“I Thought I Was Just That Stable” – Review and Reaction to the Nikon Monarch 7i VR Rangefinder

Nikon Monarch 7i VR Review and Video

The Nikon Monarch 7i VR has been traveling with me for a few months now. It’s gotten dirty, crossed state lines, gone hunting… You get the idea. It is unlike any other rangefinder I know of, but very much like Continue reading “I Thought I Was Just That Stable” – Review and Reaction to the Nikon Monarch 7i VR Rangefinder

She’s 19 and Newly Minted High Tech Hunter

Hog hunt with Bushmaster Minimalist 300 BLK

It’s 1:30 in the morning under a moonless West Texas sky right in the middle of nowhere. She’s 19 years old, on her first hunt where the animals actually show up. She’s been around guns her whole life. Her dad Continue reading She’s 19 and Newly Minted High Tech Hunter

Locavore! The Reasons Americans Hunt Aren’t What They Used To Be

Locavore and the reasons we hunt

It’s been said that the only constant is change. While that’s debatable, I was surprised to see the results of a survey released just one week ago. What motivates hunters as a whole has indeed changed. Well aware that surveys Continue reading Locavore! The Reasons Americans Hunt Aren’t What They Used To Be

I Just Discovered Something Amazing – The Real Test of Not New But Still Pricey Camo from Beyond Clothing

Beyond Clothing Review

I have a closet full of camo, most of which I like for various purposes. For five days last week I wore the same Beyond Clothing shirt and pants set while on a Turkey hunt in sweltering heat of Florida. Technically, Continue reading I Just Discovered Something Amazing – The Real Test of Not New But Still Pricey Camo from Beyond Clothing

Worth It? $75 Battle Arms Ambidextrous Safety – Short Throw vs. $6 Standard Selector

Battle Arms Development vs. Standard Selector

SHWAT™ first reviewed the Battle Arms Development Ambidextrous Safety Selector (aka “BADASS”) back in 2012, before they were big time, before Brownells carried them, before most hunters and shooters had ever heard of them. They cost more than twelve times Continue reading Worth It? $75 Battle Arms Ambidextrous Safety – Short Throw vs. $6 Standard Selector

Keeping Your Head [warm] – Team Wendy EXF Balaclava

Team Wendy EXF Balaclava Review

When I need night vision or a head mounted camera, I wear a Team Wendy Exfil LTP helmet. Thanks to an amazing retention system, good venting and customizable padding, I’ve never felt too hot when wearing it. However, I have Continue reading Keeping Your Head [warm] – Team Wendy EXF Balaclava

Worth it? $105 Radian Raptor SD Charging Handle vs. Brownells Standard $20 Charging Handle

Radian Raptor SD Review

If you own and AR-15 you can pick from a virtually infinite catalog of options to set up your gun. A few years back there was an explosion of new charging handle designs that made various promises at various price Continue reading Worth it? $105 Radian Raptor SD Charging Handle vs. Brownells Standard $20 Charging Handle

$200 Truglo 1-6x Tru-Brite Tactical Rifle Scope Review – The Video, The Story, The Conclusion

Truglo TRU-Brite 30 Series Tactical Rifle Scope 1-6x24 Review

If you’d told me ten years ago I’d write a positive review of a $200 TruGlo Tru-Brite Tactical 30mm 1-6x rifle scope, I would have laughed. I mean, I was running a Trijicon ACOG ECOS kit for crying out loud. Continue reading $200 Truglo 1-6x Tru-Brite Tactical Rifle Scope Review – The Video, The Story, The Conclusion

2017 Desert Tech MDR Status and Live Fire Update

Desert Tech MDR Update 2017

Just over two years ago I ran a story introducing the Desert Tech MDR bullpup semiautomatic (and full auto!) rifle. I had just come back from Sniper Country where Desert Tech introduced me and nine others to the MDR prototypes. Continue reading 2017 Desert Tech MDR Status and Live Fire Update

Question From A Reader, Help Us Answer

AR15 for hunting

I got an email today from a SHWAT.com reader, something I always appreciate. He’s asking about moving to the AR-15 platform for hunting. I’m going to give my input below, but perhaps you have something to add or a completely Continue reading Question From A Reader, Help Us Answer