SILENCER SATURDAY #310: Goodbye 2023, Hello 2024

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM R45 Multi-Host Suppressor. Last weekend we finished off a three part series on the SureFire SOCOM556 RC3 with some bolt action shooting. Today we say goodbye to 2023 and hello to 2024 with a brief reflection on a year’s worth of Silencer Saturday posts. Did you have a favorite new suppressor that debuted this year?

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Concealed Carry Corner: Smaller Guns Aren't Always Better

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we took a look at some classy carry options for Christmas. If you happened to miss that article, be sure to click the link here to check out last week’s fun article. This week, I want to take a look at another topic not everyone talks about. With the recent trend in guns becoming smaller and now becoming slightly larger, there are a few very good reasons for this trend which I would love to look at closer. This isn’t by chance but there are a few specific reasons why bigger is sometimes better. Let’s take a closer look at why smaller guns aren’t always better.

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The Quest for The Low Bore Axis – Magnum Edition – The Wildebeest from Down Under

Welcome to a new episode of this very irregular series. Again, we have the chance to take a look at the highly unique brainchild of a talented inventor. The Wildebeest is, to our knowledge, the only semiautomatic pistol marrying a low bore axis architecture with a magnum caliber. Let’s have an exclusive look into what it is (and what it can become).

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Smith & Wesson Texas Rangers Bicentennial Revolver

Welcome back to  Wheelgun Wednesday, our weekly article series where we cover everything related to revolvers. Today we’ll take a look at a new limited edition custom Smith & Wesson revolver which is a tribute to America’s oldest state law enforcement agency,  Texas Rangers, who are celebrating their 200th anniversary. Created in collaboration with Davidson’s, the Smith & Wesson Texas Rangers bicentennial commemorative revolver is an N-Frame six-shooter embellished with engravings and gold inlaid markings and insignia.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? American Hog or Steamy Log?

Welcome everyone to the 220th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only have Fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Classy Carry Guns For Christmas

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we took a look at some great ideas for the person who carries a concealed firearm in your family. If you happened to miss that article, be sure to click the link here to check it out. This week, one of my favorite things about the holidays is getting together with my family and talking about what we decide to carry for family dinners. Call us a little red-neck but it’s always fun to carry a firearm to our Christmas gathering just to see what everyone has. Let’s take a closer look at some classy carry guns for Christmas.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Penn Arms GL65-40 Launcher

Welcome back to Wheelgun Wednesday, where we talk about wheel guns . . . on Wednesday. Last week Hrachya showed us some bizarre double-headed revolver. Well, today we take a look at a revolver, technically. Yes, it is not a handgun but a destructive device as deemed by the ATF. It is a Penn Arms GL65-40. I got a chance to check one out recently.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Magazine Fed Majesty or Pump Action Travesty?

Welcome everyone to the 219th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only have Fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

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TFB Podcast Roundup 112: December 18th Roundup

We’re back again with another roundup of fresh firearms-focused podcasts in TFB Podcast Roundup 112. Each week we’re bringing you a new set of podcasts from across the web that cover a wide variety of topics including gunsmithing, hunting, precision shooting, war stories, competition shooting, gun industry news, and much more. In addition, we’re also featuring the most recent episode of TFB’s own Behind The Gun Podcast which airs every week on Thursday mornings. If you’d like to check out the full episode list for TFB’s Behind The Gun Podcast, you can find it here on the TFB website or on your favorite podcast app. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s selection of gun podcast listening.

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Rimfire Report: 1950s 22LR Barrelette Shotgun Adapter

Hello and welcome to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is about the rimfire firearm world and its many types of firearms, shooting sports, ammunition, and history! I am back at the helm filling in for Luke C for this week. Last week Luke kicked off the takedown vs SBR 22LR debate. Today I’m gonna talk about a recent purchase of a barrel adapter of a different time. Let’s dive into the Barrelette Shotgun Adapter from the 1950s.

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 75: Deals for December 18, 2023

Welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 75! We’re back with more deals on guns, gear, ammunition, and accessories from some of our most frequented online retailers like Primary Arms, Natchez Shooters Supply, Palmetto State Armory, Brownells, and more. Whether you’re looking for deals on new or used guns, ammo to add to your reserves, or specific accessories like flashlights, range bags, optics, bipods, and magazines, each week we’ll have new sets of deals that might fulfill one of those needs and save you a few dollars.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #308: Barrel Lengths and the SureFire SOCOM556 RC3

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM R45 Multi-Host Suppressor. Last weekend we started off with an introduction to the latest SureFire rifle suppressor, Today we compare the SureFire SOCOM556 RC3 to the venerable SureFire SOCOM556 RC2 on different barrel lengths of gas operated carbines. Is SureFire’s next generation suppressor quieter than the RC2? Does barrel length matter? I think we all know the answer to that… but let’s dig in anyway.

