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Burris Timberline 4.5-14 x 32 Riflescope with Ballistic Plex Reticle
Burris Timberline 4.5-14 x 32 Riflescope with Ballistic Plex Reticle
Offered by WebyShops
Price: $251.79
39 used & new from $214.02

5.0 out of 5 stars Great on an airgun!, August 16, 2016
It is recoil-resistant enough for the reverse recoil of spring piston air rifles. (can be much more damaging than regular recoil, to scopes that aren't designed for it)

I put this on my Weihrauch HW30s, which is a lower powered springer. (600-650 fps with 7-8 gr. .177 pellets) So far, it is brilliant. It has very clear optics, a nice adjustable objective (another must for air rifles, as we don't shoot much at 100+ yards, where most rifle scopes are focused) The optics are brighter than you'd think, for only having a 32 mm objective lens.

I went this route because I was having issues with my zero wandering on my inexpensive Leapers/UTG scopes. Those also have thick crosshairs, which are not good for precision shooting at small airgun type targets, like pine cones at 25 yards.

The build quality, coatings, and optics are up there with Leupold. (have a Leupold too)

This is an especially good choice for when you don't want to add a ton of weight or bulk to your gun, but you still want decent magnification. As I said, the HW30s is a smaller, low power airgun; it would be a shame to add 50% of its weight in the form of a scope.


龙应台"人生三书"(目送+亲爱的安德烈+孩子你慢慢来)(套装共3册) (Chinese Edition)
龙应台"人生三书"(目送+亲爱的安德烈+孩子你慢慢来)(套装共3册) (Chinese Edition)
Price: $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, August 9, 2016
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good book, good opinions!


Crosman Premier Domed .177 Caliber 10.5 Grain Pellet (1250 in a Box)
Crosman Premier Domed .177 Caliber 10.5 Grain Pellet (1250 in a Box)
Price: $24.99
5 used & new from $21.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Consistent, accurate, alloy pellets, August 5, 2016
As alloy pellets, they are a bit harder than pure lead pellets by JSB, etc. But they also don't get bent skirts as easily. They should be lubed slightly so they don't leave residue in the barrel. Look up 'whiscombe honey formula' that's what I use.

I use these with my Benjamin Marauder .177. Stock tuning, they move out at around 850 fps for about 17 FPE. They'll shoot inside an inch at 50 yards, when I do my part. I shot a squirrel with this last night. The pellet entered through the shoulder, broke a rib, went through the squirrel the entire length of the guts, exited the belly, and continued into the muscle of the rear leg. Impressive penetration, for .177. The meat slap when the pellet hits is also impressive. It sounds like a wiffle bat hitting a couch cushion.

For head shots on squirrels it passes right through. I also had a pass-through straight through the ribcage on a squirrel.

This past week, I also shot a mature skunk and opossum. Big meat slap and blood trail, but I didn't recover the bodies. Go for head shots on game larger than squirrel or rabbit or be ready to track them a bit.

In the airgun community, we just call these pellets CPH (Crosman Premier Heavy). The CPLs are also good.

As another reviewer said, the packaging is bad. At the very least, it needs to not leak pellets and stay closed, right? At this price, I don't necessarily expect a fancy tin like JSB provides, but something better than a loosey-goosey cardboard box is needed.


TARION® Protective Camera Case Bag Cover Protector for Pentax Q and Pentax Q10 Digital Camera DSLR 8.5mm / 5-15mm Lens Detachable With Strap Soft Layer Brown
TARION® Protective Camera Case Bag Cover Protector for Pentax Q and Pentax Q10 Digital Camera DSLR 8.5mm / 5-15mm Lens Detachable With Strap Soft Layer Brown
Offered by primacy
Price: $13.98
2 used & new from $13.98

3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't fit a Q7., July 7, 2016
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Doesn't fit a Q7 properly, but it is not advertised to. I presumed since it'll fit a Q or Q10, it would also fit a Q7. I guess not!


