Author: Carlos

X-Factor Systems Crossbow Noise suppression system

When I received the X-Factor Systems noise suppression system as a birthday gift, I was very pleased with the look and quality of each piece of the system. Though, I was pleased with what I saw and felt, before installing the products on my bow, I decided to do some testing and comparisons of the X-Factor System with the competitors products that were previously on my bow. When I completed the testing on my bow, I then took out my sons bow (a Fred Beaar Vapor 300), and tested the X-Factor system on a second bow. I was sent five of the X-Factor Outdoors Systems for our staff and randomly chose three of the systems for weight comparisons.

Todd and Kristi Williams at X-Factor Outdoors have developed a system consisting of the String Factor (silencers), Limb Factor (limb vibration dampener), Stabilizers, Stabilizer Quick Connects , and the Weight Factor (weights that can be added to your stabilizer). The String Factor, Limb Factor, and Stabilizer are made of a special A-Tech Rubber compound they have developed (take a look at the picture below. The members of the SBH staff have chose not to use the Weight Factor products at this time. The X-Factor Outdoors products are the only products, of their kind, on the market that comes with a guarantee the String Factor silencers come with a lifetime guarantee. These products are advertised as a product that will revolutionize the industry. Read on to see the results of the testing I have done with these products.

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Currently, I am hunting with a Matthew’s Ultra Light hunting crossbow that I purchased in 1996 and is now 14 years old. At the time I purchased the bow, it was the top of the line and came with all of the latest technology including a scope. Over the last 13 or 14 years, technology in the many fields of the archery industry has continually improved, including noise suppression and vibration dampening. As you have probably figured out, my bow, lacking the latest innovations found in the industry today, is loud compared to the super fast, deadly quiet bows of today. Even with the latest versions of the competitors noise suppression and dampening systems, my bow sounded like a small caliber rifle cracking off a round in comparison to todays bows.

I started the testing by comparing the weights of each of the components (see table below). I used my personal scale for the weight comparison, the same scale I use to weigh my broadheads, shafts, inserts, etc. when building my arrows. As mentioned above, I selected three of the X-Factor Systems for this test. I weighed twelve of the X-Factor String Factor silencers and six of the competitors string silencers. I was impressed with the quality control of the String Factor, as all twelve units that I weighed were 13 grains each. They were not within a range of 12 to 14 grains, but each of the twelve weighed exactly the same all were 13 grains. Compare that with the competitions six string silencers, each weighing between 28 to 30 grains each. I weighed the competitors silencers a second and a third time trying to tighten up the range between each piece.the quality control just wasn’t there. I tried to stretch the String Factors to a point that they would tear or rip and could not get any of them to show any sign of damage or fatigue. The second string silencer by a competitior that I stretched, began to tear making it unusable. The String Factors come with a liftetime guarantee, but after testing, it’s doubtful that any guarantee will be needed.

I then moved on to the limb vibration dampening components (check out this resource). I weighed six of the X-Factor Outdoors Limb Factor dampeners. Of the six that were weighed, five came in a 240 grains and the sixth was 239 grains. Again, I was impressed with the quality control of the X-Factor products. The limb dampening products by the competitor for my bow weighed in at 253 grains each and on my sons split limb bow, the limb dampeners weighed in at 505grains each. The Limb Factor Dampeners wrap the outside (not stuck or glued on) of the bows upper and lower limbs and can be moved up/down the limbs until you find that sweet spot that provides the best results for your equipment.

Next to be weighed were the Stabilizers. The XFactor Outdoors Stabilizer (model F6) was six inches long, while the competitions stabilizers on my and my sons bow were 4.5 inches long. I weighed three of the X-Factor F6 stabilizers, all weighing in at 5.7 ounces each, compared to 3.58 ounces (my bow) and 6.6 ounces (sons bow) for the competitors stabilizers previously used on our bows. As part of the F6 stabilizer, I also checked three of the X-Factor Quick Connect Knuckles and Barnett Jackal crossbow review, each weighing in at 467 grains each. The quick connect knuckles allow quick and easy removal of your stabilizer so that your bow will fit into your case, while leaving your bow sling and/or other accessories attached and ready to go.