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Just As Good? Glock 19 vs. Mock 19 Parts Build

The number of third generation Glock clones is astounding. Some companies are based solely on taking proven designs and finding ways of making them more appealing to their audiences. For example, Shadow Systems has created their own versions of Glock pistols, but they offer customers all of the upgrades that they were going to do anyway, but straight from the manufacturer. My wife recently bought the DR920 and loves it. I, on the other hand, prefer a more hands-on approach. I decided to put together a parts build G19 clone, entirely from non-Glock parts, and put it up against one from the factory.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Gift Ideas For Concealed Carry

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we looked at the good and bad of carrying during the winter months. If you happened to miss that article be sure to click the link here to check it out. This week, I wanted to look at some items that are great for people who carry a concealed firearm but don’t break the bank. It can sometimes be tricky picking out a gift for your loved one who carries a gun but doesn’t want to spend a ton of money on a new firearm or something else. Let’s take a closer look at some gift ideas for concealed carry.

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TRB Bratunac RS 9 Vampir Gen2 Pistol

Earlier this year in Istanbul, Turkey, the company called TRB Bratunac presented the second generation of their RS 9 Vampir pistol. TFB published photos of the first version of the TRB pistol back in 2017 when it was presented to the public for the first time at the defense expo in Belgrade.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Double Revolver from San Marino

Welcome back to Wheelgun Wednesday, our weekly article series where we cover everything related to revolvers. For today’s edition, we have a picture of a very interesting wheelgun that is actually two revolvers merged together at a 90-degree angle. For lack of a better term, I’ll call this gat a double revolver. The picture of this obscure little firearm was taken in the Museum of Ancient Arms of San Marino by a good friend of mine and fellow firearms enthusiast Austin Missett who kindly allowed me to share it with our audience. Unfortunately, there was no information about the origin, design or history of this gun, it was in a display case that just said “Revolvers”. Let’s examine the pictures and see what we can tell about the design of this revolver(s).

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Russian Rarity or Waning Popularity?

Welcome everyone to the 218th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has a Fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

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TFB PSA: Don't Deck the Halls With Your Balls This Christmas

I’m sure a lot of you have probably seen the video that has been circulating around social media and forums of some allegedly unfortunate fellow who accidentally gave himself a free vasectomy. The video of the accident is also accompanied by what looks to be discharge papers for the patient listing out the details of the entry and exit wound. While it’s entirely plausible that this video and the supporting document are falsified, I also wouldn’t put it out of the realm of possibility that this guy was simply being wildly irresponsible with his firearm for internet points, and wound up getting a 9mm screening of the Nutcracker. After all, it’s happened several times in the past and this incident seems to follow all the same patterns that the other accidents did. For those of you who can’t watch the video, we’ll go over it in more detail below. Obviously, you shouldn’t do anything like this with your own guns, that goes without saying, but just in case you’re fuzzy on the topic, Don’t point any type of firearm at your groin for internet clout. 

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TFB Podcast Roundup 112: December 11th Roundup

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The Rimfire Report: The Eternal Debate – SBR or Takedown 22LR Rifle?

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and its rich history, the extensive array of unique firearms, as well as its fun and enjoyable shooting sports that are accessible to virtually everyone on the globe. Last week we talked about the extremely obscure, rare, and quite honestly pretty cool M6 Scout Rifle. This takedown, folding combination gun is one that many of us seem to have a massive affinity for, even if the concept itself isn’t all that great on paper. I think most of us might rather have a dedicated semi-auto, bolt-action takedown, or SBR 22LR rifle than an M6 as a general-purpose 22LR rifle. So today we’ll be going over the advantages and disadvantages of both, to see what the general consensus is among you, readers, as well as a few of the TFB staff that I’ve asked about the concept.

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 74: Deals for December 11th, 2023

Welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 74! We’re back with more deals on guns, gear, ammunition, and accessories from some of our most frequented online retailers like Primary Arms, Guns.com, Natchez Shooters Supply, Palmetto State Armory, Brownells, and more. Whether you’re looking for deals on new or used guns, ammo to add to your reserves, or specific accessories like flashlights, range bags, optics, guns, bipods, and magazines, each week we’ll have new sets of deals that might fulfill one of those needs and save you a few dollars.

