Tactical Style: Twod Picatinny Rail Bipod and Twod AR-15 Cleaning Mat Texas Tested Reviews {Video}

 

Many accessories for tactical purposes these days are becoming more tacti-cool than anything. What I look for in products for my ARs and other tactical weapons are utility and design that will perform well under pressure and last ages of use. I recently reviewed two products by Twod, a tactical gear and optics company, on my YouTube channel. Since I reviewed both together in that video and since they are intended for the same audience, I figured I would review both here as well.

 I wanted to bring this company to the spotlight of this blog as they are relatively new to the playing field of rifle accessories but they are playing the game to win and I like to see that. I am always looking for products that can be affordable for the budget-minded shooter (as many of us are) and of the high quality you expect from gun accessory companies these days. Both the AR-15 rifle cleaning mat and the picatinny rail bipod I recently purchased from Amazon.com met both of these qualifications.

First, let’s look at the bipod, as I address on the video first as well. I was able to quickly mount it to the bottom forend rail of my Ruger 10/22 which I have outfitted in a tactical style stock from ATI gun stocks. With a QD (Quick Detach) system, the rail was easy to mount and left me with great first impressions right out of the box. This is an adjustable pivoting mount so it makes it easy to install on any rifle. I had to loosen the QD mount a bit to get it to fit just right but that was no big deal. The legs can be adjusted from 6.5”-9” when deployed or very conveniently stowed back or forward of the mounting plate at a 45-degree angle when not in use. I found the legs stayed out of the way of my rifle handling when they were stowed back or forward.

Furthermore, this bipod has a forend grip which is removable, the feet on the ends of the bipod legs are rubber (which prevents slipping and so you won’t scratch up your shooting area) and easily and quickly deployable and adjustable. Overall for the money, this accessory was of good quality in fit and finish. Could you spend more on a detachable bipod? Sure. But do you need to? Will this most likely meet your needs of using a bipod for long range shooting? I certainly think so. Check out this product at https://amzn.to/2srZqQD.

Next on the lineup is something I think every AR-15 owner should own and that’s a quality cleaning mat with an exploded parts diagram of all the parts and pieces of the modern sporting rifle. Not only does this likely keep you from getting kicked out to the garage or outdoors by your wife or significant other for making a mess on the table in the house after a day at the range, it will also help you get “unstuck” if you need help getting your gun back together after disassembly for cleaning. 

With a 36”x12” surface, this mat will help keep your surrounding area clean and the tools that come in the accompanying pouch are very useful and serve as a “field kit” that is easily portable. These tools are especially selected for black rifle designs but many of them could be useful with many other rifles as well as handguns and shotguns. Now personally, I don’t like to drag out all of my “gun cleaning stuff” every time I sit down to clean a gun so this tool kit really makes my job easy as it has some of the essentials I can use time and time again.

The cleaning mat is waterproof, chemical and oil resistant and, most importantly, washable. It even has a rubberized backing meaning you don’t have to worry about the mat slipping away from you while I use. It clings to just about any surface. When not in use, the mat and the tools are simply rolled up together for easy storage. Learn more about this product at https://amzn.to/2HdTQpI. Along with it, I purchased some Hoppes No. 9 solvent and some 6” cotton swabs to aid in my future gun cleaning endeavors. What may be a grueling process for some I quite enjoy and I have always been fascinated on how the modern guns we shoot today, and even those of many decades ago, are designed and assembled.

Now both of these products are easy to order off Amazon.com and able to be shipped straight to your doorstep. It’s hard to beat that kind of convenience when selecting your next gun accessories or firearm cleaning supplies. Man I love this stuff!

