TFB Review: Pulsar Telos LRF XP50 – New Upgradeable Thermal Monocular

The new Pulsar Telos LRF XP50 has been in development for some time and was released at IWA in Germany earlier this year. It takes over where the  Pulsar Helion 2 XP50 PRO thermal monocular left, and TFB got a pre-production unit to try out for a few months. Just like its predecessor, the Telos is a high-end thermal monocular, but more or less everything has been changed and upgraded. For instance, the overall body shape, thermal sensor and the ability to use an integrated laser rangefinder.

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TFB Review: Budget-minded Vortex Triumph Binoculars

Vortex Optics needs no introduction. In recent years they have become one of the most dominant brands in the optics space, and they are ubiquitous on store shelves. They sell everything from the Razor series of high-end scopes down to inexpensive hunting scopes and binoculars. Their most recent budget bino is the Triumph HD 10×42, and it is the subject of this review.

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The Rimfire Report: Volquartsen Summit Straight-Pull Rifle Review

Welcome back to The Rimfire Report, our weekly article series where we discuss everything rimfire – history, news, guns, ammunition, equipment, gear, sports and more. Today, we have an in-depth review of the Volquartsen Summit straight-pull .22 rifle.

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TFB Review: The New Glock 21 Gen5 MOS

In the world of 45 ACP pistols, there are a number of options as well as styles to choose from on the market today, whether that’s a classic 1911-style firearm or something modern like an HK45 or the new FN 545. What most people overlook Is the Glock line of 45 ACP pistols so I decided to pick one up and give it a proper shakedown. Let’s take a closer look at the brand-new Glock 21 Gen5 MOS.

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Friday Night Lights: Phantom Defense Phantom Ghillie. Part 1 of 3 – Thermal Camo 3.0

If you clicked on this article, then I hope you have been following along with my Thermal Camo series. With the help of my friends, I tested various materials to see if they could work as makeshift thermal camouflage. This time I was invited to test out actual thermal camouflage – the Phantom Ghillie by Phantom Defense.

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TFB Review: Aero Precision SOLUS Competition 6.5 Creedmoor

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TFB Review: Bear Creek 300 Win Mag Huntmaster

Bear Creek Arsenal’s 300 Win Mag HuntMaster is built around a completely new AR platform, the BC-8. The BC-8 oversized design allows for long action chamberings like the 300 Winchester Magnum but with parts compatibility with existing AR-15 and AR-10 designs. This aims to be the ultimate hunting rifle, feeding from a five-round double-stack double-feed magazine.  I was one of the lucky few that were sent one of these rifles for review, and here’s what I found.

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The Rimfire Report: Tactical Solutions Owyhee Takedown Bolt Action .22 Review

Welcome back to The Rimfire Report, our weekly article series where we discuss everything rimfire – history, news, guns, ammunition, equipment, gear, sports and more. Today, we have a full long-term review of Tactical Solution’s take-down bolt-action .22, the Owyhee.

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Friday Night Lights: BelOMO NV/G-14 Low Profile Biocular

You are back again? Just can’t stay away, can you? That is ok. We love night vision here and if you love night vision like we do, then you are welcome. Last week we looked at the Thales Sophie a cooled LWIR thermal biocular. Well, today we look at another night vision biocular by BelOMO in Belarus. It is called the NV/G-14 and it resembles something I reviewed before. Let’s take a closer look.

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TFB Review: Blue Alpha Gear Low Profile EDC Belt

Blue Alpha Gear is a small American business located in Atlanta, GA. They specialize in crafting high-quality products tailored to the needs of the outdoor and shooting community. Their offerings primarily consist of belts and belt accessories at this time. They pride themselves on delivering exceptional value through their offerings but also in providing top-notch customer service. I had the pleasure of meeting a few of the guys from the Blue Alpha team this past January at the SHOT Show. If you were lucky enough to see our bathroom preview video of their new battle belts then you know these guys have a good sense of humor. Nonetheless, they ended up sending me a few of their belts at a discounted price. I have had the Low Profile EDC belt along with another belt of theirs for around seven months and have been testing it as my primary everyday carry belt with my Glock 43X up to the time of this review.  

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TFB Review: Springfield Armory Hellion 20-inch (Part 1)

Springfield Armory’s Hellion made a big splash when it launched last year. This import-friendly HS Produkt VHS-2 is an excellent addition to the world of bullpup military rifles. In addition to the standard 16-inch guns, Springfield now offers 18- and 20-inch models. They kindly sent me a pre-release Hellion 20-inch model for review.

