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.

Optics & Scopes

6 Best Night Vision Binoculars [2019]: Own the Night

Not sure how to start? We'll cover the different generations and our favorite picks for beginner, hunting, and professional night vision binoculars. (Read)

Gun Reviews

[Review] Mossberg 590M Shockwave: Magazine-Fed Freedom

Is it useful? The Mossberg 590M is the mag-fed version of the classic 590 shotgun with a Shockwave grip. We review its reliability, accuracy, & more. (Read)

1911

Best 1911s in 10mm: When .45 Is Not Enough

The 1911 was designed in .45 ACP, but when you need more power than what .45 can deliver - you need 10mm. Learn about why and what 1911s in 10mm we like most! (Read)

Builds

[Guide] Building the Perfect M16A2 Clone

Want to build your own civilian legal M16A2? There's a lot of parts and full kits out there...here's our picks best ones to get you started. (Read)

Optics & Scopes

4 Best ACOG Scopes [The Ultimate Guide]

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)

1911

Best Affordable 1911s (For Your Budget)

As American as apple pie, the 1911 is a classic and outstanding firearm. Find out the best affordable 1911 that fits your budget. (Read)

Fun

4 Most Realistic Gun Scenes in Movies (And Some Ridiculous Ones)

Do movies ever get guns right? Find out our pick of the most realistic gun scenes in movies...plus some truly ridiculous ones. Now with tons of GIFs! (Read)

Beginner's Guide

6 Best Shooting Drills [2019]: Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun

Want to shoot better? We've got the most effective drills for pistol, rifle, and shotgun. Plus tips on how to run them, make them harder, and favorite gear. (Read)

AR-15

6.8 SPC [The Complete Guide]

The AR-15 comes in a lot of different flavors. One great for CQB and extended ranges is the Remington 6.8 SPC. We'll cover ballistics, uses, ammo, and more. (Read)

Range

[Guide] Everything You Need to Know about Tannerite

Tannerite is a fun way to add some excitement to your day at the range...if used properly. Read on to find out how to use it safely and effectively. (Read)

Review

Steyr AUG [Hands-On Review]

There are a lot of bullpup rifles on the market, almost none as iconic as the Steyr AUG though! From Die Hard to the Outback of Australia, this rifle is battle proven and interesting to handle. Learn all about it! (Read)

AR-15

10 Best AR-15 Charging Handles [Hands-On]

There's dozens of AR-15 charging handles out there. We hands-on tested almost all of them and chose our favorites for specific AR build needs. (Read)

Ammo

Best .300 Blackout Ammo [2019]: Self Defense, Hunting, Target

.300 AAC Blackout ammo comes in lots of flavors from training to home defense to hunting, we took a look at the whole range of ammo and picked out our top favorites for each type so that you can save time and money! (Read)

Beginner's Guide

[Guide] Buying a Used Gun Safely

Buying a used gun can be a stressful experience, but it doesn't have to be. We break down the process so you can stay safe, and avoid getting ripped off. (Read)
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