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] BRN-180 Fighting Rifle

Want a rifle fit to defend America from 1980s Red Dawn invaders? We start with a Brownells BRN-180 with a BCM lower. See what else went into our build! (Read)

Gun Reviews

[Review] Mossberg 500 & 590 Retrograde: What's Old Is New

Ready to go retro? We hands-on review the Mossberg 500 and 590 Retrograde versions to see if they are as good as the current generation. Spoiler: yes! (Read)

Beginner's Guide

Top 7 Firearm Myths & Misconceptions

Ready for some fairy tales? We go over some of the most enduring firearm myths & misconceptions that still plague the gun world. (Read)

Every Day Carry

[Guide] EDC Medical Kits: List & Carriers

Everyone has some sort of EDC (every day carry) loadout. But if you're looking to include a medical kit we go through all the essentials list plus carriers. (Read)

Fun

7 Best John Moses Browning Firearms

John Moses Browning (JMB) was one of the best firearm designers of all time. Here's some of our favorite JMB guns from the 1911 to the M2 Machine Gun. (Read)

Buyer's Guide

Magpul PMAG M2 vs M3 [Does It Even Matter?]

PMAG M2 or M3 generations...what's the best? We go over all the differences and why they still keep producing the M2 version. Plus where to buy them! (Read)

Gun Reviews

[Review] KelTec KS7 Bullpup Shotgun

Looking for a futuristic bullpup shotgun? We hands-on review KelTec's KS7 for reliability, accuracy, ergonomics, fun, worth-it-ness, and more. (Read)

Optics & Scopes

10 Best New Optics of 2020

Want something new? We go over our top 10 favorite new optics of 2020 for your pistol, rifle, or shotgun. (Read)

Builds

Bullpup CZ Scorpion Build: Manticore Arms

Want to build a bullpup version of the CZ Scorpion? We review Manticore Arms' kit for install, reliability, ergonomics, shootability, price, and more. (Read)

Optics & Scopes

Co-Witness Sights [Ultimate Guide]

What's a co-witness sight with a red dot? What's the difference from absolute vs lower one-thirds co-witness? And how to do you zero a co-witnessed optic? (Read)

Concealed Carry

4 Handgun Carry Conditions: Best for Concealed Carry?

We go over all four handgun carry conditions and what they mean for you. Plus the ideal condition when it comes to concealed carry. (Read)

Beginner's Guide

5 Worst Guns for Beginners (And Some Good Ones)

Don't make a big mistake. There are some terrible guns out there for beginners. Here's our list of the worst ones and also some good first firearms. (Read)

Shotgun

Best Mossberg 500 Stocks [Hands-On Tested]

Shotguns are some of the most classic firearms any of us own, but maybe yours needs an upgrade or maybe you just want to tinker with something. We took a look at some of the best stocks for one of the best shotguns - the Mossberg 500 family. (Read)

Shotgun

Best Benelli Semi-Auto Shotgun: M2 vs M3 vs M4

Looking for a Benelli semi-auto shotgun? We go over the differences between the M2, M3, and M4 variants. By the end you'll know which one is best for you. (Read)
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