Meade Wilderness In Full Scope

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

Meade Instruments Wilderness™ Spotting Scope - 2060x100mm Review

The Prologue

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

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

Specs

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

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

Testing

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

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

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

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

Final Thoughts

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Targetvision Short Range Wireless Spotting Scope Review

At SHOT Show 2014 I met Clay Rhoden one of the co-founders of TARGETVISION at media day at the range. Having just finished reviewing a similar short range target camera viewing system, I was interested in seeing what TARGETVISION had done differently. Two of the most noticeable things I first saw was that it was a self contained camera and wireless transmitter housed in a plastic tube vs. the tool box the other company uses. The other thing was the HD camera that they use.

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There were three items total that were shipped to me. The camera system, the charging cord and a small tripod that the camera screws into. This means there isn’t much to misplace. This is a big thing for me since I carry a large amount of gear to the range.

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When I first used the camera, the picture (seen below) was blurry. I called the company from the range and spoke with Clay at TARGETVISION. He, at first, thought it might have been a defective camera. After a couple of conversations, he wanted me to try some different things before we shipped it back. In the meantime, for whatever reason, the camera recalibrated itself when we got home and the next week we had a very clear and crisp video.

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A week later.

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I am a red blooded male and I admit I do not like to read manuals. As a reviewer, I admit, I should know better. TARGETVISION sent not one, but TWO guides. The 19 page manual and birthday card size quick start guide. Again, I did not read either of them and I thought more was wrong with the camera than really was. The camera tube is meant to be 10-15 feet away from the target and off to the side so you do not shoot it. We were use to my other system, which sits about 6 feet away from the target. Don’t be like me and skip reading the important information TARGETVISION sends you. It is not because they want to send you one more booklet for you to lose but so you know how to use your $595 targeting system.

Setting the System

As you can see in the pictures, there are no wires you have to mess with. The TARGETVISION System is pretty much turn the device on, connect to the devices to wifi, open the app and shoot.

App

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I used the system on my iPhone 4s, 6 and my android (don’t judge me) tablet. The system worked great across all three devices. I do prefer to use the tablet over the phones simply because of the larger screen.

Overall Thoughts

I am a big tech fan and I like seeing how new technology is helping me become a better reviewer and better shooter as we have more and more things to assist in giving us instant data to get the round on target better and faster.

I have to note that when the TARGETVISION system is sitting in a 100 yard long wind tunnel with 12 foot high walls of steel belted radial tires the camera does not always connect quickly or stay connected. I don’t spend much time in them so it wasn’t really a problem but it was worth noting. This has to do with how wifi signal carries and not the device.

A feature I would like to see is integration of a ballistic calculator in the app. Also on that note, I would like to see more community involvement so integration can be like the health app on the iPhone which allows you to better track your health with different devices all in one app.  The more data we can share all in one place the better and safer shooters we all become.

TARGETVISION is one of the companies who first had a product like this. I liked the camera for 3 reasons: It was easy to set up, easy to use, and all self contained. Being able to mark your shots is important but it is a feature on the other cameras so it doesn’t play as much of a factor into my review as that is the norm.

Poll: What Type Of Target Do You Use?

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Poll sponsored by OmahaTargets.com

SHOT Show, 2015, Reviews, and Videos

First I would like to say Happy New Years as this is the first post in 2015.

A number of people have been asking where we have been the past few weeks. The Crew has started the New Year with a bang and we have just been busy getting everything ready to go for reviews and some other awesome things we have planned for 2015.

SHOT Show

As some of you may have already guessed by the lack of SHOT Show updates we will not be attending this year.  We had to make some other life choices that kept us from having that week off. A lot of good friends of Gearsofguns.com will be there.  We plan to bring you their updates on our site and social media. Never fear, you will still get your SHOT SHOW FIX!

You mentioned awesome plans for 2015. what are you talking about?

As a lot of these plans are still in development stages and not quite ready to be shared I will just say that we plan on bring you the READER on more interactive reviews and shooting events.

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What kind of reviews does the Crew have planned?

