I purchased a pair of Howard Leight Impact Sport Ear Muffs after looking for some budget oriented electronic ear-pro in September 2010. These earmuffs came highly recommended from several different websites, so I decided to give them a try. These muffs offered several things I wanted, the first being a low profile muff, that does not get in the way when shooting long guns. At the time I was shooting a lot of sporting clays, and I found regular earmuffs to be too big, and plugs to be uncomfortable. In come the Impact Sport ear muffs.
These ear muffs retail for about $45 at the time of this posting. According to the Howard Leight website they offer a Noise Reduction Rating of 22NRR. The speakers inside the muffs are supposed to amplify noise to 82db, while cutting out when noise goes above 82db, keeping ears safe.
My first impression of [...]
I’m on vacation in Northern Michigan right now, and heard about this match from the Michigan Gun Owners web forum. It was just up the road from my home town, so we decided to swing by and see what it was all about. This was basically an action rifle type shooting match just like any other, except these guys brought out all of their full-auto machine guns to shoot with. Sheridan Arms from Saginaw, MI came up and brought a bunch more machine guns to shoot, and there was a large crowd shooting them at the large rifle range at Action Shooting Sports. I had the opportunity to shoot a full-auto Krinkov AK-47, and it was a hoot! Had no problem nailing a couple of bowling pins out at 100-150 yards.
Sheridan Arms brought a handful of MP5′s, AK-47′s (one Krink, one standard config), a SAW, MG-36, and a handful [...]
I’m on vacation right now in Northern Michigan, and my Dad and I decided to make a trip over to Shooters Range in Grawn. If you are trying to find this place, know that Google navigation will not get you there, however, the map on their website is correct. Once we found the range, I was already impressed with the outside appearance, and size of the building.
Shooters website says they offer both an indoor shooting range, as well as an indoor 3D archery range. I’m not an archer, so you will have to take their word for it. Anyways, we arrived, and were greeted by a friendly gentleman behind the counter, who got us all setup with the paperwork, and whatnot.
The range fees were very reasonable, and comparable to what I’m used to down south. Being that Shooters doesn’t have any competition in northern Michigan, I [...]
Today I had to catch a few different flights to make it home (northern Michigan) for my parents 36th wedding anniversary, and I really wanted to bring my carry gun with me, as I don’t like to be without it. I did some reading about flying with a firearm in checked baggage, and I read some real horror stories.
One thing that tripped me up, was the giant “Firearms Prohibited” sign that I drive past every time I enter any entrance of RDU.
I called the general information line at RDU and asked about any procedures for flying with a firearm, and the lady on the phone totally dispelled any concern that I had by telling me to just follow the TSA and my airlines guidelines, and its no big deal.
Read the TSA guidelines and packed everything accordingly. I ended up using a small steel lock box that [...]
Ok, not a review, but I thought this was odd.
Picked up a couple 20rd boxes of Hornady Tap FPD 124gr 9mm yesterday. Left them sealed until today, and when I opened them up, I was surprised to find that they actually contain 25 rounds, when the box is clearly labeled 20. Odd.
Anyways, I’ve carried Hornady Critical Defense in the past, and these are loaded with the same FTX bullet, minus the little red plastic bit placed into the critical defense rounds. The FTX is an aging design, but has a good reputation for reliable expansion, and penetration. With the critical defense rounds, I found that they loaded very easily, and always chambered without issue due to the conical shape of the bullet, and I expect to find the same with the Tap FPD.
I generally carry a +P or +P+ round, but I’m going to [...]
Several months ago I was searching for a holster that would go on and off easily in the car. I liked the idea of a snap slide holster, so I began my search. I looked at many of the nice leather options by several different companies and eventually found the Galco Matrix M7X series of holsters, and I was intrigued by the low price, and the few reviews I could find online were favorable, so I decided to give it a try.
I ordered up a Galco M7X 224 that according to the packaging fits Glock models 17, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 31, 32, 33, 34, and 35. The plan was to use this holster with my main carry pistol, my Gen 3 Glock 19.
When the holster arrived, I was very surprised how minimalist it is. I hadn’t looked at any pictures other than generic product pictures and [...]
This is a quick tutorial on how to use a Pearce pistol grip extension as a handstop on a Troy TRX Extreme handguard. I would imagine the process would be similar on other similar handguards as well.
First, I headed over to see my friends at Carolina Gunrunners this afternoon, and I picked up a Pearce grip extension for a Glock 26. While looking around, I noticed the Pearce grip extensions, and noticed that they looked eerily similar to some of the handstops on the market, and figured it was worth a try.
This is the model I purchased, I went with the Glock 26 model because it was the biggest one they had on the shelf. Pearce makes a million different models of these things, so pick one you think will work best for you. I do recommend getting the kind that only add the finger extension, and not [...]
When building my AR-15 last year, I decided I wanted to run a long, slim handguard, with a low profile, and I did not want full length rails. I played with a friends Noveske rifle that came from the factory with the TRX extreme, and I was hooked.
Out of the box impression:
Upon receiving the TRX Extreme 13″ handguard, I opened the box, and took it out, and I was astonished at how lightweight it was. I tried to grab the weight off of Troy’s website, but they seem to have taken this particular model off of their site, in favor of their newer Alpha rails. The rail is so lightweight that I was afraid that I was going to break it, however that had not been the case.
The TRX Extreme series are not “drop in” rails. They use a proprietary barrel nut, and require some experience, [...]
Some time back Brownells began producing USGI magazines with a tan no-tilt follower. As soon as these were released, many people, myself included were interested, as no-tilt followers tend to run more reliably in AR-15 magazines than the old USGI green and black followers.
One of my first purchases after buying some USGI magazines with the green followers was a handful of Magpul no-tilt followers for them. I was having some feeding issues with the green followers, and I’m one of those guys that has to have the newest, coolest thing, and at the time the Magpul no-tilt followers were just that.
I’ve run the Magpul followers in seven of my magazines for about a year now, and since doing so, my feeding issues that I was having have went away. Now, I’ve not done a complete torture test on these magazines, but I have used them in multi-gun matches, [...]
This pistol looks like a winner! Still hoping for an optional thumb safety, but man, it looks nice!
All the details can be found on S&W’s website here: http://www.smith-wesson.com/wcsstore/SmWesson2/MP_Shield/index.html
9mm Product Page here.
.40 Product Page here.