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.  They 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 »


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 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!!!


How to start shooting Precision Rifle Matches


As a part time competitive shooter, I have shot a variety of matches including 3-Gun, USPSA, IDPA and more.  Shooting major matches is an expensive hobby, and I spent a few years as an RO for a number of major 3-gun matches.   A few years ago I attended a small benefit match in Frost Texas called the “Let Texas Shoot” multigun.  It was a 3-gun match but instead of a shotgun it incorporated a precision rifle.  This was a new concept to me, and it has since been my favorite all time match.  It taught me that shooting super fast carbine stages are not as satisfying as ringing steel at well over 500 yards on the clock.  There have been other similar matches since then, but what has my interest now is the Precision Rifle Series.  Looking into this genre of competition,I realized that I was not equipped to shoot the Precision Rifle Series matches due to only owning short .308 Gas Guns.  This leads me here, this is the beginning of a series of articles covering my introduction into shooting precision rifles and how to start shooting the PRS.


Young guns

david with ruger and target

Is there anything more American than teaching our children how to use a firearm?  I hear people that are anti gun talking about how they would never want a gun in their home or to let their children near guns.  I couldn;t disagree more..  you teach your kids to swim so they won’t drown.  You teach them to look both ways before crossing the street.  You teach them about the dangers of fire.  Shouldn’t they also be educated about firearms?  What happens if your kid that has never been taught the right way to handle a gun should come across one?  They are out there..  Yes, it is the parent’s responsibility to make sure guns are secure but the simple fact is guns are out there.  Wouldn’t it be smarter to make sure they understood what a gun does and to respect it?


Glock 34 Gen 4 3 gun project

Glock 34 3 gun project

Recently I decided to run my carry Gen 3 19 at a local 3 gun match. Well, to be perfectly honest I decided to detail strip and clean my Wilson Combat Spec Ops 9 and the plunger spring went flying off somewhere in my garage, never to be seen again despite massive amounts of foul language and gnashing of teeth. So, I decided to run my EDC Gen 3 19. It has upgraded sights and trigger designed for carry use and I was kind of pleasantly surprised at how well I did with it. Well, not that I placed higher, but rather I was right where I always am. Dead mid pack.

The next day the thought occurred to me to get a G34 and set it up right.


Vertx Tactical Clothing


Vertx is the tactical brand of Fechheimer, manufacturer of the Flying Cross military and law enforcement uniforms.  Designed for the “Operational Athlete” Vertx is preferred kit for several TGR staff writers for its performance and comfort whether at the range or around town.


TGR hired for firearms advisor for video

Check this cool high def slow motion video of a 308 blowing up watermelons caught ultra high speed cameras with the Slow Mo Guys


Osprey MK4 Armor Carrier

Osprey MK4 armor carrier

If you’re in the market for a plate carrier, you have a lot of choices in today’s market. For those who want a great package on a shoestring budget, I heartily recommend the Osprey Mk4 plate carrier.

I first saw the Osprey line of body armor in Basrah, Iraq. At the time I was sent down to that base, it was still run by the British as COB Basra. Of course, at that time, the British were wearing the Osprey MKII carrier, which is in their desert camo pattern. It was far from ideal, and Her Majesty’s Armed Forces have made several improvements. The current model, the Mk4, is available for you to purchase from


Inaugural Texas International Firearms Festival


LIBERTY HILL, TX (July 2014) - Texas Governor, Rick Perry is the latest public figure and celebrity to welcome the Texas International Firearms Festival (TIFF) to Austin, Texas, on November 8-9, 2014. The two-day event to be held at Best of the West Shooting Sports outside of Austin, Texas- features America’s top firearms and firearms accessory manufacturers. Attendees will be able to test-fire handguns, rifles and shotguns from ArmaLite, Advanced Armament, Barrett, Beretta, FNH, GLOCK, Henry Repeating Rifles, McMillan, PWS, SIG SAUER, SilencerCo, the Silencer Shop, SlideFire, Springfield Armory, Tracking Point, Underground Tactical, Winchester and others.


SilencerCo Announces First Commercial Shotgun Suppressor


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.


Silencer Shop Suppressor Test

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.


Hiperfire 24 3G trigger review

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.


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Dallas Reloads 300 Blackout Subsonic Ammo Review

Dallas Reloads 300 blackout subsonic

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..