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  • SAINT’s forward hand stop keeps support hand from slipping in front of the muzzle.

    LONG GUNS: Rifle-Caliber Pistols With Arm Braces

    I’m fortunate to live in a state where citizens can carry a loaded handgun, rifle, or shotgun in their vehicle. By far the most commonly carried weapon is a handgun. This often means an everyday carry handgun, but many people, including me, carry a larger, more powerful handgun in their vehicle when they carry a

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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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  • NoVz from Colonel Blades features shortened grip for additional concealability. Kydex sheath (shown) is optional. Injection-molded sheath is standard.

    THE CUTTING EDGE: Colonel Blades Colonel Folder & NoVz

    In a close-quarters lethal-force encounter, we may not have the time or ability to deploy our firearm. A dedicated knife for personal defense is an essential component of everyday carry for anyone serious about self-defense. We not only need to carry a knife but must also be able to deploy and use it effectively. I

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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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  • M16 was thrown into combat in Vietnam without adequate tweaking. Subsequent failures in action called into question the validity of small-caliber Infantry rifles.

    POODLE POPPER SHOWDOWN: East vs. West Small-Caliber High-Velocity Shoot-Off

    If ever there was a quantum advance in Infantry weapons, it was the M16 rifle. The StG44 and AK-47 were undeniably revolutionary. These two rugged combat weapons ran scaled-down versions of standard rifle rounds that pushed relatively big, heavy bullets to modest velocities. They put automatic-fire capability into the hands of individual Infantry soldiers, while

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  • BACK TO THEIR ROOTS: Mossberg MC1sc Pistol

    O.F. Mossberg & Sons is the oldest family-owned firearms manufacturer in the United States, having opened their doors in March 1919 and celebrating their centennial anniversary this year. In those 100 years, many product features pioneered by Mossberg have become the standards by which all modern firearms are judged. Best known for their shotguns and

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  • Author’s .22 Olympic Arms subcaliber trainer (bottom) is set up exactly the same as his Bravo Company work gun, with the exception of a cheap red dot sight instead of an Aimpoint. They can use the same SureFire suppressor.

    BIGGER IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER: Subcaliber Training Weapons

    Using a firearm chambered in .22 Long Rifle (LR) as a supplemental trainer for a larger caliber is nothing new. Now that the price of .22 ammunition has come back down, it is less expensive to shoot than center-fire cartridges. Due to the lesser recoil and muzzle blast, it increases the shooter’s awareness of the

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  • SAINT’s forward hand stop keeps support hand from slipping in front of the muzzle.

    LONG GUNS: Rifle-Caliber Pistols With Arm Braces

    I’m fortunate to live in a state where citizens can carry a loaded handgun, rifle, or shotgun in their vehicle. By far the most commonly carried weapon is a handgun. This often means an everyday carry handgun, but many people, including me, carry a larger, more powerful handgun in their vehicle when they carry a

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  • U.S. Army’s base element for CQB relies on a four-man team. During the height of fighting in Iraq in the mid-2000s, SF found the four-man stack lacking when faced with real close-quarters combat. Photo: courtesy DOD

    CLOSE-QUARTERS BATTLE: You’re Doing It Wrong

    Stacking up—entering a room to conduct close-quarters battle (CQB)—is one of the most dangerous tasks a Soldier or law enforcement officer may have to face. Some of the hardest CQB fighting U.S. forces faced was during the U.S occupation of Iraq in the mid-2000s, from the 1st and 2nd Battles of Fallujah to taking on

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  • Marines with 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines prepare to clear building after throwing flashbang at Camp Pendleton, California in 2014. Photo: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Murray / Released

    GET THE MOST FLASHBANG FOR YOUR BUCK: Training With Distraction Devices

    The noise flash diversionary device (NFDD), also commonly referred to as a flash sound diversionary device (FSDD), diversionary device, Distraction Device®, flash grenade, or flashbang, is an essential tool of the trade for tactical teams. NFDDs produce dramatic pyrotechnics that are intended to provide a brief distraction without causing permanent injury. Although often used generically,

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  • NoVz from Colonel Blades features shortened grip for additional concealability. Kydex sheath (shown) is optional. Injection-molded sheath is standard.

    THE CUTTING EDGE: Colonel Blades Colonel Folder & NoVz

    In a close-quarters lethal-force encounter, we may not have the time or ability to deploy our firearm. A dedicated knife for personal defense is an essential component of everyday carry for anyone serious about self-defense. We not only need to carry a knife but must also be able to deploy and use it effectively. I

    Read more »

  • Rear of paddle has design of an “alien” incorporated into it.

    LAWFUL CARRY: Alien Gear Cloak Mod OWB Holster

    Finding a holster for most popular handgun models is usually no problem. But throw in a slight wrinkle, and it becomes more difficult. Such is the case with the Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 with five-inch barrel, as opposed to the common 4.25-inch barrel. I had almost given up hope of finding a suitable holster

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  • Zelos Mako Bronze Diver watch includes leather strap, strap-changing tool, warranty card, leather watch roll, and wooden box.

    OFFBEAT: Zelos Mako Bronze Diver Watch

    I have always been fascinated with firearms, watches, and flashlights, striving for better models as long as I have available funds. At times I’ll ask myself, “Do I really need another?” I’m sure many readers can identify with that, especially while perusing the tables at their local gun show. We all have our preferences and

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  • BRIEFING ROOM: Mentoring Young Shooters

    Whether your politics are conservative, liberal or centrist, one thing that almost everyone can agree on is the importance of the young people in our lives—children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. With the left-leaning propaganda bombarding the public from the mainstream media and even in our schools, it is incumbent upon us to pass on to

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  • ENEMY AT THE GATE: Weapons in “Common Use”

    During the United States Senate confirmation proceedings on President Donald Trump’s second nomination to the Supreme Court, an exchange between that nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was very instructive. Feinstein, who by virtue of her rank and power on the Senate and her longstanding

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  • FRONTLINE DEBRIEFS: Hostage Resolution

    A hostage situation recently developed in a large metropolitan city. The suspect held the hostage in the typical configuration of a controlling arm around the victim’s neck while positioning himself behind the victim with a large knife pressed against her neck. Field officers responded and positioned themselves about the suspect and victim. While other events

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