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Welcome to May.  This month I have some exciting evaluations planned for you.  Included in this month’s evaluations: custom hearing protection, zombie killing flashlights, and AR accessories.

Hearing protection may not be a sexy topic, but it is a serious one.  For you to keep your hearing and to enjoy a lifetime of shooting, some type of protection is a must.  There was a time that custom-molded earplugs and electronic ear muffs were out of reach for most shooters due to their high prices.  Well, this month, I take a look at some custom-molded earplugs that sell for less than $15 and electronic ear muffs that go for less than $50.

I also have an evaluation of a new tactical flashlight that runs on AA batteries, but throws more than 600 lumens! To describe this light as bright is a major understatement.

The Stark SE-1 Grip
The Stark SE-1 Grip

I also have the Stark Equipment Group SE-1 grip on my AR-15.  The SE-1 is a replacement grip that integrates an over-sized trigger guard for shooting while wearing gloves.  I’ll have pictures plus an honest assessment of the grip and its installation.

And speaking of the AR-15, one of the evaluations that I have wanted to do for a while now is a head-to-head on AR-15 magazines.  What I have done is to gather up a group of popular AR-15 magazines and run them through a battery of tests to check their durability and reliability.  I think you will really enjoy this evaluation.

A lack of .223 ammo initially slowed down this evaluation, but the folks at CorBon have really come through for me.  They were able to supply some of their MPG and DPX rounds for use in the magazine testing, and I am very grateful for their help.

So, stick around.  I’ve got a lot planned, and I think you will enjoy it all!

By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.