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  • FN SCAR 20S’s potency as a DMR is based on combining a highly accurate platform with the increased power represented in the 7.62x51 cartridge.

    WORTH THE WAIT: FN SCAR 20S Rifle

    Rumors have swirled at every SHOT Show for years that the Designated Marksman Rifle version of the SCAR MK 17 was in the works. Now, after all the years of anticipation, the FN SCAR 20S is here for the commercial market. A Limited Edition SCAR 20S package will be offered featuring a hard case full

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  • CRKT KUK’s profile is readily identifiable as Kukri-type blade. Ryan Johnson collaborated with CRKT in its design. Photo: CRKT

    THE CUTTING EDGE: CRKT KUK

    An edged weapon has a primitive appeal that is hard to deny. In many ways, proficiency with a knife in your hands can be more viable than relying solely on firearms. Knives can be specialty models tailor-made for CQB hand-to-hand applications or more utilitarian versions that can handle a variety of roles including survival tasks.

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  • Individuals with suppressed MCX Rattler SBRs during tubular assault training. MCX Rattler is ideal for fast-moving operators in close quarters.

    WHEN SIZE MATTERS: SIG Sauer MCX Rattler SBR

    Photos Courtesy SIG Sauer The SIG Sauer MCX Rattler is one of the coolest new kids on the block. Billed as the “world’s smallest rifle,” it was designed from the ground up to be as discrete as possible while retaining all the capabilities of the company’s MCX platform. SIG MCX RATTLER The MCX Rattler has

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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

  • FN SCAR 20S’s potency as a DMR is based on combining a highly accurate platform with the increased power represented in the 7.62x51 cartridge.

    WORTH THE WAIT: FN SCAR 20S Rifle

    Rumors have swirled at every SHOT Show for years that the Designated Marksman Rifle version of the SCAR MK 17 was in the works. Now, after all the years of anticipation, the FN SCAR 20S is here for the commercial market. A Limited Edition SCAR 20S package will be offered featuring a hard case full

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  • Individuals with suppressed MCX Rattler SBRs during tubular assault training. MCX Rattler is ideal for fast-moving operators in close quarters.

    WHEN SIZE MATTERS: SIG Sauer MCX Rattler SBR

    Photos Courtesy SIG Sauer The SIG Sauer MCX Rattler is one of the coolest new kids on the block. Billed as the “world’s smallest rifle,” it was designed from the ground up to be as discrete as possible while retaining all the capabilities of the company’s MCX platform. SIG MCX RATTLER The MCX Rattler has

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  • Top: heavier and bulkier S&W Model 586 Carry Comp, which holds seven rounds.

    CONTROLLABILITY, CONCEALMENT, POWER: S&W Performance Center Model 19 Carry Comp

    These days, I carry a pocket 9x19mm auto more than anything else. I also still carry a J-Frame revolver. But sometimes, my daily itinerary may indicate that I want something with a little more mag capacity or stopping power. That’s when I go for a belt gun, usually my Wilson Compact Light Rail LW .45,

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Tactics & TrainingShow More

  • Four 50-yard double taps fired with Military Collector M4.

    LONG GUNS: FN 15 Military Collector M4

    I took the vow not to buy any more AR-15s a couple of years ago. I had enough variants to fit any normal shooting/self-defense needs, plus a couple of extras as test beds for optics, illuminators, etc because I write a lot of tactical articles. However, that was all before I received the FN 15

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  • First position is High Kneeling shooting over simulated cover.

    CHAIR QUAL: Barricade Skills Using a Folding Chair

    In many carbine classes, shooters are shown several ways to adapt their long gun to cover to make a mid-range hit. This is often exposure only without a great way to measure or track performance and subsequently carbineros do not sustain those capabilities to a high degree. One of the big reasons for this is

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  • Transitioning to the pistol should be based on the distance to the threat, not the condition of the rifle.

    COOL ON THE RANGE, DEAD ON THE STREET: A Hard Look at Shooting Techniques, Part II

    If you have read part I of Cool on the Range, Dead on the Street (June 2018 S.W.A.T.), you know I am not a fan of any techniques that may slow you down in a gunfight. I discussed why the power stroking method is the slowest method for chambering a pistol. I also gave my

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GearShow More

  • CRKT KUK’s profile is readily identifiable as Kukri-type blade. Ryan Johnson collaborated with CRKT in its design. Photo: CRKT

    THE CUTTING EDGE: CRKT KUK

    An edged weapon has a primitive appeal that is hard to deny. In many ways, proficiency with a knife in your hands can be more viable than relying solely on firearms. Knives can be specialty models tailor-made for CQB hand-to-hand applications or more utilitarian versions that can handle a variety of roles including survival tasks.

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  • Simply Rugged Holsters Chesty Puller Suspension System is a great way to carry a pistol while hunting or riding an off-road vehicle or horse.

    LAWFUL CARRY: Tyler Gun Works and Simply Rugged Holsters Chest Rig

    Back in September, I attended a writer’s event at Gunsite. I have always enjoyed these events, getting quality training unlike anywhere else, plus talking with old friends and meeting new ones. On this trip, I met Bobby Tyler of Tyler Gun Works. I was already familiar with his work, but had never met him. Bobby

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  • Author’s “repair kit.”

    OFFBEAT: Field-Expedient Lubrication

    You finally get a chance to go shooting with one of your pals. Of course, as a S.W.A.T. reader, your guns are clean and lubed. But your buddy is, uh, not so diligent. In fact, the last time he lubed his pistols was during an episode of Happy Days! You get out to your favorite

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  • ENEMY AT THE GATE: “Nuclear Option” To Enforce Gun Confiscation

    In the past, when a member of the United States Congress mentioned the “nuclear option,” it was a reference to a parliamentary maneuver by which the Senate majority party could do with a simple majority what would otherwise require clearing the more difficult hurdle of a three-fifths majority. It was given that name due to

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  • FRONTLINE DEBRIEFS: To Shoot or Not To Shoot

    Recently, a somewhat controversial police shooting transpired that garnered national headlines. West Virginia Police Officer Stephen Mader (who is white) was ostensibly terminated for not firing upon an armed suspect (who was black) and who was believed to be suicidal. Other officers, upon arrival, did fire upon the suspect. Officer Mader stated that he made

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  • There is no such thing as a magic bullet. Shot placement is the deciding factor.

    GOOD GUYS WIN! Second Amendment in Action

    On the Way to Sunday School A middle-aged Detroit woman and her adult daughter were leaving for church at 1030 on a Sunday morning when they were accosted by a strange man on the walk in front of their house. He grabbed one of the women by the coat and demanded money, but she was

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