The Rimfire Report: The Italian-Made Sovereign SM64 Takedown 22

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and its guns, ammunition, shooting sports, and history. Last week we dove into a relatively obscure semi-auto 22 Magnum rimfire rifle, the Excel Arms MR-22 Accelerator. This American-made rifle obviously wasn’t very successful, however, these rifles definitely still garner about $600 on auction sites meaning at least a few gun owners out there like to have them around. This week we’re getting into another obscure rimfire rifle, this time from Italy – the Sovereign SM64 Takedown chambered in 22LR. This is another early example of a 22LR takedown rifle that I’ve yet to run into and so once again we’ll be going off of people I’ve talked to about the gun, as well as what we’ve been able to glean from the online archives discussing it.

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 69: No (Castle) Nut November

Welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 69 and happy November! 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, 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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SILENCER SATURDAY #303: 15 Years – SilencerCo Sparrow-Ti

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 revisited the point of impact effects when switching between suppressors. This week we take a look a twist on an old classic with the SilencerCo Sparrow-Ti rimfire suppressor. Are there any notable upgrades? Let’s find out.

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Top Range Essentials For Training On Your Own

Throughout the year, I will take friends out to shoot for the first time. I will often give them 3-4 hours of instruction at a time and will typically do this 5-6 times before I say they have enough base knowledge to continue on their own. I love introducing new people into the gun community, but whenever I do this, the first question from these new shooters is what they need to get to practice on their own.  Not everything on this list is essential by any means but there are a few things that helped me progress as a shooter and help track my progress. Starting out, using simple targets like paper plates taped to a piece of wood is good enough. Most things can be practiced with dry firing as well but let’s take a look at the top range essentials for training on your own.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Options To Carry For Hunting

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we talked about some basic drills people can do at the range to practice for carrying concealed. If you happened to miss last week’s article, be sure to click the link here to catch up. This week, I wanted to start looking at some good hunting carry gun options. This can range widely depending on where you are and there are certainly examples where hunters needed a handgun for protection. Let’s take a closer look at options to carry for hunting.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Pancho Villa's Golden SAA Estimated to Fetch Nearly a Million Dollars!

Welcome back to Wheelgun Wednesday!  This week, we are taking a look at the most hotly anticipated and highly valued firearm to hit the auction block in Rock Island Auction Company’s premier auction in December.  Normally, a gold-plated and engraved 1st Generation Colt Single Action Army would be a hot item in its own right.  This particular model, however, has some serious historical value, having been inscribed and gifted to Pancho Villa in 1917.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Real Tacticool or Unsightly & Unusual?

Welcome everyone to the 213th 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 106: October 30th Roundup

We’re back again with another roundup of fresh firearms-focused podcasts in TFB Podcast Roundup 106. 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 check that out and listen here on the TFB website, or check it out on your favorite podcast app. In the meantime, sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s selection of gun podcast listening.

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The Rimfire Report: The Obscure Excel Arms MR-22 Accelerator Rifle

Hello and welcome to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and its many different types of firearms, ammunition types, shooting competitions, and rich history! Last week we briefly looked at the new Fletcher Rifle Works OpenTop Takedown rifle. From my initial testing of the rifle last week things seem to be shaping up well for the unique take of the 10/22 takedown. I should have a full review for you guys soon, complete with a comprehensive test on how well the rifle holds zero while having its top rail section removed, as well as during routine takedown. This week I wanted to share a somewhat obscure and oft-forgotten rimfire series of rifles (and pistols) that can still be bought today. Today we’re talking about the Exel Arms MR-22 Accelerator Rifle. These unique rifles have a pretty interesting reputation online and today we’ll dive into all of that to see if you might want to pick one up for yourself.

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 68: Deals for a Happy Halloween!

Welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 68! 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, 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: Rust Bluing The Blunderbuss

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. I am excited to finally roll out an article on rust bluing. This article ties in with a previous Armorer’s Bench article that covered some different types of bluing as well as the recent blunderbuss build articles. This one should cap off that last one.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #302: POI Testing With SIG SLH And SLX Suppressors

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 tested the Dead Air Mojave 9 modular silencer. This week we return to my favorite 300BLK weapon systems – the SIG MCX SPEAR-LT and the SIG SLH and SLX suppressors to test POI shift between models. Let’s take a look.

