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The Rimfire Report: CCI Suppressor 45 Grain - Heavy & Quiet

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and all of its different types of guns, history, shooting sports, and ammo! Last time we took a look at the relatively inexpensive CCI “Green Tag” 40-grain ammo. Billed as a more affordable alternative to genuine match ammo - CCI Green Tag is produced via a hand-picked process where particularly good lots of CCI Standard Velocity 40 grain are separated for their consistency which in turn typically leads to smaller group sizes. As with any rimfire ammo - whether or not one particular lot of ammo is going to group well out of your specific rifle is another matter entirely and probably the reason many of you commented that while the appeal of CCI Green Tag is there, CCI Standard does it better for the price that it is being asked for. I would tend to agree with that assessment of my level of skill and the type of shooting that I do.

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B&T USA Drops The Big Hammer With The SPR86 In 8.6 Blackout

Our friends at B&T USA have just announced the release of the SPR86 – an integrally suppressed bolt action rifle chambered in 8.6 Blackout. The SPR86 is the older/bigger sibling to the B&T USA SPR300 Pro chambered in 300BLK (one of my remaining grail guns). Upsizing the 300BLK platform, the 8.6BLK SPR86 launches heavier bullets farther with the same level of extreme accuracy. Pricing, details, and additional information can be found in the press release below.

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TFB Review: The Finnish Jaki 22LR Suppressor

Since 1996 Jaki Ltd. of Finland have been manufacturing suppressors. The company was founded by Jussi and Aki Nyyssönen, and they initially began by designing and crafting suppressors for their own personal competitive firearms. With time, almost four decades, the company and the products have evolved. To my knowledge, Jaki’s products cannot be found in the USA, but since TFB stretches on a global level with lots of international readers, it can sometimes be of interest to study various products even if they’re not available.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Speer Target-38 Indoor Practice For Your Revolver!

Welcome back to Wheelgun Wednesday, TFB’s weekly article series where we talk about everything revolver-related. Today we take a look at something old, Speer Target-38. These were practice rounds you can use in a revolver chambered in .357 Magnum or .38 Special. I got a chance to check them out years ago so here they are.

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The Rimfire Report: The B14R SOLUS – An Unholy Combination of Parts

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and its many types of guns, ammunition, shooting sports, and history! Last week we featured one of our very own readers’ homemade firearms. Axel’s dedicated 22LR SVD build was quite impressive, if not a bit finicky in the reliability department. A majority of you expressed interest in having his design picked up and refined by a major manufacturer. While I too, wish something like this would happen, it’s probably not in the realm of possibility. This week we’re taking a look at one of my own tinkering projects I’ve been working with over the last couple of months. This project, which I am calling the B14R SOLUS, is a combination of Bergara’s B14R rimfire trainer barreled action, and Aero Precision’s SOLUS Competition chassis and a smattering of other high-end parts and accessories. Why? Most of the fun I get from rimfire is just cheap shooting and training. Since I had the parts lying around and the capability, I simply wanted to do something in the complete opposite direction of “practical” or even “value-conscious.” The B14R SOLUS is supposed to be overpriced, and overbuilt and today we’ll take a look at all the parts I’ve put into it, as well as what ammunition plays best with this unholy combination of rimfire parts.

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Load Up on Magazines and Ammo at The Mag Shack

We’ve covered the Mag Shack before in a previous article talking about how they can help you find some more obscure rifle and pistol magazines that aren’t normally found on some of the larger online retailers out there. In addition to finding mags you’re missing, the Mag Shack also offers fairly priced shipping that’s quick meaning if you’re in a pinch before a big match or a fun weekend shoot, you can probably get the ones you want shipped to you before you head out for the weekend. The Mag Shack can also help you fill those magazines with their well-stocked ammunition selection. Today we’ll explore a few of the options that they have and see how their prices compare to the going averages on the web.

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[TriggrCon 2023] Insane Power in a Tiny Carbine: The Genesis 8.6mm PDW

James is at TriggrCon 2023 speaking with the guys at Genesis about their 8.6mm PDW, which is ultimately both competition with the Q Boombox, but also a complimentary platform that will make 8.6mm more attractive for potential buyers as more manufacturers start supporting this revolutionary new caliber. Bottom line, this is an insanely powerful, low-recoiling rifle in a package about the same size as an H&K MP5.

