Tyrant Designs MOD Nickel Foregrip

I have recently had the opportunity to test a piece of gear: the Tyrant Designs MOD Nickel Foregrip.

This piece of equipment is straight-forward, to the point, and simple. I don’t want this to sound like I’m downplaying or giving a slight, because I’m definitely not. It does one job, and does it well. Let’s be honest: do intelligent people complicate things, or simplify things? The fact that the Tyrant Designs MOD Nickel Foregrip is simple is a large compliment.

Specifications from the manufacturer:


  • M-LOK Keymod MOE rail systems


  • Durable (polymer straps and aluminum body, near indestructible)
  • Interchangeable with M-LOK and KeyMod
  • Comfortable (chamfered edges for a smooth feel)
  • Temperature variation resistent
  • Polymer strap
  • Laser engraved logo
  • Install kit included


  • Length- 5.5″
  • Width- .625″
  • Weight- 1.7 oz

Purchase includes

  • M-Lok and/or Keymod fasteners
  • 2 L-keys

Because I am no professional videographer, I defer to someone smarter and more seasoned in that field. I recommend watching the following to see the Tyrant Designs MOD Nickel Foregrip in action:

To sum things up, I recommend the Tyrant Designs MOD Nickel Foregrip. Pick up one for your AR at https://www.tyrantcnc.com/collections/mod-ar-15-foregrip/products/mod-foregrip-nickel

Ratings (1 – 5 star)
Ease of use: *****
Value: *****
Durability: *****

Gun Cleaning 101: Top 10 Firearm Maintenance Tools

There’s nothing you can do that’s more valuable to your firearms to take the time to properly clean and maintain them. Without the proper tools, you might find yourself spending more time cleaning your firearms than actually firing them. In this guide, we’ll take a look at the top 10 Firearm Maintenance Tools that you should learn to master if you want your firearms to remain in pristine condition.

We’ll take a look at two of the most popular gun cleaning methods, which include a quick-clean using a bore snake and a deep proper clean using cleaning rods. Each cleaning technique has their place and sometimes it’s not necessary to fully clean your gun.

Full-Clean Maintenance with Cleaning Rods

The most important tool for any gun owner is the cleaning rod. This tool allows you to attach an array of different brushes and jags to make the inside of your gun shine. There are several styles of cleaning rods and each of them has pros and cons.

The most popular option is the carbon fiber cleaning rod. Using a one-piece cleaning rod is the ideal method but this means that you need to purchase a separate cleaning rod for rifles, shotguns, and handguns.

The other option is a 3-piece cleaning rod. This allows you to attach pieces of different lengths to act as a universal cleaning rod that cleans firearms of different lengths. Be sure to use a cleaning rod that won’t easily bend or break! Brass is the idea 3-piece material due to its strength and brass is much less likely to scratch the inside of your barrel.

When to Do a Full Clean?

If you care about your guns, the general rule is that a full clean should be performed after each time you fire. Residue and moisture can accumulate after only one shot being fired. Small amounts of metal carbon and powder stick to the barrel. Small bits of carbon are also blown into the action of the firearms. When this carbon residue combines with lubricants or moisture it turns into a black gunk that will affect your accuracy and your firearms function.

The ideal place to do a full clean is at home, with a good cleaning kit by your side. Depending on the type of firearm, this should be done after many rounds have been fired or when you feel it’s an appropriate time to do some maintenance. Often times when a gun has been stored away for a while it can accumulate dust and moisture and it’s wise to take it out and give it a full clean from time to time.

Quick-Clean Maintenance using Bore Snakes

Sometimes referred to as field cleaning, it only takes a couple of minutes to do a simple barrel cleaning. What this does is removes any powder or carbon from the bore. With every shot that’s fired, powder builds up in the barrel and it can adjust the trajectory of your bullet very slightly. During longer shooting sessions it’s a good idea to take a minute to use your bore snake to clear out any buildup in the barrel. Using a bore snake while at the range can remarkably improve your accuracy.

