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Assembling a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife

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IMG_4074I had to stop at the Victorinox booth at SHOT Show 2014.  Dontrese Brown was assembling Victorinox Swiss Army Knives!  Integral to the construction of a knife is the special mechanical press that mates the component parts together. Only two of these special presses exist:  one in Europe and one in the United States.  Both are for demonstrating how a Victorinox knife is built.  Obviously, production knives are made on large industrial machines.

Brown, who is actually a creative director for the Victorinox company, said he began learning how to build the knives for events and shows about two years ago.  He told me he made nearly 500 knives before he was able to assemble one that he would actually give to someone.  The process looks simple, but it takes some practice to ensure the parts are fitted properly.

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New Timberline BattleHog Folders

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Timberline BattleHogGATCO/ Timberline had a few new knives at their SHOT Show 2014 booth.  The Butch Vallotton-designed BattleHog series was so recent, Timberline’s new-for-2014 catalog insert did not contain the knives.  The BattleHogs are a 3″ bladed tactical knife with a reasonable size and price.

A spearpoint blade and a tanto blade are available, as is plain or serrated versions of either style.  The steel is 9Cr13MoV.  Subduing and protecting the blade is a titanium nitride coating.  Liner locks hold the knives fast in the open position.  I found the examples they showed me had good clean lock up.  BattleHogs have Timberline’s KickStart opening assist technology, which find the sweet spot between

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Article Review on Hunting…

Then and Now...

The article I did my article review on:

http://www.commonsenseforanimals.org/hunting.html

Hunting has been apart of our way of life since man first came onto this earth. Its has been a means of survival, a way of life, a habit, and activity. There’s nothing wrong with the way hunting is being handled.

The article states that some people believe hunting is nothing but animal cruelty. They say that if you hunt enough that it could kill off the deer population or what ever you are hunting. They believe that animals have the same rights as humans and should not be hunted.

This is not true. Hunting has regulated so that the deer population will stay the same. You have to go through a special course to be able to hunt. Also, for moose hunting only a certain amount of people can hunt a year.

Animals have rights, but not the same as…

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A Selection Of Instructional Videos From The National Shooting Sports Foundation

Set up Your Scope for Success – Rifle Shooting Technique – NSSF Shooting Sportscast

NSSF’s Ryan Cleckner shows you how to properly set up your rifle and scope combination so that it naturally aligns with your eye. (NSSF Video)

Understanding Minute of Angle (MOA) – Rifle Shooting Technique – NSSF Shooting Sportscast

NSSF’s Ryan Cleckner explains the measurement term “minute of angle” (MOA) and how to use MOA adjustments on your scope for sighting in and to compensate for bullet drop at varying distances. (NSSF Video)

Understanding Mils (Milliradians) – Rifle Shooting Technique – NSSF Shooting Sportscast

NSSF’s Ryan Cleckner explains the measurement term “milliradian” (mil) and how to use a mil-dot scope to measure the distance to your target at the range and in the field. (NSSF Video)

Wind Estimation and Compensation – Rifle Shooting Technique – NSSF Shooting Sportscast

NSSF’s Ryan Cleckner explains how to estimate wind speed…

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Review: Browning Maxus

I have always had a love of Browning firearms. I’m not sure where this interest has come from perhaps just from the ergonomics and aesthetics of the firearms or perhaps it is the fantastic reputation and innovation that has been shown by John M Browning and the company over the centuries. Unfortunately due to the sad state of affairs of UK firearms law I have thus far never been able to own or fire many of the firearms from this legendary name. It was with my interest in Browning firearms that  I was drawn towards choosing Browning Shotguns for my first purchase.I had shot clays for a few years but only fairly recently did I apply for my SGC.

I can remember being in the shop looking at all the guns when I picked up a Browning 525 O/U(which I will talk about in another article). The length and balance…

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Review: Mossberg 500

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By Blaise Uriarte

The Basics:

The Mossberg 500 has gained a phenomenal reputation among sportsman and law enforcement as a rugged, reliable and inexpensive pump action shotgun. This is an example of the Persuader model with a 20 inch barrel, heat shield, fixed cylinder bore choke, a bead style front sight and an ATI adjustable stock. This weapon holds seven rounds in the tubular magazine and one in the chamber. Mechanically this is very similar to the military Mossberg 590 or 590A1. The 590 has a different magazine design, and features a bayonet lug which this model lacks.

The Ammo

The Mossberg 500 is available in about 5 different chamberings, but this one is the 12 gauge with a 3 inch chamber. The 12 gauge is the most widely available chambering of this weapon, and gives you the greatest variety of commercially loaded ammunition to choose from. This firearm was…

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CRKT Otanashi Noh Ken, designed by James Williams

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CRKT Otanashi Noh KenThe Sword of Silence.  Columbia River Knife and Tool designer James Williams states it is the Japanese translation of Otanashi noh Ken, the name of CRKT’s new folder.  With its large 4.6″ tanto blade in Osoraku style, the Otanashi noh Ken resembles a pocket samurai sword.  I was able to handle and photograph this prototype OnK at the 2013 SHOT Show.

In doing a little research, I discovered that the osoraku-zukuri blade shape has a long kissaki or tip section, which may extend to 2/3 of the blade length.  It makes for a rakish, very pointy blade which has superior penetrating ability.  As a former U.S. Army officer, martial arts instructor, and President of the Bugei Trading Company, Mr. Williams’ designs are steeped in martial prowess.  It is said the OnK was made at the request of SOCOM personnel.

IMG_1432Okay, let’s talk basics.  OnK is a frame lock…

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Coast Products Rapid Response Folder Review

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Coast Rapid Response FolderBecause I legally carry a handgun in my right front pants pocket when I leave the house, I naturally tote a clipped folding knife in my left pocket.  I would never, ever, ever, never place anything into the same pocket as a holstered gun, so my utility knife rides on the opposite side.  A favored blade for this purpose is my Coast Products’ Rapid Response 3.0 folder.

Spoiler alert:  I honestly did not think I would like this Rapid Response knife as much as I do.  I purchased the larger Rapid Response 3.9″ bladed folder first.  It was just a bit big for my own daily tasks.  When the smaller 3″ bladed knife arrived several weeks later, I was immediately pleased.  It had the same rugged construction of its older brother in a package more to my liking.

While the larger knife’s blade thunks open, the blade assist technology…

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