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  • Hurricane Irma: Lessons Learned

    Preparedness is not a hobby practiced by the lunatic fringe in advance of a zombie apocalypse or biblical end times. Preparedness is a sensible lifestyle choice for anyone who wants to survive the array of natural disasters that strike the United States every year. 2017 was particularly brutal, with devastating wildfires over several Western states,

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  • Against All Odds: ESEE Knives Survival Kits

    Months ago, I started looking for the best packable survival kit. Searching high and low brought many results, but none of the kits had experience and support behind the design of the products. Most included a basic medical kit or were military surplus kits that had been made 20 years ago and long since expired.

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  • Long Guns: Ruger 10/22 Takedown Rifle

    As a child, I remember listening to my Grandmother tell stories about my Grandfather, who had a rural mail route. His horse knew the route, so he could leave the animal to navigate the country lanes most of the time. According to his tales, he tucked his .22 rifle behind the seat and many evenings

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  • Hurricane Irma: Lessons Learned

    Preparedness is not a hobby practiced by the lunatic fringe in advance of a zombie apocalypse or biblical end times. Preparedness is a sensible lifestyle choice for anyone who wants to survive the array of natural disasters that strike the United States every year. 2017 was particularly brutal, with devastating wildfires over several Western states,

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  • HOMELAND SECURITY: Measures To Make Your Home Safer

    For most of us, our homes are a sacred place of peace and comfort and hopefully the one setting where we can shut out the stress and madness of the outside world. Home is also where we shelter our families, make memories, and find some level of rest, tranquility and refuge. But what happens when

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  • Going Retro: Bolt Guns for Preppers

    “When we get to the end of the world as we know it, the last man standing on the slag heap will be a gray-haired guy with a Model 98 Mauser.” — Louis Awerbuck Bolt-action rifles became the world’s military standard in the 1890s but are older than that, some dating to the mid-1800s. Sportsmen

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  • Long Guns: Ruger 10/22 Takedown Rifle

    As a child, I remember listening to my Grandmother tell stories about my Grandfather, who had a rural mail route. His horse knew the route, so he could leave the animal to navigate the country lanes most of the time. According to his tales, he tucked his .22 rifle behind the seat and many evenings

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  • ROBAR Custom Rc-1911EAG: A Fitting Tribute to Pat Rogers

    As S.W.A.T. readers know, Pat Rogers’ passing in 2016 left a gaping hole in the industry, the training community, and among countless “good guys” who considered him a friend, mentor, and role model. There have been many small efforts to memorialize Pat in a more lasting way than the frequent unprompted memories that many of

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  • INTEGRALLY SUPPRESSED PISTOL: SilencerCo Maxim 9

    If testing a handgun were a gymnastic event, SilencerCo’s Maxim 9 integrally suppressed pistol would earn a perfect 10 for style but a lowly 2 for the compulsories.

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  • The God Squad: Protecting Houses of Worship

    Americans are fast learning that churches are particularly vulnerable to the actions of murderous criminal actors. Motivations vary and include robbery, domestic spillover, personal conflict, mental illness, political differences, and religious bias.

  • GUNS, NOT DRUGS: Inexpensive Shooting Solutions

    I read a meme recently that said something like, “Teach your kids to shoot and they won’t have money for drugs.” We can all laugh at that because there’s a bit of truth to it. Guns are expensive. Ammo’s expensive. And let’s not forget about everything else we’re spending money on. But we can get

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  • FIVE-YARD ROUNDUP: Timed Close-Up Shooting Drill

    As I work with different groups of shooters and organizations, I routinely see a significant training gap: solid hits under realistic time pressure at relatively close range. A compelling body of evidence from anecdotal as well as organizational studies shows that the fight is likely to happen with the interested parties separated only by a few steps.

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  • Offbeat: Blue Force Gear Marking Light Stick Dispenser

    Anyone who has ever had to deal with multiple chemical light stick deployments in a tactical operation knows how time consuming and what a pain in the you-know-what that can be. Blue Force Gear® (BFG) changed all that with its innovative and very cool new Marking and Recognition Chemstick Dispenser (MARCO™) marking light stick dispenser.

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  • Lawful Carry: Personalized Gun Leather by Savoy Leather

    I have been writing for S.W.A.T. for over 16 years and have seen many holsters—some very good, others not worth the plastic bag I carried them home in. A holster has to do several things to make it functional. First, it needs to hold the weapon securely. Second, it must be quickly accessible—it does no

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  • “PUFF!” Gemtech MIST-22 Suppressor

    Remember when there were no such things as ear protectors, and we stuck empty brass or Kleenex in our ears? If not, you surely recall the days before battery-powered auto-shut-off hearing protectors. Then again, you might not want to be reminded of your age, but just remember, only the lucky ones grow old—and deaf. I

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  • Against All Odds: ESEE Knives Survival Kits

    Months ago, I started looking for the best packable survival kit. Searching high and low brought many results, but none of the kits had experience and support behind the design of the products. Most included a basic medical kit or were military surplus kits that had been made 20 years ago and long since expired.

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  • Street Smarts: Guns and Kids

    Now that I’ve officially earned my field commission as a Grandfather First Class, the subject of children and firearms takes on a new importance. Not that firearms safety was ever an afterthought in our house when the kids were young. But now, faced with a whole new generation of concern and worries, I’ve started to

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  • Frontline Debriefs: Retirement Events

    At some point in time, if you hang in there long enough, you may retire from a career in law enforcement, and hopefully it will be with a sense of satisfaction and a degree of accomplishment. Now there are retirements and there are retirements. Some individuals are immensely popular with their colleagues, and the event

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