My search for a .45 caliber pistol suppressor had narrowed down to the SilencerCo Osprey or the AAC Ti-RANT. I was certainly intrigued by the Osprey design mainly because it doesn’t block the view of standard pistol sights. After much deliberation I was still unsure so I asked my good buddies at the SilencerShop for their opinion. They said “hands down the Ti-RANT” so I was sold. Granted, this was one man’s opinion and someone else in the shop might have sided with the Osprey but it was motivation enough for me. It didn’t harm the decision that AAC was running their Damn The Man promotion that gave a $200 rebate which I could use for additional pistons and thread patterns.
Let’s take 4 popular rimfire suppressors and test them on a 17 HMR. Who will will come out on top?
So in conjunction with fellow staff writer, Jason Hallmark, we have finally started planning an elk hunt for next year. While there are a lot of details that go into the planning of a hunt of this caliber, the biggest token piece is choice of firearm. We both decided to build rifles on similar platforms, but in different calibers.
I am sure everyone has that one Christmas gift that they always remember as their favorite. For me, it was my Marlin 25n. I was ten years old, and this was to be my first real rifle. I had plenty of BB guns and air rifles up to this point, but never anything cartridge fed. I remember it like it was yesterday, I would always wake up early and then have to wait for my sister to get up. Once she finally did, around 6am, I ran down the stairs. The rifle was laying across the hearth of the fireplace. The dark wood stock stood out sharply against the lighter color brick. It was the only thing I noticed when I got downstairs. I went straight to it and picked it up, cleared the action, and began marching around the house with it. It was one of the best gifts ever, and one that I still enjoy shooting to this day.
After the excellent experience I had with my Zeiss, I went looking for another high-powered tactical variable-power scope. I found what I was looking for in the Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50mm First Focal Plane. Like so many of my optics and accessories, I purchased the Viper PST through Primary Arms.
I’ve used the Viper PST on a variety of different weapons and barrels. The first was a Ballistic Advantage 16 inch Medium Heavy Rigid barrel. I was so impressed with it that the Viper PST (in an American Defense Recon Mount) became my standard optic for use in evaluating barrel accuracy. The PST is the scope I turned to when testing both the Tactical Government and Pencil profile 14.5 inch middy barrels from Ballistic Advantage.
The latest from the guys at Thunderbeast are the new Ultra series of suppressors. Given their success in the long range shooting competition scene and improving on their already proven cans I was very excited to check these out. Today, we take a look at the Ultra 7, the “mid size” unit in the lineup.
SilencerCo, the American Suppressor Association, and the SilencerShop have teamed up to introduce a bill to remove silencers (i.e. suppressors) from the NFA. If the legislation becomes law, a suppressor would be transferred through an ATF Form 4473 just like a rifle. Most importantly, no $200 tax stamp, a reduction of the paperwork hurdles, and elimination of the long wait times wondering if the government is going to accept your tax payment and allow you to possess the suppressor you have already paid for.
SilencerCo has launched a new Fight The Noise campaign. Join in today!
Anyone who’s ever seen Contact has wanted a British “Northern Ireland” (or NI) Patrol Pack. Of course, it’s not just the fact that it’s an interesting piece of foreign military gear. The pack is inimitably practical. Officially known as the Patrol Pack, 30 Litre, DPM, IRR, it has a few features worth mentioning. The camouflage pattern is DPM, or Disruptive Pattern Material, great for use in the woods. The capacity is large enough to be useful, but small enough to force the user to prioritize gear. I find this very desirable in a patrol pack, as larger ones provide the temptation to cram all the gear you may “need” into them, resulting in a heavy burden.
Lewis Machine & Tool Company (LMT) produces a great set of Flip Up iron sights. There are two different models – one calibrated for 7.62 ballistics on a rifle length system and one designed for a 62gr 5.56 carbine. The flip sights have a cam system that allows them to fold under light pressure but spring back into position. The positive detent firmly locks the sights in the up position.
They co-witness perfectly to my Trijicon MRO. Of course, they also fold flat when not in use.
Time On Target is a series of mobile applications for Smartphones that couple technology with training. Created by former Force Reconnaissance Marine Scott Redmond, Time On Target uses your Smartphone to call out tactical shooting drills and record your shot times. This is not a shot timer but rather a workout plan for your training on the shooting range. Using data collected from elite tactical shooters from MARSOC, NSW, SF, SWAT, ect., Time On Target Apps engage the user through various tactical shooting drills which help keep the shooter proficient at their shooting skills and can help improve shooters to a tactical level.
With the Precision Rifle Series gaining wild popularity, people are looking at getting into the sport but are unsure if they want to drop $4,000 on a rifle and $2,000 on an optic just to see if they like it. Others are unable to spend that much but still want to play the game. Also, new to the sport shooters may not use hand loaded ammunition which severely limits what’s available for use in this sport. There are 2 inexpensive rifles that are ready right out of the box to start shooting PRS style matches. The Savage Model 12LRP and Ruger Precision Rifle (RPR).