Author: Travis Pike

War never changes. Travis M240B Machine Gun MilitaryBut the weapons do. Some weapons prove to be so brutal, cruel, and inhumane that they become banned from warfare. These bans are often treaties and agreements between nations not to use certain weapons against each other. Combat operations at Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam, November 1965. Major Bruce P. Crandall’s UH-1D helicopter climbs skyward after discharging a load of infantrymen on a search and destroy mission.Today, we’ll be talking about weapons banned by certain nations and bound by treaties, conventions, and protocols. It’s important to realize that these agreements are not entirely universal…

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There are two schools of thought when it comes to securing firearms.   The first is to lock them up, and the second is to find a means to hide them. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, and unfortunately, binary thinking has limited us in options for both hiding and securing firearms. Inside Liberty Home Concealment Clock Well, until now. It’s really kind of surprising that up till recently, no one really tried to combine the idea of hiding a gun and locking it up. So, today we’re going to explore hidden gun safes. We’ll discuss the advantages of hidden gun…

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Who doesn’t love raw light power! Seeing a beam cut through the darkness and go and go can be a fun time. I recently took two lights from a company called Acebeam for a spin.  Acebeam L19 and Rider RXWhen I got the offer to review a couple of their lights, I decided I needed a good peek at their entire catalog. I settled on their smallest EDC light, the Rider RX, and their biggest tactical and potential weapon-mounted light, the L19 2.0.  Table of ContentsLoading… Review at a Glance Pros  Come with rechargeable batteriesInsanely powerful for their size Tough and…

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Compact is a term that’s seen as rather relative in most things. In the gun world, the term compact pistol seems firmly rooted as a firearm’s descriptor. What size is compact? Sig Sauer P365XLTypically, a compact pistol has a barrel length between 3.7 to 4 inches. It also sports a double-stack type magazine with a capacity of at least 15 rounds (if 9mm) and features similar to a full-sized gun – like a rail for lights and optics compatibility. The Glock 19 defined an entire generation of pistols as the standard-bearer for what a compact pistol should be. It’s small…

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Concealed carry pistols are an interesting category. Most people envision something very small, like the Glock 26 or Sig P365. Others envision their optic and light-equipped Glock 17. Different guns mean different things to everyone.It’s all about perspective.  Rob Pincus envisioned something different in 2014 when he wrote an article detailing the year’s crop of new pistols. In the article, Pincus talked about what he envisioned as the perfect concealed carry pistol…  Although the article is gone, the Wayback machine found it for me. Pincus made three points about concealed carry guns. They needed to be:  Carryable,Shootable, andReliable He then listed…

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What if you really needed a rifle to survive outdoors? What I mean by that is if you are a camper, a hiker, a kayaker, or anything involving the great outdoors and endless adventure, then you may carry a gun for survival purposes. Ya’ know, just enjoying nature and stuff.There is no logic or mercy in the great outdoors, and once you step out of civilization and into nature, you are just another part of the food chain. As my Gunnery Sergeant would say, “it would behoove you to be ready for it.” Some carry a handgun, some a packable…

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How many micro compacts are there these days? Heck, it felt like 2021 saw the introduction of half a dozen of them from Taurus, Kimber, and even two from Ruger. Sig Sauer popped the whole thing off with the P365 in 2018, and, since then, it’s been America’s favorite handgun. Competition is good, though, and the P365 currently has a butt load in that arena.  Springfield Hellcat vs SIG P365Sig’s first competitor came from a company called Springfield Armory by way of Croatia. The Hellcat premiered in September 2019 and gave the Sig P365 hell. Since then, these two guns…

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In light of the new and kinda terrible Cowboy Bebop live-action show on Netflix, I got my hands on a Jericho 941 pistol. This isn’t a company loaner but from a friend and fan of Cowboy Bebop, the T.V. show. IWI/IMI and the Jericho have a long and complicated history. It’s interesting for nerds like me but not that interesting for everyone. Part of that history is a variety of names used to import the pistol. For example, IWI marked this pistol Desert Eagle Pistol, and as you can see, this isn’t a magnum caliber semi-auto pistol.In fact, it’s a…

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You don’t even have to see the film Scarface to know the movie’s most famous line… “Say hello to my little friend.” “Say hello to my little friend”It’s a phrase we’ve all heard. Maybe from watching the 1983 film, or from the numerous times it’s been satirized, repeated, and quoted. That one line helped immortalize the movie. The “little friend” gangster Tony Montana is referring to is his grenade launcher-equipped AR-15. This might be one of the most famous movie guns of all time — right up there with Dirty Harry’s Model 29 and Rigg’s Beretta 92.  1983’s Scarface is a…

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Travis Pike for TTAG Next Post Coming Soon…▶ Have you ever had an idea you thought was utter genius, something no one has come up with before…only to find out later that, yes, it’s already been done? That’s how I feel about Raven Concealment Systems and the ModuLoader. Years ago, a friend of mine was messing around making Kydex holsters and mag pouches, and we talked about building a simple Kydex platform to which we could mount velcro shotgun cards. It turns out Raven Concealment Systems had this idea long before we did in the form of the ModuLoader. However,…

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