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        Your New Favorite Pistol Red Dot Sight

        Your New Favorite Pistol Red Dot Sight

        Picture this scene: you’re at a pistol shooting competition somewhere in the Nevada desert. The dry heat is bearing down on you, the white targets blend with the sand in the distant blur of the mirage, and you worry the sun is so bright that it’ll outshine your new red dot’s reticle. You don’t remember the last time you charged it.

        The range officer’s buzzer goes off in your ear, and through muscle memory you draw and aim your weapon in one quick motion. You look through your red dot optic and see its bright red reticle: a crisp 3 MOA dot, marking a clear point of aim in the center of your first target. With both eyes open, you fire three shots with your .45 caliber pistol and all of them make their marks. As you engage more targets, your faithful red dot moves along with your eyes, never flickering or wavering despite the violent kick of your .45. Attached to your pistol is the newest member of Sightmark’s long line of red dot sights, the Mini Shot M-Spec M2 Solar. 

        Named for its solar panel, which gives it potentially unlimited energy independent of its battery, the Solar is perfect for any high intensity situations in the blistering heat, especially because its Eclipse Light Management System automatically adjusts the brightness of its reticle to correspond with the light level of the environment around it. Whether it’s the light of the sun or artificial light in a photo studio, the environment will never be too bright for the Solar. 

        Weighing only 3oz, the Solar is lightweight and unobtrusive. Its hooded design gives it above average protection against the elements, and its IP67 waterproof rating and shockproof 6061-T6 aluminum construction make this optic well-suited to the rigors of an outdoor course. 

        Because of its nature as a red dot sight, the Solar makes it easy to engage targets from different stances and from a wide variety of shooting positions. Thanks to the clarity of the Solar’s 3 MOA reticle, you’ll never need to worry about lining up your iron sights again. 

        As every competition shooter knows, speed and accuracy are king, and with Sightmark’s Mini Shot M-Spec M2 Solar you get both, in addition to an extremely long battery life and an adaptive reticle. Along with its price point of only $299.97, this makes the Solar one of the best red dot optic options on the market today. 

        Longer hunts with the Mini QD External Battery

        Longer Hunts with mini QD External Battery

        Sightmark’s Wraith 4k is a cutting edge digital rifle optic, capable of operating in both daytime and nighttime conditions. Boasting sharp visuals with the ruggedness expected of a quality hunting scope, the Wraith is one of the best scopes for 24 hour hunting. While Wraith’s battery life lasts a good 8 hours, enough for any single day trip, a hunter on a three day expedition wants his optic to last as long as his adventure.

        The Mini QD External Battery is the solution. Compatible with both USB A and C ports, this 6,000mAh battery is designed with a quick detach battery system which snaps to any picatinny rail without the need to fiddle with screws or Allen keys. Weighing at only 5.4 ounces, the Mini QD is so light it’s barely noticeable when it’s attached to a firearm, making it unobtrusive as well as practical. Adding approximately 8 hours to the Wraith’s battery life, the Mini QD external battery makes the Wraith a true dawn to dusk optic.

        The Mini QD External Battery isn’t just limited to the Wraith. Its USB C connector makes it extremely versatile in the field. Here are a few other things a hunter could use it for:

         

        1. Hand warmers

        If you hunt in a particularly cold part of the world, you won’t want your hands to be shivering when you take that all-important kill shot. The OCOOPA hand warmer is a long-lasting battery powered device which lasts 8 hours on high power, but could last much longer when attached to the Mini QD External Battery.

        Mini QD External Battery

        2. Phone charging

        No one in the 21st century would dare to venture into the wilderness without a cell phone. In an emergency, your phone is your best chance at getting help, and a multiple-day long hunting expedition could see your phone battery dwindle. The Mini QD’s capacity and cable compatibility makes it a great option for keeping your phone going, especially in emergency situations.

        Power Bank

        3. GoPro

        While the Wraith is capable of recording hunting footage through the lens of a riflescope, some outdoorsmen enjoy recording point-of-view video of them trekking through the beauty of nature. The GoPro Hero11 is capable of recording for 80 minutes when the camera is set to capture footage at 5.3k/30fps, which could be extended for hours more with the addition of the Mini QD Battery Pack.

        GoPro Hero11

        4. Thermal Binoculars

        The Wraith shines at night vision, but hunters who want the best of both night vision and thermal can also use Pulsar’s excellent binoculars like the Merger LRF XP50 which offer crystal clear thermal vision with multiple color palettes. These have a typical battery life of about ten hours, which could be doubled with the help of the Mini QD Battery Pack.

        Merger LRF XP50 – Third Coast Thermal

        5. Thermacell (using its own cable)

        Nobody likes mosquitoes. These disease-carrying bloodsuckers are especially annoying when you’re trying to take a shot and the little pests are buzzing around your ear. Maybe one of them is feeding on your hand, making it so itchy that you jerk your trigger. To keep mosquitoes away in your deer blind, consider the Thermacell EX90. With nine hours of battery life on its own, you can extend its life for multiple days of hunting with the Mini QD battery. Even though the Thermacell uses a USB A cable to charge, the Mini QD is still compatible.

