Moondog D-Fog

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I figured it was about time I reviewed one of my own products. Moondog D-Fog helps defog your eyeglasses and safety eye protection. While no product completely eliminates fogging, Moondog D-Fog dramatically reduces the formation of condensation on your lenses.

PRODUCT LINK
http://bit.ly/3qBH4Jd

Advantage Arms 22LR Conversion for Glocks

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With pandemic ammo prices, it pays for itself in one range visit. I’ve had this Advantage Arms conversion slide kit for about 3 years now and have put through over 1000rnds through it without issue.

It is ammo finicky like many 22LR pistols, preferring CCI Mini-Mags and Remington Golden Bullets. I’ve tried Aguila Super Extra and Winchester Super X’s but these cause failures to cycle.

Glock recently came out with the Glock 44, unfortunately we can’t get that here in CA. This solution works better for me because I can use my Glock 17’s frame, with its grip and weapon light for muscle memory.

Available from Optics Planet

Glock 17 Gen 1-3
https://bit.ly/3pjj0ZU

Glock 17 Gen 4
https://shrsl.com/2sis9

Glock 19 Gen 1-3
https://shrsl.com/2rzn0

Glock 19 Gen 4
https://bit.ly/3rOgWuJ

Glock 17/19 Gen 5
https://shrsl.com/2sis5

Springfield XD
https://shrsl.com/2sisb

1911 Gov. Mod./Commander
https://shrsl.com/2sise

Quick-Fill Speed Loader

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QuickFill are speed loading ammo tubes made for tube-fed semi-auto rifles, like a Marlin 60.  These will hold 22LR, 22 short cartridges. Quick-Fill also makes a version for 22 magnums and 17HMR cartridges. And a Big-Boy version that fit .38 special, 357, 44 magnum, 45 long-colt, and 41 magnum centerfire lever-action carbines. Cheaper per tube than doing it yourself (I tried and it ended up costing me like $6 per tube and about 20min of construction time), so it’s worth it to me to just buy these.

PRODUCT LINK
22LR: https://amzn.to/3igcjGf
22mag/17HMR: https://amzn.to/2M7k3hV
BigBoy: https://amzn.to/3aHD9n7

How it works is very simple. You open up the stopper end and load in 15 rounds of 22LR ammo. You load them in with the bullet end first. This is so when you empty them into your rifle’s mag-tube, they slide out, rim end first, and are oriented in the correct position in the tube. It fits into your mag-tube like your brass follower tube. You insert, tilt it and the rounds slide it.

Starting from an empty mag-tube with the inner follower tube removed. We’ll pop off the end and load it. About 5 seconds. Compare that with loading a round at a time. About 2-3 seconds per round. 45 seconds may not seem like a long time. But if you’re at a range that charges by the hour, time is money. And I’d rather use those saved minutes shooting rather than loading. But that’s me. 

One downside some have with these tubes is is that they are too long to fit into an ammo can. So don’t. Because they’re roughly the same dimensions as your mag-tube, they’ll fit comfortably nestled next to your rifle in your rifle case or bag. As long as it’s legal in your area to transport ammo in the same container as your firearm. It’s not a magazine, it’s a storage tube.

Another criticism folks have is that the tube is very light and thin to fit inside your mag-tube, so it’s not very strong. A single tube could easily bend or break. But there’s strength in numbers. Bundle a couple together with a rubber band or even tape and suddenly a fragile tube becomes a robust bundle.

OLight PL-Mini 2

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There’s a lot to like about this mini tac light. It’s as bright or brighter than some full-sized weapon lights but don’t stick out awkwardly post the muzzle. Speaking of full-sized lights, I found out that the magnetic charger is not compatible with the Olight PL-PRO. So don’t lose the charger or you’re going to have to order another one from Olight. That’s the one main downside with this light, I kinda wish it was USB-C instead.

Overall there’s a lot I like about this light: it’s bright, weighs next to nothing on my pistol, and is easy to manipulate and activate. It’s a lot better than my XC-1. Its closest competitor is the Klarus GL-1 which is about as small, has an adjustable length mounting system, is also 600 lumens but also has a strobe mode. I know some real-life Operators hate strobe (for valid reasons), so if you want a non-strobe compact weapon light go with Valkerie Mini. 

Product Link
Amazon https://amzn.to/3q3GwLl

Specification

  • Output: 600 LM~60 LM
  • Max Runtime: 1hr 50min  
  • Light Source: CW LED
  • Body Material: AL6061-T6 aluminum alloy
  • Dimensions:
  • Length: 2.07 in /52.5 mm
  • Width: 1.26 in / 32 mm
  • Height: 1.28 in / 32.5 mm
  • Weight: 2.57 oz/ 73g
  • Battery Source: Built-in LiPoly Battery
  • Waterproof: IPX6
  • Impact Resistance(m):1 meters

CMMG Bravo AR 22LR Conversion Kit & Accuracy Test

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The CMMG Bravo allows you to quickly and easily convert your 5.56mm chambered AR to fire inexpensive 22LR cartridges, without having to change your barrel or receiver. All for the price of a premium Bolt-Carrier group. 

