Firearms & Accessories

Rossi Matched Pair (Part 1)


"With a smaller and shorter buttstock which has a shorter length of pull and a shorter barrel, the Rossi youth-sized rifle not only fit me perfect, but was lightweight (6.25 lbs.) and accurate."

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Extreme Makeover

A while back I was looking in my gun safe at my Thompson Center Pro Hunter and the different barrels and fore-ends I have for it. My stock, rifle and muzzleloader fore-ends were black and my 12 gauge turkey barrel and fore-end were camo. And unfortunately, not in one of the Mossy Oak patterns I prefer.

I thought, my whole Pro Hunter system needs a makeover. I got on the internet to do some research and decided camo dipping would be the way to go. Camo Solutions, owned by Don & Sally Mullis and located in Evening Shade, Arkansas, was the company I wanted to deal with. They are aftermarket camo dipping specialists and hunters who know the importance of quality hunting equipment.

I chose Mossy Oak’s latest pattern, Break Up Infinity. With its depth, detail and contrast, each element creates realism and contrast. It appears like you are looking into the woods at the individual leaves, limbs, acorns, and branches.

Now, I know some of you are thinking, does your gun really have to be camo? The answer is no, but I didn’t go with camo dipping just for the looks. Camo dipping offers concealment, increases the value and protects your equipment from the elements and rust.

It’s not just for firearms either; it can be applied to much of your hunting equipment. Basically any item that is 3D in a solid form can be camo dipped. Including scopes, but these are done at the “owner’s risk.” And there is virtually no maintenance for the finish. You just use a damp clean cloth to wipe it off. However, you still need to maintain the interior of your firearms as you normally would.

When you send your hunting equipment to Camo Solutions, it is taken care of like it is their own. It will be stored safely in their shop that is secured with a high tech security system and fully insured. Their customers are outdoor tv shows personnel and celebrities, call makers, gun builders, firearm manufacturers, law enforcement agencies, gun dealers and a high-volume of mail-in and walk-in customers from throughout the United States. They specialize in hunting camouflage only. Don and his staff put their years of experience into each item they work on. Therefore, they have developed a great reputation within the outdoor industry for the quality and service they provide their customers.

Camo Solutions uses the same process that the big manufacturers use: a water-transfer printing process. Each piece of equipment goes through an eight stage dipping process.

  • Stage #1 – All items are inspected and disassembled.
  • Stage #2 – The part to be dipped is degreased.
  • Stage #3 – Each part goes through a 15-minute 120 degree hot water rinse.
  • Stage #4 – Extensive preparation.
  • Stage #5 – Primer and base coat applied.
  • Stage #6 – Film is cut to fit and laid flat on the water, then a chemical activator is applied.
  • Stage #7 – The item is dipped.
  • Stage #8 – The item is washed, dried and sprayed with an acrylic finish for long lasting durability.

Camo Solutions sums it up with their mission statement. “Provide a service for all men and women who enjoy hunting, an edge for success and a source of additional protection to the investment of their hunting equipment.”
I used my Pro Hunter muzzleloader in both Missouri and Illinois during the last few weeks in varying conditions. Temperature extremes from 10 to 60 degrees in rain and snow and I was very impressed with the quality of work that Don and his staff put into my Pro Hunter. I highly recommend Camo Solutions for all your camo-dipping needs. For any further questions about the process, pictures of the process and contact information go to


Konus M-30 Rifle Scope

While testing this scope we were looking at it from a varmint hunting perspective. The Konus M-30 met and exceeded our expectations. Relatively new on the American rifle scope market, the M-30 is an excellent choice for your hunting needs.

The M-30 series is designed with a glass engraved reticle system in which the reticle is laser-etched onto crystal clear precision glass rather than being a thin wire.  This eliminates the chances of becoming misaligned or breaking as is the case with other scopes.

With the 1/8 MOA locking adjustments there is less room for slipping and change.

Each scope has a built-in anti-canting bubble, and the one piece tube construction is waterproof and fogproof.

This new line of long-range scopes features an illuminated blue reticle, which can easily be viewed against any other color and is generally softer on the eye than red or green reticles. 

Each scope comes with a lifetime replacement guarantee and Konus has excellent customer service.

This scope is great for varmint hunting by the serious shooter who is after great ballistic accuracy.

