Gun Review: Mossberg MVP LR-T


I’ve spent nearly a decade and thousands of rounds trying to identify the Ultimate Texas Hunting Rifle. For most of my life, it’s been a Ruger M77 Mark II in .243 WIN. Last year, I hacked four inches off the barrel, screwed on a silencer and fitted the stock with a cheek riser. It felt as if my rifle had been transformed. Suddenly, it was easier to get in and out of a blind, quieter and easier to bring to my eye. The issue: sub 100 grain 6mm pills need velocity to do their work; cutting off that much barrel took a toll. To find the next great thing, I started sniffing around and found the Mossberg MVP LR-T . . .

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Gun Review: Bergara LRP Elite

Bergara LRP Elite (courtesy Tyler Ke for The Truth About Guns)

As a small child, not even firmly in the double digits for age, my parents attended a conference for work hosted at the Broadmoor Hotel. To this day, I’ll never forget the bacon they served for breakfast. It was otherworldly in texture and flavor, no doubt wasted on my yet-to-develop palate. At the time, I didn’t fully understand the concept of a luxury hotel. All I knew was that the bacon was first class . . .

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Gun Review: JP Rifles AR (First-Timer AR-15 Build Using JP Enterprises Parts)

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By Joe Grine

When you hear the name ‘JP Enterprises,’ the first thing you think of is race guns, a.k.a. fun guns. And with good reason, because JP Rifles are a common site at any major shooting competition where the AR-platform rifles are featured. In fact, the world-renowned AMU (US Army Marksmanship Unit) practical shooting team has won championships using JP rifles and JP components in their rifle builds. So when TTAG tasked me with building my first AR and writing about the experience, it was natural for me to seek out JP Enterprises for my “tactical” build . . .

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Gun Review: Rossi Wizard .308 Rifle [Content Contest]

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By Tim Going

Like most Mandalorian children (hey if Rachel Dolezal can identify as black, then I can identify as Mando, cin vhetin ner vod), I began accompanying my father to the battlefield at the age of eight. And by battlefield, I mean the deer woods. At the time, I remember there being nothing in the world as cool as dad’s Remington 700 in .30/06. It was the epitome of a deer rifle, after all, on the third day God created the Remington bolt-action rifle, so that Man could fight the dinosaurs. (And the homosexuals). But, like many middle-lower class families, times got tough and the rifle was sold to help make ends meet . . .

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Gun Review: Wilson Combat Border Patrol Shotgun


I’m not a shotgun expert by any means, but you’d be hard pressed not to find one in my truck. Thanks to its proximity, I’ve probably taken as many deer and pigs with a shotgun as I have ducks and turkey. More than that, I’ve always felt like if I had to walk out of the door with one gun, a pump scattergun would be it. They’re tough and versatile. That’s why I bought a Remington Model 870 Express as my first shotgun. And was sorely disappointed . . .

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Gun Review: Springfield Armory XD Mod.2 9mm Sub-Compact


About a decade ago, I was married to my Ruger P90 for EDC and chained to my Berretta 92FS for duty. A friend brought out his brand new XD in .45ACP. I assumed the XD would shoot like a GLOCK. The gun would run fine, but I wouldn’t shoot it well. I was grossly mistaken. I shot the XD more accurately than the 92 (I had that P90 down pat) or a GLOCK, with zero malfunctions. I’ve been crowing about the XD line ever since. Enter the Mod.2 9mm Sub-Compact . . .

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Gun Review: Purdey 1883 English Sporting 12 ga. Shotgun [Content Contest]


By Gabriel Carter

One gun that I’ll never sell or give away — except to my son — belonged originally to my great great grandfather, Weetman Pearson. It’s a Purdey side-by-side in 12 ga., one of a pair that started the building process in 1883 and was finished in 1884. For any who doesn’t know, Purdey is one of the great English sporting gunmakers. The family gunmakers are based in London on South Audley street, and have been making guns since 1814. A new matched pair will set you back somewhere in the neighborhood of £100,000. An antique matched pair will go for auction anywhere between £30 – £250,000 depending on condition and history . . .

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Gun Review: Brownells Aero Precision 308 AR OEM Rifle


Building your own guns is is a gas. Nothing quite fills the void the corporate world creates like spending a few hours in the shop driving roll pins and torquing things to spec. Building a gun to meet your particular need is rewarding right up until it isn’t. There’s a point where assembly becomes ‘smithing and that’s right where I draw the line. The beauty of military specifications is that darn near any AR parts will fit together as long as they’re built to the standard. But what if you want more than what the .223/5.56 arena has to offer? . . .

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Gun Review: STI Guardian 9mm 2011


My newfound love affair with the 9mm 1911 recently landed me an STI Guardian double stack 2011. In previous reviews, I’ve gone over the benefits of why I’m liking the 9mm in the 1911. They draw fast, point fast and shoot fast, accurately. When I reviewed the veritable bullet-powered sewing machine that is the STI Tactical DS, I considered switching from carrying my single stack .45ACP 1911 EDC to that gun. Alas, the light weight of my aluminum framed 4″ gun won out for ease of carry and concealability. The answer to that? The STI Guardian . . .

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Gun Review: Stoeger M3000 R Rifle Slug


As a born and bred Texan, I am unfamiliar with places in this fine country devoid of hills, trees, and obstructions. West Texas is about as close as we get, and even Lubbock has some bumps in the ground. Our readers who live in what politicians and media types deem flyover country — specifically the fields of the midwest — know a different reality. Up there, a misplaced shot during deer season can travel miles, or so I’ve been told. As such, some of their local governing bodies have deemed rifles unwelcome. They make do, hunting monster corn-fed deer with a shotgun. Necessity being the mother of invention, turning a shotgun into a passable rifle is the natural result. I recently had the opportunity to spend several months with Stoeger’s contribution to the field, the M3000 R – Rifled Slug . . .

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Gun Review: Brethren Armament BA 9mm Compact Pistol (MP5K)


The MP5 was the apex predator of its day. Here on the 50th anniversary of the very first production run military and law enforcement organizations around the globe continue to deploy the gun. That said, the firearms world has moved on. New production versions of the MP5 are stamped on old worn-out machines in various countries with abundant QC issues. Taking a different tack, Brethren Armament set out to resurrect the MP5 in all its glory . . .

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Gun Review: Arsenal Firearms Strike One With Competition Upgrade


Arsenal sells the double-barreled AF2011-A1 .45. Strike one. A swing and a miss. The only thing worse than the A1’s utter lack of utility — save it’s appeal as a wazzat? range toy — is its astronomical price. So when I encountered Arsenal’s Strike One striker-fired handgun at The Texas Firearms Festival, I was bit leery (despite Jeremy S’s four-star review). Well it does look odd . . .

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