Story by Dustin Vaughn Warncke

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Saltwater Fishing Series: Things You Might Not Expect to Catch in the Gulf of Mexico with Guest Chester Moore

On this week’s show, Dustin connects with Texas Fish & Game Magazine’s editor-in-chief Chester Moore and the two talk about fish and other creatures in the Gulf of Mexico that you might not expect catch on your next fishing trip to the coast. Ever consider wahoo, snook, billfish or even an octopus  might be on the other end of your line on your next fishing adventure? As usual, this was an action packed, fun-filled episode. Thanks for listening!

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About the Podcast: The Best of the Outdoors Podcast is optimized to bring listeners the best in hunting, fishing, shooting, bowfishing and other outdoor activities. The show is broadcast across a number of different audio platforms and serves as a source of education and inspiration for all things outdoors. Host Dustin Warncke is a critically-acclaimed author, outdoor writer for TF&G and other publications, video and audio producer, speaker and blogger who has excelled in many areas of outdoor media.

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Texas Fish & Game is the largest and most popular outdoor publication in the Lone Star State. No other publication matches our coverage of hunting, fishing, guns, gear, tackle, conservation, outdoor news, and wildlife subjects. Our editorial cadre includes the best outdoor writers in the Lone Star State—all experts in their respective fields. This is the sportsman’s one-stop resource for information and education on Texas’ outdoors.

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Odepro KL52 PLUS Hunting Flashlight Kit Texas Tested Review {Video}

If I am known by one thing at Texas Fish & Game it is a “gear guy” and it’s true – I absolutely love new hunting and fishing gear that helps me do what I do in the outdoors even better. As many of you who read this know I have a YouTube Channel and companies regularly connect with me there to do gear reviews on YouTube and beyond. I am very selective on what I review, however, and only like to cover gear that I think is noteworthy and valuable to folks who read, watch or listen to my content. A company by the name of Odepro contacted me a couple of months ago to review their KL52 PLUS model flashlight kit.

I spend some considerable time in the outdoors field testing a product before recording a review in any form and this was no exception. This light shipped from an Amazon.com warehouse and, although it is a very affordable flashlight kit manufactured overseas as many lights are these days, I did not have to wait the average of 2-3 weeks to get it after I ordered it. Having USA warehousing is huge if you are in the market for a good outdoors flashlight but don’t want to pay a fortune or wait for weeks to get it.

Odepro KL52 Flashlight Package

The flashlight came installed with a red LED and three other LED modules came with it separately which are very easily interchangeable: white, green and infrared. I have owned and reviewed and even consulted for other hunting flashlight companies in the past and have not seen the quality, beam distance, beam zoom and wide beam throw length up close like I have with this light. The adjustable zoom makes this light so adaptable to any situation, whether you are bowhunting at short ranges or rifle hunting at long ranges. Even if you only use the white LED and want to go on a nighttime fishing excursion, this light would do well for any kind of night fishing or camping adventure. This one lightweight flashlight does it all.

In addition to the flashlight itself and all four of the interchangeable LEDs, the kit comes in a sturdy case with cutouts, snuggly fitting a container with two 18650 rechargeable batteries, two different scope mounting options, additional O-rings, a dual battery charger and a tail cap with pressure switch making it ideal for mounting on a gun of just about any type. The two mounting systems allow clamping on to a barrel or scope. I personally like a simple 1” or 30mm (with adaptor) scope ring, which this kit comes with, as most of my guns have a picatinny rail of some kind mounted on the scope or hand guard area already but these two mounting systems that come with the kit are good options for attaching the light to just about anything.  The case is very easily portable and rugged and I have packed it along on many outdoor excursions since I have owned this light kit. By taking the case with you, everything you should need for optimum flashlight performance comes with you.

 

It is the most versatile hunting light system I have come across for a price point of $112 or so plus shipping. Sure, you could spend more on a flashlight, but why? As long as I have been an outdoorsman, I have been a budget-minded consumer. I believe in finding value and longevity with every purchase I make or product that is sent to me to review. This is most definitely a solid buy and meets my Texas Tested qualifications and my stamp of approval. You can learn more about all of the Odepro lights on their website at http://www.odepro.com/en/the-strong-light-flashlight_75739.html or purchase one of these KL52 PLUS hunting light kits directly through Amazon.com here at https://amzn.to/2Ljg6B4.

