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 »


Meopta Introduces the MeoRed T Reflex Sight

TAMPA, FL, January 2, 2018 – Meopta is pleased to introduce the MeoRed T reflex sight (1x30mm).  The outstanding optical quality and unlimited eye relief of this red dot sight enable fast and accurate target acquisition when it matters most, regardless of eye position behind the sight.

The MeoRed T is an excellent primary sight on today’s MSR/AR platforms and features a 1.5 MOA illuminated red dot reticle with 12 intensity level settings for use in various light conditions.  The tough housing of the MeoRed T is made of aircraft-grade aluminum for ultimate reliability.

“The MeoRed T is an excellent tactical sight for today’s MSR platforms when quick target acquisition is a must,” said Reinhard Seipp, general manager of Meopta USA.  “This reflex sight is also compatible with night vision optics and magnifiers which makes it versatile for various situations in the field.”

Silencer Shop Authority: Rugged Obsidian 45 Silencer Review

Rugged Obsidian 45

Today we take a look at the awesome Rugged Obsidian 45 caliber silencer.  This is a very cool can that can be run in a short and long configuration.  We test both on a Sig using hot 185g Double Tap ammo as well as a Wilson Combat 9mm 8″ AR.



Rugged Obsidian 45

Rugged Obsidian 45

YHM Ti Phantom .30 Suppressor Review

Ti Phantom

Yankee Hill Machine Company is well know for producing quality products.  The YHM Ti Phantom .30 caliber direct thread suppressor continues that tradition of quality and value.  The Ti Phantom is a full sized .30 caliber suppressor featuring Titanium / Inconel construction that weighs in at only 15 ounces.  The stainless steel version is 28 ounces so the Ti model is significantly lighter.  Inconel is a corrosion resistant material that performs very well in a hostile environment of high pressure and high heat, which is why it is used for suppressor blast baffles.

We ran the Ti Phantom on two different rifles while out hunting one weekend.  The first platform was my Bergara HMR 6.5 Creedmoor.  The Ti Phantom was right at home on this rig and would be a very nice long-term solution.  Unfortunately, the hunting portion of the weekend was a dud but we did get the opportunity to spend some time with the Ti Phantom on the range banging steel.  As you would expect from a full-size silencer the sound signature was very pleasant.  YHM claims a sound reduction of 32 decibels.

YHM Ti Phantom

YHM Ti Phantom on Bergara HMR

Nightforce Optics Announces NX8 Family of Riflescopes


New 8 Power Series Kicks Off with a True 1x Capable Optic

Lavonia, GA, U.S. – (December 15, 2017) Nightforce® Optics, leading manufacturer and marketer of premium sport optics and related products including riflescopes, spotting scopes, and accessories, today introduced a completely new category of optics to their line of finely crafted and durable riflescopes. The state-of-the-art NX8™ series is built upon the legendary NXS™ family of riflescopes, well-known for their robustness and battle-proven design. Applying the latest technology and scientific advancements in optics, Nightforce designed the new NX8.

The first riflescope unveiled in the NX8 family is the new NX8 1-8×24 F1 optic. Specifically designed for short -to medium-range shooting, the compact NX8 1-8×24 F1 riflescope delivers trusted Nightforce performance to virtually any rifle platform, and boasts true 1x capability.

“Constructing such a small riflescope to surpass the performance of most larger scopes entails a solid commitment to innovation and optical technology,” said Nightforce Director of Sales and Marketing, Gordon Myers.

“The compact NX8 1-8×24 F1 has true 1x magnification and a daylight visible reticle with multiple brightness settings, it is versatile enough to use at close ranges, plus, has extraordinary capability at far reaching distances” stated North America Sales Manager, Alan Stilwell. “The NX8 1-8×24 F1 conserves valuable real estate on your rifle at only 8.75 inches in length, and weighs just 17 ounces,” Stilwell added. “Put it on your competition rifle for 3-gun, or use it for a variety of shooting disciplines; the NX8 1-8×24 F1 is also robust enough for professional use.”

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

Gunwerks Announces the Release of the GRB Bolt Rifle Action

Cody, WY – Custom rifle manufacturer Gunwerks announced today that it will release the GRB bolt rifle action for the first time to the general public.


The GRB action is a complete ground-up bolt rifle action with a Remington 700 footprint, compatible with most Remington 700 inletted stocks. The 416 stainless steel body can be run unfinished or coated with a number of firearm coatings including Cerakote. Gunwerks’ proprietary Tri-Lock recoil lug provides the benefit of an integral lug action in a far more affordable package. The GRB action will be available at a similar price to a blueprinted factory action, but with many features of a premium custom action.



A continuation of my introduction to long range shooting.  Hopefully I provided some insight into getting started shooting long range and you are interested in exploring this side of the sport.  Today, we get into more detail on the gear that enables you to be more consistent in hitting your targets.  You might not need to spend as much as you think, but there are some minimum baseline requirements.

Dead Air Sandman-K Review

Dead Air Sandman-K

The Dead Air Sandman-K is a cool, super-compact 7.62 suppressor measuring only 5.4″ long and weighing in at a slim 12.8 ounces.  The standard Keymount muzzle break serves as the Quick Attachment point.  The beauty of this system is that it only adds 2.9″ to your overall rifle length.

