Motor City Armament Illiad And Odyssey Monolithic Modular Uppers

Motor City Armament unveiled their Illiad and Odyssey monolithic uppers at SHOT Show 2023. They have a new take on AR-15 modularity, especially with their Odyssey monolithic upper.

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Installing XS Sights on The Magpul MBUS

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. In this article, I decided to try something I have not done before. This article will be pretty uneventful as far as earth-shattering content BUT!!! I could not find much content out there as far as replacing Magpul MBUS sight pieces so I figured I’d share my little adventure and hopefully reveal some helpful things along the way. That being said, let’s dive right into installing XS Sights on the MBUS.

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[SHOT 2023] Fostech FLITE Elite Receivers and FLITE Phantom .22LR Rifle

At SHOT Show 2023, Fostech introduced a new generation of magnesium/aluminum alloy AR-15 receivers called FLITE Elite that are now made of forgings. These receivers are advertised to be 30% stronger and 30% lighter than their counterparts made of 6061 aluminum. In ounces, that’s a 2 oz weight reduction in the case of the FLITE Elite upper receiver (4.92 oz vs 6.92 oz). Also new from Fostech is a .22LR rifle called FLITE Phantom.

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[SHOT 2023] Sons of Liberty Gun Works Tactical Games Edition AR

In this episode of TFBTV, @JamesReeves is at the SHOT Show 2023 Sons of Liberty Gun Works booth to talk about the new collaboration between SOLGW and the Tactical Games to build out a ready-to-run AR that meets all of the criteria for competing in the Tactical Games. SOLGW gives TFBTV the run down on this build.

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[SHOT 2023] New XM177 From Windham Weaponry

Windham Weaponry continues to add new rifles to its lineup, including an XM177 variant. The XM177 family was one of the first AR-style carbines to enter wide use. Several variants were used, including the XM177E2 and GAU5/A. Most original versions featured a ~4″ moderator attached to a 10″ barrel. The ATF decreed that the original moderator was a silencer and thus required a tax stamp.

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[SHOT 2023] The Geissele 6mm ARC RECCE Rifle

Geissele Automatics showed up to SHOT Show 2023 with two new rifles chambered in the ultimate SPR cartridge: 6mm ARC. The competition-ready Stratomatch rifle and the tough and durable GFR (Geissele Freedom Rifle) RECCE.

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[SHOT 2023] Brigade Manufacturing Makasi FAL/AR Hybrid Rifle

Brigade Manufacturing Inc.’s new Makasi rifle was on display at SHOT Show 2023 in the AmChar Wholesale booth. It blends the FAL and AR-15 into something new, almost sort of modernized FN CAL. Let’s delve into this unique design and what it has to offer.

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[SHOT 2023] Anderson Manufacturing Kiger 9mm Pistol And Cerbat Bolt Action Rifle

Anderson Manufacturing is a major producer of AR-15 parts and guns, but they had other things on display at SHOT Show as well.

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[SHOT 2023] New Ascendant Rifles From Rock River Arms

Rock River Arms has made AR-15 rifles for many years, and continues to do so. Their newest release is the Ascendant series.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Ultimate Masterkey or How About No?

Welcome everyone to the 174th 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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SILENCER SATURDAY #260: A Few Of My Favorite Things – 2022

Good evening everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM Turbo T3 rifle suppressor. Since it is New Year’s Eve, I thought we could reflect back at the year in suppressors with a few of my favorite things. This episode marks five straight years of the Silencer Saturday series. Thank you all for joining us every week for an NFA journey and spreading the word of reducing hearing damage and quieter shooting.

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POTD: C7A2 – Canadian Armed Forces in Romania

What a fantastic time to be alive, and it’s Photo Of The Day time again! We have a great example of an awkward shooting position above, but staying behind a large wheel for protection is great if you’re getting shot at. We see the Canadian C7A2 5.56-mm Automatic Rifle, which is a mid-life program upgrade from the C7 and C7A1 variants. The upgrade came with ambidextrous controls, and a new configurable buttstock all painted in a low infrared signature. There’s also a possibility to fit it with a bayonet for close combat. The weight is 4.58 kg and it fires 5.56×45 NATO ammunition. The Canadians also use the C8A3 Carbine.

