Gear Review: Streamlight TLR-4™G Light/Laser

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Streamlight introduced the TLR-4™G at the 2014 SHOT Show. Like the prior TLR-4™ models, the new light and laser unit is designed for compact handguns. However, the TLR-4G features a green laser instead of the traditional red beam. I don’t consider myself to be an expert on weapon-mounted lights or lasers, so this review is intended to provide a layperson’s “consumer-level” perspective. Feel free to dispense knowledge in the comment section.  Nonetheless, we all draw on our experiences, and so I will relay a true story that will bring home the point of why I believe flashlights are mandatory for home defense . . .

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Gear Review: All in One Tool for Ruger Mark Pistols

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The Ruger Mark I/II/III and 22/45 series of pistols are awesome little guns. And like the 10/22 rifles, plenty of people count their first pistol experience as one that involves Ruger’s .22 plinker extraordinaire. One problem — some might say the only problem — with the pistols, though, is how damn difficult they are to disassemble and reassemble for cleaning. Enter this oddly shaped, but VERY functional tool from The Right Tool Company . . .

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Gear/Gun Review: MechTech C.C.U. (Carbine Conversion Unit)

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Do you own a GLOCK? A 1911? Well if you do, MechTech Systems of Kalispell, Montana has a C.C.U. for you. That’s Carbine Conversion Unit and it does just that — converts your pistol into a carbine with an ATF-legal 16″ barrel, a stock, and rail space for optics and accessories. It isn’t a firearm, which means it can ship right to your door, all without changing the Federal classification of your handgun. Sounds great on paper, but does it actually work? . . .

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Gear Review: Telor Tactical Bodyband Holster

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While I’m normally a fan of “proper” holsters — those that attach to the belt and are made of leather or Kydex — I fully understand that they aren’t always right for everyone. Specifically, those who don’t wear pants and belts every day.  Scrubbed out nurses and doctors, for instance. Or women who wear dresses. Or guys like me who hit the gym a few times a week in nylon shorts and t shirts. For those folks, Telor Tactical has an answer . . .

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Gear Review: 2A Holster Pancake Holster for GLOCK 19

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Some members of our Armed Intelligentsia dismiss Kydex holsters as cold, hard, loud and ugly. It’s the same way they feel about GLOCK brand GLOCKs. As the picture above clearly signals, this review doesn’t go out to all you revolver guys who may someday have to “clear leather.”  This review of the 2A Standard Bearer is for concealed (yes concealed) carry gun owners who value function over, uh, anything . . .

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Gear Review: VLTOR RE-SCAR Stock for the FN SCAR

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There’s little doubt that the stock on the FN SCAR series of rifles is less than optimal. Its big, bulky, and not terribly reliable — I broke the stock on my SCAR 16S about halfway through the competition year, as the latch on the hinge bent and wasn’t quite as solid anymore. Replacement parts for the SCAR series of rifles are few and far between, but VLTOR is a company that’s making an effort to come up with creative ways to make the highly proprietary SCAR rifles more customizable. Today we’re looking at the RE-SCAR, VLTOR’s attempt to make the SCAR rifles compatible with the nearly endless supply of AR-15 stocks . . .

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Gear Review: Meopta Meosight III

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Bigger isn’t always better. There are definitely circumstances where a 24x scope with a Horus reticle isn’t the right tool for the job, and something smaller (and cheaper) will suffice. Especially for close range targets and lightweight rifles, having a small red dot mounted on the gun instead of a scope or even an EOTech sight might be a better idea. Meopta is a European optics manufacturer who has been in the business since 1933, and they’ve come out with a new red dot specifically for those times when a scope is simply overkill: the Meosight III . . .

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Gear Review: Tech Sights TSR 200

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Having just run my new Tech Sights through a weekend of Appleseed shooting, I felt it necessary to review them. And I gotta tell you, they’re really great. If you’re looking to add irons to your Ruger 10/22, look no further. But why would you want to add irons to a gun that already has them from the factory? Well, for starters . . .

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Gear Review: Grizzly Targets “Build Your Own Range” System

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Here at TTAG, we love shooting steel. Some TTAG writers have the luxury of owning rural property where they can simply leave their targets. Others, myself included, live in suburbia, and can only shoot at gun clubs or out on public lands (BLM, National Forest lands, etc.). So we need steel targets that are portable. Fortunately, Grizzly Targets of Tampa Florida has the answer: a set of stands and targets they call the “Build Your Own Range” (BYOR) System. Grizzly sent me some T&E samples, and I have since purchased additional pieces . . .

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Gear Review: Timney Calvin Elite Trigger for the Remington 700

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With the recent news that Remington is (kinda) recalling every Model 700 rifle ever made to replace their triggers, I figured that now would be the perfect time to review another offering from Timney Triggers. I reviewed their standard Remington 700 trigger nearly two years ago, and it hasn’t left my rifle since the day it was installed. However, the guys at Timney tipped me off that there might be a better choice for those looking to squeeze that last little drop of accuracy out of their gun: the Calvin Elite model.

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Gear Review: MultiTasker Series 3 Multitool

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The AR-15 platform is an incredibly versatile firearm, able to be adjusted and customized to meet almost any mission and fit just about any shooter. But in order to make all that customization possible — and even just to maintain the gun — you need a veritable crate of specialized tools. There have been some attempts in the past to create “one tool to rule them all,” giving you all the gadgets you need to fix your gun in the field (like the Leatherman MUT), but I always find that there’s something missing when I need it the most. I haven’t run into that problem with the MultiTasker Series 3 . . .

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