Author: mikefaison

Infinity Ammunition

img_9520Just imagine, you’ve just finished building your first two AR-15’s. You set up a day to finally throw a little lead down range at one of the nicest shooting ranges in the area, pay your fee, get your targets and ppe (personal protective equipment) and head to your lanes. All the months of acquiring gun parts, finding deals, and putting it all together comes down to this moment…lock and load, the range line is hot! BANG! That first round goes off flawlessly and just feels sexy, BANG! The second round gives ya a warm and fuzzy in the trousers. Everything is going great and then CLICK… fear comes over you, you got a squib load.

Let’s rewind a month or so prior to that day, to when I got myself 500 rounds of 55 grain .223 ammo from a little company out of Melbourne, FL called Infinity Ammunition. I had found them thru the explore page on Instagram (aint technology great?) and decided to give them a whirl, cause they have some awesome prices. After thoroughly going over my rifles to ensure that it wasn’t a problem with them, the range officer, my highly knowledgeable gun sensei buddy, and myself determined that it was the ammo that was the problem. Needless to say, after spending close to 200 bucks on ammo, I was a little… let down let’s say. The next day I shot them an email about what happened and explained that although it was inconvenient, I understood manufacturing processes and that when you’re pumping out thousands of rounds of ammo per day, there’s a chance you could run across a bad batch due to a multitude of things. Here’s where the impressive part happens, THE NEXT DAY I received a phone call from the CEO of the company apologizing for the mishap and assuring me that it would definitely be made right one way or the other. I decided to send them back the ammo (along with the bad loads I had identified), and like the stand-up company they are, they paid for return shipping. Id estimate a week went by, when the ups man came knocking at my door, it was my new batch of ammo! Infinity’s CEO contacted me again to let me know that it in fact was a batch issue that they had contained, and that they threw in a little extra for the inconvenience. I don’t know about y’all, but that’s top-notch service to me, In a time where most customer service is nonexistent in most companies, they stood out, admitted the fault, and moved forward amicably.

I went to my local indoor range just to put a couple mags worth to the test, ZERO problems. I got to say, I was thoroughly impressed with Infinity Ammunition, and it feels good to support a smaller, in state and fairly local business. They offer round counts of anywhere from 50 up to 10000 ( subject to availability ) and calibers of 9mm, .40, and .45 in pistol and .223 & .300 blackout in rifle, along with reloading supplies and brass, and remanufactured ammunition. They ship thru UPS as well. So if you just so happen to be looking for quality ammo at a very reasonable price, head over to Infinityammo.com and do some looking around, guaranteed you’ll like what you see.

Quality: 4 pints out of 5

Price: Varies

Website:  www.Infinityammo.com

 

Thorogood boots

img_9521“There are two standing orders in this platoon, 1. Take care of your feet and 2. Try not to do anything stupid, like get yourself killed” Lieutenant Dan Taylor- Forrest Gump. I suppose that statement didn’t make a whole hell of a lot of sense back in 1994 when I was 8 years old, but it damn sure does now. Working in any industry, and especially the power industry I’ve learned that paying the extra coin for a good quality pair of boots is well worth it. The fact that I’ve found a HIGH QUALITY and AMERICAN UNION MADE boot, well that’s just the icing on the cake. So light up some tobacco and grab your favorite beverage while I give you the rundown on Thorogood boots.

I’ll start out by saying this; I’ve had many pairs of boots in my day. Timberland pro, wolverine, Carolina, Georgia boot, hell I even had what I thought to be the holy grail of steel toes in the Redwing Irish setter (see previous article), they all pale in comparison to my Thorogood 10″ Wellington pull-ons
. Generally, I don’t purchase pull on boots because previous pairs have provided little to no ankle support and have always flopped off my foot when I walked making it miserable. The Thorogoods fit like I had them handmade just for me, just snug enough around the foot so that my foot doesn’t slide around and blister, while giving me support around the ankle to help with when I walk on the ever changing surfaces of a power plant i.e. gravel, grating, diamond plate, concrete, and grass. The inside of the boot, to me, is just the right amount of cushion and breathability, which definitely helps on those long 12 hour shifts when it seems like everything is going wrong and you barely get a chance to sit down.

Another great advantage to these boots is that they are pretty damn waterproof. When I first got them, I put mink oil on them to help the leather break in well and last a good while, and help with keeping my feet dry when it decides to downpour here in the sunshine state. Two nights ago, I put them to the test. It just so happened that a rainwater sump pump quit working and I was tasked with hooking up a portable submersible pump to evacuate the area of standing water ( lucky friggin me, right?! ). Oh did I mention the water was anywhere from 4-8 inches deep in some spots? My boots came through like a champ, my feet would have been completely dry if it weren’t for splashing water actually going down into my boot from the top.

Now for what you all really wanna know, PRICE! In general, Thorogood boots run anywhere from 155-225 dollars, depending on what style you’d like. Mine were 184.95 plus tax and shipping, which for the performance of the boot, is an excellent price to me. There is a large variety of boots to choose from so you can be stylish AND work your ass off. Oh and the cherry on top? They give a discount to members of other unions as well.

 

Rating: 5 pints

Pricing: Around $155.00 – $225.00

Website: Thorogoodworkboots.com

CigarFly.Com

IMG_7623Howdy folks! I know, I know… its been a while since you’ve heard from me, and for that I apologize, but let me tell y’all about an awesome new (at least to me) website that the fellas at ruffian HQ stumbled upon. The site is cigarfly.com and let me tell ya, to me, the concept is absolutely magnificent. What they do is find out your personal taste profile by asking you about different notes that you enjoy in your cigar. The categories are fruit, sweet, spice, floral flavor, earthy tones, and strength. Once you’ve established that, you then decide which package you would like to receive, your choices are standard (35.00 USD), deluxe (45.00 USD), and premium (55.00 USD), with you receiving a pack of five cigars in any pack you choose. From there, all you do is place your order and watch the mailbox like a kid come Christmas time. For those of you that are really unsure, they also give you a cigar advisor whom is there to answer any questions or concerns you may have. I personally am thoroughly impressed with the simplicity and accuracy of this small business, you get what you want, when you want it, and the cigars are randomly selected so it broadens your horizons in the overwhelmingly vast cigar realm. The random selection kind of made me have an epiphany about the stigma of having to buy a big name brand to get a quality, enjoyable smoke. Now don’t get me wrong, they still do supply some of the big names, as well as some excellent boutique cigars.

 

IMG_7624They are located in Arizona, but don’t let that scare you. They must keep a really excellent humidor because my cigars came in well seasoned and ready to go. The package is shipped with a humidification pack as to keep them with the quality they look to put out during the shipping process. As far as the wait goes, your package will generally get there within 3-5 days depending on the day of the week that you order. Upon opening my package, I was surprised and impressed by personal hand written card thanking me for being a valued customer, and to me, it’s those little things that really push my satisfaction meter through the roof. I gotta tell ya, I have to give this company a 5 pint out of 5 rating based on my personal experience. You will be hard pressed to find the value, personalization, and quality that I received anywhere else. Don’t believe me? Head on over to cigarfly.com and check them out, also stay tuned to our Instagram feed for my next review of the cigars themselves coming very soon. This is Turk signing off, and as always… be a ruffian, and stay distinguished. Peace

 

Website: CigarFly.com

 

Price Range: $35.00 – $55.00 (Distinguished Ruffian members get 20% off all orders.)

 

Rating: 5 pints out of 5