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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!

GoPro the Official Sponsor of SHOT Show Media Day at the Range

I’ve owned and used GoPro cameras in my work at TTAG ever since the HD HERO was introduced in 2010. I currently have three in my camera bag — it used to be more, but I accidentally blew a couple up. The small form factor combined with the easy-to-use interface and excellent resolution camera make it easy to film just about everything gun-related, from 3-gun competitions (the above was filmed 100% with a GoPro Hero 3) to hunting trips and everything in between. Especially with the super slow motion capability, producing gun porn has never been so easy. GoPro and guns go together like 77 grain bullets and a 1:7 twist barrel, and now it looks like they have taken a step towards supporting that relationship financially as well . . .

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Reminder: Vote Now for the 2014 TTAG Reader’s Choice Awards!

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Another wonderful Monday morning. Back to work for another week of the same old grind. I know, it’s not ideal — you’d rather be at the range, wouldn’t you? Well if you’re looking to waste a few minutes before you get to that TPS report, can I suggest taking a moment to fill out the 2014 TTAG Reader Choice Awards survey? Tell us what you think is the best new item of 2014, and we’ll award the winners at SHOT Show 2015. Here’s how it works . . .

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Gear Review: Timney Calvin Elite Trigger for the Remington 700

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With the recent news that Remington is (kinda) recalling every Model 700 rifle ever made to replace their triggers, I figured that now would be the perfect time to review another offering from Timney Triggers. I reviewed their standard Remington 700 trigger nearly two years ago, and it hasn’t left my rifle since the day it was installed. However, the guys at Timney tipped me off that there might be a better choice for those looking to squeeze that last little drop of accuracy out of their gun: the Calvin Elite model.

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Study: Hispanic Voters Don’t Want More Gun Control

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The Democrats are betting the house on Hispanic voters. Especially in the wake of President Obama’s unilateral action on immigration reform, it looks like the Dems are looking to do everything in their power to be attractive to the ever-increasing Hispanic population and building their base for the next election on that foundation. But according to a new survey, it looks like they might need to drop one of the defining positions of their party: gun control . . .

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Gear Review: MultiTasker Series 3 Multitool

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The AR-15 platform is an incredibly versatile firearm, able to be adjusted and customized to meet almost any mission and fit just about any shooter. But in order to make all that customization possible — and even just to maintain the gun — you need a veritable crate of specialized tools. There have been some attempts in the past to create “one tool to rule them all,” giving you all the gadgets you need to fix your gun in the field (like the Leatherman MUT), but I always find that there’s something missing when I need it the most. I haven’t run into that problem with the MultiTasker Series 3 . . .

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Reminder: Vote Now for the 2014 TTAG Reader’s Choice Awards!

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Just because it’s the weekend doesn’t mean that the voting is closed. Once again we are asking our readers to choose which firearm, accessory, and ammunition was the best new addition to the guns world in 2014. And as is our custom, we will be handing the winners their awards at SHOT Show 2015. Every reader is welcome to cast their vote and you git ‘er done by simply following the instructions below . . .

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Reminder: Vote Now for the 2014 TTAG Reader’s Choice Awards!

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In my experience, there are two distinct types of people who read TTAG — the morning crew and the night crew. The morning crew typically start reading when they get to work, and stop around quitting time after successfully being paid one more day to goof off on the internet. The night crew starts reading when they get home from work and stops when they drunkenly pass out with their hand still fist-deep in the Doritos bag. The night shift got first crack at the 2014 TTAG Reader’s Choice Award survey, but I wanted to make sure that the day shift was aware that they too had the power to choose the cream of the crop from this year’s releases in the gun world, to be recognized at SHOT Show 2015 . . .

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Vote Now! TTAG’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards

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Every year, the editors of the various firearms publications meet in the inky shadows of their boardrooms to decide which products should be chosen for their annual “Best Of” awards. Best rifle of the year, best shotgun of the year, all chosen by a handful of people behind closed doors. It always seemed a little… cabalistic to me. I like it more when the people themselves – those who have bought and used the products – have a chance to make their voices heard, and choose for themselves what products they think are the best. Vox populi vox dei and all that. In that spirit, we present the second annual TTAG Reader Choice Awards. Here’s how it works . . .

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FNH USA Releases FNS-9C and FNS-40C Compacts?

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We first caught wind that FNH USA was designing a compact version of their excellent polymer-framed striker-fired FNS-9 and FNS-40 handguns at last year’s SHOT Show. “That trigger, those ergs, thirteen rounds and a seventeen round spare with rock solid reliability in a concealable FNS-9,” RF enthused. “Gentlemen, meet my new carry gun.” Since then, FNH has rolled out a competition long slide FNS and . . . that’s it. Now, almost two years later, it looks like FNH USA will start shipping the FNS-9 and FNS-40 Compacts sometime around shortly, thanks to what may be a premature posting by High Plains Gun Shop . . .

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Survey of 13 Gun Owners Proves SAFE Act Encourages Mentally Ill to Seek Help. Or Not.

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Gun control activists love pseudo-scientific “studies.” They know that most journalists can’t balance a checkbook – never mind crunch numbers or examine scientific methodology. The anti’s count on the mainstream media to pass on the studies’ faulty data and skewed conclusions, knowing that the average Americans’ limited attention span and lack of analytical skills ensures uncritical acceptance of what is, essentially, a lie. syracuse.com provides another shining example of the deception: NY SAFE Act gun control law encouraging mentally ill to seek help, study shows. Just read the first two paragraphs . . .

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New from CZ: Scorpion EVO S1 Pistol

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If you twisted my arm and forced me to pick the most fun SMG I’ve ever shot, then the CZ Škorpion vz. 61 SMG would be my choice. It’s not the deadliest firearm ever built, but it’s a sexy beast and tons o’ fun to shoot. CZ hasn’t really had a “new” bullet hose in a while, but in the last couple years they finally came out with a sexy line of SMGs known as the EVO S3. And now they’ve brought them to the US . . .

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Gun Review: Optimus Defense 80% Lower Kit & Jig

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The following review is contributed by James.

I’m new to this whole writing for TTAG thing.  I work with Nick and Tyler at our “day jobs”, and Nick knows I am a DIY enthusiast, especially when it comes to cars and firearms.  When Optimus Defense asked TTAG to review their 80% lower, he passed the request on to me since I have both some experience with finishing them and the tools to do so (as well as a very understanding wife that doesn’t get too mad at me when I track aluminum shavings through the house).  I’ve been a firearms enthusiast for decades now, and served 14 years in the US Army and have also been a TCLEOSE certified peace officer.  Needless to say, I know my way around the AR15/M16 platform pretty well.

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