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The Pap Winkle Project

The Pap Winkle Project

The concept of the Pap Winkle Project started with creating a place for industry-leading rifle component manufacturers and custom rifle makers to come together and showcase their work. Being a rifle builder and gunsmith, I receive emails, PMs, texts and phone calls...
Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85 vs. Zeiss Victory Harpia 85

Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85 vs. Zeiss Victory Harpia 85

Last fall I had the opportunity to test out two Zeiss spotting scopes, the Victory Harpia 85 ($4600) and Conquest Gavia 85 ($1999). Obviously, the price point on these optics are quite different, but knowing the Zeiss name, I planned on both being great products. I...
Nightforce NX8 Rifle Scope Review

Nightforce NX8 Rifle Scope Review

Nightforce Optics has been an industry leader when it comes to bulletproof riflescopes for the last 20 years. Their reputation for durability and accuracy has been proven through its application in both military deployments and benchrest competitions around the globe....
Swarovski NL Pure Overview

Swarovski NL Pure Overview

The NL Pure is the first completely new binocular from Swarovski since the introduction of the EL back in…well… a long, long time ago. The EL has reigned supreme for closing in on two decades because no one could build a better binocular, so Swarovski did...
Mid-Power Rifle Scope Review

Mid-Power Rifle Scope Review

High-power riflescopes have been on the rise with long-range shooting and precision rifle competitions. Many of the top optics manufacturers have been steadily increasing the power range on their scopes over the past five years and are now offering scopes maxing out...
Gear Legends: Buck Knives Model 119

Gear Legends: Buck Knives Model 119

A History Spanning Generations As a young man, Hoyt Buck served as an apprentice to a Kansas blacksmith. In search of a new method to temper steel, he handmade the first Buck Knife from a worn file blade in 1902. His handcrafted knives really began to be appreciated...