Thursday, February 7, 2019

SHOT Show 2019 - innovative technology

The good thing about SHOT Show, it is not just about firearms.  You do find other interesting items.

Here are two items we found.

First up, Nexoptic.  What these guys are doing is making electronic binoculars.  You have the optical clarity of traditional glass binoculars with the modern convenience of additional digital zoom and the ability to take photos and video.

Unfortunately I didn't take photos of it, so I'll just link to their website and you can see it for yourself.  

The next item is something that really caught my attention.  Night vision and thermal imagers are all the rage now.  Everyone is coming out with their own version of this technology.  The biggest problem is the image is either that green color (for night vision) or various color scales for thermal.  You get a general image but not a lot of detail.
Well, how about if you have a full color image?  That would be useful.
In comes SiOnyx. They do just that.  Using a different sensor technology, they have created a monocle device that gives you a full color image.
It can be used as a stand alone device or attached to the picatiny rail on your rifle.

I've been looking for a good night vision device and this may be it.  Pricing is not outrageous either.  Starting at $799, it is very cost competitive with the competition.  I think you get a lot for your money.

Again, no pictures, but really innovative technology.  Go check them out.

I know, boring post.  no pictures.
Don't worry, better posts to come with pictures.

By: Mez
Feb. 2019

SHOT Show 2019 - Fun with customization.

in todays firearms world, everyone and their brother, sister, cousin, etc. builds an AR platform rifle.  If you buy from a reputable company you will get a good product. So how does a company differentiate themselves from everyone else?  Go custom configurations.  Something the big companies are not doing.  (But beware, doing custom work such as this is not cheap.  Fun, but not cheap)
Here are pictures from a couple of companies we came across.  Enjoy.

First up is Strike Industries.  This is my favorite of their rifles.

Next up is F1 Firearms.  These guys are more competition oriented as they offer skeletonized receivers.  Not the best for keeping dirt and stuff out of your firearm.  But it does make for a lightweight rifle.  
One of the options they offer is multi-color hard-coat, multi-color anodization.  Which makes for a beautiful, customized rifle.  

If you are tired of the plain old black, try a bit of color customization.

By:  Mez
Feb. 2019

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

We're Trying Something New

We had so much fun with the Facebook live videos last month, we decided to try our hands at doing a video every couple of weeks. We're not video people, obviously, but thought we'd give it a go.

Let us know if there's anything you'd like to see, learn about, well ... almost anything.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Back to Real Life and What to Expect from GunDivas in 2019

I'd like to say we made it all back from Vegas unscathed, but that would be a lie. Both Jay and Mez have been felled with the SHOT Show plague. I haven't seen Jay this sick since he had Influenza A over Christmas six years ago, and that's saying something. I've only texted with Mez, but it sounds like he has the same thing: fever, chills, cough, and a general desire to die. I'm relatively certain that what they have is not Influenza, but instead is bronchitis. So far - knock wood - I'm still healthy and showing no signs of the plague that they caught. I'm counting myself very lucky, considering I just spent a week with a bunch of strangers spreading their germies around, and sharing a house with the boys who ended up getting really, really sick.

We had a lot of fun doing the Facebook Live end-of-day reviews and someone suggested we do it more frequently. At first, I was resistant, but mostly because I hate the camera. However, the more I thought about it, the more the idea grew on me. In talking with Jay and Mez, they're on board with doing some sort of video series. It won't be on FB live, but will be something we record and put up on our YouTube channel (Yes, we have one. No, I haven't posted anything in three years.), with cross posting here and on the FB page. We have some technical things to work out (as well as a schedule), but look for bi-monthly videos in the near future. I have several writers for the blog, and I hope to be able to bring them on to the videos as well, which will take some coordinating.

For years, I've been collecting books that Greg Ellifritz at Active Response Training has recommended. (I have also shamelessly stolen some of the shooting drills he shares.) But collecting them has been all I've done. I buy the book and put it on my TBR (to be read) pile. My pile is getting out of control. Just like being a gun owner and a shooter are not the same thing, buying books and reading them are two different critters. It's my goal to get through my TBR by the end of the year.

These are the books I have piled on my nightstand. There are more mixed in my bookshelf and in my Kindle library that I need to read or re-read. In an attempt to hold myself accountable, I'll share what I learned from each book once I've finished it.

We all still have real jobs, so the changes here will be minimal, but our hopes are that we'll be able to post on a more consistent basis and continue to share things that catch our eyes.

Friday, January 25, 2019

SHOT Show, Show Floor, Day 4

The last day of the show is a mixture of sadness and relief. Sadness that the show is over, and relief that the show is over. Our bodies are probably rejoicing - or will be once they have some time to recover.

So, in true lazy fashion (just like I've been doing all week instead of posts with substance), here are some pictures of our last day. There are actual posts forthcoming, just not today.

The non-tactical guns will go in here

The tactical guns will live in here.
CRKT Provoke MSRP $200.00

This will be my EDC knife

Our interview with MoJo 5.0

F1 Firearms

Mez's turn at Geissele's Plinko game

Not a bad prize - a knife from Geissele

Thursday, January 24, 2019

SHOTShow 2019, Show Floor, Day 3

We're still alive. Suffering from SHOTShow fatigue (not to be confused with the SHOT plague), but hanging in there.

We saw some cool things, talked about a ton on the FB live (be sure to check it out if you haven't already), and took a few pictures. However, I'm not sure we took many pictures of things we talked about in our FB live. We're not firing on all cylinders right now.

Our youth shooters are our future, be sure to check them out.

A great way to break the monotony of aisle after aisle walking
Squirrel moment - not on the treasure map
I could have played with this all day ...

... but a salesman came up and ruined it ...

... probably for the best ...

...I would have used it for nefarious purposes

I might have to buy this :)
Brownell's Retro AR-10
Pantac USA

Savage Fox

Savage Rascals
Striker Industries' Deadpool rifle

Modeling my LaRue ring with Mark LaRue