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.

Gun Reviews

[Review] USFA ZIP .22LR: Failed Plinker

The USFA Zip .22LR is our lowest rated gun ever. Learn about the fall of USFA as we complete a hands-on review of their last plinker. (Read)

Buyer's Guide

Airgun & BB Gun Training: Best Guns & Drills

Want to save handgun ammo? We go over the best airguns, bb guns, and training drills that transfer over to real steel. (Read)

Shotgun

5 Best Home Defense Shotgun Upgrades & Ammo

Have a shotgun for home defense? We choose the best 5 upgrades you need to turn your scattergun into an effective home defense weapon. (Read)

Builds

[Best AR-15 Builds] Modern American Musket (M16A4)

Want to build an updated M16A4 clone that’s perfect for hunting, defense, & plinking? Check out our build list to the Modern American Musket. (Read)

Gear Reviews

[Hands-On Review] Streamlight TLR RM1 and RM2

Streamlights are proven but how to their new TLR RM1 & RM2 fare? We hands-on review both for durability, real world lighting, ergo, and more. (Read)

Buyer's Guide

Best 5.56 Rifles That Are Not AR-15s

Love 5.56 but don't want to be like all the other AR-15 guys? Don't worry, we've got you. Check out the best 5.56 rifles that aren't ARs! (Read)

AR-10

7 Best AR-10 Barrels: Our Favorites For Builds

Looking to build a new AR-10? We cover the different patterns, interchaneability with the AR-15, and our favorite AR-10 barrels for accuracy and budget. (Read)

Gear Reviews

[Hands-On] Olight Review: PL-Pro Valkyrie & PL-Mini Valkyrie 2

How do Olight's PL-Pro Valkyrie and the PL-Mini Valkyrie 2 perform as tactical lights? We dropped, drowned, and shot with them to find out. (Read)

Ammo

Best Shotgun Mini Shells: Birdshot, Buckshot & Slugs [Hands-On]

What are shotgun mini shells good for? Plus our favorite shells for plinking, hunting, home defense, & more. (Read)

Gear Reviews

[Review] Magpul D60 and D50 Drums: Are They Good Mags?

Everyone loves drum mags but they are notoriously finicky. Do Magpul's D60 and D50 drums make the cut? We hands-on review and offer tips. (Read)

Builds

[Build] M1A Paratrooper: What If the M14 Stuck Around?

If you jumped out an airplane with an M14, what would it have looked like? We build our very own M1A Paratrooper to see what would have been! (Read)

Gun Reviews

[Hands-On Review] Larry Vickers Master Class 1911: Combat Focused

Larry Vickers, Wilson Combat, and Springfield Armory. We hands-on review the culmination of these three giants with the Vickers Tactical Master Class 1911. (Read)

Gear Reviews

Best Magpul PMAGs: All Of Them Reviewed

Why are PMAGs so great? We hands-on review literally every single model from the AR-15 variants (M2 vs M3) to Glock, AR-10, Scorpion, AK, and even drums. (Read)

Gun Reviews

[Review] Springfield Saint Victor AR-10 Pistol: Pint-Sized .308

Need a super compact .308 AR platform? The Springfield Saint VIctor Pistol might be it. We hands-on review it for reliability, accuracy, recoil, and more. (Read)
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