Shotgun Speed Loads: Fabarm Martial 12 gauge and a Magpul CTR MIAD combo

This was something I really wanted to build. Do up my short barreled Fabarm Martial Ultrashort with a full suite of Magpul furniture. I started with a foliage green MIAD grip and CTR stock. The 870-AR adapter I used meant that I had to keep the straight grips rather than a swelled back strap or anything like that.

For a long time I was perfectly happy to shoot this shotgun this way. But these days I’m feeling a little more inclined towards lightweight options.

Fabarm Martial 12g Ultrashort with a 14″ Barrel, Magpul MIAD grip and CTR stock

My Fabarm has been a long running project for me. I first picked up the Martial ultrashort on a discount from the Calgary Shooting Center, and have done several tweaks and conversions on it.

While Fabarm SDASS guns are of a higher quality than a traditional Remington 870, that also means they do not accept standard 870 accessories. But by using an S&J sling plate adaptor and one of their 870-AR stock adaptor’s I could get everything running together on there.

Camping With Tatonka: Testing the Lastenkraxe and G82 Backpacks

My lovely girlfriend Jessica is not an outdoorsy person. But she is interested, willing to learn, and has already proven herself as a capable shot with my handguns and rifles.

I on the other-hand consider myself a dedicated outdoors person. Its not uncommon for me to camp alone, earlier and later in the season than most people, and with only the necessities of equipment.

Drumheller Badlands with Tasmanian Tiger Pack and Vortex Razors
Drumheller Badlands

At the end of August we went into the badlands of Drumheller to hike and spend the night. I thought I’d ease her into the experience by staying in a structured camp-ground where we could park the car and would have a fire pit. I have to confess that I have always considered this sort of camping cheating: where 90% of your home comforts come with you and there’s a convenience store 20 minutes down the road to cover that last 10%.

 

So I was pleased when afterwards she suggested: “Next time lets go somewhere with less dogs and kids. A little further out?” Continue reading “Camping With Tatonka: Testing the Lastenkraxe and G82 Backpacks”

FLIR PS32 versus Multicam Camouflage

One of the major advantages of thermal optics is that they ignore visual camouflage when scanning for heat.

We take a multicam camouflaged backpack with a hand warmer inside it, and lay it down in the grass. You can see the thermal vision highlight it in a way that your eyes just can’t do. Even with the camera image brightened and centered on the pack, it can be tricky to spot, but the FLIR PS32 unit calls it out instantly.

The thermal unit I’m using in this video came from this site:

IWI TAR-21 Tavor Being Fired


Sometimes its just nice to see a rifle being put to use. This is the TAR-21 Tavor rifle made by IWI (IMI) being fired in Alberta, Canada. Its a bullpup rifle that is stamped .223 but built to handle 5.56 calibers. One of the nice things about this rifle is that it takes STANAG magazines just like a standard M4 or AR15 rifle.