Copperhead Creek 3 gun match 3-8-2014

Built up a new rifle and got my Templar Tactical Nemesis30 in a few days ago… What better way to test gear than hit a 3 gun match. More »

US Optics SR8 with Horus and US#4 follow up.

I think the look on my face says it all!  After spending some quality time with the US Optics SR8, it’s clear to me that the scope is fantastic.  US Optics has More »


  If you enjoy shooting common calibers such as .223/5.56 you most likely own or enjoy shooting AR-15 rifles.  From competition to self defense there are countless reasons to love AR rifles.  More »

LaRue Tactical 7.62 PredatOBR

    I had the chance to do a quick review of the latest rifle from LaRue Tactical, the 7.62 PredatOBR.  The Larue PredatOBR is an interesting rifle that comes packed into More »

Aimpoint PRO

Red dots are an almost immediate upgrade for anyone who owns a firearm because they are extremely simple and highly effective. What the hunter, the sport shooter, our military, and law enforcement More »

Nightforce NXS 2.5-10×42 Review

The new Nightforce NSX 2.5-10×42 is an outstanding scope.  I spent considerable time evaluating it at the range and out in the field hunting.. want to know more? More »

Templar Tactical Archangel and Ark30 Blackout Suppressors

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 »

TRIJICON VCOG (variable powered 1-6 ACOG)

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 More »

Staff Review: FLIR Thermal PS32 Scout Review

Thermal imaging.. it just sounds cool..  It is!  We have all seen the police helicopter footage from a thermal imaging camera watching a suspect try to hide… between the thermal and the More »

Comp-Tac: World’s Best Sig Sauer 1911 Holster

Sig Sauer 1911s are fantastic pistols.  The only downside is that good holsters are difficult to find due to the signature Sig square slide profile.  Well, my search is over thanks to More »


Silencer Sunday: Griffen Armament M4SDII vs Gemtech Halo


On this installment of Silencer Sunday we will do a comparison of the Griffin Armament M4SD II vs the Gemtech Halo.  Both silencers are full auto rated 5.56 cans that attach to mil-spec flash hiders.  They attach in slightly different ways but both seem simple and a great idea for those who do not intend on replacing muzzle devices or want to use a thread on can.



Out testing the Bushnell LRHS
One down..
Tree line is 500 yards
No wind
178 AMAX

Load Carrying Equipment – Theories and Practice

Blue Force Gear BELTminus

As part of a continuing series, we’re going to be looking at  Load-Carrying Equipment (LCE) and different philosophies and methods of use. Modern American forces tend to use their armor carriers, such as the IBA, IOTV and Scalable Plate Carriers as platforms to mount their gear. We’ll look at the pros and cons of this when compared to a more traditional belt-centric system.

Browning 1911-22 Black Label

Browning 1911-22 black label with Spectre II

This just in from the Silencer Shop!

Brand new Browning 1911-22 Black Label.  Featuring a threaded barrel, ambidextrous safety and a Picatinny rail.

Dead Air Armament® Launches 7.62 Sandman® Suppressor Line

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Lawrenceville, Ga. (November 2014) –  Dead Air Armament®, producers of game-changing, 100 percent USA-made suppressors, launches the 7.62 Sandman® product line, which includes the Sandman-S®, Sandman-L® and Sandman Ti® models. What sets Dead Air suppressors apart from the competition is attention to detail in engineering and materials. Sandman® baffles are constructed from 100 percent Stellite®, more costly than traditional stainless steel, but offering better performance under extreme conditions and usage than Inconel®. Tubes are made from high performance precipitation hardened stainless steel, making the Sandman® series lightweight with no sacrifice on strength.

Long Back British PLCE Bergen – A Military Classic


I’ve been lusting after a British Short Back PLCE military bergen for about 9 months now.  Just a clarification of terms, “bergen” means the same as backpack. PLCE stands for Personal Load Carrying Equipment. Think of it as the British equivalent of our old ALICE system. I’ve tried everything to replicate on, from a medium alice to a ILBE Marine pack.  Nothing has worked quite like I wanted to. The ILBE is just too damn long, meant to be carried like an alpine rucksack and transfer the weight of your load to your hips via its padded hip belt.

The ALICE is decent, but the frame is a bit too long to sit on top of webbing. When I try to The MOLLE II rucksack came close when I shortened it up, but I didn’t care for the external plastic frame. As for the ALICE? Well, I’ve tried a mixture of MOLLE and ALICE parts, including chopping up an ALICE frame. No success just yet. I needed a Short Back PLCE bergen.

Might this be the ultimate youth hunting rifle?

Ruger American Rifle Ranch 300 Blackout 6970

Might this be the ultimate youth hunting rifle?  Ruger introduces the Ruger American Rife Ranch in a 300 Blackout with a youth stock and 16″ threaded barrel.

MSA TC2000 Ballistic Helmet – My Brain Bucket

Notice the eyelets, side Velcro and retention strap for your goggles.

My second year in Iraq, I took along a MSA TC2000 ballistic helmet. More commonly known as the MICH (or in the Army, the ACH), this helmet provides level IIIA protection from fragments and pistol rounds. Why did I buy my own instead of taking what the Army would give me at CIF down in Ft. Benning? Easy; I was a contractor and the Army hated my guts.

Primary Arms Compact 4X – Budget Optic Excellence

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Everyone wants an ACOG, but if you’re not able to drop $1,300 on a fixed, four-power optic, are you relegated to crappy imitations? Well, imitations, yes. But crappy? Not anymore. Enter the Primary Arms 4x Compact scope. It’s affordable, accurate, durable and innovative. The quality of this scope far exceeds its price point.

The multi-caliber reticle allows you to use this sight on an AK-74, an AR-15 or a FN FAL, in 5.45mm, 5.56mm and 7.62 NATO, respectively. It’s roughly the same weight as an ACOG or Leupold HAMR and is a fraction of the cost.

Silencer Sunday: Griffin Armament Checkmate QD Review


On this edition of Silencer Sunday I take a look at the Griffin Armament Checkmate QD silencer.  This little can is a lot of fun, and it’s attachment method is unlike anything else on the market for rim fire cans.  The 3 lug Checkmate mount is compression based and works very well.  The can has a 6061 T6 Aluminum body and the baffles are constructed of 17-4 Stainless.  The silencer has a length of 5.75″, a weight of 5.3oz and a diameter of 1″ which puts this in line with other silencers in this category.  The silencer is rated for .22lr, .17HMR, .22WMR, and even .17 Mach2 making this silencer very versatile.



New sight specifically designed for use on AR-15 and M4 carbine style rifles

Chantilly, VA, October 20, 2014 – Aimpoint, the originator and worldwide leader in electronic red dot sighting technology, has announced the introduction of a new sight designed specifically for modern sporting rifles such as the AR-15. This new product, known as the Aimpoint Carbine Optic (ACO), expands upon the company’s already proven designs and focuses these features into a high quality, entry priced optic.

Wilson Combat 308

Wilson Combat 308

Oh, hell yes..

Wilson Combat releases a new lightweight 308 AR.