Klarus GL1

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The Klarus GL1, is a rechargeable compact pistol light. Supplied for this review by Klarus. I’m going to see if lives up to it’s reputation as the best subcompact taclight available. 

• 600 lumen

• 83m throw

• 1hr runtime

• Constant, momentary and strobe

• 2.2”L x 1.1”W x 1.24”H

• 2.12 oz

• Aero-space aluminum body 

UTG Ambidextrous Holster

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The UTG Universal Ambidextrous Holster is a budget nylon holster that’s surprisingly well built for a holster than retails for about $10. 

WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT IS NOT
If you’re looking for a concealed carry EDC holster, this is not it. Nor is it a Combat Ready High-Speed Low-Drag holster. This is a budget utility holster. I wanted this to carry a purely secondary firearm that’s secure but accessible. It’s the better alternative to putting a pistol in your pants or jacket pocket where things could snag on your trigger.

SOLID CONSTRUCTION AND MATERIALS
First I noticed was the solid feel of the construction. The sides of the holster are quite firm and solid feeling like leather inside the nylon shell. Not like some more flimsy nylon and neoprene budget holsters. Its’ on par with budget holsters from Condor, Blackhawk and a bit of a step up from Firedragon or UTG/Leapers older nylon holster from about 10 years ago. 

LOOK FOR SAGGY AND SNAGGY EDGES
What you want to look for is the edges of the mouth of your holster where the pistol enters the holsters. You especially don’t want soft material flopping along the edge near the trigger. You don’t want any material to accidentally snag you trigger as your holstering your weapon and causing an accidental discharge. This new holster is quite firm but over time materials can soften (even leather) so keep an eye out for that if you choose any soft-sided holster. 

Marmot 2MOA Red Dot

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It appears to be a near-exact copy of the Bushnell TRS-25 but at half the price. It passed all of my use and abuse tests and the only negative I have for it is a bit of a nit-pick; the mounting screw is too long and pokes out. Seriously, they couldn’t afford to put in a 2mm shorter screw?!

It’s available on Amazon for about $39 https://amzn.to/3mh3g8P

Walker’s Razor vs Howard Leight Impact Sports

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I can’t stress enough how important ear-pro is. Use any legitimate hearing protection when firing your firearms. Electronic ear protection is a leap in functionality from simple ear plugs and standard earmuffs.

Bear in mind, electronic earmuffs but they can sometimes be advertised as electronic noise-canceling earmuffs. This should not be confused with Active Noise Canceling headphones used to listen to music (Bose, Sony, Beats, etc.) Those work by creating mirror sounds that cancel the offending background droning sounds like an air conditioner or jet engine. Those music headphones can NOT be used for gun sports.

Electronic Earmuffs work by passive noise reduction like non-electronic earmuffs; by simply blocking loud noises with the sound-deadening insulation. The electronics instead pipe in ambient sounds from outside the earmuffs, until a noise exceeds 82dB; they electronically shut-off the mics in an instant. Both reduce loud noises, reducing gunshot sounds (approx 155db) by about 22 decibels (dB) to approximately 133dB. Their Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) is the amount of decibel noise reduction they offer.

Howard Leight Impact Sports
• Directional Stereo sound amplification 
• NRR 22dB
• 3.5mm headphone jack
• 2 x AAA batteries (~350hrs)
• 4hr Auto Shut Off 

Walker Razor Slim
• Omni-Directional sound amplification
• NRR 23dB
• Full dynamic range HD speakers for clear balanced sound with sound-activated compression reaction of 0.02 seconds
• 3.5mm headphone jack
• 2 x AAA batteries

Available on AMAZON

Walker Razor https://amzn.to/2HKPPie

Howard Leight https://amzn.to/2HK5Yop

A Soviet Army marksman schools me on 22LR

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My old friend Sasha saw my video interview with our mutual friend Travis chatting about 22LR and couldn’t hold back his mock outrage at our lack of knowledge with 22LR precision shooting. As it turns out he used to shot competitive Olympic-style Bullseye back in the Soviet Union.

