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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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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Camp Agape Clay Shoot 2016

I love Camp Agape. It is a Christian bereavement summer camp that I work with all year long in a few roles. I have done videos, website work, and served as a “Buddy” AKA camp mentor over the past few years since I started with them in 2012. This is a bereavement camp for children 7-12 years old who have lost a loved one close to them in their lives. Although the circumstances that bring us all together each year are sometimes tough, we have a lot of fun. It is a life changing experience for both the volunteers and the children.

There are a few fundraisers Camp Agape does every year and this event in late April was the 2nd Annual Clay Shoot. Here are a few photos my father-in-law, Mr. Joe Vogel took of the event. Mr. Joe has two brothers from East Texas that have come to shoot this event both years now, Uncle Edward and Uncle Arthur. Both of them can out-shoot me on any given day but I never claimed I was an expert at shooting sporting clays!

Joshua Creek Ranch hosted this event again this year and they did a great job. The course is world-class. The food is incredibly good and even better than what you might expect at a place like this. All of the participants and volunteers had a blast at this event.

Here is a video I did for Camp Agape last summer. What a great place to learn about the love of God and Christ. Thank you as always for your support and for watching, reading, and listening.

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Legacy Outfitters – Central Texas 3D Archery Tournament

I love archery and promote the sport often in my writing, podcasting, and videos. One group I have a lot of respect and admiration for is Legacy Outfitters. Legacy is a Christian men’s organization and has several chapters here in Texas and focus groups within those chapters for the shooting sports, archery, and more. I was invited to speak at a Temple/Belton Legacy chapter meeting in early 2015 and met Bryan Rugh.

Since then, I have helped Bryan promote their big annual 3D archery tournament fundraiser which happens every May. This year, I took my son Jackson and he insisted on being the camera man with my iPhone 5 so I let him take pictures of the 3D wildlife targets. There were many flying arrows at this 30 target archery event and we had a blast.

I try to get donations every year and was blessed to receive a large bag target from Double G Archery and a pack of Grim Reaper Broadheads from my friends at Grim Reaper for this event this year. Thank you to both sponsors! Here are some photos of the targets, people, and prizes. I must say, for only 6 years old, Jackson is a pretty good photographer!

I had to throw in one selfie photo while we were at it. Jackson and I had a fun time and look forward to this event each year. Thanks to Bryan for having us as a guest. If you live in Texas, be sure to check out a Legacy Outfitters chapter in your area. As always, thank you for watching, reading, and listening!

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New Articles are Here!

Check out the Mac & Prowler Articles page for new content on various subjects such as turkey hunting, bowfishing for tilapia, becoming a Pro-Staff in the outdoor industry, and starting or growing your outdoor industry business. Some of these articles have appeared on my blog before but the Mac & Prowler Article page is where I keep my “evergreen” content which spans many different subjects. Thank you, as always, for reading, watching, and listening! This is truly a dream come true!

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New Podcast is Here!

I am so excited I can hardly contain it. Having my own podcast has been a dream of mine for many years and the time has finally come! Check it out at: http://thebestoftheoutdoors.podbean.com/ or simply click or tap on the podcast artwork/title page below. You can download or stream these podcast episodes and, if you like what you hear, I encourage you to rate and leave a comment about the podcast in whatever way you connected with it (PodBean, Itunes, etc.). I also encourage you to  also email me your questions at dustin.warncke@gmail.com, which I will plan to answer as part of the show. Thank you so much for reading, watching, and listening!

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Back on the Water with Crosswater Outfitters

My brothers with Crosswater Outfitters are more like family to me than anything. We only get together a few times a year but, by watching us in action at our events, you would think we would have seen each other every weekend.

We just recently had a soldiers event on Lake Belton at BLORA (Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area) on Fort Hood. This was a soldier and family event so we entertained everyone from babies to those still young at heart. You can learn more about Crosswater Outfitters through the website I built for them at www.crosswateroutfitters.com. Our boat caught about a dozen fish, which is quite low compared to what we are used to on most outings. We did, however, catch some of the biggest fish of the weekend and loved every minute of it. As one family we hosted said best, ” You have all the fun of fishing with none of the drama!” Indeed. It helps that our group of Christian men does not like drama! Here are some pictures from the event.

 

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Legacy Outfitters Annual Archery Tournament

I love fundraising events. For 12 years I was a career school fundraising rep for a large national company for my “day job”. I recently left that career in pursuit of another one but fundraising has always been and will continue to be close to my heart. I work with several non-profit organizations, most of which are in the outdoor industry, and strive to help with fundraising events where I am able. I recently attended an annual archery tournament fundraiser for Legacy  Outfitters (http://www.legacyoutfitters.org). Although I didn’t place high on the scoreboards, I had a blast shooting the 30 target course and reuniting with friends from my normal Hill Country Bowhunters group I recruited to come. I also visited with many people I had met when I did a presentation on what I do in the outdoor industry for Legacy back in January of this year. It was fun and this is one way I seriously enjoy the outdoors.

My thanks to Gold Tip Arrows and Grim Reaper Broadheads who make my archery target shooting and hunting lifestyle the best it could possibly be. Here  are some photos of the event!

 

 

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Camp Agape Sporting Clays Shoot

A few weekends back I went with my father-in-law and his two brothers to a new fundraising event sponsored by Camp Agape (www.campagapetexas.org). Moyesway Shooting Sports hosted this event and it was held down in Boerne at the scenic Joshua Creek Ranch (www.joshuacreek.com) located in the Texas Hill Country. This was a beautiful ranch to say the very least. I was blown away at the scenery as you could see quail and pheasant close by. I didn’t win any awards but my two uncles-in-law did and they deserved them. I shot pretty average but had and awesome time. Here are some photos my father-in-law took of the event.

I don’t write often about Camp Agape but it is one of the organizations near and dear to my heart. It is a breavement camp for kids ages 7-12 and I have been a “buddy” or camper counselor there for the past three summers. The camp runs Thursday-Monday, usually in July, and the experieinces there are heartwarming to say the least. I have a video I created a couple of years ago on my Youtube Channel that explains more about the camp at: https://youtu.be/v0wXJ9qhVRc

Thanks for reading, watching, and listening!

 

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