AXTS RAPTOR CHARGING HANDLE TALON SAFETY SELECTOR QD END PLATE REVIEW

Today we talk about how my spine looks like an AXTS Raptor charging handle. AXTS has sent us out the awesome Talon Safety Selector switch, QD endplate and my new Raptor charging handle for the #WindhamProject.

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The #WindhamProject is a Windham Weaponry RMCS-4 AR which is chamber in 5.56, .300BLK, 7.62x39mm, 9mm and .22lr. We have grabbed some of the most awesome parts of the gun industry to help us better customize this rifle and show you how to can turn this rifle from something awesome to something EPIC and drool worthy at the range.

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Video Tuesday!!!Blackhawk Cutaway Omega Vest and TacProGear Review

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Sometimes you just need a big knife and tactical vest. This is one of those times. Like I said, I do really like the gear. However, as someone who was never military or a three gun shooter, I don’t really care all that much to wear MOLLE, unless I have a need for it. This vest has been coming in real handy while reviewing the #WindhamProject.  We are firing thousands of rounds through this rifle. The MOLLE vest makes it easier to keep mags closer for speedier reload time.

Something I failed to mention about this vest, is that is it mainly made with a mesh body.  That makes this vest breathable. This is nice in the Texas sun when you are wearing it for hours on end.

I also keep my Leatherman MUT on my vest, which you can see on the left hand side of the screen when looking at the vest.

The video below is of the OPSGEAR guys using the cutaway system.

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The Operators Suppressor Systems (O.S.S.)

“110 year old suppression technology does not perform for modern operators. The next generation in suppression is here.” – Operators Suppressor Systems

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An Intro to Suppressors

Since we are on the topic of suppressors, let’s shed some light on the new suppressors in the market with a quick simple introduction.

The suppressors I am talking about is the patented Generation V Flow Through Technology, made by Operators Suppressor Systems located in Murray, Utah.

Introduced at ShotShow 2016

First introduced at ShotShow 2016, the Generation V Flow-Through Technology, is a patented state of the art suppressor.  I believe this will change how suppressors will be built for the years to come.

The Elite

Right now there are two types of OSS suppressors in the market. The first type is the Elite.  The Elite is built for a fully automatic rate of fire. The Elite can withstand six cycles of 8 thirty round magazines with 5.56 ammunition on full auto. This suppressor is forged to withstand the extremes of full-auto fire.

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 The Helix

The next suppressor in the market is the Helix.  The Helix is designed and built for tactical, professional, hunting, and sport shooters demanding the best reduction. The “plug and play” also makes it convenient for you to fit on the barrel.

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Calibers

The available calibers in Elite, and Helix are;

5.56

7.62/30 Cal.

The .338, 50 Cal. and “Machine Gun” calibers are still being tested.  These calibers are scheduled to be released later this year.

The Helix and the Elite suppressor designs are both exclusively designed with the patented Generation V Flow-Through Technology and the rights are owned to Operators Suppressor Systems.

Stay tuned on how these suppressors work!

 

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Matt and the H&K 45

A New Writer is in the House!

Hello my name is Matthew. Today I’m mostly going to be talking about the H&K-45 tactical. For starters I have been an avid shooter since Boy Scouts, 14 years ago. I have thoroughly enjoyed shooting many different guns. Boy Scouts was mostly limited to rifles.

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First Handgun

One day I decided it was about time for my first handgun. So I hit the range and started renting guns.

Experimenting with Different Rentals

The first gun I picked out of the case was the S&W M&P. Then I saw the F&N 45 Tactical staring me down. I came back a little disappointed.

A Kind Range Officer

The range officer said here, try this out. He handed me a beautiful H&K 45, as I put a firm grip onto the HK I fell in love. Never have I felt such a comfortable grip in a pistol.

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I went and blew through a hundred rounds very quickly. I went to find myself more ammo. Needless to say I purchased the gun for my birthday a month later.

At first sight, this gun is slick and very attractive. H&K did not stop with just the cosmetics; the internals are very well done and sturdy.

2000 Round Experience

In the past year I have put at least 2000 rounds through this gun , cleaning it, every two months. I have not had a FTF or FTE yet. To me this is expected from H&K, especially when compared to the Mark23.

Comfort Counts

The ergonomics and interchangeable back strap make this one of the most comfortable handguns on the market. I constantly pull 3-inch groups at 25 yards with this gun. The real enjoyment comes from putting the AAC-TI-Rant 45 suppressor on the end.

