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  • POF-USA P415 Edge Pistol takes virtually unstoppable P415 to a new level. Thanks to five-position SB Tactical SBA3 arm brace, P415 can be had in a short-barrel configuration with ease.

    SHORT BARREL, BIG PERFORMANCE: POF-USA P415 Edge Pistol

    Photos by Josh Locatis The wait is finally over. Patriot Ordnance Factory (POF-USA) has entered the AR pistol market, and in a big way. The company is now offering all its models in compact pistol variants. As a result, the company’s Renegade, Renegade+, P415, P308, and award-winning Revolution can now be had in short-barreled configurations

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  • Frank Martello of Trijicon checks SAINT group. Groups were fired with Lead Sled and Trijicon MRO. Black Hills Ammo was used to establish zero and accuracy baseline.

    SAINT OR SINNER? Springfield Armory SAINT Pistol in .300 BLK

    I was scratching my hairless head trying to figure out how another AR platform could be so successful in a field inundated with numerous variations on Eugene Stoner’s military rifle. The Springfield Armory (SA) SAINT™ AR-15 rifle is a rookie in a population of very mature antecedents, but it has rapidly captured a much respected

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  • Good shot placement is possible at ten yards when bracing Inland .30 Carbine pistol on vehicle window edge.

    LONG GUNS: Rifle-Caliber Pistols Without Arm Braces

    Last month in this space, I wrote about the trend of using rifle-caliber pistols with arm braces. I pointed out their advantages and tactical uses. In this column, I want to discuss the same type of pistol but without the arm brace. I’ve tested a half dozen of these rifle-caliber pistols, shooting them as if

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  • Minuteman puts out a lot of heat in a very small area. Cast iron works incredibly well with the stove. While this may limit portability even more, it adds to stove’s overall efficiency and safety.

    AGAINST ALL ODDS: Portable Emergency Stoves

    More survival and camp stoves are on the market than ever before. They range from large, heavy tent style to small bottle stoves that weigh only a few ounces. It’s challenging to sift through all the options and find something that fits every need. When it comes to camping and survival, wood-burning stoves are generally

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  • Portion of author’s pantry, with home and commercially canned food.

    PRIORITIES FOR PREPPERS: From Gasoline to Gardens

    I recently ran into an acquaintance at a gun show. He moved here a couple years ago from the east coast, bought 60 acres and a nice house up in the hills, and got interested in preparedness. He launched into telling me about his newest purchase, a .338 Lapua with the Hubble Telescope mounted on

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  • U.S. Air Force officer builds fire to help combat frostbite and hypothermia during SERE exercise. Knowing how to build a fire is one of the most important survival skills. Photo: U.S Air Force

    OFFBEAT: C’mon Baby, Light My (Survival) Fire

    The ability to start a fire is a key factor in surviving in the wild. It can mean the difference between life and death. The conditions won’t be ideal. You need redundant ignition methods to ensure at least one works in any environment. THE SURVIVAL LIGHTER A good lighter cannot be matched for its all-around

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WeaponsShow More

  • POF-USA P415 Edge Pistol takes virtually unstoppable P415 to a new level. Thanks to five-position SB Tactical SBA3 arm brace, P415 can be had in a short-barrel configuration with ease.

    SHORT BARREL, BIG PERFORMANCE: POF-USA P415 Edge Pistol

    Photos by Josh Locatis The wait is finally over. Patriot Ordnance Factory (POF-USA) has entered the AR pistol market, and in a big way. The company is now offering all its models in compact pistol variants. As a result, the company’s Renegade, Renegade+, P415, P308, and award-winning Revolution can now be had in short-barreled configurations

    Read more »

  • Frank Martello of Trijicon checks SAINT group. Groups were fired with Lead Sled and Trijicon MRO. Black Hills Ammo was used to establish zero and accuracy baseline.

    SAINT OR SINNER? Springfield Armory SAINT Pistol in .300 BLK

    I was scratching my hairless head trying to figure out how another AR platform could be so successful in a field inundated with numerous variations on Eugene Stoner’s military rifle. The Springfield Armory (SA) SAINT™ AR-15 rifle is a rookie in a population of very mature antecedents, but it has rapidly captured a much respected

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  • Training drills involving simulated cover such as EVTC range vehicle allowed FN 509 Tactical to be evaluated in dynamic settings with rapid strings of fire.

    EVOLUTION AT WORK: FN 509 Tactical

    Photos by Ethan Burgreen Recent events illustrate what a dangerous world we inhabit, with terrorist attacks increasing in frequency. If a hostile situation is encountered, a citizen will most likely be defending themselves with a handgun, which is a compromise between portability and performance. Successful handgun designs constantly evolve. This is for a variety of

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  • Good shot placement is possible at ten yards when bracing Inland .30 Carbine pistol on vehicle window edge.

