When I was younger I fancied myself a “Glock” man. In all of the debates with my friends I held true to my Glock fandom and that there wasn’t a 1911 on the face of this earth that could sway me. I have grown up a lot since then and I have experienced one or maybe two more guns since I was a youth. As I have matured and become a reviewer, I know that my tastes and knowledge has grown with me. I have been on the hunt for a 1911 that I could put the Atticus James stamp of approval on for about 2 years now, and I can say I have finally found it. Side Story Before I get to reviewing this gun I wanted to share a story with you. As some of you know, I name my guns like they are my children and each … What you’re missing….
At SHOT Show 2014 I met Clay Rhoden one of the co-founders of TARGETVISION at media day at the range. Having just finished reviewing a similar short range target camera viewing system, I was interested in seeing what TARGETVISION had done differently. Two of the most noticeable things I first saw was that it was a self contained camera and wireless transmitter housed in a plastic tube vs. the tool box the other company uses. The other thing was the HD camera that they use. There were three items total that were shipped to me. The camera system, the charging cord and a small tripod that the camera screws into. This means there isn’t much to misplace. This is a big thing for me since I carry a large amount of gear to the range. When I first used the camera, the picture (seen below) was blurry. I called the … What you’re missing….
I suck at shooting. There I have admitted it, they always say the first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem. Now I could bore you with all kinds of completely legitimate excuses reasons why I suck. I could tell you it is because the ammo we use is cheap and doesn’t have the correct tracking software installed for the paper targets we use. I could also tell you it is because the large hadron collider causes abnormal parallaxes in the scope making me see the bullseye 6 inch low. Maybe I could tell you it is because my parents told me from a young age that if I didn’t eat all my brussel sprouts I would grow up to be a poor shot. All of these excuses reasons are one hundred and seven percent accurate and my reason for my lousy groupings. But today I want … What you’re missing….
As I discussed in the review of my Windham .308 AR, I am someone who likes to be able to get as much meat on a charging handle as possible. I want to be able to grip and rip when I am running my rifle and the milspec charging handle is just too small in my opinion. When I have to pull back a .308 bolt carrier group, I want to be able to do that without losing grip. The old saying of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” came to mind a lot during my research phase of changing the charging handle on Windham .308 AR. My AR-15 (AWS ZA-15) came with a Mecharmor TacOps-1 charging handle. I fell in love with it the first time I racked the bolt back. I have used the Mecharmor charging handle in my training and I have committed the feel to … What you’re missing….
I have been shooting for years now and it seems every year I add more and more gear to my daily range carry. A few people have asked what I carry. I will not be discussing the gear we use for reviewing, such as cameras and laptops and other gear as that isn’t what my true daily range carry consist of. When I first starting shooting alone (pre GearsofGuns.com) I carried a backpack with ammo, eye and ear protection, a bottle of water and shooting gloves plus the firearms and their respectful cases. Fast forward to 2015 and I carry: 6-10 long rifle cases each holding 1-8 firearms, Multiple of different slings, holsters and shooting gloves, Chest Rig An ice chest with food and water, Full Tool box Full med kit, 5+ ammo cans and cases of ammo, Spotting scope, Spotting camera with iPad, A box of targets.My EDC Backpack … What you’re missing….
There is a saying that I truly love and believe in. “A firearm is only a tool, I am the weapon”. It is not a secret that the firearm community fights for what we believe in. We just won a battle to keep an agency from banning common bullets. New plants are being built in the USA because they were banned from importing their firearms into the United States of America. We as a community fight for what we believe in. Our industry has used the power of emails to our government officials to successfully fight for our God given rights. Great job, lets keep up this up and remind our government that they work for us. Tweet