Attention on Deck

This package makes for one sweet shooting gun at the range. The attention it draws as well is pretty impressive. It has the recoil of a 5.7 but the punch of a 45 down range. This is mostly due to the dual recoil springs. Just another one of many features I love about this gun.

My top 10 favorite things about this gun

1. Ergonomics
2. Accuracy
3. Reliability
4. Ease of breakdown
5. The amount of variations
6. Ambidextrous controls
7. Cosmetics
8. Threaded barrel
9. Recoil
10. Child safety lock

Safe|Fun|Reliable

Overall this gun was one of my best buys I have made. It serves as a go to defense weapon in and out of the house. I trust my life with this gun, that’s how reliable it is. The H&K 45 is safe, reliable, and fun to shoot. There not much more you could ask for in a handgun.

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My Brightest Review Yet!

The LED Lenser X21R.2 Review

 

If you think you can handle a review half as powerful as the SUN, click here to see the video review of this monster flashlight.

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I did finally figure out the answer to why… BECAUSE.

 

 

Introducing Pelican Carry-on Elite Luggage

Pelican Luggage First Look

 

As you might know I have a second review website for “All Things Guy”  at AtticusJames.com.

I am very excited to review the new 22” Elite Carry-on From Pelican.

You can find the video here.

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Windham Project April Update

The True Stock Options

The True Stock Options

Checking out the latest review products for the #WindhamProject

Hogue Shipped:

AR-15/M-16 Kit – Finger Groove Beavertail Pistol Grip and OverMolded Collapsible Buttstock – In Red Lava Rubber

Vltor Shipped:

  • (6 Stocks in total)
  • (1) Green IMOD Stock
  • (1) Tan IMOD Stock
  • (1) Black IMOD Stock
  • (1) Green EMOD Stock
  • (1) Tan EMOD Stock
  • (1) Black EMOD Stock

WMD Guns Shipped:

Shipped their new NiB-X Black Full Auto 5.56 Bolt Carrier Group with a NiB Hammer for the trigger assembly.
Its been a wet spring, so I’m just waiting for things to dry out to be able to head to the range.

 

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Atticus James Canon T5i Unboxing Video

Atticus James Canon EOS Rebel T5i EF-S 18-55 IS STM Kit Unboxing

I am always excited to play with new camera gear and just gear in general. After a few months feeling naked
without my DSLR I finally found a great deal online to replace my Canon T4i.

Stay tuned for future reviews using this camera.

Click here For the Unboxing Video.

#WindhamProject Update

What:

The Windham Project is the new Windham Weaponry RMCS-4 which is a Multi Caliber System built on the AR-15 platform and designed after the MGI Hydra. The rifle is chambered in

  1. 1. 5.56×45/.223Remington Standard AR Mag)
  2. 2. .300 AAC Blackout (Standard AR mag)
  3. 3. 7.62×39 (using an AK Mag)
  4. 4. 9mm (Using a Colt SMG Mag
  5. 5. .22LR (Using the CMMG .22 Conversion kit)

The idea behind our project is to build out an AR-15 using the Windham Weaponry RMCS-4 as the base and build out the parts to make this rifle more rounded out by using various parts from the industry.

Who:

Outside of Windham Weaponry supplying the rifle, we have a few companies who have already sent us a piece for the review.

  • · CAA – Flip up iron sights
  • · CMMG – .22 Conversion with two (25) round mags
  • · AXTS – Raptor Charging Handle, Talon Ambi Safety, and QD end plate
  • · Federal Ammunition – American Eagle 9mm and American Eagle subsonic .300AAC Blackout
  • · WMD Guns – *NEW* NiB BCG
  • · Hogue Overmolded Lava Red Pistol Grip and 6 position rifle stock

Future Plans:

We will be reviewing this rifle for 1 year. We will be reviewing each additional product sent to us, on their own in an individual review, as well as part of the final overall #WindhamProject review.

We are looking for parts that fall under the RMCS-4 parts that would be considered “stock parts” i.e. the stock, pistol grip, BCGs*, products of that nature.

End Goal:

We love the idea that Windham has for this rifle and we just want to have fun and see what else we can do with it. Our end all goals are to build an AR that is chambered in as many calibers as possible through either a barrel change or full upper receiver (in a case such as a .50BMG upper or a piston based upper or pistol caliber outside of 9mm)

Windham has built a platform that we believe is great for someone who may be limited on space and would like to own more than one rifle but space permitting is just not feasible. We want to expand on that idea. IMG_0050

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A Six Sided Review Of Hexmags

Introduction

If you haven’t heard about or seen Hexmag’s by now you are missing out. For those of us who shoot AR style rifles or platforms that use AR style mags, know we have a large market when it comes to magazines. With manufacturers such as Magpul, Lancer, Surefire and X Products, we have an option, not only in companies but also in style, capacity and material.

