Category Archives: Recreational 2A

Recreational 2A

What were the worthwhile SHOT week debuts?

Glorious SHOT week. Every year the depth and breadth of new product announcements gets a little bit bigger. Drinking from the firehose of flagship product debuts can be nearly as overwhelming as walking the endless SHOT show floor. There are so many shiny things to catch your attention it’s easy to miss a few along the way. So here you go- the kR-15 list of notabke new products for SHOT 2014

ATN X-Sight Day/Night Riflescopes

This optic looks awesome- switch from daylight to infrared on the same scope. HD video out, smartphone remote viewing app and more- for less than $700 retail. They are offering 3-9 and 5-12 power models to start but these will be hot items.

 Tri-Star Cobra Marine Shotgun

Stainless steel to repel corrosion, spring-loaded forearm that claims to speed cycling (I’d like to try head to head with a Remington 870 or Mossy 500 to validate this one-but it sounds good), picatinny rail and more for $360 retail . 

TacSol 300 BLK upper receiver

Tactical Solutions makes some awesome kit. Their aluminum barrels and receivers are accurate, attractive and well designed. It’s about time they tossed their proverbial hat into the BLK caliber. At $1100 retail it’s pricy just like all their stuff but if it is intriguing- the upper is ready to rock, includes a BCG and features a free-float handguard, barrel shroud that covers either your own suppressor or the tacticool fake suppressor that comes with it. They hint that the fake suppressor is required to attain a 16″ barrel length– not a big deal but be advised.

Tac-Con 3MR Fire Control Group

I remain on the fence for this one but it’s getting lots of smiley reviews from initial testers. It is basically the bump-fire concept encapsulated into a drop-in fire control group that includes a giggle switch for the rapid fire mode. The thing I like most about this is the 3rd selector position. From initial reviews it seems that the rapid fire mode shrinks the trigger reset to about 1/16″ and has a 2.5lb pull. At the end of the day bump fire isn’t accurate so is it useful? Maybe not but full auto isn’t accurate either and people seem to enjoy it- try to find a video of someone using the giggle switch where they aren’t smiling if you don’t believe me.

Thoughts on Fire Control Systems

Basic fire control systems in AR type rifles can be rough. Heavy, creepy pulls, spongy breaks, and plenty of shots that could have been much more accurate…but that’s what you get with the basic models. Lots of upgrades are out there- the Geissele fire control groups like the one shown in this video spans the $200-$300 range and they aren’t too hard to install. Allen Ladieri makes it look easy too- the fire control group helps but this isn’t the first time he ran the gun and the drill we see. 

The sound of the steel ringing is nearly musical, isn’t it? Enjoy your weekend and stay safe.

Happy Holidays

Time to take a couple days off for gatherings and celebration- until then enjoy this video, stay safe and stay vigilant. 

Tis the Season

I keep pondering what sort of holiday targets to bring to this year’s Christmas shoot. The gingerbread house shown here is FTW though!

Silencers Get Thirsty

Hoss USMC puts it all together in this video…

You get to see :

  • drunken projectiles head downrange!
  • the best use for a Buick Regal ever conceived- it makes me wish I had held onto my burgundy beauty
  • capped off with the MRAD leaf blower
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!!

MP7 obliterates iPad Mini

Happy Monday! Treat yourself to a little Tech Assassin- this week it’s starring the HK MP7 and the iPad Mini.

Wow. That MP7 is one formidable sub-gun. Compact, fast cyclic rate, looks pretty easy to control – even by a mini-assassin!



Common Suppressor Baffle Types

Recently we learned a little about suppressors. Now let’s look at the different types of baffles used in suppressors:


MonoCore Baffles

Solid core. Baffle is a core based on a solid piece of material with some sort of cuts/holes to cut gas and create turbulences:


Common monocore suppressors include the SilencerCo Sparrow SS and the Advanced Armament (AAC) Prodigy


K Baffles

 1- part baffle. One of the most effective designs for .22 caliber suppressors: 


 Common K baffle suppressors include the Gemtech Outback IID and the Huntertown Guardian SS.

M Baffles

These are 2-part Baffles, consisting of a 45º/60º cone and a spacer that get stacked up in sequence inside the suppressor:


This baffle type isn’t too common these days, but it’s a pretty clever design. Common M baffle suppressors include Coastal P-22 (shown above).

