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  • Against All Odds: EDC Trauma Kit Basics

    Everyone should carry a med kit. If you have made the choice to responsibly carry a firearm for defense, it’s irresponsible not to have the tools to render aid as well. A med kit should be lightweight, compact, and easy to use. It needs to be convenient to carry on your person. When life is… Read more »

  • Mossberg 590 Shockwave: Short-barreled 12-gauge Revolution

    The Mossberg® 590® ShockwaveTM is one of the hottest new firearms to hit the market in 2017. That’s not at all surprising, since the Shockwave offers shooters a compact, 14-inch-barreled 12-gauge reminiscent of the legendary Witness Protection Shotgun of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) but with no NFA (National Firearms Act) restrictions, as confirmed in… Read more »

  • Training and Tactics: I Am the Bullet

    I am the bullet—and I have no conscience. You will treat me with respect because, once I leave, you have no control over my actions. Once I’m gone, I will do as I please, governed only by the laws of physics. And the next time you see me, I will have done my work, bringing… Read more »

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  • Water Storage Essentials: What To Do Before the Tap Runs Dry

    During a disaster, one of the most significant problems you’re likely to face is the lack of clean drinking water. People living in highly congested urban areas are especially vulnerable, since municipal water supplies can be contaminated or may stop flowing altogether.

  • Packing for the Apocalypse: Realistic Planning for Defensive Firearms

    This is written for apocalyptic times, when open combat might be present in our country. It could happen as a result of an attack on our Constitution by an out-of-control president, a nuclear event, pandemic, geothermal event, or EMP. Regardless, things will get unfriendly quickly.

  • Off-Grid Comms: Text and GPS via Smartphone with goTenna

    Smartphones can now be found just about everywhere on the planet. It’s no exaggeration to say that these incredible devices have changed everything, especially how we communicate. As device functionality and cell service reliability have increased, so has our dependence on this technology. But what happens when there’s no service?

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  • Mossberg 590 Shockwave: Short-barreled 12-gauge Revolution

    The Mossberg® 590® ShockwaveTM is one of the hottest new firearms to hit the market in 2017. That’s not at all surprising, since the Shockwave offers shooters a compact, 14-inch-barreled 12-gauge reminiscent of the legendary Witness Protection Shotgun of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) but with no NFA (National Firearms Act) restrictions, as confirmed in… Read more »

  • U.S. Version of Classic H&K: Moore Advanced Dynamics MAD 9 Carbine

    Heckler & Koch (H&K) firearms enjoy an enviable reputation in terms of quality, reliability, and ruggedness. In terms of H&K rifles, the U.S. market is skewed due to firearm importation bans creating a shortage. Roughly speaking, only 15,000 H&K 94 pattern weapons were imported before the 1989 ban, which causes them to be priced in… Read more »

  • More (Hi) Power to You: Custom Job Modernizes Fighting Pistol

    My love affair with the Browning Hi Power began with a book. Fellow S.W.A.T. alumnus Marcus Wynne wrote a novel called No Other Option. It showcased a customized Hi Power, which in Wynne’s world was toted and employed handily by the JSOC-veteran hero of the story. I’ve lusted for one on and off since reading the story almost a decade ago

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  • Offbeat: SFD Responder

    If you carry a gun, you should carry a blowout kit. I know, in Hollyweird the good guy puts the bad guy down with one shot, no one else is hurt, and our hero gets the girl. The real world, however, can be messy. You, your loved ones, or an innocent bystander may be injured… Read more »

  • Against All Odds: EDC Trauma Kit Basics

    Everyone should carry a med kit. If you have made the choice to responsibly carry a firearm for defense, it’s irresponsible not to have the tools to render aid as well. A med kit should be lightweight, compact, and easy to use. It needs to be convenient to carry on your person. When life is… Read more »

  • Home on the Range: Drills to Maintain Skill Sets

    The necessity of constant and consistent handgun practice cannot be overemphasized. These are perishable skill sets that deteriorate with time. Take a 25-year-old fairly athletic male who yearns to be a body builder. He follows the appropriate dietary schedule and works out vigorously. After a year of this intense training, he has attained the physique… Read more »

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  • Offbeat: SFD Responder

    If you carry a gun, you should carry a blowout kit. I know, in Hollyweird the good guy puts the bad guy down with one shot, no one else is hurt, and our hero gets the girl. The real world, however, can be messy. You, your loved ones, or an innocent bystander may be injured… Read more »

  • Lawful Carry: Raven Concealment Systems Phantom Modular Holster

    As much as I like leather holsters, ones made from Kydex® are easier to maintain and can be excellent for everyday carry or training. When it comes to Kydex, one of the most respected names in the industry is Raven Concealment Systems (RCS), which offers a full line of holsters for almost any mission. One… Read more »

  • Small Caliber, Big Savings: Reloading the .223

    My first reloading experience was in Dad’s basement shop, watching, then helping him reload .38s and .30-06. I was about ten, and I still have the trophy he won at a local DCM (Department of Civilian Marksmanship) match with his handloads. Later, during my toolmaking apprenticeship, I moonlighted for a gentleman who made bullet-making dies for the benchrest competition elite. Most top shooters used Bob Simonson’s dies, including the founder of one of today’s premium bullet companies. I learned a ton about accuracy from Bob.

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  • Against All Odds: EDC Trauma Kit Basics

    Everyone should carry a med kit. If you have made the choice to responsibly carry a firearm for defense, it’s irresponsible not to have the tools to render aid as well. A med kit should be lightweight, compact, and easy to use. It needs to be convenient to carry on your person. When life is… Read more »

  • Training and Tactics: I Am the Bullet

    I am the bullet—and I have no conscience. You will treat me with respect because, once I leave, you have no control over my actions. Once I’m gone, I will do as I please, governed only by the laws of physics. And the next time you see me, I will have done my work, bringing… Read more »

  • Street Smarts: Suicide Isn’t Painless

    That abrupt query is not our usual attention-grabber meant to draw the reader into a discussion of some technique designed to save your sorry hide. Nope, I’m earnest and serious: Are you thinking about putting a gun in your mouth? Hopefully not a single reader answered in the affirmative, but statistics and experience say probably… Read more »