TFB Review: Terrain Flex Jeans From LA Police Gear- NINE Pockets For Concealed Carry

LA Police Gear has been around since 2001, and they have established their own brand in addition to supplying other popular brands of duty gear to law enforcement and citizens. The LA Police Gear Terrain Flex Jeans are a departure from duty gear that ventures straight toward the concealed carry market that features NINE pockets, but without looking tactical whatsoever. As a longtime concealed carrier, I can say that the LAPG Terrain Flex Jeans answers questions that should’ve been asked a long time ago. Let’s dive into these pocketses.

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TFB Review: AMT Hardballer .45 Long Slide With Laser Sighting

Well hello there. Are you looking for Sarah Connor? Well, she isn’t here. Just us firearm enthusiasts. Earlier this year I came across an AMT Hardballer at my local gun store. I bought it and transformed it into the iconic “.45 long slide with laser sighting”.

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TFB Review: LA Police Gear's Atlas Plate Carrier & Level IV Armor Plates

For anyone in the market for plate carriers and NIJ Level IV rated ballistic plates, LA Police Gear has options available, and today we’ll be taking a look at the LA Police Gear Atlas Plate Carrier, as well as the LA Police Gear Level IV plates. Both products from LAPG are affordable options when looking for ballistic protection gear. Let’s take a look.

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TFB Review: Strike Industries G19 LITESLIDE Assembly

Every year, I find myself having the same conversation with myself. Is it time to stray from Glocks? I’ve tried a few handguns that I can see replacing the system of pistols, mags, holsters, and bags. Then, like clockwork, something happens that sends me right back into Gaston’s embrace. This time, it was the article I wrote where I compared a factory Glock 19 to a parts build. For the parts build, the slide and all of its parts came from Strike Industries. Though I work with Strike often, I can admit that I appreciate their ability to innovate and produce, but not every part is a winner. I was quick to write off their LITESLIDE but ended up loving it so much that I used it to replace my factory slide. I know I gave away my opinion early, but if you’re still with me, let’s spend some time getting to know this Strike Industries LITESLIDE assembly.  

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TFB Review: LA Police Gear Urban Ops Tactical Pants

LA Police Gear has been distributing gear and clothing to law enforcement and civilians for over 20 years, and they’ve created their own product lines of clothing and protective gear as well. Today we’ll take a look at their Urban Ops Tactical Pants and see what they have to offer, and how they held up for me, on and off duty.

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TFB Review: Infiray Outdoor Tube/Bolt TL35 SE Thermal Riflescope

This is a review of the Infiray Outdoor Tube/Bolt TL35 SE Thermal Riflescope. While thermals aren’t exactly cheap, the luxury has become a lot more affordable in the past few years. This model is one of those that will probably show up on your radar if you’re looking for a budget thermal riflescope. Read on to learn more about it.

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Friday Night Lights: Insight ISM-IR, Integrated Sighting Module

Thirsty for more night vision-related content? Well, drink up here at Friday Night Lights. Last week we took a look at EOTech’s premium thermal clip-on. Well, this week we take a look at a discontinued product from Insight. The ISM-IR is the integrated sighting module. It is a red dot with an integrated multi-function aiming laser (MFAL), basically a PEQ-15. Let’s take a closer look.

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TFB REVIEW: The P365-AXG LEGION – Alloy Frame Ultra Compact EDC Pistol

The addition of the P365 to the SIG Sauer concealed carry or everyday carry (EDC) pistol lineup is a success by any measure. Once dominated by low-capacity, single-stack magazine pistols, the P365 brought a compact footprint with a large capacity into the world of carry guns. Since its initial introduction, there have been a handful of sub-models like the P365X, the P365XL, and the MACRO line of guns. Today we are here to discuss one of the latest introductions to the SIG subcompact lineup, the P365-AXG LEGION, an alloy-framed, compensated, and optics-ready version of the P365 series. Is this your next carry gun? Let’s take a look.

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INTEGRIX IX8 1-8X28 LPVO Scope – First Impressions

A few months ago, Leapers reached out to the crew at The Firearm Blog and asked if anybody would be interested in reviewing one of their new 1-8 LPVOs. I was particularly intrigued by this, as I was not aware that Leapers/Integrix was creating military spec optics, and I thought that they only made scopes for airsoft guns or pellet rifles. I was surprised to see that they are bringing to market a whole line of premium optics for real firearms. One of the standup features that really caught my eye with their INTEGRIX IX8 1-8 LPVO optic was that from one to eight power, they claimed that your eye relief will not change. I’ll be doing a full review later on on this optic but for now, this is just a first impression piece. You can find the manufacturer specs below and then at the bottom of this article, I will give my first impressions on this new optic from Leapers.

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TFB Review: The Steyr Scout 6.5 Creedmoor In The Field (Part 3)

Welcome back to this ongoing series on the Steyr Scout. Part 1 was an overview of the rifle and its features and performance. Part 2 examined optics options and what makes the most sense on a scout rifle. We are here today for Part 3, a look at the Steyr Scout as a hunting rifle.