As always, thank you for watching, reading and listening!

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Axis, Sika, and Fallow! Oh My! Hunting Exotic Big Game in the Off-Season with Host Dustin Warncke

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On this episode, Dustin rides solo again talking about hunting in the off season for exotic deer, goats, rams, buffalo and African game. He also covers what to look for in your next guide or outfitter you book a hunting trip with for an exotic game hunt and how to consider your total cost for the hunt. Thank you for listening!

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Mentioned in the Show:

Dustin’s Article: https://fishgame.com/2016/06/top-10-things-look-hiring-hunting-fishing-guide-outfitter/

DB Hunting Ranch: www.dbhunting.com

Circle F Adventures: www.CircleFAdventures.com

King of Eights Outfitters: http://www.kingofeights.com 

Connect with Dustin: www.dustinsprojects.com

 

About the Podcast: The Best of the Outdoors Podcast is optimized to bring listeners the best in hunting, fishing, shooting, bowfishing and other outdoor activities. The show is broadcast across a number of different audio platforms and serves as a source of education and inspiration for all things outdoors. Host Dustin Warncke is a critically-acclaimed author, outdoor writer for TF&G and other publications, video and audio producer, speaker and blogger who has excelled in many areas of outdoor media.

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Texas Fish & Game is the largest and most popular outdoor publication in the Lone Star State. No other publication matches our coverage of hunting, fishing, guns, gear, tackle, conservation, outdoor news, and wildlife subjects. Our editorial cadre includes the best outdoor writers in the Lone Star State—all experts in their respective fields. This is the sportsman’s one-stop resource for information and education on Texas’ outdoors.

 

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Interviews Live from the NRA Show in Dallas with Guests Jay Duncan, Tina Jones and Mike Mooty

In this episode, live from the Dallas, Texas NRA show, Dustin sits down with Jay Duncan from Crosman and they talk about airguns, the Pioneer Airbow and the new hunting laws going into effect in September allowing hunters to use airguns to harvest native game such as whitetail deer. Then, Dustin sits down with Tina Cole and Mike Moody to talk about shooting and hunting in Texas and beyond and getting new shooters started right in the outdoor realm with self defense, situational awareness and license to carry. This is a longer show but the content is solid. Thank you as always for listening!

Mentioned in Podcast:

www.crosman.com 

Connect with Mike: 

https://www.facebook.com/mike.mooty.5

www.GhostTargets.com 

Connect with Tina

https://www.tinasgunacademy.com/ 

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003810192271 

https://www.facebook.com/funnotfear/

 

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NRA Show Coverage in Dallas: Optics, Ammo, Airguns and More with Host Dustin Warncke

On this episode, host Dustin Warncke is back in action at the NRA Show in Dallas, Texas and he talks about airguns, optics, ammo and a new product designed to keep everyone safe in the field or at the range. Thank you as always for listening and telling a friend about the show!

Mentioned on Today’s Podcast:
Tract Optics

Holosun Optics

Crosman/CenterPoint

Norma Ammunition | Tip Strike

Sightmark/Pulsar Optics

Airforce Airguns

Hatsan USA Airguns

G2 Research/Rifle & Handgun Ammo

Timney Triggers

Magpul

Ergo Grips/AR-15 Accessories

Pyramyd Air

Safe Shoot

Lone Star Outdoors Show/Podcast

www.dustinsprojects.com 

www.FishGame.com 

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Live at the NRA Show in Dallas, Dustin’s Turkey Hunt, the 2nd Amendment and More with Host Dustin Warncke

In this solo show, Dustin travels to the NRA and talks about 2nd Ammendment supporters, his recent turkey hunt, the NRA Show this week as well as and airguns and crossbows. Stay tuned to our show for more Texas Fish & Game NRA coverage!

