Video: Henry Big Boy Steel .357 Magnum Full Review

Henry Big Boy Cover

The Gears crew is no stranger to the Henry Arms lineup of awesome lever actions. When it comes to lever actions, Henry is at the top; for their smooth almost seemingly custom feeling action.

Specs

Big Boy Steel .357 Magnum /.38 Spl
Model Number H012M
1 in 38″ Right Hand rate of twist
Caliber .357 Magnum/.38 Special
Capacity 10 rounds
Length 37.5″
Barrel Length : 20″ round
Weight 7 lbs.
M.S.R.P. $850.00

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Handguns: Shot Show 2016

Here is a collection of what we saw in the handgun arena at the show.  We saw such a variety in sizes, colors and designs that we can only show you a few of the best of the photos of the show.

These photos are just a few of the best photos taken.  They are meant to show the variety of what is to be seen at Shot Show and are not necessarily a reflection of our editorial support.

Handguns

American Derringer:

American Derringer

Collection of American Derringers

 

Cimarron:

Cimarron Revolvers

Cimerron Revolvers

Colt:

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CZ:

CZ Pistols

Eagle:

Eagle

 

European American Amory Corp:

European Amerian Amory Corp Pistols

F LLI PIETTA

F LLI PIETTA Handguns

 

F. LLI PIETTA Revolver

Glock:

Glock 17

Glock 19Glock 42

 

 

 

Glock G36

 

Kahr Arms:

Kahr Arms Dusty Rose Handguns

Metro Arms:

Metro Arms Pistols

Republic Forge:

Republic Forge Handguns

 

Republic Forge Pistols

Ruger:

Ruger Pistols

 

Ruger Revolvers

Sarsilmaz:

Sarsilmaz Handgun

Sarsilmaz Pink and Purple Handguns

 

Smith & Wesson:

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Sphinx:

Sphnix SDP Krypton Duty

Springfield Armory:

Springfield

Taylors & Co:

Taylor's & Co Revolvers

Uberti:

Uberti Revolvers

Atticus James is traveling in India for the month of February.  You can follow his adventures at AtticusJames.com.  In the meantime, he has left all of the photos from Shot Show 2016 for those of us left behind to post for him.  (This would explain any issues with photos being mislabeled.  Apologies in advance if this happens).

EDC & Range Gear: Shot Show 2016

Here is a collection of what we thought were some of the best every day carry items (EDC) and Range Gear that we got photos of at the show.

These photos are just a few of the best photos taken.  They are meant to show the variety of what is to be seen at Shot Show and are not necessarily a reflection of our editorial support.

EDC and Range Gear

Range Gear

must haves include a vehicle

such as theAPE Flambeau

or the lovely Black OPS made for the NRA.

Another Ultimate Range Vehicle

ASYM Ammo:

Asym Presision Ammo

Benchmade Knives:

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Buck Knives:

Buck Knives

CRKT Knives:

CRKT Knives

Gargoyles Shooting Eyewear:

Gargoyles Shooting Eyewear

Helle Knives:

Helle Knives

Lapua Ammo:

Lapua Ammo

Lenser Flashlights and Leatherman Multitools:

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Maxpedition Bags:

Maxpedition Bags & Range Gear

MTM Special Op Watches

MTM Special Ops Watches

Night Core Flashlights:

Nite Core Flashlights

OKC Knives:

OKC Knives

Olight Flashlights:

Olight Flashlights

Plate Carrier:

Plate Carrier

Smith & Wesson Flashlights:

Smith & Wesson Flash Lights

SteelStag Knives:

Steelstag Knives

 

 

 

Atticus James is traveling in India for the month of February.  You can follow his adventures at AtticusJames.com.  In the meantime, he has left all of the photos from Shot Show 2016 for those of us left behind to post for him.  (This would explain any issues with photos being mislabeled.  Apologies in advance if this happens).

Custom Guns: Shot Show 2016

 

Here is a collection of some of the neatest custom guns that we got photos of at the show.  Some of them we know who made them and some we just don’t know.  If you can tell us, please comment and we will update the photo.

