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New Info on the X-Caliber Shotgun Gauge Adapters

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The other day, we told you about the new X-Caliber Shotgun Gauge Adapters from Tim Ralston, Founder of Gear Up and inventor / manufacturer of the CROVEL brand line of survival shovels.

Ralston is an avid shooter and developed this family of 10 adapter sleeves in various calibers for use with a break action 12 ga shotgun. If you’re like me, you’ve been interested in seeing how these work. Now, he has produced a video that showcases how the X-Caliber works.

And here he is firing it at the range. I’m a little concerned with accuracy at longer ranges, but you have to consider the distance and the short true barrel length of the X-Caliber Adapter. At handgun engagement ranges it works great.

Now that you know a little more about the X-Caliber Shotgun Gauge Adapters, what do you think?

X-CALIBER Survival-Rifle Gauge Adapter System

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Tim Ralston, Founder of Gear Up and inventor / manufacturer of the CROVEL brand line of survival shovels, has announced the release of the X-CALIBER Survival-Rifle Gauge Adapter System.

I already know what you’re going to say, and yes, Mr Ralston shot his thumb on “Doomsday Preppers” but this is an interesting product. Similar products have been offered in the past but the X-CALIBER allows you to shoot 11 different caliber rounds from a single-shot 12 gauge shotgun using rifled adapters which are made from 7 inches of 4140 chromoly stainless steel.

Calibers include: .22 long rifle, .38 special, .357, 9mm, .45 ACP, .45 long colt, .410 shotgun as well as the base 12 ga shotgun. Additionally, X-CALIBER introduces .223, 7.62×39 and .308 to the mix. This means it could well be of interest to anyone who has an interest in scavenging ammunition. Granted, there are some serious considerations to make for dismounted use due to weight. But, additional inserts could be cached for later use.

You provide the base weapon which is a simple, reliable, break action design. It won’t raise undue interest as it is a commonly found gun, particularly in rural areas. Additionally, the X-CALIBER system will adapt to virtually any break action 12 ga.

The concept is certainly worth a discussion and some readers may consider picking one up.

TacHacker – Crovel Extreme

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

I was watching National Geographic’s ‘Doomsday Preppers‘ the other day and realized that one of the folks they were profiling was one of the inventors of the Crovel. Tim Ralston, the inventor, is a great example of a TacHacker. He started prepping and by necessity he and some friends developed the Crovel. Once others saw what they had built, it was a natural transition into a small business.

Crovel is a is a portmanteau of shovel and crowbar, and it is just that. They’ve taken the concept of a folding shovel and engineered a few additional tools into the design. We’ve mentioned the earlier variant of the Crovel before, but they’ve introduced a new version called the Crovel Extreme which boasts 13 tools combined into one package.

One advantage the Extreme model has is that it is now anodized making it more durable. Additionally, they’ve increased the size of the Hammerhead and incorporated a wood chisel into the Claw portion of the Crovel. They’ve also introduced the Z Spike accessory for the Crovel Extreme as well as a Kydex Cover for both models of the Crovel.

Made in USA!

The Crovel

Monday, September 26th, 2011

The Crovel, which is a portmanteau of shovel and crowbar, bares at the very least a passing resemblance to the Chinese Multifunctional Shovel in both aesthetics and functionality, but is made in the USA. The Crovel works as a shovel, crowbar, hammer, bottle and can opener, and grappling hook, among other uses. The shovel head is made from 10 gauge hardened steel while the handle is a 19 inch goose head crowbar with a 1.5 x .75 inch hammer face. The handle is also wrapped in 15 feet of 550 paracord, which offers an enhanced grip, but can also be used as a survival material. All we need now is a Youtube video of several American soldiers showing off all this tool’s features set to epic music and we’d be in business.

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