[SHOT 2024] New Caldwell Claymore Solo and Pull-Pup Clay Throwers, VelociRadar Chronograph

Caldwell  announced the introduction of the Claymore Solo Clay Thrower, the latest addition to its lineup of shooting sports equipment designed for enthusiasts looking to enhance their clay target shooting experience. The new Claymore Solo comes as a refined alternative to the previously released Claymore clay target thrower, now featuring a more streamlined design for ease of use and transportation.

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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 Armorer's Bench: Cleaning a Suppressor with a Wet Tumbler

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 I decided to touch further on a project I had referenced intending to do back when I worked with the Frankford Arsenal Rotary Tumbler Lite. As far as cleaning rimfire suppressors goes, there are a few different options. You can do it by hand (scrubbing and soaking in solvents), you could get an ultrasonic cleaner, perhaps attempt the infamous “Dip”, or I have heard about people using stainless steel pins and a wet tumbler which is normally used for reloading. I had some time to put this to the test while I worked on some other projects and my Dead Air Mask really needed a cleaning. Let’s dive in and see how cleaning a suppressor with a wet tumbler went!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Disassembly and Maintenance – Explorer II/AR7

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 slightly change it up. Honestly, I ran out of time to do the particular AR15-related stuff I was planning on (thank you folks very much for some assembly/troubleshooting ideas). Today I am going to cover the disassembly and maintenance of an Explorer II pistol and by proxy anything in the AR7 family. The reason I want to particularly go over the maintenance is that these guns have a reputation for being picky and jam-o-matics which I do not believe is wholeheartedly warranted. Do I think they are the best .22LR firearms? Heck no! By today’s standards, the old ones are pretty subpar. However, I will attest that (barring firearms in poor condition) with the proper maintenance and good condition magazines they should be able to work relatively decent for their construction and age. Make no mistake, I have known my personal Charter Arms Explorer II to be a cruel mistress at times but only after I haven’t cleaned it and oiled it after 6 months or so. Long explanations aside, let’s jump right into the disassembly and maintenance of Explorer II/AR7!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Beretta 92X RDO Optic Installation

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 break from the recent assembly stuff and showcase some optics mounting while it is still fresh in my mind. Recently, I have been working with the fantastic Beretta 92X RDO and it occurred to me that there is little available as far as a resource for a step-by-step optics mounting process. The Beretta manual does a decent broad spectrum job but I want to take a look under the microscope so to speak. That being said, let’s dive right into the Beretta 92X RDO Optic Installation!

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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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TFB Armorer's Bench: Cleaning Up and Fire Bluing Screws

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 sort of impromptu tutorial on how to clean up some messed-up flat head screw heads and fire bluing them as a bonus. Originally this particular weekend I was going to start on our AR15 assembly stack of articles (it has been a while since we took one apart, I know) and talk about potential upgrades. Unfortunately, I ran out of time to do the AR15 stuff but I had this stuff on the back burner for a reason. Let’s dive right into cleaning pp and fire bluing screws!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: By The Armorer Book – Glock 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 it would be a fun exercise to go through the maintenance portion of the Glock Armorer’s Manual and demonstrate or explain what they say in the book. I myself do not own a Glock so my TFB coworker and AllOutdoor editor Adam S loaned me his Glock to demonstrate on and he also got a free gun cleaning. Fair trade! Let’s dive right into Glock maintenance by the (Glock Armorer’s) book!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: M1 Garand Gas System and Ammunition Solutions

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 dive into the rabbit hole of attempting to explain the M1 Garand’s gas system, why average modern ammunition is not ideal for the rifle, and solutions to that issue. In the last few years working at a gun shop, I have noticed the increase in the popularity of older firearms among younger people. People will come in whether it is those young folks or older ones that just got a dream gun (an M1 Garand) from when they were younger and they will ask for 30-06 ammo in general. Yes, the rifle will function and shoot any type of .30-06 Springfield on the market but unfortunately, the gas system is not engineered to deal with the velocities and pressures produced by modern ammunition. The result? Their piece of nostalgia and history ends up damaged or broken. All of that being said let’s dive right into the M1 Garand gas system and ammunition solutions.

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Using The Ballistic Precision Chronograph Kit

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 dive back into the  Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph Premium Kit. This time I am going to detail my first impressions, setting it up at the range, and using it. I may be getting ahead of myself but I really like this chronograph setup and I will be happy to tell you why. Let’s dive right into using the  Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph Premium Kit!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Closer Look - Ballistic Precision Chronograph Kit

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 give a Caldwell product a chance for some limelight. Here we are taking a closer look at the Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph Premium Kit. That is a mouth full. Recently I reloaded some .30 Carbine and this felt like the next natural step in the evolution of that process. I will elaborate further in next week’s “using” article but this was my first time working with a chronograph. Let’s dive into this closer look at the  Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph Premium Kit!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Using The Intellidropper Powder Measure

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 dive back into the Frankford Arsenal Intellidropper Powder Measure that I covered in a small Closer Look article last week. This time I am gonna talk about my experience using it. This was a short couple-hour experience of reloading some .30 Carbine ammunition but I plan on doing some other cartridges with the Intellidropper in the future. That being said, I am excited to dive into my experience using the Frankford Arsenal Intellidropper!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Closer Look - Intellidropper Powder Measure

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 closer look at Frankford Arsenal’s Intellidropper Electronic Powder Measure. Lately, I have been basically taking you, folks, with me as I go through a slowed reloading process highlighting some of the tools being used. Next up is this Intelidropper Electronic Powder Measure and I am very excited to use it. Before the actual “using” part happens let’s dive into this closer look at Frankford Arsenal’s Intelidropper Electronic Powder Measure!

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TFB Armorer's Bench: Using The Platinum Series Case Prep Center

Welcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb, this series will focus on many home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article sponsored by  WheelerTiptonCaldwell, and  Frankford Arsenal, I decided to go over my short experience using the Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Case Prep Center since we took a closer look at the product itself last week. That being said, I hope everyone is having a great memorial day weekend! Maybe you folks had some time to do some reloading yourself. Let’s dive right into using the Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Case Prep Center!

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