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  • Lawful Carry: CrossBreed Holsters SuperSlide

    It’s been said that having the right tool for the job makes all the difference. You wouldn’t try to drive a nail with a screwdriver, so why would you use a cheap imported one-size-fits-all holster for your carry weapon? I feel very lucky to be writing for S.W.A.T. for a lot of reasons, but mostly

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  • SILENCE IS GOLDEN: Gemtech GMT-300BLK Sound Suppressor

    I’m a big fan of the .300 AAC Blackout (.300 BLK/7.62x35mm) because it gives 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 bolts and gas impingement systems. Standard 5.56mm magazines can also

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  • Hantke first shot some distances from his backyard to test device’s 1,500-yard claim.

    SMALL SIZE, BIG PERFORMANCE: ATN LaserBallistics Rangefinder

    I’ve been fascinated with laser rangefinders since the first work I did with one back in 1969 when I was in the Marine Corps. That was a laser pulse-firing device that was one component of an Integrated Observation Device (IOD), which also incorporated a 10-20X80mm set of ship’s binoculars and a 10X Starlight night-vision device,

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  • Shomer-Tec products sure to meet traveler’s needs: Covert Coffee, Escape Stick, Covert Coin, and Ceramic Folding Razor Knife.

    AGAINST ALL ODDS: Shomer-Tec Travel-Ready Gear

    A company that has caught my eye over the last couple of years claims to specialize in “merchandise for those looking for law enforcement and military products, as well as spy and revenge products.” This got my attention, and soon I was talking to Jeff from Shomer-Tec about some of these items. Previously, I’d seen

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  • Mini-Cache makes perfect option for self-built fire kit, with more than enough room for tinder and fire materials.

    AGAINST ALL ODDS: VSSL Survival Kits

    A plethora of survival kits are on the market catering to a series of unique needs. Companies like ESEE, Wise Food, and SOS Survival Products create small and large kits that can keep a user safe, dry, and warm. While that is the basic purpose of most survival kits, not all of them can perform

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  • Clore Automotive line-up is extensive. This article focuses on two models—JNCXFE and JNCAIR.

    EMERGENCY POWER ON DEMAND: Jump-N-Carry Starters

    The term Murphy’s Law describes a simple but often neglected concept—what can go wrong, will go wrong. At first glance, this appears to be nothing more than doom-and-gloom thinking. But in a strange and elegant way, Murphy’s Law makes perfect sense, especially when viewed in the context of survival planning and preparation. (Maybe Murphy was

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  • Practice makes perfect. Are you practicing good weapons maintenance?

    WEAPONS MAINTENANCE: Knowing When To Do What and Stay Sane

    I respect guys who know a lot about cars. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them. I know where the gas goes, what the long pedal on the right side of the floorboard does, and (unlike many people) how to operate my turn signals. I rely on mechanics to keep my truck running. Every 3,000 miles

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  • SIG Academy instructor puts P320-M17 through its paces.

    U.S. ARMY DUTY HANDGUN FOR CIVILIANS SIG Sauer P320-M17

    Photos by SIG Sauer/Firelance Media The SIG Sauer P320 was officially introduced at the 2014 SHOT Show. The P320 was SIG’s response to the U.S. market that continues to expand and generate firearm sales among both private citizens and law enforcement consumers, with striker-fired handguns leading the way. The P320 has again been prominent in

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  • Writer Rob Curtis fires drill with his customized tactical lever gun.

    THE CRAFT OF THE LEVER GUN John Wayne Would Be Proud

    If you’re lucky, once in a while you get to live a dream. For an Eastern gun writer who still harbors fantasies of helping John Wayne clean up a dusty old cowtown, it was a dream: spending three days in the Arizona high desert shooting lever-action rifles with some of the best gun- and word-slingers

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  • Thompson shoots SSG 08 .300 Win Mag from the bench.

    LONG GUNS: Steyr SSG 08 in .300 Win Mag

    I became a fan of the Steyr SSG rifle almost 40 years ago when I got my SSG 69 rifle. At the time, it was generally rated the best sniping rifle in the world, though soon Accuracy International would challenge Steyr for that honor. U.S. Remington and Winchester sniping rifles tuned by military armorers were

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  • Third handicap is to offset the hands by platform. Strong hand gets the back-up gun, like this vintage Colt Detective Special. Support side gets the full-size piece. Splatters on Noner target show impacts from Black Hills wadcutters from single shots at distance under time pressure.

    CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO A SHOOT-OFF Single-Handed Skills

    From the earliest days of the handgun, the weapon was primarily fired with a single hand. In retrospect, it is downright curious how little emphasis was placed on two-handed shooting as anything other than a last-resort contingency if the target were galloping away over the next ridgeline. Training manuals from as late as the muscle-car

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  • There are obvious clues to the subject of this photograph. Hint: It’s not the big pointy thing.

    TRAVELER’S TRAUMA TIPS Risk Mitigation

    I’m just back from a marvelous month-long vacation in Paris, France. Despite the increased security across the board, the intrusions were reasonable, the crowds cooperative, and the sites wonderful. But as part of my pre-trip planning, I did a risk assessment and performed risk mitigation. Here is how it goes in a place where wits

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GearShow More

  • Lawful Carry: CrossBreed Holsters SuperSlide

    It’s been said that having the right tool for the job makes all the difference. You wouldn’t try to drive a nail with a screwdriver, so why would you use a cheap imported one-size-fits-all holster for your carry weapon? I feel very lucky to be writing for S.W.A.T. for a lot of reasons, but mostly

    Read more »

  • SILENCE IS GOLDEN: Gemtech GMT-300BLK Sound Suppressor

    I’m a big fan of the .300 AAC Blackout (.300 BLK/7.62x35mm) because it gives 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 bolts and gas impingement systems. Standard 5.56mm magazines can also

    Read more »

  • Hantke first shot some distances from his backyard to test device’s 1,500-yard claim.

    SMALL SIZE, BIG PERFORMANCE: ATN LaserBallistics Rangefinder

    I’ve been fascinated with laser rangefinders since the first work I did with one back in 1969 when I was in the Marine Corps. That was a laser pulse-firing device that was one component of an Integrated Observation Device (IOD), which also incorporated a 10-20X80mm set of ship’s binoculars and a 10X Starlight night-vision device,

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  • STREET SMARTS Active Shooters Are Changing—You Should Too!

    Are you a man? Have you had a major stress event in the past five years? Do you have an aggressive, self-centered nature? Have you made threatening communications and caused concern from others regarding your intentions? If so, please report to the nearest police station or mental health facility because you’re an A-1 candidate to

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  • FRONTLINE DEBRIEFS Reliance on SWAT

    Many years ago a great friend of mine, Ray Coffman of Albuquerque, made the prescient comment that our reliance on SWAT would be omnipresent. In other words, evolutions that normal field-grade officers might have addressed in the past would automatically be placed under the purview of SWAT. Ray was an instructor for the Department of

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  • ENEMY AT THE GATE Say No to Gun “Buy Backs”!

    We knew it was coming. The gun-ban zealots in Congress have danced around it for decades, but have almost never dared to come right out and say it in public: that banning so-called “assault weapons” will never be enough while existing owners are permitted to keep them. That reticence is now over. The current, toxically

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