Saturday, January 31, 2015


One of the products we saw at SHOT Show was Ammo-Up, a device that helps with the dreaded chore of picking up brass (brassing).  We stopped by their booth a couple of years ago and I fell in love with their 18" rifle and pistol brass picker_upper.  It's like a giant push mower that picks up brass and deposits it in a basket.  At $495, as much as I loved it, there was no way I could afford it.

However, when we stopped by their booth this year, we found that they are releasing a compact version that is ideal for brassing around barricades and in corners.  I haven't seen a price on it yet, but the gentleman we talked to at the booth said it would be right around $100 when it is released later this year.

I know it looks good picking up brass on a show floor, but I hope to get a chance to try it out once it's released and give a proper review.  Until then, here's a video of the demo at the show.

Friday, January 23, 2015

SHOT Show 2015: CMMG MK47 Mutant

For all you AK-47 fans that want to try the AR15 but don't want to change calibers and for AR15 fans who want to dip your toes into the AK-47 realm and try the 7.62x39 cartridge but don't want to change rifle platforms, CMMG has the rifle for you.

For 2015 CMMG ( has introduced the MK47 Mutant.  It is an AR15 rifle that has been specifically re-engineered to use standard AK-47 magazines but retain the accuracy, ergonomics and reliability of the AR15 rifle.

What makes the Mutant unique amongst caliber conversions for the AR15 platform is CMMG started from the ground up to properly fit the 7.62x39 cartridge into the AR rifle.
The rifle uses all standard AK-47 magazines, including the large drum magazines, instead of trying to modify an AR15 magazine to feed correctly.  Otherwise the feel and controls are the same as any other AR15 on the market.  The only down side to using standard AK-47 magazines is you loose the last shot bolt hold open.  The AK-47 rifle also lacks this feature.

The Mutant also uses a larger bolt based off the .308 bolt to accommodate the larger diameter case thus eliminating the possibility of cracking that is common when a standard bolt is used and modified to fit the 7.62x39 cartridge.  This redesign makes the Mutant a very robust rifle.  

(Left: Standard 5.56 AR15 bolt.  Middle: Modified 5.56 AR15 bolt.  Right: CMMG Mutant bolt)

Other than a unique buffer and buffer spring, you can modify the mutant to your hearts desire as any other AR15 rifle.  It does come standard with a Keymod free float tube to attach your favorite accessories.

Estimated accuracy is 2 inches at 100 yards or better depending on quality of ammunition.  Much better than the best AK-47.  The Mutant is also lighter than the standard AK-47, approximately 7 pounds.  

If you love the AK-47 and want to try and AR or love the AR15 and want to dip your toes into the AK-47 realm, then check out the Mutant by CMMG.  You get the best of both worlds in one rifle.

I enjoyed firing this rifle at SHOT Show and I think you will like it as well.

Here is a short video showing the rifle in action.
(Note: Civilan models will be semi-auto only, not full auto as shown.  One of the perks of factory demo's)


By: Mez

P.S. - Don't forget to register for the givaways.  We are back from SHOT Show 2015 and need you to enter so we can give out some great swag.  

Thursday, January 15, 2015


Have you ever wanted to attend SHOT Show, but haven't been able to?  This year, GLOCK is offering a live broadcast during the week of the show.  Below is the press release with the information on how to register.  I just did it (even though I'll be there), and it was a painless registration. (Also, don't forget to enter our raffle beginning on Friday, January 16th.)

GLOCK Brings SHOT Show to the Public via Live Interactive Broadcast:  GLOCKLive

SMYRNA, Ga – Jan. 12, 2015  - Today GLOCK, Inc. announced the schedule for GLOCKLive, a viewer communication broadcast that combines live video and social interaction. GLOCKLive will feature four broadcasts during the week of the SHOT Show (Jan. 20-23, 2015), allowing anyone who is not able to attend the show to have an insider’s peek.  

Viewers may register at to view and participate in discussions offered. Discussion topics include a live Q&A with Gunny, Q&A with Team GLOCK as well as Carrie Lightfoot of The Well Armed Woman and Karen Butler of Shoot Like a Girl, and finally, two broadcasts of GLOCK’s new product for 2015. 

“Viewers will have the unique opportunity to comment and ask questions to panelists in each broadcast,” Stated Josh Dorsey, VP at GLOCK, Inc., “GLOCKLive will allow those who cannot attend the SHOT Show, to be a part of it for the first time.”

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

SHOT Show Means Give-away Time!

For the past few years we've given away some of the goodies we receive at SHOT Show and this year is no different.  The give-away will begin on Friday, January 16th and will end at midnight (MST) on January 31st.