Installation is simple. Pop out your receiver pin and removing your existing AR bolt and install the Bravo like a Bolt Carrier group. If you need to learn how to take out your Bolt Carrier Group. Swap out your existing bolt for the Bravo and you’re done. Next just load the Bravo mags with the 22LR of your choice. The mags are physically the same size and shape as a 30rnd AR magazine and will fit in your magwell or pouches. 

We’re trying out 3 popular 22 brands and see how they perform and their accuracy with 3” targets at 50yrds. Setting up 3” targets at 50yrds, the first step was finding a new zero which was going to be different than with a 556 cartridge. I had to re-adjust my scope about 4 Mil lower and a Mil or two to the left. 

I started the test with my most reliable ammo: CCI Mini-Mags 36 grain Copper Plated Hollow Points

CCI 
Mini-Mag 
36gr CPHP
1260fps

Like many, CCI is my go-to benchmark. It’s the most expensive ammo in this test but not by much. With better than average accuracy and reliability, it is the only mass-market ammo that consistently and reliably performs in both my rifles and pistols. 

Next, I tried Federal AutoMatch. 

Federal 
AutoMatch 
40gr LRN
1200fps

The only Lead Round Nose bullet in this test. Another reason I included AutoMatch is that Federal originally designed this cartridge function better in AR-style 22 rifles. Ironically, the one failure to fire that occurred in this test, occurred with Automatch. It didn’t appear to be a light strike. And the round fired after rotating it 90º. 

Finally, I tried Aguila Super Extra High Velocity, a 40gr Copper Plated round nose. 

Aguila
Super Extra HV
40gr CPRN
1255fps

Aquila Super Extra is my everyday ammo for my other 22 rifles. It provides excellent performance for value with the lowest Cost-Per-Round of the three ammo tested.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a strong enough pop to cycle reliably many pistols.

In a 10 round average, CCI came out with the tightest groups. Aguila came in 2nd, and Federal Auto Match came in distant 3rd. But all three are good plinking rounds depending on the size of your plates at 25 to 50yrds. 

CCI Mini-Mags
Group Size: 3.3MOA

Federal AutoMatch
Group Size: 6.38MOA

Aguila Super Extra
Group Size: 4.65MOA

But at 100yrds it’s a different story. Due to the faster twist rate of an AR barrel, 22’s start to tumble off and shots were landing all over the place especially the Federal AutoMatch. So I recommend sticking to 50yrds. 

CONCLUSIONS

Here’s some things you should be aware of. Using the Bravo leaves more fouling in your AR because 22 rimfire is dirtier round than 556 and it’s a blowback design. The manufacturer recommends firing a single 556 round through your AR after using the Bravo to clean out your gas tube. They also recommend using copper-plated rounds like the CCI Mini-Mag and Aguila Super Extra HV to reduce lead fouling in your barrel. The Bravo functions better with a light film of lubricant. I experience some failures to feed initially because I fired it bone dry out of the box.   

Taking a closer look we see how the Bravo functions by separating into two parts. The back half of the bolt blows back. The 22 cartridge feeds into an inner chamber in the front section and the bullet fires out through the tip which is shaped like a 556 cartridge, and designed to fit in your AR’s barrel chamber. 

 
Due to this split design, the bolt hold-open paddle in your AR will not work nor will the forward assist. But your charging handle work normally. The current version of the Bravo magazines features a last-round bolt open.

So first the negatives. Accuracy. For the price, you could buy a Marlin 60 which is a far more accurate 22LR rifle. A Bravo converted AR is not going to be as accurate as your AR is normally because of the barrel twist the slightly smaller bullet diameter. But on the plus side, it’s decent plinking 50yrds. 

You’ll be able to practice and train with your existing AR with all of its accessories that you’re used to, the grip, optics, etc. The best reason to get a Bravo is the cost benefits shooting 22. Granted, as we saw with recent events, during an ammo panic, 22 can be hard to get. It’s still easier to find 22LR than 556 and it’s still far, far cheaper even with jacked up panic prices. 

And if you got something out of this video, please share this review on your favorite forum, blog, or on social media. 

PRODUCT LINK

25rnd Bravo: https://bit.ly/3sM21SU

10rnd Bravo (CA, NY Compliant): https://bit.ly/3bXD7tH

OPSMEN Earmor M31 Review

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Retailing at around $49, these headsets are about the same price as Walker Razors and Howard Leight Impact Sports. They have been supplied for this review by Opsman and Evike.com and I found them to have the best features of both the Razors and Leights; the directional stereo sound of the Howard Leights and the superior AUX audio sound or Razors (actually a bit better audio than Razor).

