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Recoil Jan/Feb 2020 #46

Our magazine is gear heavy featuring guns, trucks, atv's, knives, watches, and more. Get Recoil digital magazine subscription today for gun evaluations, interviews with industry personalities, shooting tips from the pros, shooting sports, defense, do it yourself articles, and much more. We aim to appeal to the casual shooter as well as the core enthusiast.

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in this issue

3 min.
down range

In this issue, we address one of the frequent criticisms leveled at us — that of only featuring high-end kit. In case you missed it, our cover gun is perhaps the lowest of the low, without resorting to brands such as Jennings, Lorcin, and Hi-Point, which also manage to turn out products that occasionally make loud noises. Our Wish.com AR-15 is just the kind of thing to give pants-wetting politicians the heebie-jeebies — a $250 “assault weapon,” available to just about anyone who can legally own a firearm. In case you think I’m throwing shade on anyone whose budget doesn’t stretch to Noveske and Hodge Defense, nothing could be further from the truth. While we all like nice stuff, there’s a Ford in my driveway, not a Ferrari. Recently, we’ve been treated…

8 min.

1 The Ti Arto EDC can accept more than 750 different types of refills. (Yes, 750.) How’s that possible? The butt-end can be unscrewed to lengthen the body and make more room for almost any ink refill. This innovative design also gets rid of that annoying tip wiggle, which can happen when you insert a refill that kinda fits but wasn’t designed specifically for your pen. It comes with a screw-on cap, anti-slip grip design, Schneider 0.4mm black gel ink refill, and a sturdy titanium pocket clip. Oh, and while the Ti Arto EDC isn’t meant to be a tactical pen, it could certainly help you serve up an improvised ass whooping if called upon, because it’s machined from solid titanium. MAKE: Big Idea Design LLC MODEL: Ti Arto EDC MSRP: $90 URL: bigidesign.com 2 There are…

5 min.
to hellwig and gone

It’s easy to wander around automotive events like SEMA seeing products that are really nothing more than booth bling and will probably never actually get much practical application. But like marrying a Playboy Bunny and getting separate beds, you can’t really resist asking yourself what the point is if it’s solely for appearances. When we saw the Hellwig Operator for the first time, we couldn’t help but be impressed. It looked like an overlanding version of a 747 with the space shuttle mounted on top. From stem to stern, to say it’s meant for off-roading wouldn’t do it justice. After all, how many other trucks can you think of that successfully piggybacked a 1,200-pound Textron Wildcat onto the back? First, a little bit about Hellwig Products. The company’s heritage actually dates…

5 min.
interrogating the unusual suspects

CRKT PECK 411: The PECK is a variant on Ed Halligan’s KISS knife: A single-sided Wharncliffe style blade with a minimalist stainless steel frame lock. It’s the smallest and lightest on this list and that’s the beauty of these knives; you can stash them anywhere you have a little room, use it as a money clip, etc. It is guaranteed to be there when you need it, unlike the heirloom piece Damascus bowie knife sitting in the safe. PROS: > With a small size and clean build, CRKT packed a lot of knife into this little bundle for the price. CONS: > Sometimes the size is a detriment, and it feels way too small.> The handle is radiused well, but its shape and design will have you hunting for another design if you’re performing a serious…

4 min.
the rifle that wish built

Over the years, we’ve seen all sorts of crazy cheap deals on parts and pieces; some of them with questionable origins. The perfect place to put them all together was right here in our budget issue. Who needs Black Friday when you can build yourself a working rifle from the cheesiest of Chinesium from Wish.com — or at least try to. We did our best to avoid products that were simply stolen intellectual property from American companies. Despite our best efforts, the iron sights we purchased ended up being garbage knockoffs of Magpul MBUS sights — what was pictured in the listing was totally different. Still, they ended up being absolutely worthless due to two reasons: The apertures freely rotated, and the handguard was total trash. “YOU’D BE BETTER OFF LOOKING FOR…

10 min.
the ergo-glock mash-up

Mash-ups are popular these days. Facebook and YouTube are littered with songs and videos that blend two or more different songs into one new combined creation. Done poorly, the result is a gnarled, incomprehensible mess. Done well, the mash-up can be glorious. We often play this game in many different arenas, wishing for cars, TV shows, smartphones, and even spouses that are mash-ups of several others. When it comes to handguns, it’s hard to deny the elegance and simplicity of Glock’s design. It’s robust, easy to service and modify, reasonably priced, comprised of a surprisingly low number of parts, and battle-proven. The ergonomics, however, are another story. While many appreciate it, Gaston’s idea of perfection also rubs many end users the wrong way, pun intended. The HK VP9 is a pleasure to…