The Rimfire Report: Conversion or Dedicated 22LR AR?

Hello 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, gear, shooting sports, ammunition, and history! When it comes to shooting .22LR ammunition, two popular options among AR-15 enthusiasts are dedicated .22LR AR-15 rifles and conversion kits. Each option has its merits but both have a very limited selection of options that cater to different needs and preferences and of course, have varying degrees of value depending on the situation you’re in. In this edition of The Rimfire Report, we will go over the advantages and disadvantages of both dedicated 22LR AR rifles and 22LR AR conversion kits, to help you make your decision based on your budget, shooting requirements, and overall firearm preferences.

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New AR-15 Handguards And Grips From Ergo

Ergo Grips has some new and new/old handguards and grips for the AR-15. Ergo was one of the original makers of AR upgrade parts. This latest batch of offerings refreshes some of their classic designs for the modern day.

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Why Q's AR-15 Will Disrupt the Market: The Sugar Weasel 16″

Not many people associate Q with the AR-15, but the Sugar Weasel might be the most significant “new” AR-15 to come around in years. While the Sugar Weasel started life as a more economical Honey Badger, it’s arguably going to be a more versatile and popular rifle than the Honey Badger itself.

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What is the Ultimate Urban Rifle? Ep. 2: $5,000 Budget

This video is a continuation of a series we started at Thunder Ranch three years ago to answer the question: What is the ultimate urban rifle? We mean a rifle that is perfect for home defense, self-defense, or even competition. You need something reliable, lightweight, compact, and accurate that works when maneuvering in tight spaces. Today’s episode revolves around a whopping $5,000 budget and starts with the Daniel Defense DDM4 V7 and some LPVO options. If you are looking for the ultimate urban rifle, then this video is for you.

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POF-USA Introduces the Dragoon Series Non-NFA 13.75″ AR15

New from POF-USA is their “Dragoon Series” Renegade+ rifle.  The key feature of the Dragoon series is a 13.75″ barrel with a pinned and welded Dead Air KeyMo brake to make it a stampless gun.  13.75″ will be ideal for home defense.  The barrel length affords enough velocity to the 5.56 round while trimming off a few inches.  This makes the rifle more compact and better balanced and affords the use of a Sierra 5 or other KeyMo-compatible silencer/adapters.  The Dragoon Series is available at POF-USA “Black Label” dealers.  POF USA does not have an MSRP listed yet on their website for this SKU, but prices currently range around $2000 MSRP for other Renegade+ rifles.

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It's GOOOOLD! New Luth-AR Titanium Nitride Coated (TiN) AR-15 BCG

Titanium nitride (TiN) coating is wear-resistant, inert, and most importantly for firearms – reduces friction. While TiN is most commonly found on cutting tools, punches, dies and injection mold components for improving tool life, it’s also used in the firearms industry for many of the same benefits but it’s often cited as making firearms withstand the normal wear between sliding firearms components. TiN coatings are also notable for being extremely thin compared to some other durability coating methods and thus it’s often used as a purely decorative finish as well. Luth-AR has just announced the introduction of their new TiN-coated complete AR-15 Bolt Carrier.

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Palmetto State Armory adds the Sabre AR-10 to their Lineup

Palmetto State Armory released its Sabre line of premium AR-15 rifles a short while back. This past week they added their new Sabre AR-10 available in both forged and billet models with barrel lengths ranging from 13.7in (348mm) to 20in (508mm), featuring Springco upgrades like the gas rings, extractor spring, and ejector spring as well as a Radian Raptor charging handle and Talon selector. The Sabre AR-10 comes with a lot of the aftermarket upgrades people install in their rifles, right from the factory.

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New Stag Arms SPCTRM Rifles

Stag Arms has a new series of limited edition AR-15s in various colors. The Special Tactical Rifle Makeup ( SPCTRM) incorporates olive drab green, flat dark earth, and gray colorways. These rifles have several other upgraded features besides the color.

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Rhineland Arms And Global Defense Announce R2000 in .308 Win

Rhineland Arms and Global Defense made a splash at SHOT 2023 with their R2000 rifle chassis. That kit builds a reduced-scale WA2000 clone with AR-15 internals. A big brother is now in the works, with a .308 Winchester-size version on the way.

