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Review: Olight S80 750 Lumen LED Flashlight

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If you hate having to read through an entire review article just to find out of the author would recommend the product or not let me help you out: This flashlight is awesome! With that said I have just recently found out that this model has been discontinued. Before you run and get a box of tissues have no fear for it is still available from numerous retailers and other Olight models can be had.

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Review: Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro Black LED Pen Flashlight

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Flashlights are a critical item in prepping supplies. Every member of your family should have AT LEAST one flashlight with extra batteries. Over the past few years I have seen a huge performance increase and cost decrease in flashlights using LED technology.

Steamlight is a major brand name in flashlights. Known for their high quality and high performing lights – they are also known for not making the least expensive lights to

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Part 1: AR Budget Build – Complete and functional for under $500

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My first of several AR build articles focuses building a complete, functioning AR-15 for less than $500. Yes, it is possible and I am going to show you how.

Let me start off by saying this is not difficult. It’s not rocket science and you do not need an engineering degree or have to have worked at NASA for a couple decades. In fact, no tools are necessary for this project. You will also NOT

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Equipment Review: Gerber Multi-Plier “Suspension”

Rourke: This review was previously published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.

 

I have owned several Gerber multi-pliers over the last 10 years. They are one of the most essential preparedness supplies. All have served me well. Whether it be for a survival kit, car glove box, or for everyday carry – these multi-tools are just fantastic.

The latest pair that I have purchased is the Gerber “Suspension” . I have now owned it for over 6

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Metal Gear XL-M Extreme 618 Lumen LED Flashlight Review

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By John Rourke

I make no effort to hide the fact that I have a huge infatuation with flashlights. Ever since my youth flashlights have represented safety and security. Something goes “bump” in the night? Well, grab the handy dandy flashlight and scare it away.

My most recent flashlight acquisition comes from a company called Dorcy. Specifically – the model is called the “Metal Gear XL-M Extreme“. It is promoted as a high performance “next

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Review: Magpul MOE Grip for AR Platform

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To be honest I often scoffed at the idea of spending my hard earned money on an aftermarket grip for my AR. I mean – it’s a just a grip, right? The standard AR grip has been around for decades and should be just fine. Well – several months ago I happen to have a few extra bills padding my wallet(rare occurrence) and was down in Columbia, SC at Palmetto State Armory. They had an

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Initial Evaluation: New Frontier LW-15 Polymer AR Lower

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Several weeks ago I received a New Frontier LW-15 polymer lower for testing – and to build another AR. I know many may scoff at the use of polymer in an AR lower – much the same way traditionalists rolled their eyes at this new plastic gun that came out years ago – called a “Glock”. That plastic gun turned out to be OK. I was originally attracted to the New Frontier due to their

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Review: Streamlight 88850 POLYTAC LED Flashlight

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This post was originally published here – http://modernsurvivalonline.com/review-streamlight-88850-polytac-led-flashlight/

 

Streamlight POLYTAC LED Flashlight

I love flashlights. They are a basic and integral part of any preparedness plan. Ask anyone to make a list of the top 5 things that should be collected in case of any kind of a disaster and surely”flashlight” will be ranked up there. As I continue to build my preps I sought out a high quality, high performance

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Gear Review: 5.11 Hard Time Gloves

Gear Review: 5.11 Hard Time Gloves

For the longest time I was not one to wear gloves. I hated the loss of touch, dexterity and the sizing of most gloves. Despite being educated, throughout college and law school I worked construction and landscaping jobs and spent a fair amount of time in the gym. As a result my hands are thicker than normal for their size and fit poorly in many gloves. However,

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Gear Review: Millet Designated Marksman Scope

Gear Review: Millet Designated Marksman Scope

by Jesse James, Editor-at-Large

 

Features:

18 MOA donut Illuminated reticle 1 MOA dot 1-4x magnification 24mm Objective diameter 30mm tube Waterproof to 3 ft. (tubes are completely waterproof, but not electronics) Fogproof -40F-140F 18 oz. ~$225

