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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, TX. A salesman by day, he is an avid motorcyclist and aspiring chef out of the office.

Gear Review: Right Now Range

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Every now and again, a package arrives at my door and to the best of my ability, I just cannot figure out where it came from. Most of the time, I bounce some emails around to the guys and we figure it out. But sometimes I put the thing away in a corner and forget about it. The Right Now Range that’s been sitting in my shop for three months is one of those things. It just showed up after Dan met the company owner at SHOT, I later found). I got busy. I totally forgot about it. And then I unearthed it, slapped myself in the head, and took it to the range. After a day of poking holes in it, I’m very pleasantly surprised . . .

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Just Arrived: CMMG MK4 PDW – .300 BLK

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If you’d told Nick a few short years ago that .300 BLK would have the market traction it does today, he’d have made a funny giggle, and started muttering, “The world belongs to the early adopters,” or some such nonsense. His earliest predictions seem to have come true and .300 BLK is here to stay. And the kings of the .300 BLK world seem to be the pistols built around Eugene Stoner’s beloved AR system. As it goes, a great many manufacturers have jumped in with both feet, bringing .300 BLK AR pistols to the market. CMMG’s offering is the MK4 PDW . . .

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Just Arrived: Ruger American Rifle Predator in 6.5 Creedmoor

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It might be a rainy day here in Austin, Texas but the gun gods are smiling upon us, as my FFL has called to inform me that a shiny new Ruger American Rifle arrived this week. The American Rifle series is Ruger’s budget-minded answer to the a market that demands performance at a rock-bottom price. The new Predator edition aims to add some “nice to haves” to the bargain priced rifles that Nick reviewed, and liked a great deal . . .

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Coachable Moments: Working with Firearm Neophytes

As Nick mentioned on Monday, he and I got the opportunity to meet up with several like-minded, gun-owning, millennials for a little range time with Ronan Farrow over the weekend. Like Nick, I thought it went well. The questions were fairly innocuous, and for the most part he seemed primarily interested in Kirsten Joy Weiss doing trick shots. Which is interesting and fun, but my attention was mostly focused on Ronan and his producer Candace . . .

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Wild Pig Removal, Leghorn Style

Many moons ago, Nick flew down from Virginia to go hunting for the first time. I’d never actually met Nick in person until then, but I learned three important facts during our first foray into the woods. First, Nick can operate without sleep longer than any other person I know. He’s an absolute machine. And just like my iPhone when it runs low, he sends a little message out, excuses himself, and promptly shuts it down . . .

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Gear Review: Ares Gear Aegis Enhanced Belt

A good belt is the linchpin of a solid carrying system. No matter how good your holster, no matter how good your gun, if you have a weak (and usually cheap) belt, you’ll always fight to carry effectively. In the past, I’ve used a CompTac belt with great success. It’s a solid belt with a reinforced Kydex strip that makes it very stiff, the key to a good belt. Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to spend a few months wearing the Aegis Enhanced belt from Ares Gear, and I’m totally sold . . .

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Gear Review: Geissele 13″ Super Modular Rail MK8

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We’ve been on a bit of a tear around here testing AR-15 hand guards, specifically the modular and free floating type. For the uninitiated, the market for hand guards is huge and there’s a dizzying array of options available for those who want to free their barrel from the pressure of being touched by anything but a gas block. This also exposes a great deal of real estate for those who want the flexibility to add accessories like vertical grips, lasers, and lights wherever they desire. But first, some history . . .

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Gun Review: Underground Tactical Long Range Bacon Maker

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There’s a certain swagger that goes along with shooting a hotrod rifle. It is the sort of thing that makes you act downright intolerable around your shooting buddies. People might tell you that money can’t buy your way out of bad shooting skills, but I’ve come to believe that this is only partially true. Spend enough money, and you can certainly outshoot some guys with much cheaper rifles. And when you buy a gun that’s straddles the line between “finely assembled” and “bespoke”, you find a certain mechanized perfection that’s not available in off the rack guns. The Underground Tactical Long Range Bacon Maker is one of those guns . . .

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Guns for Beginners: The Importance of Failure

Failures of gear or training can kill you. Pure and simple. Rooting those failures out and exposing them to the light of day is the reason TTAG’s staff works so hard, and burns through so many rounds, and spends so many hours on the range. The gear stuff is pretty easy. If it breaks or fails, don’t use it. But if it’s the operator, that can be a little harder to root out. Watch the video and make the jump for my discussion of my own failings.

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Gear Review: Warne Maxima 7.3/22 QD Scope Rings

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I love my Ruger American Rimfire. A lot. So much so that I end up shooting it more than my Appleseed compliant 10/22. Even with .22LR prices what they are, it is still a deliriously fun time to rack that short throw bolt and burn through a few hundred rounds on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It is especially well suited to teaching the fundamentals of “precision” rifle shooting to new shooters. As I mentioned in my review of the gun, one of the best features is the ability to swap from open sights to scoped shooting with the addition of a different stock comb. One of the essential pieces of gear that facilitates that sort of swapping back and forth is a set of quick detach scope rings like the Maxima rings from Warne.

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Gear Review: Osprey Piston System

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When I first got into the gun thing, it became apparent that there would be certain topics of discussion that would always create controversy. The most obvious examples include GLOCK vs. 1911, .45 vs. 9 mm, large caliber/slow bullets vs. zippy/small caliber bullets, AR vs. AK. You get the idea One of those points of contention that’s firmly rooted in the gun world is direct impingement vs. piston driven. Both have pros and cons, and within the piston discussion, you can even discuss short stroke vs. long stroke systems. The whole thing can be quite confusing . . .

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First Impressions: Underground Tactical Long Range Bacon Maker – 6.5 Grendel

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I stood there in my shop, Creedence blaring through Pandora, muttering obscenities under my breath while I stared hopelessly at a long range gun, a long range scope, and a set of Warne rings that were too low to marry the two star-crossed lovers. The scope, a Bushnell 3.5-21 HDMR that had served valiantly at the Bushnell Brawl. A scope that’s so good, it’s going to get a nearly perfect review once I write it up. The rifle? It’s Underground Tactical’s Long Range Bacon Maker chambered in 6.5 Grendel. And my preliminary and somewhat scientific testing says its a hell of a thing . . .

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