Category Archives: Reviews

Look here to find reviews on a wide variety of shooting products. Most commonly featured are firearm, suppressor, and optics reviews, but gear and accessory evaluations will also appear in this section.

Silencer Shop Authority: Reviewing the Erector By Q

The National Firearms Act of 1934 and subsequent “add-ons” was one of the worst pieces of legislation ever forced upon American gun owners. Forget that it requires registration information and regulates inanimate objects like barrels, stocks, design shapes and trigger mechanisms for a moment. The NFA restriction of silencers, devices that can’t actually do anything on their own, hinders their… Read more »

Silencer Shop Authority: Q Full and Half Nelson Review

While at SHOT Show last January, I had the immense privilege of attending an event called Q Ball. As you might suspect, given the location and the name, Q Ball was a party thrown by none other than the folks at Q and while it was a raucous event to say the least, it was also a first-glimpse opportunity to… Read more »

BelOMO PK-01VS AK Red Dot Review

To regular Modern Rifleman readers and followers it should really be little surprise to hear that I love AKs. They’re some of my favorite rifles to shoot and are without question my top choice to collect. However, they haven’t always been too friendly to me – mainly due to their mediocre iron sights and my less-than-perfect eyes. I’ve spent years… Read more »

Silencer Shop Authority: Rugged Suppressors Oculus 22 Review

If there’s a crowded portion of the suppressor market, it’s undoubtedly the rimfire/.22 caliber segment. Often viewed as “gateway drugs” to the world of quieter shooting, .22 silencers offer the least bang for the buck (no, literally the least noise) and they’re also often cheaper than centerfire suppressors. Thanks to these factors, there are dozens of competitive options out there;… Read more »

Silencer Shop Authority: Gemtech Integra 5.56mm Review

Suppressing the legendary 5.56mm rifle round in short barrels is a challenge that silencer manufacturers have attempted to master for decades. Containing a large amount of deflagrating powder as it leaves the muzzle results in extreme heat, pressure and blowback – forcing even the best scientists and engineers to make trade offs. Not to mention the supersonic crack generated when that ~75 grain projectile… Read more »

Arsenal SLR-104FR (AKS-74) Review

Just before last November’s elections, I went on a bit of a buying spree. Okay, it was more than a “bit” of a spree, but with an uncertain future for firearms as a whole and imports in particular, I felt that at the very least, waiting would lead me to pay a premium for some of the firearm-related items I… Read more »

Silencer Shop Authority: Spike’s Tactical Buckwheat Review

I just finished writing letters to all of the members of congress who are supposed to represent my interests in Washington. Mind you, not in support of the Hearing Protection Act, which I have also done (you should as well), but petitioning them to enact a “Rimfire Suppression Awareness Month”. The joys of shooting silenced, subsonic .22 long rifle firearms… Read more »

Silencer Shop Authority: AAC Ti-Rant 9M Review

Back in 2013, I made my first suppressor purchase – a SilencerCo Octane 45 HD. At the time, my decision made a lot of sense as I didn’t have any other cans and caliber flexibility was paramount to me. In the four years following that purchase, I’ve learned quite a lot about myself as a shooter and silencer enthusiast, primarily that… Read more »

Silencer Shop Authority: DaVinci Arms Bambino Review

I am going to start the review of the DaVinci Arms Bambino silencer with a bold statement: suppressed rimfire shooting is the best kept secret in the entire firearms world. There, I said it. But in all seriousness, if you live in a state that allows it, a quality rimfire suppressor (and appropriate host) is pretty much required kit. They are… Read more »

Silencer Shop Authority: Gemtech Aurora Review

In June 1995, at the tail end of the Bosnian War, an American pilot, Captain Scott O’Grady, was shot down in his F-16 while flying a sortie over Serb controlled territory. For the next six days, O’Grady managed to successfully evade enemy forces who actively sought to flush him out of hiding. For the entirety of his six-day struggle, O’Grady… Read more »