Wilson Combat AR9 Review

This is a long term, 1 year review of the Wilson Combat AR9. It has an 8″ barrel and takes Glock mags. It is built from the ground up as a 9mm More »

Precision Rimfire: A Primer

In the “off season”, if there is such a thing in the shooting world, I try and keep my skills crisp with rimfires. Sometimes it gets downright daunting reloading for a centerfire More »

Leica Geovid 10×42 HD Range Finding Binoculars

I have been testing the new Leica Geovid HD 10×42 HD range finding binoculars.  To say I am impressed is an understatement. More »

Steiner T5Xi 3-15 review

We test out the new Steiner T5Xi 3-15 scope.. how did it do? More »

Liberty Centurion 9mm Pistol silencer review

Looking for a light and compact silencer for your 9mm pistol or carbine?  Want a versatile one that you can also run on a 22lr or 300 Blackout?  Check out the Liberty More »

Burris XTR II 3-15X50 Review

Why try a Burris? Several reasons led me to want to demo a Burris XTR II. I have seen other reviewers, as well as average consumers praise the scope that Burris created. More »

Spike’s Tactical Integrally Suppressed 9mm AR Review

What is more fun than an integrally suppressed AR shooting 9mm? Hmm, not sure there is anything! We spent a weekend with the new Spike’s Tactical Brown Recluse! Check them out at More »

Knights Armament Company (KAC) QDC 5.56 Silencer

Anyone who is serious about weapons and their use in not so friendly places knows who the Knights Armament Company (KAC) is. They have been in the industry for 30 years supplying the More »

Southern Precision Rifles 6.5 Creedmoor

I just received my 6.5 Creedmoor from master builder, Greg Young at Southern Precision Rifles.  I commissioned this rifle with Greg for use in PRS club matches.  And of course, being from More »

Trijicon HD 8×42 Binoculars

When I saw that Trijicon had come out with some new HD binoculars I knew I had to check them out.  I have never had a single issue whatsoever with any Trijicon More »


McMillan Game Hunter stock for the Tikka T3

With the growing popularity of the Tikkas the options for aftermarket upgrades has definitely been increasing over the last few years. I have owned a number of Tikkas and they have all been shooters. The guns just shoot, out of the box. Arguably the most consistently “good” factory rifles. They have a great barrel (same as the more expensive Sakos) and a great trigger that can be set down to 2 lbs with no creep whatsoever and the proverbial “glass rod break”. The common complaint is the cheap feeling stocks, it’s hard to argue with the end results of course given how well they shoot and they do so at a very reasonable price point. But, once you have used a McMillan stock, it’s hard to accept anything else.

7mm-08 Ackley Improved

In my weekly study of internal and external ballistics, the 7mm-08 A.I. caught my attention some 20 months ago. I read, I called, I sent texts digging up as much information as I could find. When all was said and done, it looked as though it would be what I hoped it would be. And that is a very high performance short action on the common .470” bolt face, shared by the .308 Win, .243 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor ect. By performance, I am meaning lack of wind drift and energy on target (read flesh). I don’t even look at vertical trajectory. Correcting for it means dialing a turret farther, or holding farther down on a reticle. How much BC can we push at what muzzle velocity? Well, I’ve got thousands of rounds experience behind the standard 7mm-08, and I am a huge fan of it! But, can we make it stronger, faster, better? The most performance I’ve achieved out of a 7mm-08 is with a 1:9 twist rate, on a 24” barrel. Loaded with a 162 gr bullet, it can produce 2700 fps MV, maybe a tad more. So what can a 7mm-08 A.I. do? How well does the A.I. chamber shoot while fire forming brass? Those were my questions. Keep in mind, the 7mm-08 A.I. is by all means a “hand-loader’s cartridge”. You can’t short cut your way to brass shape short of a hydraulic forming die (which I have no experience with). .280 A.I. brass is available on the market, 7mm-08 A.I. brass is not. So this cartridge has been on my brain for a long time. Then David called…

GPO (German Precision Optics) 1-8 Tactical Scope Review

GPO is a relatively new scope company started by guys with deep roots in German scope manufacturing, specifically S&B and Zeiss. They wanted to start a company that is using German parts and assembled here in the US. Zeiss did this to great success with the Conquest line. I have spent quite a bit of time using this fine optic. I would definitely recommend one and the price is VERY attractive.


3 Suppressors for Hunting

LMT Suppressed

Silencers can now be used for hunting in forty States.  Eighteen States have legalized suppressors since the American Silencer Association was formed in 2011.  As of September 1, 2012 it became legal to hunt game animals with a suppressor in my home State of Texas – and you can bet I was ready with a new Templar Tactical (Crux) Ark30!  That first year only a handful of my friends were deer hunting with a suppressor.  Today, I estimate that at least a third of the sportsmen on our hunting lease run a can.Silencers Hunting

What is the best suppressor for hunting?  The short answer is, “whatever you got” as long as it fits the lawful definition in your State.  However, there are a handful of suppressors specifically made for hunting and we have field experience with many of them.  These hunting-specific suppressors share common traits:

  • Full-size silencer around 8″ length.
  • Aluminum / Stainless construction.
  • Moderate price point around $500 – $700 street.
  • Not Short Barrel Rifle rated.
  • Not Full Auto rated.
  • Direct thread or taper mount.
  • 7.62 caliber.

