“SWAT” Bipod with “Swivel Mount” Rail Adapter

Might as well get both bad product reviews out of the way now. A recurring culprit is back, Ohuhu. Yes, they got me again. They once again cleverly disguised their name, but I still tried and actually got a form of customer service this time, which was shocking. I say “a form of” because they actually responded. They were unable to help at all, because they have no actual knowledge of the products they sell, but at least this time there was a dialogue, albeit wholly unfruitful.

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This time I was hoping to try their “SWAT”(ug…) Bipod for rifles. Hubby was curious and even though his rifle is customized with Magpul furniture, the inclusion of a universal rail adapter (That they’re now referring to as a “swivel mount”) put his mind at ease. Silly guy. This is Ohuhu we’re talking about here. After much back and forth via email (the first few of which were simply a copy and paste of the Amazon product details and pictures. Very helpful.), it has been decided they included a rail adapter that is almost completely useless and they have no idea that it’s included nor it’s function, nor how to mount it. This was baffling to both Hubby and myself. He tried in vain to even find a way to attach it to the front sight lug, or even the original Smith & Wesson M&P 15 handgrips, to no avail. If you don’t have an integral Picatinny or Weaver rail, do not buy this bipod. The adapter is useless, perhaps copied from another product, and Ohuhu has no idea what it’s for or how it works. Yes, the onus is on us to a degree for trying out a bipod that clearly states it attaches to a rail, but we assumed the included rail adapter would allow for mounting on a variety of handgrips and barrels. We were wrong. So bear that in mind.

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The bipod seemed relatively sturdy and locked in place easily. The non-skid feet were appreciated, and while it’s painted a satin black, the paint comes off the aluminum rather easily. It’s somewhat heavy for aluminum, so leaving it mounted for carry will significantly unbalance your rifle. As an aside, the rail lug came mounted completely crooked because whoever assembled the bipod didn’t properly seat the rubber gasket. Even after disassembling the entire mounting block and reassembling it properly, the gasket was ruined and left the rail mount uneven. So do make sure if you get one that you make sure it’s assembled properly and all pieces fit true.  Other than that, it’s fairly hard to screw up a bipod but we could not test it beyond it’s looks, how it’s assembled,  and how the legs actuate. So it’s a possibly a 4 star product with 1 star customer service and 1 star description. Maybe others will have better luck.

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LifeWell Technologies Aluminum Garden Trowel

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Going back to the garden, I like hand tools best. Not only are they easier for me to use and control but they are a little more intimate than Hubby’s larger, more rugged tools. And when LifeWell Technologies offered me their aluminum Garden Trowel, I was thrilled. I’ve had a few different garden trowels, of various materials and build qualities, and almost all were found to be lacking. They’d bend, break, rust, or just plain fall apart and fail me. Usually mid-job, and nothing will frustrate a gal more. LifeWell Technologies claims this is “The Best Trowel You’ll Ever Buy”. Bold words. Let’s see if they live up to them.

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LifeWell Technologies Garden trowel looks to solve all of those previously mentioned issues. Rust? Pffft. It’s made of aircraft grade aluminum, polished to a flawless chrome-like finish. The edge is sharp enough to dig clean through rocky, uneven ground with no issue. Bending? A thing of the past, what with the thick, robust neck and full tang handle. Break? Did I mention that it’s made of aircraft-grade aluminum? This LifeWell Technologies trowel shouldn’t break even under heavy loads and stresses. So now that we’ve established that this trowel is better than all my past trowels, lets get into how it’s been so overbuilt that it became my favorite.

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A lot of trowels I’ve owned have been just a straight wooden handle, with little thought given to ergonomics or comfort. This LifeWell Technologies Garden Trowel has a handle clearly made by someone who has used the before and knows exactly when one puts their fingers and thumb. It has a rubberized non-slip coating too, that not only reduces hand strain my being slightly padded, but means your damp or wet hand won’t go sliding down the handle and crash painfully into the spade. It even has a slightly elongated tip if you need to pound the trowel past a tough root or two. It’s even a bright and attractive neon green that means your not going to lose it in the grass or tall shrubs. It’s not so heavy that you get hand fatigue but not so light that you think it’ll break on the first rock it hit. “Built like a brick ‘out’house” Hubby would say, although not so politely. I think I’ve found the garden tool I won’t be sharing with Hubby. This green beauty is all mine. As for LifeWell Technologies boast of this being the best trowel I’ll ever buy, it might well be, as well as the last  trowel I’ll ever need to buy. Well done, LifeWell Technologies.

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Calibre Products Reacher/Grabber Pickup Tool

This is a tall person’s world, and I’m not playing well in it. I got the most awesome Epica Folding Stool last year, and while it has served me well, I am sometimes still just short of being able to reach things on the top shelf. Thankfully, most of the time, Hubby is right here to reach those things. Most of the time. For the times he isn’t, I now have the most awesome Calibre Products Reacher/Grabber.

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Yup, I have a mechanical hand now. I’ve gone full Terminator Genisys here, just in time for summer. The lightweight, molded aluminum shaft is long enough to reach anything in my house, and strong enough to safely hold almost anything out of reach. It’s also good for Hubby, because being tall is a curse when his back is borked, and things are on the ground when bending is out of the question. Enter my Calibre Grabber. Yes, mine. If he asks nicely, he can use it, but I claimed it as soon as the box was open.

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It has a soft-grip, non-slip rubber lining on the “claw”, meaning what I grab stays grabbed, but the 4.5″ opening is big enough to grab almost anything. Calibre Products claims it’s accurate enough to pick a coin up off the floor, and I’ll be damned if it didn’t do just that on the first try. It’s been used so far for stuff on shelves, stuff in the floor, and even stuff that falls behind other stuff! Because the gripping claw can change orientation by rotating the head, you can fit the Calibre Grabber behind dressers, TV stands, or really, just about anywhere. The trigger is a molded plastic with a easy ergonomic shape and rubberized finish for sure grip. Another plus is the line used for tension is easily replaced should it snap, but no worries there either, because Calibre Products stands behind their Grabber with a Hassle-Free, 100%  Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee.

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I love my Grabber and had no idea how incredibly useful it would be until I had it. Hubby better get his own, ‘cuz this one is all mine.

 

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