Omega Baffles 

The Omega Baffle is a newer design concept that improves on the M baffle design to utilize a one-piece baffle that still performs at a high level. Some manufacturers such as SilencerCo and Surefire have recently updated popular suppressor designs to embrace this style of baffle core. 


The SWR Spectre and Surefire 22-A are common suppressors that use omega baffles.







How does a Suppressor work?

Although Silencer is a common name for what is more accurately described  as a Suppressor, the first thing you should know is that it’s impossible to “silence” a firearm. Not that Hollywood has done the firearms community any favors with this than it has with any other portrayal of firearms. Here are a couple facts that can put suppressor performance into perspective:

Got that? So we are looking at a sound reduction range of 20-30%- making a gunshot about as loud as a lawn mower. That hardly warrants a label like ‘Silencer’ IMHO. So what are these devices like in real life and how do they work?

A suppressor has a few key components: 

  • Tube that contains the entire device
  • Barrel Attachment end (one end of the tube)- this could be a ratchet, spring retention assembly or simple standard machine threads  
  • Baffles or Baffle Core – a series of stages inside the tube that supress the gun’s report. This is where the magic science happens
  • EndCap- this is the other cap on the tube that projectiles exit


 Those key parts of a suppressor come together to work like this:

  • The suppressor is attached to the end of the barrel of the host firearm 

Now for a little background to help explain the next part:

When a shot breaks the explosion that propels the projectile through the barrel results in a blast of hot gases at high pressure that also exits the barrel of the firearm. This explosion is most of the "BANG" you hear. 
  • The projectile exits the end cap of the suppressor through the hole in the center. 
  • As the hot gasses pass through the end of the barrel and into the suppressor (which is a larger tube than the barrel and thus a lower pressure space)they get trapped into the baffles- you see the projectile is spinning from the barrel rifling and will continue on its trajectory through the center of the suppressor. However gasses -especially when under pressure- will flow wherever there is space.
  • That’s how baffles work- they work with the lower pressure space inside the suppressor tube to create dead-ends and spaces that trap the gasses resulting from gunpowder ignition. Trapping these gasses also traps SOME of the noise associated with cartridge ignition.
The photo at the very top of this post show some of the different baffle designs out there- yet all of them basically do the same thing. The photo below shows gasses traveling through a suppressor pretty well:
And for the money shot here is a slick video of a SilencerCo can on action via X-Ray :

Tactical Blind Fire

Dynamic Pie Concepts does tremendous work blending entertainment with some tactical showboating. A lot of this is camera tricks…but nevertheless it’s entertaining 

I’m not sure what I like best about this video:

  • Using at least 30 mall ninja buzzwords in 1:20
  • The whole tactical trash can sequence complete with Frankenstein optic
  • “Power stroke that shit”

How to make your 10/22 look Scary (good)

Recently I was looking at my basic 10/22 and decided to perform a few upgrades- mostly cosmetic upgrades that do not change the rifle, hence the term cosmetic.  Hoplophobes sometimes refer to these as “Evil or Scary Features” – which is ludicrous because inanimate objects such as firearms are not capable of having characteristics like evil or good intentions. Then again fear of inanimate objects is also considered irrational among the sane.

So let’s see what it takes to make this 10/22 look so scary that Shannon Watts  (aka Shannon Troughton aka sneaky astroturf-er) would have puppies if she ever saw it: 

Step 1- get a distinctive barrel and install it

Step 2- find some new furniture. The aftermarket selection for the 10/22 is vast. I shopped around for a long time and after agonizing over different approaches and price points decided to go with a Troy Industries chassis- the T-22 sport. While it’s on the high end of prices  it does include built-in Troy Battlesights. And it definitely looks scary. Eventually a box like this arrived for me:

Sweet! So what’s inside? I’m hoping for a bonus catalog of objects that look “evil” despite the fact that they could not possibly be evil:

Score! On to assembly…

Step 3- Two hex screws hold the chassis together. Remove them to begin the assembly process.

The T-22 chassis comes apart into two pieces- note that the rail is one continuous piece (scary good work Troy!)

Step 4- Don’t blink because the rest happens quickly- install the receiver assembly into the lower part of the chassis

Step 5- Now slide the rail/barrel shroud onto the receiver and replace the hex screws – voila!

Now that’s a nice looking rifle if I’ve ever seen one. Do you hear that barking in the distance? Sounds like new puppies are arriving somewhere in Indiana.