Author: Travis Pike

Travis Pike for TTAG Next Post Coming Soon…▶ The low-powered variable optics market is hot and tight. Much like the red dot market, over time, they’ve become the new norm and with mass production, we are seeing an impressive mid-tier of optics arrive. These aren’t quite budget optics, but they also won’t break the bank. Optics like the Riton 3 Tactix 1-8×24 scope are the kind of optics that will serve 99% of gun owners very, very well. Riton sent this optic as well as a very nice mount for it to test and review. I can give you the…

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Dags, Pikeys, and diamonds make up the quick-moving plot of the film Snatch. Snatch is one of Guy Ritchie’s best films, and it’s a good mix of comedy and action, with a smart plot and lots of players. Ritchie’s style drips and oozes in the film, making it a stand-out movie for the early 2000s.  The film follows the adventures of a pair of boxing promoters, some English organized crime figures, and a massive diamond that everyone wants. Bullet Tooth TonyOne character, Bullet Tooth Tony, famously carries a Desert Eagle Mark 1 pistol in .50 AE throughout the film. Early…

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“Have you ever heard of XYZ shotgun?” That question pops up so often in shotgun social media groups. XYZ often stands for some oddball Turkish-made shotgun no one has ever heard of. Rock Island Armory VR60, VR80, and VRBP-100 ShotgunsThese are on the affordable side of the firearms market and have various, often very long names that combine words and numbers to create some interesting titles. Affordable guns aren’t necessarily bad guns by any means, and Turkish shotguns aren’t inherently terrible. However, purchasing a cheap Turkish gun can sometimes be disappointing. Some suffer from reliability, long-term durability, accessorizing, parts replacement…

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What’s the best way to carry your fighting load? You know, your mags, handgun, IFAK, multitool, knife, etc.? Give us all the gear! There are certainly plenty of options — plate carriers, chest rigs, and of course, battle belts. Today we are going to talk about battle belts. Battle belts go by many names, including the dramatic war belt, gear belt, and when I was in the Marine Corps, Batman belts. In 2009, I was in Afghanistan. Our deployment was done almost entirely on foot, and no roads meant nothing but foot patrols for seven months. Along the way, a…

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When I was 17 in 2007, I was that kid buying gun magazines every chance I got. I read Soldier of Fortune, Guns & Ammo, all the quarterlies, and more. I distinctly remembered seeing one pistol in particular grace the covers that year…the Sig Sauer P250. Sig P250. (Photo: Omaha Outdoors)The Sig P250 promised to be the new wonder gun. Much was said about the polymer frame. Although Sig had made polymer guns before, the industry kind of forgot, I guess. Everyone mentioned how Sig was the famed metal gun company, and they were breaking from tradition with the P250……

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With Remington’s recent rebirth, we’ve decided to explore one of the kings of American shotguns. Remington and Mossberg ruled the roost of pump-action shotguns for the longest time now. Remington’s 870 has long been their flagship firearm, and today we are taking more than one for a run.  Remington 870The Remington 870 Express .410 was my first actual firearm. It was given to me for my 8th birthday, and I remember that evening my dad took me hunting rabbits in the orange groves near our home. I can still remember toting this lightweight little pump gun as the sunset. It was…

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Why do some guns succeed and some fail? It feels like an answer like this requires a near-total explanation of the economy, marketing, and the forces beyond my knowledge. Steyr AUG with integrated optic taking a nap on a tree.Some guns have great ideas, interesting designs, and even great prices, yet they never saw the limelight. Today we are going to look at some of the more underrated long guns, meaning rifles and shotguns. For one reason or another, all of these guns showed great promise and innovative designs but failed to succeed in the U.S. commercial market. To be…

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Sometimes partnerships can bring the best out of us. Like the partnership of peanut butter and chocolate to make Reeses or my fan fiction with Robocop and Judge Dredd partnering up. SW99C Compact Model. (Photo: TTAG)Occasionally, partnerships happen between gun companies to create better weapons. Smith and Wesson and Walther are excellent examples of two companies coming together for mutual benefit. S&W became Walther’s primary importer of German-made firearms in the United States. There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned team-up. Walther produced several rimfire guns for S&W, and S&W manufactured American-made PPKs. They even partnered up to create a unique…

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Do you know who makes my favorite guns? CZ! Yep, I’m a flannel-wearing, beard-embracing, microbrew-loving tactical hipster who lovingly embraces CZ firearms. I love CZs of all types, both big and small.  CZ-97BI started with a CZ 75 and went to a P09, a CZ Scorpion, a RAMI, a P10C, and even the Jericho, an Israeli CZ clone. And I’m far from the only fan of CZ. One world where they shine is the competition circuit.  CZ ScorpionIf you were to gather all the various competition pistols on the market, Glock might come in first, but CZ slides in at a…

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One of the hardest things to find in the gun world is a company that’s universally loved. Off the top of my head, I can think of one.  Who?  Magpul. Mags of Magpul Everyone loves Magpul. They create quality gear at an excellent price point, and they never stop improving.  But you may be scratching your head, wondering why they continue to make different generations of PMAGs. We delved in and got the answers for you, keep reading and learn all! Table of ContentsLoading… An American Love Affair Magpul is a true American-made and American-owned company. They make a little…

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