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

TYPE-A is a premium/high-end AR-15 manufacturer based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The company was started back in 2013 by Chris and Brandon, both men with wildly different backgrounds. Brandon was a businessman climbing the corporate ladder who wanted to start selling rifles and outdoor gear. Chris was a massage therapist in Florida who decided to join the Marines and at one point had a side business running guns from Jordan to Iraq. Brandon would meet Chris through one of these gun runs and the two became best friends. Later on, these two men would decide to start their own firearms manufacturing business and that brings us to their company TYPE-A. You can read more about these two here on their website as there are a few interesting notes I have omitted.  

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TFB Review: Pulsar Talion XQ35 Pro Thermal Riflescope

This is a review of the Pulsar Talion XQ35 Pro Thermal Imaging Riflescope. This is a compact, lightweight thermal imaging hunting riflescope available at a reasonable price. Its fairly small size in combination with various possible mounting solutions makes it suitable for a large number of platforms, like ARs, semi-autos and bolt-action rifles.

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Friday Night Lights: iMatronic LS45 Lasersight – Peak 80's Drip

More Lasers @ TFB:

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TFB Review: Primary Arms Classic RD-25 Red Dot Sight – Push Button Operation

Primary Arms recently added the Classic RD-25 Red Dot Sight that features push button operation to their lineup, which contrasts the knob-operated PA MD-25 in the SLx series. The new 25mm push button red dot sight harkens back to the style of early reflex sights like the Bushnell TRS-25, Aimpoints, hence its position in Primary Arms’ Classic Series of optics. This affordable 1x optic packs some surprising features for $129.99, so let’s dive in.

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TFB Review: Ciener Belt-Fed AR

One of the firearms I have been wanting to own is an affordable belt-fed. Unfortunately, the Fightlite MCR and the FN M249S are out of my price range. However, a Ciener Belt-Fed AR went up for sale last November by Sven of Manticore Arms so I bought it. In this article we will take a close look at Ciener’s Belt-Fed AR and of course, some modifications and upgrades I made to the system.

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TFB REVIEW: Safariland IncogX IWB Holster System – GLOCK 45 MOS

I was assured when I started carrying my guns in an appendix inside the waistband (AIWB) holster, that I would promptly shoot myself in a very important area. Four years later, I am happy to report that I remain completely intact and a moderate proponent of AIWB carry. My current AIWB holster for my GLOCK 45 MOS with RMR and a full-size SureFire X300 Ultra weapon light has been my favorite for more than a year. But today we are going to take a look at the new Safariland INCOGX IWB holster system, a collaboration with Haley Strategic Partners. How does the new Safariland INCOGX stack up? Let’s take a look.

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TFB Review: What Optic For A Steyr Scout? (Part 2)

We are back to continue this deep dive into the Steyr Scout rifle. Part 1 of this review looked at the features of the rifle and some accuracy testing. It also looked at some general features of the rifle and how it differs from a run-of-the-mill bolt gun. For Part 2, we will primarily look at optic selection. 

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Lone Wolf Dusk 19 Pistol – First Impressions

Back in May of this year, Hop and I were invited down to Georgia to take a look at a few new products from Lone Wolf.  The star of the show for Lone Wolf was their Dusk 19 pistol. Lone Wolf Arms has been known for a long time for creating aftermarket parts for Glocks, and until I was invited to this event, that’s all I thought they did. The Dusk 19 is their new Glock pattern pistol, and their aim is to solve some of the out-of-the-box issues that most people have with the Glocks and deliver it at a reasonable price point with a broad feature set.

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TFB Review: SureFire M640DFT-PRO Weapon Light - Part 2

This is the second part of the SureFire M640DFT-PRO weapon light review so if you have not read part 1 click here. 

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TFB Review: SureFire M640DFT-PRO Weapon Light – Part 1

SureFire is a renowned name in the world of tactical lighting and firearms accessories, with a history that dates back to the late 1970s. The company was founded by Dr. John Matthews, a visionary engineer and entrepreneur with a passion for innovation in lighting technology and firearms equipment. SureFire’s journey began with a groundbreaking invention: a laser sight for firearms, designed to improve accuracy and target acquisition for law enforcement and military personnel. This pioneering product set the stage for SureFire’s future success and established the company as a trailblazer in the industry. As the years went by, SureFire expanded its product line to include weapon lights, flashlights, suppressors, and various other tactical tools and accessories. Their weapon lights, in particular, became highly sought-after by professionals and enthusiasts alike. Around six months ago Surefire sent me their new M640DFT-PRO Weapon Light to test and evaluate.

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Friday Night Lights: FLIR RECON M24 – The Sicario Thermal

Welcome back to another Friday Night Lights where I review night vision, thermal and related accessories. Last week we took a look at one of the latest digital night vision devices coming out of the commercial market from DuskEagle. Well, today we take a look at a thermal monocular that was seen used in the movie Sicario. Alejandro dons a FLIR RECON M24 thermal monocular near the end of the movie when they go into the tunnels. I got my hands on one so we can take a closer look at it.