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The Rimfire Report: An Accurately Priced 22LR Bolt Gun – Bergara BMR

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! Last week we talked about the full-size 22LR trainer, the Bergara B14R. Bergara’s B14R offering is somewhat of a rare breed of rifle – it’s not exactly handy, or cheap, and I don’t think it’s supposed to be. The B14R is a perfect replacement for those looking to train for positional shooting for a PRS match, or for just getting more use out of your expensive Remington 700 chassis system. A far more affordable and handy option is the B14R’s little brother, the Bergara Micro Rimfire (Bergara BMR). The BMR features a lot of the same features that make the B14R great, but in a completely dedicated rimfire system that just happens to use a few key components that make it just adjustable enough for the end user to tweak it to their needs and preferences. Today we’ll check it out and I’ll give you my initial impressions on the micro-sized Bergara BMR.

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NEW! Q BOOMBOX: The Honey Badger's Big Brother

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves interviews the creator of the Honey Badger, Kevin Brittingham of Q, about the new Q Boombox. The Boombox is, more or less, the “big brother” of the Honey Badger. While the Honey Badger uses a 5.56mm sized frame to accommodate .300 Blackout rounds, the Boombox uses the new 8.6mm Blackout, which works in the same size frame as 7.62mm guns like .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor. And even though the Boombox has a big caliber and capability jump, it is only a few ounces heavier and a few inches longer than the Honey Badger. See what all the noise is about.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #275: The Universal, Lightweight Silencer Central Banish Backcountry

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM Turbo T3 5.56 rifle suppressor. Last week we got a look at two of the most recognizable rifle suppressors in the last 20 years – the SureFire SOCOM556 RC2 and the SureFire SOCOM556-MINI2. This week we move from the world of fighting carbines to bolt action rifles with a review of the Silencer Central Banish Backcountry. If you hunt or prefer a lightweight ranch-style rifle, this could be your next suppressor. Let’s take a look.

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The Rimfire Report: Is 700 Yards a Bridge Too Far for 22LR?

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report. This ongoing series of rimfire-focused articles is about the rimfire firearm world and its many firearms, trends, ammunition types, and of course history. Last week fellow TFB writer and gunsmith savant Sam S. took a deep dive into the antiquated 30 Rimfire cartridge. Like many of its other rimfire cousins, 30 Rimfire just didn’t survive the wide acceptance of centerfire cartridges which proved to be superior in virtually every way. This week we’re going to be covering something that caught my attention quite recently. Around the start of the new year the YouTube channel Garand Thumb started a discussion with a guy in the comments of one of his recent videos saying he could consistently hit a soda can at 700 yards with a 22LR. Obviously, a lot of online drama has been drummed up about this and I’m not particularly interested in that portion of it, but rather the actual practicality of the claim. So today we’ll discuss whether or not I think this is possible based on what I know and have experienced with 22LR.

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[SHOT 2023] Hornady 7mm PRC and Sub-Sonic 7.62×39

Hornady has already announced some of their products late last year but they are new for 2023. First up is the new Hornady 7mm PRC cartridge offerings. There are at least 30 gun builders chambering rifles for this caliber. Here is the list from their website.

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[SHOT 2023] Hush Puppy Project and Super Vel Ammo

TFB has covered both the Hush Puppy Project and Super Vel ammo in previous SHOT Show posts and reviews. After a recent period of absence, they are back on the scene and were once again showing off their wares at SHOT 2023.

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TFB Review: A-TEC PMM-6 Pistol Suppressor

This is a review of the A-TEC PMM-6 suppressor, mostly attached to the Glock 45. A-TEC is a Norwegian company, and it may seem odd for an American-focused firearms blog to review something Americans can’t buy. However TFB has readers all over the world, and A-TEC has a strong position in the European suppressor market. For instance, A-TEC and Heckler & Koch recently entered into cooperationin the areas of development and sales“, and the outcome will be very interesting.

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POTD: Heckler & Koch HK437 "Sneaker" – First Order in Germany

The goal of TFB’s Photo Of The Day is to give your eyes something worth watching and add information to your brain about new, interesting facts from the world of firearms. Over the years we have shown firearms and soldiers from north to south, east to west in almost any imaginable situation and climate. Today we have the Heckler & Koch HK437 in .300 Blackout (7.62x35mm) which H&K calls the “Sneaker”. The rifle is equipped with a VarioRay laser light module from Rheinmetall and an EOTech EXPS.

