Author: Travis Pike

Remington makes two firearms that have helped define genres — the Model 870 shotgun and the Model 700 bolt-action rifle. Both are stellar designs, with millions sold worldwide. The Remington R51 (Photo: USCCA)Somehow those two guns carried Remington through a whole lot of bad ideas and weird company purchases. One of those odd decisions was to get into the single-stack 9mm market. In 2014, it was prime time to roll out a single-stack 9mm handgun. These guns ruled for concealed carry; they were easy to carry, available in a capable cartridge, and relatively easy to shoot. The then-new R51 was…

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Travis Pike for TTAG Next Post Coming Soon…▶ The SIG P210 Carry is an interesting gun. When SIG SAUER first announced it, I thought, why? The new SIG P210s were pretty sweet and are very well made, accurate, and oh so fun to shoot. What is the purpose of a carry model? Especially when you looked at the size, the capacity, and the price of the P210 Carry (about $1400) versus SIG’s ultra-popular P365 carry gun. Even so, after firing one briefly at the PSA Gathering event earlier this year, I wanted to know more, so I reached out and…

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In today’s guns of pop culture, we will be looking at both a movie and a gun that’s largely been forgotten…Minority Report and the Beretta 9000S.  Anderton with the Beretta in a precog visionSteven Spielberg directed this Tom Cruise-led action flick, and it’s all based on a Phillip K. Dick short story. The movie wasn’t a flop, but it’s just not mentioned much…or ever these days. It’s a fun little action flick that takes place well into the future.  The film has a PreCrime Police Program that uses psychics called Precogs to predict crimes. It’s an experimental program that’s highly…

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Do you know what’s impressive in the gun world? When a gun becomes so popular, you can build one without using a single part from the company that designed it. Go ahead…call us fanboys.ARs reached that status, and for decades now, you haven’t needed a single Armalite or Colt part to build one. Glock has recently reached those heights with various companies producing guns that are Glocks without Glock parts. That’s where Polymer80 comes in… Polymer80 PFC9I recently got my hands on the company’s PFC9 — a complete 9mm Glock 19-sized-not-a-Glock. And today, we’re taking Polymer80’s PFC9 for a spin…

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Do you want to be a better defensive shooter? Of course, you do! So…can you attend a defensive firearms course, across the country…basically once a month? Classes are a great way to develop skills.If you can, great! But if you can’t…welcome to the club. So what do you do in between classes? Drills! Defensive firearm drills are a great way to work on new skills and keep the ones you have sharp. We’ve put together a few defensive firearms drills to keep your skills sharp & build a solid base in defensive firearms use. All from the comfort of your local range. Table…

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Tactical is a special word these days. It should mean “of tactics,” but we’ve seen it evolve and grow quite a bit in the gun and gear community. Tactical has grown into a catch-all phrase that describes modern firearms and gear oriented at police, military, and self-defense use. Glock G43XToday we are going to be about the best tactical pistols, which will undoubtedly lead someone to ask…what makes a pistol tactical? Fair question, and depending on the situation, any gun could be tactical. In his era, George Washington carried a tactical handgun. (Photo: iFunny)So, we’ll lay out what a tactical…

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The Boberg Arms series of pistols never made the splash they should have. Boberg XR9-S (Photo: Swatmag)I can’t help but feel if released today, they would be an instant hit and something we couldn’t shut up about — especially if they were micro compacts with Sig Sauer P365 levels of capacity. Back in 2011, Boberg Arms did something truly innovative — but that’s not where the story truly starts… Boberg Arms Begins In 2003, Arne Boberg sought to produce a truly unique pistol. He aimed to create a smaller pistol without sacrificing barrel length. The XR9-S definitely gives off Noisy…

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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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