The Over-Under on the Winchester Model 101

The Winchester Model 101 Over-Under 12 Gauge Shotgun Review

I own four shotguns. I have two pump actions and two semi-autos. Each of them have a use and a reason I own them. Some are for hunting or for shooting clays and others are for home defense. Something I have heard over the years from many types of people, is that you want a pump action for home defense.  The reason for that, is because of the sound the shotgun makes when you chamber a round.  This sound is what would scare off a would-be burglar.

The Winchester Model 101 Over-Under 12 Gauge Shotgun Review

The reverse side of that coin, is the joyful feeling I get when I eject the spent shells from an over-under. If you haven’t experienced an over-under, you are missing the feeling you get when you eject the spent shells and they are still smoking. It is a pretty badass thing to watch.

Winchester Model 101 Logo

 

Atticus Shooting the Winchester M101

It is even more badass when you dust two clays in a row, you stand there and hit the lever while someone who saw the whole thing watches the shells fly. Sorry, where was I? Right, the Winchester Model 101 Over-Under.

 

Atticus James Ejecting The Shells from the Winchester Model 101

Why I like Over-Unders

I believe there are three gun staples that anyone who likes guns should have. My list if three guns that all gun owners should have.

  1. A Shotgun
  2. A pistol
  3. GAU-8 Avenger

I will stick to my beliefs that any respectable “Gun Guy” will own all three.

I have been shooting Over-Unders for years and there is something about the simplicity of them that makes them so beautiful to me.  I love modern firearms and the ability to  customize and tacticool-out your firearms and make them fit a need. With a gun like this, I just want to preserve the history of them.

Winchester Model 101 Over Under Review

The Craftsmanship

I have spent about five months with the Winchester Model 101. The more I have shot the 101 and the more I have looked at it, the more it has called me back to our roots in shotgun history.

Winchester Model 101 Red Background

The price is $1800 for the Model 101.  On the surface, this seems steep, but when you look at the craftsmanship and detail of the firearm it is hard not to respect it. Over the years at SHOT Show®, we have stopped by booths with high dollar shotguns and and I thought man, if I had a half million dollars I would never spend it on a four piece shotgun set. When you sit down and take a look at why they do cost much, you can really understand that these are the work of masters and are truly pieces of art.

Extra Grade Over under $352,300

 

The Winchester Model 101 isn’t going to set you back $352,300.  It is however beautiful enough to mount in your study or on the mantle in the living room while still being a firearm you feel comfortable enough to take down and go bird hunting with. Winchester Model 101 Shells

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Final Thoughts

The Winchester Model 101 has been a true joy to shoot. There are just some things in life that cause bliss and shooting the Winchester Model 101 has been one of those moments. It takes me to a place of a simpler time where you don’t have to listen to someone trying to make their AR sound full auto. If your AR or AK is Rock and Roll than the Model 101 is Classical, and I sure do love classical.

Atticus James Bliss

Model 101 Empty Chamber

Winchester Model 101 Loaded

Winchester 101 Two Shells

8 Shells Winchester Model 101

Model 101 Trigger

Winchester Model 101 Details

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.

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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.

    Kilimanjaro Gear Review PT:2 The Bags

    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.

    Kilimanjaro Gear was kind enough to ship us a few products to test out, the first of which was two of the knives they make. You can find that review here.

    If you have ever spent much time with me you will know I carry the Kilimanjaro Gear Tactical Elite Mirati bag with me anywhere I go. It can be full of anything, my gym gear, my laptop, my camera gear or whatever else I might need for the day.

    Kilimanjaro Gear Review

    Kilimanjaro Gear Tactical Elite Mirati

    While looking at the different bags Kilimanjaro Gear had to offer, I wanted to get one Tactical elite and one Tactical bag for review so I could compare the two. I picked the Mirati because I travel and I wanted a large enough bag to fit all of my gear for a trip. The Mirati has a bunch of different pockets and spots I can organize my gear in.

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    On the side of the bag it has two compartments for smaller objects like a flashlight, a multi tool or sunglasses. I keep my Olight R40 1100 Lumen flashlight in the zipper pocket because of how handy it is to have.  

    The largest compartment fits my camera or my clothes while the smaller compartment fits my iPad, cables, batteries and whatever else I might need for work that day.

