STIMULATE YOURSELF: TFB’s Guide To Stimulus Check Spending

    TFB's Guide to Stimulus Check Spending

    TFB's Guide to Stimulus Check Spending

    Across America, COVID-19 stimulus checks (direct deposits) are finally hitting bank accounts as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps us in lockdown.  In an effort to help stimulate our favorite part of the economy, we at TFB created a list of things we think you should consider buying with your stimulus dollars.

    While we obviously support the use of stimulus checks to fund quality guns and gear, we also empathize with those of you who are facing layoffs and income shortages. On the other hand, there may be some of you who can afford to donate some of your surprise stimulus money to those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. has a listing of good candidates if you decide to give money to your fellow Americans in need. Stay safe and healthy.

    TFB’s Guide to Stimulus Check Spending


    Buying a silencer can be a daunting task. The high upfront costs and a lack of same-day purchase satisfaction can be enough to drive new buyers away.  This is why this stimulus money presents a rare opportunity for many to jump into the silencer world.  As ammo is either in short supply or not on the shelves, now is the right time to be in the market for a silencer.  And don’t worry, the NFA is still processing applications.  Here are a few silencers I’d recommend.

    dEAD aIR nOMAD-30 – $745

    Dead Air NOMAD-30

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    Product Information

    Lightweight. Versatile. Modular. The Nomad-30 exists for the everyday user. Designed to go everywhere you go, mounted on whichever rifle suits your job for the day.

    The Nomad-30 is made with 17-4 stainless steel and Grade 5 titanium. Weighing in at just 14 ounces you’ll hardly know it’s there. Featuring an improved high-efficiency baffle design, you’ll appreciate industry-leading sound reduction at the muzzle and minimal first-round-pop.

    yHM turbo k – $359


    best overall accessory

    Yankee Hill Machine Turbo K 5.56 Silencer [MSRP $465]

    Product Information

    The new Turbo® K utilizes a tubeless design made from heat treated 17-4 stainless steel along with a heat treated 718 Inconel® blast baffle. The combination of these materials allows the suppressor to be full auto rated and designed for rigorous use. The blast chamber of the Turbo® K is threaded to the popular 1-3/8”-24 thread which allows it to utilize many available mounting options currently on the market. The notched rim and tri-port muzzle on the end cap make it stand out among the crowd.

    Rugged Obsidian 9 – $599

    Rugged Obsidian 9

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    Product Information

    Rugged Suppressors’ Obsidian 9 is a full-auto rated modular suppressor constructed of durable 17-4 stainless steel and lightweight aluminum. Weighing 12.7 ounces in its long configuration, and 8.7 in its short configuration, the Obsidian 9 boasts versatility and maneuverability. Offering impeccable sound reduction, Rugged’s Obsidian can be 7.8 inches, or shortened to 4.8 inches.

    Dead Air Mask – $399

    Dead Air Mask

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    Product Information

    What sets The Mask™ apart is its marvelous performance and the ease with which it can be disassembled. It provides balance of performance, weight, and extraordinary cleaning intervals that are unmatched by the competition.

    This isn’t a “me too” compulsory foray into the .22 suppressor market. We wanted the best and we delivered. The performance speaks for itself. Our .22 suppressor features a blend of titanium and 17-4 PH stainless steel construction for direct thread applications.


    It’s easy to blow your budget on a firearm and be left without a quality optic.  Optics can be incredibly expensive upgrades that are easy to overlook when purchasing many firearms.  With that said, there’s no substitute for a quality optic in the long run.  Whether it’s that EOTech you’ve always wanted on your AR, or maybe a Trijicon RMR for your pistol, now is the time to asses your optic situation.


    EOTECH EXPS2 Holographic Weapon Sight

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    Product Description

    Get the speed advantage of holographic sighting plus backup access to iron sights. Delivering an uncompromising targeting experience for tactical and recreational shooters, the increased height of our all-purpose EXPS2—like every model in the EXPS line—allows for lower third, co-witness of iron sights. Easy-to-adjust side buttons, quick-detach locking lever, and 20 brightness settings for dawn-to-dusk hunting and competitive shooting.

