[SHOT 2024] CoolFire Trainer Shows New AR Training Adapter

CoolFire Trainer, known for its CO2-powered drop-in conversion kits for pistols, has now expanded its innovative training solutions to include AR-pattern rifles. Distinguished from their pistol kits—which necessitated a barrel swap—the new AR kit simplifies the conversion process by only requiring users to remove their existing bolt and replace it with CoolFire’s system.

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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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The NEW Anderson Dissipator Carbine Is Here! (But For Real This Time)

Back at NRAAM 2023, TFBTV’s Hop and I had a chance to check out the subtly launched Anderson Manufacturing AM15 Dissipator Carbine. The Anderson Dissipator carbine was an unexpected hit at the Primary Arms Range Day 2023, and NRAAM 2023 with, Hop, myself, and a couple of other writers having a blast running magazine after magazine through the retro-inspired rifle. I’m happy to announce that if you’ve been looking to pick one of these up since their announcement at NRAAM, they’re available now through the Anderson Manufacturing website for what I would call a great price.

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Closer Look - Strike Industries Collar Adjustable Gas Block

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 take a closer look at a cool chunk that I recently installed on my AR15. I of course am talking about the Strike Industries Collar Adjustable Gas Block. Prior to working with this particular adjustable gas block, I had no hands-on experience with them. I finally had a chance to run out to the range the other day and get to know it a little more and I felt it was a good idea to share some initial thoughts and present the product as is. Let’s dive right in!

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NEW Brownells BRN-4 Upper Receiver Kit – HK416 For The Masses

Brownells just announced a new HK416-pattern upper receiver kit, the BRN-4. This piston-driven upper is compatible with standard AR-15 lower receiver groups.

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The USGI Web Sling – More Than Just A Carrying Strap

The classic USGI web sling has been fielded on rifles since World War 2. It has seen action on the M-1 Garand, M-14, and M-16 rifles, and it provides both a method to carry a rifle and a loop sling for precision marksmanship use. Let’s take a closer look at this sling and its hidden talents.

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Complete AR15 Assembly - Upper Receiver

Welcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article sponsored by  WheelerTiptonCaldwell, and  Frankford Arsenal, we’ll show how to completely assemble an AR15 upper receiver. Previously, I covered the disassembly of the lower receiverbolt carrier group, and  upper receiver. Last week I also detailed the assembly of an AR15 lower receiver. I am well aware that most of the folks who pass through these parts are into the new, cool, and tacticool. I personally love older and obsolete stuff but I also like to take things apart and put them back together. That being said, we here at TFB thought it would be nice to have a resource available for disassembling and assembling an AR15.

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Complete AR15 Assembly - Lower Receiver

Welcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article sponsored by  WheelerTiptonCaldwell, and  Frankford Arsenal, we’ll show how to completely assemble an AR15 lower receiver. Previously, I covered the disassembly of the  lower receiver, bolt carrier group, and upper receiver. I am well aware that most of the folks who pass through these parts are into the new, cool, and tacticool. I personally love older and obsolete stuff but I also like to take things apart and put them back together. That being said, we here at TFB thought it would be nice to have a resource available for disassembling and assembling an AR15.

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POTD: New Range of Ohio State Highway Patrol

The definition of a photograph, photo, exposure or picture is a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on a light-sensitive material. In TFB’s case, this usually means a soldier or a firearm of some sort. This Photo Of The Day goes in black & white and features an Ohio State Highway Patrol officer as he fires his rifle. You can see the ejected brass and smoke from the barrel, and I think the photo works perfectly in this setting.

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TFB Armorer's Bench: 2021 TFB Armorer's Bench Wrap Up

Welcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article sponsored by  WheelerTiptonCaldwell, and  Frankford Arsenal, I decided to take a second to reminisce and look back on all that we have covered in our new series this year. 2021 has been a real dumpster fire so it is nice to have this break from the day-to-day and sit down at the bench and feel like progress is being made. Let us jump into all that we have covered in this 2021 TFB Armorer’s Bench Wrap Up!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: AR15 Gas Rings and Their Maintenance

Welcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article sponsored by  WheelerTiptonCaldwell, and  Frankford Arsenal, I decided to do a quick overview on AR15 gas rings and when it’s time to replace them. This was a suggested topic of a fellow TFB writer Rusty S so a big thank you to Rusty for the idea! Routine maintenance is required on AR15s just like any other firearm, especially if they have been used frequently. Let’s dive into AR15 gas rings and their maintenance!

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TFB Review: Palmetto State Armory Dissipator Rifle With PSA EPT Lower

The concept of the AR-15 Dissipator rifle dates back to the Vietnam War and lives on today from a few manufacturers, including Palmetto State Armory. The PSA Dissipator rifle has been one of those rifles I’ve wanted to try for a while since its features are ideal for a general-purpose rifle, as well as for teaching the kids on iron sights, all while remaining affordable. Let’s take a look.

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Tips and Tricks – AR15 Gas Blocks

Welcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article sponsored by  WheelerTiptonCaldwell, and  Frankford Arsenal, I decided to go over a broad spectrum article regarding AR15 Gas Blocks. I recently saw that someone reached out asking for this sort of thing and I am happy to put together a list of Tips and Tricks as well as some extra information along the way. Let’s jump into Tips and Tricks – AR15 Gas Blocks!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Complete AR15 Disassembly - Upper Receiver

Welcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article sponsored by  WheelerTiptonCaldwell, and  Frankford Arsenal, we’ll show how to completely disassemble an AR15 upper receiver. I am well aware that most of the folks who pass through these parts are into the new, cool, and tacticool. I personally love older and obsolete stuff but I also like to take things apart and put them back together. That being said we here at TFB thought it would be nice to have a resource available for disassembling and assembling an AR15. Smith & Wesson was gracious and kind enough to help us out and sent us one of their Sport II models. Now that we have taken apart our Lower Receiver and Bolt Carrier Group we can jump into the  AR15 upper receiver disassembly. Let’s dive right in!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Complete AR15 Disassembly - Bolt Carrier Group

Welcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article sponsored by  WheelerTiptonCaldwell, and  Frankford Arsenal, we’ll show how to completely disassemble an AR15 bolt carrier group. I am well aware that most of the folks who pass through these parts are into the new, cool, and tacticool. I personally love older and obsolete stuff but I also like to take things apart and put them back together. That being said we here at TFB thought it would be nice to have a resource available for disassembling and assembling an AR15. Smith & Wesson was gracious and kind enough to help us out and sent us one of their Sport II models. Now we are back to it folks! Took a nice little break over Labor Day weekend and now we can jump back into our disassembly articles on the AR15. This one is sort of a special intermediate article focusing on the BCG (bolt carrier group) and charging handle that would be removed from an AR15 upper during cleaning or disassembly. Let’s dive right in!

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