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Real Avid Master Gun Vise Review

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 finally roll out my review of the Real Avid Master Gun Vise. Anyone who has been following the series here on TFB knows that I consider a vise to be one of the best pieces of equipment that a gunsmith or armorer could have at their disposal. Does this example of a vise do the job? Let’s find out and dive into the review!

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Friday Night Lights: Thales Sophie – Cooled LWIR Thermal Biocular

Back again? Can’t get enough Friday Night Lights? Have you looked at all of our night vision and thermal-related articles? If not click here to see all the articles I have written. Well, today we take a look at another rare thermal device, a Thales Sophie thermal binocular. It is cooled thermal but what makes it very unique is that this is cooled Long Wave Infrared (LWIR). Most cooled thermal is usually middle wavelength infrared (MWIR).

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TFB Review: UTG Pro MP5 M-LOK Handguard and Rail

Back in May, Leapers announced they were making a UTG Pro MP5 handguard. This handguard is a monolithic top cover with a bottom section that bolts to it for the sides and bottom M-LOK slots. They sent one in for review so let’s take a closer look.

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TFB Review: VWS TLR-VIR II EFL (External Focusing Lens)

We looked at the Villain Weapon Systems diffuser for the DBAL-D2 almost a year ago. In that time he has been busy making other upgrades like focus lenses and diffusers for MFAL (Multi-Function Aiming Laser). Like a focus lens for the L3 ATPIAL-C and makes it useful. Well, now he is making an EFL (external focusing lens) to make the Streamtlight TLR-VIR II IR Illuminator more useful.

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TFB Review: Primary Arms SLx 5X MicroPrism with 12 O'clock RDS Mount

Almost two years ago I reviewed Primary Arm’s SLx 1x MicroPrism. Since then they have made magnified versions. Well, they are coming out with an SLx 5x MicroPrism and I requested one for review. New for the 5X MicroPrism is their 12 o’clock red dot mount so I requested one of those as well. Let’s take a closer look at this tiny but mighty setup.

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TFB Review: Glock 45 MOS Reporting For Duty?

Since the original Glock 17 was produced in 1982, there has been about nine different configurations of barrel lengths and grip sizes, but today, we’ll take a look at the curious “crossover” Glock 45 MOS. For those new to Glock pistols, the G45 is chambered in 9mm and features a full-size grip that accommodates the standard 17-round magazine, yet has a compact (4.02 inches) barrel. The “MOS” stands for Modular Optic System and MOS pistols come ready from the factory for a red dot sight of your choosing. Last year, I heard of police departments near me that had decided to issue the Glock 45 MOS as their standard-issue pistol, which made me pause to think “Why?”.

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Friday Night Lights: Theon Sensors MIKRON-D Lightweight Binocular NVG

Hello nocturnal enthusiasts and welcome back to another Friday Night Lights. Last week we took a look at some alternative ANVIS systems. Well, this week we look at something you might consider unique, for the US market. The Theon Sensors MIKRON-D is their lightweight binocular night vision goggle. Let’s take a close look at this Greek goggle.

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TFB Review: Foxtrot Mike Products Mike-102

The Foxtrot Mike Products Mike-102 is a very unique gun. It uses 5.56 AK mags but has internals similar to an AR. Why does this gun exist, and how does it perform? Let’s find out.

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TFB Review: Chiappa Little Badger Upgrades By Otterman Outdoors

Recently I acquired a Chiappa Little Badger to test some .22LR ammo alternatives. Otterman Outdoors messaged me online and told me he had designed some Chiappa Little Badger upgrades and offered 3D-printed versions. I bought the set and it makes the Chiappa Little Badger better.

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Friday Night Lights: ANVIS Alternatives – AVS-6 (V2) & PVS-23

Hello readers. Did you enjoy reading last week’s article about Gibbous Outfitters’ MP5K upgrades? This week we take a look at ANVIS alternatives. Specifically, the AVS-6 (V2) and PVS-23. These are goggles based on the ANVIS design but have very specific use cases. Let’s take a closer look at these dual-tube systems.

