At one point I found myself looking for a small, easy to carry, general purpose gear/range bag and had a look around at some of the offerings. Maxpedition came up in my searching and I started looking at packs they offer. They have a wide and diverse range of packs and accessories available. I settled on the Maxpedition Lunada Gearslinger as the size and features seemed to loosely fit my list of requirements of a range bag. It was reasonably compact but big enough for a box of ammunition and some hearing protection.
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About a year ago I was preparing for the 2012 Sniper’s Hide Cup in Douglas, Wyoming. I knew I needed a decent field pack for the event so I started doing some research. I had heard Eberlestock’s name many times. Their packs with built in scabbards are quite popular in the precision shooting crowd. Ironically, the scabbard is the one feature of the Eberlestock packs that I wasn’t very enamored with. I did some searching around on the Eberlestock site and landed on the X4 HiSpeed pack. This is essentially a spinoff of their popular X3 LoDrag pack, minus the scabbard option. Just what I was looking for!
The Bushnell Elite 1600 ARC is quite the package of wonder. In a product area dominated by names like Leica, Vectronix, and Swarovski, a company not known for its range finding performance is making people take notice. When Bushnell released the Elite 1600 ARC and the Fusion ARC range finders the range finding industry was taken a little off guard. Bigger names that had been the dominant force in the market were finding themselves over-performed and under-priced.
Have you ever heard the expression, “Experience is the best teacher?” I tend to believe that statement as it has proven itself more than a few times in my life. One thing I never thought was all that necessary, was the scope magnification ring throw lever, or “cat tail” as it is also called. Well, I can tell you, from experience, that it is a welcomed accessory if you plan to do any competing with a precision rifle. I found myself ready on one stage and I was able to get on target and engage several successfully. My wind calls were good and my dope was spot on. Unfortunately for me, this was a rather expansive stage, and it required a lot of adjustment of the shooting position from one set of targets to another. What happened was, I got lost in the terrain. I had to reach up and manually back my power range down a bit to widen my field of view to help search for the targets I had yet to engage. Then I had to crank it back up a bit so I could get a good look at the target when I found it. My next problem is, the target I found, wasn’t the target I thought it was. When I fired I landed way short of it, technically a rule violation in the competition. My problem was I thought I was shooting at one target, and I was actually engaging a different one. So the scope was set for the wrong distance and my shot was subsequently way off target.
There is an essential tool for any serious reloader and that tool is the chronograph. Read up on the Competitive Edge Dynamics Millennium 2 Chronograph review here at AccuracyTech and decide whether or not you think this is a tool that’s worth the coin. Before we get into the features of the CED Millennium 2 in our Chronograph Review we need to talk about why this is a necessary tool in the first place. For the casual handloader/reloader it may not be essential. For anyone who loads their own ammo for competition purposes, this is a critical tool. Whether loading for a pistol and you need to determine if you will make the power factor limits for USPSA or 3 Gun competitions, or if you load for rifle and want to make sure you have the most consistent ammo possible, you need information that the Chronograph gathers.