TFB Review: Anderson Manufacturing A4 Short Rifle

Imagine an M-16A4-style rifle but with an 18-inch barrel. The Anderson Manufacturing A4 Short Rifle is just that. This unique setup is a blend of old and new. Let’s see how it performs.

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TFB Review: MODTAC U-RAC (Universal Rail Attach Coupler)

Thankfully, suppressor use and ownership have become more and more common in recent years. As shooters become more aware of the passive dangers involved with shooting, like lead poisoning and hearing loss, steps are being taken to reduce health hazards. Suppressors are probably the most effective tool we have against hearing loss. If you didn’t hear that last sentence, it might be time to pick one up! However, silencers (or suppressors, use whichever you want, nobody cares) have some drawbacks. The primary problem is that they get very hot. This means mirage during precision shooting. It also means some very hot pants during rifle-to-pistol transitions. MODTAC, a company local to me in Colorado, makes rigid suppressor shields to mitigate both of these issues. They have a few models but today we’re looking at the MODTAC U-RAC.

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TFB Review: The SIG Sauer P320 AXG Legion

Over the last few years, SIG has released a couple new variations of their P320 line. Last year, I wrote up a review of their Spectre Comp which you can find the link to here. Their newest member of the P320 family is the new P320 AXG Legion. This model takes the concept of a compensator integrated into the slide from the P365 Spectre Comp. The larger expansion chamber of the P320 in conjunction with the AXG metal frame and this P320 feels different from the other variations. Let’s take a closer look at the SIG Sauer P320 AXG Legion.

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TFB Review: Brownells MPO 1-6×24 Scope

Brownells introduced their Match Precision Optics (MPO) line of scopes a few years ago, and that line has grown to include a few low-power variable optics (LPVO). They announced a new 1-6×24 model at SHOT 2022. It recently became available for purchase and is the subject of this review.

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TFB Review: The Meprolight TRU-VISION Red Dot Sight

The Israeli arms market is one that has grown exponentially in a number of ways over the last couple of decades. Much like other Israeli-based companies, Meprolight works very closely with their home military, the Israeli Defense Force, to develop and battlefield test their products to provide customers in the 134 different countries worldwide that they support with optics that are not only durable but full of features and specifications that are actually useful out in the field. Meprolight recently sent me a T&E copy of their Meprolight TRU-VISION red dot sight. The TRU-VISION is intended to be a durable, compact, lightweight, and energy-efficient red dot that can serve every need ranging from casual range use and training to night vision operations out on the front lines. Today we’re going to take a look at the Meprolight TRU-VISION red dot sight to see how well it performs out in the field, and how well the optic adheres to its stated claims on the Meprolight website.

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The Rimfire Report: First Impressions from the New Ruger Super Wrangler

Hello and welcome to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is about the rimfire firearm world and its many types of firearms, shooting sports, ammunition, and history! Last week we had fellow writer Nic L fill in to talk about the Winchester Xpert rifle. While I personally haven’t had a whole lot of time with the rifle myself, I can say that I think its most significant selling point might simply be that it accepts commonly used, widely available, and relatively inexpensive Ruger 10/22 magazines. Speaking of Ruger, this week we’ll start diving into my first impressions of the recently released Super Wrangler. The Ruger Super Wrangler blends the affordability and ruggedness of the Wrangler series, with some of the features from the Single Six series of single-action revolvers to give customers a middle ground that might just cover all of their bases. So is the new Ruger Super Wrangler really adding something of value to Ruger’s single-action rimfire revolver line or was this move an unnecessary addition? Let’s find out!

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TFB Review: A Clear And Present Olympic Arms OA-93

For those of you who don’t know, a lot of the staff here at The Firearm Blog are serious gun nerds. Most of us grew up watching action movies in the 80s and 90s. There is one movie that we all collectively appreciate and that is Clear And Present Danger. In that movie, there was one star that rose among the rest and that was the Olympic Arms OA-93. I managed to get one a while back so we can take a close look at this gem from the 90s.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Taurus Raging Hunter .460 10 in Review (Part 2 of 2)

The new for 2023 Taurus Raging Hunter 10 in, aka the Raging Hunter 10.5″ (its actual barrel length) is a massive 5-shot .460 S&W magnum chambered revolver that weighs nearly 4.5 lbs.  Like most other .460 S&W magnum chambered revolvers, it can handle .45 Colt and .454 Casull as well.  Unlike other .460 revolvers, however, the new Taurus is actually comfortable to shoot repeatedly in any caliber.  I daresay it’s the most impressive factory .460 revolver I’ve yet to shoot in that regard.