    Specs

    A compact, well sized multipurpose day-backpack.  Ideally suited for use as a carry-on, patrol bag, hunting backpack or hiking pack.  Dual main compartments for stowing gear you may need in a hurry.  Additional features include an internal admin panel, hydration/concealment zippered pocket and outer webbing straps for modular attachments.

    · Dual Main Compartments
    · External Hose Port
    · Reinforced Grab Handle
    · 100 Oz./ 3 L Hydration Compatible (Bladder Not Included)
    · Fits up to 15.4 in. (38 cm) Diagonal Laptop Computer
    · Hook and Loop Patch for Adding Name Tape or Logo Patches
    · External Adjustable Side Compression Straps
    · Adjustable Sternum and Waist Straps
    · Internal Admin Panel
    · Padded Mesh Back Panel for Enhanced Moisture Wicking
    · PALS Webbing for Modular Pouch Attachments
    · Front Elastic Cords to Hold Jacket or Extra Clothes
    Overall Dimensions: 13 in. (L) x 18 in. (H) x 11 in. (D) (33 cm x 46 cm x 28 cm)

    Capacity: 1577 Cu. In. / 26 Liters

    Material: 1000-Denier Textured Nylon Fabric

    Kilimanjaro Gear Transport Modular Assault Pack

    I used this bag before the Mirati shipped and even though this bag is smaller is truly is a very handy pack.

    Kilimanjaro Gear Transport Modular Assault Pack

    It works as a travel bag even though it would only fit clothes because of its size. My laptop is just small enough to fit into the Mirati and the Transport Modular Assault Pack dimensions are smaller so the laptop does not fit.

    Lately I have just been using this bag as an overnight bag I keep in my truck so when I am staying late on a project I have something to change into.

    Specs

    This compact accordion style pack is perfect size for when you want to travel light, such as city exploring or hiking excursion.  The water resistant construction keeps your gear dry and secure in any climate.  Hydration and laptop compatible.

    • Four Unique Storage Areas
    • Left and Right Hose Ports with Reinforced Flaps
    • Hydration Compatible (Bladder Not Included)
    • Heavy Duty Carry Handle
    • Fits up to 15 in. (38 cm) Diagonal Laptop Computer
    • Hook and Loop Patch for Adding Name Tape or Logo Patches
    • External Adjustable Side Compression Straps
    • Adjustable Sternum and Waist Straps
    • Contoured Padded Shoulder Straps with D-Rings
    • Padded Mesh Back Panel for Enhanced Moisture Wicking
    • PALS Webbing for Modular Pouch Attachments
    • Grommet Drainage Ports

    Overall Dimensions: 9.5 in. (L) x 18 in. (H) x 10 in. (D) (24 cm x 46 cm x 25 cm)

    Capacity: 1086 Cu. In. / 18 Liters

    Material: 600D Polyester

    Final Thoughts

    I love the size and use I get out of my Mirati. I pretty much do not leave home without.
    The Transport Modular Assault Pack is smaller but it still has a place and I love having both bags.

    I recommend knowing your bag needs before picking up any type, style or size bag. Finding out you are unable to use a bag for your laptop when that is what you planned on using it for is a real bummer. Thankfully this wasn’t the case for me as I got the Transport Modular Assault Pack for range work and as an extra go bag.

    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.

    Otis Technology Elite Cleaning System Review

    I have this weird need to collect cleaning kits. It isn’t because I need 7 identical  12 gauge brushes or because I am lacking in the cleaning rod or cleaning cable department. It seems everyone has their own take on what a shooter needs to help them achieve the best clean possible and I like to see what the differences are. Most companies send out their version of oil and cleaner or even just CLP. However, so far, as much as I am willing to try new types of cleaners or CLPs I do favor my M-Pro7 32oz spray for cleaning.

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    Specs

    – Over 40 firearm-specific cleaning components in a nylon case
    – Six (6) Memory-Flex® Cables of varying length for effective and correct Breech-to-Muzzle® cleaning
    – Twenty-two (22) bronze bore brushes to remove copper deposits and other fouling
    – Obstruction removal tools for jammed cases and other blockages
    – Specialized precision tools for complete breakdown and fine cleaning of all critical and hard to reach areas of your firearm
    – Optics cleaning gear for care and maintenance of scopes, rangefinders and more
    – Removable Tactical Cleaning System (Item # FG-750) for convenient carrying in the field
    – Dimensions: 15 1/4″ x 8 3/4″ x 4 1/2″

    The Brushes

    As you can see in the picture above the main kit comes 14 different caliber brushes for just about every caliber you might need.

