Author: Travis Pike

I like weird movies, and I like post-apocalyptic films, especially when they are a more mild, more believable end-of-the-world scenario. Young Ones should be right up my alley. Sadly, I remember the movie being a little boring, a little drab, and more like a fever dream than a movie I enjoyed. Young Ones posterWhat is great in the movie is a gun known as the Dually. Technically, the Dually is two guns, though, to be fair, they are combined to make one gun.  The Dually is the ‘movie star’ gun of the film. All three main characters wield it at…

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Guns have a way of seeping into American pop culture… Film gives us guns like Dirty Harry’s S&W Model 29, and TV gives us the Bren Ten, and even music can contribute, from the Big Iron to the subject of today’s article, the Draco.  Century Arms DracoThe Draco has become a cultural mainstay because of music. It’s hip hop’s favorite firearm, and it’s name-checked in dozens of rap songs. (Future has a song called Draco.) The little AK certainly makes quite the impression. Today we have an OG Century Draco, the standard model, and we’re giving it a full rundown. So…

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Next Post Coming Soon…▶ How did I find a Sterling 302? Well, it’s a long story. I’ve become a pretty big fan of auctions. Not Gunbroker-style auctions, but real auctions that move in real time. I have a local firearm auction that I hit up every time they host an auction. I typically aim for historic, largely affordable firearms. Sometimes I see a gun get zero bids and if the price is right, I hit the bid button. Eighty bucks isn’t a bad price at all. (Travis Pike for TTAG)One such firearm was a little .22LR-looking pocket pistol from a…

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Sig might have the best slogan for their brand — “complete systems provider.” The Sig P365 is one of the most popular handguns, and for good reason.Their moniker is accurate — they make machine guns, optics, suppressors, rifles, handguns, and so much more. Not bad for a Swiss-German conglomerate that made its name producing high-quality handguns. Today we are going back to the roots of Sig and examining their handguns, specifically the best guns they make for concealed carry. So follow along as we walk you through our favorite models for carry! Summary of Our Top Picks Table of ContentsLoading……

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Beretta is the world’s oldest continually functioning arms maker. They boast a ton of successful designs to their name. It looks so familiar, yet so different. (Photo: u/Chungallo)But when you have that many hits, you’re bound to have a blunder or two. Today we are looking at a Beretta flop that didn’t really have anything wrong with it other than a silly name. That gun is the Beretta 90-Two, which was an attempt to create a sequel to the famed and widely adopted, beloved, and praised Beretta 92FS. The Beretta 92FS is iconic and nearly unmistakable to anyone who is…

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Next Post Coming Soon…▶ My dad came to me looking for a concealed carry gun. He wanted a small revolver, and he had a number of requirements. First, he wanted at least a .38 Special +P. Second, he wanted an exposed hammer, and third, he specifically did not want what he called a’ dinky’ little grip. I translated those requirements to my local FFL, and he said he had the gun for me. He pulled out a familiar blue box and unveiled a Smith & Wesson 637, specifically a 637-2. To be even more specific, this is the Performance Center…

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If you’ve built your own AR-15, and it just wasn’t enough for you, you may be looking for something even bigger and better to try your hand at. If so, the AR-10 is calling your name! PSA AR-10 .308 While the AR-15 and AR-10 can share some parts, one of the things they can’t share is their barrels. The barrel of your gun is incredibly important, but you know that. Sure, it can determine the velocity of your ammo, and the accuracy of your weapon, but it can also change how the gun handles and even the legality of your…

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Who wants to shoot just one caliber? Modularity is a defining factor of many modern firearms, and a big chunk of modularity is the ability to swap calibers. AR-15, the king of modularity — or is it?As we’ve seen in relatively peaceful times, your favorite ammo can dry up in a hurry. Swapping calibers can be vital for putting food on the table, training, and even self-defense. The prepper side of my brain says more options are always better than less, and being able to swap calibers is undoubtedly a handy thing to have when the zombies come knocking. Finding…

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Heckler and Koch have long been known for their innovation in the firearms world. HK P9S in 9mm (Photo: Wikipedia)In the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, they were popping off with new and exciting guns seemingly all the time. Some of their most legendary, like the HK G11, the P7, and MP5, came to be during this era. One firearm series that often gets ignored and forgotten about is the HK P9 and the P9S. This handgun fell between the rather innovative but somewhat atrocious HK VP70 and the beloved HK P7 series. HK P9S (Bottom), HK P7 (Left), and the…

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Fieldcraft was a very underrated subject when I was a Marine. When I joined, we were seven years into a 20-year war, and the main focus was asymmetric warfare involving vehicle and urban tactics and many anti-IED measures. We weren’t facing a very complicated or well-organized enemy, so we didn’t spend a lot of time on fieldcraft. Sometimes it is tough to hear things over the sound of a belt-fed machine gun.Luckily I had a bit of a hard-ass squad leader who always found time to teach us some of the more traditional military skills. Even if it was in…

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