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The Rimfire Report: The Winchester Xpert 22 LR Rifle

Hello! Welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report. TFB’s ongoing series covering rimfire firearms, history, ammunition, and sports, continues on from last week’s article covering the Ranger Model 103-8. Luke is out this week, bringing you the best NRAAM coverage out there, so be sure to look out for that. While I would love to dive into the history of .22 LR bullet design or something cool like that, my rimfire knowledge is nothing compared to Luke’s, so let’s stick to what I know: rifles. This week, I’ll be reviewing the Winchester Xpert 22 LR rifle. 

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TFB Review: Mesa Tactical Gen II LEO Stock Kit for Remington 870 Shotguns

Mesa Tactical, that California expat company now located in Reno, Is known for law enforcement- and home defense-ready upgrades for long guns. My first experience with their gear was installing their Sureshell shell carrier/rail combo on my Remington 870 Tactical shotgun. Installation was laborious, but it’s held up well and has been so handy in terms of keeping shells at hand for speedy reloads as well as offering plenty of Pic rail for the various sighting components I’ve tried over time. It was with enthusiasm that I accepted Mesa Tactical’s offer to test the Gen II version of their LEO Stock Kit.

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Friday Night Lights: Gibbous Outfitters Weapon Light Mounts For The MP5

Good news everyone, it is Friday and night is here. You know what that means, Friday Night Lights! Last week we took a look at the iRay USA RS75 high-definition thermal weapon sight. Well, today we take a look at Gibbous Outfitters weapon light mounts for the MP5 platform.

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TFB Review: The Full-Featured SIG M400 SDI XSERIES

SIG Sauer has really made a concerted effort over the last decade or so to bring functional, practical, and sometimes even reasonably priced firearms and equipment to the market that cater to more than just military operators. One particular turning point that really indicated to me that SIG was adapting its product lineup for modern firearms audiences was when it released the P322 – probably one of my favorite firearms to be released in the last decade. This also leads to SIG’s M400 Series, their own turn-key offering to the DI AR-15 market. There are several different versions of the M400 each of which caters to slightly different firearms consumers ranging from those on a tight budget to those with hunting or even 3-Gun competition in mind. Our review subject of today is another sibling from the M400 family, the M400 SDI XSERIES. This specific M400 offering is SIG’s answer to those who want a bit more than the average budget AR-15 offers including some design cues taken from the SIG MCX-SPEAR platform.

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The Rimfire Report: The Ranger Model 103-8 – A Blast From The Past

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 competitions, shooting sports, ammunition, and firearms! Last week we checked out the tiny Italian Chiappa Little Badger 22LR survival rifle. Despite its intended use as a survival rifle or pack rifle, I’ve found it incredibly fun to plink with and I think I can safely reaffirm my statement from the article that it’s definitely suitable as a small game hunting rifle in a pinch, although it could for sure use some better metrics in the accuracy department. This week’s subject is something we’ve never actually run into before on The Rimfire Report, a rifle without a serial number. This week we’re going to dive into the curious case of the Ranger Model 103-8 .22 caliber single-shot rifle. This blast from the past has an interesting story behind its short lifespan and despite its age, still has a lot to offer to those who might own one!

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TFB Review: Dead Foot Arms AR-MP9 MP5-Styled Upper

Last SHOT Show 2023, I came across Dead Foot Arms and saw their AR-MP9s in person. As one of the resident MP5 fans, I was intrigued. Sure it is not a roller-delayed blowback but the aesthetics are what caught my attention. Since it was designed for the AR-9 platform, the possibilities were endless so I requested to review their upper and they were kind enough to lend one to me. Let’s take a closer look at their MP5-styled AR-MP9 upper.