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TFB Review: Mean Arms 9mm Bearing Delay Blowback Upper Receiver

Mean Arms 9mm bearing delay upper receiver represents a significant step forward in firearms technology.  Building on the lessons learned from existing roller-delayed firearms, Mean Arms developed a new tunable bearing delay system. After getting to put some rounds through this system at this year’s SHOT Show’s Industry Day at the Range I was overly curious how reliable this new system could be. With the help of both Mean Arms and Lake Martin Machine Gun, I put 1,000 rounds through this upper, and here’s what I found.

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TFB Review: Bear Creek Arsenal BC-15 Side Charger Upper with CHF Barrel

Bear Creek Arsenal has been turning out some quite unique and affordable hardware over the years, and they’ve been investing towards improvement. One of those improvements has been to add cold hammer forging (CHF) tooling as an option with their AR-15 barrel lineup. Bear Creek Arsenal was kind enough to send me two AR upper receivers equipped with a CHF barrels, so today we’ll take a look at the BCA BC-15 Side Charger Upper with a 20 inch CHF barrel chambered for 5.56 NATO.

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Friday Night Lights: EOTech ClipIR ELR, Long Range Thermal Clip-On

Welcome back to another Friday Night Lights. Last week we had a new kid on the block, the InfiRay J-31 binocular night vision goggles. Today we take a look at a long-range thermal clip-on, the EOTech ClipIR ELR aka XELR. It is their flagship premium thermal clip-on let’s see how it does.

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TFB REVIEW: Trijicon RCR Closed Emitter Red Dot Sight

The open emitter versus closed emitter debate for red dot optics is stacked with two camps of people. The first group prefers a slimmer optic with a svelte profile. The second group prefers die hard dependability in every condition and environment. The new Trijicon RCR red dot optic is an attempt to show the two groups that their requirements are no longer mutually exclusive. I will make the assumption that the majority of slide mounted optic users are equipped with open emitter optics – specifically the Trijicon RMR. So is the RCR a worthy upgrade? Let’s take a look.

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TFB Review: Pulsar Thermion DUO DXP50 Daytime & Thermal Riflescope

This is a review of the Pulsar Thermion DUO DXP50 Multispectral Scope, which is one of the coolest riflescopes I have ever used. You could probably buy the DUO, and never ever have to own anything else. The 4K CMOS day camera replaces your ordinary optical sight and does a good enough job for almost all possible applications. At night, you can switch to the high-end thermal and continue hunting. The solution is packed into a riflescope that mounts with normal 30 mm rings and looks more or less identical to a traditional one.

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Friday Night Lights: InfiRay J-31 Binocular Night Vision Device

Welcome back to another weekly Friday Night Lights. Last week we took a look at some interesting grips from Wilcox but today we take a look at the new night vision housing from InfiRay called the J-31 or Jerry-31. Big thanks to Custom Night Vision for letting me borrow this unit for this review.

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TFB Review: Anderson Manufacturing Dissipator

Anderson Manufacturing has been upping its game lately. Once known as one of, if not the cheapest AR maker on the scene, they have branched out to new product lines and noticeably improved their quality control. I recently reviewed their A4 Short Rifle, essentially an M-16A4 clone but with an 18” barrel. Well, that kind of design aesthetic has continued and they now make a “true” Dissipator. Is there such a thing as a “true” dissipator, and why would you want one? Let’s find out.

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TFB Review: The New FN 545 Tactical

Welcome back to another TFB Review. In the world of modern 45 ACP pistols, there have been several offerings, but with the new release of the FN 545, this pistol looks like a push forward when it comes to 45 ACP and the 510 model in 10mm. I was intrigued by the 545 when I saw it at SHOT Show so I decided to buy one from the Brownells online store and give it a proper shakedown. Let’s take a closer look at the new FN 545 Tactical.

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Friday Night Lights: Wilcox Grips – Nightstalker PowerGrip & Ultimate Control Grip

It is Friday night and you know what that means here at The Firearm Blog, it is FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS! Earlier we took a look at an obsolete weapon-mounted laser that has gained notoriety in Hollywood sci-fi films. Well, today we look at some more antiquated and obsolete technology from Wilcox Industries. Specifically, Wilcox Grips like the Nightstalker PowerGrip and their Ultimate Control Grip.

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TFB Review: Springfield Armory Hellion 20-inch (Part 2)

Welcome back to Part 2 of my Springfield Armory Hellion 20-inch review. Part 1 was more of a first look at this gun than a full review. It was a quick-turn piece timed for the announcement date of the new Hellion rather than an in-depth piece. Now that I have spent more time with the Hellion, it is time to share my thoughts with the benefit of some recollection and range time.

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TFB Review: Sightron S-Tac 1-4.5×24 SR-1 Service Rifle Scope

Sightron is the newest entrant in the world of purpose-built competition service rifle scopes. Their S-Tac 1-4.5×24 SR-1 is not a general-purpose low-power variable optic. It is meant for standard bullseye targets at NRA or CMP matches. I spent a summer shooting it in competitions to see how it performs, and it is time to share my results.

