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THE WILD BUNCH RIDES AGAIN: TAKE 2; PART IIII

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STEINER

Steiner gets a long overdue kudo for providing SOF with a number of their 7x50 Military R binoculars in the early ‘80s when we were supporting/assisting/supplying one of the moderate muj groups that were tangling with the Russkies in the ‘Stan. I saw a Steiner for sale in Darra, Pakistan. How they got there, I never found out; but with a few beers, I’m sure I could come up with some fascinating theories.

 

In the late ‘80s, I was hunting elk on the western slope on the ranch of Jim Chestnut, former CEO of Ramline. He had stuck me on an upper mountain pasture, shivering in an old line cabin as the sun started creeping over the horizon. I started glassing a pasture that was between three and four hundred yards away.

 

Three elk were moseying along, eating as they went. One was a bull. When I focused the glasses, I could not accurately count the number of points. Was it legal or not? (I popped this 4 x 5 a couple of hours later, but that is another story.) I determined then that I needed something stronger. I used a variety of Steiner 10 x 42s which collected the light effectively and gave me the crystal clear definition I needed.

 

Here, I’m using the 10x50 Nighthunter XP. It provided great low light performance you’d expect from larger, heavier binos. The exterior lens coating on both front and rear lenses repels water and moisture condensation. The new NBR Long-Life Armoring is designed to last over two times longer than conventional rubber coverings. Bottom line is, what you get is as good as it gets.

 

SPECTER GEAR AND 5.11

JOINED AT THE HIP. Lt. Col. Scott Blaney, USA (Ret.), and his 21-year-old son, Nate, who recently returned from MP’ing around in the Sand Box, pose in front of the 12’ x 20’ Cabela’s Aleknak II tent. Col. Blaney, left, blasted away with a DPMS Panther .300 Remington SAUM, with a Specter Gear sling that kept the monster under control. Nate holds an H&K 93 and carries accessories and empty magazines in a Specter Gear Modular Zippered Utility Pouch. Under it all is a pair of 5.11 Thermal Underwear. And a special thanks to 5.11 for sending a bunch of ‘em. Photo Steve Langford

 

U.S. TACTICAL, BUSHNELL, REMINGTON, MILLETT

Steve Langford, from Bushnell, brought a Remington 700 with a Millett LRS scope. It has a Badger Floor Plate, Badger Magazine and a Surefire muzzle brake. Langford was impressed with U.S. Tactical’s One Shot Sniper Package, which includes: Modular Sniper Data book, Mildot Master, Slope Doper, Ballistic Card, and Sniper Template. “A nice comprehensive package for the long range shooter or sniper…all the basic kit one needs.” Photo Steve Langford

 

SUREFIRE

This light, small, the Surefire E2L Outdoorsman with its non-reflective coating and light weight (3.7 oz.), could put out more light than one of those magnum-size flashlights that was so big it looked like a club. It is an LED flashlight with dual light output settings – 3 lumens on low or 60 lumens on high. The runtime is an impressive 100 hours on low or 11 hours on high. Optional accessories include red, blue and infrared lens filters. I submerged it in water, turned it on and off, and it worked without a single “misfire.” I removed it from the water, opened it up and there was absolutely no moisture on the inside – that’s quality! Having hunted from Alaska to Africa, I couldn’t wait to take this on my next hunting trip. Jerry Kraus

 

PRO EARS

“I used tactical headsets in combat to hear the radios and not get my ears ruined by heavy machinegun fire or the pressure waves from the VBIEDs going off. I found that the Pro Ears NRR of 26 for hunting give the same crystal clear hearing acuity as the game. You train to walk more quietly, which has many benefits, such as sneaking past your buddies to get the last brat off the grill. If you do hit the animal, you may have to find it after it runs off. The individual microphones in each ear cup pick up the sounds of the wounded animal crashing through the brush. The Predator Gold recovers in 5.5 ms. Hunters know that shooting the game is only part of the skill; getting to your game BEFORE the bears do is the other half. The Pro Ears will alert you before you have to do a face to face with your prey. Even when you zero the rifle before you hunt, the Pro Ears don’t get in the way of a good cheek weld. They accommodate a radio/MP3 player/cell phone/game boy,” David Kopenski; Photo by John Higgs

 

BLACKHAWK

THE BLACKHAWK! BLACKGORGE all around hunting pack dressed in Advantage Max-1 HD is extremely well made in the USA. It makes my 1,400 pound ANGUS bull proud and is harder than woodpecker lips. Two main elasticized compartments (with organizers) can each handle an auto pistol, at least four spare magazines, and two boxes of rifle ammo. I filled the hydration bladder with four 12 oz bottles of water, which was enough for the morning hunt. The upper compartment has a zippered front pocket that is big enough for one MREs packet, toilet paper, and a flask of Jaegermeister!

