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Open Mike: Apex Products

["Open Mike" is the often off-topic, anything-goes Editorial page of TOP, wherein Mike scats and vamps and riffs off the top of his pointy head. When all is right with the world, it appears on Wednesdays.] - Thomas Riley Marshall, Vice President of the United States under Woodrow Wilson, was presiding over the Senate—one of the VP's duties in our country—when he was forced to listen one day to a litany of complaints from various Senators about what was wrong about America. When it came his tur...
Tags: Books, Photography, Senate, New York City, America, Los Angeles, Indiana, United States, Nicole Kidman, Brazil, Wisconsin, Canon, Reflections, Rosemary, Marshall, Kurt Vonnegut


Cool Stuff: Awesome ‘Stranger Things’ LEGO Set Turns the Byers Household Upside Down

Just when you thought all of the Stranger Things merchandise had been released, LEGO comes along and delivers an awesome playset that brings to life the Upside Down in an incredibly cool way. The first ever Stranger Things LEGO set lets builders put together the house of Will Byers, complete with minifigures of all the show’s main characters. But what makes these LEGO set truly special is that you’ll also be building an Upside Down version of the Byers household as it appears in the dark, twist...
Tags: Toys, Television, Movies, Sci-fi, Netflix, Lego, Will, Cool Stuff, Lucas, Hopper, Mike, Joyce, Byers, Dustin, Stranger Things, Jim Hopper


NRA Annual Meeting 2019: Guns, Gear, Ammo, After Action Report

While impossible to capture in a photo, the scale of the NRA Annual Meeting product expo is epic – over 600,000 square feet. USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- I just got back from sharing coughs and sneezes with 81,283 of my closest friends and am still alive to tell about it. This year’s NRA Annual Meeting and Expo was in the great city of Indianapolis, Indiana. I attended the NRA AM there a few years ago, and it was one of the better NRA events I’ve ever attended. The city showed a welcoming attitude ...
Tags: Amazon, Usa, Guns, California, Fbi, Gear, Miami, Nashville, National Anthem, Winchester, Nra, Mike, Convention Center, Tuk, Indianapolis Indiana, FN


Democrats Show Partisan Hypocrisy in Contempt Treatments

Says the master of stonewalling, delay and obstruction… U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Hours after House Judiciary Committee Democrats voted to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress for withholding parts of the Mueller report, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the House Oversight Committee settled the 2012 contempt case against the DOJ,” The Daily Caller observed. “The case, related to the ‘Fast and Furious’ document subpoena demanded of Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder wh...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, Obama, Congress, South Park, Eric Holder, Democrats, United States, Resistance, Democrat, Doj, Mike, Elijah Cummings, Cummings, ATF, Mueller


New Leaf June 2019 Discussion • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Thread closed until start of discussion on May 15. Quote: Gaiman had the idea for the story in 1985, after seeing his then-two-year-old son Mike "pedaling his tricycle around a graveyard" near their home in East Grinstead, West Sussex. Recalling how comfortable his son looked there, Gaiman thought he "could write something a lot like The Jungle Book and set it in a graveyard." When he sat down to write, however, Gaiman decided he was "not yet a good enough ...
Tags: Books, Neil Gaiman, Book Clubs, Mike, Gaiman


Noteworthy Trailer Renovations

Lately I’ve been making plans to purchase a little camper trailer, fix it up, and take off on road trips throughout North America, up to Yellowstone National Park, across Canada, and dropping down to the east coast of the USA. And I’d love to tour the Southwest, there is so much to see right here in the USA! I’ve had a few really great road trips in the past. Years ago, Matt and I drove upstate New York through Connecticut, Rhode Island, Cape Cod, and all the way to Boston on a fall foliage tour...
Tags: Crafts, Usa, New York, California, Boston, San Francisco, Canada, Arizona, San Diego, North America, Yellowstone National Park, Scottsdale, Prescott, Southwest, Mike, Sedona


