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As it turns out, “3” is Reed Knight III, or Trey as he’s more commonly known, and is the son of the owner and founder of Knight’s Armament Company (KAC), located in Titusville, Florida.

Right side of KAC SR15-E3 carbine as outfited by author for class

Knight’s Armament should need no introduction to recent veterans or aficionados of the platform, as it is the maker of the railed forend found on current issue U.S. Army M4s and USMC M16s.

Knight’s was the originator of the railed forend and is still the current supplier to the military, having sold over 500,000 to the U.S. government.

Trey was a man on a mission—to announce and promote Knight’s revived interest in the commercial firearms market. Trey had his work cut out for him, as over the years Knight’s has gained a reputation for turning a somewhat cold shoulder to the commercial firearms and accessories market. Fans of Knight’s will tell you that this was due to their being overwhelmed with military orders, while detractors say that they “just didn’t care.” Whatever the case, Trey was, and is, setting out to change that perception and was also announcing the commercial release of the new Knight’s Armament SR-15 E3, Knight’s newest version of the AR-15 carbine.

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You’ve just sat down to a relaxing cold bottle of something. You’re ready for an hour’s R&R when—wham!—it hits you. And totally wrecks your peace of mind. The “it” I’m talking about is the weight of the world. Maybe this sort of thing never happens to you. If so, good for you and go enjoy the rest of S.W.A.T. with my blessing. But if you’re a regular reader of this column, or a political activist, or even just a person…

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Can we just stop all this surviving for a minute or two? I’ve decided that the most overused word in the English language has changed from “tactical” then to “extreme” and now finally to “survival.” As Exhibit A, take a look at the cable television schedule. Every program that isn’t about talentless wealthy people having lunch (see Keeping Up With the Kardashians) or inbred hillbillies doing wacky hillbilly things seems to be about outdoor survival. I’ve been in the woods…

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One issue I have intentionally avoided examining in this corner has been sighted vs non-sighted (“instinctive”) handgun fire. That’s because my experience has shown the debate has pretty clearly been decided in favor of utilizing those funny little bumps on the end of the barrel during close-range interpersonal deadly force conflicts. But sometimes even the most obvious notions need to be pulled out of the cabinet and dusted off, so here goes. I have a few friends and a significant…

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Guns are like politicians. You hope you get a straight shooter, but you never really know what’s going on inside. It’s a coin toss as to which is worse—a rotten politician or an unreliable firearm, because either way you’re screwed. So while a gun is manmade and will therefore break sooner or later, until the actual moment of mechanical failure, a firearm has to work flawlessly every single time. If it doesn’t, it is unreliable—period. If it malfunctions once out…

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Well, I hope you’re happy: the EMP event has finally occurred, widespread looting and race wars have started, zombies have risen from the grave, Canada has invaded the U.S., dogs and cats are living together in sin, and your mother-in-law just announced she’s moving in for six months.

It’s time to bug out.

You quickly but carefully gather up all your supplies, medications, communications gear, assorted family members and lesser animals, a sack full of gold sovereigns, and enough firepower to overthrow most Caribbean countries, then egress via your fully tricked-out Bug Out Vehicle to your secret mountain hideaway to await the coming apocalypse.

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Whether formally declared by our “leaders” or not, make no mistake that the world is at war.

Police officers have been assassinated while sitting in their patrol cars, and publishers have been murdered for having the audacity to print a caricature.

And race baiters continue to drive a wedge between private citizens and peace officers while padding their own checkbooks. While the mainstream media was oh so politically correct, lumping all the gatherings together as demonstrations, there were also riots—and anyone with two active brain cells saw it with their own eyes.

How do you protect yourself and your loved ones in dangerous times? You may enroll in shooting courses, and you may even take some tactical courses (no, they are not the same thing). But when all is said and done, what will serve you best are increasing your situational awareness and developing the right mindset.

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Bad advice is replete throughout the shooting industry. I caution individuals not to adhere to advice rendered by those not qualified to do so.

This would seem to follow along the lines of common sense in just about any profession one could envision. Yet it does not seem to be the case when it comes to tactics, shooting techniques and, more importantly, the application of deadly force itself.

I have been in this game for some time now. I have seen many off-line techniques and listened to even more off-line philosophies. If one does not possess a certain degree of humor, life is indeed a more difficult proposition to get through, which is why my sense of humor is now a bit more refined with experienced seasoning.

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