A Day at the Range – Airforce Airguns “Texan”

It has been far too long since I visited my local gun range. A month or so ago, in a pinch for time, I visited a local Austin indoor range but they charge by the hour and I like a more relaxed feeling when I am immersed in the shooting sports. Like most people, I don’t like to be rushed by the clock doing something I enjoy. My normal range is an outdoor range located Northwest of Austin and they charge a daily rate for shooting time. This range is also where I cut my teeth at learning about guns, calibers, ballistics, and other working pieces in the realm of firearms. Formerly Stan Shooting Range, the Lone Star Range & Academy has undergone many transformations under its new owner and I was impressed, to say the least. at the new developments at this range.

I visited the range to sight in one of my beloved guns, a custom FN Mauser chambered in .270 as the scope had been off on its last outing with a friend of mine. The main reason for the trip was to spend some time behind the  “Texan” from Airforce Airguns, the most powerful big bore production air rifle on the market.

The Mac & Prowler TV show team came up with the name of “The Beast” when shooting the first prototype of this gun. It shoots a .45 caliber slug at around 1,000 feet per second which is impressive to say the least. This is a true big game air gun and I plan to film a hog hunting video with it very soon. So it’s powerful. How about accuracy? I’m glad to asked. Here is a picture of one of my groups. This was before I dialed it into the 10 ring later:

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It is most definitely one of my favorite guns and one of the coolest guns I own. Check out the podcast “Prowler” Bill Henson and I did on this gun and the other airguns available from Airforce:

My plan is to take this gun on a hog or exotic game hunt in the very near future. If you haven’t checked out airguns in the shooting sports realm, now is the time! It is fun way to enjoy the shooting sports and Airforce Airguns makes some phenomenal airguns. Thank you as always for watching, reading, and listening! Have an awesome day in the outdoors!

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Finally, the Brady Hunt! Happy New Year!

It’s been over a month since I posted and I apologize for that. Thank you for watching, listening, and reading. In my most recent hunting video, shown below, I harvest a cull 5 point buck in Brady Texas at a family ranch. I finally made it back to Brady after all of the attempts to make it there last season. I think you will like the wildlife shots I also got on this hunting trip which I feature in the video.

Today is New Year’s Eve and I have a lot to celebrate from 2015. This year wasn’t an easy one by any means but I grew in a lot of new ways and provided a lot of value to a lot of people. I hit the 1,500 subscriber milestone on YouTube and had my first videos reach over 100,000 views.

Life is good and 2016 is going to be even better. I am excited and I hope you are too. We have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to in the future. Our best years are still ahead of us. God has a plan for each and every one of us and that alone is exciting. Thanks again for tuning in and Happy New Year!

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Back from Mason County Texas!

Success in the field! Finally! It has been a slow and hard deer season so far. I never give up hope thought. I lost two game cameras and a feeder timer so far this season. One of the game cams was able to be fixed. I ordered a new game cam and bought a new feeder timer. All is well now. The only issue was that I haven’t had a shot opportunity at a deer this season up until last weekend. That all changed when my father-in-law got an invite from a good friend of his to hunt a ranch he owns in Mason County. This short video tells the rest of the story. I hope you enjoy it!

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Trophy Whitetail Buck “Mr. Big” Returns Home Again

Last season, was an emotional roller coaster. Early in the season, I shot the best archery buck of my life which we named “Mr. Big” as he was about a 120+ class  Whitetail buck. I shot a doe and missed another doe that season and my Brady, Texas hunting trip, which I have done annually since 2006, was canceled and rescheduled a number of times and ended up never coming together.

In any case, Mr. Big was the highlight of my 2014 season. I just got him back from my good friend Danny Barry at DB Wild Game Processing and Taxidermy. Danny learned taxidermy from one of the best teachers in our area and this mount turned out incredible. If you live near or around Central Texas, I highly recommend Danny for all of your taxidermy needs. Here is a picture of Mr. Big hanging on the wall in my office:

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The memory of that hunt will last a lifetime and I still can’t believe I had the opportunity to shoot a deer of that caliber in a very urban area. It all goes back to managing wildlife to the best of your ability and culling out the herd where needed. I culled out many does and management bucks for several years before something as nice as Mr. Big came along my path one day. Thank you so much for reading, watching and listening!

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Two Interviews in Two Weeks!

Recently I was featured on the blog of Garilo.com, an online superstore of hunting, fishing, boating, and other outdoor gear, due to my work in the outdoor industry. This was a fun Q&A interview. Check it out here:

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Also, released the next week, I was interviewed by the Bowhunting Freedom Podcast hot Phillip Havens and we had a blast on this one! Check it out here:

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Thank you so much for watching, reading, and listening!

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The Mossberg 835 Returns Home!

One of the websites I built about a year ago was for Cody Weiser who is a dear friend of mine. Cody and I have known each other for many years. He has recently, in the past couple of years or so, started a Cerakote business and turns out some amazing work. I sent him my beloved Mossberg 835 pump shotgun and he did some amazing work to it. Before it had a drab olive synthetic stock with a blued/anodized metal finish. It looks good but I wanted a custom look to the shotgun as I take it many different places. It arrived back to me a week and a half or so ago and the work he did was magnificent and better than I could have ever imagined. I plan more blog post in the future promoting Cody’s work. Not only does he do firearms, he is also a start at customizing YETI cups and koozies. Here is a picture of how my shotgun turned out. Absolutely amazing work! Check out Cody Weiser Firearm Refinishing at www.codyweiser.com.

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Hydrographics Rock!

In my blog, I often feature companies I work with in my side business, Warncke Enterprises, that I feel would be a fit for your outdoor lifestyle. One of the companies I recently started working with is 180 Hydrographics, based in Belton, Texas. Cody Waxler is the owner of this company and he is an incredible guy to work with. He works hard on his creations and doesn’t stop until you both are happy with his work. Having items “dipped” is now becoming all the rage. Hydrographics is a process of putting a piece of film on a tank of water, spraying an activator over it, and “dipping” an object in the water through the film. I was intrigued on how this process worked ever since Cody approached me about building a website for him. I recently had two items “dipped”: a wild boar skull I have had in my office for many years and the lid on my Frio Cooler. The resulting work turned out amazing as has all of Cody’s work. Check out 180 Hydrographics on his website or on his Facebook page and check out my pieces below. I am very impressed with Cody’s work and the finished products of his labor. Both of these pieces turned out fantastic!

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Say it with Kydex!

I meet many folks starting businesses in the outdoor industry. One of most impressive companies I have recently come into contact with was through a mutual friend of mine. His name is Will Garza and he owns GW Customs, based near me in Georgetown Texas. GW Customs produces kydex products including handgun holsters, magazine holsters, even products like Kydex wallets. There are not too many companies I recommend for custom work but Will’s work is incredible. Here are some pieces he made for my AR-15 magazines, Bulgarian Makarov, and Taurus .357 revolver. I am  very impressed with his work and highly recommend you contact him through his website to get custom work done for your guns or shop his online store at http://gwckydex.com. Check out the photos below.

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