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By Jonathan Owen on 11/17/2014 8:12 PM

Bushnell Elite 1 Mile ARC"I was robbed!" 

Famous words uttered by more than one hunter blaming circumstance for a miss. Or a missed opportunity, for that matter. I'm not the only one guilty of having uttered that phrase when I should have said, "I blew it" or "I wasn't prepared for that." All kinds of scenarios come to mind here - the animal moved, the wind changed, a stick broke underfoot that caused the prey to bolt unexpectedly. Maybe you've confidently squeezed the trigger, over- or under- shooting your target because you didn't correctly determine the range. In my case, not knowing the range was cause for a severe beating of my head against the red Dodge truck's door. 

To date, it was the biggest hog I've ever personally seen...

By Jonathan Owen on 10/28/2014 5:50 PM

ELCAN SpecterDRAt first blush, the accolades come easily. And I’m not the first to struggle with involuntary drool here. Without a doubt, we’re talking about a real head turner in the ELCAN SpecterDR 1.5-6x. Like all true beauty, it starts inside. The field of view, the illumination, the reticle and the image quality are nothing less than utterly remarkable. When you’re not peering throughout the heart of the scope, it’s externals say “I’m rugged” yet well proportioned, nicely contoured. I’ve been meaning to check out this scope for years. What I discovered in getting to know her though caught me off guard: She is quite unforgiving...

By Jonathan Owen on 10/15/2014 5:25 AM

maglula LULA"Are the hogs shooting back?!" a bemused Brian McCombie once asked.

The answer illustrates the need for fast reliable magazine loaders. In my experience, the best of the best are easily affordable, incessantly reliable and it appears they will last long past the zombie apocalypse. Maglula of Israel has been delivering their magazine loaders and unloaders to America since 2001, with estimated sales in excess of a million units world wide. I've owned a number of their loaders/unloaders over the years and consider them essential to the gear bag. 

In fairness to my good friend McCombie, he could only hear, not see, the action as I opened up on group of wild hogs in East Texas. Given the nature of tactical hog hunting, it's a great opportunity to get close, practice follow up shots, engage multiple moving targets and enjoy the fun of multiple trigger pulls. The truth is that unless you're a single shot shooter, loading round on top of round is a fact of your shooting or hunting life. Maglula loaders take that exercise from being a necessary pain to fun. Fun at first, at least.