MT Chamber Flags

MT Chamber Flags

Gun safety is the most important foundation to our hobby. Sometimes a product comes along that is so simple and easy to use, it makes using firearms safely almost idiotproof. I say almost, because anything can happen. However when handling a firearm, at least a semi-automatic handgun or rifle where accidents and negligence are more prone, and chamber flag can guarantee that a firearm has been inspected, is cleared, and is safe to handle.

MT Chamber Flags

Chamber flags aren't a new invention, they've been around what seems like forever. Often they will come packaged with a firearm from the factory, and many gun owners either leave them in the box, or cast them aside like the safety locks they probably have dozens of. Even though many gun owners don't use chamber flags, many shooting ranges require flags to be used so that Range Officers or other shooters can all verify firearms on the bench are clear, empty, and inert before proceeding downrange to check targets, with the peace of mind there aren't any accidentally loaded firearms pointing at their backs.
I believe the generic chamber flags are inherently too small, serving more as a chamber block than an actual flag to visibly signal the firearm's status around the vicinity. Fortunately there is a better designed alternative chamber flag that does a much better job.

MT Chamber Flags

M-T Chamber has created a chamber flag that is highly visible because of it's length, and integral pull handle that increases the visible surface area from 360 degrees around the firearm. MT Chamber flags also come in two caliber ranges, fitting either 380-40 caliber chambers with the SBT 380/40, or 45 auto and .223 (AR15) chambers with the SBT 45/AR15. This gives the user the ability to toss either or both chamber flags in their bag and utilize for nearly any semi-auto firearm while at the range.

MT Chamber Flags

Chamber flags aren't just useful at the range. FFL's and gun shops often use a chamber block or similar device to keep guns in the glass counter clear and safe, and easily inspectable at a glance. Also law enforcement need ways to keep found or seized guns cleared or identified as inspected and cleared in a fast efficient manner so they can do the task at hand. The MT Chamber Flag accomplishes all of the above much better than other flags on the market today.



MT Chamber Flags


I tried the MT Chamber flags in just about every semiauto firearm I own, and while the pros are very apparent (high visible, multi caliber compatibility) there are a few cons that keep my review from glowing as brightly as the flags themselves. The plastic construction is very flexible and somewhat soft. In fact, if you let the slide / bolt close with the full force of the spring, there will start to be chew marks into the back of the flag. While some normal wear and tear won't effect the performance of the flag, I would recommend assisting the bolt or slide close more softly to get the most longevity for your dollar. My only other gripe is that the flags don't have any indication as to their caliber range incorporated into the mold. Instead of having the logo and website on both sides, it would have been nice to have the model number or at least calibers on the flags themselves. Other than that, the MT Chamber flags are a decent evolution of the safety device that many of us overlook.

Firearms Insider Reviews – 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:  The M-T Chamber is the only product currently on the market that is visible from 360 degrees, and guarantees a firearm has been inspected, unloaded, and is safe when properly installed into the chamber.

Target Market:  Police departments, shooting ranges, CPL instructors, and homeowners.

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Will work in most semi-auto handguns and rifles given the correct chamber diameter.
  • The STB-380/40 fits handgun .380 caliber or larger.
  • The STB-AR15/45 will work in any AR-15 style weapon and also in .45 caliber or larger semi-automatic handgun.
  • Protrudes more than other standard chamber flags for better visibility

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: Available in many different colors Safety orange is standard.

What others are saying?:

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Price point:

I need it now! Availability:

Our Rating:


  • High visibility when chambered in pistols and semi-auto rifles
  • Length of flag offers visibility in AK-47 chamber
  • Multi calber compatibility


  • Polymer is very flexible / can bend flag completely over
  • Polymer is soft and will easily deform/wear over time with rough use
  • No indication of caliber range/model molded into flag itself

Score: 7.0 Good



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TAB Gear SASR Suppressor Cover Review

TAB Gear SASR Suppressor Cover Nobody really talks about the obstacles of owning a suppressor AFTER all the red tape and legal hurdles. There's not like a brochure out there telling you what to expect after getting your Form 4 back and using the can, its just "put it on, shoot quieter... take it off, shoot louder." If you are careful enough to read the instructions that should have came with your muzzle muffler, you'd read it says IT GETS HOT after medium to heavy use. It only takes about 140 degrees Fahrenheit to start causing tissue damage to your skin. After rapid firing a mag or two worth of 5.56, that can is gonna be hot to the touch, and if your smart enough to not handle it with bare hands but set it in your case, in a rifle bag, or let any fabric touch the can, it will melt.