    Trijicon RMR dual illuminated reflex sighT – $419.99

    STIMULATE YOURSELF TFB Guide To Stimulus Check Spending

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    Product Description

    As tough as Trijicon’s legendary ACOG® scopes, the low-profile RMR™ (Ruggedized Miniature Reflex) sight enables fast, both-eyes-open, target acquisition—even in poor lighting conditions. Unlimited eye relief allows natural presentation from almost any shooting position, plus clear, unobstructed panoramic views for maximum situational awareness. Mount an RMR on your rifle to supplement your ACOG, and you’re ready to address targets at any range.

    Quality Rifles

    Gun sales and subsequent background checks skyrocketed in the month of March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  More affordable firearms quickly sold out as a result of this panic buying.  While those guns may be in short supply for a while, there still remains a good chunk of quality rifles available that are in stock and on shelves today.  Here are a few options I think are worth looking at.


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    Product Description

    The Duty Rifle features the latest in weapon technology available exclusively from Geissele Automatics. This 16” rifle chambered in .223 Wylde features an A2 muzzle flash hider mounted to an in-house 16” Nitrided match grade barrel, 1-7 twist Geissele barrel. Our barrels are precision machined utilizing the highest quality materials at our state of the art facility in North Wales, PA. The Geissele Mid-length Plus gas system and Geissele Super Compact Gas Block (with bomb-proof installation) ensures reliability and optimal performance in extreme conditions and heavy use.

    Ruger Precision Rifle 308 FDE – $1,059

    Ruger Precision Rifle 308 Win Flat Dark Earth

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    Product Description

    The Ruger Precision Rifle 308 Winchester is now equipped with a 15″ M-LOK Handguard. Other new enhancements include a Hybrid Muzzle Brake, which effectively reduces recoil by 40% in 308 Win models. The Precision rifle ships with two, 10-round Magpul® PMAG® magazines.

    This Ruger Precision Rifle features a Barrett Brown Cerakote finish.

    fn 15 dmr ii – $1,399

    FN 15® DMR II

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    Item Description

    The FN 15® DMR II, reengineered for enhanced performance, features the all-new FN Rail System with M-LOK that provides extreme rigidity and less deflection ensuring that all accessories that are mounted will remain affixed without any shift in zero, despite pressures that may be applied. Like its predecessor, the rifle offers an 18” match-grade, cold hammer-forged barrel with a 1:7 twist, SureFire ProComp muzzle device that enhance stability and accuracy for heavier grain precision shooting ammunition and an upgraded MIL-SPEC lower with match-grade Timney trigger, Magpul MOE grip and buttstock, MIL-SPEC H-type buffer assembly and tube.

    Body Armor

    Let’s face it, buying body armor just isn’t as satisfying as buying a new firearm. Most people have at least pondered buying body armor, but were quickly dissuaded by the cost. I get it. Good armor is expensive and it’s not something you’ll probably be needing every day. So if you’ve been drooling over a plate carrier for a while, that extra money might be just what you needed.

    Crye precision JPC 2.0 plate carrier – $242

    CRYE Precision JPC 2.0

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    Item Description

    The JPC 2.0™ is a lightweight and minimal armor vest designed for maximum mobility, weight savings, and packability. At just over one pound for the entire carrier, the JPC 2.0™ offers a variety of configuration options to suit an operator’s needs in terms of protection, modularity, and comfort. All AVS™ detachable front flaps are compatible (sold separately). It features our SKELETAL™ CUMMERBUND system with our patented Integrated Attachment System that allows pouches to be mounted on both the inside and outside of the cummerbund. This system sheds unnecessary weight and bulk while improving overall ventilation. Patented, see WWW.LWPATENTS.COM.

    Hesco 3611C Level III+ Stand Alone Plate – $444

    HESCO 3611C Level III+ Stand Alone Plate

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    Item Description

    The HESCO 3611C is a mid-range, lightweight, Level III+ (NIJ Certified Level III) stand alone plate designed for a perfect balance of protection, weight, and cost. Multi shot rated on select threats and sprayed in a water repellent polyurea coating. Made in U.S.A.

    Spending Wisely

    While I think all of the items in this article are fantastic, none of them are more important than your health and financial well being.  We live in a different world now than we did just a few months ago.  If you can, reach out and help those in need, and stay safe.

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    Austin R

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