Fran Wilde: A Map of Inspirations and Influences for RIVERLAND

Hello everybody! We are delighted to welcome Fran Wilde back to the blog today to talk about the inspirations and influences behind her new – and first Middle Grade – novel Riverland. The last time I did an inspirations and influences post here, I drew you a literary family tree for Updraft. It got a little out of hand. (Carmina Burana and a taxidermied weasel qualify as out of hand.) This time, for Riverland, which is my first middle grade novel, I drew you a map. Just...
Tags: Books, Fantasy, United States, Philadelphia, The Washington Post, Ana, Fran Wilde, Eleanor, Mike, US Coast Guard, Twitter Instagram Facebook, Chesapeake Bay, Thea, Patrick Ness, Asimov, Riverland


TrailBlazer Firearms LifeCard .22LR – Credit Card Gun Review

Just when I thought I had seen everything under the sun that is firearms related, something new gets dropped in my lap. This time it was the LifeCard pistol from Trailblazer firearms. Trailblazer Firearms Lifecard Folding Pistol in 22LR U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- I have to admit, the proof of this concept is brilliant: make a pistol that folds up into a compact package for ultimate concealability and make it a quality firearm. The LifeCard is a single shot compact rimfire pistol which folds up...
Tags: Guns, Mike, Patrick, Bauer, NFA, Ammoland TV, Firearm News, Concealed Carry, AmmoLand Shooting Sports News, Mike Searson, US Concealed Carry Association, 22 LR, Trailblazer Firearms, Aaron Voigt, LifeCard, Credit Card Gun Review


Featured Deals of the Week – 4/5/19

Welcome to this week’s featured deals of the week post. As always if you want to see a deal, or more or less of another kind of deal, leave a note in the comments. Troy Industries Folding Battle Sight Combo – $109.95 Big thanks to Mike C for giving us the heads up on this […] Read More … The post Featured Deals of the Week – 4/5/19 appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Editorial, Mike, Troy, PMAG, Geissele, Ruger American Compact, Gun Deals, 5906


Fireside Chats Episode 7: Conversation With Michael Sodini of Walk the Talk America

Opinion Michael Sodini of Walk the Talk America USA – Michael Sodini is a former Abercrombie & Fitch model and the President and owner of Eagle Imports. Eagle Imports is the importer of brands such as Bersa, MAC, and Llama. They are one of the biggest gun companies in the world, but Mike is the “ungun gun guy.” He grew up in the liberal haven of San Francisco before moving to New York for his modeling career. He met his model ex-wife and the mother of his children while traveling the world, ...
Tags: New York, Guns, America, San Francisco, Mike, Abercrombie Fitch, Patriot News, MHA, Mental Health America, John Crump, Shooting Industry News, Michael Sodini, Walk The Talk America, WTTA, Walk the Talk America USA, Eagle Imports Eagle Imports


Boyds At-One Thumbhole Stock breathes Fresh Life into a Remington Model 597 Rifle

Remington Model 597 Rifle USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Sometimes when you're a firearm collector (or more accurately, an accumulator) you pick up a piece or two that come along as part of the deal. For me it was a Remington Model 597 Ducks Unlimited rifle in 22 lr. I have plenty of rimfire rifles, but this one was part of a package deal that was too good to pass up. Back in 2011, Remington Arms partnered with Ducks Unlimited, the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving waterf...
Tags: Guns, Gear, Mike, HARRIS, Weaver, Boyd, Remington, Boyds Gunstocks, Firearm News, Gun Reviews, Mike Searson, US Concealed Carry Association, Boyds, Boyds Hardwood Gunstocks, Mike Searson Mike Searson


One Good Book: Guest Counterpoint [REVISED]

[Ed note: Working in a rush, I made a big, bad editing mistake and posted only a truncated version of this article yesterday. This is the full version. If you already read the first part here yesterday, please skip to the subsection with the heading "Then and now" and continue reading to the end. My sincere apologies to author and audience for my error. —Mike]   Written by Moose I bought Looking at Photographs by John Szarkowski based on Mike's recommendation. I would recommend that his hypothet...
Tags: Books, Photography, Vancouver, Venice, Moose, Elliott Erwitt, Visual Culture, Michael Johnston, Russell Miller, Mike, Michael Wood, Dylan, Szarkowski, John Szarkowski, Fred Herzog, George Barr


