Gun(s) That Got Away Part II: Mike

If you’re a RevolverGuy, you’ve got one. A story, that is, about “the one that got away.”   Actually, if you’re like me, you probably have several, but there’s one that just nags at you more than the rest, and which probably says more about you and your tastes than all the others. As I sit here thinking about it, there’s a handful of lost ballistic opportunities that still sting.  Some of them were mine for the asking, others were just long shots, but all of them make me wonder, “what if?”

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The Zero Tolerance 0620

I thought that finding a replacement blade for my beloved Emerson CQC-7 would be difficult. Turns out, it might not be that hard after all. The very first candidate I picked up was pretty near perfect: the Zero Tolerance 0620. This knife has a heck of a lot going for it, but if you want one, I’m afraid I have some bad news… Continue reading “The Zero Tolerance 0620”

The Guns That Got Away, Part I: Justin

We all have that story. The story about “that gun.” The one that got away. The one that we should have walked out the door with. The reasons we didn’t pick them up might vary a little but usually go something along the lines of, “at the time $300 was a lot of money…” Believe me, I’ve been there. Mike Wood and I were chatting the other day and decided to write up an article or two about “The Guns That Got Away!” Mike and Steve Tracy will talk about their “ones” in the coming weeks, but these are mine. Continue reading “The Guns That Got Away, Part I: Justin”

The Jetboil Flash Personal Cooking System

Per the collective request of several of you, I will begin reviewing some compact camping stoves. I think having one (or two or three) of these systems is an important component of being self-reliant. The first one, and the subject of this review, is the Jetboil Flash. The Jetboil has been around for years (since 2001), and is the gold standard in personal camp stoves. It is used by backpackers, climbers, preppers, special operations personnel, and just about everyone else who spends significant time away from the comforts of home. Continue reading “The Jetboil Flash Personal Cooking System”

Prepared, RevolverGuy Style

I’m sitting on the couch, typing with my MacBook on its lowest possible screen brightness. It isn’t plugged in, and I’m not on Wi-Fi, because my power is out. This is probably causing some slight inconvenience and no small amount of anxiety for many of my neighbors, and meanwhile, I’m writing away happily. It’s the dead of winter, right at the tail-end of a brutal cold snap, and it’s around 9:30 PM. This really isn’t a huge deal for me. I’m prepared, RevolverGuy style. Continue reading “Prepared, RevolverGuy Style”

Retiring an Old Friend: The Emerson CQC-7

I retired an old friend to the safe today: my everyday carry knife for the last 13 1/2 years. My constant companion for almost a decade and a half, the only walkabouts she’ll accompany me on now are those into the past. We have shared both the happiest and most exhilarating of times, as well as some damned bitter ones. Purchased in 2004, the knife I’ve carried for almost a decade and a half is the Emerson CQC-7. Continue reading “Retiring an Old Friend: The Emerson CQC-7”