Gear Review: Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0

FNH - FNX 9 Cloak Tuck 2.0 IWB Holster

FNH – FNX 9 Cloak Tuck 2.0 IWB Holster

I have had the opportunity to test out the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0 holster recently. The specific model as tested was a left handed model for a FNH FNX-9.

The following video from the manufacturer details out the particulars of this holster:

The fit and finish was immaculate. Clips were strong without being overly stiff that would hamper attaching or removing from the belt. Customization with regards to cant, height, and retention was easy to achieve. The leather backing was exceptionally smooth to the touch and felt great against the skin. The holster held on tightly to the gun, but yet allowed for easy removal when desired.

The staff at Alien Gear were an absolute pleasure to work with. See below for just a few examples of their exemplary customer service:

30 Day Test Drive
You are not just going to like your new Alien Gear Holster – you’re going to love it. Guaranteed. Wear it for a month and if you don’t agree that it’s the most comfortable and concealable handgun holster you’ve ever owned we’ll buy it back. No questions asked, no hard feelings.

Free Shell Trades For Life
If you ever decide to carry a different handgun, we will trade your plastic shell to match your new gun. You may make unlimited trades as long as you own your Alien Gear Holster.

Forever Warranty
If any part of your Alien Gear Holster ever breaks for any reason, including the clips, we’ll repair or replace it for free.

I have no qualms or reservations with recommending this holster to anyone. It completely lives up to the manufacturer’s claims. Find one for your firearm — I am confident that you will not regret it.

Sightmark Night Raider Night Vision 2.5×50 Riflescope Review

Sightmark Night Raider Night Vision 2.5x50 Riflescope

Sightmark Night Raider Night Vision 2.5×50 Riflescope

I was able to take a few Sightmark demo products out for testing this past weekend. Of them, the Night Raider 2.5×50 night vision riflescope stood out the most. It is designed for short to medium range shooting for calibers up to 7.62/.308. The main body is made of titanium which helps reduce the overall weight (a few parts, like the battery cover, are made of hard plastic). For those not accustomed to night vision scopes, the Night Raider 2.5×50 may seem a bit hefty on your rifle, weighing in at 38.2 oz. on our scale (with batteries installed).

The controls all feel solid with appropriate resistance with the exception of the reticle brightness knob. It adjusted a little too easily for my liking and felt like it could get accidentally adjusted; but does allow for precise brightness control. The objective focus knob is located in front of the power switch and clicks in a way similar to windage and elevation adjustments. There is an extra solid detent marked 100 m which is easily felt and useful for rough range estimation. The power switch has three position options: off, on, and on with IR illumination. A three button remote is also included (power, IR, and “quick start”) that provides operating convenience. There are also two Velcro strips with adhesive that allow you to quickly secure the remote as desired. The remote cord is somewhat tricky to attach to the scope, but is very secure once screwed in. The provided lens cover has a pinhole allowing the scope to be tested or sighted in daylight type conditions and is secured by a rubber fastener. The design of the fastener makes removing or securing the lens cover a bit slow but also ensures it won’t accidentally fall off.

The image is clear for an entry level Gen 1 scope, especially when the IR illuminator is on and within its effective range. There is barrel distortion on the edges, but it is less noticeable than with many Gen 1 devices. I tested on clear moonless night making the IR illuminator necessary in order to see much detail beyond 20 yards. The IR beam width can be adjusted by twisting the lens ring, however, adjusting the beam had little impact on effective range. A human form could easily be detected at approximately 150 yards with the illuminator turned on, so I’d recommend using an additional illuminator for any range beyond 150 yards on dark nights. It is important to note that the integrated illuminator outputs some red light in the visual spectrum. If you point it directly at someone, it is easily seen making it possible to give away your position with it turned on.

Overall, the Night Raider is a solid entry level Gen 1 option for those wanting night vision capability at a reasonable cost. For those looking for a step up, the Sightmark Night Raider line of scopes are also available with improved internal components sold under the Pulsar Night Vision brand name as the Pulsar Sentinal GS and Pulsar Sentinal G2.


Adam Alm is a night vision and outdoor enthusiast. A former Air Force fighter pilot, Adam gained night vision experience in combat missions and, more recently, with commercial night vision products. Originally from state of Washington, he now owns and operates ViperEyes.com with his wife Lindsay.

FNX-9 Review

FNH FNX-9

FNH FNX-9

Short version:
I think I may have a new favorite gun.

Long version:
The local high school that I graduated from way back in 1995 ran a gun raffle to support the football team. Monday evening I got a call to notify me that I was one of the 52 winners. I stopped by the gun store (conveniently right across the street from the high school) Wednesday afternoon. The gun I won from the raffle was a Kahr Arms MK9. I already have a similar pistol, so decided to use the value of the Kahr towards another gun: the FNX-9, manufactured by FNH USA.

Wednesday evening, I played around with the gun to get a feel for the trigger and handling. All felt great and I really liked it. Popped in the Laser Ammo and was very surprised at how well the gun pointed and how nice the trigger was. My wife said I was like a kid with a new toy. Guilty as charged.

Angry Birds Targets

Angry Birds Targets

My four year old son has a bunch of Angry Bird stickers on one wall that I used as targets. I was able to reliably hit the birds and pigs. There were a few that were difficult but in under 3 tries I was able to hit even the smallest of them. The stickers ranged from 5.5″ (red bird near the king pig) to 1.25″ (white bird all the way on the far right) in size. Measured out the distance to the stickers, and the green helmet wearing pig on the far left was 23 feet from where I stood, while the small white bird on the far right was 34 feet from me.

