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Category Archives: TGR Gun Parts and Accessory Reviews

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.

 

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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.

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New Timney trigger for Tikkas!

The aftermarket support for Tikka continues to grow!

Timney just announced their new two stage trigger for the T3s and we have one coming in for review!

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Lyman Shooting Bags

Lyman bags

Lyman is well known for producing great products and their reloading handbooks are the bible of shooting sports.  I recently had the opportunity to try out the new Lyman shooting bags – Match, Crosshair Combo Set, and Wedge – and they are all first-rate.

Testing gear for Tactical Gun Review and Texas Outdoors Network can take on many forms.  Sometimes it is strictly a functional test.  Other times we are testing optics or suppressors.  Accuracy with different ammo.  A quick zero-check before a hunt.  When we get set up for an extended shoot nothing beats a good set of shooting bags.  They are easy to transition to different guns, handle a variety of configurations, and are stable.

Lyman Crosshair

Lyman Crosshair Front Wedge Rear

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Fail Zero 6.8 SPC bolt carrier group and drop in trigger

Fail Zero BCG and trigger

I am a big fan of coated bolt carrier groups and good triggers for ARs.  Do you absolutely need a coated BCG? Well, no, of course not, but I much prefer them to standard ones.  They simply run better in my experience, they require less lubrication and clean up easier.  Same thing with triggers.  A standard mil spec trigger “works”, they make the gun go bang.  Having said that, none of my ARs have a mil spec trigger.  I grew up shooting bolt action hunting rifles with 2lb triggers that broke like a glass rod with zero creep.

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Mid-Evil Industries 360 VFG

Mid-Evil 360 VFG

The Mid-Evil Industries 360 Vertical Fore Grip is an innovative design that allows the operator to position the VFG to their personal preference.  The fore grip is constructed in two sections.  To unlock and re-position, you simply hold section one (the top piece), loosen section two, set it however you like, and then lock it in position.  No tools required.

The version I have attaches to a standard picatinny rail section.  There are also M-LOK and Keymod versions.  

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Nexbelt Gadsden Flag Leather Gun Belt

Nexbelt gun belt

The Nexbelt is “The belt with no holes.”  Instead of the regularly spaced holes one inch apart you find on most other belts, the Nexbelt utilizes a ratchet system that allows for 1/4 inch increments for a precise fit.  The belt easily cinches tight on the rubber teeth.  To release, pull the small lever on the buckle.

This is a review of the Nexbelt Tactical Series black leather gun belt featuring an attractive Gadsden Flag buckle.  The belt is not as thick and stiff as my other gun belts but that can be an advantage outside of competition or law enforcement.  It is a dressy alternative to the traditional hardcore gun belt.  This is a really nice option for concealed carry as it just looks like a leather dress belt.Nexbelt gun belt

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Selous Weapon Systems: Muzzle Brakes

By: Cary Kieffer

Today let’s discuss some muzzle brakes. I was buying a Phantom Style brake off of Ebay for about $16 a piece. They were nice, Nitride treated and very reasonably priced. I didn’t know or care who they were coming from, just that they were USA made. Turns out they are coming from Selous Weapon Systems, a Texas based company making all their stuff in house. They make nice stuff and they make it affordable. I’ve never understood why brakes are so expensive…I have 3/4 of a good idea what it takes to make one and could never wrap my head around why producers of them seem to think they are worth $50, $60 and well over $100. Selous Weapon Systems is making quality brakes that work at a very affordable price, if you are in the market for one, read on.

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Kaw Valley Precision 9mm BCG Review

By: Cary Kieffer

Everybody has been the new kid on the block at one point or another. I remember not so long ago when nobody knew who Rock River Arms was and I was hesitant to buy one of their rifles. In those days if you didn’t have a Colt then the common opinion was you should have bought one. I did end up buying the Rock back then and then never bought another Colt again. Now we have a plethora of choices but not as much in the blow back, pistol caliber AR’s. So when I was looking for a ramped 9mm BCG I came across Kaw Valley Precision. Who?? Never heard of them. Ran the name past a couple of gun nuts I talk to regularly and same answer. Never heard of them…The one guy said I wouldn’t buy one…Why?? “Cause I never heard of em”…Well, now you have. Going back to the very first sentence everybody was new once. I bought it and it is good to go.

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CTK Precision P3 Ultimate Gun Vise

P3 Ultimate Gun Vise

The CTK Precision P3 Ultimate Gun Vise is an excellent choice for your gun cleaning and maintenance.  Add the optional Shooting Rest Attachment to quickly convert the Vise into a nice shooting rest.  The platform includes a three point leveling system and easily adapts to most rifles and pistols.  The P3 Ultimate Gun Vise has claimed a permanent spot on my workbench.

The CTK Precision P3 Ultimate Gun Vise is solid and securely cradles your rifle for cleaning and maintenance.

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Cole-Tac HTP Suppressor Cover

When shooting suppressed, one of the best ways to take care of your suppressor is with a cover.  There are several on the market currently, and making a choice depends on what you are looking for in a suppressor cover.  For the last several months I have had the privilege of testing out the latest from Cole-Tac, their High Temperature Python (HTP) suppressor cover, and I must say, it has not disappointed me in the least bit.

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Laser Edge Engraving

Laser Edge Engraving

TGR Approved Vendor:  Laser Edge Engraving in Spring, TX.  This is the place where I take my Form 1 SBR lowers to be engraved.  The owner, Gerald Courville, is highly skilled and his work is first-rate.  As the name implies, this is all precision laser engraving not a rotary cutting tool.

Gerald has a handful of different engraving machines intended for different purposes.  He can engrave leather, wood, Yeti tumblers, firearms, pretty much any application you might need done.  

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