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Friday Night Lights: Hollywood Night Vision Myths Part 6

Welcome back to another weekly edition of Friday Night Lights. Last week we took a look at the FLIR RECON M24, a thermal monocular used by Alejandro in the movie Sicario. Well, this week we continue to look at Hollywood night vision myths part 6. We will take a look at the use of night vision and thermal devices in The Covenant (2023), The Contractor (2022), Predator (1987) and Predator 2 (1990) movies.

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2023 Fall Buyer's Guide: Choosing Your Perfect Weapon-Mounted Light

In the world of tactical gear, a weapon-mounted light is not just an accessory – it’s a critical tool that can mean the difference between clear sight and obscurity, accurate identification and guesswork. Whether you’re a law enforcement officer, a hunter, or a responsible civilian who believes in the right to self-defense, the right weapon light can enhance your accuracy, identify threats, and even disorient potential attackers.

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Guns of "The Rundown" Movie

While being a film from a time before “The Rock” really became “The Rock”, the movie The Rundown seems to have been largely forgotten however I think it’s a movie with some pretty interesting firearms and firearm manipulation. I’m not aware of any other film where the protagonist tears up a town of henchmen with akimbo pump-action shotguns.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Simple Range Drills

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we talked about the pros and cons of metal and polymer-framed handguns. If you happened to miss that article or just want to check it out, be sure to click the link here to take a look. This week, I wanted to address some simple drills someone can do at the range that take almost no materials and can be done with almost anything. I get a fair amount of questions about easy drills to do with little to no materials. Let’s take a closer look at some simple conceal carry range drills.

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2023 Fall Buyer's Guide: Over-the-Ear Hearing Protection

We understand the importance of protecting your hearing in various environments, whether at the range or on the hunt, at work, during recreational activities, or even for everyday noise reduction. In this comprehensive buyer’s guide, we will explore and compare different products available in the market to help you choose the best over-the-ear hearing protection that suits your needs and will help you navigate the top over-the-ear hearing protection products on the market, focusing on key factors like comfort, noise reduction rating (NRR), durability, and design.

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TFB REVIEW: The Trijicon RMR HD Red Dot Sight

I have carried a GLOCK 45 MOS every day for over a year in an inside the waistband holster. Equipped with a Surefire 300 Ultra and a Trijicon RMR, this is my perfect EDC gun for almost every situation.  But I didn’t fully appreciate the power of a slide-mounted red dot until I attended a basic two-day optics training class. We’ll talk more about the training in a bit, but my gun with the RMR was the only one that didn’t suffer from sort of optic failure during the drills. Now, officially announced last month, the Trijicon RMR HD adds features and functionality – including a forward facing light sensor – to an already bulletproof optic system for pistols. Let’s take a look.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Cartridge Spotlight – .17 Caliber Revolvers

Welcome to TFB’s Wheelgun Wednesday, where we explore all that revolves around revolvers. This week, we’ll take a look at .17 caliber revolvers to kick off a gradual series based on our previous 57 Revolver Cartridges article, using it as an overview. In this new Revolver Cartridge Spotlight series, we’ll spotlight each caliber currently chambered in revolvers, the available revolvers that shoot said cartridge, and some pros and cons about them. Without further ado, let’s start off the Revolver Cartridge Spotlight with .17 caliber revolvers.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Custom Walnut or Confused Mutt?

Welcome everyone to the 212th 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 105: October 23rd Roundup

We’re back again with another roundup of fresh firearms-focused podcasts in TFB Podcast Roundup 105. Each week we’ll be 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’ll also be 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 check that out and listen here on the TFB website, or check it out on your favorite podcast app. In the meantime, sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s selection of gun podcast listening.

