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Replacing the Tikka Bolt Handle

Changing a Tikka Bolt handle is really for aesthetics. Especially on something like the Tikka TAC A1 – which already has an ‘oversized’ tactical style bolt knob on it – it’s certainly not something that is going to improve your grouping. However, we like to tinker, and, it’s a great excuse to pull the bolt apart and clean it.

So Far...

The Bloke was essentially started as a way to document my experiments and learning. Along the way, a couple of people joined me in sharing their experiences. The goal is to continue to add useful, relevant information of benefit to both the weekend warriors and seasoned pros.

I have spent/wasted/lost enough money over the years trying different gear and systems, feel free to learn from my mistakes!

Equipment

Lightweight, supportive boots. Lowa Z-8S GTX

Boots. One of the most important equipment decisions you can make.

The Last Stand

Target stands can often be cumbersome, heavy things that you just want to put out once and leave. However, if you want to be setting up ‘impromptu’ field shooting targets, something lighter, quick to setup and breakdown becomes a hell of an advantage.

Hardcore Hardware’s Tac Pen

They had me with.. “we have incorporated a pointed tip for sensitive investigative work”

UF PRO Striker HT Combat Pants

The UFO Pro is my new go-to shooting pant. Tough, comfortable with all the pockets you could ever need. For a dedicated ‘field’ pant – they are going to be hard to beat.

Hearing Protection Choices

You need to get some good hearing protection and wear it. Always.

Yale Gun Safe

So, assuming you are already on the same page as me regarding firearm security (start by reading my article on complacency) you might be considering put your rifles in a safe. Here is a really good option for you.

An update on the Garmin Tactix.

A couple of weeks ago I went on a bit of a rant about my Garmin Tactix.

OV Innovations – Improving the NICE Frame

OV Innovations are a small bespoke company based in Arizona, USA. They focus primarily on making great packs even better.

Why every Bloke should carry a notebook.

Why every Bloke should carry a notebook. This has been a habit that I have formed over several years. I have always been the guy carrying a pen around with me, and slowly it dawned on me that carrying a notebook to write in was probably a local addition. Now, I hate being without one.…

High Ground Gear HG-831 Modular Pack

The High Ground Gear HG-831 is a modular pack system that lets you drop what you don’t need and only carry the essentials.

Safety

Scope Bite

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Over the weekend, I watched two shooters scope themselves – that is, the recoil of the firearm pushes the scope back into head, above the eyebrow – generally cutting the head open. Scope Bite looks nasty, but is easy to avoid.

Half Cock, just half assed?

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This came about by it becoming ‘acceptable practise’ over the course of many years in New Zealand. There is no-where else that I am aware of, in the world that considers this a good practise. Either closed and ready to shoot, or empty.

Well the roar is nearly upon us

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Well the roar is nearly upon us, so I reckon it’s a good time to bang the drum for safety again, but this time I want to share a few ideas that expand on the tired old refrain of ‘always positively identify your target beyond all doubt’.

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Hi folks. Just in the process of bringing over everything from The Bloke and The Gearlocker.Sorry for the mess. Working on tidying it all up. ;P Dismiss