While it has been quite a while since I have had the privilege to contribute to MSO, rest assured I have been quite busy with rounding out my preps. Much

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Review: ProMag Polymer AR 30-rd Magazine

During my recent trip to my bug out location in Georgia I had the opportunity to test a new ProMag polymer 30 round AR magazine. I paid $17.99 at my local gun shop. With the current demand on magazines for AR’s there have been several companies that have come out with new versions of the infamous 30 rounder. ProMag’s polymer 30 round version at first look appears to be a close copy

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Equipment Review: Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock

This review was originally published here – http://modernsurvivalonline.com/equipment-review-grand-trunk-ultralight-hammock/.

 

I am in the process of putting together a new bug out/get home kit. The revision of my kit comes from my recent bout with severe lower back pain. Although my back is better I have put some thought into changing things to reduce weight. When my back was really bothering me the pain was agonizing and my mind

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Shooting the Kel-Tec Sub-2000 9mm carbine

So many guns, not enough money. Well – this is true unless you know someone and can borrow theirs. A couple weeks ago I had the chance to borrow a friends Kel-Tec Sub-2000 9mm Carbine. I have been interested in owning one of these for the past coupe years but it just never happened.

Over a weekend I was able to take a look at the Kel-Tec, handle it, shoot it,

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Equipment Review: ProMag M&P15-22 32-round magazine

The Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 is one of my favorite guns to shoot. I have a few thousand rounds through mine and it continues to perform extremely well. Is it 100% reliable? No – but I know of no rimfire that is. I’ll tell you what – it is extremely close – maybe 99.8%. The factory capacity magazine hold 25 .22LR rounds and much like the rifle has an appearance that lends

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Firearm Review: Henry Arms US Survival Rifle……..

Introduction:

The Henry US Survival AR-7 Rifle is the latest rendition of the USAF AR-7 that many Air Force pilots carried “just in case” for the last 40+ years. Even today it can be found stored away by many backpackers, bush pilots, and ATV riders. The AR-7 is known for its unique ability to disassemble in several components and store it all in its buttstock. Worth mentioning

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Equipment Review: AQUAMIRA Frontier Water Filter Straw

I have several methods for making suspect water safe at home as well as while traveling. One of the most inexpensive methods incorporated in my system is the Aquamira water filter straw. I received this water filter from SurvivalGearBags.com who carry the Aquamira as well as many other survival and preparedness supplies.

 

Why the Frontier? Like I said – it is inexpensive and allows me to stretch

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Equipment Review: Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock

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I am in the process of putting together a new bug out/get home kit. The revision of my kit comes from my recent bout with severe lower back pain. Although my back is better I have put some thought into changing things to reduce weight. When my back was really bothering me the pain was agonizing and my mind wandered into to several “What if’s?“. Having to trek on foot

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Equipment Review – Venturer Travel Portfolio Bag

The folks at PX Supply offered to send me a Venturer Travel Portfolio Bag to check out. I accepted and have actually had it for the past few weeks.

This bag is meant to be carried while traveling. Basically a one-stop shop to keep identification, credit cards, money, travelers checks, etc. all in one place. My initial impressions taking a look at the bag was

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Equipment Review: Bushnell Backtrack GPS System

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I bought a Bushnell Backtrack GPS system for a little over $50.00 recently from a deal I purchased on GearHOG.com. Reading about it – seemed like a great idea and I wanted to check it out.

First time I used it I took it to a Carolina Panthers game to make sure I found my way back to my car. Like most men – I didn’t read the directions and it took

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New generator bought – Briggs & Stratton 5500 Watt

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Ready to open my present……

I have been wanting to pick up a new generator for quite some time – but ball and chain wifey wouldn’t cooperate. With the recent storms here in the Southeast and damage to our property – she is finally seeing the light. She actually called me up Thursday and said “Honey – the biggest and strongest man around – go ahead and go buy that generator you have been

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