One Good Book: Guest Counterpoint

Written by Moose I bought Looking at Photographs by John Szarkowski based on Mike's recommendation. I would recommend that his hypothetical friend not bother. No single book is sufficient to be worth the trouble, unless it's a "check off the list of topics" library; in which case, who cares? I just don't get that book. And yes, I do open it and browse from time to time, hoping that it has changed, hoping that I have not, at least in that direction. As Mike says, it's a history, a collection of h...
Tags: Books, Photography, Vancouver, Venice, Moose, Elliott Erwitt, Michael Johnston, Mike, Dylan, Szarkowski, John Szarkowski, Fred Herzog, Erwitt, William Eggleston, Thomas Tierney, Sony Music Archives Library


Help Make Project ChildSafe a Jersey Mike’s Designated Charity, Support Firearms Safe

Help Make Project ChildSafe a Jersey Mike’s Designated Charity, Support Firearms Safety USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Did you know in 2018 Jersey Mike’s submarine sandwich shops gave more than $6 million to over 170 charity partners during their annual Month of Giving Program? Many charities benefit from the generosity of Jersey Mike’s, and the Project ChildSafe® Foundation, which supports NSSF’s® Project ChildSafe firearms safety program, would like to be one of them. Project ChildSafeHere’s how i...
Tags: Guns, Mike, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Department of Veterans Affairs, NSSF, Shooting Industry News, Project ChildSafe, Jersey Mike, Stephen L Sanetti, Project ChildSafe ® Foundation, National Safety Council Partnered, Project ChildSafe Foundation


Changin' Times

I'd like to thank everyone who commented on Thursday's question (if you could recommend one book, what would it be?). I was a bit surprised the post didn't get more comments (xx so far—I'll fill in the "xx" in a few minutes) and I admit I was hoping for a few more recommendations of more recent, digital-photography-related books. In part to educate myself. I chewed on that for a while this morning, and I guess the bottom line is that I have to accept that photo culture is changing. A long time a...
Tags: Books, Photography, Congress, Universities, Ed Ruscha, Jesus Christ, Charles Harbutt, Visual Culture, Michael Johnston, Carter, Thomas Jefferson, Don, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Garry Winogrand, Lin


Spyderco’s Mantra 3 – In Case You Are Looking For A New EDC knife

Spyderco's Mantra 3 U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- At SHOT Show 2019, Spyderco had a few new models on display. One of them that caught my eye was a Spyderco Mantra 3. My first thought was a carbon fiber Delica model, but it is really so much more under inspection. Spyderco Mantra 3 The Mantra Model may be a few years old, but this model featured a carbon fiber/G-10 laminate material as handle scales instead of titanium, which makes for a lightweight and attractive pocket knife. Particularly if yo...
Tags: Guns, US, Taiwan, Gear, Edc, Mike, Spyderco, Shooting Industry News, Spyderco Knives, Mike Searson, US Concealed Carry Association, Knife Reviews, Sal Glesser, Mike Searson Mike Searson, Spyderco Mantra


One Good Book

This morning I've finally finished adding the "Featured Comments" to the "Museum Tricks" post. It makes good reading, I think. There are some great ones. Bear in mind too that "Featured" comments are merely representative comments, not necessarily all the "best" ones. There are some great comments in the Comments Section, too. Comments are featured here on TOP so people who don't have time to read all the comments can conveniently read a few. Advance notice: I have to take tomorrow off to deal w...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Photography, Society, David, Moma, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, John Szarkowski, David Van Elslande, Gisele Freund


Building the Ultimate Ultra-Light AR-15 for Hunting & Survival

Building the Ultimate Ultra-Light AR-15 for Hunting & Survival U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Economically, I love small business, free enterprise, and I tip my hunting cap to all those who enter into the entrepreneurial world. Lifestyle-wise, I love being outdoors, hunting, shooting, camping, and competing when I can. So, it makes sense I weave these two passions together and start a fun project to build the most versatile ultra-light AR platform rifle to be my go-to weapon for regular hunting act...
Tags: Texas, Guns, Nato, Idaho, Metallica, Kaiser, Wisconsin, Bill, Jason Williams, Jason, South Carolina, Sandman, Mike, Laura, Aaron, BSF


Couch (Potato) to 5K (Paula Radcliffe) update.

