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. If you don’t already, I encourage you to follow both pages on Facebook; you will not be disappointed. Relocating to Texas allowed the founder to spend more time developing black rifles and less time travelling between the two states.
Located in beautiful Shiner, Texas—yes, where delicious Shiner Bock comes from—Texas Black Rifle Company produces exactly what their name implies: Texas-made black rifles. Though they are a relatively new manufacturer, their product has gained quite a large cult following. Their flagship rifle, the Model 1836 is this week’s Art of the Gun for good reason; this AR is beautiful. Named after the year Texas gained its independence from Mexico, the Model 1836 is a monument to Texas, freedom, and American craftsmanship. Nearly every part of this rifle is made in Texas: the barrel, upper, bolt carrier group, lower, and rail are all made by TBRC in Shiner and the CMC trigger is made in Fort Worth. The only parts not made in Texas are the Magpul sights, grip and stock. However, as a side note, Magpul Industries announced in January 2014 they would be moving its corporate headquarters to Texas. The TBRC logo etched on the mag well features the skull of a Texas Longhorn, a breed of cattle renown for their hardiness and resilience during droughts. In many ways, the TBRC Model 1836 is just like a Texas Longhorn: uniquely and wholly Texan, built tough, and something that’ll survive no matter how rough things get.
Like the Lone Star State itself, this rifle is not to be messed with. Chambered in 5.56x45mm, the Texas Black Rifle Company Model 1836 features a TBRC 16-inch 1:7 twist chrome-lined barrel, branded TBRC Type 3 hardcoat anodized Mil-Spec upper and lower receivers, a TBRC M16 bolt carrier group, a TBRC 11.4-inch ARS light-weight keymod rail, a drop-in CMC Triggers Flat Bow 3.5lb trigger, Magpul MOE sights, trigger guard, grip, and a Magpul ACS Mil-Spec stock. (Pictured here with a Browe Combat Optic, not included.)