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By Brian McCombie on 4/22/2015 11:31 PM

Trijicon VCOG SHWATThere’s often a division between what some consider Tactical versus Hunting. In a lot of ways, that division is wrong headed. After all, the tactical derives from the military, and the military application of the tactical is all about putting down the enemy.

Of course, for the hunter, the deer or hog or elk is not the “enemy.” But the same general principles apply: put down your quarry as quickly as possible.

So to say that Trijicon’s Variable Combat Optic Gunsight or VCOG, a 1-6x24mm scope, is only a “tactical” scope is to miss an important point. Whatever the quarry, the VCOG can get the job done. And while I don’t hunt “bad guys,” the deer and hogs I’ve taken with the scope, the scope’s overall performance and its ease of use have made it my go to scope, the one I reach for first. Read on to find out why.

By Jonathan Owen on 4/15/2015 10:31 PM

NRA NASCAR What do you get when you cram an insanely diverse crowd of 70,000 people into eight acres of floor space filled with 400+ vendors? Smiles, lots and lots of smiles if we’re talking about the annual NRA meeting, aka “NRA Show” or “NRA Convention.” Young and old, tattooed or tweed jacketed, it wasn’t just me noting the cordial mixing of people from all over the map. “I can’t believe how nice and patient everyone is,” said one local food vendor I talked with. Nice, check. Patient, check. And excited, too. Read on for five highlights I’ve hand picked to share with you.

By Stephen Owen on 4/8/2015 9:46 PM

Beretta GunPod 2In our world of 21st century, sometimes James Bond-esque tactical hunting, we have some amazing tools at our fingertips. We have the latest guns, laser rangefinders, night vision and thermal scopes, and much more. Now more than ever we also have our smart phones to give us an edge. Here are some of my top picks that provide solutions for some specific needs. Also I have a preview of a yet to be released app from Beretta! You may disagree with me on some of my picks or you may want to add some to the list. Let us know your top picks!

By Erik Alexander on 4/2/2015 8:00 PM

Tactical Hog Hunting Close Quarters Hog Hunting is an exciting adrenaline filled experience, but there is always the remote chance it can be the scariest time in a hunter’s life. Funny how often those two elements show up together...  Lots of dedicated hunters spend countless hours refining their marksmanship skills with their primary hunting rifle.  But, what happens when one’s primary firearm malfunctions in that critical moment when a boar is charging?  Many of these tactical failures have been captured on film and shared via social media.  Unfortunately, many of these videos didn’t end well for the unarmed hunter who’s hands and feet provided little to no defense to the boar’s razor sharp cutters.  What was the tactical failure?  At a minimum, the absence of an accessible secondary firearm is one error, and a possible lack of training another.  To illustrate this topic I’ve noted two real life scenarios below and added my personal suggestions including some helpful tactical training tips that you can do at home.