I don’t want to shout too loud because I’m not at the end yet, but for anyone who might be missing the copious updates on social media and elsewhere, you ALL need to know that I am now into week eight of nine of Couch to 5k. This the NHS app that talks you from running for a minute and thinking you’re going to die, should never have started this and ha ha if anyone thinks you could possibly EVER run for thirty minutes, to being declared a RUNNER at the end of Week Six.  WEEK SIX??? I’m sorry f...
Tags: Books, NHS, Blackpool, Paula Radcliffe, Country Life, Mike, Dovegreyreader


300 Ham’r Time with Wilson Combat’s new Tactical Hunter Rifle – Review

Wilson Combat rifle in .300 HAM'R. U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Last year Wilson Combat unveiled a new rifle cartridge known as the .300 HAM'R, purposely made for the harvesting of hogs and other similarly sized game animals. When I first heard of this new rifle and round, the word around the campfire was that it would give a standard AR-15 rifle the same ballistics as a .308 Winchester without moving up to the larger and heavier AR-10 platform. I thought that was a rather bold statement. After c...
Tags: Guns, Time, United States, TNT, Winchester, Wilson, Hunter, Lee, Mike, LR, Hamm, Ar-15, Acog, Wilson Combat, Shooting Industry News, Firearm News


How to Run a Neighborhood Bookstore

Even while we spend more of our days staring at screens and do more of our shopping on Amazon, book sales are actually rising at independent bookstores. Novelist Emma Fusco-Straub and her husband Mike opened Cobble Hill shop Books Are Magic in 2017, and have drawn customers in every day since, with a charming…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Work, Books, Video, Lifehacks, Mike, Books Are Magic, Book Store, Emma Fusco Straub


Taxidermy Preserving History at 2019 SCI Hunter’s Convention

Editors Note: The North America model of conservation that has hunting as its core management tool is the greatest conservation system ever devised by mankind. For those that are against hunting please recognize what this system has and continues to accomplish and put aside your personal feelings while giving credit where credit is due. Taxidermy Preserving History at 2019 SCI Hunter's Convention Nevada – -(AmmoLand.com)- A few weeks ago I attended the 2019 SCI (Safari Club International) Hu...
Tags: Guns, Colorado, America, United States, Las Vegas, Nevada, North America, Damascus, Reno, Lions, Charlton, Mike, Reno Nevada, Hunting News, SCI Convention, SCI Foundation


Searson Endorses Mark Oz Geist for 2019 NRA Board of Directors

Author (left) with Mark Geist (right) USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- I don’t usually write political articles. I try to stay away from them as there are more eloquent writers better suited to that task and I’d rather write about guns and shooting, truth be told. However, this time I am making an exception because it has to do with the NRA Board of Directors and one candidate who needs your vote: Mark “Oz” Geist. If you are a voting member (Life Member or have been an annual member for five consecutiv...
Tags: Usa, Guns, US, Intelligence, State Department, Benghazi, Benghazi Libya, Charlie Daniels, Nra, Mark, Mike, Ted Nugent, NRA Board, Stevens, US Marine, GEIST


Speed Sights: Diamonds are a Shooter’s Best Friend

Speed Sights can be easily seen during the day. U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- It is not often that I take the time as a writer to review a set of pistol sights. When I write reviews of handguns I will often point out the advantages or drawbacks of the factory sights. Of course, when building a pistol from the ground-up I will mention why a particular set of sights were chosen. However, I came across a new set by a company called Speed Sights that was a bit different than what is out there. More so...
Tags: Guns, Pittsburgh, Smith Wesson, Mike, Springfield, Walther, ACP, Glock, Vogel, Shooting Industry News, Mike Searson, US Concealed Carry Association, Handgun Sights, Jim Vogel, Mike Searson Mike Searson, Speed Sights


