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Translucent is best… er, lucent?

This is pretty slick, but not production ready yet...

TN Arms prototype translucent polycarbonate hybrid lower!

TN Arms prototype translucent polycarbonate hybrid lower!


Fun Fact: FDE Tavors Weigh More!

Thursday morning I took a trip up to the IWI US facility in Harrisburg to talk to the folks responsible for what has really become my go-to rifle and probably among my favorite rifles of all time.  They have a fantastic facility which has a long history in firearms dating back to Mr. Kassnar's previous ventures under KBI Inc and Charles Daly.  I can't go into too much detail since I'm not a media rep and wasn't allowed to take pictures, but I was able to have a chat and wander around the warehouse discussing future plans, pitching questions from customers and getting a feel for IWI as a company.

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Don’t Buy Hype: Muzzle Brake Edition

I've been saying for years that the BattleComp series of muzzle devices are nowhere near as good as people claimed, and that they're not worth the crazy price tag.  Look like I might have been onto something, as Andrew Tuohy of Vuurwapen Blog lays it down in this post.

Mr. Tuohy has done a fantastic job empirically analyzing numerous muzzle devices on the market and devising comparison tests using some photography skills.  He's compared several aspects of each device including the low light flash hiding capability, sound output, downward force to counteract muzzle rise and linear recoil reduction.  After all was said and done, the ever-popular and pricey BattleComp did not fare well at all.

The full rundown of all the devices tested can be found here on Vuurwapen Blog.  Major props for putting all of that work into a real comparison to dispel some of the advertising myths of these muzzle devices and weed out the actual performers from the flashy whiz-bang money wasters.  Maybe someday we'll see a thorough comparison for gun oils, another major gun product segment full of misleading claims and snake oil salesmen.


Recall Notice: Thompson/Center Products

Smith & Wesson, who own Thompson/Center, have issued a major recall notice for TC Icon, Dimension and Venture firearms produced until today. The issue doesn't seem to be severe, but any fault with a safety feature of a firearm has traditionally been treated with extreme caution just in case.