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TFB Armorer's Bench: C96 Grip Fit & Stock Repair

Welcome everyone to the  TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb below, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. Today we get to dive into a rather spontaneous project. This is one I’ve had on my list for a while but have been very busy and even been a little under the weather lately. I need to fit some C96 grips to pair with my stock and I need to fix the stock so I can confidently use it with the C96. Let’s dive into the C96 Grip Fit & Stock Repair!

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SILENCER SATURDAY #307: The SureFire SOCOM RC3 Suppressor

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM R45 Multi-Host Suppressor. Last week we got a look at the Knight’s Armament QDC/MCQ-PRT 5.56mm rifle suppressor, This week we get a look at one of the most anticipated AR-15 suppressors in many years – the SureFire SOCOM RC3. Can the RC3 live up to the standards of its RC2 predecessor? We’ll find out in this multi-part series dedicated to the latest SureFire release.

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Silencer Central Tour 2023 – Where All The Quiet Magic Happens

At the very end of August, I had the extreme pleasure of going on a tour at the Silencer Cental headquarters where all of the quiet magic happens. Silencer Central formerly Dakota Silencers has been delivering silence for over 15 years (closing in on 20!). They are arguably the largest silencer company out there and have some of the most thoughtful customer services regarding easy and painless silencer purchases. What I witnessed at their headquarters on my Silencer Central tour reflected that and more. Let’s dive right in!

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Concealed Carry Corner: The Good and Bad of Winter Carry

Welcome back to another episode of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we talked about some concealed carry examples from three different people who are drastically different but all carry a concealed firearm. If you happened to miss that article, be sure to click the link here to check it out. This week, I want to talk about another topic that some get really excited about which is carrying in the winter months. There are plenty of benefits to the extra layers but it also presents plenty of problems as well. Let’s take a closer look at the good and bad of winter carry.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Super Redhawk 22 Hornet! Who Approved This?!?

It is pretty rare nowadays that a firearm manufacturer surprises me anymore. Some revolver companies will yell, “Look! We put a rail on ours so now you can add a red dot!” Well, we have been clamoring for more red dot ready revolvers for years. No surprise here because my preferred pronouns are accept/red dots. Then, we hear chatter of, “Look! We threaded our revolver for suppressors (even though our revolver can’t be suppressed)!” Honestly, not surprised you did that Heritage Manufacturing. And then, we have Ruger engineers recently breaking into Kel-Tec’s cocaine closet break room only to return home with the idea of: “You know what the revolver community wants… more wheelguns chambered in 22 Hornet!” Touché, Ruger. I did not see that coming (and for those keeping score at home that is 2 cocaine jokes in consecutive weeks; the streak continues). So, this week we are going to check out Ruger’s newest double-action revolver with the unveiling of the Super Redhawk 22 Hornet. Let’s dive in!

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NIJ Releases New Classifications For Body Armor

The days of the old “levels” of body armor are coming to an end. Finally, the National Institute of Justice released their long-awaited new armor classification guide. Let’s take a look at NIJ 0101.07 and NIJ 0123.00 to see what the new ratings look like. 

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Is A Global Gunpowder Shortage Coming In 2024?

Before we get started I’d like to point out as of right now this is purely speculation based off of what we’re seeing currently in the market. A few days ago at the start of December, Vista Outdoors, the principal owner of several popular brands of ammunition, powders, and primers, announced a price increase due to begin at the start of 2024. This increase is in reaction to what Vista Outdoors calls an unprecedented demand for and anticipated global shortage of gunpowder. The full press release has been posted below.

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TFB Podcast Roundup 111: December 4th Roundup

We’re back again with another roundup of fresh firearms-focused podcasts in TFB Podcast Roundup 111. Each week we’re bringing you a new set of podcasts from across the web that cover a wide variety of topics including gunsmithing, hunting, precision shooting, war stories, competition shooting, gun industry news, and much more. In addition, we’re also featuring the most recent episode of TFB’s own Behind The Gun Podcast which airs every week on Thursday mornings. If you’d like to check out the full episode list for TFB’s Behind The Gun Podcast, you can find it here on the TFB website or on your favorite podcast app. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s selection of gun podcast listening.

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The Rimfire Report: The Discontinued (again) Springfield M6 Scout

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, ammo, shooting sports, history, and more! Last week we got knee-deep into combination guns and their heavy use of 22LR. While we specifically took a look at the Savage Model 24 combination gun, we also mentioned the M6 Scout Survival Rifle or Aircrew Survival Weapon. This handy little takedown combination gun was issued to aircrews for nearly 20 years during the post-WWII years and has not only an interesting history but quite a lively secondhand market on auction sites like GunBroker.com. Today we’ll take a look at its history, and of course, check out what people who own these rare firearms have to say about them and their performance.

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