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Vortex Optics VOTRS kit

 

 

I spend some hands on time with the VOTRS kit, and try a few variations outside what ships in the box. Designed for long term viewing, the VOTRS kit combines both mid and high power optics in one system. It’s worth noting that I did not order a kit directly out of the catalog. I built mine over the course of a year picking up one part at a time. As a result my combination is different from those sold directly from Vortex.

Razor 85mm spotting scope, Razor 10×42 binoculars, Recon 10×50 RT monocular, CBX tripod

 

I assembled this over 2 years, mostly of stuff bought from Wholesale Sports. The case itself I had to special order from vortex. They no longer sell VOTRS kits as a retail item, but they will still custom build them for anyone who asks.

Tavor TAR-21: The First Video

This video was shot approximately a week after I finally picked up my Tavor. Lots of people told me this was an IMI rifle, but its stamped with an IWI logo right on the side, so I’ll proudly argue anyone who wants to that this is manufactured by Israeli Weapons Industries and not Israeli Military Industries. More on that later.

TAR-21 Tavor at the Range: Gear I Used to Use

This rifle has changed a lot over the year that I’ve had it. While it started out like this, it’s now quite different. At the time I could only afford a Vortex Viper PST 1-4, but now I use a Vortex Razor 1-6 and find it a much better fit. I’ve also put a full rail and iron sights on the top to make it a more flexible system.

I still use the JBM ballistics calculator every chance I get, and take the Razor HD Spotting Scope with my everywhere. I’ve traded the Leica rangefinder for a vortex one too, and while I like to use the Eberlestock, its getting a little to small for the very wide profile of the Tavor.

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:

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.