How to Use a Bore Snake

One of the quickest and easiest tools in your cleaning arsenal to use is the bore snake. Always make sure your gun is clean and empty the chamber and magazine. Take your favorite gun cleaning solvent and spray the brush section of the bore snake. Place the weighted brass end into the barrel and pull it out the other end. It may take a little bit of strength to pull it through if the bore snake size is the same size as the caliber. That’s it!

Once you get the hang of it, you can repeat this process several times if you’re at the range in only a few minutes. Make sure to wipe down your firearm with a rag or old shirt once you’re done with the bore snake. You’ll find that your accuracy immediately improves and you’ll spend less time doing a full clean when you get home.

Top 10 Firearm Maintenance Tools:

1. Gun Cleaning Solvents

A gun cleaning solvent is used to Clean, Lubricate and Protect (CLP) your firearm. When doing a quick clean using a bore snake you’ll need a little spray of CLP on the brush. However, when doing a deep clean you may wish to use a variety of cleaning solvents. When choosing a CLP, be sure to read the label closely. Some solvents are designed only for cleaning, some more cleaning and lubricating and other for all three.

2. Bronze and Nylon Cleaning Brushes

These are attached to your cleaning rod and used remove carbon buildup. They come in a wide variety of sizes but usually are made of bronze and nylon. The first brush you generally want to use is the bronze, which will clear out just about anything in your barrel. The nylon brush comes in next to remove some of the smaller carbon buildups.

3. Gun Mops

In much the same way as the cleaning brush is used, a gun mop is made of cotton and its primary job is to remove moisture and condensation. The gun mop also gets anything that the brushes may have missed.

4. Cleaning Jags and Patch Holders

The cleaning uses a cotton cleaning patch on the center and is then inserted into the barrel. The great thing about these is that cleaning patches are dirt cheap, so you can afford to use as many as you need to clean the inside of y our barrel. Generally, they are sprayed with lubricating oil and then a dry patch is inserted to remove the oil.

5. Cotton Swabs

A tool most gun owners are familiar with, the good old cotton swab allows you to get into hard to reach places. These are the style of cotton swab you would see at a doctor’s office or veterinarian, not a standard Q-tip. They have a long wooden handle, which allows you to reach into the barrel more easily.

6. Double Ended Brushes

Very similar to the bronze brush used to clean the inside of your gun, these are toothbrush style brushes, only you don’t want to brush your teeth with these! They come with a variety of different bristle materials, including bronze, vinyl, aluminum and stainless steel. It’s best to experiment with each brush to find which ones you like best.

7. Gun Cleaning Mat

These can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. Basically what a gun cleaning mat does is prevents oils and carbon gunk from getting all over your house. You can use a piece of carpet for this task, or a high-quality cleaning mat with a parts tray, it’s up to you.

8. Gun Vice

Putting your $1,000 rifle into a regular vise might not be the best idea… A gun vise is specifically designed to not have sharp corners that can easily damage the wood and other parts of your firearm. The gun vise is used to hold your firearm perfectly still while you perform maintenance on it. While it may not be 100% necessary, most people that have one (including myself) use them for all full cleaning of long guns.

9. Gun Cleaning Box

Where’s the best place to put all your gun cleaning supplies? A good range box is worth its weight in gold. Something like the MTM Tactical Range Box comes with compartments to store all your cleaning supplies and includes forks for performing simple maintenance.

10. Carbon Removal Tools

This has become a very popular option for many AR owners. Removing carbon after firing a few hundred rounds is not an easy job. The Carbon removal tools are specifically designed to various model firearms. You simply spray your gun with cleaning solvent and let it soak in for a few minutes. Then scrape it with the carbon tool to remove anything in seconds.


The importance of cleaning and maintaining your firearms cannot be understated. If you’re good to your gun it will be good back to you. In this brief guide you learned the basic tools you need to take care of a wide variety of different firearms. If you’re looking to upgrade your gun cleaning gear, always remember to double check the size of the caliber of tools. Many people make the simple mistake of buying a tool, only to find it doesn’t fit their firearm.

About the Author

Frank is a firearms collector, gunsmith, and hunter. He runs the Gun Cleaning HQ, where you can learn everything about properly cleaning and maintaining your firearms and read reviews on the latest gun maintenance products.