Nice twist on the pricing.  Dead Air is offering the Sandman-K for sale at a heavily discounted price of $699.  This special price is good until the Hearing Protection Act moves out of committee.  At that point, the price jumps to $950.  The HPA has certainly had some interesting consequences on the industry, don’t you think?

Dead Air Sandman-K

Dead Air Sandman-K

U.S. Army Fields SIG SAUER® M17/M18 Pistols

Newington, NH (November 28, 2017) – Today the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) became the first unit to field the U.S. Army’s new M17 and M18 Modular Handgun System. The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) began fielding the new handguns today at Fort Campbell, Kentucky under the command of Col. Derek K. Thomson.

“What a great day,” said Thomson.  “To witness modernization firsthand as my soldiers became the first in the Army and this storied division to fire the new pistol is an absolute honor.”

The MHS handgun is a variant of the SIG SAUER® P320® pistol and is equipped with an external safety, an integrated MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail for the attachment of light and laser systems, self-illuminating night sights to maintain combat effectiveness in all lighting conditions, and is capable of accepting a sound suppressor.

YRS Announces Partnership with IGB barrels

For Immediate Release From YRS Inc

YRS Inc is proud to announce their recent partnership with IGB barrels of Austria. YRS inc, a premium tactical retailer, is now importing IGB barrels into the United States. They are currently accepting dealers to distribute IGB barrels.

What’s an IGB Barrel?

IGB barrels are Austrian made barrels that come in a variety of lengths and styles. The barrels are made for a variety of firearms including Glock, 1911s, HKs, and SIGs. The wide variety of barrels offers a number of features to allow you to customize your firearm to your needs. These barrels take less than a minute to install, and designed to drop in with no permanent modifications made to your firearm.

IGB barrels are premium made gun barrels and are cold hammer forged for excellent durability and stability. IGB designs, manufactures, and tests their barrels in house. The barrels are made from premium European steel that results in a dense and hard external surface. The barrels are finished with a plasma hardening procedure that is superior to tenifer. It’s long lasting, smoother, and gives the barrel an extremely high level of rust resistance. It won’t chip and flake like tenifer finishes. IGB is proud to use only the best materials in the construction of their barrels.

On The Inside

If you believe it’s what’s on the inside that that counts then you’ll be excited by IGB barrels. The bore is button rifled which offers numerous advantages over traditional cut rifling. Button rifling is applied by a ‘button’ that is pushed through the barrel. The button doesn’t carve the rifling but imprints it into the bore.

The ‘button’ hardens and smooths portions of the bore as it’s pushed through. It’s important to remember it only hardens the lands and grooves. The lands and grooves are the high-stress areas in a barrel. This gives the rifling and therefore the barrel a longer service life. The end result is a soft internal bore, with only the high stress areas hardened. The soft inside allows the barrel to retain its natural barrel harmonics which enhances its overall accuracy. The ‘button’ leaves behind a super smooth finish inside the bore, which will also enhances accuracy.

Button rifling results in an overall superior bore, and it’s well known that button rifling is used in most world record holding guns. IGB barrels will function without issue with both jacketed and lead ammunition. There are no special requirements for maintaining or cleaning IGB Barrels.

They are backed with a 5 year craftsmanship guarantee.

Bringing Something Different

Outside of being outstanding barrels, IGB offers a multitude of customization options. This includes threaded barrels in common thread pitches to accept muzzle devices including suppressors. IGB and YRS Inc also offer barrels with porting for reduced muzzle rise without having the need for slide cuts.

IGB barrels can also act as a caliber conversion kits with certain compatible handgun platforms. For example, with the proper IGB barrel you can convert a 10mm Glock 20 to 40 S&W or 357 SIG. IGB even offers 16 inch barrels for some specific platforms that allow you to convert your handgun into a rifle compatible with most carbine conversion kits.

YRS Inc is proud to be working with IGB and are currently accepting dealers interested in carrying IGB barrels. Dealers can contact YRS Inc here.

If you’re a shooter looking to upgrade we have an exclusive coupon code for you. Type in IGBBARRELS20 for 20% off all IGB barrel for registered users of YRS Inc. Guests can use the code for 11% off their IGB barrel order.

YRS Inc specializes in tactical gear including optics, firearm accessories, body armor and much more. We work with a variety of American and overseas companies to bring you only the highest quality tactical gear.


Silencer Shop Authority: AAC Ti Rant 45M Silencer Review

AAC Ti Rant 45m

Today we take a look at the awesome AAC Ti Rant 45.  Normally, 45 silencer reviews are conducted with 230g ball ammo that is subsonic.  I thought it would be cool to do something different and run some hot ammo.  I had some 185 JHP from Double Tapp ammo that runs 1200 FPS.  It’s definitely hotter and louder and not subsonic!  

Sighting in a mil based scope (cool target alert)

It’s really easy to dial in a mil based scope if your scope has a good reticle, you can use it to measure how far your scope is off from the point of aim and dial in the corrections.  However, it’s hard to hold the scope perfectly still and get down to .1 mil increments.  Impossible if you don’t have .1 mil gradients in the reticle.