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There are 2 ways to fill the air tank on PCP air rifles. The 1st is an air compressor. The 2nd is hand pumps. While hand pumps take longer, they allow you to use precise strokes and be more exact with the pressure in the tank. The particular hand pump I used comes in a flat box and you must assemble some parts of it. This is how to assemble the Umarex “SuperFill” PCP handpump.

Lining up the holes to attach the feet.

Step 1: Attach the feet

I would consider attaching the feet to the pump as the 1st step as it allows you to use the feet to hold the pump in place. On the bottom of the pump are 2 holes that line up with the holes in the feet. With the 2 included screws, attach the feet to the pump and tighten using the allen key included in the kit.

Filling the Dry Pack before installing.

Step 2: Assemble the Dry Pack and install

Open the canister and fill it with 1 full pack of the dry pack insert. Make sure the material comes up to the top of the canister. Screw the lid on tight and slip the canister onto the pump tube until it is seated tight over the o-rings at the bottom. This step is optional, but recommended.

Set the Dry Pack tight on the base of the pump.

Step 3: Install the handle

The handle is really easy to put on. Simply screw it onto the top of the pump tube. The bolt is already installed into the handle so the whole unit goes on in one step.

Step 4: Attaching the Valve

Attaching the handle.

You’ll need 2 wrenches to attach the valve to the hose. They can be adjustable or you can use the exact size. The hose uses a 14mm wrench and the wrench size for the fitting depends on the fitting. Tighten that connection down but don’t use any bonding or sealing agents.

Step 5: Attach the hose to the pump

Attaching the hose to the pump.

Line up the threads on the hose to the base of the pump. Use an adjustable wrench or 14mm wrench to tighten the hose to the pump. Do not use and bonding or sealing agents on this connection.

Step 6: Adjusting the bleed valve

The completed pump.

Now that your hand pump is assembled, you are almost ready to start using it. The bleed valve needs to be closed in order for the air to make it to the tank. Tighten the valve by turning it clockwise. However, after pumping up your air rifle, make sure to open that valve to release any pressure in the pump.

Until next time!

-Kat

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Summer is coming and with that comes the sun and all kinds of summer holidays! You know which ones I’m talking about. That’s right! I’m talking about Memorial Day and Fourth of July. Americans across the country empty grocery stores of hotdogs, ground meat for burgers, drinks, and enough snacks to feed an army! But ladies, while the men handle barbequing and filling coolers, we are worried about what we’ll wear down to the pool or out on the water to watch the fireworks. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!

Check out this amazing America themed t-shirt from Shinesty! Whether you are hanging out in the backyard or out on the town, this super comfortable shirt will showcase your American pride. The heathered flag look makes anyone look like a patriot. The high neckline covers any cleavage to keep you looking classy, while the loose fit keeps you comfortable and hides any bumps or lumps you don’t want seen. I give this shirt a 10 out of 10!

We all know that summer and warm weather means swimsuits. One-pieces, bikinis, and so many other styles. None the less, once the weather heats up, all those suits come out and we want to hit the pools, beaches, and be out on the water. However, we can’t just walk around in bikinis all day (as much as our men think we can) so we look for that perfect cover-up. I’ve got just the one. It’s perfect for those American-themed get-togethers and Fourth or July boat outings.

The Shinesty Backyard Beauty Stars and Stripes wrap dress is perfect to cover-up that string bikini until you get to the pool or out on the boat. The LOUD design will make sure that you are noticed when walking in. Since it’s a wrap dress, it’s easy to put on and definitely gets attention. While the 100% polyester isn’t the most comfortable fabric for summer, it dries quickly so you don’t have to worry about those noticeable wet spots after it goes over a wet bikini. Cut above the knee, this tie waist dress has elastic in the cuffs on the sleeves so you don’t have to worry about them riding up your arms.

Shinesty makes some really awesome clothes that are perfect for any season, but mainly summer. I can’t wait to hit the pool and show-off these great items!

Until next time!

-Kat

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Hey everyone! Many of you know I’ve been planning a giveaway for quite some time and just didn’t know where to start. Well, I finally pulled it all together and I’m glad to announce that I’ve partnered up with Hiding Hilda and Liz Lazarus to bring you this giveaway! So below are all the instructions on how to enter. But what do you get if you win?

1 FoodSaver GameSaver system with a box of rolls

A $50 gift card to HidingHilda.com

A free Kindle copy of Liz Lazarus’ Free of Malice novel

A stack of stickers, decals, patches and an American Tactical hat

Other miscellaneous swag!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone!!!

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Imagine waking up to the sound of a stranger breaking into your home. The one place you are supposed to feel safe has just been violated, but you don’t panic. You simply get out of bed, secure you family and pets before grabbing a home defense gun you keep prepared for just this scenario. Do you know what gun you would grab?