 

Back in Kansas, I put three bricks and a concrete block in the zippered “expandable center section” and humped the loaded pack about a mile and a quarter. It was a damn-heavy load for my old tired-ass and it almost caused a heart-attack, but I had no issues with comfort or capacity. The “Multiple compression and support straps” and beefy waist

belt evenly distributing the weight and the poly-frame easily handled this heavy load. The front harness (with emergency whistle integrated into the male half of the clip) strap locked the shoulder straps in place through the entire hike.

 

I then used the pack in place of a briefcase in Washington D.C. The conference was a one-mile round trip from my hotel. I packed a laptop, accessories, brochures, and a couple of pounds of other junk. I got lots of looks, like I was the next DC sniper (minus the car and rifle), and it left my arms/hands free to do what was necessary while walking to and from the conference, specifically fending off the homeless beggars. LTC Scott Blaney

 

TACTICAL TAILOR

Nate Blaney got a kick out of firing his Dad’s DPMS Panther .300 with a Millet LRS SCOPE. He used a lightweight, handy Tactical Tailor day pack with hydration system which was ideal for carrying necessary items while hiking through the mountains.

 

NIVISYS MUM-14

Nate, as well as other vets, lit up the countryside at night (some mean-spirited soul suggested maybe that is why we didn’t score any elk) with a variety of weapons using the NIVISYS MUM-14 Mini-Monocular Night Vision System. Nate reports, “Amazing! I’m used to the Army’s night vision devices and I really never had a high regard for civilian night vision systems until I used this monocular…incredibly clear…Generation III technology. It performed well even when there were no stars.”

 

CONTACTS

5.11 Tactical Series

4300 Spyres Way

Modesto, CA 95356

(209)527-4511

www.511tactical.com

 

Aimpoint

14103 Mariah Court

Chantilly, VA 20151

(877)246-7646

www.aimpoint.com

 

Blackhawk!

6160 Commander Pkwy.

Norfolk, VA 23502

(800)694-5263

www.blackhawk.com

 

Black Hills Ammunition

PO Box 3090

Rapid City, SD 57709

(605)348-5150

www.black-hills.com

 

Bushmaster Firearms International, LLC

999 Roosevelt Trail

Windham, ME 04062

(800)998-7928

www.bushmaster.com/indexasp

 

Bushnell Corporation

9200 Cody

Overland Park, KS 66214-1734

(800)752-3400

www.bushnell.com

 

Cabelas

(800)237-4444

www.cabelas.com

 

DPMS Firearms, LLC

3312 12th Street SE

St. Cloud, MN 56304

(320)258-4448

www.dpmsinc.com

 

Heckler & Koch USA

19980 Highland Vista Drive, Suite 190

Ashburn, VA 20147

(703)450-1900

www.hk-usa.com

 

Kifaru International

4894 Van Gordon Street, Suite 305

Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

(866)308-1911

www.kifaru.net

 

Millett

16131 Gothard Street

Huntington Beach, CA 92647

(800)MILLETT

www.millettsights.com

 

Remington Arms Company, Inc.

PO Box 700

Madison, NC 27025-0700

(800)243-9700

www.remington.com

 

Revision Eyewear

7 Corporate Drive

Essex, VT 05452

(802)879-7002

www.revisionready.com

 

Rock River Arms

1041 Cleveland Road

Colona, IL 61241

(866)980-ROCK (7625)

www.rockriverarms.com

 

Specter Gear

1107 E. Douglas Avenue

Visalia, CA 93292

(800)987-3605

www.spectergear.com

 

Springfield Armory

420 W. Main Street

Geneseo, IL 61254

(800)680-6866

www.springfield-armory.com

 

Steiner/Germany

Pioneer Research

97 Foster Road, Suite 5

Moorestown, NJ 08057

(856)866-9191

www.steiner-binoculars.com

 

SureFire LLC

18300 Mount Baldy Circle

Fountain Valley, CA 92708

(714)545-9444

www.surefire.com

 

Tactical Tailor

2916 107th Street South

Lakewood, WA 98499

(253)984-7854

www.tacticaltailor.com

 

U.S. Tactical Supply

939 Pacific Blvd. SE

Albany, OR 97321

(541)928-8645

www.ustacticalsupply.com

 

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