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Head Down Products PV15 Billet Rifle

I never had any intention of doing a review of a Head Down Products rifle, I knew they existed but in more of a peripheral sense than anything else.  Compared to some other rifle makes, Head Down is smaller, newer and without the same exposure.  None of these facts mean they couldn’t build a good […]

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The Temple Index – Real World vs the Range

Controversy and gun handling techniques go hand in hand.  Any time there is a new technique introduced or an unorthodox technique gets widespread exposure (no matter how long it has been in use), there will be all manner of instructors, shooters and spectators chiming in on the usefulness or stupidity of the technique.  Recently, the […]

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S3F Solutions Glock Barrel

S3F Solutions decided to include me in their testing and evaluation of their new Glock barrels.  After Paul Van Dunk of Pace Performance ran the test barrel for a few weeks, it was sent over to me.   The barrel I received was a stainless steel MPC Glock 17 profile barrel threaded for a suppressor.  It […]

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Blauer Clash LT Boot

I’m not much of a boot fan.  I’ve been wearing them almost all of my professional life, but I prefer a low ankle athletic design over a high collar boot any day of the week.  Boots do serve a purpose; they protect the foot and ankle better than a low cut shoe but they give […]

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Unity Tactical ATOM

Handguns are the staple self-defense tool for nearly every single person reading this article. As much as we may want to have a rifle on hand in the event of an attack, it’s impractical and unlikely. Because of this, handgun technology has continued to improve at a steady pace, ammunition, metals and polymers, sights, triggers, […]

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S3F Solutions MK-601

One of the allures of the AR15 design is the relative ease to which you can swap out the upper receiver.  Having a quality lower receiver is important, but for most purposes you only need one and then it’s as easy as pushing two pins, maybe changing out the buffer spring and buffer and suddenly […]

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Stop Fooling Yourself

Many things are important to the development of solid firearms skills: safety, knowledge of the fundamentals, firearm confidence, professional training and dedicated practice to name a few.  These focuses don’t occur in a vacuum; they work together and help us be a better shooter.  It’s a never ending process of self-assessment that is challenging, fun […]

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The Failure in Ferguson

As of writing this we are over a week into the quagmire that is Ferguson, Missouri. A town of roughly 22,000, most people had not even heard the name until August 9th when a Ferguson PD officer, later identified as Darren Wilson, fatally shot Michael Brown after an exchange between the two in the middle […]

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Black Rain Ordnance Fallout 15

In the market of boutique, limited and full-production rifles, Black Rain is newer than many.  Usually newer means you have to prove your quality and customer service to a customer base that goes from just-getting-started to I check headspacing between rounds.  Proving yourself is important, because rifles need to last, be reliable and meet the […]

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Burned by Legion Firearms

Editor’s note: this post is about Legion Firearms, the Texas based AR manufacturer, NOT Legion Arms, the California based AK parts dealer. Burned by Legion? Me too. I heard many wonderful things about Legion Firearms rifles over the past couple years; especially their AR-10 variant offering.  I was recently in the market for a reliable […]

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