Straight Pull AR’s in Canada
The Hunting Gear Guy
by Adriel
1w ago
Technically, there are none. AR’s are prohib at the moment and were restricted before then, so there was no good reason to make one into a straight pull. BUT, there are some Canadian-made rifles that use AR parts that are straight pull that you can make some really interesting rifles from. The MRA Maverick (308 sized action) and Renegade (223 sized action) are two of them: straight pulls with a recoil spring that launches the bolt forward. You can buy these as complete rifles or as builder’s kits and stick your old AR15/AR10 parts on them. The SBI LPC is the other one. No longer for sale but ..read more
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Shooting a Mapleseed
The Hunting Gear Guy
by Adriel
1M ago
I recently had the chance to attend 2 full Mapleseed events and wanted to write a bit about what I saw. Compared to some of the other shooting clinics or courses I’ve been to, Mapleseed was: Inexpensive. For a full day of training, it was a fraction of what I’ve paid for other shooting courses. I think this part is pretty important, because less than 1% of firearms owners have taken any courses beyond their initial firearms licensing. We need courses for the other 99% to take and they need to be approachable. Extremely well prepared. They had handouts, flip books, gear for all weather situati ..read more
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Lockhart Raven Builder’s Kit Notes
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by Adriel
1M ago
If you want the full Raven review, see this link. If you got a builder’s kit and want to know how it differs and what you’ll need, continue. After reviewing a friend’s Raven 556 Platinum, I ordered a Gold Builders Kit. As others have noted, shipping times vary wildly: from 1 month to 5-6 depending what you order. Mine shipped 1 month after ordering. Note that what shows as “in stock” on the website may or may not be in stock. The ordering process sucked and the kit is way overpriced BUT. . .yeah, this is the AR experience that Canadian AR owners have been waiting for. The build was super easy ..read more
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Importing a Toyota Vanguard
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by Adriel
2M ago
Time for another off-topic post! I’m writing this because there’s not a lot of good information on this vehicle. I needed a vehicle to replace my well loved but aging and rusting, 2003 Dodge Caravan. Why import a right hand drive JDM to Canada? Because the used car market is pants-on-head retarded right now and I’m a cheapskate. JDMs over 15 years old can be imported into Canada. You can’t really find older RAV4’s (the Vanguard is pretty much a Rav4) with similar mileage on them, so it can be a bit hard to compare apples to apples but $13k gets you a RAV4 with ~200k kms on it or a sketchy rebu ..read more
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Savage Model 99 Review
The Hunting Gear Guy
by Adriel
2M ago
The Savage Model 99 is a lever action rifle made in the US. As the name implies, the design originates from 1899 and from the serial number range, this particular rifle is in 303 Savage and was made in either 1900 or 1901, so pretty early into the rifle’s 98 years of production. Savage 99 Specifications & Features Around 7 lbs in weight (this one was 6.94lbs) 5 round rotary magazine + 1 in the chamber Round counter on the side (some models don’t have this) Cocking indicator 20-26″ barrel Hammerless design Using the Savage 99 Functionality is well thought out on the Savage 99. The interna ..read more
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How to Hunt at Long Range
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by Adriel
2M ago
Most hunters take big game at 25-125M. What do you need to do if you want to shoot further than that? Spitting distance: 0-125M For the typical distance that most hunters take big game, you don’t need much. Rifle: most any centerfire rifle will work. A scope is not required but will make shot placement a bit easier at around 100. Cartridge: even lower power cartridges like 30-30 or 7.62×39 are fine for deer or elk but you might want a heavier bullet for Elk. Skills: Basic marksmanship will do. If you have a good rest, ANY hunter can make a shot at this distance Short range: 100-300M Rifle: At ..read more
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Lockhart Raven 556 Review
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by Adriel
2M ago
The Lockhart Tactical Raven is a rifle platform designed and made in Canada. It comes in 9mm, 5.56, and 308 sizes. Unlike 180’s like the WK180C or the WS-MCR, the Raven uses a gas tube instead of a piston. Whole rifles are around $2000, while builders kits can be had for $1300-1500. The rifle shown in this review is on loan for review from Gustavo Honzofo. Specifications: As this comes in a builder’s kit and has such compatibility with common parts I’ll be comparing this rifle as a modular builders kit. Note that there are some differences between the 9mm, 556, and 308 versions. I’ll show the ..read more
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Shot Show 2024 Running Summary
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by Adriel
4M ago
I’m going to update this post with interesting news that comes up during Shot Show 2024. S&W is releasing the Model 1854: a lever action rifle in 44 magnum. It has mlock slots on the forend, is in matte stainless, removable magazine tube thing at the end, and MSRP of $1279 N/A for Canada since we can’t buy handguns at the moment, but Daniel Defense is bringing back the Hudson H9 pistol. MSRP of $1299. The post Shot Show 2024 Running Summary appeared first on The Hunting Gear Guy ..read more
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Cabela’s Covenant 4 Scope Review
The Hunting Gear Guy
by Adriel
4M ago
The Cabela’s Covenant 4 (sometimes called a Covenant Tactical) is an inexpensive white labelled scope sold by Cabela’s. I have both a 4-16×44 FFP and a 4-16×44 SFP. I’ve also reviewed the Covenant 7 and Cabela’s Intensity LR scopes. The second focal plane model is just a bit more compact in length. Covenant 4 Scope Specifications 4-16×44 or 6-24×60 30mm tube “Christmas tree reticle” with lots of holdovers in MOA. FFP (First Focal Plane) or SFP (Second Focal Plane) Side parallax adjustment Target turrets for elevation and windage (ie: not capped, accessible at all times) Mine had 73 MOA of el ..read more
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Cabela’s Intensity LR Scope Review
The Hunting Gear Guy
by Adriel
4M ago
Cabela’s Intensity LR is a white labelled scope from Cabela’s that comes in 4-16×44. I’ve previously owned the Covenant 4, 5, and 7, is this one any good? Cabela’s Intensity LR Specifications & Features 4-16×44 Sold in SFP (second focal plane, as pictured) or FFP (first focal plane) Illuminated reticle or not (this one’s not) Side parallax adjustment 30mm tube Zero-stop elevation turret 25 MOA per rotation elevation turret 3.6″ eye relief Fairly simple reticle with some wind holds (max 6 moa windage holds) So, this thing’s claim to fame is the elevation turret: it does a lot per rotation ..read more
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