“Jack of all trades, but master of none.” It’s a phrase you have likely heard before. Its origin goes back to a time when “Jack” was used as a generic name for any general representative of the common people, an approximation of which would be the thoroughly American “Joe Blow.” It dates to the 14th century when the name Jack was so common that it became a slang term meaning “man.”
Now, we’re the first to acknowledge that very specific jobs are usually better performed with specialized tools. But what if you aren’t sure of what the next job is? Chances are an adjustable wrench could get you a lot further than one or two specific wrenches. Even if you’ve got a full slab of shiny standard Snap-ons, life’s quite likely to throw you a loose metric bolt at the very next stop.
The point is that for the purpose of the day-to-day grunt, a generalist might make a better sidekick than a specialist. We feel this issue’s cover gun setup is definitely up for the job. It all comes down to personal preference, but at this time of year there’s an awful lot of fun to be had out there and this type of well-thought-out setup is definitely tool enough to make the most of it.
Amongst a ton of other goodies in this issue, we’re hoping that the thermal optics buyer’s guide will serve you well should you be considering such an investment. We’ve corralled twenty market offerings in one place; with price tags ranging from $2,000 to over $20,000, we hope that this will prove extremely useful. Whether it’s a tactical solution, home defense, or zeroing in on big game through dense foliage or less-than-optimum weather conditions, thermal imaging scopes seriously represent the next level.
Elsewhere, we get the scoop on SIG Sauer’s next generation of purpose-built pistols, the X-series, by test driving the competition-ready P320 X-five. It’s a sidearm any self-styled pistoleer will want to take a serious look at.
Or, if your thing is all-out shock and awe—or even if it’s not—take a gander at our review of the Fostech Origin 12, a fully semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun that harks far more to the modular, composite setups of an AR-15 than to your grandfather’s venerable Remington 870.
Also inside this issue, you’ll witness our attempts at custom-cutting hard case foam. We test-drive four different methods of cutting and give you the skinny on what works best and what doesn’t work at all. And if you’re seeking the best way to put your Ar-platform rifle’s dead space to good use (hint: it’s in the grip), have a look at our in-depth review of Magnetospeed’s M-series Grip System, which offers four different ways to put that hand-held void to work.
Be safe out there, and enjoy.