    1. 22 (.204 thru .222)
    2. 25 (.223 thru 6.5)
    3. 27 (.270 thru 7mm)
    4. 30 (.30 thru 8mm)
    5. 35 (.338 thru .357)
    6. 38 (.370 thru 9.3mm)
    7. 40 (.40 thru 10.75mm)
    8. 45 (.44 thru .458)
    9. 50 .50 thru 12.9mm)
    10. .410 GA Shotgun
    11. 28 GA Shotgun
    12. 20 GA Shotgun
    13. 16 GA Shotgun
    14. 12/10 GA Shotgun (
    15. .17 caliber short brush (rifle/pistol/air rifle)
    16. .22 caliber Short brush (rifle/pistol/air rifle)

    The other six brushes are found in the removable tactical cleaning system

    For me, this means I can clean all of my firearms and my friends and family can use this kit to clean theirs too.

    Other brushes:  It comes with a nylon brush that I like to use in addition to gun cleaning as my travel tooth brush and beard comb. I have found that a hit of rem oil really gets the teeth pearly white and the beard soft and shiny (No!  Seriously,  I promise I am NOT stupid enough to believe that I can use gun cleaning gear to brush my teeth or comb my beard! Just joking! You will harm yourself if you try this).

    The Other Nougaty Stuff and Things

    Otis ships this kit with carbon scrapers, 3 tubes of CLP, lens cleaners, patches for all calibers, cleaning parts for air guns and even a chamber brush for your ARs.

    This kit doesn’t come with a brass cleaning rod but rather cleaning cables.  I admit to having days I like them and days I don’t.

    Removable Tactical Cleaning System

    – 8″, 30″ and 34″ Memory-Flex® Cables for effective and correct Breech-to-Muzzle® cleaning
    – Six (6) firearm-specific bronze bore brushes to remove copper deposits and other fouling
    – Lightweight soft pack case with belt loop for convenient carrying
    – T-handle and obstruction removal tools for jammed cases and other blockages
    – Redesigned component holder secures and protects brushes and components
    – Dimensions: 4″ x 4″ x 2 1/2″

    The 6 brushes that come with this kit are 12/10 Gauge, .22 cal, .27 cal, .45, .38, and .30.

    I think I would rather is be a MOLLE pouch but I am sure there is a good reason it isn’t. (I’ll ask at SHOT 2016)

    Overall Thoughts 

    The Otis Technology Elite Cleaning System retails for $99 Amazon. This kit is really nice in the brush department but I would have liked to have seen their AR BCM cleaning tool they call the B.O.N.E.® TOOL. They make them for both 5.56 and 7.62 bolts.

    As I said earlier, I use this with M-Pro 7 cleaner and oil because I find it works best for me.

    The Otis Technology Elite Cleaning System is great if you are looking for an all caliber in one kit. Everyone with more than one caliber collection should have one. This kits is a must for collectors, gun ranges, firearm instructors, etc.

    If you are someone who stays in the 3 or 4 caliber range ( 9mm, .45, .22 and .30 caliber or what ever it might be) this kit might be overkill but if you know you are going to be branching out and getting into the revolver or big bore game or even just into the Shotgun game this kits is GREAT!

    My only two comments, or wish list about what I would like to see changed or added is the BONE tool and the removable kit upgraded to MOLLE.

    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

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    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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    (Scope not shown due to already being mounted to the rifle)

    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.

    Kilimanjaro Gear Review PT: 1 The Knives

    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 was contacted by Kilimanjaro Gear asking if we would be interested in reviewing a few of their products. I had not heard of them prior to getting their email but after looking on their website I found 3 items we were interested in reviewing. This is a review of the two knives that I received.

    The Back Story

    I am not really a knife guy or know much about what makes one metal better than another. My only experience is, that I have carried at least one knife on my person everyday for years. My grandfather always carried one in his pocket and in the BSA we always carried one. When I turned 18 it was just natural to always have one on me.

    My sister and I received our first knife from my father at a camp out with cub scouts. A few minutes after receiving the knife, my sister took hers and broke the tip off popping rocks out of the road tar.   Needless to say my father was not happy.

    In the BSA, I carried many knives over the years. I had Victorinox, Kershaw and a Smith and Wesson, S.W.A.T Millennium Run Knife I received from my scout master for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. I carried the S&W knife until last year when my father gave me another knife that had a webbing cutter and a glass breaker on the end. I liked the knife for the most part but my biggest problem with it was that it had a half serrated edge. A half serrated edge is one feature I hate with a passion on my EDC knife.