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SureFire Anti Flash-and-Light – SFA2-556 Flash Hider and Suppressor Mount

Place this one in the ‘it’s not new, but it hasn’t received any press’ column. SureFire muzzle devices, especially their muzzle brakes and three-prong or four-prong flash hiders have been industry leaders for many years. The wide adoption of the SureFire SOCOM series of suppressors across the armed forces has driven the continuous refinement of flash and/or muzzle rise reduction (the WarComp family of muzzle devices combines both flash hiding and muzzle brake characteristics). For those who are more minimalist-minded, SureFire has released the SFA2-556 flash hider and SOCOM suppressor mount.

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Zero Angle: ERGO O-Grip AR Pistol Grip

ERGO Grips have released a new vertical AR pistol grip called O-Grip. The new grip has a cylindrical body and finger grooves with removable rubber rings. This product is targeted at precision long-range shooters who often prefer a reduced grip angle or one perpendicular to the bore axis.

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The Final Piece – Tyrant Designs' New AR-15 NexGen Handguard

Rounding out the trio of new NexGen AR-15 parts from Tyrant Designs is the new AR-15 NexGen Handguard. Tyrant Designs claims that the new handguard is the “most advanced and ergonomic handguard on the market today.” The new handguard like the rest of the NexGen AR-15 series of parts features rubber overmolded portions for a better grip and a removable M-LOK slot scale for out-of-the-box user customization.

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Blackout Defense Introduces California Compliance Option

From its aerospace manufacturing roots, Arizona-based Blackout Defense has emerged in the last few years as an AR manufacturer striving for design innovation. From their Zero triggers to their barrel and receiver locking systems, to their hybrid muzzle device, Blackout endeavors to improve and refine components of the well-established AR-15 design. This has won them support from buyers in many parts of the country, but California shooters haven’t had an option for compliance with their state’s particular regulations – until now. In the following press release, the company announced that they are now offering a Cali-compliant option in their website’s custom rifle builder tool. Read more below.

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New AR-15 NexGen Buttstock from Tyrant Designs

Added to their rapidly growing lineup of aftermarket Gucci AR-15 parts is the new AR-15 NexGen Buttstock from Tyrant Designs CNC. The new buttstock follows a lot of the same design cues as the rest of Tyrant Designs’ other aftermarket parts and features aggressive angles, stylized highlights, and comfortable rubber molding for an aesthetically pleasing yet functional buttstock for your AR rifle.

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Build a Designated Marksman Rifle AR-15 on a Budget!

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is with the boys at Aero Precision to discuss how to build a sub-MOA DMR (Designated Marksman Rifle) AR-15 like the Navy’s Mk12 Special Purpose Rifle on a budget of $1,000 or less. The guys piece together a build, test it on the range, and GIVE IT AWAY FOR CHRISTMAS! Want to win? No purchase required, terms and conditions are at http://tfbtv.gun.team/. GIVEAWAY ENDS ON JANUARY 20, 2023.
Enter drawing here: https://www.aeroprecisionusa.com/tfbtv-rifle-giveaway

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FAB Defense GL-CORE IMPACT Shock-Absorbing Stock

FAB Defense have added to their line of AR-15 accessories a new adjustable stock called GL-CORE Impact. What sets the new stock apart from the rest of the GL-CORE family of stocks is the shock-absorbing feature. Unlike their GL-Shock stocks, the GL-CORE Impact has an exposed and adjustable spring of the recoil-reducing mechanism.

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Tyrant Designs Introduces Its New NexGen AR-15 Charging Handle

Ambidextrous charging handles can be extremely useful (especially for wrong-handed people). The folks over at Tyrant Designs have just unveiled their newest offering for the AR-15 market with their new NexGen charging handle. The new charging handle features a simple design that incorporates some deliberate design choices to make it an actual enhancement to your AR-15 rather than just a style choice.

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TFB Review: Springfield Armory Saint Victor 9mm Carbine

The world of pistol caliber carbines have been rising in popularity steadily over the last 10 years, whether it’s for competition shooting, fun plinking at the range or for a cheaper alternative to high ammo costs. I have a few of them and it’s always a fun time taking these PCCs out for an afternoon range session. Springfield Armory recently decided to come out with their 16″ Saint Victor Carbine chambered in 9mm. I’ve had this new carbine for almost 2 months and after a decent amount of time with it, I feel like it certainly has some advantages that not all PCCs can offer. Let’s take a closer look at the Springfield Armory Saint Victor 9mm Carbine.