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Friday Night Lights: InfiRay Outdoor RS75 RICO HD 1280 Thermal Scope

Welcome to Friday Night Lights. For those of you who are new here, Friday Night Lights is a weekly column that focuses on the electro-optical side of firearms. I review night vision and thermal devices as well as accessories related to such topics. Today we take a look at the first high-definition thermal optic by InfiRay Outdoor. iRayUSA was kind enough to lend us their RS75 RICO HD which has a whopping 1280 resolution.  So let’s dive in and take a closer look.

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PSA AK-104 3000 Round Review

Palmetto State Armory was kind enough to send us one of their AK-104s to test out, specifically their 12.5″ barrel model.  The PSA AK-104 is a stamped receiver model with a hammer-forged front trunnion.  Its standout cosmetic features are a folding stock, 90-degree gas block, and extended-length pinned and welded Krink brake to keep customers from having to buy a stamp.  This particular configuration currently has an MSRP of $999.00.

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The Most Criminally Underrated CCW Handgun

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop makes the case that Glock has been eclipsed in the concealed carry market. Instead of spending money upgrading and customizing a G43X or G48, you could get the underrated handgun discussed in this video and have a turnkey solution. What is it? Just watch the video to find out, it’s that easy!

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TFB Review: Noreen Firearms ULR Mini .50 BMG

When Noreen Firearms announced their ULR Mini, I was intrigued. I have always wanted a small .50 BMG firearm however there are few options. So I requested to review Noreen Firearms’ ULR Mini and they kindly lent one out. Let’s take a look at the ULR Mini .50 BMG.

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TFB Review: Accufire OMNIS Digital Spotting Scope

If you recall from SHOT 2023, I came across Accufire at Industry Day At The Range aka Range Day. They were set up at the long-range bays and among their optics they were showing off the Omnis digital spotting scope. When I took a good look at it, I realized it was a hidden gem. I requested to review one and have been using it for a couple months. So let’s take a close look at the Accufire Omnis.

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The Rimfire Report: Italy's Chiappa Little Badger 22LR Survival Rifle

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report. TFB’s ongoing series covering rimfire firearms, history, ammunition, and sports, continues on from last week’s article covering Project Appleseed and how it has made practical marksmanship more accessible to civilians via its purposeful inclusion of commonly available 22LR semi-auto rifles like the Ruger 10/22. It seems some of you took issue with the fact that people are using simulated distance targets for rimfire, implying that proper marksmanship can’t be accomplished at those distances with those guns. However, I’d also like to point out that a considerable portion of what Project Appleseed does is serve as an education program for both adults and young children and it’s why you almost always see children involved in the pictures Project Appleseed posts on their Facebook page. While I’m all for kids learning to handle full-sized weapons, I don’t think we can realistically expect the average-sized 8-year-old to properly handle both the weight and the recoil of an M1 Garand or M1A rifle, especially from a standing position. In any case, and no matter what level of marksmanship knowledge these kids are receiving, I think it’s a net positive rather than any sort of detriment to a child’s or even an adult’s understanding of the basic principles of marksmanship. With that being said, this week’s subject is back to another review, this time featuring Italy’s Chiappa Little Badger 22LR survival rifle. Let’s get right into it.

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Friday Night Lights: SiOnyx OPSIN Review – Digital Night Vision Monocular

Welcome back to another installment in our Friday Night Lights series. Last week I showcased some rather niche gear, thermal beacons. This week we will take a look at something that has caught the attention of some people – the SiOnyx OPSIN helmet-worn digital night vision device. A lot of people have been asking for an OPSIN review so let’s dive in.

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TFB Review: Hi-Lux Optics Malcolm USMC 8X Gen II Scope

Hi-Lux Optics offers a full range of optics for firearms, including a large selection of reproduction scopes for vintage rifles in their Malcolm lineup. One of the most interesting is the USMC 8x Gen II which is a modern take on the classic Unertl target scope. Let’s see how this revival of a legend performs.

