Upcoming this week

Getting my shotgun back from cerakoting at Dynamic Combat Solutions so I will be writing up a little piece on my 870 Multipurpose project.

 

Hopefully by end of week I will have my brownells order in. That will be amazing as im in the parts aquiring process of a LR-308 build.

 

Just watched heat in preparing for recording a podcast for Guns Of Hollywood my show I Co-Host with Allie Howe.

 

Last but not least I want to breathe a deep sigh of relief for the news last week coming out of trenton. Christie vetoed the gun ban/mag ban bill on his desk.

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Update: Im a slacker but not really I swear

I have been neglecting my poor blog and its inexcusable. But it is ok I swear it is just that I have been caught up doing some other things.

There are a few things that are taking up a lot of my free time.

1) New Responsibility:  I have been a contributor and panelist to the website firearmsinsider.tv and the corresponding podcast Gun and Gear Review Podcast for a little while now and have recently been given a little more responsibility over there.

2) New Horizons: I along with my co-host Allie Howe have started our own podcast on the Firearms Radio Network titled Guns of Hollywood where each week we take a look at a film, a series, or television show and talk about the action, stories, and of course the guns involved. The researching, recording, editing, and posting for this is taking up a lot of my time. But it is totally worth it. Check us out on itunes and stitcher.

3) New Guns: So as it will become more evident through the stuff I write im finally tackling projects that I have been putting off for both time and money reasons. Time wise im getting a lot of help from Gus over at Dynamic Combat Solutions right here in North Jersey. As far as money well it’s PBJ lunches to save up for LR-308 parts.

 

Thanks to all who read this and to those who listen and read my other stuff. I hope to get back into a rhythm here at NJ Gun Blog.

Softcore DIY: Magnetic Gun Storage

All guns have something in common… metal. What works with metal and metal alone? Magnets. Magnets can be very useful in different facets within the shooting sports from organization to defensive storage. There have been some entrepreneurs who have refined this and  marketed the benefits of magnets for the average shooter. I was drawn to magnets while wandering through Harbor Freight one day. My issue that I needed to fix was storage. I have one of those smaller Stack-On 8 gun cabinets that had been proving unmanageable, While all my guns where in their homemade gun socks (more on that on a later post), pouches, or cases I always found it difficult to organize my long guns amidst a sea of handguns that just wouldn’t stay put. At first I bought one little 15 pound magnet which I affixed a picture frame hook to and was able to hang my little Ruger SR-22 by its pouch’s zipper. With this success I was sold. I went back the next day and found that they sell 2 packs of 65 pound rated magnets with built in hooks for like 6 bucks. Now these hooks are not that long and are metal so just hanging the gun from the trigger guard is not an option. That being said zip ties are your friend. A zip tie on my little homemade pouches make for a great loop to put on the hook. Holsters can be zip tied to hang from the hooks as well. if you desire the trigger guard hanging method then the hookless magnets and some fasteners from Home Depot can rig up quite well. Your only limited by your ingenuity.

Another type of storage that someone created a product for is defensive readiness. For use in places where a cabinet safe or lock may not be practical a magnet is used. It’s a strong magnet that is coated with a non marring rubberized finish and comes installed on a mounting bracket. I am going to look into mocking up a prototype DIY version twice as strong for less than a quarter of the price and will write that up once I finish that up.

The spirit of this series  that I’m starting is that of ingenuity and since each person’s setup and needs are a little different, I feel these posts to be only the beginning or the rough draft of the possibilities one can create with some basic tools and a little sweat equity.

 

Please forgive the poor photo quality taking a picture of shiny things in a harshly lit cabinet interior proved too hard for my iphone.

DIY Magnet

Check it out.

Check out one of my latest reviews on firearmsinsider.tv Rimz Review.

 

Going on another Gun and Gear Review Podcast Tonight and will be discussing many things including my coming review of the Henry Classic Lever Action .22

More Than One Way to Skin a Cat.

For some it takes years to perfect their range bag. There is so much to factor in; size, volume, configuration, contents, material, etc. that I have found the best way to manage is learn through doing. My range bag has gone through a few iterations but I have become comfortable and confident that I have settled into a method that maximizes effectiveness as well as ease of use. That is exactly what each sportsman should do as well. Just as we each have different interests, the needs of the range bag may differ from person to person. My bottom line is do not hesitate to throw the status quo by the wayside and start fresh from scratch. Even with this configuration every month or so I may take everything out and shift things and add or remove them as I see fit.