My Tomato and Chorizo Sausage Pasta Recipe

This is a collection of pasta recipes from carbonara pasta, pasta salad, pasta sauce, salmon pasta, stuffed pasta shells and chicken pasta. I will explore pasta machines and making pasta. I will share all my favourite pasta recipes here and experiment with new pasta recipes. Enjoy.

Pasta is made from flour, water and sometimes eggs. It is associated with Italy. There are lots of different types such as fettuccine, fusilli, lasagne, macaroni, tagliatelli, tortelini, vermicelli, zite,spaghetti, ravioli and canelloni. I love to cook with pasta and I want to share with you some of my favourite pasta recipes. This recipe is for a sauce to go with a pasta of your choice and is for a main meal. This would serve 2 so double up for more portions. I use a large flat pan for making the sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups or use fresh skinned tomatoes
  • 2 large onions diced
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 4 oz–1/2 cup–100gm of Chorizo Sausage chopped
  • 1 cup–4 oz–100gm sliced mushrooms olive oil
  • dried oreganosalt and pepper to taste
  • Pasta such as macaroni 2 cups–8oz–200gm, this does for 2 but alter to suit your appetites.

Method

Make fresh pasta in your best pasta maker. Heat the olive oil and fry the onions (do not brown), add the chorizo and garlic, cook for a few minutes. Add the mushrooms , stir and cook for about 4 minutes. Add the tin of tomatoes and oregano, add the salt and pepper, taste and stir. I now cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.I like the pasta sauce to be dry but you may like it more runny, add water according to your preference.

  1. Put boiling water into a large pan, add the dry pasta cook on simmer until the pasta is firm but not soft, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. Drain and serve Pasta from fresh
  3. Put boiling water into a large pan.
  4. Add the fresh pasta and cook quickly for about 2 minutes.
  5. rain and serve. Put the pasta into individual dishes and cover with the sauce.

Variation

Add grated Parmesan cheese or a local cheese of your choice on top of the pasta. Add a chopped chilli to the recipe to make it really spicey

More tips can be found here: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/penne-chorizo-creamy-tomato-sauce/57daa91a-e180-4a22-8acc-c16b1e1967d6

What Are The Best Vaporizers in 2017?

This is my own personal grinder, I have had it for over 3 years and it is still going strong. I have put this grinder through some hardship and it always surprises me with its durability. I literally dropped this grinder down a 2 flight concrete staircase. I was so worried that the outside was going to be damaged and scuffed. To my surprise it actually chipped the step it was dropped on.

I purchased the medium size because I am not a heavy smoker, it has suited my needs perfectly. I even found a neat little stick that lets me get my grind super fine if I feel like vaping. I think for about 90% of you reading this right now, the space case will be the best grinder for weed. It will fit your needs and last a seriously long time. As soon as you pick one of these up you will know the level of craftsmanship that was gone into this is insane. You certainly get what you pay for when you order a space case, unlike most aluminum grinders; this grinder has a titanium outer layer. This keeps the teeth razor sharp and ensures it cant be scratched or dented. What on earth are you going to drop it on that is stronger than titanium? Think about that.

If you want a premium grinder for slightly less that the space case. This is the grinder for you. This is a beautiful piece of engineering; constructed from the highest aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel, you can feel the quality when you pick it up. A high quality rare earth magnet keeps your lid securely attached. As a bonus this grinder features a 3/4 inch herb chamber, you would be suprised how much herb can fit in here. This makes this grinder perfect for big sessions. You cant beat quality like this, especially at this price.

 
Best of all this is an American based company, this means you will have no issues with repairs or returns. This makes the whole shopping experience a whole lot better. This is a great looking grinder and comes in some great colors. It has a great design and good user reviews. It has a slightly different design that most and aims to tear the herb apart rather than to slice it with teeth. This means you don’t have to worry about your grinder teeth getting blunt.

 
Snoop Dogg Vaporizer has some great features, out of all the grinders we trialed. This has one of the best grips, this makes it ideal for people with arthritis or people with small hands, you may be laughing but some grinders take some real muscle to get them moving. Another cool bonus about this grinder is that if you use the link bellow they will throw in a “pollen press” this lets you make your very own hash out of the kief that is collected at the bottom of your grinder. These presses can often be quite expensive so this is definitely a bonus.