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TFB Review: Lingle Industries SCAR AR 17 Caliber Conversion

Thanks to a friend who clued me into the Lingle Industries SCAR AR 17 caliber conversion. If you have a SCAR 17S, well, Lingle Industries makes a caliber conversion so you can use mini action calibers like 5.56, .300 BLK, 6.5 Grendel and even 7.62×39! Lingle Industries was kind enough to let me borrow one of the conversion kits for this review so let’s take a closer look.

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TFB Review: The New Dan Wesson DWX Compact

The 1911 double-stack pistols have grown in popularity in recent years. Companies like Staccato, Wilson Combat, and Nighthawk all make options. Dan Wesson has recently jumped into the mix with their DWX Compact pistol. I was curious about the use of preexisting magazines and the overall construction of their new compact handgun. Let’s take a closer look at the new Dan Wesson DWX Compact.

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Friday Night Lights: DuskEagle DE916 Digital Night Vision Scope

Welcome back to Friday Night Lights. Last week I wrote about the AGM TB75, a thermal biocular with digital night vision fusion. Well, digital night vision seems to be getting better and tonight I will show you something new from DuskEagle. The DE916 is a digital night vision scope that is lightweight and can see in the dark better than expected.

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TFB Review: IAC BBC – SCAR 17S Buffered Bolt Carrier

If you have been following along with some of the articles and reviews I have written about Imperial Arms Co., then you know they have been making receivers and components for the SCAR 17S platform. Nate at Imperial Arms Co. was kind enough to send out his new BBC (Buffered Bolt Carrier) for the SCAR 17S for this review. Why would you want a BBC for your SCAR 17S platform? Well, read and find out.

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TFB Review: Caldwell Precision Turret Shooting Rest

Caldwell produces a wide range of shooting gear. From targets to rests to chronographs, they are a brand found in most sporting goods stores. One of their key product areas is shooting rests and sandbags. They also make the Precision Turret Rest, which is a hybrid between a machine gun tripod and a clamp-type rest typically used on tall tripods. I bought one to see how it works and thought that would be worth sharing with you all.

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TFB Review: Gen 5 Glock 34 MOS – Am I a Glock Guy Now?

Glock is a pretty big name in the game of handguns. That is a given. I personally am not the biggest fan of the platform from the outside-looking-in perspective. In short, I’m not much of a Glock guy. It has nothing to do with me trying to be different. They have just never been my speed. That does not mean I do not have the utmost admiration and appreciation for the design. The handful of people who know me know there is only one Glock I have said that I would be tempted to purchase. The Glock 34. Well, Glock was kind enough to send along the latest and greatest Gen 5 Glock 34 MOS for me to try out. Did it make me a Glock guy? Let’s dive into the review!

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Friday Night Lights: AGM Voyage LRF TB75-640 Thermal Fusion Biocular

Do you hunt? Are you looking for that all-in-one device that doesn’t suck? Well, on tonight’s Friday Night Lights, the AGM Voyage LRF TB75-640 may be the device you are looking for. It is a thermal biocular with a built-in laser rangefinder and a digital night vision channel that can be fused with the thermal for thermal fusion! To my surprise, this device works better than expected. Let’s take a closer look.

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TFB Review: R44 Magpul DAKA Hard Case – A Better Rifle Case

At the beginning of the year, Magpul announced their DAKA Rifle Case R44. I was already impressed with their DAKA Grid Organizer for Pelican Cases but I am a Magpul fan so I had to have the R44 Rifle Case. So when it came out in July, I immediately ordered one online. I have used it for the range and on a recent hunting trip which required checking it in on an airplane. So here is my review of the R44.

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TFB Review: The FN Guardian – FN America's Most Affordable AR-15

The name FN can spark either controversy or praise depending on who you ask about them, and more importantly, what exact product you’re talking about. A little while back I had the rare opportunity to run an FN SCAR 17 absolutely ragged for about three days in the desert – something that I think not a lot of civilian rifles ever get to experience. While the SCAR 17 nearly killed the Trijicon VCOG that was attached to it, the rifle itself managed to keep running, without any malfunctions for the entire week in which about 500+ rounds of .308 ball ammo were shot through it. This should come as no surprise to anyone who has had extensive experience with FN’s vast product line as they carry a reputation for having some of the best “combat-proven” equipment in the industry. However, the big downside to all that is that most of their highly sought-after AR-15 rifles and barrels are somewhat overpriced according to some. One prime example of this is FN’s 15 DRM3 and TAC 3 rifles which both cost nearly $2000 but are known for being some of the best “duty grade” off-the-shelf AR-15s available. This is simply not the case with the new FN Guardian, which comes in at an MSRP of $999 and can now be found for a street price of around $875. But does the FN Guardian still maintain the legendary reliability and accuracy that FN’s AR-15s are known for? We’ll find out in today’s review!