I test fired this afternoon the FNX-9 today.

Trigger has a little bit of take-up, but it is a very clean break. No stacking or grittiness noticeable.

Recoil is very soft, with minimal muzzle rise. The recoil spring is a captive one (meaning it is permanently attached to the guide rod) and must be stiff because it really dampens the recoil. I need to take them side by side but I believe that the FNX-9 may have less recoil than the Beretta 92FS.

The third round did not feed properly. The tip was angled up a bit. I hit the magazine release and pulled the mag, ejected the round and put it back in to the magazine. Re-inserted the magazine and racked the slide and proceeded to fire the remainder of the magazine (15 rounds) without issue. I blame the third round not feeding on the stiffness of the magazine spring. When loading the magazine for the first time, it was extremely difficult after loading the fourteenth round. Number seventeen was almost impossible. I felt it in my thumb for a couple of hours afterward. Upon reloading the magazine today the amount of force needed to load the magazine fully was considerably less. I did not have to exert any undue pressure, even on round seventeen.

Shots hit right where they were aimed, as to be expected. The gun is capable of accuracy greater than my ability to shoot.

Brass reliably ejected in an area roughly 8-12 inches in diameter. Two brass casings did not end up in the pile with the rest.

Grizzly Targets Reactive Auto Reset 220

I have had the pleasure of testing out the Reactive Auto Reset 220 from Grizzly Targets for the past few months. I have to say that I am extremely impressed with this piece of gear and would highly recommend it to anyone. Mine will be a trusty range companion for years.

Reactive Auto Reset 220

Reactive Auto Reset 220

As the name suggests, the target automatically resets after a hit, negating the need to walk downrange to reset your target.

This thing is heavy duty. It’s so strong that it started to tear through the box it was shipped in. The target is heavy enough to stay put no matter the punishment.

Construction

Construction

As with any steel target, it’s important to follow safety procedures. This means maintaining a safe distance and wearing shooting glasses. When firing at the Reactive Auto Reset 220 with a.357 Magnum, I did have a piece of a copper jacket come back and lightly scratch me in the neck. Nothing to worry about as it didn’t even draw blood, but an important reminder that shooting steel is not the same as shooting paper. I did have shooting glasses on at the time.

The target not only met, but exceeded all my expectations. After repeated use, there is very little surface pitting.

Surface

Surface

Honestly, I cannot recommend the Reactive Auto Reset 220 highly enough. Go get one for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

Grizzly Targets

Grizzly Targets

OPMOD Waterproof 10×42 Binocular Giveaway

This month we have a pair of OPMOD Waterproof 10×42 Binoculars sponsored by our friends at http://www.opticsplanet.com. While I didn’t get exactly what I wanted or was hoping for I still got a pretty decent product. This was a pretty simple review for me as all I really did was stay very close to my house and test them inside and outside to give them different light and weather conditions. First lets start with the specs.

Power: 10X
Obj.Lens Dia.: 42mm
Type Of Prism: BAK4
Prism Coating: yes
Number Of Lens: 8 pieces/6 groups
Lens Coating: Fully multi-coated, Phase coating
Focus System: Center
Focusing Lens: Internal
Exit Pupil Diameter: 4.17mm
Exit Pupil Distance: 15mm
Field Of View: 6.3° (330ft at 1000 yards / 131m at 1000m)
Min. Focal Length: 2 meters
Resolution: 4.8″
Diopter System: Right eye piece
Diopter Compensation: ±4
Interpupillary Distance: 55mm – 73mm
Weather Proof: yes
Waterproof: yes, 1 meter for 10 minutes
Nitrogen Filled: yes
Eyecups System: Twist-up
Silica Gel: yes
Dimensions: 34mm x 125mm x 52mm
Weight: 700 gm
Warranty: Limited lifetime repair or replacement

With a list price of $249.99 and an Optics Planet price of $149.99 with free shipping you won’t go broke but at the same time you won’t get the best pair out there, what’s the saying? You get what you pay for, in the case I that is accurate.

Let me now get to the tests I performed on these bad boys. I did quite a few and my favorite were definitely the water and snow tests. For the water test I wanted to put the waterproof feature to the test so I went to the creek out back which is about 3 feet and threw them in for about 5 minutes. While the specs say water proof in almost 4 feet for 10 minutes I didn’t want to over do it because I’m giving them away. Who wants a broken pair? They passed with flying colors, I patted them dry and let them sit for a while and then took a peek through and still as clear as when I first opened them. Now for the snow test, I wanted to see if they would fog up because if you’re out hunting, bird watching or whatever you want to be able to see. I left them outside in the snow for 10 minutes then set them on a table outside in 20 something degree weather then took a peek through and they were still good to go. I then took them inside and let them sit for about 30 seconds to fog them up. I was a disappointed when I didn’t see any fog. But hey that’s what a good pair should do in my opinion.

For ease of carrying they come with their own case and strap so you can either connect the strap to the case or binoculars so you can carry any way you want. They even come with their own nifty cleaning cloth so you can keep them shining like the day you got them.

While I would say if you have hundreds to spend on whatever you want then by all means get the most expensive pair you can find but if you are like everyone else in this economy then I would recommend this product so you can save a few bucks on the product and on the shipping. On a scale of 1-10 I would give this product a solid 7.

The binoculars can be found on http://www.opticsplanet.com or by following this link
http://www.opticsplanet.net/opmod-waterproof-10×42-binoculars.html.

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