10 Simple Rules for Living an Authentic Life

People ask me all the time where my positive energy comes from. Many of them think it’s because I quit my job in April and that’s definitely part of it, but it’s not the whole story. For the last two years I’ve been on a huge self exploration binge. I’ve had life coaching, I’ve indulged all my passions, I’ve read every book on spirituality, self transformation and motivation that I could get my hands on. I’ve been on yoga retreats, I’ve been to meditation classes, I’ve fasted and detoxed. I’ve travelled for extended periods of time. I’ve ziplined in the jungle. I’ve been to every woo woo workshop out there. I’ve had singing lessons and dancing lessons. I’ve pushed my boundaries in every way I can think of. I’ve tried everything, without doubts and without judgments.

 
And what I’ve learned boils down to something incredibly simple. True happiness lies in accepting yourself completely and learning to be yourself in every moment, whether you are accepted by others or not. I’m not there yet, but at least I can see where I’m going with this now. For years I was blocked and miserable. I was so afraid to be myself. I craved the approval of other people, but I suspect they sensed the faking. As a result relationships were always difficult and fraught with misunderstandings. I’ve learned the hard way that you cannot depend on anyone else for your happiness. Friends, family, partners, children. They can’t help you with this. You have to do it yourself. I was originally going to make this one post but I talk too much and it got a bit long so I decided to write about one of these rules each week. If you’re a first time reader you might want to check out the previous rules first:

 

  • Rule number 1: Be Honest. ALWAYS
  • Rule number 2: Start with the end in mind
  • Rule number 3: Spend time with yourself
  • Rule number 4: Let Yourself Dream
  • Rule number 5: Share Yourself
  • Rule number 6: Small Things Make a Big Difference
  • Rule number 7……Be Resilient
  • And here’s Rule Number 8: Don’t get distracted

 

So, last week I talked about openly unsupportive people and how to understand them and deal with them. But there are different ways for people to be unsupportive and you’ll also find some people who, while seemingly on your side, will try to get you to engage in activities that are going to take you further away from your goals. For example, if you’ve committed to writing at the weekends, or working on a side business for yourself you might find friends and family pressuring you to spend time with them and find yourself saying no a lot. They support you, they want you to be happy, but they also want to hang out with you and spend time with you. Because the weekend is their free time, they don’t understand why you would want to spend your free time on “work.” I’ve found over the last few months that I don’t really draw a distinction between weekdays and weekends.

 

Every day I have things that I want to accomplish and every day I want to get my work done. I don’t want to go out for the evening just because it’s Saturday night but, equally, I don’t feel like I shouldn’t go out for the evening just because it’s Monday night. Changing my habits has been difficult and I’m constantly tempted by fun things going on, or events I feel I ought to attend, but my commitment to my life has to come first. I’ve found that I’m highly productive at weekends and it’s easier for me to get my “life admin” done on weekdays so I have to stay away from the siren’s song of the weekend parties if I want to get stuff done.


This is where you have to remain very focused on what you want and what it takes to get there. Having your dreams written down somewhere can help with this. I have a sheet by the side of my bed, and one above my desk, that set out what I have committed to achieving for the remainder of this year and some things that will definitely help me to succeed. I remind myself on a regular basis why I’m doing this, where I’ve come from and where I want to be. And that helps me to decline invites to things I’d really like to do. But, just to be clear, I’m not living life as a hermit. I’m just choosing to prioritise the work that is really important to me. I enjoy the company of my friends and family and, perhaps counterintuitively, I now have more time to spend with them. But I do have to say no to some things.

 
And how do I prioritise? I make time for the people with whom I feel I have a meaningful and collaborative relationship. For example, I will always make time for Mr B, my best friend. Whenever I spend time with him I feel like we both come away energised and encouraged and supported. I don’t feel depleted after our conversations and I hope he doesn’t either. Together we are more than the sum of our parts. We help and support each other. I have other people in my life who need more support and perhaps take more from me than they give back. I love these people too and I’m just so happy to be able give them what they need but I have to put a time limit on it so that I can get stuff done in my own life. As my friend Lisa says, “There are people will fill your bucket (fillers) and those who take from your bucket (dippers).” I’m more than happy to share the contents of my bucket but if I let people do too much dipping, there’d be nothing left. I need to go get a “fill” from time to time!
What can you say no to? What is a distraction that, albeit pleasant, takes you further from where you want to be? Are you allowing too much “dipping?” In order to bring something new into your life, you have to make space for it. Is your personal life too crowded to allow that new something in?