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Category Archives: TGR Handgun Reviews

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.

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Hayes Custom Guns 1911 9mm Build

Starting the Project –

In 2015, I approached Aaron and Ben Hayes of Hayes Custom Guns (https://www.facebook.com/HayesCustomGuns/) about building a fully custom 9mm 1911. I planned to use the pistol to compete in Steel Challenge and USPSA Action Pistol matches. By the end of 2016 I had collected the majority of the parts needed and was ready to get a custom build started. I met with Aaron and Ben of Hayes Custom Guns to drop off the parts and discuss the gun specifications in detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 AR. I have ran all sorts of ammo through it and it has ran 100% flawlessly. It features a billet receiver set, their single stage 4lb trigger and I ordered mine in Burnt Bronze.

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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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Two LAR Grizzly 44 Mag Pistols: A Comparison

By: Cary Kieffer

I landed a 2nd LAR Grizzly. I wrote a piece on my first one and I absolutely love it. A man named Jerry Adams commented on my last LAR Grizzly piece saying he wanted to get rid of one. I emailed him and we made a deal. Jerry is a cool dude, it was a pleasure to talk to and deal with him. If it wasn’t for a couple thousand miles between us, we’d have been good buddies. Anyway, I now have 2 44 magnum LAR Grizzlies. To my surprise there are a lot of differences. Jerry’s was one of the first 100 made, mine was one of the last 100 made…only 1000 ever made so this is a unique opportunity to see the differences from the beginning to the end of a sadly short production life.

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SIG Sauer P938

I never set out to buy a SIG Sauer P938 Nightmare. I was pretty happy with my sub-compact 9mm handgun (a Heckler and Koch P2000SK). However, it was a bit large for real concealed carry. As a firearms technician for a national sporting goods chain (big deal, right?), I see a lot of pistols. Anytime a gun comes in for trade-in, I clean and inspect it before it goes out onto the floor.

So, I was in the back, examining the recent trade-ins. Among them was a barely-used SIG P938 Nightmare. The thing was in pristine condition. Now, I like the 1911 style, but hadn’t considered it for a carry gun. Upon examining the the Nightmare and was impressed with the fit, finish and crisp trigger. Then I raised it up and aimed down the sights. I blinked and lowered the weapon. I raised it again.

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Smith and Wesson M1917 Revolver

The Smith and Wesson M1917 revolver is an oddity; a wheel-gun chambered in an auto cartridge. It’s a military arm with a long and storied past. How much history? Well, mine is 98 years old. It’s so old that Smith and Wesson doesn’t even have web page for it. The closest thing you can find is their Model 22, a remake. More than just being historical, the M1917 is downright fun to shoot and one recently became part of my collection. I will admit that until recently, I’ve been rather utilitarian about my firearms purchases. Every gun filled a tactical niche. However, the Smith and Wesson broke me of that habit

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Spikes Tactical / Green Mountain barrel AR Pistol Build

By: Cary Kieffer

I know you give up some velocity but I really like the AR pistol idea. They are obviously shorter, lighter and to a lot of people handier. Especially when turning corners in a building or getting out of a vehicle. To me the best part is I get rifle like performance from a pistol that is perfectly legal to carry loaded in your car with your CPL in Michigan. I keep one in the Jeep at all times incase of a rainy day. Ya never know…we have a lot of trouble in this country. I’d rather know I have the weapon and a 6 pack of extra 30 round mags back there and never need them than need them and not have it. Anyway, here’s the specs on the build, an accuracy report and some chrono numbers.

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Serbian Zastava PAP M92 Mods and Range Report

By: Cary Kieffer

Here is a transformation of a Serbian PAP M92 pistol into something a bit more usable. I’m not really a big AK fan but I’ve had enough of them shot at me that I wanted a couple in the collection. So here is my “tacti-coolest” one.

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Springfield TRP 45 Super Review

By:  Cary Kieffer

A while back I picked up a Springfield custom shop TRP Operator with the monolithic rail. I love the full length rail and the weapon is gorgeous and built to last. I was in my local dealer Johnson’s Sporting Goods in Adrian MI, they had a mint in box one come in on consignment for 1000$. It wasn’t out on the shelf yet but was on the website because my ole’ weapon light hating buddy Gary saw it and happened to walk in and asked to see it. I told him I would trample his dead “f’n” body to get it, if when they brought it out from the back, it had the monolithic rail. He put his hands up and said that would be unnecessary. It did have it and the second he passed on it I bought TRP Operator with the intention of shooting 45 Super from it.

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LAR Grizzly MK IV 44 Magnum Review

By: Cary Kieffer

Long since out of production, I finally brought home an LAR MK IV Grizzly 44 Magnum! I’ve wanted one of these so bad..I’ve written letters to LAR twice with no reply, my “texter” went off at work a few weeks ago and here she is, my Grizzly 44!

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North American Arms NAA Pug 22 WMR Review

By: Cary Kieffer

I finally got my NAA Pug, a few years ago I did short reviews on my 2 NAA mini revolvers, I ended up giving them both away as gifts. I always wanted to pick up another one, the model known as NAA Pug in 22 WMR was the one I had my eye on. A couple of months back I picked up an NAA Pug at my local dealer Johnsons Guns in Adrian, MI. Let’s take a look.

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