    LONG GUNS: Rifle-Caliber Pistols Without Arm Braces

    Last month in this space, I wrote about the trend of using rifle-caliber pistols with arm braces. I pointed out their advantages and tactical uses. In this column, I want to discuss the same type of pistol but without the arm brace. I’ve tested a half dozen of these rifle-caliber pistols, shooting them as if

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  • 12-gauge Mossberg 590 Shockwave is non-NFA alternative to short-barrel breaching shotguns. Though not considered a shotgun under Federal law, state and local laws may vary.

    KNOCK, KNOCK: Ballistic Breaching with Shotguns

    Speed is essential in any dynamic entry. Breaching must be both rapid and effective. A variety of methods—mechanical, thermal, explosive, and ballistic—may be employed depending on what is to be breached and the tactical situation. From a military perspective, since combat has migrated toward military operations in urban terrain (MOUT), ballistic-breaching operations have increased. Ballistic

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  • Tala Arthur, Judo Black Belt and Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu 4-stripe purple belt, works through immediate-action drills with author. Tala has intercepted author's lunge using Red Zone Dive-and-Drive technique prior to establishing two-handed grip known as the Handcuff on his wrist.

    CLOSE-QUARTERS KNIFE ATTACKS: Red Zone Threat Management Knife Defense Program

    “If some skeevy guy attacks me with a knife, I will simply draw my pistol and shoot him.” Good luck with that, unless said knife-wielding miscreant is well beyond contact distance, intoxicated, stupid, or just wants to die (“suicide by cop”). Almost everyone else most likely wants to threaten, injure, or kill us without getting

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  • Hornady RAPiD Vehicle Safe mounted in vehicle with lid open showing presentation of handgun. For easy access, RAPiD Vehicle Safe presents handgun as lid opens. RAPiD Safe is designed to fit duty-size or smaller handguns. Photo: Hornady

    SAFE AND SECURE ON THE ROAD: Hornady RAPiD Vehicle Safe

    Firearms security is your responsibility, and you should do everything you can to keep your guns out of the wrong hands. Whenever your firearm is not under your immediate control, it should be securely stored and out of sight. There are times when we must temporarily store our gun in our car or truck. Locking

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  • Popular Spyderco Para 3 is now available with a tough non-reflective Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) blade coating that's bonded to the premium CPM S30V stainless steel blade. It's practical and tactical. Looks great too.

    THE CUTTING EDGE: Newest Spyderco Para 3

    The Para 3™ is the latest generation of the Spyderco Para Military™ line of folding knives. With the Para 3, Spyderco took the time-proven features and functionality that have made the iconic Para Military™ 2—one of Spyderco’s best-selling knives—and put them into a more compact, all-purpose cutting tool that’s perfect for everyday carry. The Para

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  • Minimalist Belt Pad worn over gym shorts and t-shirt. It can be quickly donned and makes it easy to keep defensive tools in close proximity.

    LAWFUL CARRY Wilder Tactical Belt System

    In 1980, I accosted a home intruder at zero dark thirty in my living room. I was wearing a bathrobe and nothing else (I apologize if that mental image is difficult for the reader to bear) and armed with a Ruger Security .357 Magnum revolver with six-inch barrel. I held the burglar at gunpoint for

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  • Violent crimes happen to tourists daily on the mean streets of Guerrero, Mexico.

    AGAINST ALL ODDS: Survival Travel: Fighting Back!

    Fighting back against an attacker may be as simple as grabbing something close by and utilizing it—fast! Most big cities worldwide have crime. Situations with locals preying upon obvious tourists often end in some sort of physical conflict. This could be an encounter with a casual pickpocket or overaggressive local where you have to fight.

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  • STREET SMARTS: Signing Off

    My law enforcement career lasted 30 years in total, I’ve only owned three houses in my life, my last vehicle had almost 200,000 miles at trade-in, and my local newspaper outdoor column has run continually since 1989. My history here at S.W.A.T. shows similar longevity. According to my records, the first Street Smarts column was

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  • Even in the middle of the night in your own home, positive identification of the target is necessary to prevent tragedy.

    GOOD GUYS WIN! Second Amendment in Action

    Counselling Resistance It was about 10pm on a Wednesday in November when the proprietor of a counselling service in north Sacramento, California had a routine evening interrupted by an unexpected intruder. A masked man brandishing a gun and demanding money entered the business, which is located in an office park. But the tables were quickly

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