Spent some time at Best of the West shooting range testing the Templar Tactical Suppressors. The Templar Tactical Archangel is very impressive in terms of sound suppression and repeatable accuracy as well. More »
We told you last May about the new Trijicon VCOG. They are now shipping to dealers and we have one in for testing. Trijicon has combined the legendary toughness and function of its combat-proven ACOG and associated ballistic reticles with a new variable optic. The new Trijicon VCOG (Variable Combat Optical Gunsight) 1-6×24 mm meets the rigorous demands of duty or competition while giving shooters the flexibility to engage CQB targets and out to the maximum effective range of most service rifles. Tactical Gun Review just got one of the very first VCOGs, check it out!!!
WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH – July 21, 2014 | Confirming its place as a trailblazer in the firearms industry, suppressor manufacturer SilencerCo has unveiled the first commercially-viable shotgun silencer ever produced. The company made the announcement today at an exclusive event near its Utah headquarters.
Tactical Gun Review and the Silencer Shop teamed up to to test three .30 caliber suppressors – Thunderbeast PSS, Thunderbeast PS, and Silencerco Harvester. Note that these decibel readings are off of the first round pop.
I recently purchased a “parts gun” AR as a spare and as a loaner to use in classes. The trigger on the gun (built from Palmetto State Armory parts) was more than 8 pounds. I had been looking at the many different AR triggers on the market, mainly interested in finding a trigger useful for local 3 gun and multi gun matches. The Hiperfire 24 3G was recommended by a few reliable sources, so I purchased one and decided to put it in my loaner AR to evaluate.
I did a recent project building up a 300 Blackout pistol. I ran a 11″ Wilson Combat 1/8 twist barrel and needed some good ammo to test the platform with. I was familiar with the work done by Chad at DallasReloads and gave him a ring..
As a 3-gunner I am always looking at low power variable scopes with interest. There are not many that impress me as I tend to be picky about what features I like and what I do not like. I have learned that companies are listening to the customer base and are constantly evolving the optics offered with more and more features. Bushnell Elite Tactical is a company that makes some outstanding optics for great prices and I recently had the opportunity to take a look at the 1-6.5×24 with the BTR-1 reticle.
The AR-15 market today is flooded with lots of manufacturers. With the big names cranking out boring cookie cutter rifles in large quantities I find myself looking for a smaller company that stands out from the crowd. Because I’m in the Austin TX area, I found a local gun maker named Underground Tactical. Located just outside Dripping Springs TX, this small shop builds some great rifles producing a large portion of the rifle parts in house. Underground Tactical uses premium parts for what they do not make in house from makers such as Black Hole Weaponry, Seekins Precision, Troy Industries, Magpul, Geissele Automatics, and CMC triggers. Underground Tactical built me a .300 Blackout rifle based on a 16″ Spiral Fluted 416 Stainless barrel, a Geissele trigger and 13″ Seekins Precision hand guard.
The AR-15 market has no lack of options regarding stocks, grips, rails etc. It’s a true testament of the platform as the end user can ultimately change EVERYTHING on the rifle to suit his/her needs. Usually the very first thing to get changed is the “furniture” on the rifle, or the stock and grip. Magpul has a large number of options for stocks and historically, I have used them for most of my rifles. When building my latest rifle, I was looking for one of the lightest and best looking options I could find. Recently, I discovered Mission First Tactical and the Minimalist Battlelink stock. When designing my latest rifle to be used as a general purpose carbine for product testing, I wanted it as light as possible without sacrificing reliability. The rifle has a 16″ FN mid-gas barrel turned down to pencil weight, SLR Rifleworks Sentry Gas Block and 13″ Solo rail, SureFire brake, and awesome new CMC 2-stage trigger. To keep with the light weight theme, I contacted Mission First Tactical and ordered a Minimalist Battlelink stock in FDE.
When building a general purpose carbine, I always like having some form of back up iron sights. This allows me to have a red dot sight co-witness with irons in case of a failure, or a back up in case my primary optic fails. Also, I spend some time teaching youth how to shoot, and I prefer to start them with irons to allow better fundamentals to be formed. Recently, I built a general purpose rifle to test parts here at TGR. I selected parts that were light weight and rugged. The rifle is equipped with a 16″ FN mid-gas barrel that’s been re-profiled to pencil weight, an SLR Rifleworks Sentry Gas Block, a 13″ SLR Rifleworks SOLO rail, a 2-stage CMC Trigger, and a Mission First Tactical stock. When choosing sights, I found that Diamondhead USA makes the perfect set of sights.
If you own a Remington 700 or Model 7 made between May 1st 2006 and April 9, 2014, then your rifle is subject to a recall on a potentially unsafe trigger. Remington would have you return the rifle to them, where they would then replace the trigger and send the rifle back. If you use your Remington 700 for hunting as I do, this might be an issue as you may not get it back in time for hunting season. Not to fear, the great folks over at Timney Triggers have an easy solution!
This article is part one of a long-term field test of the Savage Precision Carbine. Now that it is legal to hunt whitetail deer in Texas with a suppressor, I was searching for a suitable host platform. I quickly settled on the .308 cartridge because of the availability of factory threaded barrels in that caliber – usually offered as a “tactical” or “law enforcement” model – and the adaptability of that cartridge. My criteria: A short 18″ – 20″ barrel, detachable box magazine, decent factory stock out of the box, and a reputation for accuracy. A great trigger is a must but I was willing to drop in a Timney or Jewell if needed. The Savage Precision Carbine quickly became the obvious choice.
The Armytek Predator Pro is perhaps the “brightest” flashlight I have ever tested. Sporting 640 LED lumens and a reflector tuned for focused long distance illumination it is flat-out amazing. The Predator Pro features a Neutral White Cree XP-G2 “warm” LED. The flat-black finish is unique and presents a tacky non-slip feel.