A Six Sided Review Of Hexmags

I had seen and used a few Hexmag’s prior to requesting a few for review from Hexmag. I am fond of polymer mags for the simple reason: there are never any failures to feed due to metal on metal friction when firing steel cased ammo.

Reliability

As I said, my personal most common Failure To Feed (FTF also failure to fire) is caused because I prefer to use steel cased ammo to do my reviews. My OOW Browning 1919 hates steel cased, ironically my SUREFIRE 60 round casket mag is about as good as a paperweight when loaded with steel cased and on hot days my C Products Defense mags will stick every 100 rounds or so. My only metal mag that does not care is my X Products X-15 Drum. Being in Texas, if I want a mag to function 99% of the time, I am left with no options but to mostly use polymer mags.

Hexmag is an all polymer body and follower with a steel spring.   This means for me, that I have a mag that doesn’t care what ammo it is feeding and just wants to keep running.

In my testing, I never had a single FTF, much less a single hiccup in the 3000+ rounds we have fired using these mags.

Grip Tape, Accessories and Design

Hexmag, as you can see, has a hexagonal pattern on the body of the mag. This goes in the opposite direction of most mags, that use the “waffle” design. Damn… now I am hungry for a Belgian waffle.

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As more people are now training and using “tactical” gear, I am noticing a trend of more companies offering better grips for everything from pistols to magazines. I haven’t gotten into this trend. I have reviewed a grip tape for my Glock 21 and as I said back then it just isn’t something I care about. I do know however that to a lot of people, it does matter. Hexmag has jumped on the bandwagon early and is just straight up offering the die cut (or whatever the proper term might be for precut) grip tape that matches the hexagonal shapes on their awesome mags.

You might be sitting there thinking, what kind of accessories might they offer? I mean Magpul offers their Magpul and ranger plates so what really could Hexmag offer that is even worth talking about?  Yup I am talking about multiple colors for the follower and base plate button release.

WHAT!?! GAME CHANGER! I mean who doesn’t want “Panther Pink” AR mag parts? I know I don’t!… Wait, I do like this idea… hold up. By having my mags color coded I can identify my match grade bench ammo and my M193 ammo without worrying about getting my mags mixed up? I’m in!

 

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The “HexID System” is pretty smart. You are not painting your magazines but you have an easy identifier to tell you what you are shooting. Some of us might not even think we would need or use this until we have them.

I shoot mostly steel case but I know on more than one occasion, I have been testing different ammo and needed to keep my loaded mags marked, so I know what I was working on. I also have experienced a few times where I have been running .300Blackout and 5.56x45mm guns on the same table using the same mag brands. We have to keep everything separated so we never cross mags in the guns.

HEXID SYSTEM

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Testing

I want to tell you about all the amazing testing that we did. I drove over the magazine. That’s it. Oh and I shot 3000+ rounds using only 2 Hexmags over the course of 5 hours.

Yeah.

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Color options

HOLY BANANAS! They have 4 different colors to choose from and each color is more exciting than the last! They offer black, a tan-ish black, a lighter hue of black (some of ya’ll less “fashion forward” as I might call “dark gray”), and amazing tint of olive black that is so olive black you might even call it an olive drab.

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Conclusion

Would I recommend Hexmag? Maybe. I don’t know… let me turn it back on you! Do you like interchangeable followers and base plate buttons to help you ID your mag from a mag pouch? What about mags that can withstand a Ford F250 loaded to bear with guns and gear driving over mags while on crushed rock that will stand up to the test and not bend or break? What about four different colors of black on AWESOME mags? I am not trying to sway your opinions of Hexmag. I just personally think there is one more 30 round polymer mag on that market that can stand next to someone like Magpul.

Seriously, 3000+ rounds over the course of 5 hours and I didn’t experience a single problem. We drove over one of the mags mid way through testing and still no hiccups.  Excuse me now, I am adding some Hexmags to my Christmas wish list.

