Walker’s Razor X Review

For years I’d seen folks with the around-the-neck style bluetooth earbuds for listening to music, and wondered why there weren’t similar options for shooters. Well, now there are. Walker has the Razor X — a noise cancelling earbud headset — which fits the bill. The around-the-neck design rests comfortably out of the way, to not interfere with cheek weld on shotguns, AR-pattern rifles, or traditional rifles.

Provided with the unit are several sizes of both 16mm and 12mm plugs, depending on what fits your ears the best. With the 16mm plugs, the Razor X provides an impressive 31dB NRR. For comparison the widely popular Howard Leight over-the-ear noise cancelling muffs only have a 22dB NRR.

Proper fit is required to achieve maximum NRR and comfort, and the proper placement can easily be achieved by following the example set forth in the following video:

The omni-directional microphones provide excellent sound quality, with the ability to accurately determine the location of sounds with ease.

Batteries run for 10 hours, and can be charged with any micro USB cord. A wall adapter and cord is included within the packaging.

Bottom Line:
If you are looking to try a new piece of gear, or need to replace some worn-out powered muffs, look no further. I highly recommend the Razor X by Walker. Get yours today at http://www.gsmoutdoors.com/shopping/Razor-X-P841.aspx

Tomahawks

I was recently contacted by the good folks at Hatchets and Axes and offered the opportunity to review their Best Competition Throwing Tomahawk. Excitedly, I waited for the tomahawk to arrive at my door.

The hawk had a nice weight in the hand, with a good balance as well. The ridge along the front of the shaft was more pronounced than others I have used in the past. At first, I thought that may be a detriment, but when throwing I did not notice any ill effects.

I will not claim to be an expert at throwing tomahawks by any means, if we’re being honest I would classify myself as a beginner. For those not familiar with the mechanics of throwing a hawk, my buddy Dustin Ellermann walks through the process:

I encountered some issues with the tomahawk provided, where the head separated from the shaft a few times. After discussing with the Hatches and Axes staff, this is normal when throwing at an odd angle or without the proper form. I spent time trying to correct my form to no avail. In talks with the staff, it was determined that I received a hawk that was slightly out of spec. Shortly thereafter, they shipped another out to me. I really have to hand it to Mr. Chris Watkins for going above and beyond with me to make sure everything was right, and for answering all my questions along the process.

With the replacement hawk, I was able to really have some fun with it. I found it to be a well constructed product, with a staff that is top notch. I will be using the Hatchets and Axes tomahawk when my sons are old enough to start learning how to throw hawks. And maybe – just maybe – I’ll get good enough to throw with five rotations like Dustin.

Quick Draw Gun Holster Lubricant

I have had the opportunity to spend some time with the Gun Holster Lubricant manufactured by Quick Draw Gear. I have to say that this stuff does what it says it will do. I experienced no issues or problems when utilizing this product, and did notice a smoothness to holster draw that was not there before.

I am no scientist, so let me list a few items from the manufacturer’s page:

  • Quick Draw is a precise ratio of viscosity optimized silicone and lanolin. Just one spray creates a thin lubricating barrier between the holster and firearm that gives you an ultra-fast draw and protects the weapon. It speeds the draw by reducing friction and also protects your holster and firearm from abrasion, scuffing, corrosion and rust.
  • Developed and field tested by military and law enforcement, Quick Draw gives you the confidence of a fast draw each and every time you reach for your sidearm. No hanging, gripping, or friction to slow down your first shot time giving you the edge on the competition.
  • There are numerous kinds of silicone, each with viscosity ranging from thinner than water to thick grease. Quick Draw was perfected by testing a range of silicone types and viscosities to create the perfect lubricant for drawing a handgun from modern snug holsters. In combination with lanolin, Quick Draw creates a thin lubricating and protecting layer of silicone, while the lanolin penetrates to protect the gunmetal and holster.Typical silicone sprays found at home improvement stores contain tiny amounts of silicone with tons of fillers. Quick draw contains 20-30X more silicon than typical silicone spray lubricants.
  • Owned and operated by US Marine Corp and US ARMY Airborne veterans. Many of our friends continue with their careers in the military, working with private military contractors like Blackwater or law enforcement. We developed Quick Draw to give them every tactical advantage possible in their harsh operating environments where every second counts.

A list of possible applications:

  • Silicone spray is recommended by Safariland, Bianchi, and most quality holster manufacturers.
  • Safe for all holster types including Kydex, Leather, Nylon, and plastic.
  • Contains no oils, water, waxes or other harsh chemicals.
  • Protects firearm from abrasion, scuffing, corrosion, and rust.
  • It’s not only for holsters and can be used to protect knife blades, exterior surface of rifles, handguns and magazines.

I would like to give away a brand new unused bottle to one lucky person.
How to enter: Just leave a comment on this review.
How many entries per person: One entry per person.
Entry requirements: None other than leaving a real email address to only be used for contest winning notification.
Winner selected: December 20, 2015

Safeguard Armor Ghost

I have had the privilege of testing out some body armor, specifically the Ghost model provided by Safeguard Armor. The model I was able to get some hands-on time with was rated Ballistic Level II and Edged Blade Level I.