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TFB Review: Dlah Designs Beretta 92 RDO Flush Optics Plate

In recent years, we have witnessed a significant transformation in the handgun industry’s offerings, with a notable shift towards optics-ready models. Nowadays, it’s almost unusual to encounter a new pistol that doesn’t come equipped with optics. This emerging expectation has prompted companies to modify their older pistol designs to accommodate these advancements. The timeless Beretta 92 has proven itself adaptable to the changing times, exemplified by the exceptional 92X RDO. While the 92 is already an outstanding firearm, its conversion to an optics-ready configuration poses certain challenges. That’s where the Dlah Designs Beretta 92 RDO Flush Optics Plate comes into play, aiming to optimize the RDO variant to its fullest potential. So, without further ado, let’s dive right into the review!

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TFB Review: 5.11 Rush 72 Backpack 5 Years Later

Just over five years ago I purchased a Multicam 5.11 Rush 72 backpack.  I was tired of carrying awkward pistol bags up multiple flights of stairs, and regular backpacks weren’t cutting it for hard use.  So I bit the bullet and purchased a bag that would prove to be almost indestructible.

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Redemption? TFB PSA AK-105 Review – Part 2

It’s finally time for Part 2 of the Palmetto State Armory AK-105 review. Part 1 was informative but not a very positive experience. Thankfully, Part 2 feels like (and is) a whole new gun.

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TFB Review: Dan Wesson Specialist Optics Ready 1911

In the world of 1911s, tradition and quality are the topics most fans talk about when looking for a high-quality 1911. Last year, I reviewed the Dan Wesson Specialist stainless model chambered in 9mm. Recently Dan Wesson came out with a new optics-ready model for their Specialist with various plates for popular optics on the market. I ultimately decided to pick up an Optics Ready Specialist to see how it stacks up to other pistols currently available. Let’s take a closer look at the Dan Wesson Specialist Optics Ready 1911.

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Friday Night Lights: Gibbous Outfitters Upgrade The MP5K, Briefcase And More

Welcome back to this week’s Friday Night Lights. Last week we took a look at the Tracer Tactical Head Harness. Well, this week we revisit our friends at Gibbous Outfitters and see what they have come up with now. Gibbous Outfitters upgrade the MP5K, the infamous MP5 briefcase, along with some unexpected upgrades for other weapon systems.

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TFB Review: Alpha Foxtrot 1911-S15, It Takes Glock Mags!

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TFB Review: The 5.11 Tactical TacTec Plate Carrier

For centuries, people have been shielding themselves from enemy weapons using armor. For whatever reason, even with the numbers and power of modern weapons, civilian body armor has become a contentious subject. Call me crazy, but to avoid death, I’d wear a magic talisman if it would actually help. Most people who are reading this understand that ballistic plates are just another safety device. In order to wear plates, you need a way to carry them. Plate carriers may not have a very creative name, but they offer tons of utility. In recent years, many fitness fanatics have started using them to intensify their workouts. Whatever your reasons for wanting a plate carrier, quality is of utmost importance. The last thing you want is a carrier to fail, costing you your life or your toes. 5.11 Tactical has entered the chat with their TacTec Plate Carrier. 

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TFB Review: KE Arms KP-9 – KP-15's 9mm PCC Cousin

There is no doubt in my mind that Russell Phagan, the WWSD 2020 project, and KE Arms are largely responsible for the recent revival in interest concerning monolithic polymer lower receivers for AR-15 rifles. The KP-15 started hitting customer’s front doors around the start of 2021 and the subsequent bum rush of parts related to the WWSD 2020 project dried up pretty quickly leading to many taking their own routes for uppers. Just a hair over a year later, KE Arms gave fans of the KP-15 another reason to pick up another lower, but this time with a 9mm PCC in mind. The KE Arms KP-9 monolithic polymer lower receiver is the 9mm pistol caliber carbine cousin of the KP-15. The KP-9 is a logical extension to KE Arms’ list of receiver options and I’ve been lucky enough to be able to test one of these out for the better part of a year. Today I’ll share my experiences with it so far and what I think the KP-9 lower receiver offers PCC customers over other offerings already on the market.

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TFB Armorer's Bench: New Real Avid Master Gun Workstation Review

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 roll out my review of the new Real Avid Master Gun Workstation. Boy oh boy I’ve been excited to give this thing a go since I was told I could. I’ve had a lot of gun vises on my bench. Does this one stand toe to toe with the rest? Let’s dive right into the review and find out!

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