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VK Integrated Systems Donates NGSW-R/AR to Cody Firearms Museum

I met VK Integrated Systems at the last SHOT Show last January. They make a smart stock, called the SIOS-C, that connects to ATAK. Well, they recently donated two of their prototype firearms, the NGSW-R and NGSW-AR to the Cody Firearms Museum.

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Devil Dog Concepts HC-10 Side Charging Handle for AR-10 Rifles

Devil Dog Concepts came up with an AR-10 version of their Hard Charger AR-15 side charging handle. Like the Hard Charger, the new  Devil Dog Concepts HC-10 is a drop-in product that replaces the standard charging handle providing a left-side non-reciprocating charging handle while retaining the regular AR charging method.

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Creative Arms .300 BLK "ISR" (Integrally Suppressed Rifle) [GunCon 2023]

In this episode of TFBTV’s GunCon 2023 coverage, James speaks with Creative Arms, an Iowan boutique AR-15 manufacturer, about their integrally suppressed .300 Blackout AR-15. This carbine is different than many other integrally suppressed AR-15 options out there in that the Creative Arms uses a removable baffle core that can be swapped, but perhaps more importantly, it can be removed while the purchaser waits for their suppressor paperwork to clear or if the gun is being brought to a place where a suppressor is not permitted. How…creative?

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Sponsored Content: Experience the Revolutionary RISE ICONIC Independent Two-Stage Trigger

Traditional captive two-stage triggers have a give and take relationship between pull weight and crispiness because one part controls both stages. However, with the ICONIC trigger, this issue is a thing of the past. It features two independent stages with separate mechanical components, eliminating the compromise.

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One Second Quick Detach AR-15 Stock: The Stern Defense RAB-AD

James Reeves is at GunCon 2023. In this episode, James speaks with Stern Defense about their innovative new quick-detach AR-15 stock: The RAB-AD (Rapid Attach Buttstock Adapter). This stock comes off your AR-15 and goes back on in one second, allowing your rifle to be stowed in much smaller and flatter spaces than a regular AR-15 or even a folding-stock model AR-15, all while using your same buffer tube hardware. And, the kit costs a little over $100.

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KE Arms 20 WWSD Complete Uppers and Rifles Now Available

KE Arms has just announced the introduction of the new 20 Inch WWSD Complete Upper. This new upper configuration combines a lot of the same aspects you’d find in the 16″ version, but with a barrel length that really gives the 5.56 NATO cartridge some extra legs. The new configuration is centered around a 20-inch Ballistic Advantage lightweight Modern Series barrel but also comes complete with a lot of the neat lightweight features people loved from the original WWSD project. Or, if you’d prefer, as a complete rifle.

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The NEW Anderson Dissipator Carbine Is Here! (But For Real This Time)

Back at NRAAM 2023, TFBTV’s Hop and I had a chance to check out the subtly launched Anderson Manufacturing AM15 Dissipator Carbine. The Anderson Dissipator carbine was an unexpected hit at the Primary Arms Range Day 2023, and NRAAM 2023 with, Hop, myself, and a couple of other writers having a blast running magazine after magazine through the retro-inspired rifle. I’m happy to announce that if you’ve been looking to pick one of these up since their announcement at NRAAM, they’re available now through the Anderson Manufacturing website for what I would call a great price.

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POTD: Brownells 12.5" Patrol Rifle Build

Holt Works Photography produces some amazing photographs. Today we have just one photo of a Brownells 12.5” patrol rifle build. Feeling like building something similar, or do you live in an area where there are barrel length restrictions?

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Fire For Effect with TFB's 2023 Father's Day Deals

Welcome to our yearly round-up of 2023 Father’s Day Deals! Father’s Day is a singularly special day not just here in the United States, but across the globe with most nations taking a single day to honor fathers and venerate the responsibility, and position of fatherhood. For a lot of you dads reading and watching here at TFB and TFBTV, firearms are probably a huge part of your life and likely one of your biggest hobbies and if your experience was anything like mine, your father, or the father figure you grew up with, likely had a massive influence on your attitude towards firearms, and the 2nd Amendment, I know mine did.

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Springfield Announces the SAINT Victor 5.56 in Tungsten Gray

Introducing the latest offering from Springfield Armory, the Tungsten Gray SAINT Victor 5.56mm. This new addition to the SAINT Victor lineup combines purpose-built performance with an attractive and distinct Tungsten Gray Cerakote color option. The Tungsten Gray Cerakote finish, applied to the upper and lower forged 7075 T6 aluminum receivers, as well as the free-float M-LOK handguard, not only provides added protection but also gives the SAINT Victor a unique and eye-catching appearance for those who want an out-of-the-box rifle that will impress at the range and in the field.

