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Real Bullet.com for the shooter that has everything



I was  recently sent some products by a company called RealBullet.  They make some really net stuff.  The thing I liked was the  bottle openers, As you can see in the picture, they make bottle openers out of real non working .50BMG rounds.   I have been trying these out  for over a week now and they work great.  Sure it is not some major manufacturing feat to make a bottle opener that works, but, to make it out form something cool is a new take on some thing as old as dirt.

Also , as you can see I was sent a bottle opener from a 7.62 round that doubles as a key loop.   It works prefect as well and I have to admit, it has been handy having it on my Jeep keys.  I use to pass up buying mexican coke in a bottle when out driving because I always seem not to be able to open them and no kwiki marts around here ever seem to have a way to open older glass bottles. 

As  you can imagine this is a attention getter as well.  I would not give one to a kid though in the current climate. Nuff said about that I think.  Sadly.

They make more then just this of course. I also got a 50 cal round that is an ink pen, It is every but as cool as it sounds.  it looks and feels and is the exact size as a real 50 BMG round. Unfortunately, my camera stopped working when I tried to get a picture of it.  But you can find it on their website.   I gave the ink pen to my Dad to use and I have never seen him so excited over something as simple as an ink pen.

They also sent me this very nice T-Shit I think every one would appreciate.


It is very well made.  The image and words are clear and it is not falling off.  One thing I can not stand on shirts is when they shrink after a wash and fade.  This one has done neither of those and I really appreciate that quality in a shirt.  I have worn and washed it at least 3 times and it still looks brand new and fits just right.

If you want to give something to a shooting friend of a B-Day gift or just to have something unique around to make liberals feel uncomfortable,  this place has you covered.  They know how to make products that make a statement, that is a fact. 




Buying a used ACOG.

I am a big fan of the Trijicon ACOG ever since I used one in Iraq.  Since 2006 I have owned over a dozen ACOGs, buying them cheap, and later selling them for a profit.

When you are looking to buy a used ACOG, this is what I recommend you do:

1.  First, find and check the serial number:

Trijicon TA01NSNTrijicon ACOG TA01NSN

Serial numbers are always on the top of the ACOG .  Often you can also find the serial number on the left side of the ACOG.

I highly recommend calling Trijicon and finding out if the optic you are looking to buy is stolen government property.  You do not want to spend your money on stolen property.  Also you can find out how old an optic is.  For example this optic was made in 2007 and was sold to Optics Planet.

2.  Check the lenses for damage.  ACOGs can get run hard, so clean the lenses and check them for damage and scratches.  While I could not get them to show up on camera, this particular ACOG has some nasty scratches and damage to the ocular lens.  Generally I would recommend against buying ACOGs with damaged lenses unless you are getting a very good deal.

3.  Check the windage and elevation adjusters for damage.

Trijicon ACOG TA01NSN

I have seen used ACOGs where the adjusters were very badly damaged from people using the wrong tools to adjust them.  Also I have seen the brass threads damaged for the protective caps.  Check to see if the o-ring is present and undamaged.

4.  Check the mount.

Trijicon ACOG TA01NSN

Once you have bought a used ACOG, check the rail mount if yours comes with one.  ACOG’s can be used with out an adapter to mount directly to a M16 carry handle.  Then there are a variety of adapters allowing ACOGs to be mounted to rails.  Normally you will see the Trijicon TA51 thumbscrew mount attached to the ACOG by two screws.  Check that the mount is installed correctly and that the screws are tight.  I have purchased used ACOGs where the mount was on loose, and have seen people put so much locktite on the screws and mounts that it did not fit correctly together.

If your ACOG came with a TA51 thumbscrew mount, and had the knobs on the left side of the optic, this would be a good time to flip it around and have the thumbscrews on the right side of the optic.  This keeps the thumbscrews out of the way when you operate your AR’s charging handle.

5.  Check the iron sights.  A couple of models of ACOG come with iron sights.  If you purchased a TA01NSN or an ACOG ECOS, your optic has a set of secondary sights.

Trijicon ACOG TA01NSN

These irons are suppose to be factory zero’d for 50m.  I have often found them to be way off.  Regardless if your ACOG is new or used, check the zero on the auxiliary iron sights.  Windage adjustment can be made by drifting the front sight.

The most important thing prior to buying a Trijicon ACOG is to make sure that is not stolen government property.  After that, checking the lenses, adjusters, and mount will help prevent issues that could have been caused by a previous owner.

Conceal In Plain Sight

Last month I got the chance to handle some of the concealment handbags that are being produced by Conceal In Plain Sight.

Conceal In Plain SightThe bags have a lockable zippered pouch on the side designed for concealing a firearm.

Conceal In Plain SightThese bags are hand made in here in the U.S.A.  Designed by women for women(but they are branching out into other designs and color patterns).

Now I don’t use a purse so I can not vouch for how well these work, but if you are interested check out www.Concealinplainsight.com.