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: 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.

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

PA4X_S copy

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.



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.

Silencer Sunday: Griffin Armament Revolution 9 Review


Sunday again and here is the 2nd installment of Silencer Sunday!  Today I will be taking a look at the Griffin Revolution 9.  The modularity and quiet nature of this can is something that I really enjoy.  Last week I was shooting full power 40 through a 45 can and this week I will be shooting 9mm in a 9mm can.  The difference is fantastic as this can performs very well.

DK Customs Glock Competition Trigger Review

DK Custom Glock Competition Trigger

Glocks are utterly reliable, everyone knows that.  They are arguably the most popular pistol in use in the world.  They are in use by military and law enforcement, civilians for self defense and for fun.  About the most fun you can have with guns is competition like 3 gun.  You can run standard, stock service models and be highly competitive, no doubt about it.  But it is a lot easier and frankly more enjoyable to have stuff that works better and is tweaked to meet your desires.

Enter the fun world of Glock aftermarket triggers.  Today I cover the DK Custom Glock Trigger..

Precision Rifle optic on a budget? Burris XTR II 4-20×50


If you are looking to start shooting Precision Rifles you will no doubt find yourself using Google to search the end of the Internet for what optics to use on a precision rifle. You will no doubt think you know scopes at first and after some time may come to the conclusion I did, that scopes are much more complicated than you first imagined.  You start looking at the options available and realize that you want exposed turrets, a reticle that matches the adjustments, Front Focal Plane, and good glass all on a budget. Just breaking into Precision Rifles, if you’re like me, spending $3,000 on a S&B isn’t in the cards. In comes Burris and their new XTR II series.

Silencer Sunday: Silencerco Octane 45 HD Review


This is our first Silencer Sunday so an introduction is in order. TGR is going to bring you reviews of silencers every week and give our opinions and some simple meter numbers on the cans we test.  TGR does not own these cans but since we are local to the Silencer Shop, they have graciously allowed us access to some of the industry’s best products. First up, the Silencerco Octane 45 HD.

308 Subsonic ammo testing


I needed some subsonic 308 ammo to do some testing with and so I called my friend Chad from Dallas Reloads.

I have ran his 300 Blackout ammo and it ran great.

Looking for a great SBR?

Noveske SBR

Our buddies at the Silencer Shop have some of these killer Noveske SBRs in stock..

Check them out!


Silencer Sunday!!!


“Get ready to party” says TGR junior staff member David Coker!

We will be releasing a new Silencer test every Sunday!!

This ain’t going to be no sissy testing neither!