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The Rimfire Report: How to Properly Play with Your Kitty Kat (Clone)

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, gear, shooting sports, and ammunition types! Last week we talked about a recent upgrade that was released for the KelTec P17 pistol. The new optics-ready slide is a cool addition to the pistol’s capabilities but I’m still debating on whether or not it’s a solid recommendation from me as it puts the pistol on the same price scale as the much more reliable and durable SIG P322 or even the classic Ruger Mark IV Lite. If the price were a bit lower for the entire package, I’d say it would be 100% worth picking up – so maybe wait for a sale or something because it’s certainly a lot of fun for a compact lightweight 22LR pistol. Today we’re going to combine the rimfire world with the world of clone builds. As you might have guessed from the title, today we’re talking about the DPMS Model RFA2-KIT or “Kitty Kat.” This pint-sized AR was originally intended to be used by SWAT entry teams which explains the ridiculously short 7″ barrel – even if you’re losing a lot of velocities, 5.56 has more than enough speed left to cause some serious damage at ranges you’d typically encounter baddies at indoors. However, if you’ve built one of these, you know you’re not training to use it for a planned entry – you’re probably mag-dumping it like the rest of us – and that’s expensive. Today we’re going to go over some of my recent experiences combining both Hop’s clone of the DPMS Kitty Kat, as well as CCMG’s latest iteration of their BRAVO 22LR conversion kit – this winning combination makes playing around with the Kitty Kat just a tad bit less expensive, and a whole lot more fun.

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PSA Introduces A5-length S5 Buffer System

Palmetto State Armory needs little introduction. They are firmly established in the market as one of the largest gun manufacturers. Their Sabre line just expanded to include an A5-length buffer kit, called the S5.

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Easthammer DMR Challenge 2023 – Gas Gun Precision Rifles Competition

My article Precision Rifle Series: Gas Gun vs Bolt Action – Which is better? created quite a stir, which of course was part of the intention. In the next competition, I had to eat my own words, as I did an all time low ever. The compensator on my JP Rifles unturned itself, and it took a while before I discovered why my hits were going everywhere.

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Switching It Up! Springfield SAINT Victor AR-15 with Law Tactical Folder

The Springfield Armory SAINT Victor line of AR-15 rifles has become a staple within the modern sporting rifle community. They have good quality at a moderate price point making them attainable for many shooters who want something that is reliable that won’t break the bank. Now, Springfield has switched it up a bit by adding in a new version boasting a Law Tactical Folder.

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The Curious Case Of The Pin-less Front Sight Base

The AR-15 is undoubtedly the most popular gun in America. Virtually all gun owners have at least used, if not built, multiple of them. Every once in a while, there is one that is a stumper. This is the story of the strangest front sight base I have ever dealt with.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? The Ultimate Decorative M16 or Can't Be Unseen?

Welcome everyone to the 191st 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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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Jungle Cat or Bungled Gat?

Welcome everyone to the 190th 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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S&Tinc Shocker – Paintball Style Double Trigger

Stuff and Things Inc. (S&Tinc) is a designer and manufacturer of firearm upgrades. They are the ones behind the bullpup AK kit. Well, they have come out with something we saw over a decade ago, a paintball-styled double trigger for an AR-15 platform. S&Tinc calls it the Shocker.

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Inside the Dutch Effort to Send Rifles to Ukraine

Last year Diemaco/Colt Canada C7A1 rifles began to appear in Ukraine. Initially, these were thought to have originated from Canada. However, after speaking with numerous sources the rifles have been confirmed to have come from the Netherlands. I’ve spoken with Dutch colleagues and members of the Netherlands Armed Forces about the rifles and have been able to interview a source familiar with the Dutch operation to supply the rifles.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Collectors Grade or General Dismay?

Welcome everyone to the 189th 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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Reap Weaponries SCY AR-15 Bullpup Conversion Kit

Introduced at SHOT Show 2023, the Reap Weaponries Scy bullpup conversion kit for AR-15 pattern rifles is now available. The Scy is a drop-in kit that is attached to the lower receiver and handguard of the rifle providing a front pistol grip mount and linking the trigger forward. Let’s take a closer look.

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