May 2019

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USSOCOM UPPER RECEIVER: Geissele URGI

Working Geissele on Gunsite’s Military Crest Range was almost too easy. Accuracy was excellent and Comp M4S kept it simple and consistent. For the last two decades, I have looked at the 5.56mm carbine through the optic of a patrol rifle. It started in 1995… Read More

EMBRACING TACTICAL FLEXIBILITY: Mossberg FLEX TLS

Mossberg FLEX Tool-Less Locking System allows a single shotgun action to be easily configured for multiple missions. Same gun can hunt doves, bust clays, eliminate evildoers, or quell a riot. What exactly is the ideal single survival gun? You’d think by now geeks like me… Read More

SIXGUN STRESS RELIEVER: Ruger’s New Wrangler Revolver

Ruger’s new Wrangler is available in Silver, Burnt Bronze, and Black. In 1953, the year before I was born, Ruger introduced the Single-Six single-action revolver. Although it was released in an era when double-action revolvers were king among private citizens and peace officers, it performed… Read More

RIFLE SET-UP: Mission vs. Situation

Dual-optic carbines give user best of both capabilities: red dot for CQB and LPVO for long-range threats. Transition between them is extremely fast, thanks to modern 45-degree offset mounts. When conducting direct-action missions to take down buildings or compounds, the norm is to expect a… Read More

THE FIRECLEAN GUN: Three More Years of Testing

Spoiler alert: Test rifle motoring along at just under 10,000 rounds. FIREClean is one of the market leaders in the new wave of high- performance, non-toxic firearm lubricants. In 2016, I wrote about a test where I took a milspec Bravo Company Mfg upper receiver… Read More

BIG-BORE BLASTER: Ruger AR-556 MPR in .450 Bushmaster

Ruger AR-556 MPR in .450 Bushmaster as set up for evaluation. Last year Ruger added a model to their AR-556® MPR line chambered for the .450 Bushmaster cartridge. The company’s Ruger American Ranch chambered for that cartridge has been one of Ruger’s best-selling rifles, so… Read More

COOL AND QUIET: GSL Technologies Pill Box Suppressor

GSL Technologies Pill Box. A silencer can’t get any smaller than this. I’m at a place in life where “cool” really doesn’t resonate with me. It seems that every day, some manufacturer introduces the newest, latest, greatest, coolest thing ever built. I did some training… Read More

AGAINST ALL ODDS: A Tale of Two Bivvies

SOL Escape Pro Bivvy next to Escape Lite Bivvy. Newer eight-ounce bivvy retains more heat and covers up like a mummy bag. SOL (Survive Outdoors Longer) has come out with their newest offering to the bivvy market—the Escape Pro Bivvy. Although SOL is not new… Read More

LONG GUNS: US M4 Survival Rifle

M4 Survival Rifle with stock extended, plus ammunition and USAF Survival Knife. Photo: Jeff Moeller & Mike Spradlin When I first became interested in firearms over half a century ago, there weren’t as many gun magazines or gun books as there are now. As a… Read More

THE CUTTING EDGE: Emerson CQC-8

Photos by Katie and Rebecca Davis Emerson CQC-8 earned the moniker “the Banana” because its profile strongly resembles that of the fruit. Paired with a hand, the Banana’s ergonomics become obvious. The Emerson CQC-8 is not the newest, trendiest piece of gear. And in this… Read More