        Thermacell mosquito killer

         

        How would you apply the Micro QD’s 6,000mAh battery capacity? Tell us in the comments below!

        Living and Leaving: It’s all About a Legacy

        Hunter

        Revelation

        The heat from his little body radiated into mine as beads of sweat raced down his cheeks, mixing with the stream of tears carving their course to the tip of his tiny chin. “Hold me tight, Daddy! Hold me tight! Please, hold me tight!” His pleas filled the room as he continued to sink into me, pulling my arms ever tighter around his chest.

        Finally, the nurse had her sample; with a little luck, we would have our answer within a week. After all, how long should a father have to wait to find out if his son has Leukemia?

        That day I realized there is no lifetime guarantee on tomorrow - what we do today must outlast us. Building my legacy, and helping him begin his own, has become more than just a sappy dad’s goal; it has become the very fabric of our bond.


        Form the fabric of your bond outdoors by teaching your children valuable lessons of love, freedom and heritage.

        Just a few nights after receiving the miraculous news our son had tested negative, I tucked my son in with a kiss and headed toward his doorway.

        “Daddy?” I watched him search his bedroom wall for the right words. “When I get older, can I have your truck?”

        I smiled, “Why do you want daddy’s truck?”

        Still searching the wall, he responded with an answer that took my breath away, “So I can take you hunting.”

        It never dawned on me, what he was taking from our trips to the woods was something he wanted to give back to me; our trips were really something special to him. I hadn’t realized the most precious aspects of my legacy were being formed in the woods. If you’ve ever wondered what your purpose is, keep reading!

        Why on Earth Are We Here?

        Introspection and outdoor observations revealed opportunities as obvious as the blood-trail of a heart-shot hog. Appreciation for life – including wildlife, love, family, freedom, heritage, stewardship, ethics, integrity, conservation, preservation and yes, even death, all play out here upon the majestic stage of our great outdoors.

        The first time my son sat with me in a blind on a hog hunt, we watched several does walk across the field with two fawns in tow.

        “Which one would you shoot, Daddy?”

         “The big doe in front, son.”

        “Why that one?”

        “Because the other two are younger and the one in back has those two fawns to look after.”

        “Why don’t you shoot it then?”

        “It’s not deer season. We have to wait until the season opens.”

        In 30 seconds of conversation, he learned I genuinely love both wildlife and the outdoors. It was a lesson in both ethics and stewardship. He also learned about integrity; he’s heard me say many times, “What you do when no one’s looking is what really matters. That’s the stuff character is made of.”

        He saw my words in action and they stuck like glue.

        Hunting with a McRees Precision .308 rifle and Sightmark Photon digital night vision riflescope.
        Hunting with a McRees Precision .308 rifle and Sightmark Photon digital night vision riflescope.

        Jacob was with me when I caught the biggest bass of my life. You should have seen the look on his face when I pulled the fish from the water. He touched it repeatedly before finally petting it down its slick side. I reveled in his nervous excitement as he watched my entire fist disappear into the fish’s mouth.

        His excitement quickly turned to doom and gloom when I told him to say goodbye as I lowered the bruiser back into the water. “Maybe someone else will get to catch their biggest fish now.” He smiled, “Maybe me?”

        “Maybe so, he’s in there waiting for you to catch him.”

        Purple, gold and scarlet hues of a sleepy sun gave way to silver light dancing on the water as we finished cleaning our fish and stowed our gear. Great memories and another lesson were born; my son understood what giving back to our outdoor heritage is all about.

        The opportunities to teach our children the core values our country was founded upon are endless when you search for them outdoors. Whether you are fishing, hunting, camping or hiking, never lose an opportunity to teach your children lessons, they shape the men and women our children become.

        An Ounce of Reflection

        While hunting together, I’ve taught my son ethics, stewardship and integrity.
        While hunting together, I’ve taught my son ethics, stewardship and integrity.

        To this day, Jacob’s pleas to hold him tight still haunt me; recalling those few minutes still invokes emotions that are tough to swallow back. Yet, my darkest hour gave way to my greatest awakening; realizing I am not promised another day with my son shattered my someday-soon attitude and replaced it with the hope that my legacy will add to a mosaic of memories and actions serving to build his legacy for what I hope is many, many years to come.

        My son once told me I was his hero. It wasn’t long ago my words echoed his as we sat and hunted together, watching lessons unfold for both of us. Our outdoor world, whether a stone’s throw from suburbia or seemingly endless miles off the grid, is exceedingly special. Out there, in wild places brimming with untamed creatures and still void of man’s industrial “touch”, our legacies grow together.

        And, for this particular dad, the notion that the fabric of his own legacy—woven with mine in those special moments we shared—now veils him in such character there seems little left to teach him, means if tomorrow didn’t come for me, I would be alright with that.

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