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TFB Review: SchleTek Gun Cleaner

I spotted the SchleTek Gun Cleaner for the first time at SHOT Show 2023.  Imported from Germany and application-specific, the little SchleTek kit seemed to be the do-all solution for your gun cleaning needs.  Their products included everything from an optics cleaner to their Suppressor Cleaner Evolution.  An entire kit that promises to clean everything including my suppressor?  This I had to try.

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Friday Night Lights: Steiner Helmet-Mounted Thermal Beacon

Last week on Friday Night Lights, we took a look at how to photograph night vision. I hope that was helpful to you. This week we take a look at an assortment of beacons but we will focus on the Steiner thermal beacon. A little caveat, while these are thermal beacons they do not work well with your run-of-the-mill LWIR thermal devices. I will explain, so keep reading.

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TFB Review: The PMM Tardigrade P320

In the world of compensated pistoled, the market has become overwhelmingly crowded with different options. There are a number of companies making products for a wide variety of popular pistols in today’s market. Parker Mountain Machine (PMM) was one of the first and still is one of the biggest companies in the market producing compensators for almost every popular pistol model. Recently, PMM has unveiled their own take on the P320 line of pistols with the Tardigrade model. This is PMM’s take on what a contoured P320 could look like. Let’s take a closer look at the PMM Tardigrade P320.

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The Rimfire Report: The XRT Drop-In 10/22 Trigger from Tactical Solutions

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, ammunition types, and history. Last week we departed from our normal rimfire coverage to talk about a slightly related ammunition called Pinfire ammunition. A lot of you seemed to be interested in the idea and if I get the chance, I’ll do my best to get a hold of some firearms and ammunition so we can take a much closer look at them for ourselves. This week we are getting back into more dedicated rimfire stuff with the Tactical Solutions XRT Drop-In 10/22 Trigger. This aftermarket 10/22 trigger pack launched right at the end of 2022 and is a world apart from a lot of the aftermarket triggers I’ve come across. Today we’ll check out its specifications and features, and report on the range experiences I’ve had so far with it to give you an idea of this is the type of trigger you’d want to pick up for your 10/22.

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TFB Review: The Shooters Box 577/450 Chamber Adapter

As it happens, I like weird old guns. Ever since I watched the incredible Zulu (1964) a few years ago, I wanted a Martini-Henry. Specifically, a Martini-Henry Mk III, which is the model found in the movie. Mostly. They couldn’t get enough actual Martinis and had to use some Enfields, but it doesn’t matter. Unfortunately, the Martini-Henry is chambered in 577/450, a cartridge that is long out of production. Enter the Shooters Box 577/450 Chamber Adapter.

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TFB Review: Vortex Defender CCW Red Dot 3 MOA

In the past five years, there has been an absolute boom in new micro-compact pistols. What followed was optics-ready models of those micro-compact pistols. With only a sparse amount of “micro-optics” and seldom in supply or at a feasible price point it was only a matter of time before other brands stepped up to the plate with their own offerings. Several footprints and types have made their mark in this timeframe but most are fragile and expensive. I am excited to say that now it is Vortex Optics’ turn in the spotlight. Today I am glad to introduce the Vortex Defender CCW 3 MOA Red Dot. Let’s dive right into my review!

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TFB Review: Bear Creek Arsenal BC-9 Side Charging 9mm AR

In recent years, 9mm carbines have been hitting the market in various styles, and the Side Charge, Bear Creek Arsenal BC-9 Carbine, is a unique offering in its own right. The BC-9 is based around the AR-15 style platform and accepts Glock pattern magazines, but as the title implies, the action is operated by a lever on the side of the gun, rather than the traditional AR charging handle at the top rear of the receiver. Let’s take a look at how this design stacks up as I put the Side Charge BC9 through its paces.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Taurus Raging Hunter 10.5″ – Initial Impressions

This week on Wheelgun Wednesday, we’ll be taking a quick look at one of Taurus’ new revolvers for 2023 that we’re currently reviewing: the massive 10.5″, bipod and scope capable .460 Raging Hunter.  Taurus USA was kind enough to send us a review copy after we were intrigued by it at SHOT 2023.  While an in-depth review is in the works, here are our initial impressions and iron sight testing results of the new Taurus.

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