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Category Archives: TGR Rifle Reviews

Ballistic Advantage 10.3″ 300 BLK Video Review

300 BLK

Tactical Gun Review video review of the Ballistic Advantage 10.3″ 300 BLK complete upper.  300 Blackout is all the rage these days and so we decided to build up a suppressed 300 BLK SBR to use for stalk hunting wild boars here in Texas.  Of course, it would also make an excellent home defense or truck gun.  Our initial impressions can be found here.

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Ballistic Advantage 300 BLK 10.3″ Complete Upper

Ballistic Advantage

Here at TGR we are big believers in Ballistic Advantage barrels.  So when I started on a new 300 Blackout build I headed over to their website to spec out a Hanson Profile barrel.  Of course one of the key decisions surrounds matching the right barrel to the right handguard and gas block.  That is when I noticed the menu option for the Complete Uppers.  A Ballistic Advantage Hanson Profile barrel with a VLTOR Freedom Rail ready to rumble right out of the box?  Sold!

There were two 300 BLK uppers I was interested in.  The 8.3″ barrel with 7″ rail or the 10.3″ barrel with 9″ rail.  After some deliberation I decided on the 10.3″ barrel and placed my order and then stalked UPS anxiously waiting for delivery.

Ballistic Advantage

Ballistic Advantage 300 BLK Complete Upper

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Desert Tech Covert .308

Today we’re going to take a look at the Desert Tech Covert. The guys at DTA were kind enough to let me borrow a Covert in 308 for a little while.

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Keltec RFB Accuracy/Range Report

By: Cary Kieffer

I didn’t really want this Keltec RFB, it wasn’t on my list of wants or needs but for the price I just couldn’t say no. If all else failed I could have made money on it, now I think maybe the Keltec RFB stays.

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Southern Precision Rifles 6.5 Creedmoor

Southern Precision Rifles 6.5 Creedmoor competition rifle

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 Texas, it will certainly see some hunting use!

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Lewis Machine & Tool (LMT) at SHOT Show

Lewis Machine & Tool (LMT) launched the new Compressor and MARS-L rifles at SHOT Show 2016. Tactical Gun Review had the opportunity to run both guns at Range Day at the Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club on the Monday before SHOT.  The range is set in the Nevada desert with steel targets at varying distances.

The LMT Compressor is perhaps the most compact AR platform in production.  It is offered in 5.56 NATO and .300 Blackout and is designed for operators requiring a discreet solution while retaining the firepower and proven reliability of an AR-15 platform. What makes a LMT Compressor?  

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Hunting with the LMT LM8MWS 308

LMT LM8MWS

Lewis Machine & Tool Company (LMT) is recognized for producing high quality rifles in demand by law enforcement and military.  The British Army and New Zealand Army have selected LMT weapon systems.  The LM8MWS is built around a Monolithic Rail Platform and the Modular Weapon System that allows the operator to easily change barrels and calibers.  My particular rifle is fitted with the standard .308 caliber chrome-lined 16″ barrel 1:10″ twist.  I look forward to adding a 6.5 Creedmoor down the road.  So how well does the LMT .308 perform as a hunting rifle?

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Christmas Marlin

22lr

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.

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Ruger Precision Rifle vs Savage 12LRP head to head which is better and why

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).

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Sexy Beast: LMT LM8MWS 308

LMT LM8MWS

The Lewis Machine & Tool LM8MWS 308 is a serious gun built for serious men.  While many AR-15s and AR-10s appear to be pieced together from a variety of sources the LM8MWS is a purpose-built design.  It just looks “right” with the slick Monolithic Rail Platform that integrates the receiver and handguard.  The receiver and rail system is machined from solid aluminum forging and is rock-solid.  The British military have adopted the platform as the L129A1.

The LM8MWS is a slimmed down version of the renowned LM308MWS.  This is a high-quality AR-10 308 featuring innovative design elements.  The Monolithic Rail Platform and Modular Weapon System set this rifle apart from the competition.  

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South Texas Arms STA-LR in .243 Win

Some time back I had a conversation with Brandon Sneed, owner of South Texas Arms, about a lightweight full frame AR purpose built for hunting. We both understand that there is only so light you can go, and we want premium components which sometimes bring some heft with them. In addition, we considered what calibers are available and decided against the standard .308 that is found in most full frame AR rifles. We both agree that .308 is great on medium game like deer and pigs but a bit much for a coyote gun.  We considered 6.5 Creedmoor, but a lack of variety and overall availability of factory ammunition had me looking for a new option.  I can’t remember who suggested .243 Winchester, but it was a clear choice with its huge popularity and variety of available factory ammunition.  .243 Winchester has been around since 1955 according to Wikipedia and was even designed around the idea of a dual purpose varmint and medium game cartridge.

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Accuracy testing the Wilson Combat 308 long range.

Wilson Combat 308 and WIlson Combat 556

You know the saying, “only accurate guns are interesting” .  Well, the Wilson Combat 308 with the 18″ fluted barrel is VERY interesting.  It has proven to be very accurate and extremely important to me, especially for a 308 is that it is not finicky and shoots well with multiple types of ammo.  I have shot it with 165-178g ammo of about 10 different types.  All of them have the same point of impact.  Even out to 500 yards.  I have shot this gun and made hits out to 1K.  For hunting I would feel comfortable running several different loads of 165/168g ammo out to 400, 500 on a calm day.  If it is windy, of course the 175/178s work better at 500 and beyond.   In this video I run from 2-600 yards in 100 yard increments.  (special thanks to Copperhead Creek shooting range in Marble Falls, TX).  Optic on the 308 is a Bushnell LRHS (this is a fantastic scope) and the suppressor is a Templar Tactical Archangel.

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