Well I can tell you we are finishing up a number of gun reviews from 2014 and starting a ton of other fun reviews as soon as the SHOT Show dust clears.

We plan to bring more pistols, longer range and competition style reviews in 2015 as well as our standard rifle and shotgun reviews. We also plan more everyday carry items and general shooting accessories.

Social Media and Videos

2015 is the year I have finally given in to producing more videos. I have added a new member of the team who will be introducing himself on video here soon who will be more of a behind the scenes tech guy.

As some of you know well enough we suck at social media outside of our website and I vow to start fixing that problem as well.

What does this mean for you as the viewers?

Well I can just say that it will hopefully be a major content overhaul for you to get your gun and shooting accessories fix.

Stay tuned

Talon Grips for Glock 21 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 was contacted by Talon Grips to review their product for my Glock 21.

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Introduction

Gun stippling has become a main stream feature that people get on their pistol grips for pistols and rifles. It is for better hold of the grip in all situations. Although some people will stipple their grips at home, most choose someone with more experience in the field, so they don’t damage the grip. Talon Grips has a more cost effective method with their self adhesive gun dependent grip tape.   

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I am not a competitive shooter, in the military or law enforcement. The times I am holding my firearms are not typically really tense moments where I am feeling like I am losing the grip of my firearm. I normally prefer the manufacturers stippling on my rifles and pistols because they are not intrusive and I know if I pick up an identical pistol they will feel the same which helps with faster target acquisition.

Applying the Talon Grip to the Glock 21 was as simple as peeling a sticker and wrapping it around the grip. I wear a leg drop holster at the range and I did noticed the Talon grip started to peel when I would quick draw from my holster.

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Overall Thoughts

I plan to keep the grips on this pistol for the foreseeable future to see if over time I grow more accustom to use them. This is definitely a product you might want to look into as an alternative to  firearm stippling.

At this time, I do not feel that the Talon Grips improved or benefitted my grip with and without gloves.

The MSRP for the Pre gen 4 Glcok 21 is $17.99. That is considerably less expensive and non damaging to its counter part (stippling.)    This product is a cost effective alternative and it can give you experience as to what stippling would feel like on your firearm.

Poll: Tech in Shooting

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I have noticed as I go to the range lately, I carry out about 75 pounds of gear. This doesn’t even include my guns and their respective cases.

Range Tech in the Range Bag

While a lot of what I carry to the range is related to reviews and just normal work equipment, I have noticed that over the past few years my distance range tech as increased and yet my range distance hasn’t.

I have observed more people with lasers and lights and camera mounts on their $700 M&P-15. I have asked a few why they have this mounted at all times and they tell me that they just need it. Mind you this is not your SWAT officers or Texas National Guard, I am talking to, but that guy who has been in the semi-auto rifle game for 2 years.

Constant Evolution

Like most every other industry, we are subject to constant evolution with the tech world. I carry out my electronic spotting scope for any shots over 25yds. I wear electronic ear muffs to help me hear and still mute the shooting. I use laser trainers at home to help me with my rifle and pistol skill. Tech is replacing the old school shooting world which is helping us with our shooting skills.

Old School

I look back to my grandfather’s era of hunting and shooting and how the trail cameras were the tracks you saw on the ground, the e-spotting scopes were binoculars and monocular spotting scopes, the laser trainers were tin cans on a fence.

It is interesting to me, to see the distance shooters at my local range who are much older and the worries they have are about the clarity of their glass on their high end scope and the twist rates of their bolt action rifles. Then I see the younger shooters looking for every piece of tech they can get their hands on to make them the next top shot.

Controversy

Personally, I love the tech. Even with how tech is changing and making some interesting splashes in the gun industry. Some tech is even controversial such as the Barrett Optical Ranging System (BORS) or the Tracking point systems giving shooter an easier time making the right calculations to hit their target out at 1000+ yards.

Shooting World has Room for All

Change can be scary to some people. All I know is that you can adapt to the new tech in shooting or not. Old school and new school, both have their amazing shooters who defy what we think is possible.

