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!!!

Texas LE Multigun match

Silencer Shop Texas LE Multigun

9/16/2014 Liberty Hill, Texas

The Texas LE Multigun match was held yesterday in Liberty Hill, just outside of Austin, TX.

Very cool match with 128 registered shooters..
Lots of swag with great sponsors like the Silencer Shop

Check out this video, nice stages and great shooting!

5 Unique Battle Belts for Your Consideration

HSGI SureGrip belt and S.O. Tech Viper belt

A battle belt is the modern equivalent of a soldier’s webbing. It’s a great platform for mounting your gear. You can carry water, rations, a first aid kit, magazines and a sidearm on this wonderful piece of kit. It can be light or heavy. Battle Belts can be worn with or without suspenders. The suspenders could be low-profile ones that go easily under body armor, or heavily padded – even with a yoke.

I like to wear my gear on my waist, carrying the weight on my hips rather than my shoulders. This is why I have my belt loaded with a plethora of gear on my Battle Belt. But my belt can take it, because it’s an HSGI SureGrip.

Graphic Results from live-fire 7N6 Surplus 5.45x39mm rounds – video included

SPR in 5.45x39mm

In previous articles, I’ve examined the cost benefit of shooting 7n6 surplus instead of commercial M855 5.56x45mm. In this follow-up article, we will examine the various characteristics of the 7N6 surplus round that lend themselves to Serious Social Purposes.

Both rounds were evaluated out of 16 inch barrels, as that is the most common option to the civilian rifleman. Both the AR-15 carbine in 5.45 and commercial AK-74 variants use this lengh barrel. There are exceptions, such as civilian versions of the RPK-74 (23.2 inch barrel), 20-inch 5.45 barrels and even some 14.5 inch barrels. However, the vast majority are 16-inch, which is the length we will focus on.

Puma Skinner Knife Review

Puma Skinner

Puma is one of the world’s oldest knife makers having been registered with the Knifemaker’s Guild in Solingen, Germany in 1769.  Solingen is known as the “City of Blades” and is world renown for cutlery much like Toledo, Spain.  Puma is most famous for their White Hunter.  The Puma Skinner is a stag handle knife specifically designed for skinning big game.  

Upgrades you must have for your Browning Buck Mark

Buck Mark Tactical Solutions

Want to transform your stock Browning Buck Mark .22lr into a pistol your friends will lust after? Check out the Trail-Lite line of barrels and accessories from the good guys at Tactical Solutions.  Now that the friendly folks at the ATF have kindly accepted my $200 tax payment and released the Silencerco Spectre II I purchased from the Silencer Shop it was high time to upgrade the base Buck Mark to a threaded barrel.

What Happened to Colorado and Why


by Jim Shults

Folks across the Nation have been asking us what happened to Colorado regarding a rash of new highly- restrictive firearm laws and with the promise of legislators of more to come in 2014. Here is how it really happened.

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