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Art of the Gun: The Texas Black Rifle Company Model 1836

Sometimes there are companies you really enjoy. Whether it is their product, their advertising or something else entirely, you develop an affinity for a company and so you follow and support what they do. That’s how many of us here at Cheaper Than Dirt! feel about Texas Black Rifle Company, Inc. and their sister company, Shield Tactical. Shield Tactical pole-vaulted into the limelight in 2013 when they announced they were moving out of gun-hating California to gun-friendly Texas.

Picture shows a black pistol stabilizing brace.

SIG’s SB15 Legal Pistol Stabilizing Device

In November 2012, disabled veteran Alex Bosco received a letter from the ATF regarding a prototype of a stabilizing brace he invented to aid him in shooting an AR-15 pistol one-handed. The device, called SB15 made of medical-grade rubber—the same type of material used to make prosthetics—fits over the buffer tube of AR-15 pistols.

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Clean Your AR-15 in 20 Minutes

A guest post by Bryce M. Towsley

AR-15 rifles run well even when caked with crud, but sooner or later you do have to clean even the most abuse-immune AR-15 rifle. Cleaning is never fun, but there are a few tools, tips and techniques that can reduce the pain and get you back shooting a little faster.

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Top 5 Cheaper Than Dirt YouTube Videos

Since 2009, Cheaper Than Dirt! has maintained a YouTube channel. With over 7,000,000 views and 338 videos uploaded and counting, you will find how tos, product reviews, Jerry Miculek Shoot Fast and many more! Become a member of our 8,942 growing subscribers here. If you have not checked out our YouTube channel, here is a taste of what you are missing. Listed are our top five YouTube videos. 

Picture shows a black, fixed stock AR-15 A2 style rifle with fixed carry handle and carbine length handguard.

When Teaching a New Shooter, Does the Gun Matter?

I’m sure your immediate response is, “of course it does!” Picking the “wrong” gun might just turn someone off from shooting. I took a risk letting a brand new shooter fire a DPMS Classic 16 Carbine as her first .223 Remington, semi-automatic rifle. Fortunately, in this particular case the gun did not matter.

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SHOT 2014 —Tac-Con 3MR

One of the big takeaways from the 2014 SHOT Show was the new trigger system from Tac-Con. The Tac-Con 3MR trigger system is a drop-in trigger pack for AR-15s. Essentially, it adds a third position to the selector switch. In military speak, the third position would be the “happy” position. Civilians would more commonly refer to the third position as full auto. To be clear, the Tac-Con 3MR does not convert a semi-auto to full auto, but I am getting ahead of myself.

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SHOT 2014 — Colt’s LE6920MP-B — Your Next Must Have AR-15!

I know many of you love the M4; many have trusted their lives to the marvelous Colt, either here in the states or abroad. Why? Simple: It is reliable, effective and proven. Colt’s reliability and performance have been the cornerstone on which the Armed Forces has relied to successfully complete many missions around the world—and every serious shooting enthusiast should have at least one.

Young woman in white t-shirt and pink ear protection shooting a black AR-15 with CMMG .22 caliber conversion on a green grassy area with wooded area in the background.

.22 Conversions — Good Practice or Making Brass?

One of my associates recently showed off his brand new AR 15 type rifle at the firing range. The difference between that rifle and the others on the range —it was chambered for the .22 Long Rifle cartridge. He bragged about how the stock, sights and firing mechanism mimicked his .223 so closely that he was able to practice tactical rifle shooting for a pittance. I nodded my head, put the eyes and ears on and began firing my Daniel Defense .223 caliber rifle. My cohort busily ripped through a brick of .22-caliber ammunition.

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SHOT Show 2014 Special Edition Day 3: New Rifles

Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have filed a third day of reports on new rifle introductions made at the show, and this edition includes coverage of major makers Rock River Arms, Legacy Sports International, Weatherby and Marlin.