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Benjamin Trail XL 1100 air rifle-2305

Firearms

Review: Crosman Benjamin Trail NP XL 1100 .22

After the acquisition of the Benjamin line, Crosman maintained the Benjamin line as its premium line marketed to select retailers. There are air rifles, and then there is the Trail NP XL 1100, which is Crosman’s top of the line air rifle. The fit and feel is excellent from the laser logoed hardwood checkered thumbhole Monte Carlo-style stock to the perfectly blued steel. However, the heart of every worthy review is the performance.

Walther PPS M2 pistol with boxes of Hornady Critical Defense and Civil Defense ammunition

Firearms

Review: Walther PPS M2 9mm Pistol

The PPS was a gun ahead of its time delivering a feature rich, accurate, and configurable, ready-to-carry single stack that could behave like a compact, mid- and full- sized gun. Based on two years of carrying and shooting the PPS, it is my perception that it is one of the best subcompact concealed carry single-stack guns on the market despite the introduction of many other competitor firearms.

GLock G29 pistol with Federal ammunition and two combat knives

Firearms

Review: Glock G29 10mm Pistol — Bad Things Roam at Night

Actually, owning two Desert Eagles, I would argue the Glock 10mm is “the” most reliable high power semi-auto pistol and the G29 is the smallest format available. The 10mm G29 is capable of delivering 600-800 ft./lbs. of energy depending on the ammo you feed it. Not bad considering you have 10+1 rounds on tap—it’s a lot of firepower in a very small concealable package. Best of all, shooters with medium to small hands can establish a comfortable and secure grip. Read the full review to learn the history of the 10mm and how the G29 performs.

Mechanix Glove Winter Armor insulated camo back

Gear

Review: Mechanix Glove

The number one bodily injury since the dawn of mankind is…. yes, you guessed it, hand injuries. Like eye protection, most of those injuries could be prevented with something as simple and comfortable as Mechanix Wear’s line of gloves.

Otis 7.62MM MPSR Cleaning System with cleaning brushes

Gun Gear

Review: Otis 7.62MM MPSR Cleaning System

If you have a .308/7.62 caliber rifle and need a comprehensive compact packable cleaning kit for the field, then the Otis 7.62mm MPSR Cleaning System is an obvious choice, however there is more to the Otis cleaning kit than just size.

Ruger SR1911 left on bed of rocks

Firearms

Review: Ruger SR1911 Lightweight Commander .45 ACP

The Ruger SR1911 is an outstanding value for a feature-loaded production 1911 that you can just buy and have the confidence to pull it out and shoot. The Commander version offers a carry option, which is a ¾ inch shorter, and a few ounces lighter to increase all day carry comfort. But how does it compare tot he full-sized SR1911?

Burris XTR II Riflescope 5-25X50mm front quartering

Optics

Review: Burris XTR II Riflescope 5-25x50mm Precision Riflescope

This is a great optic which deserves to be on a rifle that can deliver the accuracy and do it quickly. There is a lot to love about this scope and not much at all to hate; that’s probably the reason I tightened it onto one of my most expensive and accurate AR-10 builds to date.

Savage Scout Rifle with 2 boxes of Federal ammuition

Firearms

Review: Savage Arms .308 Model 11 Scout Rifle

Despite being quite old, the scout rifle concept—originally developed by Jeff Cooper—is still very hot. Ruger’s versions are reportedly still selling well on the retail shelves and now Savage Arms has joined in with its own Model 11 Scout Rifle offering. So, let’s jump in with both feet for a head-to-head comparison between the Savage and Ruger offerings, because after all, buyers will on the showroom floor.

Swab-Its Bore-whip in the chamber of an AR-15

General

Swab-Its — Simple, Cool, Reusable, and Durable

I first saw the Swab-Its at the 2015 SHOT Show and simply didn’t get the concept of them—hmm… disposable foam bore cleaners. Yeah, the concept was cool. However, I wondered why anyone would buy such an expensive single-use product. Like many times in life, I was wrong. I learned my lesson, even though it took me a full year. My mistake was thinking, “Swab-Its are a one trick pony.” In actuality, Swab-Its are a well made, non-damaging, bore cleaner that can be cleaned and continually reused many, many times.

Leatherman Rebar with case set on a rock

Camping & Survival

Review: Leatherman Sidekick and Rebar

In the last five years, I have become a bit picky about what should be on a survival based multi-tool and what is just extra weight. Cruising the pages of my favorite sporting goods retailer, the Sidekick and Rebar caught my eye. The primary reason was that they featured just the right combination of features in two distinctly different packages.