Hunting & Fishing

Recoil September/October 2018

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1 min.

Ah, the AK. A testament to the ability of a totalitarian military industrial complex to create the most prolific rifle design in history through sheer bureaucratic inertia. Despite the protestations of its most ardent western admirers, Kalashnikov’s baby is adequate at best. Its dire ergonomics, coupled with a short sight radius and indifferent rear sight, result in the user being handicapped when compared to other small arms on the world market. Additionally, its cartridge is ballistically inefficient, with a light-for-caliber projectile that quickly runs out of gas, compounding aiming errors due to a rainbow trajectory. Despite its drawbacks, the Soviets learned early on that quantity has a quality of its own. Making the best of what they had following the destruction wrought during the Second World War, the AK was conceived,…

8 min.

1 If we’re spending all day at the range under the sun, we’re going to need a water bottle that doesn’t let our cold water turn lukewarm. Fortunately, GSI Outdoors released its MicroLite lineup. These 18/8 stainless steel bottles are vacuum insulated, with a space almost devoid of air in between two layers of steel. That vacuum prevents outside conditions from affecting the bottle’s contents. Featuring a screw-top lid, the MicroLite 720 Twist holds 24 fluid ounces — GSI claims it can keep your coffee hot for 12 hours or your iced water cold for 24 hours. It’s also a third lighter than traditional double-walled bottles thanks to 2mm-thin steel. Its baby brother, the MicroLite 500 Twist, is said to keep 16.9 fluid ounces hot for 10 hours and cold for…

9 min.
the royal canadian regiment museum

London, Ontario, named of course for the British capital city, is home to the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum. Housed in the west wing of the historic Wolseley Hall, the first building to be built by the Canadian government especially for its new standing army in 1886, this museum chronicles the history of one of Canada’s oldest military units. First settled by Europeans between 1801 and 1804, London, Ontario, is situated along the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor, the most densely populated and heavily industrialized region of Canada. Approximately halfway between Toronto and Detroit, it’s also home to the former Canadian Forces Base London, which was the first purpose-built infantry training school erected by the Canadian federal government. It served as an early symbol of the establishment of a permanent military force in Canada,…

6 min.
supply and   demand

When it comes to automotive niches that are still essentially virgin territory, did you ever notice that your favorite 4x4s still aren’t being offered as electric vehicles? With the Chevy ZH2 we showed you in Issue 32, the reason certainly isn’t because existing technology can’t support a truck’s power requirements. So what gives? Why aren’t major automakers cranking out full-size, completely electric, honest-to-goodness trucks? Robert Bollinger wondered the same thing. “I think they’re afraid it won’t make them money,” Bollinger says. “It’s so expensive to make electric, and major automakers are still playing with hybrids and smaller battery packs. All that’s great because it moves toward electric, but with full-on electric I think they’re worried about the money involved and range anxiety. They have billions of dollars from their other sales,…

2 min.
unusual suspects

Last issue we focused on pricey Damascus blades. Like a gold-digger, they’re strong, sexy, and wallet-busters. So, in this edition of Unusual Suspects we’re swinging to the other extreme: budget blades. Owning an inexpensive folding knife is just prudent. After all, it’s painful to have a $300 model damaged, lost, or stolen. And thanks to advancing technology and great designs, some economical knives don’t trail too far behind the premium knives. What qualifies as a “budget blade?” Everyone’s definition is gonna be different, but most can agree that 50 bucks for a knife is doable; that’s equivalent to a dinner for two at a good restaurant. We chose this price maximum because it’s the intersection where functional design, solid materials, decent construction, and affordability all meet. The drawback is that they’re almost always…

4 min.
interrogating the unusual suspects

BROWNING WIHONGI SIGNATURE HEMP - SMALL 411: The most striking feature of this folding knife is the Polynesian etching on the blade. The Maori warrior motif is a nod to the knife’s codesigner, Jared Wihongi (a Utah-based SWAT officer and Kali master of Maori descent). The hemp Micarta handle recalls a time when hemp was used to make strong rope for heavy-duty tasks. Combining the two aesthetics produces unique symbolism that matches its sturdiness. Made in China. PROS: Despite its stature, the knife fits well in our medium-sized hands. Lowest price tag Sharp out of the box Drop-point is our favorite blade shape for everyday carry (EDC) due to its versatility. CONS: Partial serrations are better suited for larger blades used for sawing fibrous material, such as rope or branches. Pocket clip orientation is tip-down and right-handed only. BEAR & SON…