These photos are just a few of the best photos taken.  They are meant to show the variety of what is to be seen at Shot Show and are not necessarily a reflection of our editorial support.Custom Guns

Bergana:

Bergara Custom Gun

Cera Coated:

Cera Coated Green

The Gun Co Tribute to Chris Kyle:

Chris Kyle Titatium.308

Boyd Gunstocks

Cool Gunstocks by Boyd

Barrett 82A1:

Custom Engraved Barrett 2A1

CZ 75 SP01 Shadow 9mm

CZ 75 SP01 Shadow Custom

Marlin Custom Shop:

Marlin Custom

POF Tiffany Blue Rifle:

POF Tiffany Co Blue Rifle

Remington Custom Shop:

Remington Custom

Tacsol Custom Shop :

Tacsol Custom 22's

Volguartsen Custom Shop :

Volguartsen Custom

Weatherby Custom Shop:

Weatherby Custom Guns

Custom & Cool Details:

Custom Scroll

Custom RevolverHex Design Dura Coat

Atticus James is traveling in India for the month of February.  You can follow his adventures at AtticusJames.com.  In the meantime, he has left all of the photos from Shot Show 2016 for those of us left behind to post for him.  (This would explain any issues with photos being mislabeled.  Apologies in advance if this happens).

Jesse Kaufman of Black Hills Gunstocks & Engraving

An Artist at Work

Jesse Kaufman of Black Hills Gunstocks and Engraving discusses how he learned his trade and what goes into his engraving.  Watch this interesting interview from Shot Show 2016.

Leatherman Gives a Rundown of New Products

 

Leatherman Gives the Gears crew the rundown on two of their new products for 2016

Watch while we learn about the Skeletool RX and the Knifeless Rebar.

The skeletool RX is a tool to use to respond quickly and safely in emergency situations.  Specialized tools, such as a 154CM deeply serrated blade for more cutting surface on clothing or fibrous materials and carbide glass break bit, makes the Skeletool RX an essential piece of kit for any EMT or first responder.

The new Knifeless Rebar includes 16 of the most popular tools found in the original multi-tool, including: needlenose pliers, regular pliers, saw, ruler, can opener, precision-ground screwdrivers, a Three-sided ground file, replaceable premium steel wire cutters and a bottle opener.

Shot Show 2016 Day Two Round Up

Day Two Round Up

See the top five favs that range from a gun that breaks down into a back pack to a snuf can holder for your rifle?

We also saw ELD, extreme low drag rounds.  And of course what every man needs in his closet is a hanger that will support up to 125 pounds!

Shot Show 2016 has a bit of everything and we are looking forward to discovering more in day 3.  Stay tuned for more coverage!

 

Liberty: The Safest Review Possible

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.

Liberty The Safest Review Possible hdx250

Growing up I learned fairly early on what it means to, “have a guy for that”. Whether it is a Tailor, Locksmith, Camera guy or just that guy who “knows things”. It is a useful trait, to have, finding people who you trust for different things. Plus they generally know someone else for those “situations”.

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I have two locksmiths, one for my lock and key needs and the other for my car, safe and other needs. I have had to rekey 2 of my cars in the past, so it is important to know who you are working with.

While rekeying a car in 2014, I started talking to my Locksmith about different safes for a few of my needs. He told me flat out, “you want Liberty for all of your gun safe needs”. As you might imagine, I want the best safe for my firearms, so they are as protected as a loving father can protect them.

Liberty HDX-250

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I was in the market for a new pistol safe for my office and Liberty had suggested we review the HDX-250. The safe uses biometric locks for quick access to your firearm, without the need to fumble around trying to use the key. You can input 15 different prints into the system giving you the freedom to add many people. This gives everyone who is prepared to use your firearms, the ability to have a loaded firearm ready at all times. This is a huge advantage over the worry that comes with having a pistol ready to fire that might just be stored in its box, or someone not being able to find the key when needed.

The Locking System

There is one individual who I wanted to give access to but we find that her index and middle finger on her right hand would not load as a valid print. We ended up having to use her left hand which worked without a problem. As to what caused our frustrations, it is still a mystery that eludes me. Prior to imputing anyone’s finger prints, they washed and dried their hands.

The safe has an AC port for a plus to keep the biometrics active while you have power and a 9V battery backup in case you lose power or decide to keep the safe in an area without access to a wall plug.

Biometric Liberty HDX-250

Testing

For 36 hours straight I sat and stared at that safe trying to decide how I was going to review it. I thought of all of the best ways to show this safe and how it can handle anything. I thought about dropping from an airplane at 40,000 feet, but during the flight I was asked to return to my seat by the mean flight attendant, I thought about taking it to the zoo and covering it in unicorn meat and throwing it to the alligators, Can you believe I was stopped at the gate when I made a girl scout troop cry when I told the cashier what the safe was covered in.  I thought HEY! What if I sent this safe to my buddy in the Army who drives tanks. I could see if he could shoot it out of the cannon but alas, the safe isn’t aerodynamic enough to shoot out of the gun!

I had many more AMAZING ideas, but in the end I decided to just keep it here at the office and just use it. BOOORING!

