New From Shaolin Rifleworks: 1/2 MOA AR-10 & AR-15 Rifles

Sunday before SHOT Show, the guys from Shaolin Rifleworks invited me out to the desert to check out their new lineup. I admit I wasn’t particularly thrilled at the prospect of yet another AR from yet another assembler. However, it turns out Shaolin is much more than that, and their hit list of high-end, custom, all-in-house machine work, hand fitting, accuracy testing and real-world 1/2 MOA guarantee piqued my interest. What just might be the most accurate AR rifles in the world at an MSRP lower than most vaguely competitive options? Yes, I’m listening. Details and first impressions follow. . .

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New from ArmaLite: Competition and Varmint AR-15 Rifles


For the last couple years, ArmaLite has been more than a little stagnant with their product line. Thankfully, Tommy Thacker has arrived at the helm of the company and has injected some more awesomeness into the M-15 line of guns. New this year are three rifles: two competition AR-15 rifles and a varmint focused 20 inch rifle. I had a chance to shoot all three, and I gotta say, I really like what I see . . .

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First Impressions: Armalite M-15 3-Gun Rifle

ArmaLite 3-Gun Rifle, c Karla Herdzik

By the time I picked up my Armalite M-15 3-gun rifle from my local range, it was already covered in fingerprints. The guys at my range knew it was coming, and its arrival was highly anticipated – not just by me, but by them as well! So, they got a head start on inspecting all of the really cool features, but they were kind enough to save me the first shots. And wow, what shots they were . . .

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Gun Review: Adams Arms C.O.R. Ultra Lite Rifle


Over the last couple years, there has been no bigger influence on the firearms market than the emerging sport of 3-gun shooting. As the number of participants has skyrocketed, so too has the number of rifle manufacturers producing firearms to feed that voracious market. Everyone and their brother has a rifle optimized for 3-gun shooting these days, and figuring out which rifle manufacturers have got their heads screwed on straight and actually understand the challenges of the sport can be a challenge. Adams Arms recently introduced a line of rifles specifically designed for 3-gun shooting, and they sent one to me to test out.

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Second Opinion: Tac-Con 241 Trigger


It’s no secret that I didn’t like the Tac-Con 3MR trigger. It isn’t necessarily that it’s a bad egg — the thing functions as advertised — it just seems overpriced for what you get. They were asking $500 for a trigger that doesn’t do anything all that new, and came with no training materials or instructions on how to use it. Their PR guy’s response to the article wasn’t all that pleasant, but after a few conversations with the Tac-Con guys themselves, they invited me out to try out their latest creation. Tyler liked it. As for me . . .

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First Look: Eagle Eye Ammunition


There are a lot of ammunition manufacturers out there that make some rather impressive claims about accuracy, but so far very few have been able to back those claims up with solid performance. We have been testing the big names in the ammunition world, and so far those tests seem to put Winchester on the top of the pack. Even then, they don’t make any claims about the accuracy of their ammo. Eagle Eye is a new ammunition manufacturer that not only claims to be the best on the market, but backs it up with a guarantee — 1/2 MoA accuracy from every box, every time. But it gets better . . .

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If You Shoot It, They Will Come

722Lena Rifle

At SHOT Show this year, I heard the craziest idea I’d ever heard in my life: someone was going to host a women’s only 3-gun match, and they fully expected to sell out the 200 slots to the match. I laughed because at the time, I could name literally less than 20 women who shoot 3-gun. The concept sounded nice to me, but I never believed they’d get 200 women to sign up. Well, match director Lisa Marie Judy and co-director Kay Miculek have gone and proved me wrong – and I’m thrilled about it! Next weekend is the Brownell’s Lady 3-Gun ProAm in Covington, GA, where a sold-out match will be the first-ever women’s only event in the history of 3-gun . . .

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Gear Review: Coronado Arms PMag Extensions


If you shoot in 3-gun competitions or are just interested in some bolt-on mods for your AR-15 that can add some color and capacity to your magazines, check out the new Magpul Gen3 PMag Base Extensions by Coronado Arms. [Noobs note: a magazine base plate is the piece on the bottom of the magazine that holds the follower, magazine spring, and whatever other goodies your magazine may have inside. A mag base extension is an upgraded version of that plate that “extends” the functionality of the off-the-shelf plate, adding to a magazine’s round capacity. They can also add a personalized (and colorful) touch.] The bases from Coronado are available in . . .

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Run n Gun 2014: Course of Fire


A few weeks back, I ran the 2014 Pecos Run n Gun. Unfortunately, due to the freakish amount of rain the area received, the main event, planned for Saturday, was cancelled. However, because I’d volunteered to be a Range Officer for the Saturday event, I got to run the course on Friday between rain storms. It was everything I expected and a bit more. When I posted the preview article several people remarked on how fun the course of fire looked so I wanted to break off a separate post to deal just with the course of fire, issues/successes I had, and a few photos. Many thanks to my buddy Thomas for being my official photographer . . .

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Pecos Run n Gun 2014: Embrace the Suck


As I sat in the middle of the desert at 10:00 PM in my truck preparing to spend the night in some sort of contorted position and wondering if my vehicle would tolerate idling all night to run the heater, I thought back to the main page of the Run n’ Gun website which states, “The range is far and away from civilization and the logistics are a stretch. Good attitudes are required. If a minor hitch in plans will ruin your whole day, this event is not for you.” I laughed a bit more when I remembered that a short 15 hours earlier, I had told Smokey, the event organizer, “This is going to be fun” as we slogged through the mud getting to the base camp, and he replied…

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Shooting the 2014 Crimson Trace Midnight 3-Gun Invitational

A couple weeks back I participated in the third annual Crimson Trace Midnight 3-Gun Invitational. This is by far one of the most fun 3-gun events in the United States, mainly because it takes place at a range in the middle of the Oregon desert in the pitch black of night. 3-gun is cool, but when you’re running suppressed firearms with lights and lasers on them and thermal optics, things just get exponentially more awesome. I’ll have an equipment breakdown at some point, but first I want to talk about the stages and how the light (or lack thereof) impacts your options as a shooter.

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