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Noveske Rifleworks Chainsaw – The People's Rifle

Noveske is bringing a new slightly more budget-friendly version of their rifles to the market with the introduction of the new Chainsaw. The new rifle lineup will feature forged receivers and will combine elements from their Gen 1 and Gen 4 designs for a rifle that is purpose-built for hard use but comes in at a more reasonable price point for some. The new Chainsaw will come in three different barrel lengths, and will also be offered individually as completed upper and lower receivers.

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TFB Weekly Web Deals 35: Upgrading Your AR-15

Welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 35. The holiday season always brings in a lot of new guns and new gun owners. Whether you’re picking up your first AR, or your 15th AR, there’s always room for improvement from the base product unless you’re already paying top dollar for one. In light of that fact, today we’ll be focusing on things that you can buy to upgrade a budget AR-15 beyond what already comes on it. If you’re looking for a couple of great examples of what TFBTV staff does with this concept, you can check out one of our more recent videos where TFBTV’s James Reeves and Hop are in the midst of a build-off where they’re working with a budget of just $1,250. If you like the idea of taking a basic AR-15 rifle and upgrading it yourself or you just happen to find yourself with an extra rifle this holiday season, these deals on firearms parts are sure to help you make those upgrades and save you a few bucks in the process. We’ll also be throwing in a handful of other neat deals I’ve found across the web from this last week. Happy building everyone!

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Hop vs. James Best, Cheapest, AR-15 Budget Build-Off

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves and Hop face off over budget AR-15s. The boys have a $1,250 budget to build the cheapest, bestest, most completest AR-15 possible while staying under budget. This is a competition to be decided by YOU, the viewer. There are two ways of voting for the winner – with your vote (free), or, with your wallet (greatly preferred). There is a Google Forms survey below for you to vote in the people’s choice category, and one voter will win a 5.11 RUSH 24 backpack.

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TFB Factory Visit: An Exclusive Tour Through Caracal in Abu Dhabi

Caracal is a 15 years old firearms manufacturing company based in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. While the name is now known worldwide, the company still faces some misconceptions about its true capabilities. TFB got the chance to enjoy a tour of the facilities of Caracal, and we believe our readers will appreciate it as well.

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Russian AR-15s that take Modified AK-74 Magazines

AR pattern rifles are relatively new on the Russian market but are already presented in a wide variety of configurations, from pistol caliber carbines to AR-10 style rifles and everything inbetween. Most of them are largely just ARs, nothing special. However, one company, Souz-TM, makes pretty interesting AR-15 style rifles that are chambered in 5.45x39mm and take modified AK-74 magazines. The company offers a DI version of their modified AK-74 mag fed AR called STM-545 and a short stroke piston operated one called STM-415.

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Super Chubby: The Luth-AR Wing Grip

Luth-AR have released a new AR pistol grip called  Wing Grip which is basically an improved and ambidextrous version of their Chubby Grip. Compared to the latter, the Wing Grip is completely symmetrical with an identical palm swell geometry on either side, a circular palm shelf and an ambidextrous thumb shelf. Other differences from the Chubby Grip include the stippling-like texture on the top portion of the backstrap, rear horizontal serrations, and lack of texture over the thumb shelves which are replaced with Freedom Flag panels for Maximum Freedom.

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Stern Defense Rapid Attach Buttstock Adapter (RAB-AD)

Stern Defense have announced the availability of their  Rapid Attach Buttstock Adapter (RAB-AD) which was introduced at TriggrCon 2022. This device is installed on the AR-15 buffer tube and lower receiver allowing to quickly detach the two parts from each other for ease of transportation and storage.

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Ukraine's UAR-15 at the Range – Guest Article From ReaperFeed

I recently had the chance to try out one of the newest small arms made in Ukraine – the UAR-15 rifle which was developed for the Ukrainian military. TLDR: These are really well-built AR-style rifles, and it’s a shame they are not likely to go on the civilian market anytime soon since all the production is now military-oriented.

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Anderson Manufacturing Expands A4 Series

Kentucky-based Anderson Manufacturing have announced three new additions to their A4 range of ARs. Building on their A4 series, the new firearms include a braced pistol, a carbine and a 20″ barrel rifle all fitted with quad rails. MSRP ranges from $669.99 for the pistol and carbine to $679.99 for the rifle.

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