UTG Ambidextrous Holster Review

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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 Review

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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 Sport

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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

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 Review

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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 which is a plus.

In many ways, this would be the perfect portable speaker save one; bass. Despite what appeared to be a woofer 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. My tiny 24W Tribit speaker is louder and more thumping but lacks the sync to a microphone. https://amzn.to/3qQStED

Marmot Brass Catcher Review

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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.

KonPCoiu Bodycam Review 4-month Update

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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.

Lenofocus 008 Mini Bodycam Review

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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

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