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The Rimfire Report: Fun with the New Threaded LifeCard

Hello everyone and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and its many different types of guns, ammunition, and shooting sports. Last week we took a closer look at the inside of the SIG Sauer P322 which I personally believe is one of the better 22LR semi-auto pistols to come out in recent memory. Today we’re taking a look at the newest factory iteration of Trailblazer Firearms’ LifeCard – this time featuring a factory-threaded barrel. A few weeks ago at Triggrcon 2022, James Reeves and I had a chance to shoot this new threaded LifeCard and while it was impressive enough on the range, it was kind of hard to hear just how effectively this particular handgun was as a suppressor host. Today we’ll be taking a look at the new life card to see what has changed about it compared to the standard Life Card, and also see what kind of rimfire mischief we can get into with this neat little firearm.

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The Rimfire Report: The Basics of Suppressing 22LR

Hello and welcome to another edition of The Rimifre Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and its many guns, sports, history, and more! Last week we talked a bit about fellow writer Rusty S’s well-put-together Tikka T1x 22LR varmint rifle. While I think everyone can appreciate a really nice 22LR varmint slaying rifle, a lot of you seemed to hold the sentiment that there are other rifles out there that are far less expensive that can probably still take to the task more affordably, and you’re probably all 100% right. I’m all for optimizing setups including my 22LR rifles and pistols and this often means borrowing other parts and accessories from some of my more expensive rigs. However, one thing I try my best not to borrow from is the suppressors for my centerfire guns. Suppressing firearms chambered in 22LR seems like it might be a dead simple task but if you’re trying to optimize your setup then there are a few basic rules you can follow to keep costs down, maintenance intervals low, and have your auto-loading guns running smoothly. Today on The Rimfire Report we’ll go over a few basic methods you can follow for suppressing 22LR rifles and pistols to get the best results.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #251: The Hansohn Brothers Vidar 22 Rimfire Suppressor

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM R9 Multi-Host suppressor. Last week we brought you an initial look at the ECCO Machine Salamander rimfire suppressor – it’s thin, it’s light, and it’s priced right. This week we continue the .22LR journey with a look at the Hansohn Brothers Vidar 22 silencer. Does this can have what it takes to take on the big dogs? Let’s find out.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #250: The ECCO Machine Salamander Rimfire Suppressor

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM Turbo K 5.56mm rifle suppressor. Last week we discussed the new SIG Sauer SPEAR LT carbine and the SLX762C-QD compact silencer. Today we get a look at the ECCO Machine Salamander rimfire suppressor. Can this ultra-thin, ultra-light can be just as quiet as larger and heavier market options? Let’s take a look.

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Autumn in Maine: Reviving the Ruger Marlin 1895 Guide Gun in .45-70 Govt

No matter your age, geographic location, or mission, there is a definite utility in a quality lever action rifle. Typically a blend of blued steel and wood, a lever gun has a comfortable feel, classic lines, and a sort of historic presence that everyone can love. It inspires confidence, safety, and the ability to provide. Sure we can debate caliber selections – everything from .22LR up to .45-70 Gov’t – but a lever action rifle has maintained most of its original usefulness over the past 150+ years of common use. Today we are going to talk about the return of a classic: the Ruger Marlin 1895 Guide Gun. This is a capable rifle that can be used for hunting, backcountry protection or for just owning a little piece of America.

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The Assassin's Rimfire: The Beretta 71

The Beretta 71 seems like an ordinary rimfire pistol. However, it has an extensive history with Israeli assassins and air marshals. It also happens to be one of the most fun .22 LR pistols money can buy.

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Norma Introduces New TAC-22 Subsonic 40-Grain .22LR Ammunition

Norma designs some great ammunition manufacturing millions upon millions of cartridges for both the US and European markets. The company’s latest offering is their new TAC-22 Subsonic 40-grain ammunition featuring a lead round nose hollow point bullet and an advertised muzzle velocity of 1,017 feet per second keeping the rounds well under the range of supersonic making them much more pleasant to shoot, with or without a suppressor.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #240: The New SilencerCo Osprey 2.0 – Pushbutton Indexing

Good morning everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the very capable  YHM Turbo K. Last week we got a preview of the HUXWRX FLOW 556k suppressor that was just announced as the winner of the FBI HRT contract. This week we bring you the SilencerCo Osprey 2.0 pushbutton indexing suppressor. If you have held off on picking up a SCO Osprey or a pistol can in general, now is a great time to make the leap. Let’s take a look.