The Bag.

It seems that almost any tactical accessory company you turn to will offer a bag of similar design, all strappy and MOLLE’d up. For me the keys are as follows; backpack, scalable, at least two major compartments and two small to medium pockets. You can find a pack from most any company ranging from Condor to 5.11 to Blackhawk!.  For me I went with a 40 dollar gun show special. I honestly don’t know the brand as it is not really branded from what I can tell. That being said after a fair amount of time being into the outdoorsy stuff I know what to look for in the construction of a pack. This seemed sturdy enough so i went for it. Some of the useful things that I  find with this bag is its scalability. I can use it as a range tool and target bag with nothing but some ammo or let the straps out and fit two pistols in hard cases, two more in soft pouches, ammo for all, and much much more. This is of course adjusted by the 6 cinches located on this bag. Another thing I find incredibly useful to me is the velcro/molle. I have not taken advantage of the molle aspect put the velcro is awesome. I simply put some velcro onto my range id and voila it goes where i go no digging in my pocket for it, not hanging it around my neck, or dangling it from my pants. I can also put my dopey patches on it. The top carry handle is comfortable enough to carry this thing from home to car to range and back however why do that when it is a backpack. The straps’ comfort and fit of the pack are not critical in my opinion. Let us not forget that it is a range bag not a B.O.B. not a G.H.B. not a 72 hour pack its to get guns, ammo, and supplies to a from the range effectively. I say this to bring something to your attention. You can get something slightly less ergonomic for a relative steal however if you are not dedicating the bag to range duty you may want to go for something pricier and more comfortable that can serve more than one purpose.

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The Main Compartment

This is in my opinion one of the greatest advantages of utilizing a design like this as a range bag. This compartment can do anything you need it to. You can cinch the pack tight and keep targets and other thin items of let the pack out and pack several handguns in this one compartment. I choose the latter typically I will bring one or two handguns in hard cases like my plinking .22 with red dot or my P226 with tactical light. Things stay in cases that are otherwise not able to be slipped easily into thin padded cases. So one might say well that seems full already… nonsense my experience in camping and backpacking has shown me that there is typically more vertical space than you initially realize. Even with two standard sized hard cases I typically slip in another 1-3 handguns in soft cases and gun socks on the sides or in front of the hard cases or even on top.  The rest of the vertical space I have left I will put the corresponding ammunition as well as any rifle ammunition I intend to use on that trip.

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The Middle Section

The middle section is thinner in design than the main compartment and thats fine considering we have placed the bulk of our load in the main compartment. This is a great place for many things since its a full length compartment I put all my targets within a big ziploc bag and that goes in there along with other longer items such as a 3 piece cleaning rod in case of obstructions or any other use. I use the little mesh pockets to hold my staple gun, extra staples, sometimes a marker is in and out of my range bag from time to time as well. This is also the place where I keep a medium sized nylon ditty bag for collecting my brass in, this is also the place the bag ends up at the end of the day.

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Top Front Pocket

This is my smaller items pocket/tools pocket. In it I keep replacement batteries, a metric and standard set of allen keys a pocket screwdriver, a bore light, and a small bottle of gun oil.

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Front Bottom Pocket

Eyes and ears and flags oh my!!! I keep one pair each of tinted and clear safety glasses, ear plugs and a pair of muffs, as well as a ziploc filled with assorted chamber flags.

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In Conclusion

This has been an overview in the philosophy and packing list of my range bag. I hope that it can be helpful in gaining mastery over your range packing woes. If you feel I missed anything mission critical don’t hesitate to comment.

Sam

“We Like Shooting” Shootout

Check out the website for the “We Like Shooting” podcast here. Their podcast is part of The Firearms Radio Network, the same network which hosts The Gun and Gear Review Podcast which I frequently appear on.

They are having a friendly shootout competition which I participated in. The instructions and printable target can be found here.

 

What that little guy dont worry about that little guy.

What that little guy dont worry about that little guy.

That’s my target I shot with my S&W 625JM i blame the two flyers on a tough day at work and the hot handloads I was using.

 

Coming soon…. S&W 638 review and my post about range bags….

New Podcast

Just wrapped on a podcast with The Firearms Radio Network doing the Guns and Gear Review Podcast. Coming to itunes soon check out their shot show videos on their youtube channel here.