    The Knives: Vello and Shira

    Kilimanjaro Gear has 5 categories for their knives. Every day, Outdoor, Tactical, Hunting, and Fishing. I looked over all of the knives and chose the Vello and the Shira from the tactical catagory.

     

    Vello Specs :
    8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel Blade
    G10 Handle
    Dual Thumb Stud
    Liner Lock
    Seat belt cutter
    Pocket Clip
    Bottle Opener/Screwdriver
    Carbide Glass break

    Overall Length: 7.8 in
    Blade Length: 3.1 in
    Closed Length: 4.6 in
    Weight: 5.1 oz

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    I liked this knife because it closely matched what I was already carrying. I have carried this knife most everywhere I have gone for the past 4 months. I haven’t used the glass breaker, but bottle opener and blade screw driver have been nice. The webbing cutting came in handy a few times.
    The blades edge was poorly shaped and sharpened when I pulled it from the package but I quickly fixed that on the knife sharpener from Worksharp.

    The knife holds an edge for a few weeks of use before I have to put it back on the sharpener. I would say it is light to medium duty cutting knife. I open a lot of boxes and so it has been good at doing that at the very least.

     

    Shira Specs:

    • Full tang construction
    • Rubberized handle overlay
    • 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel Blade
    • Serrated edge
    • Titanium  Nitride Finish
    • Nylon sheath for carrying and storage
    • Overall Length: 10 in
    • Blade Length: 4.7 in
    • Weight: 6.9 oz

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    The Shira is my current go-to fixed blade. I don’t carry this around all that much. I keep it on my desk for when I get into a fight with that ninja tape that always seems to want to stick to itself. When I carry it on me for a few days in a row I notice I still tend to go for it even when I don’t have it on me.

    As I said before, the blades out of the factory are poorly shaped and sharpened. I have a very nice knife sharpener that I use, but I would recommend if you purchase these knives to get them professionally sharpened if you are not skilled at it.

    The sheath is nothing to write home about. It is a molle sheath. It is standard webbing style clothe sheath that I plan to replace with kydex so it is a straight pull down knife off a molle vest.

    The knife is half serrated which is something I really hate on a knife but I know a lot of people love that feature.

    Overall

    The knives are good utility knives. I liked that the Vello offered a good all around knife that can be used for EDC or can be kept in the car in case of an accident. I liked that the Shira is a full tang with a point on the butt of the knife so you can break glass or whatever you might need without using the blade.

    The knives need to be better profiled and sharpened out of the factory. Once you get the knife you can easily get that done for a couple of bucks at your big box outdoor stores.

     

     

     

     

     

    C Products Defense AR-15 Magazine 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 came into this review with an open mind and I hope you do as well. I know this company has had their faults in the past but this review is one I hope lets us move forward.

    I met them at SHOT Show 2013 and it took a year but they finally approved my request for mags for testing. I received six aluminum and six stainless steel 30 round AR mags.

    Testing 

    While I have tested mags in the past by throwing them off towers and dragging them behind golf carts for 10 minutes, I decided this go around I would only test in ways a civilian might damage them. Chances of mags being dragged behind a car or dropped off of a tower are slim (if you don’t account for training courses that teach shooting from the tower).

    We have been testing the mags for 6 months or so now and have shot well over 3000 rounds out of all 12 mags. I used mostly steel cased ammo and they never had one hiccup.  The orange follower is anti tilt.

    The finish has lasted on all of them and show very little signs of wear. I wanted to test them to see if standard wear such as heavy use would give problems. I also wanted to  know what would happen if, god forbid, I forget I have a loaded mag and I drop it and end up driving over it (yes, this has happened during a review and lunch break).   

    Driving over the stainless steel mag caused a small dink in the metal but did not affect the performance of the mag or capacity.  While the whole mag was driven over front to back, the only damage was near the  base plate.

    Crushed C Products Mags

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    The aluminum did not fare as well.

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    Even after bending the metal back as best we could, the aluminum mag is not functional and is now just used for display purposes.

    Spot Welds

    The welds on all of the mags look solid and should not remind anyone of Christmas past.

