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Schrade S.W.A.T. SCBAT21H 21″ Collapsible Ba...

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Schrade manufactures four rugged professional quality collapsible batons, each available in four sizes ranging from from 16″ to 26″. The Professional Series, S.W.A.T. Heat Treated Series, S.W.A.T. Lite Series and a line of heat-treated batons for Smith & Wesson. The model we’ll be focussing on in this article is Schrade’s S.W.A.T. 21″ SCBAT21H heat-treated collapsible baton. Read on for more about it…

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Kelly Kettle Stainless Steel Scout Reviewed

Posted on Jun 1, 2015

Recently, I found an interesting kettle kit and cooking system known as the Kelly Kettle. Pioneered by the Kelly family back in Ireland for more than 100 years, the Kelly Kettle offers a very unique spin on a natural fuel cooking system. No tablets, liquid fuels or fuel cells required with this one. Read on to see how well it stood up to the challenge…

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Schrade SCHF42 Frontier Fixed Blade Knife Reviewed

Posted on May 24, 2015

Schrade’s SCHF42 Frontier Fixed Blade Knife is one of the latest additions to their 2015 Frontier Series lineup. Designed by Brian Griffin, this full-tang 1095 high carbon steel blade with grivory handle slabs and a premium leather sheath is certainly on track to be one of their most popular models of the year. Read on to see how well is stands up to the challenge…

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QiWiz FireFly UL Titanium Wood Stove Reviewed

Posted on Mar 23, 2015

Earlier this year I ran across an ultralight titanium wood stove that weighs only 2.8 ounces and takes up less than 9 cubic inches of space in your pack. The FireFly UL Titanium Wood Stove is made by a small outfit located in Cleveland Heights, Ohio called QiWiz UL Gear. Let’s see how well it works…

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Schrade SCAXE2G Extreme Survival Hatchet Reviewed

Posted on Mar 23, 2015

After reviewing Schrade’s SCAXE2L last year, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to put the smaller SCAXE2G through its paces. As my quest for quality packable gear continues, the delicate balance between affordability, durability, functionality, weight, and volume has become much more important. Now lets take the SCAXE2G for a spin…

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GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Soloist Reviewed

Posted on Mar 13, 2015

Last month I reviewed a Halulite Pressure Cooker from GSI Outdoors and liked it a lot so today I thought I would review another one of their products, the compact Pinnacle Soloist. The Soloist is a complete ultralight cookware solution sized perfectly for one individual. The set consists of an attractive 1.1 liter hard-anodized aluminum pot, a 14 fluid-ounce insulated bowl with a lid, a telescoping Foon and a welded rubberized stuff sack to protect the kit when it’s not in use. Read on for more details…

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eno SingleNest Hammock Reviewed

Posted on Mar 13, 2015

There has been a lot of buzz lately about the benefits and practicality of hammock camping. As with anything, there are advantages and disadvantages. But the hammock following is growing fast. As long as there are sizable trees capable of supporting the weight of a hammock, you’ve got a campsite. Today, we’ll be putting Eagles Nest Outfitters’ SingleNest Hammock to the test. Read on to see how well it fares…

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Schrade SCHF34 Tanto Fixed Blade Knife Reviewed

Posted on Mar 8, 2015

Part of Schrade’s 2015 lineup and nearly a mirror image of one of my favorite Schrade blades, the SCHF35 Fixed Blade Knife, the SCHF34 Tanto Fixed Blade Knife shares its similarities in all the right places… It’s compact, it’s lightweight, and it’s an attractive workhorse. Read on to see how well it performed…

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5.11 Tactical Covrt 18 Backpack Reviewed

Posted on Feb 26, 2015

I’ve been looking for a good Every Day Carry (EDC) bag for some time now, and I think I’ve checked out just about every sling-pack, messenger bag and murse around. Lately I’ve heard a lot of good things about 5.11 Tactical’s Covrt 18 Backpack so I thought I’d give one a closer look. Read on to see how it stands up to the challenge…

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GSI Outdoors Halulite Pressure Cooker Reviewed

Posted on Feb 20, 2015

Pressure cookers… They are good, they are bad, but they are not all ugly. Today we’ll be looking at the beautiful anodized Halulite 5.7 liter pressure cooker from GSI Outdoors, and when we are done we’ll cook up a hearty Guinness stew to give this thing a little test drive. Read on to see how it goes…

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Schrade SCHF28 Little Ricky Fixed Blade Knife Revi...

Posted on Feb 19, 2015

Today I’m going to review Schrade’s SCHF28 Little Ricky Fixed Blade Knife which is part of their new 2015 lineup. With all of the machetes and blades that I’ve reviewed as of late, this is one that I’ve really been excited to put to the test. Read on to see what I’m talking about…

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The Rifleman’s Creed

Posted on Feb 16, 2015

The Rifleman’s Creed (also known as My Rifle and The Creed of the United States Marine) is a part of basic United States Marine Corps doctrine. Major General William H. Rupertus wrote it during World War II, probably in late 1941 or early 1942. All enlisted Marines learn the creed at recruit training. Different, more concise versions of the creed have developed since its early days, but those closest to the original version remain the most widely accepted.

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Schrade SCHBOLO Machete Reviewed

Posted on Feb 12, 2015

What primary blade would you pack in your bag for performing heavier tasks like trailblazing, building a shelter, or basic bushcrafting? A large survival knife, a small hand axe, or a machete? Since no one tool can be the best at everything, what feature or function is most important to you? Today, I’ll be checking out Schrade’s SCHBOLO Machete. Lets see how well it stands up to the task at hand…

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