack hitting the market? It’s a valid question, as there are a ton of options out there. Some of the top players in this space are Front Runner, Rhino-Rack, K-9, Yakima, and, of course, ARB. …

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The Best Men’s Hiking Boots of 2020

If you’re looking for the best men’s hiking boots, look no further. We’ve tested dozens of hiking boots for men from the best hiking boot brands over hundreds of miles to determine which hiking boots are right for you. Hiking boots are an incredibly personal tool. They must fit perfectly, perform well in varied terrain, and keep your feet protected, dry, and healthy. It’s a tough task deserving deep research. We’ve spent a lot of time doing that research for you. This article lays out the best hiking boots for men after dozens of short- and long-distance hikes. We’ve also tested these boots on and off-trail — bushwhacking through the Rocky Mountains, deserts, and prairies. Jump to our top picks below: Best Overall Runner-Up Hiker Best of the Rest Before we dive into the specific boots, a note on fit: Hiking boots need to fit your unique feet well to …

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Galco Ankle Trauma Medical Kit

I have long been an advocate of everyday carry including medical trauma gear. In today’s world, it would seem logical to make the carrying of such a kit routine in our daily life.  The need for such a medical kit could be caused by a wide variety of issues, including weather events, accidents, and self-defense to mention but a few. Nor can I fathom not having last-ditch medical gear on my person in any hunting or outdoor environment. Firstly, there are a number of kits available for an on-body carry of trauma gear, not the least of which is Galco’s Ankle Trauma Medical Kit (ATM-KIT™). Furthermore, the Galco carrier is designed for a convenient everyday carry of medical tools and supplies for first responders, gun carriers, or anyone who wishes to be prepared in an increasingly dangerous world. Specifications Next, the ATM-KIT’s comfortable, high-grade neoprene band offers secure hook-and-loop closure …

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DIY Knuckle Duster from Spent Brass

After spending hours at the range and (hopefully) cleaning up as many of your spent casings as possible, why waste all that valuable metal when you can put it to good use? Sure, reloading spent casings is always a great option, but there are other ways to make use of brass besides using them as décor for your belt or guitar strap. Compared to other metals, brass has a low melting point, lower even than silver or gold, making it the perfect candidate to turn into liquid and cast into something that is sure to impress. It is very important that all of the casings you collect for this project are brass, not another kind of alloy. So, grab a bucket, fill it with spent casings, and let’s get started casting a knuckle duster! Now there’s a reason to hold onto that spent .22 brass. Design     To get started, you …

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EDC Flashlight Review

Summer is officially here, and with it comes a natural variation in wardrobe. Warmer weather leads to lightweight clothing and increased physical activity, neither of which is conducive to pockets crammed full of gear. It’s for this reason that many of us pare down our everyday carry slightly for this season. Maybe that means you start carrying a single-stack subcompact handgun instead of a double-stack full-size, or a lightweight folding knife instead of something more robust. What it shouldn’t mean is that you start leaving behind the essentials. Murphy’s Law dictates the moment that happens is the moment you’ll need those items the most. A EDC flashlight is one such essential tool. The light in your pocket will help you figure out what the heck your dog keeps barking at in the backyard, find the pen that fell between the seats of your truck, and read the menu in your …

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