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  • Next Evolution of the Piston AR: Primary Weapons Systems Mk116 Mod 2

    Witnessing a product’s evolution is gratifying, especially when one has experience with early models to better appreciate the modifications made. For me, the Primary Weapons Systems (PWS) MK116 MOD 2 AR is a great case in point. PWS has taken its concept of the AR rifle another step forward with its next generation MK1 (M16/AR-15)

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  • Lawful Carry: Simply Rugged Holsters Model 120

    It seems that everyone with a heat gun and a credit card to order supplies is making Kydex® holsters, with compact and sub-compact sheaths the current hot tickets. Staying with plastic, the job of finding a holster for a revolver is a bit tougher, even for small J-Frame-type wheelguns. The task gets more difficult the

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  • Top Choice of Elite Military Units: SpecOps Glocks

    When the Glock premiered in 1982, it was met with skepticism by shooters, agencies, and politicians. Slowly at first, but then faster and faster, it came to dominate the U.S. and world police handgun markets. But it lagged behind in military acceptance. Not only were most military buyers conservative about new weapons, but they viewed

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  • Ten Bug-Out Bag Essentials: Repairs on the Go

    Bugging out can be difficult and full of hazards. But it’s a reality that many people in Texas and Florida had to confront head on this year. Someday you may have to. When that moment arrives, you’ll need to be prepared, and you’ll have to move quickly. It will also help if you have a

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  • Crisis Cuisine: Long-Term Food Storage

    Having access to long-term food stores can definitely increase your chances for survival in even the most serious crisis situations. But storing that much food is not without its complications, and can also become very expensive. Figuring out what to store and how to store it can often be the most difficult part of the entire process. Let’s take a look at the basics of long-term food security, with specific emphasis on tips, ideas, and suggestions to help you start making your preparations, while also saving some serious money.

  • Against All Odds: Improvised Survival Gear

    In every corner of the world that I’ve explored, I’ve found garbage or junk of some sort. Even in places I was sure were considered “pristine wilderness,” there was trash. Finding junk worthy of survival is a practice all its own, but finding it is just the beginning. At the same time, common everyday items can often be turned into survival gear by using a little ingenuity.

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  • Next Evolution of the Piston AR: Primary Weapons Systems Mk116 Mod 2

    Witnessing a product’s evolution is gratifying, especially when one has experience with early models to better appreciate the modifications made. For me, the Primary Weapons Systems (PWS) MK116 MOD 2 AR is a great case in point. PWS has taken its concept of the AR rifle another step forward with its next generation MK1 (M16/AR-15)

    Read more »

  • Top Choice of Elite Military Units: SpecOps Glocks

    When the Glock premiered in 1982, it was met with skepticism by shooters, agencies, and politicians. Slowly at first, but then faster and faster, it came to dominate the U.S. and world police handgun markets. But it lagged behind in military acceptance. Not only were most military buyers conservative about new weapons, but they viewed

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  • Long Guns: Compact Weaponlights for Ar Carbines

    One great advantage of the M4 Carbine is that it’s light and handy. But the M4 has experienced “weight creep” during the War on Terror as various accessories have been added. I’ll grant that many of the accessories are useful, but in some cases they still get the rifle’s weight up to that of a

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  • Active Shooter: First Responder or Unwilling Participant?

    Sometimes in life, things get a little spooky. I left the house early to attend a new class by Firearms Training Associates (FTA)—Active Shooter II, Counter Terrorism Response—and by the time I got home early that evening, every TV station was filled with news of a car and stabbing attack that had just occurred in

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  • Training and Tactics: The Feint of Heart

    The most effective punch in boxing is the feint. It doesn’t cause physical damage, it doesn’t inflict pain, and it doesn’t dump your opponent onto the canvas. Its effectiveness lies in the fact that it leads to confusion in the mind of the other pugilist—and mind control is what wins the fight most of the

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  • You’re Grounded! Combative Ground Fighting

    Millions of good citizens across the U.S. have obtained a concealed-carry permit to carry their firearm on their person to protect themselves if facing life-threatening violence. The firearms, accessories, and training markets have now extended beyond the typical firearms enthusiast and to the everyday American. One of the least discussed elements of self-defense-based training is

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  • Lawful Carry: Simply Rugged Holsters Model 120

    It seems that everyone with a heat gun and a credit card to order supplies is making Kydex® holsters, with compact and sub-compact sheaths the current hot tickets. Staying with plastic, the job of finding a holster for a revolver is a bit tougher, even for small J-Frame-type wheelguns. The task gets more difficult the

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  • Offbeat: Butler Creek ASAP Magazine Loaders

    Loading magazines need not be a tedious, time-consuming chore. A magazine loading device speeds up the loading process while also saving your fingers and magazines from damage. The original USGI M16/M4 magazine filler/stripper-clip guide (commonly referred to as a “spoon”) is designed to allow magazines to be quickly loaded using a ten-round stripper clip and

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  • The Cutting Edge: Wise Men Company Signet Ring

    Spyderco® makes some of the most popular every day carry (EDC) pocket knives on the planet. They offer an extensive product line. No matter what your budget, taste, or need, you’ll find a Spyderco model that fits it. The Wise Men Company Signet Ring is an innovative new product designed to enhance select Spyderco folders

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  • Good Guys Win! Second Amendment in Action

    It was just before lunchtime on a Thursday in August at a cell-phone store in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. The neighborhood was a quiet one that hadn’t seen an armed robbery in 15 years—a streak that ended when two men entered the store, one of them brandishing a handgun. While the gunman held the clerk at gunpoint, his accomplice prepared to gather loot.

  • Against All Odds: Survival Trees of the Eastern Woodlands

    Being able to identify basic trees in wilderness areas you frequent is beneficial for survival. The British Thermal Unit (BTU) is a standard unit of energy that is used to measure the amount of thermal energy necessary to raise the temperature of one pound of pure liquid water by one degree Fahrenheit. Wood should be

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  • Briefing Room: Atrocity in Las Vegas

    In the late evening on Sunday, October 1, evil incarnate came to Las Vegas, Nevada. Before committing suicide, a madman killed 58 people and wounded over 500 at an open-air concert. It was the lead story on all the networks for over a week. But unlike the mainstream media (MSM), we won’t sink to mentioning

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