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TFB Review: Tyrant CNC Upgrades For The Hellcat Pro

I love my Hellcat Pro. The pistol has accompanied me almost every day since it was released. There is, however, always room for improvement. Adding accessories to your carry gun can enhance your ability to be effective if the need arises. There are also accessories that are purely cosmetic and add only to the carrier’s pride of ownership. I was getting the itch and it wasn’t the pollen in the air. It was time to customize my Hellcat Pro, and my eye was caught by the Tyrant CNC upgrades for the Hellcat and Hellcat Pro.

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TFB Review: The 5.11 Tactical Maverick Battle Belt

One of the most critical components when it comes to carrying a firearm is your belt. Without a stable platform to hold the weight of your pistol, holster, magazines, and IFAK, you’re in for a frustrating and embarrassing afternoon at the range. Of course, there are different considerations for concealed and overt carry, so let’s focus on the latter today. My wife recently attended the A Girl and A Gun National Conference and has since been in the market for a new battle belt. Due to the consistency of 5.11 Tactical’s gear, we thought the Maverick Battle Belt would be a great place to start. This is my…well, our review.

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TFB Review: BulletSeeker (Speedtracker) Mini Doppler Chronograph

Do you want to get more out of shooting? Have you considered getting a chronograph? Measuring the muzzle velocity of your projectiles is helpful, especially for load development and calculating bullet drop at distance. Well, I bought the Bulletseeker Mach4 chronograph and have been using it this past year so I will share my experience with you.

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Friday Night Lights: Lindu Optics LD-NVM1440, A PVS-14 Clone

Is it Friday Night Lights already? Lucky you! Last week we took a look at my Frankensteined hacked JIM LR which allows me to see farther than ever before with cooled thermal. We switch gears today and take a look at a Chinese copy of a PVS-14 by Lindu Optics. Their LD-NVM1440 has some unique features both good and bad so let’s take a closer look.

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TFB Review: Steyr Scout 6.5 Creedmoor (Part 1)

The Steyr Scout Rifle is a legend. Despite being introduced in the late 1990s, it still looks like a rifle from the future. But does it still make sense to own one now? We are living in the golden age of bolt action rifles, with PRS guns performing feats of accuracy that seemed impossible 20 years ago, and inexpensive hunting rifles like the Ruger American posting accuracy results that outclass custom rifles of years past. My goal in this review is to look at the Scout against the current crop of bolt guns to see if it still holds its own. Let’s get into it.

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TFB Review: Viridian RFX 35 Green Dot Sight

Last year, Viridian Weapon Tech released the Viridian RFX 35, along with two other new RFX line green dot optics, primarily driven for the optics cut pistol market. However, the new RFX line also comes supplied with a Picatinny mount for equipping them on long guns as well. Out of the new RFX series, the RFX 35 features the largest window, which is also rounded to allow a bit more through-optic sight picture. I spent some time with the RFX 35 mounted for my review of the Glock 45 MOS pistol and afterward mounted it onto a couple AR-15s. Let’s take a look at how the RFX 35 did.

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TFB Review: TYPE-A EG11 6,000 Round Review

Welcome back to another TFB Review. Today, we will be looking at the extended review of my TYPE-A EG11 pistol from TYPE-A Rifle Company. In the last couple of years, several companies have come out with their version of the high-end 2011-style firearm. Everyone from Dan Wesson, Fowler Industries, Nighthawk, and Wilson Combat has come out with variations of the 1911 double-stack pistol. Back at SHOT Show 2023, BG Defense announced their EG 11, their own variation of the 1911 double stack style firearm. After roughly 8 months and well over 6,000 rounds through this pistol, let’s take a look at the Type-A EG11 pistol.

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Friday Night Lights: Phantom Ghillie Vs Drone Part 3 of 3 – Thermal Camo 5.0

What a wonderful Friday night and you chose to spend your time reading this article. Thank you! Today we talk about our third thermal camo test of the Phantom Defence ghillie. We pit the Phantom Ghillie vs drone, specifically a thermal drone. How did it do? Well, you need to read to find out.

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TFB Review: Magpul DAKA V800 GRID Organizer – Initial Impressions

For a long time, I have struggled with a pile of cases and foam that have accumulated over the years.  Something I imagine many gun owners can relate to is the pile of soft and hard cases that will inevitably stack up as you acquire firearms.  This problem is aggravated even more if you have pelican cases.  Not only will you have multiple bulky hard cases but piles of replacement foam cut into specific configurations for certain loadouts. That’s where the Magpul DAKA organizer comes in.

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Friday Night Lights: Phantom Ghillie Revisited Part 2 of 3 – Thermal Camo 4.0

Welcome back. Are you thirsty for more Thermal Camo? Last week I started a 3-part review of the Phantom Defense Phantom Ghillie as part of my Thermal Camo series of Friday Night Lights. I resume my review in Phantom Ghillie Revisited and continue testing this legit thermal camouflage.

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