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  • Training and Tactics: Double Up

    Most human organs are provided in pairs. Eyes, ears, arms, lungs, legs and kidneys are all paired, but probably the two most important organs—the brain and the heart—have no backup units. If either of these fails, you’re dog meat. And much like when your heart or brain becomes inoperative, if you are relegated to one-handed

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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.

  • REALISTIC FORCE-ON-FORCE: Ultimate Training Munitions Ammo

    Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM) makes a wide variety of live-fire simulation training ammunition. This includes non-lethal training ammo, shoot-house ammo, blanks and defensive tactics loads, handgun and rifle conversion kits, protective apparel, training props, and training magazines. UTM munitions are used in 57 countries throughout the world, including both the U.K. and the U.S. The

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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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  • Shades of the Gray Man: Blend in and Survive

    Imagine that a serious crisis is unfolding right before your eyes. Almost immediately, conditions begin to deteriorate in ways few ever anticipated. Widespread panic and desperation quickly follow as the downward spiral accelerates. After careful consideration, you determine that the only relative safety lies outside the hot zone—you need to get moving right now. But

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WeaponsShow More

  • 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.

  • REALISTIC FORCE-ON-FORCE: Ultimate Training Munitions Ammo

    Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM) makes a wide variety of live-fire simulation training ammunition. This includes non-lethal training ammo, shoot-house ammo, blanks and defensive tactics loads, handgun and rifle conversion kits, protective apparel, training props, and training magazines. UTM munitions are used in 57 countries throughout the world, including both the U.K. and the U.S. The

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  • RUGER HOMERUN! Mark IV 22/45 Lite

    When I was 14 years old, I got my first Ruger .22 Standard Model pistol for Christmas. It was the six-inch barreled version and I shot small game with it, along with hundreds of tin cans and other oddball targets I came across. In the ten years I owned and shot that Ruger, I can

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  • 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.

  • Gunsite Great .45 Festival: Semiautomatics, Double-action and Single-action Revolvers

    Last summer I joined a select group of gun scribes and industry professionals for a three-day special event at Gunsite. Organized by Gunsite and Dick Williams, the theme was “The Great .45 Festival.” Day One focused on semiautomatic pistols, Day Two on double-action (D/A) revolvers, and Day Three on single-action (S/A) revolvers. WHAT I CARRIED

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  • PALM-SIZED PERSONAL SHOOTING COACH: MantisX Firearms Training System

    What if you could have a personal shooting coach with you anytime and anyplace to help you improve your shooting? Well, now you can with MantisX™ Firearms Training System, a patent-pending one-of-a kind digital shooting coach. It takes firearms training into the 21st century and promises to revolutionize training. And it won’t break the bank,

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  • OFFBEAT: Magpul PMAG for 300 BLK

    The 300 AAC Blackout® (.300 BLK/7.62x35mm) gives you options not found in any other factory cartridge for the AR-15/M4 platform. The cartridge was developed to provide improved performance from the AR platform with only a barrel change, using standard magazines, bolts, and gas impingement systems. The design parameters of the 300 BLK make it the

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  • LAWFUL CARRY: SureFire Masterfire Rapid Deploy Holster

    Defensive handguns have evolved over the years with the addition of mounted weaponlights, red dot sights, and sometimes suppressors. Finding a proper holster can at times be problematic, especially if more than one handgun is used. SureFire has come up with an ingenious solution: the Masterfire® Rapid Deploy Holster (RDH), one holster that can be

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  • Training and Tactics: Double Up

    Most human organs are provided in pairs. Eyes, ears, arms, lungs, legs and kidneys are all paired, but probably the two most important organs—the brain and the heart—have no backup units. If either of these fails, you’re dog meat. And much like when your heart or brain becomes inoperative, if you are relegated to one-handed

    Read more »

  • GOOD GUYS WIN! Second Amendment in Action

    The clerk in an Albuquerque convenience store was nervous. A customer had told her he’d just been in an armed robbery at the 7-Eleven down the street and that the robber had gotten away. This is when her Monday evening took a turn for the worse.

  • FRONTLINE DEBRIEFS: A Sense of History

    During my LAPD Academy days, we were debriefed on historical shootings on the LAPD. On the back lot of Universal Studios, SWAT debriefed us on the most famous ones during our one-day SWAT/Officer Survival training, a day that sadly no longer exists. These lessons sought to explain the history of the department you were joining

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