Safeguard Armor Ghost

Safeguard Armor Ghost

I have to say that this is a really impressive piece of gear, and I do not say that lightly. Coming from someone who has no prior experience with a body armor like this, I had some expectations built up in my head from articles I’ve read and movies. The Ghost model by Safeguard Armor lived up to all of my expectations.

The image below is one of my favorites that I took from the review process. It features a 9mm round that was captured in the first layer of kevlar, both front and back images side by side.

Layer 1

Layer 1

Testing utilized a 9mm FNX handgun at distances from 10 yards to point-blank. The armor held up extremely well to the punishment. For example, the following image shows the aftermath of a shot that was fired point-blank with the muzzle of the pistol resting against the surface of the vest.

From left to right: the outer surface of the vest; inner surface of vest; kevlar layer penetration; intact kevlar on back.

Point Blank

Point Blank

The armor was very good at stopping rounds, with a success rate of greater than 71%. After multiple repeated hits in the same general area, the kevlar material would spread out a bit and thus let rounds through. But that is the nature of the material, and not a detractor against the product itself.

Have a look at the various state of rounds stopped by the armor:

Rounds Stopped

Rounds Stopped

With regards to the Edged Blade protection, I did not perform much testing other than attempting stabbing and slashing attacks. Neither were able to penetrate even the first layer of the kevlar material.

Wrapping Up
If you are in the need of affordable body armor I highly recommend the Ghost by Safeguard Armor as a solid, effective solution.

Lone Wolf Glock 22/31 .357 Sig Replacement Barrel

Lone Wolf Distributors
Lone Wolf Distributors manufactures barrels, recoil springs, compensators, Glock frames, slides, etc for Glocks. They not only offer their own brand parts but also other well known brands like ISM, Glock OEM and Lightning Strike. They carry just about everything for Glocks.

Lone Wolf Distributors has a “real time” inventory system on their website that displays current inventory of any product. So you know exactly what is in stock. I love that! They also have an online chat feature so you can ask questions before ordering. Now that’s customer service!

Lone Wolf barrels are manufactured by Dasan Machineries Co. LTD. The Dasan headquarters is located in South Korea but a new facility has opened in Duluth, Georgia, U.S.A. Dasan is a huge barrel manufacturer for many big brand names and has been in operation for over 20 years. They are well known for high quality and low prices.

Lone Wolf G31 .357 Sig Barrel
The Lone Wolf G31 barrel is made from mill select 416R stainless steel on high tech CNC machines. Every LWD (Lone Wolf Distributors) barrel is heat treated to ensure proper strength and durability. The lockup area is slightly larger than an OEM Glock barrel to provide better accuracy without sacrificing reliability. The feed ramp and bore are polished to remove any tooling marks or burrs. This increases reliability and accuracy. The exterior of the stainless steel barrel is diamond polished and looks awesome. The rifling is broach cut which allows any type bullet to be used such as cast, jacketed or plated. All LWD barrels have a target crown that is well done and attributes to excellent accuracy. A lifetime warranty is standard on all LWD barrels.

The G31 barrel is a drop in replacement part which means NO gunsmithing required. You just field strip your G22 or G31 and replace the OEM barrel with the LWD barrel and re-assemble. It actually is that simple. The G22 magazine will feed either 40 S&W or 357 Sig ammo.

After I bought my Glock 22, I wanted to also get a Glock 31 in .357 Sig but they were hard to find. The .357 Sig is a hot round that offers higher velocities over the 40 S&W. The .357 Sig fires a 124 grain bullet at 1,400 fps. When I read about G31 conversion barrels for Glocks, I looked at Lone Wolf Distributors barrels. With the G31 barrel, I have 2 Glocks in one. I can swap barrels to shoot either the 40 S&W or 357 Sig. After reading that it’s a drop in part (no gunsmithing), I was sold. I bought one for $90. What a bargain!

The LWD G31 barrel is a real beauty inside and out. A close visual inspection denotes a well made, precision product with no burrs, scratches or any type of defect. The rifling looks sharp and deep. So how does it fit in the Glock 22? It drops right in. The stainless steel barrel contrasts nicely with the black Glock finish. The barrel finish is non-glare stainless while the lockup area or breech is matte bead blasted which is a nice bonus. There is a Wolf logo on top of the breech area which I could do without.

LWD G31 at the Range
So how does it shoot? 100% reliable and more accurate than I can shoot. No surprises here. I put 200 rounds through the LWD G31 barrel without a hitch.

Conclusion
The Lone Wolf Distributors Glock 31 barrel is a precision made barrel at a very affordable price. It enables the Glock 22 to shoot 357 Sig ammo without any gunsmithing work. It give you two guns in one. The fit and finish are excellent. You can also shoot cast lead ammo whereas the OEM Glock barrels cannot.

The LWD logo engraved on the barrel is a bit tacky.


Author Bio
Kevin Mazza is a NRA member, experienced hunter, shooter and reloader and has written hundreds of firearm related articles and reviews. Kevin is the owner and editor of Pellet Guns 1.com.