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This guy looked at my name badge and said, “Media?”
I said, “Yeah..”
“You’re not selling advertising, are you?”
“Um, no, I’m here for me. I have a blog.”
“GREAT! Let’s chat!”
Bloggers are better-received than traditional media. IN YOUR FACE, MSM.
Here’s a link to the Thunderbolt Customs website, which manufactures this neat little gadget.
They’ve been in business for 7 years, and as far as I can tell, this is a solid little product. The idea (if you didn’t watch the video at the link) is that most people who are hunting have some sort of walking stick with them, or they’re hunting in an area where there are lots of branches that COULD be makeshift rifle stands, if only they weren’t, you know…sticks. This device hooks to the side of pretty much any reasonably-sized stick/branch, and has a padded, curved resting area on top for your gun. When you’re finished hunting, you don’t have to worry about lugging your “rifle stand” back with you – you just stick the LSSGR in your pocket and go.
The owner/proprietor (Curt Lackey) is a former judge and lawyer who still works in the office (to support his product – THAT’S love, y’all), and is more than happy to speak with you about any little ridiculous questions you may have. He was in talk with Smith & Wesson for branding, but that deal’s not been finalized – he does, however, offer branding to companies with a vested interest in the product.
He’s a regular at the SHOT Show (which he scolded me for not attending…heh), so I’m sure some of you have already seen/met him, and while his website is fairly well put-together, Curt admits to not having much use for social media. I can’t say I blame him, there…it’s like crack.
Anyway, this LSSGR comes in 6 colors, has two hook sizes, can be branded for distribution for a company, and the CEO of the company is freakin’ awesome. They’re based in Delaware, OH (yes, that’s correct), and you can also become a dealer, should you own a firearms business and want to offer this product (Southerners, I’m looking at you – you know deer season would be a boon if you had some nifty gadgets).
This product, it seems to me, is more appealing to those who (like myself) may have trouble holding a rifle steady for long periods of time while waiting for the perfect shot, but who doesn’t want to lug around any sort of tripod or even monopod. If I knelt, I could use this on my electric blue aluminum cane, which I would have with me, anyway (I won’t hike without a stick of some sort).
I know I’m making this product out to be some sort of special-needs rifle-rest, but honestly, it’s just nifty. He called me over, and I was a little weary, because when someone hails you, it’s usually because they’re desperate for SOMEONE to talk to, but this guy? He has a good product, his press kit is a freakin’ DVD (I haven’t looked at it, yet, but when I do, I’m going to put it up as a proper information source, later), which my back appreciates (in 2008, I got enough reading material to fill a 2-drawer filing cabinet), and he’s a genuinely nice guy.
Two thumbs up for presentation. If I was a hunter, I’d try it out, but alas, I am not. So I’ll leave that to someone who’d actually use it.
FTC Disclaimer: No compensation was received for this review, unless you consider talking to another human being compensation, in which case you lead a sad life.