[SHOT 2019] NEW FightLight MXR Submachine Gun (Yes, it Takes Glock Mags)

Today on TFBTV’s #SHOTShow2019 coverage, James Reeves checks out the FightLight booth on the show floor. While FightLight first announced the MXR SMG in 2017, it’s reached its final form and is ready for production in April of 2019. Mike tells us the fine details, but we’ve also got FightLight’s press release below: “We’re really […] Read More … The post [SHOT 2019] NEW FightLight MXR Submachine Gun (Yes, it Takes Glock Mags) appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Mike, SHOT Show, TFBTV, James Reeves, SHOT Show 2019


Velocity Outdoor Names Mike Weinkauf Vice President of Marketing Communications

Velocity Outdoor Bloomfield, NY -(Ammoland.com)-   Velocity Outdoor is pleased to announce that Mike Weinkauf of Ravin Crossbows is now Vice President of Marketing Communications for Velocity Outdoor. Mike comes to Velocity Outdoor as part of the recent acquisition of Ravin Crossbows. In this role, he will be responsible for continuing to strengthen all the Velocity Outdoor Brands with his strong marketing background. “Mike and his Ravin team introduced their first crossbow in January 2...
Tags: Guns, Mike, Marketing Communications, Crosman, Shooting Industry News, Shooting Sports Jobs, Chris Moon, Steve Upham, Ravin Crossbows, Mike Weinkauf, Velocity Outdoor, Babe Winkelman Productions, Field Logic, Optics LaserMax, GameFace Airsoft Velocity Outdoor, Compass Group Diversified Holdings LLC NYSE


On the Smugglers’ Radar

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! On Ana’s Radar: I am a huge fa...
Tags: Amazon, Books, China, Earth, Chelsea, New York Times, Shanghai, Consortium, Sherlock Holmes, The New York Times, Ada, Iris, Joan, Ana, Devil, Mena


Custom Holster Maker, Bob Mernickle, Talks to AmmoLand News

The author’s custom Mernickle rig which required refitting due to weight loss. U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- One of the biggest names in Western-style holsters is Bob Mernickle. His holsters, belts, and rigs have appeared in movies, Cowboy Action Shooting competitions, Fast Draw competitions, Mounted Shooting competitions and are worn by concealed carriers nationwide. I first met Bob and his family at a gun show at the Cow Palace in San Francisco nearly two decades ago and became more familiar with...
Tags: Guns, California, San Francisco, Canada, United States, Nevada, Bob, Reno, Mike, Northern Nevada, CNC, Keto, Sherri, IPSC, Shooting Industry News, Gun Holsters


Custom Holster Maker, Bob Mernickle, talks to Ammoland

The author’s custom Mernickle rig which required refitting due to weight loss. U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- One of the biggest names in Western-style holsters is Bob Mernickle. His holsters, belts, and rigs have appeared in movies, Cowboy Action Shooting competitions, Fast Draw competitions, Mounted Shooting competitions and are worn by concealed carriers nationwide. I first met Bob and his family at a gun show at the Cow Palace in San Francisco nearly two decades ago and became more familiar wit...
Tags: Guns, California, San Francisco, Canada, United States, Gear, Nevada, Bob, Reno, Mike, Northern Nevada, CNC, Keto, Ammoland, Sherri, IPSC


Mental Health & Guns: Interview with Michael Sodini of Walk the Talk America

Mental Health & Guns: Interview with Michael Sodini of Walk the Talk America U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- When I was asked to set up an interview with Michael Sodini of “Walk the Talk America” I didn't know much about the organization. Walk the Talk America's (WTTA) mission: “is to fund research and development for outreach and promotion of mental health to reduce the misconceptions and prejudices that exist when it comes to mental illness and firearms. We believe we can be a catalyst for ch...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, New York City, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Mental Health, United States, New Jersey, Michael Jordan, Elton John, New Orleans, Ohio, John, Nevada, Denver



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