FightLite​ ®​ Reveals Next Generation (Squad Automatic) MCR​ ®​ and Lightweight Polymer Ammo

FightLite​ ®​ Industries, a division of ARES Defense Systems​ ®​ Inc. located in Melbourne, Florida announces a development program for next generation, lightweight polymer ammunition to work in conjunction with its patented Dual-Feed​ TM​ Squad Automatic MCR​ ®​ (Mission Configurable Rifle).

In a radical departure from the directions of both case telescoped ammunition and conventional polymer ammunition, FightLite​ ®​ is pursuing an innovative development strategy for a 5​th generation hybrid cartridge that is projected to lighten ammunition weight by up to 30% and deliver reduced ammunition cost, while also supporting legacy infantry weapons and machine guns.

There are millions of 5.56mm and 7.62mm NATO weapons in both the US military and around the globe where users stand to benefit from a significant reduction in ammunition weight without sacrificing performance or reliability. FightLite​ ®​ Industries and its parent organization ARES Defense have been very successful with their outside-the-box approach to problem solving in the small arms business during the past 20 years.

The company’s flagship weapon is its 8.5 lb. select-fire Squad Automatic MCR​ ®​ that shares the excellent ergonomics of the M4A1 and feeds reliably from both M27-linked ammunition belts and standard M16 magazines at operator discretion. Featuring reliable gas-piston operation and a tool-less quick-change barrel system; the patented MCR​ ®​ is the lightest and most portable belt fed machine gun in the world. Suppressor and grenade launcher capable, its select-fire operation allows soldiers and contractors to quickly and accurately engage both point and area targets. And when coupled with FightLite’s finalized 5​ th​ Gen lightweight cartridge, the MCR​ ®​ and FightLite​ ®​ ammo combination will represent the lightest 5.56mm automatic rifle with full combat load available anywhere.

The select-fire FightLite​ ®​ MCR​ ®​ is derived from the ARES-16 AMG-2​ TM​ (Assault Machine Gun) that was selected for testing by the US Army’s Soldier Enhancement Program (SEP) and includes product enhancements that were made to the AMG-2​ TM​ following experience with M855A1 EPR ammunition and earlier military testing done during the Army’s AEWE Spiral H experiment at Fort Benning.

Such enhancements include further weapon weight reduction and simplification, a square shaped feed roller housing, a heat treated steel feed plate that reduces feed ramp wear from M855A1 steel tipped projectiles, refinements in the breech bolt lug profile, a reinforced charging handle assembly, the company’s highly effective RipBrake​ TM​ muzzle compensator, and a proprietary method of mitigating cookoff risk while maintaining a select-fire, closed bolt system of operation that is more accurate and user-friendly than standard open-bolt light machine guns. Some additional key elements of the MCR​ ®​ are that it shares a 52% part commonality with existing NSN components already in the government system and the core technology can retrofit to any MIL-Spec AR15, M16 or M4 type lower receiver; meaning that it is rearward compatible to the very first Colt Mod. 01 (M16) manufactured in 1960. These accomplishments reduce a military’s logistical footprint and costs including spare components and operator and armorer training. Additionally, the dual-feed MCR​ ®​ permits squad automatic rifle users to operate during the assault with 100 and 200 round magazines of M27-linked ammunition, but also retains the ability to reliably feed from 4179 STANAG (M16/M4) magazines from other squad members should linked ammunition run low during combat.

“The Army and some of our commercial customers have been interested in lightweight ammunition for quite some time, so our R&D team is pretty excited about the progress we’re making to finally solve the elusive lightweight ammunition equation for conventional rifles and machine guns,” says Geoffrey Herring, CEO of ARES Defense Systems​ ®​ . “We’re aware that various iterations of polymer cased ammunition have been introduced to the commercial market during the past several years, but we also know some of the setbacks they’ve experienced along the way such as ballistic underperformance, case melt, moisture absorption, case separation or deformation, and catastrophic failures when the heat or pressure is up. Most of the polymer ammunition manufacturers are employing first through third generation technology which can be predisposed to fail when subjected to rough handling, temperature extremes, environmental conditions, and the pressures necessary for full ballistic performance of modern rifle ammunition.”

