Saturday, January 24, 2015

DIY Bow Riser Paracord Grip

To compliment my recent review of the Spectre II Compact Take-Down bow by Xpectre Inc., in this video I whip a parcord handle on to the bow's riser both above and below the arrow rest. While I'm not left handed, this gives me two lengths of paracord already attached to the bow should I truly find myself in a survival situation. It makes shooting the bow more comfortable as well, which allows for better accuracy when it counts.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Spectre II Take Down Survival Bow Review

In this video, I review the Spectre II Compact Take Down Survival Bow made by Xpectre Inc.

This bow is the 35 pound draw weight model, which is sufficient for taking game sized up to white tail deer. Another benefit of the lower draw weight is the ability to practice longer before fatigue compared to other heavier draw weight bows. This is crucial for a beginner, experienced in bow hunting, and would also be beneficial were you in a true survival situation in that the lighter draw weight will be easier to manipulate and control were you truly in a fatigued, survival situation. For me, the lower draw weight of this bow compliments my heavier hunting bows well, because I can practice instinctive shooting at a much lower draw weight and practice that much longer before fatigue.

The bow is constructed of a fiberglass riser and composite limbs. The bow can be easily strung without a bow stringer or any tools, making it extremely field expedient to assemble. It does come with a Dacron string, but unfortunately the arrows provided did not nock on the string, nor would my customer built arrows. So I replaced the string with a 14 strand Flemish twist bowstring. The string as an actual length of 50" should you choose to replace it as I did. CAUTION - That is actual length, not AMO.

The bow was very accurate out of the box at distances within 20 yards. Having only shot it a few times, I can tell you with practice this is a legitimate tool that could be used for medium game, but this bow really shines in smaller game where you'll be able to get closer to the quarry.

This bow is extremely light weight, at only 1 pound 12 ounces when strung. The provided case, 4 arrows, and bow when taken down have an extremely small footprint allowing for easy transport and storage, and is light at 2 pounds 3 ounces.

All in all, for under $100 (replacement string included) this is a perfect bow to compliment your preparedness plans and I intend to include this in my Get Home Bag.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Saiga 12 MD Arms 20 Round Drum Magazine Fitting

In this video I show a quick DIY mod in order to properly fit the MD Arms 20 round drum magazine in to your Saiga 12 semi-automatic shotgun.

The MD Arms 20 round 12 gauge drum magazine is designed for use with the Russian Saiga 12 semi-automatic shotgun. It is a reliable magazine which significantly increase firepower of the 12 gauge shotgun compared to standard single stack magazines. 20 rounds of 12 gauge in a semi-auto platform gives the Saiga 12 significant advantage over other semi-auto and pump shotguns in action/sport shooting.

Due to the tolerance in the construction of the Saiga 12, the magazine may not fit "out of the box" and may require slight modification. In about 50% of Saigas, the drum magazine should fit without modification. MD Arms wisely errs on the side of caution, making the magazine with slightly more material. Otherwise, the other 50% of users would have a loose fitting magazine which can impact reliable cycling and feeding of 12 gauge shells. This video provides detailed step by step instructions in HD 1080p to ensure you get the proper fit with your MD Arms 20 round drum magazine.