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  1. West Coast Trail - post hike gear review

    I recently returned from hiking the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island, BC. The trail is 75km and follows the coast, sometimes requiring hiking on the beach. It was a tough trip, but pretty amazing. We were scheduled to do the hike in 6 days, but day 5 was very rainy, so we decided to push...
  2. Advice on sporterized 03a3

    Hi All, I'm looking for some advice. Parents of my best friend are looking to downsize to a smaller house. my friend's dad (we'll call him Gary) has a number of guns that he inherited from his father a number of years ago. My friend and his sibling aren't really into guns that much, and Gary...
  3. M1 Carbine stock set from Fulton Armory - any experience?

    I recently picked up an M1 carbine in an auction. Though mechanically in really great shape, there is a crack in the stock along the top on the edge opposite of the op rod handle (if that makes sense). Anyway, I bought the gun as a shooter, but I would like to preserve the stock. I found...
  4. Aimpoint 3x-C (commercial) magnifier

    I was wondering if anyone had one of these magnifiers or had tried one out. Looks like they were introduced this year, and I haven't been able to find many reviews of them. I'm guessing you're sacrificing some of the 'ruggedness' as compared to their other magnifier options, but hopefully the...
  5. Bayonet M1 for Garand - regrind?

    So I bought an M1 bayonet from the CMP recently. It arrived a week ago, and it was in decent shape overall - no major rust or pitting, locking mechanism was in good order, and the handle pieces were intact and in good shape. I'm guessing it was used for training, as the edges are essentially...
  6. Small number of volunteers needed for boot wear test

    I am looking for some volunteers to help with some testing I'm doing with boots. We are evaluating the traction of a number of different outsole compounds on two models of hunting boots and one 'light hiking' boot, and would like to get some feedback from outside users. The particulars are...
  7. any Air Force folks stationed nearby?

    I am an engineer for Wolverine World Wide, which owns Bates. We have been asked to do some comparative testing of several Bates boots along with several competitors (similar to a program I had a thread on in the Hunting section). One of the competitor boots they sent us to test is the Rocky...
  8. A little help for a noob...

    Hi Folks, I got my technician and general license within the last month, and my HT finally arrived yesterday. I ended up getting a Baofeng UV 82 because I wanted something inexpensive to start off with so that I can learn what sorts of features are important/useful and get some practice before...
  9. Wear testers for hunting boots needed

    As I mentioned in my previous thread about hiking boots, I am an engineer for Wolverine World Wide. We have been asked by the Wolverine brand to evaluate two of their hunting boots and two competitor boots. We would like to get some feedback from users as part of our testing, so this is where...
  10. Precision Point Firearms - Woburn, MA

    I purchased a handgun in NH and decided to use Precision Point Firearms to transfer my gun into MA. The customer service I received was EXCELLENT. The dealer in NH had apparently been inconvenienced a couple of times when selling guns to MA residents only to find that the gun wasn't on the...
  11. Hunting boot feedback

    Hey guys, I need some help from the hunters on NES with a project I have at work. I am an R&D engineer for Wolverine World Wide (Lexington, MA office) and my group has been tasked with developing a general evaluation protocol for the different boot lines that fall under the Wolverine umbrella...
  12. dehydrated foods/ingredients

    I'm going on a 10 day fishing/backpacking trip in Alaska this August. The river we'll be following is known to have a good amount of fish in it, so we will hopefully be eating fish for lots of meals. To have a little variety, I've been looking at various pre-packaged thai-type curries that we...
  13. specs for roll pins on AR-15 lower

    I assembled my Zombie lower from the group buy, and I'm not happy with the bolt catch roll pin (it's actually a spring pin). Does anybody have the specs (length and diameter, plus tolerances) for this pin? I want to order a bunch from McMaster and find the smallest one within the tolerance...
  14. Anyone have experience with DRS reloaded ammo?

    An online ammo retailer lists DRS as using once fired LC brass from military bases, Hornaday bullets, etc. Does anyone had any experience with this ammo?
  15. Barrel defect in 1911?

    I bought a new S&W 1911PD about three or four weeks ago and haven't had a chance to take it to the range yet. I was looking at it this evening and noticed some light rust on the inside of the barrel. When I took it apart to clean it up, I looked down the barrel and noticed a 'ring' about an...
  16. Recommendations for AR rail covers

    I have a Troy quad rail, and so far only have a forward vertical grip and a sling attachment point mounted to it. I've been looking at various rail covering systems from Knight's armament, Troy, Magpul, etc., and I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations or cautionary tales. Has anyone...
  17. Anybody involved in IDPA at HSC?

    I'm trying to get a little more information on the IDPA program they have at HSC. I sent an email to the Metrowest Tactical website, but it got bounced. Anyway, my two main questions are: Do the practices involve any sort of instruction? I've never shot IDPA and haven't had any formal...
  18. AR failure to feed, and other issues

    So before I get into this, I've already done research on this topic at AR-15.com as well as some other places, and haven't really found a suitable answer. My rifle is short stroking - that much I know. It's a rifle that I put together: a complete bushmaster 16" upper, Stag lower and LPK. I...
  19. issues with new holster

    I recently purchased a Galco holster for my Sig 229. When it first arrived, it was WAAAAY too snug, so, following the Galco recommended breaking in techniques and using a few tips I found here on NES, I now have the holster to the point where I can draw and holster the gun without any problems...
  20. Question about cleaning my new gun

    So with my newly minted LTC in hand, I went to Four Seasons today and bought my first handgun: Sig P229 in .40. I only had time to go through about 50 rounds at the range today, just enough to start getting a feel for the gun. When I got back home and looked through the factory box, I noticed...
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