Meade Wilderness In Full Scope

Meade Instruments Wilderness™ Spotting Scope – 20-60x100mm Review

Meade Instruments Wilderness™ Spotting Scope - 2060x100mm Review

The Prologue

While visiting with one of my cousins on a recent layover in Dallas, we started talking about her sister who works for Meade Instruments in the marketing department. I went home and checked out Meade’s site. I had found they had a few sporting optics. I wondered why I had never heard of Meade before. I explored the website further and I looked into their sports optics. I found their target audience to lean more in the general sporting optics needs and astronomy.

I called my cousin and she set me up with a Meade Instruments Wilderness 20-60x100mm spotting scope. I requested the largest scope they make because we are trying to see 6 to 8mm holes at 200 yards. My general rule of thumb is, the bigger the optic the better chance of making out what we just hit.

Specs

  • Meade high-quality, 20-60 power, zoom porro prism binoculars deliver years of use.
  • Large 100mm objective gathers plenty of light for bright detailed images.
  • All Wilderness spotters feature high index BaK-4 prisms and high-quality, precision ground lenses that are coated with multiple layers of anti-reflection coatings to provide optical performance that is equal to, or better than any spotting scope in its class.
  • Each Wilderness spotting scope features a sliding sunshade to further reduce glare.
  • A rugged rubber armor covering protects your Wilderness spotting scope from abrasions and damage from regular use.
  • All Wilderness Series spotting scopes are waterproof, fog-proof, and nitrogen purged to ensure many years of performance regardless of the environment.
  • All Wilderness spotting scopes come standard with the soft case and camera adapter (requires T-Mount, not included).

I asked if they manufactured any of the scope parts or glass in the United States and sadly the answer is no as they manufacture in Mexico and China.

Testing

I used this scope during all of our range trips as well as during the September 2015 blood moon eclipse. We were fortunate enough to be able to see that event clearly here in Texas.

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I own only one tripod. All of the others are owned by Clay, our videographer. My tripod is a super expensive one, a $9 deal, that I picked up on Amazon a few years back. I have only used cameras with this tripod prior to this and it had always been fine for that use.

This tripod however did not work well with the Meade Instruments spotting scope. The weight and balance of the Meade scope needs a better built tripod. With that said, the only time this was a big problem was when we used it for the lunar eclipse. Trying to keep the scope centered on the moon was challenging.

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During all of our range trips, the scope was clear and crisp when defining each shot taken at 200yds. We only ran into trouble using it to define each hole in the paper at 300yds.

Final Thoughts

If you are planning on using this scope I would recommend a stronger tripod first and foremost. The scope performed well for us up to 200yards and that was our max. The MSRP is $380. I found the price of this scope to be about $260 online, which is a fair price in my opinion, for the quality of the scope. The scope comes with a carrying bag. As someone who had to carry out two trucks worth of gear for an average range day, I would definitely want to replace the bag with a hard case with foam. I like to keep my gear protected.

Led Lenser F1R 1000 Lumen Flashlight Review

I have been provided the materials needed for this review. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Led Lenser F1R 1000 Lumen Flashlight Review

I spend most nights doing things like going to the gym or grocery shopping or working so it has become automatic for me to grab one of my many flashlights before heading out the door, day or night. I like to carry at least one flashlight on me at all times. You just never know when you are going to need it.

If you asked one of my friends or family they would probably all say the same thing when it comes to me and flashlights. “Atticus must be afraid of the dark with all the different flashlights he has around him”.

A few months ago I acquired an LED Lenser F1R flashlight for review because of it size and lumens. While 130 lumens works great, I like to have the brightest damn light possible in my pocket. LED Lenser is part of the Leatherman brand so I trust their products to be reliable.

The Packaging

This is a great gift item. It is packaged for gift giving. You open it and it keeps on giving. Nicely designed LED Lenser!

Specs

· LENGTH: 4.53 in | 115 mm
· WEIGHT: 4.23 oz | 120 g
· BATTERY TYPE: 1 x 18650 Li-ion
· RECHARGEABLE: Yes
· RECHARGE TIME: 7h

Includes:
· Cleaning Cloth
· Brush
· Charging Station
· Variable Clip
· Tactical Ring
· Replacement O-Ring

1000 lumens packed into a 4.2 oz, HA III anodized package won’t disappoint, no matter the job, mission, or activity. The rechargeable lithium ion battery supports this high power LED for 3 hours on high along with integrated roll protection, interchangeable glass breaking ring, IPX8 waterproof housing, and a convenient battery charging station. The F1R brings a new standard in compact flashlights.

 

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Overall Thoughts

The battery life is great, the size and weight make this flashlight comfortable to carry in your pant pocket, the different modes of lumens is perfect for any job, the battery is a common enough battery you can pick up rechargeables online easily.