Prices are reasonable, from $529 to $629.


Gear Court: Crimson Trace… trace evidence you can rely on

There appears to be more than a trace of evidence that Crimson Trace has hit the target with their new laser grip for the Ruger LCP!
A while back I purchased the Ruger LCP 380 for my carry pistol.  When I saw that Crimson Trace came out with a new laser grip designed for my LCP, I couldn’t wait to pair them up.

The LG-431 laser grip has the front instinctive activation.  Meaning, when you grip the LCP normally, the laser will instantly be projected where you’re aiming.  This also makes this user-friendly for right- or left-handed shooters.

The laser grip is made from a rugged hard polymer with an ultra-compact 3.3mm diode.  This is a Class III(a) laser, which is the maximum output allowed by federal law and technology.  It has both windage and elevation adjustments and comes with a complete 3-year warranty.  The LG-431 operates on either two #357 silver oxide batteries or a single 1/3N 3 volt lithium battery.

The installation was very simple and took less than five minutes.  It came with the instructions and hex wrenches necessary to install and adjust the laser.  I spent less than 20 minutes getting the laser sighted in for myself.

I always shoot Winchester ammunition and was using their 380 target/range 95 grain full metal jacket ammunition for this review.


ProEars® GOLD!

I thought the ProEars electronic hearing protection/amplifying system couldn’t get any better. I was wrong!

The only electronic hearing protection proudly made in America, Pro Ears has added a new line building on the unparalleled quality, reliability and advanced technology of the Dimension series:  New Pro Ears GOLD.

What makes the GOLD Series different? Well, it all begins, as with the Dimension series featuring the exclusive DLSC™ technology, but unlike the standard ‘clipping’ or ‘volume compression’ electronics used by all other manufacturers, this unique technology never shuts off. This allows the wearer to hear every sound even during high volume noise spikes, where other hearing protection units only shut the unit off, blocking out all sound or simply turning the volume down still drowning out softer sounds with louder ones.

The GOLD units stand alone in that they are the first and only to feature a high tech, 8 Bit Micro-Processor that runs a complete electronic diagnostic when turned on, similar to a scan run by your computer but this processor runs 10,000 diagnostics per second so that you always know your system is in 100% optimum working order.

Other unique features that make the GOLD line special include:

1 Fully enclosed Military Grade Circuit Boards for the very best protection from the elements.

2 Gold Connectors for ultimate conductivity, increasing the hearing range while providing the most natural, clear, quality sound available.

3 LED Alert Light on each circuit board so you can see how the unit is operating.

4 On board computer controlled Auto-shut off and Low Battery Indictor.

5 All GOLD units now offer what was a secondary application: the ability to accept receiver/input capabilities for AM/FM Radio, CD, or MP3 players, and FRS radio and electronic devices that use a 3.5 mm jack.  Now you can use communication devices or just kick back and listen to your tunes.

6 And you can rely on all Pro Ears models because they carry an industry breaking warranty. The GOLD units carry an incredible 5 year warranty.Since they manufacturer their products right here in the USA, you can actually speak to a real person and if you do have a rare warranty problem, they can get it fixed and back to you in a matter of days.

Hunters and Law Enforcement personnel will appreciate the unbeatable hearing protection, but also appreciate the Volume and Gain Adjustability which allows the wearer to amplify surrounding sounds up to 8 times enabling the user to hear long distance and quiet sounds as never before.

All Pro Ears muffs are extremely comfortable against your head even while wearing glasses due to the Exclusive ProForm Leather™ Ear Seals. These are made to conform completely around the ear for the most complete noise elimination possible. They are so comfortable that I wore a pair all day and forgot I had them on.

The GOLD Series is truly amazing and comes in several models depending on the need. For example, if you are exposed to tremendous loud noise levels like aircraft, construction, demolition or shooting high power handguns indoors, you would want to get the Mag units. For lesser levels you may go with the Slim models. For lower still and for the long gun hunters for bird shooting, clay, trap, muzzle loaders and certainly the bowhunter, the Predator, or Stalker units are preferred. You not only get comfort and excellent hearing protection but the amplification you really need to enable you to hear game moving before you see them, and certainly after the shot is taken to pinpoint direction after the hit.

I loved my Dimension models but the new GOLD, they are just phenomenal!