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For most outdoorsmen I know, getting out into the woods is our break from our everyday lives and the technology that surrounds us. However, in this world of technology, GPS tracking, and public information, we have begun taking smartphones into the woods with us. In the beginning we used a basic map application that allowed us to see where we were. This map didn’t have any information about property lines, hunting seasons, weather or wind direction. That’s where BaseMap comes in.

The BaseMap app allows users to add map layers based on topographical locations, hunting seasons, property lines, and even ownership information. You can set it up to track where you go so if you get lost, you can find your way back. You can even add layers for hiking trails, ATV trails, and horse-accessible trails.

When it comes to hunting, BaseMap can come to your rescue. Featuring map layers with property lines and ownership information, you can tell exactly where public land and private land borders are. Should your game cross a boundary, you access ownership information to ask permission to retrieve it. You can even input data like blood drops, where the animal was when you shot it, and vital information like rubs and scrapes to help determine stand locations.

What about during the summer? If you’re like me and you do a lot of fishing over the summer, BaseMap can help you even then. You can add a layer to show the depth of major lakes and coastal areas or to show access areas. Run out of tackle or forget to grab your favorites? Don’t worry! BaseMap has you covered. There is a layer that will show you local tackle shops, piers, cleaning stations, and places to purchase licenses.

What if you just want to go for a hike? BaseMap can still come in handy! All those different trails, trailheads, camping spots, wildfire areas and so much more. You can add waypoint markers to help navigate when you go off the trail or lose the GPS signal. There’s even a tracking mode so you can record your speed, distance, elevation, and course.

No matter what outdoor activities you enjoy, BaseMap can help guide you on the trail, in the woods, or out on the water! There is a free version, but for $29.99 a year, you can upgrade to the Pro version which has even more options and layers. It’s a great last-minute holiday or birthday gift for the hard-to-buy-for outdoorsman in your life! Check out www.basemap.com for more information.

Until next time!

-Kat

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We all have those hard-to-shop-for people in our lives. They are ALWAYS the outdoorsman that has everything and you never know what to get them. Sometimes those last minute gifts are the best ones. So here are some great gifts and stocking stuffers for that outdoorsman or woman in your life!

1) ALPS Outdoorz Bino Harness X

I had never used a binocular harness before, I had always just hung them around my neck or placed them in my pack. I had NO CLUE what I was missing out on! This bino harness is totally adjustable to fit anyone during any season. I can wear it during early bow season, and adjust the harness later on to fit over my winter coat. They fit just about any pair of binoculars, I just so happen to be using the next item on our list.

MSRP: $49.99   http://www.alpsoutdoorz.com

2) Nikon PROSTAFF 5 Binoculars 10x50mm

Nikon has been making optics for longer than I can count. They’ve made their way into the sport optics market and made a huge impact. I personally use the PROSTAFF 5 binoculars knowing they will last just as long as my old pair (30+ years). Rethink spending tons of money on optics when you can get the quality you want for the price you can afford!

MSRP: $199.95   http://www.nikonsportoptics.com

3) Ammo Inc Streak Ammo

We all go to the range. Indoor, outdoor, it doesn’t matter to us! So why not enjoy going just a little bit more?! Ammo Inc has begun producing Streak ammo. It lights up the back of the bullet so you can see its path to the target. Understand the trajectory of your ammunition just a little bit more, by watching it make that trip downrange!

MSRP: Starting at $12.99/ box of 20   http://www.ammoinc.com

4) Tactacam 5.0

You’ve heard my talk about Tactacam before. It’s a product I use in my regular hunting season. I’ve even found uses for it outside of hunting. I think everyone can agree that filming your hunt on a high quality camera that is easy to use can help preserve those memories for years down the road. So why not fill their stockings with the best camera on the market? The Tactacam 5.0 offers 8x zoom and remote control from the new remote OR a smartphone. You can even stream live on Facebook or Instagram from the treestand.

MSRP: $429.99   http://www.tactacam.com

Make sure you grab some of these last minute stocking stuffers before they run out!

Until next time!

-Kat

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Whether you are a hunter or a shooting enthusiast, Christmas is right around the corner and for those not on the naughty list, Santa might drop off a new riflescope under your tree. I’m super excited to mount the Trijicon AccuPower 3-9 x 40mm rifle scope on my Remington Model 710. This rifle came with a scope, ready to hunt. However, after some much-needed range time, I wasn’t impressed with the factory scope. I wanted something brighter, something with better clarity, and with a well-defined reticle.

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The sun is rising over the foothills in San Angelo, Texas and I am realizing just how different the landscape is compared to my native Maryland rural farm land. I’m used to corn and soybean fields as far as the eye can see. Maryland whitetail hunting usually consists of climbing trees to see down into holly thickets, or box blinds on the field edges. We typically don’t use feeders and the terrain changes from one farm to the next.

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