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Overall Thoughts

The safe holds pistols and other valuables. In my case I keep a backup 2TB portable drive in there along with the two pistols. The biometrics work for me about 99% of the time first try. Sometimes if my hands are sweaty, it won’t read it the first time. When that happens, I can just resort to my key if it doesn’t open by the third time.

Liberty is known for their quality safes and they stand behind them. They have been highly recommended to me by people in the locksmith and safe industry. Now I can recommend them to you.

GearsofGuns Liberty Safe HDX250

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.

Belgian Waffle FS2000

HEXMAG ORANGE

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.

HEXMAG TRUCK TEST DAMAGE

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.

Meade Blood Moon

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.

Meade Instruments Review

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.

The November Glocktoberfest Review

A Glock 30 Short Frame 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 like the idea of not trying to be in the first wave of bloggers to review a firearm. I prefer to wait a year after a product comes out to review it because it means I have a chance to request to spend more time with a firearm. That way I get to know it more mindfully without worrying about the other reviewers waiting in the long line to test a firearm out.

I own a few Glocks and my favorite of all of them is my Gen 2 G21 .45ACP 13 round pistol. I requested the Glock 30SF for review about 5 months back, after seeing it at SHOT Show 2014. I have always been someone who loves the .45ACP over just about any other pistol cartridge, because of the size of the round.

GLOCK 30SF

I like knowing I have the power and punch that comes with the .45ACP cartridge. The old saying about carry a bigger stick comes to mind. I do not believe that this love of the .45acp  affects or deters my abilities to do my job when looking at different calibers with an objective view point. Let’s face it, they are all fun to shoot.

Glock 30SF Specs

Caliber: .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol)
Length: 6.88”
Width: 1.27”
Height: 4.80”
Barrel Length: 3.77”
Trigger Pull: 5.5 pounds
Mag Capacity: 10 rounds (standard) 13 Rounds (using Glock 21 mags)

Shooting

As I said, I requested more time with this gun to get 1 or 2 more rounds down range. This brought my round count to around 2500 rounds of ball and jacketed hollow points. I never holstered this pistol, as I use a large frame drop leg holster at the range.

When I first pulled the Glock 30 SF out of the box, the empty mags wouldn’t drop freely. I loaded the mags with 10 rounds each and fired all 20 rounds. After that, they had no problem falling free when I hit the mag release.

The Size

My groupings were better when I was running my Glock 21 mags out of the pistol because I had more real estate to grip the gun with allowing for better control. The 10 round mags just barely allowed for my pinky to be on the gun, not giving me as tight of a grip. The difference was a stray round left or right after shooting a few mags.

GLOCK SF

Cleanings

Normally I don’t worry about keeping review guns clean after every range trip. I like to see how they handle and if they slow down as they get dirtier. I didn’t do that with the Glock 30SF because I didn’t feel there was a need to test something that had been shown for years that even dirty, they work.

I cleaned the gun after every range day and the most rounds put through it at any one time was 800 rounds of Federal American Eagle Pistol .45 ACP 230 Grain FMJ which in my opinion is decently “clean” ammo compared to the Wolf and Tula Steel case. There was just really no good reason to torture test this pistol. When I opened it up, I saw exactly what I expected.

Ammo Used

One thing I have always noted with Glock is that they typically will shoot any brand or ammo type I run through them. I tested a box of brand new Tula steel case. After 5 light primer strikes without any ignition I switched the ammo to my 1911 and didn’t have any problems with the ammo. I have seen this problem before using the Wolf barrel on my Glock 21. However, when using the factory barrel, this was never an issue. I believe this was caused by the Tula primers being seated deeper than spec.

The brands I used:

· Federal (230 Grain ball)

· Wolf Polyformance (230 Grain ball)

· HPR JHP (230 Grain Jacketed hollow point)

· Monarch Brass (230 Grain ball)

· Monarch Steel (230 Grain ball)

· CCI Blazer Aluminum (230 Grain ball)

· Monarch Brass (185 Grain JHP)

· And a few other brands from people who shot the gun with ammo they brought.

In The Box

1 Glock 30SF
2 10 Round Factory Mags
2 Spent brass from the proofing department at Glock
1 “speed” Loader
1 .45 caliber nylon bore brush
1 Plastic Cleaning rod
Paperwork
1 cable lock

The “Speed” Loader

The speed loader they ship is a good thought, in theory, but in my hands it was slow and frustrating to use.  I was always faster hand loading each mag than using the speed loader provided.

