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TTI 2011 John Wick 3 Airsoft Replica
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A review of the EMG Official Licensed Taran Tactical STI Combat Master 2011. This GBB airsoft training pistol is a replica of the TTI 2011 pistol used by Keanu in John Wick 3. Designed by Taran Butler of Taran Tactical. … Read More

Lumintop TOOL AA 2.0
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For the price and features, the Lumintop TOOL AA 2.0 is the best AA EDC flashlight currently available. I put it through some performance and abuse tests to see if it lives up to that opinion. It has 4 modes: … Read More

Ulanzi LED Light Cube
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This is the best budget LED mini-lighting cube I’ve used, the Ulanzi VL49. It’s was even better than my old favorite, their WL49. Easy to use. Easy to charge. Easy to carry. And easy on the wallet. BUY ON AMAZON … Read More

Patriot Mag Release Part 2
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I answer a viewer’s question with a video about the Patriot Mag Release device for the KelTec Sub2000 Gen2. I describee my problems with the California Compliant grip-fin installed on Sub2000’s sold in California. The badly written and inane gun … Read More

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KonPCoiu Bodycam 4-month Revisit

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I’ve had this mini-body cam since May. Though I have not like I’ve used this on a daily basis, I keep it in my car in case I get into an ‘incident’. In that time I’ve had some insights and worked through some issues.

When you press the power button, the camera powers up and automatically begins to record footage. A small blue indicator light confirms power-up but turns itself off after 10-seconds but I found it to be problematic. It’s easy to forget if you’ve actually turned the camera on. The seemingly only way to re-confirm it’s reconfirm it is recording is to press the power button and turn it off (short red light) and then turn it on again.

I discovered that you can confirm it’s on/recording by flicking the Inferred LAMP switch which causes the indicator light to blink back on briefly confirming the unit is powered up. In the video, I show how you can use a digital camera to see the IR-LEDs when the LAMP switch is set to ‘On’. Keep this in mind that digital cameras can see IR-LEDs if you have them turned on especially in very dark settings.

Physically the unit has held up to the heat of a car and the rather flimsy clip hasn’t broken yet. The manufacturer’s stated battery life on the unit is 4.5hrs. I left it on and its last video file was stamped at around 4.25hrs. Close enough though electronics companies should stop inflating operating hours and battery capacity.

The field of view appears to a 40mm-50mm normal lens. A wider lens would be better because you can’t always wear position the camera in the center of your field of view. You’re likely to miss key scenes if you’re wearing this camera in a shirt pocket, pants pocket, or a purse.

I tested it’s low-light sensitivity without the LAMP mode and found it to be adequate. About as good as the old GoPro Hero 1-2 or a typical WiFi security cam. The overall video quality is closer to a 720p digital camera. Still, not bad for a rechargeable mini digital camera for less than $50.

22LR Test: CCI Mini-Mags vs Standard

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Recently I conducted a head-to-head accuracy-test between CCI, Federal, and Aguila 22LR. In that test, surprisingly (to me) CCI-Mags 36gr HP (Hollow-Point) came in last place with the loosest groups. I wondered if this result was because I was shooting the hollow-point variety.

This week I compared three different CCI cartridges, Mini-Mag 36gr HP, Mini-Mag 40gr CPRN, and Standard Velocity 40gr LRN. I tested 5-rounds of each ammo at 6″ targets 50yrds. And averaged the results of 3 sets of tests and rotated each ammo type to average out the effects of barrel heating barrel. As with the previous test, I used my Ruger 10/22 Takedown as my testbed rifle.

Here were the detailed results measured using the Range Buddy app.

Lenofocus 008 Mini Bodycam

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I created a detailed review and demonstration of function for this Mini-Bodycam. It takes some of the best footage of any sub $50 bodycam including at night but it’s hamstrung by some clunky controls. It’s too easy to accidentally turn-off the cam when you’re trying to start recording. And it’s impossible to confirm that it’s still recording without turning it off. I notified Lenofocus of my difficulties (and a possible manufacturing defect in the indicator light) and they’re interested in sending me another model to review.