This happens a lot more than you think. It really depends on the caliber you are suppressing, and the amount of consecutive shots fired without letting the can cool down. Even on a .308 bolt gun, the can will get pretty warm after 6-8 rounds fired without a cool down. Yes, you could just wear gloves which is recommended anyway, but the heat radiating from the suppressor also has another biproduct: mirage.

Mirage is an optical illusion caused by the refraction of light by heated air. It's something long range shooters learn to manage when it occurs between your position and the target. However when there's a hot tube on the end of your barrel, it will produce a mirage right in front of your scope, obscuring your view of your target through an optic. There are two ways to deal with it: Let your rifle and suppressor cool down more frequently between shots, or get a cover for your can that will help insulate and disperse the heat.

In researching whats out there on the market, seeing prices, scooping my jaw off the desk, and then selecting a cover that will best suit my needs (.308 bolt gun, at most firing strings of 5-6 rounds within a minute or so) I opted for the TAB Gear SASR Suppressor Cover. It was in the lower price range of the other systems that are out there, and the size was customizable. I noticed some others come in pre sized lengths and diameters, none of which would have fit my AAC Cyclone.

The SASR is sewn with NOMEX Thread 1000 D Cordura and is claimed to withstand 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. There really is no front or rear to the cover, so it can be installed in either direction and work equally well. The TAB GEAR SASR cover can be slid either to the rear, or off the front of the can to allow faster cooling.

The SASR cover can be ordered to cover only as much of the can as needed. If there is a quick release mechanism that the you want to leave exposed for quick access,  you simply list the length desired when placing your order. The preset lengths on the website aren't 100% accurate so TAB encourages you to leave the exact manufacturer specs (length and outer diameter) in the notes of your order. You also get to choose how it secures, either velcro or bungee cordage. I went with the cordage, as it could be adjusted and really tightened down, plus if you need to conceal it with foliage you could weave greenery around it.

Okay fine, it looks more tactical... you got me!

One important fact is TAB Gear will by default subtract 1/4" off the size you specify. The reason is after use, heating up, and removal/reinstallation of the cover over time, it has been known to stretch that much. Also its good to leave some margin at the front in case you don't have the cover tightened enough, and it inches forward under recoil. If the cover protrudes past the muzzle of the suppressor either from incorrect length ordered or stretching (or under recoil it shifts forward) you can actually shred the inner material of the cover, or even better launch the cover downrange. As hilarious as that would be to watch (someone else do it) thats a waste of your investment.

That said, the SASR cover has held up well on my Cyclone. It helps hinder mirage especially on hot sunny days with direct sunlight right on the can. It also helps keep your can from taking surface damage, either from rolling around the bench onto the ground, or when you shove it into your safe. I wish suppressor companies would provide a cover pro-bono as part of your investment, but the TAB SASR is reasonable in price to pick up anyway.

You can choose between colors of the standard tactical rainbow: Black, OD Green, Coyote Brown,  Kryptek, and Multicam. There can be a long period of waiting for your order since each one is fabricated from scratch to fit your specs, so if you are ordering for multiple cans, I would be prepared to be patient. My order of just one only took about 7 business days, and I was pleased.

Note: TAB Gear specifically warns .223/5.56 cal users that their current products are not recommended for long strings or rapid fire! They are in the process of developing new products that will meet the needs of this type of operation. I can think of two reasons why, no "recoil shelf" to ensure the cover won't slip off during rapid fire. And to, it can get very very hot and you can get to a point of failure if you try hard enough/have enough ammo to blow through. To understand better, watch this video. You may not be shooting a full auto SAW, but its not difficult to dump a bunch of mags in a row and get the can hot enough to sizzle.

Also be aware that with shorter barrel AR pistols or SBRs, the heat factor will also be increased.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Protects you, your can, and your equipment while preventing mirage from obscuring your site picture after multiple shots

Target Market: Suppressor owners

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product)

  • Custom crafted to fit your specific suppressor
  • Sewn with NOMEX Thread 1000 D Cordura Outer Shell Inner shell to withstand 1800 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Choice of bungee cord or velcro for fastening
What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  Black, OD Green, Coyote Brown, Kryptek Highlander, Multicam

What others are saying?: "The reason the TAB cover melts is because the outer fabric is Cordura. I melted one years ago and Tony replaced it, no questions asked, but shortly after he let everyone know that the cover was not adequate for rapid fire/full-auto with 5.56. I think with some effort you could get the same results in semi auto .308 as well. I don't know anything about the Bowers cover but if you eliminate the Cordura it won't melt. Unfortunately, without the Cordura you won't get the Multicam NAMBLA love fest at the range. " Ian187 User

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability: Readily available at TAB Gear

Our Rating:


  • Price is competitive enough for my intended use on a bolt action .308, maybe some 300 blackout from an AR Pistol.
  • Insulation keeps can safe to handle even when bare metal of suppressor is too hot to touch.
  • TAB has good customer service, if you order the wrong size or melt the cover under normal operation (not bumpfiring your 7 inch SBR for 5-7 magazines) they will take care of you


  • Not rated for rapid fire of .223 / 5.56 (possible overheat and melting, slipping off muzzle and getting shot, or both)
  • Cordura material seems to have lower melting point than other materials you'll see on the market (silicone)

Score: 7.0 Good



Wiley X Sabre Advanced Shooting Glasses Review

Eye protection is something that most people take for granted. I wear prescription glasses and have for years just wore them when shooting. Last year I decided it was time to get some proper shooting glasses to give me adequate protection. In the past nothing had ever happened to make me think about it. However a while ago I was shooting my Thompson Contender with some older rounds, I had the back of a case blowout and it peppered my face a bit. So I started looking for shooting glasses that allowed me to have a prescription and without breaking the bank. I came across Wiley X, high quality, reasonable cost and versatile. They offer many styles and lens colors. I took a liking to the Wiley X Sabre Advanced Shooting glasses line. It has a nice wrap-around design with interchangeable lenses. The lens choices are clear, grey, light rust, yellow and vermilion. I chose the three lens pack with light grey, rust and vermilion plus I bought a set of clear. This way I have two frames to put my favorite lenses in and swap the prescription inserts. The inserts are $20 plus the cost of the lenses from you local eye doctor.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key PointsMM-WileyX 2

Claim to Fame: Used by the military, high quality lenses and reasonably priced.

Target Market: Shooter and all those who like to do activities outdoors.

FNB's (features and benefits of this product):

  • Exceeds VO Ballistic Impact test MIL-PRF-31013
  • Patented adjustable Saber Temples can be customized for length or replaced with tactical strap
  • 3.0 mm selenite polycarbonate interchangeable lenses for distortion free clarity
  • Ultra foam brow bar prevents debris and sweat from entering field-of-view

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  Interchangeable colored lenses.  WileyX

What others are saying?:

  • Amazon Reviews
  • Tactical Gear Reviews
  • WileyX Customer Reviews : I went to Afghanistan, was in a convoy and got ambushed. The insurgents shot an RPG into the back of our Hummvee which caused shrapnel to hit me in the head. Due to me wearing the PT1's none of the pieces hit my eyes. I'm recovering now from my wounds, but I just wanted to say thank you for those glasses. If I hadn't been wearing them I might have lost an eye. 1SG David

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability:  Readily available on-line at places like Optics Planet and Amazon.

Our Rating:

+ Look Cool + Interchangeable lenses + Prescription inserts

- Lenses kinda hard to change - Inserts sit a little close to eye.

Score: 8.0 Great80


Ares Armor Gavel Ambidextrous Safety Selector


IMG_4456When I got the Ares Armor Gavel out of the package I realized that there were two different sized safety selectors. I also noticed the sprocket design that allows the user to mount it at an angle that is easy and comfortable for them. As long as you can take something apart and put it back together you should have no problem installing this on your own rifle. It even comes with the tool to screw it together (as it should). Once you have the shaft installed then it’s time to figure out how you want it set up. The safety selectors can be mounted in 30 degree increments and they’re swappable.

IMG_4457I liked having it mounted so that when it was disengaged, the selector was vertical. I can manipulate the small one with my dominant hand so I like to have the larger one mounted on my offside. I found it to be easier to use with my offhand. It’s also designed to be a short throw safety selector. You only have to actuate it 55 degrees instead of the regular 90. The only thing that I didn’t like was that the safety selectors were made of polymer. I’m sure that they’re strong and will last for a long time, it just takes some time to get used to. I have recommended it to everyone I know with an AR and some friends without one.

Firearms Insider Reviews

Claim to Fame: Ambidextrous short throw safety selector.


Target Market: Anyone with an AR-15  or AR-10

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product) Made of lightweight polymer. Shorter throw than regular safeties. 100% American made Many angles to set it to user preference.

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available? It’s only available in black. why would you want it any other way?

What others are saying? “...I'd suggest it to those building a lower or looking to upgrade their current set-up. ”-Zog117 “...overall an excellent upgrade…”-Hunter

Price point (MSRP versus actual retail) IMG_4454MSRP = $40.00 Retail = $40.00

I need it now! Availability: Either try eBay or grab one from

Our Rating (What we say about it) + Installation is super easy + It comes with the necessary tools to install it + the piece that goes inside your AR is metal + Ambidextrous + Different sides are interchangeable and one is smaller than the other + Quicker to disengage the safety + Many angles to mount the safety selector - Actual safety selector made of polymer, feels cheap(performs great though)




Score 9.0 Amazing