Speed Loader

When trying to load the .45s into the magazine you still have to push the previous round down as the loader doesn’t offer enough room for the brass to slide in. The efforts are almost that of hand loading the mag without the use of your thumb on the round. This seems like more procedure and steps to just load one round.  

I do own a Maglula for pistols I found that I was faster using that then by hand.  The speed loader isn’t bad; it just did not work well for me. A few of the other crew members had better luck with it. Everyone did agree, in the end that the Maglula was the fastest.

My Sister and the .45

After getting out of college, my father and I figured if my sister was going to be living alone she needed a pistol to keep at her place. My sister has grown up around guns. She enjoys shooting with me every now and then.

She likes my Glock 21 and is a fairly decent shot with it. I did not want to part with my Glock 21. When I heard one of my friends was selling his Glock 22, I jumped on it and picked it up for a really great price.  I thought about giving it to her, but I just like it too much.

My sister has always lived within a 40 minute drive from my folks so we were never worried about her. Recently she has been looking for another job outside of the state. She has also been expressing more and more interest in getting her conceal carry.

I looked at a few pistols for her but it always came back to wanting the .45acp. I view conceal carry pistols as something you should WANT to shoot. If you enjoy shooting it, you are more likely to train more with it than something you just carry because you were told to.

I have taken her to the range with us a number of times to get some trigger time with this pistol and her comment is always the same “so this is my new gun right”?  “You are letting me keep this one because it fits me and I like it”

For Christmas I have ordered a Glock 30SF for her but now I am sitting here wishing I had ordered one for myself. You just can’t have too many guns, right???

Light Rail

The Glock 30SF has a rail for a light or laser mount. I don’t currently own any pistol lights or lasers due in part to the fact that I haven’t found one that has sparked my interest yet. I honestly haven’t looked that hard either. I am always open to recommendations.

The Recoil

I would equate the recoil to that of the larger Glock 21. This surprised me the first time I shot it as I was expecting a little harsher recoil. Later, I put one in each hand (the 21 and the 30SF) and I could feel that were pretty close to the same weight.  I guess I should not have been surprised.

Conceal Carry Note

At this time in my life I do not conceal carry. 90% of the time I leave the house, the place I am going will not allow me to enter with a pistol. This makes for a tough choice for me, do I carry in my truck and risk someone breaking into the truck because it is older or do I leave my gun at home and just pray I am never in a place where I need it?  I tend to keep my gun at home. One of the crew members is a police officer and I am normally within arm’s length of him. On top of that I live in a good area with very low crime.

Accuracy

I want to tell you that my shot groups looked like I only hit the target with one round. The truth is, even if the gun was that accurate I am not that skillful. The subcompact design is not meant for competition shooters, it is meant for conceal carry. In a conceal carry situation you are not going to try and engage the target at 300 yards like you see in the movies. This pistol, for me, was just as accurate as any of my other Glocks. I can hit a man size silhouette at 50 yards.

Glock 21 Mag

Final Thoughts

I have been a fan of Glocks’ for years (I know, you couldn’t tell). The subcompact Glock 30 SF is just another in a long line of quality pistols they are known for. While picking up this pistol from my FFL I was asked if I wanted to purchase their Glock 43 Single Stack 9mm. My only comment was, why mess with 9mm when you can have the power of a .45acp?

I wish I could get more range time with this pistol just because it is fun to shoot. If you get the chance to send some lead down range running this pistol I highly recommend it.

Gift Giving Suggestions

As said earlier in this article, I will be gifting this gun to my sister. That being said, she has shot many different calibers and pistols. She knows how to handle her firearm and herself. She knows she prefers Glocks. This was an easy choice for me.

As it is getting closer to the holiday season I would like to add this word of advice to anyone thinking about buying any pistol as a gift. If the person you are purchasing for owns a lot of firearms as it is and you know for fact they are comfortable with different pistols, go for it. If not, please think about taking them to a store and seeing if they like the pistol first.

I have seen too many couples at the range, where the guy bought a pistol for his significant other without letting her size the gun up first. I see them getting into situations that makes everyone uncomfortable. It can occasionally put them and others in harm’s way since they cannot handle the firearm yet. 

Buying a caliber that someone is not comfortable with shooting yet can cause people to be turned off by shooting. It can even cause them to mishandle the firearm and put themselves and other people in a dangerous situation.

Introducing someone to a firearm first is always the safer bet so they get a chance to have some hands on time. They can say whether they like the weight and if they like how the gun shoots. I know you are not always able to test first a gun before you buy it, but it is worth renting that caliber firearm first. I strongly recommend letting the gift receiver try it out at the range to see how they respond. This is always a smart idea. Firearms make a wonderful gift, just make sure it’s a wonderful experience.

