Archive for July, 2010

Impressions on the Springfield Armory XD 45 Compact Pistol

Impressions on the Springfield Armory XD 45 Compact Pistol

I give my impressions of Springfield Armory’s XD45 Compact handgun. It’s functional, reliable, and I shot it well right out of the box. Unfortunately it didn’t conceal well for me in an appendix position, and has moved on to other pastures.

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Bump Patrol Aftershave Anti-Razor Burn Treatment Review

Bump Patrol Aftershave Anti-Razor Burn Treatment Review

Bump Patrol’s original formula after shave is supposed to reduce skin irritation and razor burn after shaving. It’s also supposed to cut down on ingrown hairs. What happens if my shaving routine already does that for me? I’m not sure if Bump Patrol works or doesn’t work — but I am sure that it has no effect on me.

Umbra Solutions Bayview Flexible Bay Window Curtain Rod Review

Umbra Solutions Bayview Flexible Bay Window Curtain Rod Review

My bay windows make it hard to install regular curtains. The bending curtain rod Bayview by Umbra Solutions was easy to install and did the trick perfectly. The flexible elbows allow the single rod to adapt to your window’s angles and requires no cutting, adapting, or swearing.

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Presto Flip Side Waffle Maker Review

Presto Flip Side Waffle Maker Review

I review the Flip Side Belgian waffle maker from Presto. It gets super hot and makes a great classic waffle, but there are some major design flaws that keep it from being “strongly recommended.”

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How to Fix a Jumpy Rosewill 8500 Wireless Mouse Scroll Wheel

How to Fix a Jumpy Rosewill 8500 Wireless Mouse Scroll Wheel

I love my Rosewill 8500 wireless mouse from NewEgg.com. I like it so much I bought an extra for work, and one for my desktop machine. I’ve used the mouse quite a bit over the last three months. Two things have happened since then: 1) I killed the battery that came with the mouse. 2) […]

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Bersa Thunder Ultra Carry Pro Update

Bersa Thunder Ultra Carry Pro Update

Ten days ago, I wrote about the problem I had with my Bersa Thunder Ultra Compact Pro in 45ACP. I am not sure exactly what was wrong. It could have been a problem at the factory with the slide bluing; perhaps the plastic bag and protective oil combined to stain the slide. I posted my […]

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Random Motorcycling Tip #17: On Using the Horn as an Active Response

Random Motorcycling Tip #17: On Using the Horn as an Active Response

So you’ve done all you can. You identified a potentially bad driver and adjusted your speed appropriately. You changed your lane position. You made sure there was a clear exit path (or a semi-clear one that you could blast through in an emergency). You are doing the Admiral Akbar and have one eye on the […]

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Problem with Bersa Thunder Ultra Carry Pro 45 Matte Finish

Problem with Bersa Thunder Ultra Carry Pro 45 Matte Finish

After trying to find a Bersa Thunder Ultra Carry Pro in 45ACP for months, the one I finally purchase had a defect in the slide matte finish. I am not sure if the plastic bag transfered to the slide, or if the oil ruined the slide, or if the matte blue finish wasn’t done right at the factory.

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Happy Adoption Anniversary, Pearl!

Happy Adoption Anniversary, Pearl!

Little Pearl joined my house three years ago today. I got her from the Washington Animal Rescue League, and they do fantastic work placing friendly critters into happy homes. If you are looking for an animal companion, please consider WARL (or any other adoption agency) before thinking about buying a pet. I can’t believe it’s […]

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Important Firearms Laws Now in Effect in Virginia

Important Firearms Laws Now in Effect in Virginia

By the time you read this, the following new laws will be in effect in the Commonwealth of Virginia: HB 505: Valid concealed carry permit holders are now able to carry concealed in establishments that sell alcohol for on premise consumption as long as they are not drinking alcohol. This is a very good law […]

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