Author Archives: Nick Leghorn

Nick Leghorn is a gun nerd living and working in San Antonio, Texas. In his free time, he's a competition shooter (USPSA, 3-gun and NRA High Power), private pilot, and enjoys mixing statistics and science with firearms. Now on sale: Getting Started with Firearms by yours truly!

AAC’s Mike Smith Posts the Least Professional Press Release in History

AAC Muzzle Brakes, c Nick Leghorn

Mike Smith is the Freedom Group employee who kicked me out of the Remington booth at SHOT Show. According to reliable sources, he also has a picture of me over his desk with the words “you’re fired” Photoshopped in. When the news about my unceremonious eviction from the SHOT Show booth hit the ‘net, Mike saw it as an opportunity to vent. He turned to AAC’s official blog and told the world how he really feels. Click here to read the The Truth About AAC on AAC’s blog. Or click here for the PDF mirror. Here are a couple choice excerpts below . . .
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Gun Review: CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Pistol


The CZ Scorpion for this review was provided by Kentucky Gun Company

My favorite SMG of all time is the Škorpion vz. 61. It’s not the prettiest or the most powerful, but it’s an absolute joy to shoot and (much like the AR-15) is a bare-essentials kind of gun. Nothing was added that didn’t need to be there. When I heard that CZ was coming out with a new version of the Scorpion updated for 2015 I was extremely interested, and the instant one of our regular suppliers mentioned they had one in stock I was all over that like a fat kid on a Twinkie. Pistol caliber carbines are so hot right now, and if the Scorpion EVO 3 S1 lives up to the hype it could be a top contender for those looking for something to SBR . . .

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New from Gemtech: “The One” Universal Silencer, “Trilogy” Silencer Kit, Suppressed Bolt Carrier


I take it back — the theme of this year’s SHOT Show is silencers that work like LEGOs. Liberty Suppressors had their Mystic-X first, then SilencerCo came out with their Omega can, and Gemtech’s response is The One (notice a distinct biblical theme here?). The idea behind both cans is that you buy one serialized part, and put it on ALL THE THINGS. Direct thread .308 rifle? Fast attach 5.56 carbine? Bolt action .300 BLK pistol with a duck for an aiming sight? All these things and more can be suppressed with this one silencer. Just one tax stamp and all this can be yours.

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Battle Arms Development Unveils the OIP Extreme Lightweight Rifle


Modern rifles aren’t anything like the boat anchors that our forefathers carried into combat. But they can still be heavy and annoying to lug around a battlefield or take up crucial weight in a survival kit. The guys at Bentwood Gunsmithing, in cooperation with Battle Arms Development, have created the ultimate lightweight rifle and have dubbed it the “OIP,” or Ounces Into Pounds. The idea was to shave every last ounce they could find, creating the most lightweight AR-15 ever produced . . .

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Announcing TTAG’s Official Ammunition Sponsor: Eagle Eye Ammo


When it comes to reviewing firearms, you’re only as good as your tools. We here at TTAG are known for our no-holds-barred approach to gun reviews, and while we’ve done our level best to use quality ammunition for the accuracy testing portion of these reviews, the fact is that we can do better. Eagle Eye Ammunition is the most consistent ammunition I have ever tested, and now they are teaming up with us to become our official test ammunition supplier for gun reviews. Going forward . . .

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Nexus Ammo: Custom Tailored Wound Channels for Any Scenario


Solid lead bullets have been the gold standard for ammunition for centuries. The dense metal is perfect for transferring force over great distances. But there are problems. Molten lead is hard to make into a homogeneous mass, and often there are air pockets or other impurities that keep the bullet from performing as expected. Nexus Ammunition is a company within the SAC group that also owns Armalite and McMillian. They say they have a solution to that age old problem: compressed metal . . .

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Remington Gives TTAG’s Nick Leghorn The Bum’s Rush


TTAG doesn’t pull any punches. That’s why readers trust our articles and reviews. As you might expect, our no-holds-barred firearms and firearms gear reviews don’t sit well with everyone. Especially manufacturers whose products aren’t all they should be. Three years ago, Bushmaster told RF to take a hike from their SHOT Show booth when TTAG’s jefe asked a Freedom Group suit about their rifle’s worrying tendency to go full-auto. This year, it was Remington’s turn to eject a TTAG writer from their booth . . .

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VLTOR Slims Down with Carbon Fiber M14 Stock


The M14 is a beast of a rifle. And I mean that not only because the rifle is still an accurate and effective battle implement over 75 years since the original design (M1) was fielded, but because the rifle is a chunky and massive piece of metal to lug around the battlefield. In a world where super slim rifles are all the rage and the “pounds equals pain” mantra is ringing strong, VLTOR has taken it upon themselves to reduce the overall weight of the M14 even further.

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Jesse James Releases New 30 Caliber Silencer, With some Bold Claims


Jesse James Firearms Unlimited is a very new player in the rifle world, and now they have decided to dip their toe into the world of silencers as well. We hear that the inspiration for the new silencer adorning this .308 Winchester rifle is the gas tank off of a motorcycle, and it definitely fits the bill as something new and different in a world of concentric circles and circumferential welding. The internals are very different as well . . .

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SIG SAUER Collects Best Handgun of 2014 Award


SIG SAUER’s P320 was far and away the winner of this year’s TTAG Reader’s Choice Awards for best pistol of 2014. The reason is clear: the gun is as close as you can get to a LEGO set for gun guys. This year they’re coming out with even more options, including the .45 ACP version that we shot at Media Day. Above, SIG SAUER’s manager of the handgun line accepts TTAG’s highest honor.