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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:

Speed Loads Through a Vz 58 or Cz 858

Unlike most of the Kalashnikov variants, the Vz58 has a bolt hold open and can be reloaded from stripper clips like an SKS.

These rifles are one of the most popular non-restricted sporting carbines in Canada. I thought my Tavor covered all the bases, but when I asked a friend at the range if I should look into one for myself here’s what he said:  Continue reading Speed Loads Through a Vz 58 or Cz 858

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.