Brass cased ammunition has been relied on for over 150 years and has presented many challenges for the arms industry to find an alternative material that accomplishes everything that a standard brass case does. In addition to providing a convenient capsule to house the bullet and components, keep the powder dry and reliably feed into the chamber, it is also a critical gas container that keeps the shooter safe from the 50,000-70,000 psi chamber pressure when the round is fired. When the malleable brass case expands against the chamber wall during obturation, it performs as a mechanical brake reducing bolt loading and embeds many impurities from the chamber such as grit, carbon or unburned propellant into the case body which is then extracted from the chamber in a semi self-cleaning arrangement. Since brass is an excellent thermal conductor, it also absorbs and removes with each shot a small amount of heat generated by the friction of the projectile traveling down the bore. It can be stored for extended periods of time and can tolerate temperature extremes such as freezing cold, rough handling, hazardous environmental conditions and water submersion. But some of the biggest strikes against it are weight and cost, and depending on the individual manufacturer the 12 to 20 step manufacturing process necessary to fabricate a single cartridge.

FightLite​ ®​ isn’t sharing any proprietary details at this stage about the (5​ th​ Generation) construction methods being privately developed in house with IRAD until its patents for the hybrid technology are solidified. But the FightLite​ ®​ R&D team is systematically addressing and overcoming the hurdles that have plagued early players in the lightweight ammunition space and is confident in its decision to pursue development of a lightweight cartridge that will also support legacy weapons in the US arsenal and NATO countries, and other users around the world.

“Our company’s approach to product development has always been to invest in inclusive technologies that benefit a greater consumer base as exemplified by our MCR​ ®​ being rearward compatible from today’s production M4A1 to the very first M16’s that the Army ever purchased. To date, our company has produced and delivered thousands of dual-feed MCR​ ®​ type upper receiver assemblies and rifles throughout the US and overseas, so we’re very comfortable with our product, its capabilities and the ability to produce it,” says Herring. “The primary objective for developing polymer ammunition is to additionally lighten the soldier’s ammunition load by at least 20% and we think that our hybrid case will be able to achieve that while maintaining safety and ballistic performance and also supporting legacy systems. We’ve already accomplished significant weight savings for the soldier with our squad automatic MCR​ ®​ which currently weighs 50% less than the current M249 and is 3-times more accurate as verified by US military testers during live fire exercises. In fact, our gun was so effective at improving the squad’s speed and mobility during our participation in the Army’s AEWE Spiral H experiment that there is soldier support on record for adding two additional weapons to the current 9-man squad for a total of two of our guns per fire team.”

No firm date is being stated at this time for delivery of FightLite​ ®​ 5.56mm hybrid ammunition to market. In the interim, FightLite​ ®​ Industries and its parent organization ARES Defense Systems​ ® will continue supplying its customers with its commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Squad Automatic MCR​ ®​ and AMG-2​ TM​ weapons which can currently use almost any of the billions of rounds of 5.56 NATO ammunition stockpiled throughout the world. Once the R&D cycle on FightLite​ ® 5.56mm hybrid ammunition is completed, the company will likely either seek mass production of the ammunition through established high-volume ammunition producers or consider licensing its next generation squad automatic rifle (NGSAR) and ammunition technology to one of the USA’s larger prime defense contractors.

About FightLite​ ®​ Industries
FightLite​ ®​ Industries is a division of ARES Defense Systems​ ®​ Inc., a privately held company that designs and manufactures lightweight and technologically advanced firearms and firearm accessories for Military, Law Enforcement, US civilian shooters and Foreign Governments.

Headquartered on the USA’s Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida, FightLite​ ®​ Industries is equipped with state-of-the-art CNC machining centers, 3-D solid-modeling and manufacturing CAD/CAM systems, a dedicated quality control department and an experienced manufacturing and design team that is committed to developing and manufacturing superior products for its customers. Engineered and manufactured with the highest quality American-made materials, FightLite​ ®​ products are produced on state-of-the-art CNC machining centers in an ultra-modern facility by a highly skilled workforce.

