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Author Archives: Tyler Kee

Tyler Kee is a small town kid trying to make it in the big city of Austin, Texas. A cubicle-dwelling technology sales professional by day, he is an avid starter of projects, purchaser of speciality tools, and aspiring chef outside the office. He has been writing for The Truth About Guns for four years and specializes in hunting, the outdoors, gun, and gear reviews.

Pig Trapping: Lessons Learned

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As it relates to the world of guns, the term ‘epidemic’ is thrown around willy nilly. Normally, it follows the phrase “gun violence” and is used by politicians seeking to curtail the rights of law abiding citizens like you and me. Down here in Texas, the word epidemic is more closely associated with the words “feral hog” and describes the widespread outbreak of the porcine problems that our ranchers and farmers face on a daily basis. While using helicopters and thermal night vision gets a lot of attention, the truth is that those methods are woefully inadequate at reducing the number of pigs in the wild. More effective, albeit “boring” methods must be put in place for ranchers, farmers, and landowners looking to thin the herd . . .

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Silencer Review: Dead Air Sandman S

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The silencer, range time, and metering equipment for this review were provided by Capitol Armory based in Cedar Park, Texas

Many years ago, in a land far away, the team at SilencerCo was like a large oak tree. Big, beautiful, and capable of nearly blotting out the sun with its size and scope. Over the years, various leaves have fallen from that original tree, taking root at other companies in the industry. In the case of Mike Pappas, co-founder of SilencerCo, the tree that sprung up was Dead Air Armament. Other SilencerCO alums who have taken root at Dead Air include designer Todd Magee and super salesman Gary Hughes. Like most silencer companies bringing products to the market for the first time, Dead Air’s first contribution to the market was a family of .30 caliber silencers called the Sandman

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Gun Review: Mossberg MVP LR-T

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I’ve spent nearly a decade and thousands of rounds trying to identify the Ultimate Texas Hunting Rifle. For most of my life, it’s been a Ruger M77 Mark II in .243 WIN. Last year, I hacked four inches off the barrel, screwed on a silencer and fitted the stock with a cheek riser. It felt as if my rifle had been transformed. Suddenly, it was easier to get in and out of a blind, quieter and easier to bring to my eye. The issue: sub 100 grain 6mm pills need velocity to do their work; cutting off that much barrel took a toll. To find the next great thing, I started sniffing around and found the Mossberg MVP LR-T . . .

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Gun Review: Bergara LRP Elite

Bergara LRP Elite (courtesy Tyler Ke for The Truth About Guns)

As a small child, not even firmly in the double digits for age, my parents attended a conference for work hosted at the Broadmoor Hotel. To this day, I’ll never forget the bacon they served for breakfast. It was otherworldly in texture and flavor, no doubt wasted on my yet-to-develop palate. At the time, I didn’t fully understand the concept of a luxury hotel. All I knew was that the bacon was first class . . .

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Gear Review: McMillan Stock Measuring Kit

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My very first bolt action rifle was a Ruger M77 Mark II chambered in .243 Win. I love that gun very much, and even though TTAG affords me a certain level of access when it comes to rifles, each hunting season, that gun is in the blind with me. That said, it’s not a very good rifle. For starters, the stock is terrible. Like most polymer factory stocks, it flexes more than Arnold in front of a mirror, and it lacks a certain ergonomic style. I spent years not knowing this until I got behind a McMillan stocked rifle, and then I knew . . .

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Gear Review: Action Target Dueling Tree

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Many years ago, Nick gave me a steel target as a thank you for helping him find a job in Texas. Years later, I still have it, and while it’s much worse for the wear, it still faithfully serves out on the range at the family ranch. Little did I know at the time that I would become hopelessly addicted to ringing steel. Over the years, I’ve amassed a tidy little collection of targets, but one of my favorites is one that I picked up after this year’s Texas Firearms Festival — a very large, very heavy dueling tree made by Action Target . . .

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Gun Review: Brownells Aero Precision 308 AR OEM Rifle

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Building your own guns is is a gas. Nothing quite fills the void the corporate world creates like spending a few hours in the shop driving roll pins and torquing things to spec. Building a gun to meet your particular need is rewarding right up until it isn’t. There’s a point where assembly becomes ‘smithing and that’s right where I draw the line. The beauty of military specifications is that darn near any AR parts will fit together as long as they’re built to the standard. But what if you want more than what the .223/5.56 arena has to offer? . . .

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Gear Review: Oregon Trail Defense Stippling Kit

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Several years back, I took a class at the SIG SAUER Academy where one of the instructors made a brief statement that fundamentally changed my views on modifications made to firearms. The essence of it was, “Any modification should help you shoot the gun better. Anything that you have to fight has to go.” That advice slowed my urge to mod every gun I acquire unless that change was going to help the gun help me. Grip modifications for polymer framed handguns were relatively new to me at that time, but the more I’ve played with stippled pistols, the more I’ve found that I like a grippier texture. The problem was the price, the lack of customization, and the wait. For better or worse, Oregon Trail Defense has provided a solution to those problems . . .

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Shadetree Gunsmithing: Rebarreling a Savage LRP

IMG_0995Many years ago, my father in law bought one of the very first Savage LRPs chambered in .243 WIN. He topped it with a really nice Leupold scope and then started a new position at work that severely interrupted his ability to have free time for shooting. Fast forward a few years, and the rifle was still languishing in his safe. There were precious few factory loadings that the LRP liked, and the ones it did like were not very good at flying out to the 1000 yard line, the primary reason he bought the gun. A rebarrel was in order . . .

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Gear Review: Seekins SP3R V3 Handguard

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Saturated doesn’t begin to describe the world of AR-15 accessories. Within the hand guard market alone, there are hundreds, if not thousands of options available to the consumer. We’ve tried to review as many of them as we can, but at some point, it all starts to look the same. Free float? Check. Full-length Picatinny rail along the top? Check. KeyMod or M-LOK? Check and check. To stand out at all, a hand guard has to really be different. With its home plate-like shape, Seekins SP3R V3 is nothing if not different . . .

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Gear Review: CMMG PDW .22 LR (9″ Upper)

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As I was finishing up my review of the CMMG .300 BLK PDW I realized that I really needed to stop being cheap and give the federal government $200 for the privilege of registering a short barreled lower with the ATF. The minute I slammed the AMEX and hit submit, I found a whole new world of guns to look at. Given that the .300 BLK upper had been such a good deal, I started at CMMG’s website. I quickly locked in on their MK4 PDW .22 LR, a nine inch barreled upper chambered in .22 LR . . .

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