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The AR-15 is one of the most popular guns in America, and part of the reason for that is its high level of customizability. A large number of aftermarket upgrades are available for the platform, which allows individual users to create their own perfect version of the AR-15 that they want to shoot. And recently, one more aftermarket upgrade has been added to the already impressively long list of options available… It’s the TBL9A from The Bolt Lever, LLC. The goal of The Bolt Lever is owned by American veterans and their goal is to “create a line of 100% American made, tactical, but practical products.”. So, why use The Bolt Lever TBL9A? Consider the standard bolt release that comes on AR rifles… The problem is that with the standard mil-spec bolt release you have to waste time when you really don’t have any to spare. That’s because you have…

No handgun out there is completely perfect. Even the best ones will have some feature that could be improved or would make you more comfortable if changed. One of the most common and important changes when it comes to handguns is the trigger. It’s such an important part of the gun that you really don’t want to leave it alone when it can be upgraded. The trigger alone can completely change how a gun feels. It might be awkward to fire with the default trigger, but put an aftermarket trigger on and it’s like you’ve got a brand new gun that you love. It’s a good thing that there are many aftermarket triggers available on the market for you to choose from. Let’s take a quick look at some of the aftermarket triggers you might want to use for your gun. Apex Tactical Specialties – Action Enhancement Trigger The Action…

The NRA annual meeting that was held in Dallas, Texas had many manufacturers showing off some of their new products. And while I wasn’t there myself, we can still find plenty of exciting photos of products thanks to the team at Guns.com. First up is a new bipod from Magpul. I wrote about Magpul’s new bipod in a previous post where it’s shown that it has several upgrades and looks like a pretty high-quality bipod. The only drawback that I can find is that it has a pretty heft price tag and as of yet still lacks reviews from early adopters. Next up is a new riflescope from Sig Sauer called the Ballistics Data Xchange, or more simply the BDX. The idea is that this scope has integrated applied ballistics and bluetooth. If you were hoping for a new handgun from Sig Sauer, your wish has been granted. On day…

Magpul has released a new product type that they’ve never had before. It’s their new Magpul Bipod. Their new bipod is available for M-Lok, 1913 Picatinny rails, and ARMS 17S mounts, so it’s compatible with a wide variety of rifles. Personally, while I understand why some people want to use a  bipod, it’s not something that I would use. The idea is just too impractical for self-defense. Sure, more stability is always a good thing when shooting…but what cost does it come at? In a real self-defense situation, you most likely would not be able to take the time to get set up and sit in a stationary place. But as far as bipods are concerned, this could be one of the better ones. According to Magpul, their new bipod is the “most durable and versatile bipod for the money.” And based on its specs, that very well could be the…

Even after you’ve gotten your concealed carry permit there are still things you should be looking to work on and improve. After all, we live in dangerous times and simply carrying concealed doesn’t offer quite as much protection as it used to. That’s why it’s so important to take care of these concealed carry upgrades ahead of time. All the upgrades you’re about to see are relatively cheap and easy to acquire, so there’s no reason to not upgrade them. Doing so will not only keep you safer, but it will also make your concealed carry experience a much more enjoyable one. Proper Pistol Grip for Ease of Use The first thing you’re going to want to upgrade is your grip. The reason is simple…the grip has the biggest impact on your shooting since it affects the way you hold your gun. Aftermarket grips offer different features than your stock…

Thermal rifle scopes have been an important part of the military thanks to their effectiveness during nighttime operations. Hunters can also get a lot of use out of them when nighttime hunting, but only for those who have enough cash to buy one of them because they get pretty expensive. As of right now, even a budget thermal rifle scope costs over a thousand dollars, which is no small chunk of change. And a high-end thermal rifle scope will cost a lot more than that…up to $8,000 or more. If you can’t afford that right now, don’t worry. Thermal scopes are becoming more popular, and they’ll gradually become less expensive as more manufacturers start making them. For those of you who want a thermal rifle scope right now and don’t care about the cost, here are a few that are worth checking out. ATN ThOR HD 640 The price of…

Trail cameras are a great tool for hunters, photographers, and researchers alike. They can be left out in the field for months at a time, silently taking photos without disturbing the wildlife. However, there are a lot of trail cameras for you to choose from and you might not know where to start. That’s why I’ve put together a quick list of five good trail cameras you can’t go wrong with. Browning Strike Force Sub Micro The Browning Strike Force might be the best overall trail camera. It scores good marks all around and has plenty of 5-star reviews from satisfied users. The Browning Strike Force works very well both at night and during the day, adapting to the level of light to give you a clear photo. Users report that it gives you a head shot as the animal enters the field of view, a full body shot as…

Even though it’s not ideal, there’s a certain appeal about short barrel rifles. The most common way of shortening the length of your rifle is to shorten the barrel, but that comes with difficulties of its own such as needing to get legally register it as a short barrel rifle (SBR). Plus, you can only shorten the barrel so much before you run out of room. What if you want to take it even further? This is where personal defense weapon stocks (PDW stocks) come in handy. Using a PDW stock will help you reduce the overall length of your rifle beyond what’s possible simply by reducing the barrel length. Using a PDW stock also has the added benefit of not needing to get an SBR stamp for your rifle. However, not every PDW stock holds up in quality or are as desirable as others…and many of them require you…

Nikon has released a red dot optic sight called the P-Tactical Spur, and my first impression is that it looks awesome! Nikon has already made quite a name for themselves in the optics market. They’re known for making quality optics for an affordable price. However, the P-Tactical Spur is their first reflex sight offering. Shooters have always had the problem of how to choose an optic. Top of the line optics are ridiculously expensive and budget optics aren’t exactly that helpful when it comes to performance. Hunters and target shooters will love Nikon’s new red dot sight because it’s right in the middle ground. It has the quality and performance you want out of a sight without the crazy price tag that comes with high end optics. The P-Tactical Spur is designed for close range and medium range use. It can also attach to any rifle, pistol, or shotgun with…

Would you pay $400 for a folding knife? It might sound crazy to some, but the Chris Reeve Sebenza 21 has a retail price of $410 and people are buying it. I don’t mind buying expensive gear as long as it’s worth it…but unfortunately, the Chris Reeve Sebenza 21 isn’t good enough to command that high of a price. Here’s a few of the things I have a problem with… Blade Materials The blade of the Sebenza 21 is made of CPM S35VN blade steel. That’s a good material to craft a blade out of, but let’s be real…it’s not that much better than similar materials and I don’t think it justifies the $410 price tage. General Appearance Some people might scoff at appearance being a judging factor, but let’s face it…if you’re buying a knife for $410 then shouldn’t it have above average looks at least? There’s not much to…