Something that I really loved is that the light comes with a battery AND a charger. When it comes to batteries that are not your standard AA or AAA or CR123 I find that I am more apt to look at a different flashlight if it does not come in one of those three types or a rechargeable battery and charger.

The charger is a USB plug so you can use your Smartphone cable adaptor or just charge from your computer. Options… I like that.

Nikon Monarch 3 6-24×50 SF Matte BDC Review

I have been provided the materials needed for this review. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

I had no clue Nikon made sport optics prior to going to my first SHOT Show. I only knew Nikon as the company who had made my last 3 digital cameras and outside of that I really didn’t know anything else.

The Nikon Monarch 3 6-24×50 SF Matte BDC

Nikon Monarch 3 6 24x50 Matte BDC Review

Specs

•       Magnification: 6-24x
Objective Diameter: 50mm
Exit Pupil: 2.1-8.3mm
Field of View: 4.2-16.8 ft @ 100 yds
Tube Diameter – Other: 1 in
Eye Relief: 4in
Objective Outside Diameter: 57.3mm
Eyepiece Outside Diameter: 44mm
Weight: 20.5 oz
Overall Length: 15.5 in
Adjustment Graduation – Other: 1/8 in
Max Internal Adjustment: 30 MOA
Parallax Setting – Other: 50 yds – ∞
Side Focus: Yes
Waterproof/Fogproof: Yes
Spot On Custom Turret: Yes
Parallax Adjustment: Yes
Matte Finish: Yes
Use: Centerfire Long Range
Reticle: BDC (Bullet Drop Compensator)
 
 
 

The Rifle and Scope Combo

I am not a distance shooter, but I enjoy the time spent practicing. With that said, I do not at this time, see a reason for me to spend $10,000 on a rifle and optics because I don’t shoot farther than 400 yards.
I just need a good bolt action and clear optic that will let me see 400 yards. I have mounted this Nikon Monarch 3 6-24×50 SF Matte BDC on my Mossberg ATR .308 which came with a inexpensive optic. The scope that came with the Mossberg was okay and worked out to 200 yards but it just was not a good scope for anything past that.
I wanted a scope to replace the old one and let me ring the gong at a distance.

In the Box

Nikon does not want to just give you the normal scope and paperwork. They want make sure you, the consumer, get what I like to call: the happy meal.
Open the box and be happy to see: Monarch 6-24×50 Side Focus Matte BDC, Nikon sunshade, Nikon low-profile adjustments with caps, target-style high profile knobs with caps and tapered easy grip knobs.
This means the scope comes with the inclusion of two additional sets of turrets.  One set is a high profile (tall) turret for target and tactical shooters, (it includes the appropriate size high profile turret caps). You also get a wider style turret, which gives the shooter more real estate to make quick adjustment (the wider turrets do not come with caps).

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The Testing

While I had wanted to send this scope on an Elk hunt on the Wyoming/Colorado Border. We did not have the time to do this before writing the review.
We did not put this scope through any durability testing outside of the normal bouncing it gets inside the pelican case in the bed of the trucks on the dirt roads.
The scope stayed zeroed in every time we pulled it out of the case after driving to the range.

Bullet Drop Compensator Reticle (BDC)

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I like this reticle. Shooting a .308 bolt action using this scope made it easy to shoot at multiple targets at different ranges. 
 

The Turrets

If you have not spend much time behind a tube scope, the turrets on the scope are how you adjust for windage and elevation. The benefit to a scope with turrets is that it allows the shooter to zero the rifle to a distance (We will say 100 yards for the sake the explanation) and then reset the turrets MOA markings to the zero mark so you can always return your scope back to the distance you had it zeroed in for.

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The turrets are not mushy. Each 1/8 inch click is positive and audible making for very noticeable adjustments.
Price
This scope is $699.95 on Nikons’ website, but you can find it online for around $660. The price might not be what a newer shooter would want to spend for their first rifle. For someone who knows how to shoot at longer distance and is looking for a quality scope this price isn’t going to break the bank.
 

Overall Thoughts

Nikon has pleasantly surprised me with a clear, easy to use and affordable scope.
I was very impressed with how clear the glass was. I would say that it is fairly close to the Leupold clarity I have in the multiple scopes I own of theirs.    
The scope has three different style turrets for different types of shooters which is a big bonus in my book.
The quality of the scope meet the expectation set by the price.
I cannot speak to shooting past 400 yards but to that distance I can say this scope was clear and crisp.