To learn more about FightLite​ ®​ Industries visit ​ http://www.FightLite.com​ . ​ Follow ​ FightLite​ ®​ Industrieson Facebook at ​ facebook.com/FightLite​ ​ , on Twitter ​ @FightLite​ and on Instagram @FightLite.Industries​ .

Notice:​ ​ FightLite​ ®​ , ARES Defense Systems​ ®​ and MCR​ ®​ are registered trademarks of ARES Defense Systems​ ®​ Inc.

Gunwerks Release The RevX Ten-Year Anniversary Long-Range Rifle

Gunwerks is excited to announce its latest rifle, the RevX. The new rifle delivers Gunwerks’ legendary long-range performance at less than half the price of its higher-end siblings. As with all Gunwerks’ products, each RevX is live-fire tested at Gunwerks’ Wyoming facility to test accuracy, cold bore shot behavior, and long range ballistic performance.

The field-test data that’s collected is included with each rifle as an individual ballistic data package. Also included is a coupon for a custom turret label, made specifically for the individual rifle by customturretsystems.com.

Every RevX long-range rifle arrives ready to shoot, out of the box. Pre-configured rifles come with the Nightforce SHV scope—zeroed and calibrated. If the customer prefers, they can have their RevX dealer mount the optic of the customer’s choice.

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How To Choose The Best Hunting Vehicle

For every activity picking up the best equipment has been a matter of knowledge and intelligence. Your activity can be super adventurous if you take right machinery with you.

Hunting activity is dependent on the style of hunting and equipment used. Hunting can be done near you as well as by traveling a long distance. “While hunting season right around the corner, it’s time to get your hunting vehicle ready to go.”

As no equipment is perfectly designed, it cannot be said as this vehicle is perfect for you or that one. Conditions in which you are going to hunt as in whether it is high mountains or open plains or even near to a waterfall will assists you in finding out which vehicle can be best suited for you to take you up to your destination place.

Here is a listing did for you all to get some help in finding out the best hunting vehicle for you:

  • A number of members: First of all, you have to line up the members that are going to accompany you on a hunting trip. When you are done with it, you can select your vehicle which can accommodate them all.

  • Pocket-friendly: You should go for the vehicle that suits your wallet. Picking up the best one after taking all your requirements in your mind within your budget is a matter of skill but hold on-don’t get you into trouble by getting the cheap quality vehicle just for the sake of money saving.

  • Destination: Keeping your destination path in your mind, go by the vehicle that is easy to drive on the path that leads to your destination place. Small vehicles like scooter can be preferred if you are going on a plane surface but if your track is too icy or rocky, you should always seek for a four wheel drive.

  • Cargo: For any outdoor activity, a lot of stuff has to be carried. Your selected vehicle should be able to intake all the cargo being small or big easily. Remember if your destination is far away; always choose a vehicle that is comfortable to carry your cargo as well as your colleagues in a relaxing manner.

  • Fuel Economy: Unless you are a billionaire, you should always take up this point in your consideration while determining the leading vehicle for your adventure. The vehicle that uses less fuel should be preferred over others.

  • Size: It is a big-sized vehicle can be a little problematic for you to handle in rocky or icy areas. You should favor up the vehicle that is handy to be driven even in the most difficult paths.

  • Manual or electric: While the manual vehicle is safe to handle there are electric vehicles also which are smooth enough to be driven in hilly areas. If you are comfortable electric vehicle driver, you must go for it.

  • Later Use: Vehicle should be the one that can be taken into use in your daily life. If you pick up the vehicle that is exclusively for this purpose than it can prove to be a wastage of your money unless you are ok with it. As these outdoor activities are taken up once in a while, the vehicle should be preferred which is easily taken into your service regularly.

To make your trip exciting, you must not forget to keep a safety tool kit in your bags. “Prevention is better than cure.” Make a list of all crucial items and the list of automotive parts that you require for the trip so that you do not miss anything at the last moment and your trip can be a fruitful and memorable one.