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    Even after the crush test the welds held and seem completely unharmed

    Final Thoughts

    Go into any gun shop and ask enough questions and someone will always tell you about why you should stay away from (fill in the blank) because in 1967 they had (fill in the blank) problem and there for they cannot trust anything new when it comes to (fill in the blank). Look, all I can tell you from my stand point is if you are looking for metal mags and you have no intention of being attacked by a Sharknado or a herd of “I can’t trust polymer guns because in 1943 we used wood…”. C Products Defense mags pass my test.

    Ohio Ordnance Works 1919A4 Bundle 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.

    Before I talk about this 1919A4 belt fed firearm I have to talk about Ohio Ordnance Works. I have never met them in person but I can tell you I have the upmost respect for the men and women of this company. Normally when working with a firearm manufacturer I work with one person and if I have any problems they are the only one I can contact to get a problem resolved. This company however is not like that. When I had a problem with the 1919 on a Tuesday morning I did not speak to my contact Bob Conroy I spoke with the owner directly. I will talk more about that a little later on and help further explain why I have to open with these comments.

    Ohio Ordnance Works 1919A4 Bundle Review

    M1919A4 Specs+

    Designed: 1919
    Number built: 5 million
    Variants: A1; A2; A3; A4; A5; A6; M37 and AN/M2
    Weight: 31 lb (14 kg) (M1919A4)
    Length: 37.94 in (964 mm) (M1919A4)
    Barrel length: 24 in (610 mm)
    Cartridge: .30-06 Springfield and 7.62×51mm NATO
    Action: Recoil-operated/short-recoil operation
    Rate of fire: 400–600 round/min
    Feed system: 250-round belt

    The OOW M1919A4 is classified as a belt fed rifle.  The machine gun classification is for full auto only, making this gun a semi auto and available without a NFA tax stamp.

    The Backstory

    As many of you may have already seen and heard, Ohio Ordnance Works has redesigned the BAR and made it their H.C.A.R. (Heavy Counter Assault Rifle). This is a very cool looking rifle but it honestly was not the first thing that peaked my interest when I first came to their website. While scrolling through their guns I saw the semi auto 1919A4 Bundle which is a SEMI AUTO belt fed tripod rifle. Side note: this means you cannot put the sig stabilizing brace on this and turn it into a pistol (I found this out at my FFL holders shop when I told him all the cool kids were making pistols and I wanted one too). When I saw that, the first thing that went through my head was this is AWESOME! who doesn’t want to own a belt fed gun? and that is when I saw the price. $3,997. I honestly figured they would have this priced to be closer to $7000+.   On top of all of that, the gun at the bottom of the page is a 1919A4 with a Cleaning Kit, Manual, Headspace & Timing Gage, and the .308 Trunnion Shield for $2500.

    YOU ARE TELLING ME I CAN OWN A BELT FED RIFLE FOR THE SAME PRICE AS 2.5 AR-15s? Sign me up!

    Let me put two images in your head.

    1. You pull up to the range, get out of your truck, walk to the firing line and pull out the same plain Jane AR-15 that every other shmuck has and shoot it

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    2. You pull up to your private range, back up into your bay, unload a 1919 A4 out of your truck and not give a s**t about what anyone else thinks because you own a belt fed tripod rifle of glory?

    That is what I thought.

    OOW 1919A4 Bundle Specs

    Bundle Includes:

    · 1919A4 Semi-Auto

    · Manual

    · Tripod, Pintle, T&E

    · Headspace & Timing Gage

    · Custom Cut Pelican Case

    · 1919A4 Linker

    · Cleaning Kit

    · 1,000 Links

    · Spade Grip

    · .308 Trunion Shield

    · Parts to Convert Gun to .30-06

    · Membership Access to Video Tutorial

    The Bundle

    When my gunsmith got the M1919A4 in he told me he saw the parcel service driver spending more time than normal in the back of the truck so he walked outside to see what the deal was and the driver told him he needed to get his dolly to carry this box into the shop. My gun smith told him that he didn’t need to worry he would just help him carry it in. In his words, “that was a mistake”.

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    The pelican case isn’t grossly over heavy but it’s a long case that is meant to be carried using the handles or rolled using the built in wheels, making it easy to move. In the cardboard box it was heavy and awkward.

