Category: Gear Review

Steyr AUG A3 Update

Steyr with Gear Head charging handle Courtesy Wes Minton

In my recent review on the Steyr Aug A3 I discuss at length what I perceive as the few downfalls of the design. Namely the charging handle’s profile and the horrid awful rotten terrible trigger. Well with the investment of about $100 both of these problems have been completely eradicated . . .

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Gear Review: CRT LoPro IWB Holster

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For some odd reason, I seem to have become the defacto tester of Kydex IWB Appendix Carry holsters here at TTAG. A position I relish greatly. There’s a lot of ways to schlep a handgun around, but in the Texas summer, not much is better than appendix carry. There’s no need for anything more than a t shirt and a smile to successfully conceal a nearly full sized handgun. But picking a worthy holster is hard. Leather is best in my opinion, but in the Texas heat, leather gets awful funky, awful fast. For summer wear, you just can’t beat Kydex. And I think that Critical Response Tactical’s LoPro is a pretty solid rig for summer carry . . .

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Gear Review: RamRodz Gun Swabs

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Every trip I take to the range ends the same way. I come home, change into something comfortable, lay out my cleaning supplies on the table, unpack and clear all the toys, grab a beer, put on the TV and start cleaning. By the time every piece is back in the safe my hands are black and the whole living room smells like gun oil (or mint if I use Frog Lube). Some people hate cleaning their guns. Some people see it as the the price you pay for going to the range, but I actually enjoy it . . .

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Gear Review: Wilson Combat Beretta 92/96 Short Reach Steel Trigger

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The distance between the go-pedal and the backstrap on a 92 series handgun is approximately three inches. For some people it might as well be a mile. Small-handed shooters have always had a problem effectively grasping the Beretta 92′s trigger (as well as Big Gulps, footballs, etc.). Most can only shoot the gun effectively in single action (SA) mode. My medium-sized paws could handle the 92′s trigger reach, but it never felt comfortable per se. It was more of an inconvenience I accommodated to get to the SA pull. With the help of Wilson Combat’s Short Reach Steel Trigger, I aimed to fix this ergonomic malady . . .

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Gun Review: Springfield Armory XD-S 3.3″ 9mm

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By Michael Stephenson

What do the XD-S, the GLOCK 42, and the SIG P238 all have in common? Their announcement all set the gun community aflutter with one of two cries: either “Finally!” or, “When is it going to come out in 9mm?” Springfield Armory set a very high standard – albeit a heavy recoiling one – with its XD-S. It was reliable, compact, and accurate for a pocket gun. I’m proud to say that the XD-S 3.3″ 9mm lives up to that reputation. Minus the heavy recoil, of course . . .

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P320 Entry: Gun Review: Ruger 96/22

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By David P.

I’m convinced that the Ruger Model 96/22 was conceived roughly this way:

Ruger Executive: “Gentlemen, the 10/22 continues to be a massive cash cow. But how can we make more money?”

Marketing Guy: “We could, uh, make a lever-action version of it?”

Ruger Executive: “Brilliant! Get to work on it! I want it on my desk next week!”

That was back in 1996, and Sturm Ruger cranked out Model 96/22 rifles in .22LR before production ended in 2009 . . .

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