[SHOT 2016] Rifles Only Gear

Rifles Only had some neat products this year at SHOT. Rifles Only, based out of Kingsville Texas, is a premier training facility for long range rifle shooting and training. Aside from long range shooting, Rifles Only also offers classes for carbine, long range hunting, high angle shooting, field craft, pistol, instructor education, Protective Service Detail as well as helicopter assault training.

Several products that caught my eye were the Heat Abatement Device (HAD), Mirage Abatement Device (MAD) and the High Heat Suppressor Pouch.


Mirage Abatement Device, lying down. Heat Abatement Device standing up.

The Heat Abatement Device and the Mirage Abatement Device are suppressor covers. Like its namesake, the Mirage Abatement Device is designed to mitigate mirage coming off of a hot suppressor so as not to distort a shooters field of view as well as protect a person and personal equipment from thermal damage. The Mirage Abatement Device is for bolt guns. The Heat Abatement Device performs exactly like the Mirage Abatement Device, but is rated for semi-auto and full automatic guns.The Heat Abatement Device consist of two layers. The inner core is rated for 3000 degrees, while the outer cover is rated for 2000 degrees. The Heat Abatement Device is available in 5″, 6″, 7″, 7.5″, 8, 8.5″, 9″ and 10″. It is available in the following colors; Multicam, Kryptec Highland, and Coyote Brown, OD Green, Black, and Atacs. It will cover suppressors from 1.3″ to 2″ in diameter.


High Heat Suppressor Pouch

Rifles Only is also offering the High Heat Suppressor Pouch. This pouch acts as a glove/sleeve for a hot suppressor. The large pouch can accommodate a suppressor that has a Heat Abatement Device or a Mirage Abatement Device. These are ideal to stave off burning yourself, vehicle or gear. The stitch quality is amazing.


Rifles Only is also offering their Shooters Book. This book has a modular design. End users can configure it with bullet cards, pouches and data cards.


Rifles Only has Slap Data Cards. The Card can be pulled out of the Range book and simply slapped to the forearm. Neat product.


Jacob Byum of Rifles Only. I spoke to a lot of industry people at SHOT this year, but Jacob Bynum actually “talked” to me. Great conversation. Great guy, brilliant mind for long range precision and gear.

Rifles Only has a great website. Rifles Only will also be hosting the Bushnell Brawl this year.



Thomas Gomez

Thomas Gomez currently resides in the mountains of central New Mexico. He has an M.B.A, an Ar-15/M16/M4 armorer certification from Specialized Armament Warehouse as well as a Glock armorer certification. Aside from writing for The Firearm Blog he works as a Clinical Analyst for a large Hospital. He spends his free time farming, ranching, hiking, fly-fishing and hunting in the beautiful forests and prairies of New Mexico. He can be reached at LOADTHATBIPOD@gmail.com


  • Paul White

    One look at that guy’s face and I expect him to go Red Foreman on me at the range. Neat looking products though

    • “You’re holding your rifle wrong, dumbass.”

      • Paul White

        probably am 🙁 I need help with rifles. can’t get 4-5 friends to split the cost of a decent instructor for bolt actions though

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      He was one of Lee Harvey Oswalds decoys.

    • BrandonAKsALot

      Let me read you a little book my foot wrote; It’s called on the road to your ass.

  • Kevin Craig

    I seriously doubt that they, or anyone else, teaches “high angle shooting”.

    High angle fire is defined as a firing solution where an increase in muzzle elevation results in a decrease in the range to impact.

    If anyone is teaching that for rifles, I want to see their firing tables. I also want to commend their forward observers for being able to spot a rifle bullet’s impact in indirect fire mode, and adjust fire accordingly. 😉

    Yes, being a smartass comes naturally with being a Redleg. Why do you ask?

    • David

      “I seriously doubt that they, or anyone else, teaches “high angle shooting”.

      You would be seriously wrong

      • Kevin Craig

        Then please elaborate for us: how do they teach high angle fire?

        Even when the British used volley sights for long distance plunging fire, they were nowhere near “high angle fire”.

        • FarmerB

          Mountains, buildings.

          • Cymond

            Kevin is defining “high angle” in an artillery context, where the angle is so high that the range is deliberately decreased. For example, firing almost straight up, waiting several seconds, and the bullet coming directly down onto the target.

            Yeah, I think that’s a dumb definition when discussing rifles. Ours is far more realistic.

          • FarmerB

            Yes, I know what he meant – but we aren’t talking artillery here and nobody owns the term.

    • Flounder

      He is probably talking about shooting up or down a mountain. Or off a building I can’t think of any reason anyone would want to shoot indirectly at something with a rifle…

  • Twilight sparkle

    I feel like they got the idea for the data cards from those bracelets from the 90’s

  • Devil_Doc

    Having been stationed in Kingsville, I can say that this is probably one of the only good things to ever come out of Kingsville. Well, this and a certain Miss Texas A&M Kingsville that I knew…