Category: Gear Reviews

Wheeler Bolt Catch Tool

Wheeler AR15 Bolt Catch Install Tool Kit Review

  Many home AR15 builders would agree that the hardest part of building an AR lower is installing the bolt catch. Pushing a roll pin into a hole isn’t difficult, but the design of the AR’s lower puts the assembly in, to say the least, an awkward position. The challenge is getting everything in the right place without scratches adding character to otherwise new parts. Wheeler’s Bolt Catch Install Tool Kit is specifically designed for this job.

OST Wrench

OST Wrench Review

One of the tradeoffs with the AR15’s direct impingement gas system is that they tend to run better when regularly given a little love. Since the gas tube is venting directly into the bolt carrier, regular cleaning is important. The OST Wrench fills the need for a small but tough field tool for help with the basic maintenance and cleaning of the AR15 platform.

Magpul UBR Gen2 Stock

Magpul UBR Gen2 Stock Review

By many accounts, the AR15 is the most popular gun in the United States. Most of the ARs out there either fall into the fixed rifle variety or one of the variations of collapsible carbine style. Magpul’s UBR Gen2 was designed with the goal of getting the best of both stock types in a single system, so there would be a collapsible carbine stock with the durability and stability usually only found in the fixed rifle designs.

Wheeler AR15 Pivot Pin Install Tool Review

One of the more frustrating tasks when building an AR15 lower is trying to install the pivot pin. The challenge is that the spring puts enough pressure on the detent to launch it across the room and this has to be held out of the way while the pin is inserted. The Wheeler Pivot Pin Install Tool and other similar tools which work the same way, make this task much easier.  

Realoading Presses

How To Pick A Reloading Press

To many folks who are looking to start reloading, one of the hardest decisions is deciding how to pick a reloading press. The options cover a wide range of price points, but some of the different models look very similar. The good news is that there are not a lot of junk products for sale in the reloading world, so it is difficult to make a really bad choice. However, deciding on your reloading goals...

Hawk 982 Disassembly

IAC Hawk 982 / 982T Disassembly

  The IAC Hawk 981R, 982 and 982T shotguns are arguably one of the best home defense values on the market. These are all Norinco’s versions of the Remington 870 with either an optics rail, ghost ring sights or a pistol grip stock, respectively. But, rather than just being a cheap Chinese throwaway, they include a machined steel extractor and metal trigger guard, which are hard to find on the budget minded Remingtons. That said,...


InLine Fabrication Ultramount Review

  As the hobby of reloading grows, more folks are joining up who do not have a traditional reloading bench. InLine Fabrication’s Ultramount is not only a riser for traditional bench setups but also can make it easier to reload from an apartment, out of the back of a truck or off of the kitchen table. It is easy to assemble with only two tools and about five minutes of spare time.  

Olight S1A Baton Review

Single battery pocket flashlights are becoming increasingly common as they evolve with more features, higher output and longer run times. The Olight S1A Baton, which we’ve been testing for the last few months, checks all of these boxes. It is the first light of this size that we have seen which can output 600 lumens.

Ulfhednar Large Range Bag – New to the USA!

  Shooting sports supplier Ulfhednar of Norway brought their large range bag to the USA at the 2017 SHOT Show.  We were immediately attracted to the bag because of its size (23 x 15 x 10), quality, and design features.  This top notch range bag is much more convenient and versatile than a plastic container and is almost a requirement for the serious firearms enthusiast.  The shooter who occasionally heads to the woods with his firearm...

Hiperfire Hipergrip

Hiperfire Hipergrip Review

At last year’s SHOT Show, Hiperfire had some pre-production samples of their Hipergrip on display for folks to check out. At the time, I remember thinking how surprisingly comfortable the grip design actually was when held. Since then, my AR has been patiently waiting for another upgrade until this was released.