PRO
• Good low-light and night capture
• Compact size
• Built-in magnetic mount

CON
• Shakey/Choppy footage
• Clunky user controls
• Weakly attached clip

VIDEO LINK
https://youtu.be/az4EaQG9O6U

22lr Accuracy Test: Aguila vs. Federal vs. CCI

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Aguila Super Extra HV vs. Federal Auto Match vs. CCI Mini-Mag. Guess which ammo came in first in our test? The test results were surprising to me because CCI’s have been the gold-standard for high-quality 22LR. I rotated between the different ammo brands during the test to isolate the effects of barrel heating affecting the group size (any heating would affect all brands equally).

The results below were calculated using the Range Buddy App for Android OS.

CVlife 4-reticle Red/Green Dot first Impressions

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CVLife sent me their 4-Reticle red/green dot to review. I was a bit dubious as there are soooooo many knock-offs of Sightmark’s Sure Shot reflex sight. It has become the most ubiquitous budget red dot design. I do like it’s very open, almost frameless design which offers almost no obstructions to your field of view. Perfect for action sports, birding, or a range gun. The trade-off is that this design is that the thin frame is vulnerable to rough handling and drops.

PRO: The CVLife looks a lot better up-close than other budget reflex sights. Nice detailing and no blemishes on the body. Clean sharp reticles with no blooming when the reticle moves off the center. The windage adjustment gave positive clicks and seemed accurate to 1/4″ MOA per click device specifications. Held zero after 25 shots mounted on a break-barrel .22cal

CON: Windage shifted once between shots while testing tracking. Elevation was mushy and often did not give a click on adjustment so was impossible to judge how accurate it was to 1/4″ MOA?

I’m working the video review after I get a chance to do more durability testing.

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Element 5-Position & QR Offset Taclight Mounts

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I’ve bee ordering so many things from various online stores, I honestly forgot I ordered these over a month ago. I purchased them from the “Professional Tactical Appliance Store” on AliExpress
Mount: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dUrxQld
QD Offset Mount: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dUubppp

I did a quick install and found that the 5-position mount worked as advertised, allowing you to select 5 different angles to configure your taclight on your Picatinny rail. But the mounting foot on the Pic-rail was small (only about 1/2″) so it doesn’t provide a secure enough clamp. The material is polymer and tightened down, there was still wiggle. Acceptable for general airsoft use but the recoil from real firearms will likely loosen this. And the polymer clamp is likely not strong enough for action shooting or real-world durability.

The mounting tube for the taclight itself was a bit wide, requiring a taclight with a minimum of a 2.75″ battery tube to clear it. Shorter tacklights may require you to completely extract the taclight from the mount to access your battery or a clicky tail.

The QR (Quick Removal?) mount on the otherhand felt more robust. When mounted, there was no flex or wiggle. The mount is secured by the tension of the tight tolerance of the molding along your, secured with a cross-bar which is retracted when you press a button near the base. The mount is also almost completely polymer, so repeated removal may wear down a tight groove and loosen it over time?

I also found my particular placement on the bottom rail of my handguard problematic because my palm would press the QR button when I held my rifle in a C-clamp. Mounting it on a different position may fix that problem but your setup may vary. Apart from the C-clamp issue, I found the mount to be robust enough for use on high-recoil firearms.

Blood Orange Skies in San Francisco

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This morning we woke up to a blood orange sky due to the wildfires around the Bay Area, north in Sonoma County, south in the Santa Cruz mountains, and far east the huge Creek Fire complex. Or maybe Elon Musk secretly transported his Mars colony here.

Downtown San Francisco blanketed in smoke from wildfires.

Is Aguila Dirty Ammo?

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Aguila Super Extra HV has been my go-to 22LR for the last few years after I started picking it up on sale at Big-5 Sports and finding it to be more accurate than Federal Range and Remington Golden Bullet and cheaper than CCI Mini-Mags. Aguila seemed to have a reputation for “dirty ammo” on various social media threads and forums. I thought I’d test the rumor.

Upcycling an old Rifle Scope

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I upcycled my old ‘budget’ rifle scope into a spotting scope with these inexpensive camera accessories. Reduce, reduce, recycle, pewpew!

Magic Arm and Clamp https://amzn.to/2EuGmKs

Clamps https://amzn.to/2FMexhg

Mini Tripod https://amzn.to/3aV8Itw

Telescoping Tripod https://amzn.to/31nqjqT

Telescoping Extension Pole https://amzn.to/3j7VlsT

CVLife 6-24×50 rifle scope https://amzn.to/2Yvwpn0

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