Author Travis Pike

Travis Pike is a Marine infantry veteran, firearms enthusiast, and NRA certified instructor. He’s a lifelong shooter who just happened to be mediocre enough with a gun and a keyboard to combine the two and write. He currently teaches concealed carry courses and enjoys spending time in Florida’s Nature Coast. He is interested in helping folks protect themselves with firearms and shoot better at the range.

Builds

Best AR-15 Builds: Garrow Arms .17 HMR

Want something different and super accurate? We hands-on test the Garrow Arms .17 HMR roller delayed blowback upper in our latest Best AR-15 Builds series. (Read)

Optics & Scopes

4 Best ACOG Scopes [2019 Hands-On]

Need a (literally) bomb-proof optic? Trijicon's military favorite fixed-magnification ACOG is the answer. Find out why...plus the perfect model for you. (Read)

Shotgun

9 Best Shotgun Sights [2019]: Iron, Ghost, Red Dot, Scope

You still need to aim with a shotgun. Here's our favorite upgraded shotgun sights from ghost rings to red dots and even some rifle slug scopes. (Read)

Rifle

[Review] ARES SCR: Always a Way

Looking for a unique featureless AR solution? We hands-on review the Ares SCR for ergonomics, reliability, looks, and more. See if it's right for you. (Read)

Gun Reviews

[Review] Taurus G2S: Decent for Under $200

On a budget but need a reliable concealed carry gun? We hands-on review the Taurus G2S for realiability, accuracy, bang-for-the-buck, ergonomics, and more. (Read)

Builds

Best AR-15 Builds: Colt AR-9

AR-15 pistol caliber carbines (PCC) are all the rage. But we go a little retro with our Colt AR-9 build. Find out all the parts we used and how it runs. (Read)

Buyer's Guide

Best Linear Compensators for AR & AK [2019]

Want to direct gas and concussion away from yourself and your team? Check out the best linear compensators on the market right now for ARs and AKs. (Read)

Gun Reviews

[Review] Springfield Hellcat: Homerun CCW?

How does Springfield's Hellcat fare in the new arena of hi-cap micro CCW guns? We hands-on review it for reliability, ergonomics, concealability, and more. (Read)

Buyer's Guide

[Review] Cobray M11 9mm: Super Inefective?

The Cobray M11 9mm looks like a MAC-10 submachine gun straight out of Miami Vice. But does its coolness factor beat out terrible ergos and accuracy? (Read)

Gun Reviews

[Review] Rock Island VR60, VR80, & VRBP-100 Shotguns

Affordable magazine-fed semi-auto shotguns that can hold up to 19 rounds? We hands-on review Rock Island Armory's VR60, VR80, and VRBP-100 shotties. (Read)

Shotgun

6 Best Home-Defense Tactical Shotguns [2019]

Quickly learn what makes a tactical shotgun, why it's so effective, ammo selection, pros/cons, and our Top 6 best home defense shotgun choices. (Read)

Builds

Best AR-15 Builds: Sig P320 Matador Arms

An AR-15 that takes Sig P320 mags? We hands-on review Matador Arms' Mag X adapter to see if it's reliable, worth-it, and actually useful. (Read)

Gun Reviews

[Review] Sig MPX Copperhead: Best Civilian SMG?

Want a pistol caliber carbine in a super-compact pistol form? We hands-on review the Sig Sauer MPX Copperhead for reliability, form factor, price, and more. (Read)

Buyer's Guide

9 Best P365 Upgrades & Holsters We Use Daily [2019]

We've been carrying our P365 for over a year with tons of rounds through it and plenty of tested upgrades. Here's 9 that we still use on the daily. (Read)
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