Review: A Look Back at 2012
by David Higginbotham: Guns.comís
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Well 2012 has
come and gone. The Mayans missed it. I’m still hankering for
zombies, if only to quell the relative boredom. While I wait, I’m
taking stock of what has come and gone. Part of what defined 2012
for me was a deluge of guns and gear. With the new year just around
the corner, and new products ready to be launched, I thought I’d
take a minute and go through the highlights of 2012.
This is the
best of the best gear I’ve reviewed in 2012. Not all of what
follows made it onto the site, but most did. Some of this is still
waiting to be reviewed. So here it is. Some flashbacks, some previews.
One of the
best all around products I saw for the first time in 2012 was the
EDC from Maxpedition.
But there backpacks are great, too. For this installment, I’d
like to highlight their Compact
Range Bag. This small bag is ideal for keeping things organized
and is made to the same rigorous standards as the rest of Maxpedition’s
gear. The Compact Range Bag has an MSRP of $138.59.
is one of those rare craftsmen truly dedicated to what he does.
I own several holsters that he made, and all are perfect. He’s
my go-to for hard to find Kydex, and for new guns. As a review writer,
I see sometimes see guns early and need to have a holster before
a gun has hit the market. Tony is willing to work with my quirky
requests, and knows his craft well.
This one below
is an IWB
for the new Colt
Mustang. Flawless fit and a really subtle sense of style that
fits nicely with the Mustang.
sent us a 10/22
Takedown to review, Leupold upped the ante with one of their
fixed power rimfire scopes. This tiny gem is ideal for the .22LR.
Rimfire doesn’t overpower the look of the Ruger, nor is
it unreasonably powerful for the .22LR round.
While the Leupold
is pricey (MSRP of $274.99) at least in comparison to typical .22s,
it truly brings out the potential of the rifle.
One of the
finest precision optics I saw in 2012 belonged to Aimpoint.
Rifle Optic is designed espescially well, and it ideally suited
for the fighting AR platform. The Micro
T-1 is a bit bigger than most reflex sights, but it is like
a scalpel. I ran it on everything that had a rail, from shotguns
to ARs, and it performed incredibly well.
While the Aimpoint
Micro T-1 worked well on a shotgun, it could be considered overkill.
A true reflex sight is faster, which is something, in theory at
least, that would recommend the Eotech
Mini Red Dot. This little gem is built like a tank. Many reflex
and red dot sights feel like they should be babied, protected like
eggs. Not the Eotech. This is the only other optic maker I reviewed
this year who makes gear that is solid enough for a life of service.
If you travel
with guns, odds are you’re already aware of Pelican.
They make a wide variety of cases. They’re waterproof, dustproof,
and relatively crushproof. These are incredibly durable. The Pelican
1750 Long Gun Case is perfect for flying, and rugged enough
to be tossed into the back of a pickup. The foam inside is customizable
to fit a variety of guns.
I was playing
with layout below, and think it would be easy enough to get in a
long gun and an AR (here an American
Rifle, from Ruger and a LE-6920
7. Pro Ears
Ears. I use them every time I shoot. I have a pair of passive
Pro Ears and a pair of Predators
that are active in their noise reduction. I even have
a pair for my son, who sometimes has to suffer through my testing
(which can get a bit loud sometimes). If you don’t have good
hearing protection, you should. And Pro Ears is solid.
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