One sore point (literally) was that the extra-soft earpads didn’t provide sufficient spacing for my ears. They would pinch against the inside of the earcups and became uncomfortable after about 30 minutes of wearing. I replaced the foam pads with supplied gel pads which relieves the issue slightly. I suggested a larger plastic frame spacer to the OPSMEN, or simply thicker pads. I hope they offer this as an option soon.

These low profile Electronic Hearing Protectors feature a noise reduction rating of 22 decibels. 2 x AAA batteries power the unit for up to 350hrs. And if you forget to turn off the unit before putting them away, it has an auto-shutoff after 4hrs. 

They’re reminiscent of MSA Sordins combat headsets but with an unusual asymmetrical slant. They’re designed with this angle so that the earcup rests against your rifle stock. It’s an effective design solution to the problem of noise leak due to a pushed earcup when you’re using iron sights.  

PURCHASE ONLINE
M31 on Evike.com: https://bit.ly/EarmorM31
M31 Gel Pads: https://bit.ly/2VcJPlO
On Amazon: https://amzn.to/33ml3EA

SPECS 

  • NRR 22
  • 3 volume levels: Low, Med, High  
  • Sound Cut Off: ≥82 dB  
  • Power: 2xAAA
  • 350hr runtime
  • 4 hours auto shut-off
  • IPX-5 Water Resistant
  • 3.5mm jack AUX jack

The best $500 you can spend in airsoft: a Gunpower SMT Review

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SMT Gunpower
This $500 electronic target game and training system (Smart Monitor Target) from Korea and available exclusively in the US at Evike. This is a stand-alone electronic game/training device is an impact sensitive 24” LCD screen that can accurately record BB hits to score and time the shooter.


PRODUCT LINK
http://bit.ly/2JcfxgO

Features

  • Vertical standing monitor
  • Adjustable stand, can be made as tall or as short as the shooter would prefer
  • Avoid going outside for target practice, practice within the safety of your own home
  • Easy to set up and get started
  • Various targets to choose from, with up to 6 unique targets
  • Test yourself and practice shooting with an individualized scoring system
  • BBs resistant screen and sensors ensures reusability

Recommended Airsoft Weapon Specs

  • FPS Under 400 (measured with 0.25g BBs)
  • BB weight under .30g
  • Minimum Distance 6ft
  • Semi-Only


The level of complexity to assemble the unit wasn’t quite IKEA level in terms of difficulty. But setting it up the first time was a bit of work. With practice, you can get down to about 3-5 minutes. It includes an Allen wrench but I found the screws on the stand to be waaaay tight. Other reviewers have reported similar problems out of the box. I recommend a good ratchet to get them loose. I used a rubber mallet.

The stand pieces are very heavy-duty and robust.

It boots up automatically when plugged in and turned on. The screen is protected by a special flexible, replaceable, plexiglass screen which also slows down BB’s and eliminates all but a few rare ricochets. But you should still, always wear eye-protection when using this with any airsoft weapon. 

You control it using the button master-control pad which is connected to the unit with a supplied 10m USB cable. You can also shoot at the screen and control it like a giant touch screen but lightly tapping or pressing on the screen doesn’t work. It only responds to hard, fast impacts, like BB hits. 

The unit has 11 target games or modes. I understand there are future games in development and the unit is software upgradable though I don’t have any information as to how that’s going to be implemented or when it will roll out. 9 options are game or competition based some of whom are 2-player. The unit also has 2 unscored and untimed targets for zeroing optics and general accuracy training. 

TARGET MODES

Aiming: A time based accuracy game. In a grid of 12 circle targets a random target will glow briefly and you must hit that target before the stops glowing. You’ll be presented with a total of 20 targets. Your score is based on your time plus penalty time for misses. 

Command 1: Is a long and challenging arcade style shooting drill using numbers and shapes. At the start of each stage you’re given a set of 3 numbers and shapes to shoot among 5 tarets. You have 5 shots per stage. Fail to hit all 3 of your targets or hit the wrong one and you lose a life. You have 3 lives to complete all 25 stages.  

Criminal: Law-enforcement style “bad guy” target with a limit of 10 shots on the target and scored hit zone. This mode is best used with a user created challenges such as forced a mag changes or the shooter change cover locations to fire on the SMT. 

Flip Flop: A 2-player game where you claim hex spaces on the game board with a correctly placed shot on a highlighted target. You’re given 3 shots per turn. You’re goal is to turn the entire board to your color. Miss and you could turn your hex over to your opponents color. This game is very competitive but is best played with 2-players. 

