Gun Review: The FN-15 DMR Designated Marksman Rifle

The FN-15 DMR comes out of the box with a variety of features for longer range accurate shooting, like an 18-inch barrel.

Recently I got my hot little hands on one of the new FN America rifles for 2015. This one is the FN-15 DMR or Designated Marksman Rifle. It’s designed to shoot accurately. More specifically, it’s designed to shoot longer and heavier projectiles accurately. Does it? Let’s find out. What makes a DMR a DMR? If […]

Ammo Test: Barnes TAC-XP .45 ACP +P

As you can see, expansion was picture perfect, even when fired through four layers of fabric.

Barnes has offered pretty amazing projectiles to other ammunition manufacturers and reloaders for some time. More recently, they’ve launched their own line of loaded self-defense handgun ammunition. Available in .380 ACP, 9mm +P, .40 S&W, .45 ACP +P and .357 Magnum, we’re going to be trying out most of them over the next couple of […]

The Ultimate Hearing Protection Solution?

I recently tried these, and am now totally spoiled.

I’ve got a serious bug up my butt about hearing protection. Even now, in the year 2015, I go to my local outdoor shooting range and see people who are not wearing ear protection. Worse yet, I see people bring kids to this range, also without hearing protection. Rather than freak out and gripe at […]

Top 5 Short-range AR Optics

We're talking short range optics, but you can always add a magnifier.

What’s the “best” anyway? It all depends on the ranking criteria, right? Is the “best” car one that hits 60mph in 2.9 seconds or one that can tow the lower half of South Dakota to Manitoba? The same goes with optics, so as I own the ink until this article goes live and comments open, […]

Ammo Test: Sig Sauer’s Elite V-Crown 9mm Self Defense

These Sig Sauer V-Crown 9mm bullets expanded perfectly after passing through the four-layer FBI test fabric.

While the Sig ammo is a relative newcomer to the market, the people are not. I spent some time talking with Dan Powers, who runs the ammo show, and it’s clear that the folks behind Sig Sauer’s new ammunition division have been there and done that. Because every caliber, load and brand combination is different, […]

Gun Review: Savage M-11 Trophy Hunter XP Package Rifle

The Savage M-11 Trophy Hunter XP comes complete with Nikon 3-9x scope.

No matter how you look at it, hunting continues to make gains in participation rates, spending, and popularity. For example: Between the years of 2006 and 2011, hunting participation soared by nine percent. A big part of that boom was a burgeoning interest in hunting among females. In fact, female hunters were 25 percent more […]

What Can You Expect From The 300 Blackout?

A few of the "spent" 300 AAC Blackout projectiles tested in ballistic gelatin.

Given the level of interest in the 300 AAC Blackout caliber, and my obsession with unusual chamberings, I thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at exactly what the 300 Blackout does. As one of the intents behind the development of this cartridge was to provide better terminal effectiveness when fired from […]

A Look at SilencerCo’s Octane Suppressor

The SilencerCo Octane 45 can be used with smaller calibers too, like this Glock 26 9mm.

When I bought a SilencerCo Octane 45 suppressor, there were two models available, a 9mm, and a .45 ACP. Now, the Octane is becoming a small family with the addition of the compact Octane K 45. More on that later. Before you question the lack of a .40 S&W model, consider that there is really […]

The 5 Best Inside-the-waistband Concealed Carry Holsters

A Galco KingTuk with a Springfield Armory 1911 TRP

I’m a holster geek. You know what they say, the first step to dealing with a personal problem is to admit that you have one. I’ve been collecting holsters for years in search of the perfect carry solutions for various guns and lifestyles and am now the proud owner of somewhere north of 250 holsters. […]