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TFB Review: The POF SMG MP5 – MP5 Performance Without the Price?

The venerated MP5 design is one that has lasted well beyond its practical use and into the modern age. The MP5 has made itself a comfy home in the minds of American gun owners due to a combination of real-world and fictional portrayals in the hands of operators and action heroes alike. The MP5 is simply a near-ubiquitous design when it comes to the term SMG or submachine gun. However, the trouble with MP5s, especially in the Heckler & Koch manufacture, is they are really hard to get a hold of and on top of that, they’re also insanely expensive. There are a few other great options out there if you’re unwilling to pay two and a half racks for that roller-delayed goodness and today we’re taking a look at one of the more affordable options in the MP5 scene with POF’s (Pakistan Ordnance Factories) SMG MP5 otherwise known as the POF-5. These Pakistan-produced and Arkansas-imported firearms come in at a competitive price, and really have great performance to match if you’re looking to scratch that MP5 itch and don’t really care about the roll mark.

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TFB B-Side Podcast: Is Reloading For You? With the Ultimate Reloader

Reloading is one of those hobbies I never thought I’d actually pick up – even as a firearms owner. However, all it took for me to get addicted to the benchtop hobby was for a good friend of mine to send me a very inexpensive Lee Challenger reloading press kit and from there, the rest was history. Reloading can seem intimidating for the uninitiated, I know I was quite intimidated during my first range trip with my first box of reloaded ammunition, however, 10 years down the road, I’ve not only gained a solid grasp on the concept, but I’ve also dipped into new rabbit holes of information I once again never thought I’d find myself in. Suffice it to say reloading is just as rewarding as it is educational and I personally think that more firearms owners should have at least a basic grasp of the concept. I think these sentiments are shared by our guest today, Gavin, a.k.a the Ultimate Reloader. Gavin runs a YouTube channel and website that specializes in all things reloading, as well as some great informative precision rifle content that has really been a valuable resource to me as a reloader over the years. I’m honored today to have him on the podcast with us to give you guys a bird’s eye view of handloading/reloading so that you can determine for yourself whether or not you’d like to pick it up either as a hobby or as a means to shoot more without vastly increasing the cost of ammunition.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #231: The Long Awaited Dead Air Sierra 5 Rifle Suppressor

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM R9 multi-host suppressor. Last week we gave you a look at the B&T RBS .30 caliber QDR silencer that runs on Surefire mounts. This week we finally get our hands on the Dead Air Sierra 5, a dedicated 5.56mm rifle suppressor that fans have been begged Pappas and crew to bring to market for years. Is it worth the wait? Let’s find out.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #229: – AB Suppressor Raptor 762 – Subs and Supers

Good evening morning everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday Sunday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM R9 mult-caliber, multi-host suppressor. Two weeks ago we brought you a look at the AB Suppressor Raptor 5.56mm suppressor. This week we get a look at the Raptor 762 with subsonic 300BLK as well as 7.62×51 on a SIG 716 AR-10. Let’s check it out.

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MAXIM Defense Short Barrel Ammunition – Tumble Upon Impact

Compact and light, rifle caliber personal defense weapons (PDWs) are a compromise to pistol caliber carbines or submachine guns. Unfortunately, short barrel rifles can leave cartridges designed for longer barrels anemic when it comes to terminal performance. MAXIM Defense Short Barrel Ammunition is designed to create wound cavities that outperform expanding and fragmenting rounds and can tumble at velocities down to 500 fps. MAXIM Defense also just released a line of suppressor-friendly frangible ammunition that can be shot on steel targets at very short distances.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #208: Santa Delivers The LMT-AT ION 30

Good morning everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM Turbo K 5.56 rifle suppressor. Last week we got a look at the Seismic Ammo 2.5 ounce subsonic shotgun shells. For today, since it’s Christmas morning, let’s get a quick look at an upcoming review – the highly anticipated LMT ION 30 rifle suppressor. Can the trusted manufacturer of select fire rifles and grenade launchers also make high-performance suppressors? Let’s take a look.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #207: Subsonic Shotgunning, New SiCo EVO, ATF eForms

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM Phantom 22 rimfire suppressor. Last week we discussed the new Griffin Armament EXPLORR ET3 T-300 rifle can. This week we have a mash up of news and reviews, starting with some subsonic shotgunning with a new release from Seismic Ammunition. Have you felt the recoil of a 2.5 ounce slug going just over 1,000 feet per second? Let’s take a look.

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