MTech USA Camping Axe, Two-Tone Blade, Black Rubberized Handle, 11-Inch Overall
MTech USA Camping Axe, Two-Tone Blade, Black Rubberized Handle, 11-Inch Overall
Offered by Rio Smart
Price: $18.74
7 used & new from $18.74

3.0 out of 5 stars Not as nice as Estwing, but better than the cheapies with tubular steel handles, July 7, 2016
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It's hard to tell from looking at the pic, but this hatchet's head and shaft are all one piece of steel. It's just that the back part of the head and the shaft are painted black. So plan on that scraping off over time.

The cover is poorly-designed, it falls off easily, which is a safety hazard, since one is supposed to be able to carry the hatchet on one's belt by this. I deducted two stars for this. It's a real safety hazard. I would go so far as to say the cheap, old-style ones with tubular steel handle would be better, IF they have a better sheath.

It comes with a usable factory edge. The grip is good, but not hand-filling for a man.


Blade Zeyrok RTF Toy with Camera, Yellow
Blade Zeyrok RTF Toy with Camera, Yellow
Price: $141.12
12 used & new from $129.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect first quadcopter; Makes learning pretty easy, and low stakes., June 28, 2016
My reivew is on the RTF version with camera

This was my first quadcopter. 10 years ago, a flew a coaxial helicopter and a fixed pitch helicopter. I went back to trucks and planes, but decided to give helis or quads another try. Things have really come along. It is easier to fly than a fixed pitch helicopter, and equally as easy to fly as a coxial helicopter. However, it has a lot more control authority than a coaxial heli, and won't get carried off with a 3 mph wind.

If you look at the manufacturer's page, and advertising, all the good things they say about this are pretty much right. (and there are a lot of them) They won't mention the bad things; that's what I'm here for. Let me do a Pro/Con list:

PROS:
+ Easy to fly (for a helicopter-type ship)
+ Durable design; takes more to damage it than a heli.
+ Killer good looks
+ LEDs help quite a lot with orientation at dusk
+ Not big or powerful enough to really hurt someone. (unless you fly it into their eyes)
+ Affordable enough to learn on
+ Affordable batteries
+ Camera footage (video and still) is surprisingly good, for such a small camera!

CONS:
- Can't handle a lot of wind; motors and battery aren't powerful enough
- Too small to fly more than about 100' away without losing orientation
- Geared-down brushed motors are a bit noisy, but nothing objectionable.

I had one hit where I clipped some leaves in a tree, then crashed down about 10' on to bricks. It landed right on one of the ends, and messed it up. I opened up that end with the little screwdriver that came with the Zeyrok, re-aligned the motor gear with the spur gear, screwed it back together, and it was up and flying 5 minutes later. That would have been a devastating, parts-breaking crash with a heli.

In the beginner mode, with the rates turned down, I can fly walking speed around obstacles as a challenge. Around trees and weeds, in local parks (away from kids). Go to the higher rate mode opens the flight envelope a bit more; then, it can be flown in a larger area or slightly more wind.

Going to the intermediate mode, the allowed bank angles are much higher, and it can handle up to about a 10 mph wind

In Expert mode, a tiny movement of the stick makes a big movement of the Zeyrok. This really is for experts who like to do stunts and high-G flying. I don't fly here. The thing about Expert Mode on this one is that it has all the control authority for banking and yawing, but the power system is too gutless to do serious stunts. Doesn't matter HOW good you are.

This quad is a little too big to fly in a house, but would be fine in a school gym, for example.

Compared to my Traxxas Aton, this one is simpler, less powerful, but no less fun, I'd say. It is actually more of a pure flying experience, as it doesn't have as many bail-out options.

The stick action of the transmitter is quite smooth; better than RTF transmitters for RC cars and trucks.

One last warning: it is easy to fly *for a helicopter.* Compared to driving a car or boat, or even a plane, it is harder, because the pilot has to control 4 things, all at the same time: throttle, yaw (rotation), and banking. With a plane, there are three dimensions it can be flown through, but one can pretty much leave the throttle in one spot, and just control the rest. With cars/trucks, there are mostly just 2 dimensions, and SO easy to bail out. The only way to have more challenge is by racing and varying the terrain.