Repost: Work Sharp Ken Onion Edition Knife Sharpener Review

I wrote a review on the Work Sharp Ken Onion Edition Knife Sharpener over at AtticusJames.com. I review how I was able to get a razor edge on all my knives with relative ease after learning how to use the Work Sharp sharpener.  

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I designed AtticusJames.com to be review site for all things guy. I publish new guy stuff reviews every Monday

New Magpul Black Book data precision rifle data books.

A short look at the Magpul Dynamics™ Precision Rifle Data Book & Precision Rifle Quick Reference Cards

Magpul Dynamics™ Precision Rifle Data Book 2.0

 

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Magpul Dynamics™ Precision Rifle Quick Reference Cards (Open)

MAC talking about the new Targetvision Camera System [CORRECTION]

For those of you who have been long time readers of the Gearsofguns.com Blog know we have reviewed in the past, the Bullseye camera system which is very similar to this. I would love to get my hands on the Targetvision system  to test out and compare to the the Bullseye camera system.

The one thing I would like to know is if the camera is high definition. When I spoke with Bullseye out at SHOT 2014 they assured me they were upgrading their camera to full HD resolution. I haven’t been in contact with them since to see if that has happened yet but I know that is one of the upgrades I wanted when first testing Bullseyes system out.

The whole Targetvision system is contained in the box and in the tube.  MAC brings up the point a few times that you do not have antennas up in the air and that the whole camera package is very small.

The price points are [CORRECTION]

500 yard Bullseye camera system: $449

1 mile Bulleyes Camera System: $549 for the 1000 yard + $199 for the Antenna Upgrade  (Total: $749)

The Bullseye camera works great and has a lower price tag.

 

The Targetvision camera system sells only one camera which they claim can reach well over a mile. Price for that system is $1295

 

The two systems truly are the next gen in bench shooting spotting scopes.

Leatherman MUT [FULL] 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 have been around Leatherman’s for years and years, in fact I have always carried one Leatherman or another since I was about 11. I even remember the Leatherman vs. Gerber debate in my old boy scout troop.

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[UPDATE] I had a hard time getting photos of this tool in action as I was always the one using the tool and cameras.

An Eagle Scout Gift

When in scouts, I saved up my money to buy a Leatherman PST (Pocket Survival Tool) which stayed on my belt until I turned 14. When I made Eagle, I was given a Leatherman Wave by my parents. I have kept that tool with me for years and never gave much thought about getting a newer Multi-tool. For me, why spend the money when you have equipment that is going to last a lifetime?

A Work Tool

My father has owned a Leatherman Super Tool 200 pretty much since I get my first Leatherman. In his business his Leatherman tends to get beaten up and parts have broken from all the wear and tear. Leatherman has a 25 year warranty on all of their tools so when a part needs to be fixed he can just send it in and get it fixed.

A Christmas Gift

For Christmas 2013, I was given a Leatherman Rail by my sister because she knew I needed a tool I could use in the field for my reviews and just general shooting. For the past few months, I have been carrying my Leatherman Wave and my Leatherman Rail to the range.

A Must Have!

I had seen and read about the Leatherman MUT a few times before SHOT 2014 and Leatherman was on my list of companies to see at the show. I went to the booth too see the new line, but I knew what I was there for, the Leatherman MUT. I knew when I saw it, that it was going to replace both of the Leatherman’s I was carrying. It has all they had and more.

Pouch

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As you can see in the picture above, the pouch the MUT comes in is MOLLE. Whether you want it on your belt or on your chest rig, this pouch will work for you. A nice thing about the molle strap backing is, you can adjust the strap to fit the size of your belt and where it hangs on you.

Specs

Leatherman’s technical writing department doesn’t fill the spec sheet out with every detail of the tool. This means you do have to play with the tool to fully familiarize yourself with everything this tool has to offer… I have been using the MUT for about a month now and I still haven’t found the kitchen sink, but knowing Leatherman they snuck it on there.    [UPDATE] Leatherman is not confirming this just yet but my sources have confirmed that Thor is planning to replacing his hammer (Mjölnir) for the Leatherman MUT sometime in 2015.

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About the MUT:

The MUT is everything your normal Leatherman is. Pliers, screwdrivers, knife and saw, etc. but it was designed with the shooter in mind.  The bolt override tool lets you get stuck brass out of your AR when things go wrong. The MUT has male and female adapters for cleaning rods and jags. The screwdriver set has the standard blade and Phillips head bits as well as hex and star head bits for your scopes and other rail mounts. The carbon scraper is made from bronze to keep from destroying your bolts when you are cleaning. Having the carabiner/bottle opener is a must for any tactical zombie hunting bartender (Looking at you Gun Bunny).

I keep a tool box in the bed of my truck that stores a fair amount of tools in case I need to fix something, be it at the range or on the side of the road. I have found one of my most used tools in the tool box is the hammer. Sometimes there are just random nails in the world that have caught your arm and sleeve one too many times and they just need to be nailed back in to place. I like to believe Leatherman was in the same boat when they designed the hammer on the tool for no other reason than JUST IN CASE.

I have read a few reviews that say this is not just a “MUST HAVE FOR YOUR RANGE BAG”… this is not a range bag tool or one you should just wear when working with firearms. This tool gets put on my belt when I leave the house, I even take it to the gym. I like to wear this everywhere. This isn’t just the ultimate multi-tool for the gun owner, it’s the ultimate multi-tool: period.

Details

The hook knife on the MUT is not designed to cut climbing rope as the hook is rather shallow but it is perfect for cutting molle webbing or seat belts or even fishing line. The blade is replaceable so when it gets dull or chipped you can replace it with a sharp new one.

The punch uses standard cleaning rod threading so you can unscrew it and attach your cleaning rods to the MUT and clean your guns. Also, having a punch on the tool means one less punch you have to carry in your cleaning kit.

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In my first impressions I spoke of the front post adjustment tool that comes with the pouch and MUT. I would have liked to have seen it attached to the MUT and I still think that would have been nice. I do understand the lack of room on the tool. It was nice of Leatherman that they added it to the set. The end user doesn’t need to go out and buy one more thing to complete the kit.

Tool rigidity:

The Leatherman MUT is a solid tool. When you pick up the tool for the first time you notice the weight, the mass of the pliers and the overall heft that this tool has. It is true that heft does not necessarily mean a tool is strong or worth its weight in salt. But from my own personal experience with different brands and style tools, this is one of the nicest and strongest for the type tool. When you grip the handles of the pliers and squeeze as hard as you can you see a little flex but it does not it feel like it is going to bend or break.

Replace-ability:

I am not a professional when it comes to electrical wiring or anything of the nature. I have been around long enough to learn how to fix some problems such as trailer lights or installing and replacing wall plug outlets. I know what it is like trying to cut wires with dull wire cutters. Leatherman has designed the wire cutters on this tool to be replaceable with a screw making it easy to change out the dull or chipped wire cutters with a nice sharp set.

They have also made the carbon scraper replaceable.

Locks and safety features:

The Leatherman MUT comes with a lock latch that keeps the tool in the folded position which might seem pointless if you keep it in the pouch but having an open web cutter (hook knife) you run the risk of cutting your gear up if the tool opens. To keep this from happening Leatherman designed the screw driver bit to block the hook knife and have a locking latch so the tool doesn’t open allowing for the bit to be out of the way and cutting your gear.

Final thought:

The tools was designed for day to day usage. Leatherman designed the MUT to replace the multiple tools you’d normally carry.

This is where I normally post my pros and cons list. Folks, this is the first review where I just haven’t found anything I didn’t like. If in the future I find something that does make this tool have a drawback for ME, I promise to update this.
In complete honesty I have not even scratched the surface of this tools full potential. This Leatherman is the heaviest I own. Remember that the heft added, is to insure that when your life depends on that bolt override or the cutting hook  or any of the other 100 things Leatherman does not tell you this tool does.. it will be there ready for action.