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By Jonathan Owen on 6/30/2015 8:00 AM
best night vision

What Night Vision Should I Use?

I’ve lost track of how many times that’s come up over the years. If you’re looking for a canned answer, you’re in the wrong place. Given the plethora of options and new gear that keeps hitting the market, the answer can change quickly. I’ve successfully hunted varmints and hogs with a 

variety of night vision and thermal gear and I’ve liked most of what I’ve used. Some gear keeps coming back around and winning the day again and again. Such was the case on a recent wild hog hunt with friends and writers Brian McCombie and Katie Ainsworth. Read this story and you’ll have an idea about how some of the available options play out.

By Jonathan Owen on 6/23/2015 6:33 AM

Tactical Hunting forumEnough subtleties and hints like the tactical bear hunt story published just ahead of this! Tactical hunting isn’t just about chasing wild hogs, it’s wherever you and I take our military inspired gear, tech, gadgets or methods to the hunt. SHWAT™ is now Special Hunting Weapons And Tactics™ and we couldn’t be more excited. As a matter of fact, we’re so excited we’ve launched our new Tactical Hunting forum. Remington, Trijicon, Dead Air Silencers, EOTech, King’s Arsenal, CrossBreed Holsters, Elite Survival Systems, Barnes Bullets, Alamo Four Star and others are helping kick off a great start with a pile of gear to give away. Read on!

By Jonathan Owen on 6/16/2015 8:46 AM

Barnes Bullets Bear HuntCombine extreme adventure, epic views, dangerous game and Force Recon tactics using dogs. The result? A bear hunting adrenaline dump and an exhausted hunter if you’re me. And pardon me while I eat my crow, but that’s not exactly what I expected when Barnes Bullets suggested a bear hunt using dogs as the kick off to our expanded brand Special Hunting Weapons And Tactics™ (SHWAT™). It seems I’d bought into a common lie about hound hunting black bears: Turn dogs loose, drink coffee in truck while dogs tree bear near road, shoot bear. Yawn. Hunting with Table Mountain Outfitters, nothing could have been further from the truth. If I’d been told I was to join a Bear Interdiction Task Force™ (BITF™) I’d surely have been more excited, but no one had coined the phrase yet! I submit to you my BITF™ AAR (After Action Report)...

By Jonathan Owen on 6/8/2015 8:07 PM
Alamo Four Star Cowl Induction Muzzle BrakeHave you noticed how many muzzle brakes are on the market today? So when our friends at Alamo Four Star told me they were going to build the Cowl Induction Brake, I almost yawned, but I was intrigued by the name. Alamo Four Star cranks out predictably solid products from their Return To Zero DLOC scope mounts, to their Harris bipod mounts, to their sniper tripod so I knew it would be good. But why a new muzzle brake in an already crowded field of good muzzle brakes? 

Based on a sneak peak at some data and pulling the trigger on my own AR with a prototype CIB muzzle brake, I can tell you right now hunters and shooters will love this thing. But WHY they will is a story by itself. I’ll start there and then get to the numbers.