Chicago Army Navy Surplus Co. Closing

Recently I found out that Chicago Army Navy Surplus Co. was closing it’s doors after nearly 3 Decades in the business.  Bob, the owner of the surplus shop has been a good friend of mine for over 15 years.  This time comes for all of us, the changing of the seasons.  Bob is ready to transition into retirement.  This is a bitter sweet moment, really it’s sad to see an establishment that has been a big part of the community for this long disappear.  When I was kid I was a big G.I. Joe fan, my first pair of dog tags my parents bought me came from Chicago Army Navy Surplus.  This was years before Bob befriended me, this was when the shop was still located in Westchester in fact.  The nostalgia and comradery, will be missed by many.  Today when I stopped in the shop during it’s last weekend of being open I saw many people coming in to say their farewells.  Many thank yous were heard, for the support of various organizations, providing great customer service ect.  And of course many were taking a moment for a quick picture for the memory.  While I was there my buddy took a quick pic for me as well.  I also picked up a few items and a couple mementos, including the slightly faded Gadsden flag that hung in the window and the complaint department plaque with the dummy grenade that sat in the display case for years.

–Thank you, Guys!

*Pictured Steve (Manager), Myself, and Bob (Owner)

TorkMag Introduces a 50rd Magazine for Your AR-15

Hey Gunners, I wanted to to take a minute to let you know about a new product I will be reviewing soon.  It’s a 50rd Mag from a new company called TorkMag.  One of the issues many people run into with larger magazines (larger then 30rd anyway) is that they tend to jam.  Well the only type of jam I like to have is with my peanut butter.  So TorkMag actually came up with a really cool design to help remedy this.  Their 50rd mag uses 2 springs, one is the traditional style coil spring desing we find in most of our magazines, and the other is a spooled style spring that unrolls when the mag is loaded and rolls back up as the rounds are released.  In my opinion this is a very creative solution of keeping even pressure and even travel of your magazine follower.  I can’t wait to test it out at the range, who knows maybe I will throw on my bumpfire stock and practice a little rapid fire…  So stay tuned…

BigGunner81 -LIVE!

Welcome firearm enthusiasts!  So I have a new project in the works for the YouTube Channel.  I am currently working on creating a live show, this is my first attempt at this so bear with me.  I am sure technical difficulties will ensue…  Anyway I have been collaborating with a few other YouTube Channels to put this together.   Basically the show will be a talk format, an open forum if you will of firearms, and related topics.  Who knows we might even have a special guest… SO Stay “Tuned” and I will post the link to the show relatively soon…   Thank you again to all those who watch & share my videos.  I also appreciate your feedback!  Keep it up!

On Target Radio

Hey Guys,

I just wanted to take a minute to tell you about a project I’ve been helping with recently.  And that is On Target Radio, which is a conservative radio talk show broadcasted on AM560 The Answer Sunday Nights at 9pm cst.  To find out more visit the On Target Radio website @ or visit the facebook page at  You can also view the shows live webcam (typically you can see/hear me in studio) and recorded past shows on youtube @ .