Five random winners will be chosen via RaffleCopter.

I assemble the bags, seal them, and then randomly address the bag with the winners' addresses, so not even I know who receives what.  If you receive a product that you really love after trying it out, please consider writing a review.  We will be happy to host reviews here if you do not have a blog of your own.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Expanding My Horizons

In January, while at SHOTShow, I played with throwing knives and tomahawks and had a blast.  I thought it would be fun to learn to do.

 I also played with a crossbow and had a ton of fun. 

 I knew that eventually I'd have to own all of those fun toys.

Jay was hemming and hawing about my Christmas present and complaining that he didn't know what to get me.  I saw my opportunity and started in on him about throwing knives and tomahawks.  He emphatically told me he wasn't getting those for me for Christmas.  So I helpfully pointed out that we live on enough property to set up a nice tree round for practice and it wouldn't be a problem.  And he still said no.  Ever helpful and optimistic, I suggested that we would have a good time learning to throw from horseback. He stood his ground and I started to get mad.  After all, he was the one complaining that he didn't know what to get me for Christmas and I was giving him perfectly reasonable suggestions. 

Fast-forward to Christmas morning:

Guess he figured out what to get me.
Yes that is my very own crossbow.  It has no practical application in a defensive sense, but it certainly will be a lot of fun.  It's too cold and snowy to take it out for practice, not to mention we don't have an appropriate target/backstop, but that doesn't stop me from getting my Daryl Dixon on and walking around the house with it.

I almost forgot that I was mad about the throwing knives and started making plans to pick up a big 3x3x8 bale of straw while we were driving to the in-laws for Christmas morning.  I couldn't stop myself from mentioning that I thought we'd be buying a tree round instead of a bale of straw, even though I was thrilled with my present.

So imagine my surprise when I opened my gift from my in-laws and found SOG throwing knives and a tomahawk!  No wonder Jay was so adamant about not buying me a set for Christmas.  Again, hardly practical in a defensive sense, but so much fun.

I must have made it very clear, loudly and often, that I wanted throwing knives, because that afternoon, at my family's Christmas gathering, I opened another set of knives.

I wonder what I'll try out at SHOTShow 2015 that I can add to my list of "fun things" I must own?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review: Swab-its

As much fun as the shooting sports are, once the fun is over you need to take care of your equipment.  This includes cleaning your firearms.  Contrary to popular belief, your firearms do need to be cleaned and lubed to maintain proper function and accuracy. 
Everyone is familiar with the standard cleaning kit consisting of cleaning rod, brass bore brush and cotton patches.  These have worked well for many decades.  But they do have their own disadvantages.  A traditional patch does not conform to the round shape of the bore and you end up using numerous patches to obtain a clean bore.  A bore patch does not reach into the nooks and crannies of modern semi-auto firearms.  You could use old-fashioned Q-tips, but they are made of cotton which leaves cotton fuzz everywhere, they are short and don’t have flexible shafts.  Finally, you end up with a pile of trash to be thrown away. 

Now there is something better to help clean your firearms.  Bore-tips and Gun-tips by Swab-its (Swab-its).  Both of these items use a lint-free synthetic material that is washable and reusable.  No more throwing away piles of cotton patches or Q-tips. 

Gun-tips are simply a synthetic Q-tip with a plastic, flexible shaft.  They are great for getting into the nooks and crannies of modern firearms.  They come in various sizes and lengths and do an excellent job of cleaning the junk out of your firearm.  Another great use is to help apply lubrication.  You can put the lubrication where you want it instead of spraying lube everywhere and hoping it goes to the right lubrication points.  Just pick the one you need to help with your cleaning. 

Sample of Gun-tips

Use Gun-tips to clean into deep pockets. 

Great for applying lube where you want it

Bore-tips are a caliber specific combination of cleaning jag, bore mop and cleaning patch in one.  Bore-tips thread onto a standard cleaning rod and can be used to apply cleaning solution to the bore as well as removing loose particulates (just like a cloth cleaning patch or cleaning jag) once the brass brush has been run through several times.  Due to being round in shape and conforming to the shape of the bore the Bore-tip is more efficient than traditional cleaning patches.  They are also great for applying a uniform coat of oil to the inside of the bore for long-term storage.  

Sample Bore-tips

Bore-tip replaces cleaning jag, bore mop and cleaning patch

Use as cleaning jag, bore mop and cleaning patch


I like both of these products from Swab-its and think they will be a useful addition to your cleaning kit.
They may seem expensive but they are washable and reusable.  In the long run you should save money and reduce waste going to the landfill and more efficiently clean your firearms.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Barrett .50 BMG

When dead just isn't good enough.