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The Rimfire Report: The Fletcher Rifle Works OpenTop Takedown Rifle

Hello and welcome to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world! Last week we had fellow writer Patrick O. share his SIG Sauer 522 Classic rimfire rifle. Sadly the SIG 552 is out of production and parts are slowly drying up as the rifle falls further into history. A big thank you to Patrick for sharing that one with us! This week we’re just coming off of 10/22 day, and as a coincidence, I just happened to pick up one of the newest rifles from Fletcher Rifleworks – the new OpenTop Takedown rifle. This new take on the Fletcher Rifle Works OpenTop 11/22 receiver adds on a premium takedown-equipped barrel and receiver, as well as a longer top Picatinny rail that extends the full length of the top of the receiver making it much more suitable to use with traditional riflescopes. While I haven’t been able to take the rifle to the range just yet, I figured today I’d give you all a closer look at the rifle in advance!

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 67: No Ammo? Time to Buy Magazines!

Welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 67! October is 3/4 of the way over and fall is in full swing up here in the Pacific Northwest. While this means less time to shoot during the daylight hours, this does mean that it’s almost that time of year when getting out to shoot with night vision on is becoming much less of a hassle. However, as we talked about last week, it looks like there has been another bum rush on 5.56/.223 ammunition which has led to most of the more affordable training ammunition drying up. As of writing, the average price for any type of 5.56 or .223 ammunition seems to be sitting at about 20-25 cents more per round than just a week ago. Most of what is left on sites like Palmetto State Armory, Primary Arms, Natchez Shooters Supply, and other online retailers, is mostly heaver grain match ammunition or 62-grain green tip (M855). My go-to pistol ammunition for this year AAC 124gr 9mm, is no longer in stock in individual boxes but can be purchased as a package deal with a Plano Ammunition can for about $0.30 per round meaning 9mm pricing hasn’t been affected quite as much as 5.56 ammunition. I’ll post the few deals like that that I’ve found but for this week, I think we’ll mostly be able to find deals on other things besides ammunition – here’s hoping that changes soon! In any case, if you’re not buying your regular order of ammo, why not just buy more magazines!

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SILENCER SATURDAY 301: The Dead Air Mojave 9 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 were introduced to the new Dead Air Mojave 9. We continue the review this week with some range time with the Beretta M9A3 and the select-fire H&K MP5K PDW. Let’s see how the Mojave performs.

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Launching A Rifle Grenade With The 20″ Hellion

When Springfield Armory unveiled their new 18″ and 20″ Hellions, many of us noticed the 20″ version has a similar-looking barrel as the Croatian military-issued VHS-D2. It looks like it has a gas ring to launch a rifle grenade. So I took my review sample 20″ Hellion and tested it to launch practice rifle grenades. Here is that story.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Polymer versus Metal Compact Handguns

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we discussed the difference between practical and tactical carry bags. If you happened to miss that article, click the link here to catch up on last week’s article. This week, I wanted to talk about the increase in full-metal construction handguns on the market over the last few years. While heavier carry guns do offer a few advantages, they are by no means perfect. Let’s take a closer look at some of these new models and differences when it comes to polymer versus metal compact handguns.

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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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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Tack Driver or Red Hack?

Welcome everyone to the 211th 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 104: The Legendary 357 Magnum

Welcome to TFB Podcast Roundup 104! We’re back again with your typical roundup of firearms podcasts to keep you filled in on the latest trends, news, and discussions that are happening within the firearms industry. We’ll be hearing from pro shooters, ammunition manufacturers, one of the internet’s most famous 3D firearm printers, and the guys from the Primary & Secondary podcast. As always, sit back relax, and enjoy this week’s selection of gun-industry podcasts.

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The Rimfire Report: SIG Sauer 522 Classic Overview

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! In this installment, we’ll take a look at a rimfire 550-series SIG rifle. The SIG Sauer 556 rifle was born from the iconic Swiss SG 550 series. The 556 quickly emerged as a testament to SIG Sauer’s commitment to precision engineering and firearm innovation. Introduced in the early 2000s, the 556 quickly gained recognition for its exceptional accuracy, reliability, and versatility. Its gas piston operating system set it apart from traditional direct-impingement designs, delivering smoother recoil and enhanced durability. In response to American market demand and evolving shooting preferences, SIG Sauer introduced the SIG Sauer 522 in 2009. This variant, chambered in .22LR, retained the 556’s renowned ergonomics and aesthetics while offering a more cost-effective and recreational shooting experience.

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