Hostage: Similar to “Criminal” target but with a “no-shoot” hostage with a total of 10 shots scored on hit zones on the ‘bad guy’. If you hit the hostage, you get points deducted. 

Shot Time: IPSC style target surrounded by smaller target ‘steels’ with various number values. You have a total of 10 shots per round and you’re scored by accuracy and split times. Like the Criminal and Hostage targets, this game improves when you user imposes shooting challenges like manditory mag relods. 

Target: Is a simple target bullseye and hunting animal silhouettes. You have 10 shots per round with no time limit, and your scored on shot placement on the central bullseye target. 

Training 1: Is one of 2 games that allows you to network together additional SMT screens and presenting the the target on different screens. You’re presented a series of IPSC paper targets, a no-shoot, and steel poppers.Your score is based on your time. 

Training 2: Also has a multi-screen option. In this game you have a series of steel reactive targets and challenge trees. Your score is based on your time to complete. 

Zeroing: Paper target design 1 for zeroing optics 

Zeroing1: Paper target similar to Zeroing but with a 5 shot limit per round. The target measures the size of your 5-shot group. This info is helpful in measuring the effects of changing weapon peramiters such as BB weight or brand used. Or changings to your hop-up or barrel. 

INSIGHTS AND ISSUES

Before we get started, do me a favor and hit the LIKE button and if this is the first time watching Moondog Industries, please hit the SUBSCRIBE button, it encourages me to make more videos like this. And if you liked something or disliked something in the video, let me know in the COMMENTS. 

Ok, so I’ve been playing with this thing for a couple of days and I found somethings I really like and some room for improvement. Thanks again to I want to thak Evike.com for sending this unit  for me to review. They wanted my unbiased feedback on how to improve it so I’m going to tell you what I told them. 

Screws in the stand are way too tight out of the box. I think the factory painted them after they put the screws in place. It was a pain to loosen them to assemble the stand. 

Also the assmebly instructions. The set screw mentioned in Step #6 really needs to be installed in Step #2 or else you’re going to have to unscrew other connector you just got finished installing to align it properly. It’s needless extra work. 

Next the BB catch tray install isn’t adequately explained and illustrated in the instructions. I eventually figured out you have pull out the arms insert them into small slots on the sides of the screen. And then attach the rubber side panels which have magnets on them. This helps catch ricochets. I was shooting form about 10ft away with a 350fps AEG with 0.25g BBs and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the plexi screen slowed down the BB’s and it seemed like over 90% of my BB’s landed in the catch tray instead the floor. 

I had fun with just 1 unit and while it would be nice to have more than one, I gotta wonder why they designed them to network with ethernet cables and a wired hub. This isn’t the 1990’s, why didn’t they build in wifi or bluetooth into them?

One thing people may balk at is the price of $500. But when you consider that’s the price of a high-end customized AEG or two average AEGS, well that’s not outrageous. If you already have a bunch of airsoft guns already, I’d consider this a better use of funds than buying yet another rifle. In fact it’s the most fun I’ve had shooting an airsoft gun, without actually skirmishing with other people. Especially for folks in parts of the country where you can’t play airsoft during the winter months. It really is a great training tool. 

And if your a family man and need another excuse, yes it even works with Nerf guns. So you could claim you’re buying it for the kids. You’re welcome.

So is it worth it? That’s ultimately up to you. I hope this video helped you decide. If you want to pick one up yourself, please use the evike link in my video description. My channel gets a little commission if you do. If you don’t that’s cool too. Just do me a favor and share this video with somebody who you think might be interested. 

Again, that’s for watching. Play safe. 

Moondog Out.
 

Gloryfire Electronic Earmuffs Review

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The Gloryfire Electronic Shooting Earmuffs are budget-oriented hearing protection that sport features found on EarPro that costs twice as much. Strikingly similar in physical appearance to Howard Light Impact Sports, their audio performance makes them more than just cheap rip-offs. 

AMAZON LINK

Gloryfire Earmuffs: https://amzn.to/3qQWBp2

December 2020 MoTac Giveaway

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I’ll be giving away two prize packages from Missouri Tactical. I ended up with two extra sets of rail covers after completing my review video of MoTac’s rail covers and I wanted to give them away to my viewers as a thank you for watching my YouTube reviews.

There are 8 options for you to enter for a chance to win:
https://gleam.io/17DU8/december-2020-motac-giveaway



PRIZE PACKAGE Alpha
• A signed Missouri Tactical ARecoil Pad modified by me for my Sub2K Recoil Hacks video
• Missouri Tactical Picatinny Rail covers

PRIZE PACKAGE Bravo
• A signed Missouri Tactical Sub2000 Recoil Pad
• Missouri Tactical M-Lok Rail covers

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