TFB Review: Brownells 733 Upper Receiver

Brownells, in large part, started the retro resurgence of the last few years. While they did get out of the game with complete guns, they still offer parts and uppers. The most recent batch of uppers is more modern and includes the Brownells 733, a Model 733 clone. Yes, the 733 we all know and love from the movie Heat. When Brownells offered me a review of this upper, I promptly sent them my shipping info and I started loading magazines.

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Harrington & Richardson Releases New Braced Retro Pistols

Palmetto State Armory’s sub-brand Harrington & Richardson has a pair of new retro pistols for sale. These new models feature an arm brace that mimics the look of the classic CAR-15 stock while still being intended for single-handed use. It is adjustable for the length of pull and has a QD sling cup in the rear of the brace for shooting with sling tension.

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New DeLisle Carbines Coming From US Armament Manufacturing

Listen up, World War 2 fans. U.S. Armament Manufacturing LLC is reviving the legendary DeLisle carbine. This rifle is a legend and one of the best-known integrally-suppressed firearms ever made. Let’s check it out!

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An Ode To The ERGO Gapper, The Best Cheap Upgrade For The AR

I love the ERGO Gapper. It’s an ingeniously simple device that makes a huge difference in AR comfort. Please allow me to share with you the best $3 you can spend on your rifle.

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Griffin Armament Releases their XM177 Linear Comp Gen 2

For you “Retro-Heads” out there looking to recreate the classic Vietnam-era XM177E2 carbine, Griffin Armament has recreated one of the most prominent features of said carbine – its iconic Moderator. Not so much a Suppressor or muzzle brake, the XM Moderator was designed to tame the massive bark of a short-barreled rifle. Usually, when you look for a reproduction they’re just a solid piece of steel with slots milled to recreate the look and nothing more. Griffin Armament has taken the design and converted it into a functional muzzle device with their XM177 Linear Comp Gen 2.

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Springfield Armory Unveils SA16-A2 Retro Rifle

Springfield Armory has a new (and yet old?) rifle, the SA16-A2. As you can probably tell, it is a clone of the venerable M16A2 rifle. It even includes the proper integral carry handle.

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Brownells Adds Three New AR-15 Retro Uppers

Brownells, once the unquestioned leader in the retro AR space, is beefing up their lineup once again. These three new retro uppers add a newer twist to the range. Let’s break them down.

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New AR-15 Handguards And Grips From Ergo

Ergo Grips has some new and new/old handguards and grips for the AR-15. Ergo was one of the original makers of AR upgrade parts. This latest batch of offerings refreshes some of their classic designs for the modern day.

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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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[SHOT 2023] The Carry Handle Corner: Retro And Clone AR-15 Compendium

That’s all until next year.

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[SHOT 2023] The SHOT Show Retro Roundup

One of my favorite stories to write each SHOT is a summary of all things throwback. The Retro Roundup gives me an excuse to snoop around the show looking for anything new in the world of the old. This year’s offerings were so plentiful that I split the article into two parts. This is the non-AR portion. Here are a few of the standouts from SHOT Show 2023.

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[SHOT 2023] New XM177 From Windham Weaponry

Windham Weaponry continues to add new rifles to its lineup, including an XM177 variant. The XM177 family was one of the first AR-style carbines to enter wide use. Several variants were used, including the XM177E2 and GAU5/A. Most original versions featured a ~4″ moderator attached to a 10″ barrel. The ATF decreed that the original moderator was a silencer and thus required a tax stamp.

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[SHOT 2023] WA 2000 And FG-42 Reproductions You Can Afford: Rhineland Arms R2000 And FG-9

Rhineland Arms had some very unique guns on display at their SHOT Show booth. They had two replicas of legendary designs (WA 2000 And FG-42) that are far more accessible than the originals.

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A Guide To The AR-15 Carry Handle

The carry handle. Love it or hate it, it’s an iconic feature of the AR-15. In recent years there has been a resurgence in their popularity. Unfortunately, this has led to some misunderstandings and incorrect advertising. So let’s take a look at the common models and what sets them apart.

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New Retro Lower Receiver From Unbranded AR

OEM parts supplier Unbranded AR has released a new stripped lower receiver with throwback markings. Nothing ruins a good carry handle build like a rollmark with the wrong vibes, but this one will blend right in. 

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