Let’s take a look at three of the most highly recommended suppressors purpose-built for hunting.  These models will all provide years of enjoyment and make a great entry-point into the NFA world.   It is important to understand that these are not heavy-duty beaters to burn through mag-dumps.  These are quality products but they are designed to run moderate rate of fire on hunting rifles.  Contrary to what the liberal left would tell you, suppressors are ideally suited for hunting.

Gemtech Tracker

Gemtech built the Tracker specifically for hunting.  At only 11.3 ounces and 7.9 inches it is lightweight – which is great when stalking through the woods or mountains.  Gemtech is a well-respected industry leader.  You can’t go wrong with the Tracker.  Silencer Shop current price $470.

Full Review of the Gemtech Tracker!

Gemtech Tracker on a TC Contender

Wilson Combat AR15 barrels

I have used about every high end AR barrel on the market.  I haven’t found any that will out shoot a Wilson Combat.


458 SOCOM Oops! SB Tactical Pistol Brace

By: Cary Kieffer

Ok, I put a couple more hundred rounds through the 12 inch Tromix barreled 458 SOCOM I built. The thing shoots great but we did have a small problem I fixed up today.

Crux Suppressors Now At Silencer Shop!

Crux Logo

Crux Suppressors are finally available through the Silencer Shop!  The business agreement has been years in the making but the complete line of Crux suppressors can now be purchased through the Silencer Shop.  The Crux Nemesis 30 is one awesome silencer.

Full disclosure.  I have spent time with both Dave and Curtis.  I own several Crux suppressors and I have purchased suppressors from the Silencer Shop. 

Crux was formerly known as Templar Tactical.  In fact, my first suppressors are rolled with Templar Tactical.  The initial Templar Tactical product line-up included the Nemesis (6″), Ark (7.5″), and Archangel (9.25″).  These are all 1.5″ diameter, full titanium cans.  For marketing reasons, the name was changed to Crux several years ago.  The two newest models are the Axe and Saxon both of which are slim 1.375″ cans.

Crux Nemesis

458 SOCOM Build List w/ Tromix Barrel


By: Cary Kieffer

This is a brief look at a 458 SOCOM I built for myself. I love the thing, took me 2 years to complete because it kept getting backburner’d by other projects. Anyway, it’s done, runs like a Swiss watch, hits like a tank and is very accurate.

Silencer Shop Authority: Griffin Armament RECCE 5 5.56 Review

Today, we take a look at the Griffin Armament RECCE 5 5.56 silencer. This is a great can that is built to take the abuse. Featuring stainless steel construction in a compact and lightweight design, with the supplied Minimalist brake it only weighs 16.3 oz. Sound suppression is very good it is full auto rated.  With it’s taper mount it proved to provide very consistent accuracy.

5 Best Gun Cleaning Mats to look for 2018

Tipton glun cleaning mat

Quite a number of people overlook the importance of having a gun cleaning mat. It doesn’t matter how careful you are when cleaning your gun, there are high chances of spills and splashes. This is why it is necessary to have a gun cleaning mat that will protect your table or work surface from harsh chemicals and other solvents. On top of that, they also protect your gun from scratches especially if you are moving your weapon around a hard surface.

Gun cleaning mats are specifically designed for gun cleaning and hence feature a leakproof material such that no oil can leak through the mat. The mats are available in different sizes and thicknesses so you can select the one that you like and meets your need. I have researched and hereby provide you with 5 best gun cleaning mats to look for in 2018. They are great mats with soft padded surfaces and nonslip backing that keeps the gun in place.

#1: Yes4All Gun Cleaning Mat Pad

If you are looking for a gun cleaning mat for rifles and shotguns, this is the best pick today. The pad is designed with a high-quality material that doesn’t allow lubricants and solvents to reach your work surface.  It provides you with a safe placement on flat surfaces which also protects your weapon.  This lightweight and two-sided gun cleaning mat is made to last longer. It has a thick and soft polyester material that doesn’t scratch your gun. There is also a neoprene rubber backing that ensures everything is in place and doesn’t slide while working. When you need to store it, it rolls up easily into a compact shape making it easy to store after cleaning. With this protective gun cleaning mat, you can maintain the condition of your table, bench or desk when cleaning your weapon.

Silencer Shop Authority: Sig SRD 5.56 Silencer Review

In this video, we take a look at the Sig SRD 5.56 QD

224 Valkyrie: JP RIFLES

Came across this.. cool info

When I first heard about the .224 Valkyrie I was a bit “meh, another cartridge”… but the more I checked into the more intrigued I became.  Being a long time 6.8 SPC fan for hunting the thought of it being necked down to 22 and new heavy and high BC bullets got me pretty excited.  Also, the thought of some light varmint bullets screaming out of an AR15 platform got my blood pumping.  I came across this video from JP Rifles and thought I would share: