Category: Gear Reviews

Easy AR15 Build

The Easy AR15 Build

The modern AR15 weapon system is all about options. In most states, the local gun store will have a few different choices available right off of the rack. But, sometimes, while holding one of those shiny new ARs, a fella thinks “ya know, I just wish this one had…” This could end with upgraded handguards, Magpul furniture, a better trigger, match grade barrel, tricked out bolt carrier group, adjustable gas system, ambidextrous features or any...

The Seven Kinds of Survival Stoves

The Seven Kinds of Survival Stoves That You Can Trust

If you don’t want to start the day by lighting up the BBQ grill in the rain to make your morning coffee, then having a survival stove handy is an excellent idea. We are going to review the seven main survival stove types, based on the fuel they use and then take a look at examples that represent the “best of” each of those groups.

Midwest Industries Combat Rail Handguard Review

Midwest Industries Combat Rail Handguard Review

The new Midwest Industries Combat Rail Handguards are the latest update to the MI product line and they definitely share DNA with the previous generations. However, there are a few important changes that are clear upgrades from just a few years ago. What has not changed is that they are still entirely made in the United States and are extremely easy to install.

Fostech Echo AR-II Trigger

Seven Step Install Guide and Range Review For The Fostech Echo AR-II Trigger

Many of the AR lowers for sale today have an unused third position on the safety selector. “Safe” and “Fire” make perfect sense, but what about that wasted option that is sometimes blank, given a pictogram or labeled “Undead”? The Fostech Echo AR-II trigger gives shooters a way to take advantage of this often wasted setting with the Echo shooting mode, which fires the rifle on both trigger pull and again on trigger release.

Freeze Dried Meals Review

Freeze Dried Emergency Meals Review – Nine Food Pouches Taste Tested

Everywhere you look, freeze dried or dehydrated meals are touted as being the quick, easy and tasty way to set up an emergency food supply for you and your family. The marketing line seems to always be some variation on: “Just add hot water and in minutes your family will be enjoying an amazingly delicious, hot, nutritious meal. All of this in an easy to use pouch with an amazing shelf life!”  Are these incredible,...

Polar Pure – What You Need To Know

Polar Pure has been prized for years as an almost foolproof water treatment option. The little brown bottle is a common sight in backpacks everywhere, largely due to the low cost and almost endless shelf life.

Scrubba Review – The Packable Washing Machine

On any multi-day trip away from home, one of the concerns is packing enough clothing to meet everyone’s needs. Although not the heaviest item in a pack, the bulk of multiple pairs of socks, underwear, shirts and pants can quickly become a problem when dealing with limited space. Even when backpacking with just the bare basics, having a clean pair of socks to put on every day goes a long way in helping to prevent blisters...

SmartPhone Battery Backups

Whether you are out on the trail or hunkered down in your basement during a storm, today’s latest smartphones can serve as a news provider, compass, GPS, music/movie player, communications hub, weather channel and more. But, all of these features quickly come grinding to a halt when the battery gauge on your smartphone counts down to 0% . Fortunately, the market is flooded with choices for smartphone battery backup devices.

Magpul X22 Stock Review

Magpul Hunter X-22 Review

Ruger’s 10/22 rifle has been a mainstay of rimfire shooters for the last fifty years. This simple design is the first rifle in the hands of many youngsters, while other folks will customize it to the point that there are no Ruger made parts remaining. However, with many non-youth shooters, a common complaint with the 10/22’s design is ergonomic issues with the factory stock. The short length, lack of any adjustment and a barrel band...

Magpul Bipod

Magpul M-LOK Bipod Review

One of rifle shooting’s well-known secrets is that the closer to the ground you get, the easier it becomes to shoot accurately. This is a big part of the reason why many precision long guns wear a bipod. The new Magpul Bipod is the latest choice available, with a surprising number of features for the money.