    Inside of the custom cut Pelican case the rifle also comes with:
    Manual
    Tripod, Pintle, T&E
    Headspace & Timing Gage
    Cleaning Kit
    Spade Grip
    .308 Trunion Shield
    and Parts to Convert the Gun to .30-06

    You also get:

    1000 Links (they link .308 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield and 8mm cartridges)
    Membership Access to Video Tutorials (this is very important)
    and the 1919A4 Linker

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    The Ammo

    Our good friends over at Luckygunner.com sponsored the .308 used in this review.
    We used 1000 rounds of 308 Winchester 180 Gr Sp Prvi Partizan

    Be sure to check them out for all your ammo needs.

    Linking

    When the rifle first came in Ohio Ordnance Works was out of stock of the linker so they shipped it without one. The crew and I had plans to get this gun on the range as quick as possible because it was going to rust from all the drooling if we didn’t.

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    I called over one of the guys to come help me hand load 500 rounds and I can tell you from experience this is a bloody ordeal and I am thankful I never have to do that with this gun ever again. It took two people about an hour of linking to get all the belts made (we made them into 40 round belts.)  When we got the linker in a few days later, it took me 23 minutes by myself to do the same amount.

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    Shooting

    As I said, we shot 1000+ rounds of .308 through the M1919A4. It was the most fun you can have without full auto.

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    I tried both the spade grip as well as the standard grip and both of them are fun to shoot. I think I like the standard grip more because it means I don’t have to take the M1919A4 down to put it back in its case… maybe I am just lazy.

    Changing Barrels and Cleaning

    This gun comes with a membership to videos on how to change the barrel and take apart the gun and they do a much better job at explaining this than I can. I will say I have watched the videos every time I have cleaned this gun and when I had to fix the gun to insure I don’t miss anything. The videos are helpful and comprehensive.

    The Problem and the Solution

    On the first range trip, we shot about 250 rounds before I broke the gun. Yes I admit I broke it and I am kind of happy it happened. I have no idea why the detent pin bent but the pin that rides in the channel from the extraction arm bent out of place and stopped the gun from working. Ohio Ordnance Works said, “it was probably a fluke, a wriggling out of place by the pin. We’ve made tons of these and not had an issue like that. They are new/grad A surplus, so you may have found one that just wasn’t perfect.”

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    I am happy about breaking the gun because of the experience I had afterwards. I hate breaking guns. I know as a reviewer I can be hard on gun but normally we know their limits and where the maximum amount of safe operating abuse is and we err on the side of caution. This however was not abuse. We were still warming the M1919A4 up when it bent.

    This killed the mood at the range. Since this is a review gun and it was a weekday morning I called Ohio Ordnance Works to try and figure out what had happened. I spoke with the young lady who answered the phone and she told me, Bob Conroy wasn’t in the office.  She transferred me to Mr. Landies instead. Under stress, my vocabulary resorts to almost grunting so when Mr. Landies got on the phone and started helping me he was very understanding at my lost of proper terminology and told me that a picture is worth 1000 words or in my case 3 words and a grunt. So I e-mailed a photo of the bent part and he e-mailed me back just a few minutes later asking for a shipping address.

    The following day I had my whole family over for lunch. When I got a knock at my door from the shipper with the part, you might say I was very surprised. I had figured I wouldn’t get this gun fixed for a few days at a minimum, but they overnighted the part to me. This blew me away, no one does that. No one ships you the part overnight unless it is a dire emergency. To say the least, I was impressed.

    About a month ago, while on Instagram, I saw that Ohio Ordnance Works had posted a picture of a gentleman holding a beautiful rifle with the caption of Happy birthday boss… Mr. Landies. As it turns out I wasn’t transferred to some shop floor guy who builds the rifles but to the owner of the company. Again… no one does that.

    After fixing the gun we took it back on the range a few weeks later and the gun ran like a champ. Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 6.28.23 PM

    Final Thoughts

    The gun is battle tested. I never had any doubts that this was a good gun, if it wasn’t, it would not still be in service all over the world.
    While owning this 1919A4 only makes me feel cooler in my head, I know that I will not be taking this out to the range every Sunday. I know that it is a special occasion gun than is very expensive to just play with.

    This is a gun that has a lot of history attached to it and since Ohio Ordnance Works has made this M1919A4 to be as affordable to own as possible I think it is a very nice piece to have in anyone’s collection. Plus, when your friends are bragging that they own a Tavor or a SCAR 17 you can just look at them and say “that’s cute, I own a belt fed tripod rifle”.

    I have been very impressed with this company from the first time I spoke with them on the phone. They have always been very helpful and ready to work with us. I know I say this a lot, but I truly love the gun community. There is, bar none, not a single community with more caring and awesome people.