The AR-15 is a dirty, dirty girl. The gas expansion system it uses to operate sprays hot carbon all over the internal parts of the gun every time it cycles, leaving a baked-on layer of gritty, nasty gunk that can clog up your rifle and make it stop working. It sucks, and the traditional method to keep your gun running sucks even more: regular and thorough maintenance. I mean, this is 2014, surely there’s a way I can throw money at the problem and make it go away, right? That’s where Cryptic Coatings comes in with their new bolt carrier groups . . .
Tommy Theis runs Arkansas-based Theis Holsters. He hand-makes every holster, mag holster, and belt that comes out of the shop, and test draws from each holster to ensure proper fitment. I really like single-clip, hybrid holsters, and thought I’d try one from Theis — their EZ-Clip — for my H&K P7 . . .
ShootingSight isn’t quite the brand name that Timney and Geissele are. As such, all of the positive reviews of its TAV-D TAVOR trigger pack — like mine from a couple weeks ago — are great, but there have still been quite a few questions about durability and reliability in adverse conditions. I figured I’d throw mine into the freezer for a couple days, then shoot it cold, shoot it soaked, and shoot it full of mud to see how it would hold up. Results above.
Gun storage is sometimes a real PITA, as it were. As the collection grows, you sometimes wonder, “Where am I supposed to put all this stuff?” And as a guy raised with the mantra of, “A place for everything, and everything in its place” putting pistols on a shelf in a haphazard fashion is no bueno. But then I found these Handgun Hangers from Gun Storage Solutions and now life is better and more organized . . .
A couple of years ago, I purchased one of those gun safes that claims to hold 30+ guns. After many months of trying to get my gun collection to fit, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are only two ways to get 30+ guns to fit into this safe: 1) lay it on its back and start piling the guns in, or 2) make sure all 30 guns are pistols. Suffice it to say, option two doesn’t work for me and option one ain’t gonna happen either. Instead, I’m left with a gun safe that looks like this . . .
I’m in the process of upgrading the sights on a few of my pistols so I figured I’d get a variety of sights and do a quick once over on all of them. In this round I have access to a set of Ameriglo (GL-115) sights, a set of Meprolight (ML-10224) sights and a set of TruGlo TFO (TG131GTIY) fiber optic sights; all are for standard GLOCK pistols (9mm, .40, etc) and are Tritium powered night sights. And if you’ aren’t familiar with the whole tritium thing . . .
As someone who spends way too much money at GLOCK Professional on training and credentials to make my ego wall look nice, I think it would be a good time to sit down and talk about some of the firearm repair tools that I have had a chance to use over the years. The GLOCK factory sight tool can be purchased from Midway, Brownells and any large retailer of GLOCK products. They’re pretty easy to find. There’s only one catch . . .
I’ll leave it to RF and Dan to come up with any number of pithy jokes about a product that is stretchy, fits on different shaped objects and provides a better grip in adverse conditions. I look forward to the edits this short review will likely receive. But look beyond the jokes, dear reader. Tuff1 Gun Grips are a solid product that allow you to selectively add some grip where it might not normally be available. Here’s the rundown from Tuff1 . . .
At the time of this writing, I know of three companies working on replacement trigger packs for the IWI TAVOR SAR: Timney, Geissele, and ShootingSight. If you haven’t heard of ShootingSight don’t feel bad; they’re a small “mom & pop” type shop out of Cincinnati, which first started out making aftermarket aperture sights for competition rifle shooters and then branched out into high-quality trigger units and FCG parts replacements. Although Timney beat ShootingSight to market by a few months, its TAVOR trigger has been plagued with light primer strike problems that, unfortunately, I was able to confirm in my review. With a little trepidation due to the Timney TAVOR trigger experience, I dropped in ShootingSight’s kit and hit the range…
It isn’t often that I find a new part or gizmo and say, “Huh! I guess I needed this more than I thought!” As I’ve been practicing my running, gunning, and slung up shooting in anticipation for a seven-mile biathlon this fall, I have been making a lot of changes to my gear. To be honest, a few months ago, I decided to stop thinking too much about what I was using for kit and just trying everything. And to quote one of my fantastic instructors at the SIG Academy, “Your gear is either fighting you or helping you.” With that in mind, I’ve been trying everything I can get my hands on, and I’m stunned at how simple Strike Industries’ Ambush Sling Loop appears to be, and how goshdsarn useful it has become . . .
When I was a much younger man, sixteen or so, my father invited a friend of his to go hunting at our ranch and assured him that I’d be his guide. I was very excited about the opportunity, but a little nervous since this guy had actually gone on hunts with real guides. The first order of business was a phone call to discuss gear and methods. On the phone he nonchalantly said, “I’m going to send you a game camera. Please set it up and collect some photos of the deer that come through.” I was floored . . .
I don’t know how it is in your area, but here in California, most gun shops either don’t install sights, charge an arm and a leg for the installation, or wont install them unless you buy them from them at inflated prices. This led me to begin searching for a more economical way to install sights on a bunch of my guns, some friends’ guns, and to change sights for reviews and testing. In my search I found that there are more than a few options, everything from DIY style contraptions to specific branded installers for specific sight and gun models. I wanted something that would last, work with multiple firearms, and not damage and slides, sights, or anything else for that matter. The only “real” option that I found was the MGW Sight Pro tool . . .