Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • B Woodman

    And how does the suppressor affect the shooting of the rifle?
    Quieting, overall balance, recoil, accuracy, etc.

  • Valhalla

    Okay baby sitter, we’ll be down at the movies, so if their is a break in pull the charging handle and give it to little Sarah…

  • Sven Ortmann

    Talking about suppressors; have the Finnish telescoped “Reflex” suppressors proved their worth so far?

    • Sven, I have looked into them many times but I have not seen any evidence to suggest they are that much better than regular baffle design in reducing the overall noise.

      If you ever see a European gun magazine does a scientific comparison comparing them to regular baffle suppressors, please let me know.

  • I think that was about the same age I got a hold of my first “real” gun too.

  • Sven Ortmann

    I didn’t expect a superior effect on noise, but I’m interested in their durability.
    I consider suppressors mostly in military context – as muzzle flash eliminators (that also help with noise in underground combat).

  • Nomen Nescio

    i thought they were mostly meant to reduce the total length of the rifle+suppressor, not necessarily to be more effective at deadening sound.

  • Sven Ortmann

    Their maker also claims that they’re quite robust.
    Little added length, full auto robustness and no muzzle fire would be great for the infantry.
    There’s no way to test them in Germany (as a private person) and I didn’t find anyone who had used one so far, though.

    • Sven, suppressors banned in Germany?

  • I’ve got a Yankee Hill top of the line stainless. It’s dang robust. Rated for full auto fire. On the AR it cuts the noise quite a bit with standard velocity ammo. With subsonic handloads it is very quiet. Very. On the 10/22 with subsonic Remington or Aqullia it is very quiet as well and cycles the action.
    On the AR with subsonic loads (77 Sierra Matchking with 4.1 Titegroup pistol powder and a CCI 450 primer in an LC case- my load, may destroy your rifle and burn your house down so develop your own…) it DOESN’T cycle the action but shoots quietly and well.
    Lotta fun on either. Ought to be unregulated. Just makes things quieter and saves the ears and the noise to the neighbors. BATF ought to butt out. Just another accessory.
    Heavy though.

  • Sven Ortmann

    No (it’s a miracle), but I’m not eager to wage war with our bureaucracy for one.

    And I can hardly check the performance on a full auto weapon when said weapon is banned here. I would pretty much need to mobilize someone with access to a Bundeswehr weapons locker plus get the ammo without having a rifle in that calibre…

    Let’s say I’m more interested in the experimental results of others than to do it myself.

    Btw, the latest change of our weapons law permits the police to confiscate knives of more than 12 cm length (about 4.7″) if they are ebing carried in other situations than trekking and such.
    Now we’ve got an amok run because someone didn’t keep his 9mm in a safe as legally obliged and the stupid politicians are discussing more strict weapon law again.

    The NRA would turn into an IRA if it was a German organization…

  • Here’s some pictures of stock that a guy just repainted in pink. He’s giving it to his daughter for her birthday.