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Iron Man themed JP Enterprises SCR-11 rifle

JP Enterprises is a company that focuses on high-end competition rifles. JP is based in Hugo MN. For the record, JP also offers a line of Law Enforcement rifles: “JP-15 Duty Rifles“. The base rifle for this Iron Man theme is a JP Enterprises SCR-11 Rifle, an AR-15 based competition rifle in.223 Wylde. Show More Summary

Tippets: Introduction to Tenkara, Teaching Teens, Tying Chironomids

3 days agoHobbies / Fishing : MidCurrent

In a recent article Tim Eberly writes about his introduction to the tenkara technique and a day on the water with guide Tom Sadler. “In a pastime that some say has become preoccupied with equipment, this allows modern-day anglers to focus … more ?

Birdchick POdcast #209 Bird Cams, Digiscoping and Spring

Here's ill-informed Zeke from Indiana spouting nonsense. Sometimes commenters on bird cam forums go too far. Canadian police are digiscoping...watching out.        

Anatomy of a Baseball Card: Trevor Story 2013 Topps Heritage Minors

Nuts to that. Minor league cards are supposed to be fun, which is why I wish I bought them more often. Topps's recent reentry into the minor league game has been nice, but the cards (Pro Debut and Heritage Minors) are a hobby-only thing. Show More Summary

JumpRoACH Is a Robotic Bug That Leaps and Flips Just Like an Insect

This little robot can make targeted jumps and then flip itself over like a real bug

Mammatus Clouds

As a line of thunderstorms approached Columbia this evening, our daughter called our attention to mammatus clouds above the city. Indeed, a broad area of dipping lobes was observed overhead, the product of sinking air beneath the advancing...Show More Summary


Wade Boggs had his #26 retired by the Red Sox before tonight's game at Fenway Park. Ironically, the only new Boggs card I had waiting in the wings in my scans folder was this obscure Legends Variation (can you tell I'm obsessed with these yet) with a photo from his time in Tampa Bay. Show More Summary

Ask Phil: Blurry Beads and Aging Eyes

(Sometimes shotgun-related “Ask Petzal” questions are forwarded to me due to shotgun-related content. This is one) Dear Mr. Petzal, I am approaching 60 years old, and have noticed that the bead on my Benelli is getting pretty blurry when I am wearing my glasses for seeing things further away and aiming at turkeys or pattern boards. Show More Summary

1987 Fleer Will Clark #269

I wanted to get Clark's best mainstream rookie card for ownage sake because Clark emerged as a ‘national superstar’ back when I was getting into baseball and collecting cards - perhaps I didn't really know what it was like to have Clark star for my MLB team but he was a pretty big deal for a little while in San Francisco. Show More Summary

Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire was epic!

We had a great time at the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire! As usual we brought the PhantomX Hexapod MK-III on a leash (always a crowd favorite), but everyone fell in love with the Geekbot V2 this year! We were there all day running an arena with kids piloting Geekbots to take as many balls […]

NASA Valkyrie Robots – The New Generation of Space Robots

NASA in on a “Journey to Mars”. According to the space agency, we should see the first humans landing on Mars by 2033. Along this journey, NASA is planning to send robots to prepare the big landing. In 2013, NASA unveiled four sister robots which are the first of the next generation of robots in space exploration. These robots, code-named [...]Show More Summary

Wired To Hunt Podcast #105: Summer Deer Projects, Treestand Tweaks, Trail Cameras and More

Today on the show Dan and I are talking summer deer projects, treestand tweaks, trail cameras and much more. To listen to the podcast, click the Play button in the orange bar above or click the links below to subscribe to...

Country Rifle: Sweden by Rainier Arms (Bravo Company)

Let’s start with some Mythology: The 12th-century King Eric IX saw a golden cross in the blue sky as he landed in Finland during the First Swedish Crusade in 1157. Seeing this as a sign from God he adopted the golden cross against a blue background as his banner. Show More Summary

FN FNC Field Strip

The FN FNC is the standard service rifle of Belgium, and the gun that Al Pacino once used to shoot Tom Sizemore with in the face. This piston operated, rotating bolt weapon is an example of how the AK’s piston and bolt arrangement can be paired excellently with ergonomics preferred by Western nations. Show More Summary

‘The MAC-10 Was an Over-Hyped Hunk of Junk’

Typically, I don’t like to blog about other blogs. But one of my favorite technology/information/gun sites (besides TFB, of course), War Is Boring, posted a great write-up of the MAC-10 and its high-speed rise and fall as a viable submachine gun. Show More Summary

Coneflower – Fasciated

Q: My granddaughter spotted this flower in my front yard. It seems very unique. It has one very wide stem and a daisy bloom that wraps around that looks like two blooms made together. A: This is a very interesting physical phenomenon called fasciation. It is caused by the bud on the stem producing flattened […]

Ginkgo – Sprouts From Stump

Q: Our beautiful ginkgo tree was destroyed a few years ago in a storm. We left the stump in place. Now, there are two new trees sprouting up from the stump. What is the best thing to do? A: I am sad to say I don’t think the sprouts will do what you want them […]

Birding Listlessly

Me birding at Hawk Ridge with my Katie and Joey on September 26, 1987. My bird lists help me put dates on family photos. When I saw and identified my first Black-capped Chickadee on March 2, 1975, I started my life list. Keeping track,...Show More Summary

4 Rules for Offshore Fishing with Live Bait

There’s a reason offshore anglers go to great lengths to secure fresh, live bait: because when opportunity knocks and a high-stakes tournament is on the line, you need to be locked and loaded.  Captains Ron Mitchell and Ted Elliott of the Bandit Fishing Team are students of the offshore live bait game. Show More Summary

Final Newsstand Issue of Shooting Illustrated Is Out

With all the coverage here on TFB as well as on other sites concerning the recent NRA Annual Meeting (NRAAM) this particular announcement  seems timely. You may have heard that Shooting Illustrated was recently named as the third in what will become a trifecta of Official Journal of the National Rifle Association magazines. Show More Summary

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