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TFB Review: The New CZ Shadow 2 Compact Pistol

Welcome back to another TFB review. This week, we take a closer look at CZ-USA’s new Shadow 2 Compact. This has been the latest release from CZ-USA with a number of new features and options for the brand. We’ve gotten a few questions about the gun so I decided to pick one up from my local gun store to give it a good old-fashioned shakedown. Let’s take a closer look at the new CZ Shadow 2 Compact.

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TFB Review: Oracle Arms OA 2311, A 2011/P320 Hybrid

Hello TFB readers. We got a chance to test and evaluate the new Oracle Arms OA 2311 pistol. This pistol has gathered quite a bit of excitement within the shooting community. It is sort of a hybrid between a 2011 and a P320. As Oracle Arms says “Duty gun reliability with race gun DNA”.

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TFB Review: Infiray Outdoor Zoom ZH50 V2 Dual FOV Thermal Monocular

This is a review of the Infiray Outdoor Zoom ZH50 V2 Thermal Monocular. It is a handheld, high-end device, with a powerful 640-pixel thermal sensor, and a unique dual FOV (Field Of View) functionality. The dual-lens system works either as 25mm or 50mm, with 2x or 4x base magnification respectively. In this review, you will find an introduction, a technical overview as well as a lot of images and a video to display what sort of performance you can expect.

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TFB Review: Mossberg's Patriot LRT in 6.5 PRC – Marksman on a Budget?

Earlier this year I had the chance to take Mossberg’s Patriot LR Tactical (LRT) out for a spin at Gunsite Academy. The new rifle, chambered in 6.5 PRC in my case, is Mossberg’s adaptation of their previously successful Patriot line of bolt action rifles, which are now being adapted into this new long-range capable rifle. The Patriot action was intended to be Mossberg’s “budget” line of bolt actions and can typically be found starting around $550 MSRP. The Patriot LRT is simultaneously an extension of the Patriot line, being a budget-oriented rifle, but is now a whole different animal with its new long-range chamberings in 6.5 PRC, .308 Winchester, and 6.5 Creedmoor, as well as a brand new MDT stock. Today I’ll share my experiences with the rifle over the last couple of months which should hopefully give you some insight as to whether or not you’d like to pick one of these up for yourself.

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Friday Night Lights: ECNS 4 – Bigger And Longer Than Before

Last week was a holiday so we skipped a week of Friday Night Lights. Need your fix of night vision and thermal content? Well, today is a big one. I went to the ECNS 4 (East Coast Night Shoot 4) in Ohio. It was bigger and longer than before. Two days and nights of firearms and night vision related goodies with more vendors and attendees than ever before. So let’s see what the hubbub was all about.

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TFB Review: A Female View On The Beretta Ladies Gear Collection

As the world has become less stable, many people have made the decision to learn how to protect themselves. First-time firearm owners number in the millions. These millions include legions of women, who through their interest in defense, have also found a love of shooting as a sport. Thankfully, the industry is catching up, creating products specifically designed for women. Long gone are the days of coloring a man’s product with pink camouflage. Beretta, who currently employs six women on their pro team, is doing its part to make sure that our female shooters are comfortable and confident in their threads. Beretta recently sent me a box of gear, all from their Ladies Gear Collection. I don’t have the required figure to fill out the clothes, so I’ve called on my wife to give us her thoughts.

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TFB Review: The Rotating Bolt Industries RB-01 5.56 AK

Few firearms are as iconic and legendary as the sturdy, heavy, and reliable AK platform. First developed in the Soviet Union beginning in 1946, the AK has come to be a world-dominating workhorse for virtually every rifleman on the planet. However, not all AKs are created equally, and not all of them necessarily have to be Russian-made in order to be quality – this especially applies to AKs chambered in 5.56 NATO. Rotating Bolt Industries (RBI) is a boutique gun shop specializing in built-to-order 5.56 AKs that incorporate modern features and a handful of options that can be selected by the customer to make it more suitable for them. Rotating Bolt Industries and American Steppe have partnered up to make the first run of these rifles and I’ve been fortunate enough to receive the very first copy of the RB-01, rifle serial number 001 to test out. Today we’ll go over my experiences and see how well this American-made 5.56 AK rifle held up.

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TFB Review: Leupold Mark 5HD 2-10X30 Scope

This past August I was lucky enough to be invited out to Beaverton OR to take a tour of the Leupold factory with a number of other outdoor journalists. After the tour, we were all taken to the Leupold Optics Academy to test out some of the scopes we just witnessed being constructed. We got to play around with many different scopes from different manufacturers in early lighting situations. The two scopes we primarily used for the three days at the Academy were the MARK 5HD 7-35X56 and the subject of this review, the MARK 5HD 2-10X30 M1C3 FFP PR1-MOA.

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TYPE-A 14.5″ Pro Carbine 1-Year Review (Part 2)

TYPE-A is a premium/high-end AR-15 manufacturer based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. They offer a variety of rifles and a few different calibers. The rifle I am reviewing here is a 14.5″ Pro Carbine with a pinned and welded Warcomp wrapped in 50 shades of FDE. This is Part 2 of this review. Part 1 is located here. 

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