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Texas Fish & Game’s Website: www.fishgame.com

Dustin’s Website: www.dustinsprojects.com

Dustin’s Personal Blog: www.warnckeoutdoors.com 

 

 

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Shotgun Practice, Shooting Sports and Getting Started Shooting with Guests Dave Miller and Dustin Ellermann

On this week’s episode, Dustin Warncke interviews CZ-USA’s Dave Miller and TF&G’s own shooting editor Dustin Ellermann. First, Dustin W. and Dave talk about shooting trap, skeet and sporting clays, getting new shooters involved in the sport and some ideas for off-season practice that can improve your success during hunting season. Dustin Warncke and Dustin Ellermann talk about having fun with shooting pistols and rifles, getting kids started on the right path to shooting and hunting success and some other tactical and practical topics.

This is a Dedicated Show Sponsored by CZ-USA

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About Dave Miller

David has over 20 years of experience in the competitive shooting community and has lived to see the sport evolve into the world’s fastest growing shotgun sport. He is respected as one of the most knowledgeable individuals in the sporting clays community with a Master class title, and one of the best shooters in the United States. David is also the main star on the Outdoors TV show CZ-USA American Gun Dog TV.

David recently accomplished setting a new Guinness World Record for the most sporting clay targets shot in 1 hour— 3653 clays in May of 2015, followed by winning the Missouri State Sporting Clays Championship in July 2015. All the proceeds from the world record accomplishment will go to Pheasant Forever and Quail Forever’s Shooting Sports Endowment to benefit generations of new shooters forever! Speaking of new shooters, David has spent countless hours as an ambassador to the shooting sports industry and uses his past shooting experience to get more shooting enthusiast outdoors.

Learn more about Dave at https://www.millershootingsports.com and www.CZ-USA.com.


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About Dustin Ellermann

Dustin Ellermann is a competitive shooter and director of Christian camp His Way. He is known for being the winner of the third season of History Channel’s marksmen competition Top Shot. Dustin studied at Stephen F. Austin State University, graduating Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration. After working at the camp for many years, Dustin became the camp director in 2005. He and his wife, Brittany, live at the camp grounds. They have five children, and foster children. Dustin is a self-taught shooter.

Learn more about Dustin at http://www.camphisway.com.


About the Podcast: The Best of the Outdoors Podcast is optimized to bring listeners the best in hunting, fishing, shooting, bowfishing and other outdoor activities. The show is broadcast across a number of different audio platforms and serves as a source of education and inspiration for all things outdoors. Host Dustin Warncke is a critically-acclaimed author, outdoor writer for TF&G and other publications, video and audio producer, speaker and blogger who has excelled in many areas of outdoor media.

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Texas Fish & Game is the largest and most popular outdoor publication in the Lone Star State. No other publication matches our coverage of hunting, fishing, guns, gear, tackle, conservation, outdoor news, and wildlife subjects. Our editorial cadre includes the best outdoor writers in the Lone Star State—all experts in their respective fields. This is the sportsman’s one-stop resource for information and education on Texas’ outdoors.

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Two New Podcast Appearances and Our First Dedicated Sponsor Show!

I have been a guest on a few podcasts over the years and it is a blast doing so. Podcasts are growing in the “new media” world and are taking over traditional broadcast/terrestrial radio like wildfire. I love the format now more than ever and was happy to have the chance to be a guest on some shows I already listen to on a regular basis. Thank you as always for listening and for checking out these other shows!


Dustin’s Interview with Trever and Jeremy on the Cast Blast Grill Chill Podcast


Dustin’s Interview on Hunting with Airguns and Crossbows with Trever Bryan on the Hunt Fish Repeat Podcast


As usual, I am working hard on our own podcast and we just released our first dedicated sponsored episode today with Frio Coolers! Check that out here as well!

 

Thank you so much for your support over the years. You guys rock!

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