Yes, you read that correctly, the Soviet Union. Sasha was an NCO in the Soviet Army back in the day. In our chat we get into a bit of his history, as well as the history of 22LR in Olympic sports.



Why red dots look like crap on YouTube.

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Whenever I get a red dot to review, I check YouTube to see who has previously reviewed that model and try to find details not previously covered by other PewTubers. But one thing noticed about most red dot reviews is that many don’t bother showing what the reticle looks like.

I totally understand. It’s a pain to set up a camera behind an optic to accurately capture how sharp (or distorted) a reticle appears to the naked eye. Very often, the reviewer may be using a fully automatic action camera or phone that doesn’t allow them to manually focus the image. This is why their red dot often appears bloated and blurry.

JYX Bluetooth Speaker

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I picked up this portable bluetooth speaker and wireless mic set in an Amazon Prime Day deal. It’s clean Scandinavianesque design adds visual appeal to what is essentially a PA speaker, without the tackiness of most bluetooth party speakers.

The wireless mic it ships with paired automatically with the unit. It offers the option of pairing an additional JYX wireless mic allowing you to sing duets while playing music through the bluetooth connection to your phone or similar device. Separate volume knobs control the mic volume and music volume separately.

In many ways this would be the perfect portable speaker save one; bass. Despite what appeared to be a woffer port in the back of the unit, it has mediocre bass response. I connected to my Roland drum kit to try it as a practice amp. The kick drum sounded like a knock instead of a thump. Streaming pop or dance music through the speaker sounded more like a clock radio.

CCI Standard vs Federal Auto Match 22LR

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In my recent accuracy performance tests of 22LR ammo, I mixed ammo makes (ie. CCI Mini-Mags vs Aguila Super Extra vs Federal Auto Match) within the same test session to average out changes in groupings due to barrel heating. But 22LR precision shooters told me my testing method was flawed because I didn’t properly “season” the bore. Seasoning is a process by which the melted wax, from lead-round-nose rounds (LRN), coats the bore and normalizes the performance of that bullet.

So this time, I’ve only tested a single ammo type, Federal Auto Match LRN, in a testing session of 7 targets. I shot 20 rounds of that ammo to season the bore before measuring the groups. I’ve cleaned the bore before changing ammo to CCI Standard LRN and measured those groups.

The results I got were “cleaner” results but those results were surprisingly close to the previous test with mixed ammo types. That leads me to some possibilities or a combination of them:
• Seasoning the barrel doesn’t make a significant difference with factory standard rifles
• Seasoning the barrel doesn’t make a significant difference at 50yrds-100yrds
• My previous mixed ammo tests were valid; one ammo’s fouling residue doesn’t significantly influence a different ammo’s performance.

Marmot Brass Catcher

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I’ll be honest I always thought hanging brass-catchers to be the ugliest most unappealing gun accessory. It’s like hanging a colostomy bag hanging off a rifle and I have never wanted to put one on any of my guns. Until now.

Recently I’ve found myself shooting 22LR, at a range that has a dirt floor. Sweeping up brass with a broom just causes dust storms that annoy fellow shooters and 22LR brass is too small to get picked up by standard center-fire brass rollers. Fortunately, Marmot contacted me and offered to send me one of their universal brass catchers to try out and review. Marmot Tactical is not owned or affiliated with Marmot Outdoor Clothing company (which I think also makes great gear by the way if you want me to stuff to review [wink]).

It fit on my 10/22 and all of my rifles very easily. And son-of-a-gun, it captured almost all of my ejected brass and made clean up a breeze. I’m sold. Heck at $9 I can afford to buy for each rifle bag. And if you reload and collect your brass, this will make sorting so much easier and foolproof than having to go through your brass you sweep up.

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