With the Zeyrok, one can challenge oneself by flying it slowly and precisely around obstacles, or quickly and smoothly through patterns in the air. Ground terrain doesn't matter, but wind does.

If you have any possibility of wanting the camera, go for it now. It is good enough to be worth the extra $40. It includes the camera, the landing skis, and a micro SD card that inserts right into the size of the quad. I attached a self-portrait pic, so you can get an idea.

DO read the instructions, or you'll miss out.
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Wasabi Power Battery for Canon NB-13L and Canon PowerShot G5 X, G7 X, G9 X
Wasabi Power Battery for Canon NB-13L and Canon PowerShot G5 X, G7 X, G9 X
Offered by Blue Nook

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It works, but only half as long as the Canon OEM pack., June 6, 2016
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(which costs twice as much) These are hard to avoid, for the price difference. In my Canon G9X, this battery pack yields a warning that it isn't an OEM pack and that it could be risky to use. Do I want to proceed anyway? It is probably just Canon's way of making sure that people know it is THEIR risk to put a battery of unknown quality into their high quality camera. These seem to be good quality, just not as good as Canon's.

Maybe the biggest problem with aftermarket packs is they don't hold their charge on the shelf as well as the OEM batteries. When you go to use it, it may be dead.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal, June 6, 2016
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I have an aftermarket Wasabi battery, and it runs about half as long as the OEM Canon one. It costs 1/3 as much, so it could still be a good value, if compactness of the kit is not a huge priority for you. But the Canon pack is clearly the better performer.


Polyhedral 7-Die Translucent Dice Set - Teal (d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, d20 & d00)
Polyhedral 7-Die Translucent Dice Set - Teal (d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, d20 & d00)
Offered by MTGbiz
Price: $7.99
11 used & new from $5.97

3.0 out of 5 stars Nicely presented, but could be manufactured better, June 6, 2016
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I bought three sets of these. If you look, all of them have little bubbles in them, so they're just not manufactured very carefully.

I thought maybe it was something that was unavoidable, but when I looked at a translucent d6 from a board game, it was perfectly made; no bubbles at all. The bubbles are tiny, and they don't make a huge difference in how they roll, but sometimes I feel like my monsters are just a bit too lucky when going against my party's characters.


Lowepro Photo Sport BP 300 AW II (Blue)
Lowepro Photo Sport BP 300 AW II (Blue)
Offered by Galaxy Goodies
Price: $143.95
16 used & new from $133.87

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome hybrid photography/hiking backpack, June 6, 2016
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The top half of the bag is a traditional pack with a drawstring closure with flap. The bottom part has a side entry camera compartment, with room for a full size SLR and largish zoom lens. A 28-300, for example. Next to that, with a divider, is room for another smaller lens. I have my Nikon D610 with 24-85 and next to that, a 20/2.8. A 70-200/2.8 will also (barely) fit, instead of the 20/2.8.

The outside of the pack has an adjustable compartment of thin, light material for stowing a jacket or sweatshirt. a medium thickness fleece is about the thickest you should plan on putting here though. The side will accommodate a water bottle, but my 1L one is really stretching it. 0.5 to 0.8 liter or something a bit smaller diameter than a typical 1L is what you should plan on. Or better yet, buy a hydration bladder, and put it in the dedicated compartment. It works a treat, but be sure to get one of them that is divided into two cells, so it isn't a bulge right in the middle of your back.

I was a bit concerned about all the straps this pack has. It's a bit of overkill for typical commuting use; they'd be in the way. But when you're active, they are great. The sternum and waist straps really make the bag feel about 30% lighter than it actually is.

Inside the zip compartment in the top cover, there's a key leash and room for a wallet.If you have a small travel tripod, it can go in the side compartment, or strapped sideways with the bungee loop straps that are included.

In the end, I don't recommend this as a pure camera bag. It's made as a hiker's pack with a dedicated compartment for a camera/lens and one more lens. If you're a pure hiker who'll just carry a point & shoot camera, don't bother. If you're more of a photographer who isn't into hiking, don't bother either. But if you're someone who really likes both, this is a GREAT choice!


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