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    Olight M1X Striker 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.

    With this being the 4th flashlight I have reviewed on GEARS you might be wondering if I really use a flashlight that often and if I need all of them. You might think a flashlight is a flashlight is a flashlight in terms of finding one you like based on your needs and how that flashlight SHOULD be your “end all”… or at least until you find a new “end all” flashlight if you use one enough.

    My Truth

    My truth is a little different; I collect flashlights because there is always a time and place for each of mine. I have a small Extremebeam 160 Lumen that I like to keep on me when I am going for lightweight or when I am wearing a suit. I have my Olight 1100 Lumen Hulk of a flashlight I keep in my bag that goes everywhere with me. Then I have my LED Lensor 1000 Lumen and my Olight M1X Striker that I use in my everyday carry because they are perfect in size and weight for my day to day work.

     

    Olight M1X Striker Review

    Specs

    Olight M1X Striker Specs

    Olight M1X Striker

    I had been looking at a different flashlight from Olight when it was suggested I check out this light as it fit the specs I was looking for.

    Olight M1X Striker Batteries, and Charger

    My Specs

    · Has to fit comfortably in the front pocket of my pants without taking up too much pocket
    · Has to use standard type batteries like CR123.
    · Has to have a heavy duty pocket clip that is reliable and replaceable.
    · Has to be bright
    · Has to fit my hand comfortably
    · Has to be a single LED

     

    Daily Use

    As I said, this is one of the flashlights I use in my daily rotation. It gets used at least a few times a week and I haven’t noticed any wear in the function of the light. Yes, there are minimal blemishes on the body from dropping the flashlight. There isn’t any wearing on the coating like you might expect from being slid in and out of my pocket or from sitting in my pocket.

    The Olight M1X Striker is made of a multi part aircraft grade aluminum body and all the parts screw together with a tight tolerance feel so you are not worried about it unscrewing on you.

    Illumination

    The 1000 Lumens is sure to illuminate any area you are looking at. The lower .5 lumens setting is so you can run your light for days without recharging. The .5 Lumens would be great for backpacking if you want to drop as much weight as possible but still have a dependable flashlight. Chances are you are not going to need the brightest light in the world if you are just fiddling around with setting up camp or just looking around the campsite at night.

    The Clip

    The clip is pretty strong and always snaps back after yanking on it. It is connected to the flashlight with just a C-loop so if you do pull it really hard it will just disconnect from the flashlight and not break the clip off.

    The Olight M1X Striker has 2 buttons on it. The top thumb on/off switch and a mode switch near the light end. This makes it easy to change the mode without doing that stupid dance that single button flashlights have when they have different modes.

    I like to be able to quickly change my mode. I try to keep my clip pointed at the mode switch so when I pull the light out and have the on/off switch at my thumb I can quickly find the mode switch with my pinky.

     

    Gun Mounts

    Olight offers a couple of mounts for their light. I have not put this on anything, I use it for my EDC.

     

    The Battery

    The batteries are a pro and con topic for me. The Olight M1X Striker does not ship with a battery and I do some what understand the reasoning behind that. The 18650 battery is not one you can just pick up at the local big box store. I am guessing the thought is; most people will want a rechargeable. Rather than hiking the cost of the flashlight by adding one of their batteries (their 2600MAH sells for $20 on their website).  Olight will just offer them to you or let you just order your own from someone else. I picked up an Ultrafire 2pcs 3.7v 18650 3000mah Rechargeable Battery plus a NiteCore-i2-I2 Universal Intelligent Charger for two batteries on Amazon for $17.

    OLIGHT REVIEW CHARGER AND BATTERIES

    As you can see in the picture above I have two CR123 batteries in a battery sleeve. As you might have guessed but now you can see, I use 2 CR123 batteries stacked on top of each other with this sleeve that comes with the flashlight instead of using the 18650. The run time has been shorter in my experiments with the light but for those of us who use sights and other lights that use CR123 batteries this makes for a nice quick change if you don’t feel the need to order a new battery.

    Final Thoughts

    The Olight M1X Striker, as the name implies, has a striking bevel. I haven’t been walking down any dark alleys and been attacked while I have had this light so can’t talk about how good or bad it is. This light is built to be solid and ready to handle whatever you might throw at it.

    Olight has a massive line up of flashlights that seem to be built with the user in mind and not just building a flashlight. Things like the mode switch, c-loop clip, 1000 lumens and the battery sleeve for CR123.

    If you are looking for an EDC that has high lumens for a great price, Olight is a good place to start.

    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.