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  • ENEMY AT THE GATE: Efforts Intensify To “Repeal or Replace” 2nd Amendment

    Even before an evil bigot slaughtered 50 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand, encouraging strident calls to dramatically restrict guns here (as if that would have made any difference), gun ban zealots in the U.S. have been becoming more extremist by the day. When Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA)—who is running for President in 2020—announced several months

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  • Working Geissele on Gunsite’s Military Crest Range was almost too easy. Accuracy was excellent and Comp M4S kept it simple and consistent.

    USSOCOM UPPER RECEIVER: Geissele URGI

    For the last two decades, I have looked at the 5.56mm carbine through the optic of a patrol rifle. It started in 1995 during my first police carbine school, then continued during a remote class Clint Smith taught at my home range shortly afterward. The North Hollywood bank robbery solidified that optic in 1997, when

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  • Mossberg FLEX Tool-Less Locking System allows a single shotgun action to be easily configured for multiple missions. Same gun can hunt doves, bust clays, eliminate evildoers, or quell a riot.

    EMBRACING TACTICAL FLEXIBILITY: Mossberg FLEX TLS

    What exactly is the ideal single survival gun? You’d think by now geeks like me would have beaten that dead horse into hamburger. However, the answer can at times seem impenetrable. Gene Stoner’s esteemed black rifle is obviously a contender. You can drop a holy fortune tricking out one of those rascals to DevGru standards.

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  • SOL Escape Pro Bivvy next to Escape Lite Bivvy. Newer eight-ounce bivvy retains more heat and covers up like a mummy bag.

    AGAINST ALL ODDS: A Tale of Two Bivvies

    SOL (Survive Outdoors Longer) has come out with their newest offering to the bivvy market—the Escape Pro Bivvy. Although SOL is not new to the bivvy market, the newer Pro series makes some subtle changes to the existing line-up. Throughout the warmer season, I used the Escape Lite Bivvy, so I could evaluate two options

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  • Gridlock in times of crisis becomes the great equalizer. Without some way to get over or around that mess, you are no better off than anyone else. Photo: Cole Keister

    AIRBORNE BUGOUT: Winging It to Safety When the World Goes Sideways

    It all started with a text message from his wife that read, “Check news.” He caught something about an unexpected seismic event off the coast and then the power went out. The man rushed to the window of his office to see a dirty gray cloud forming in the distance. He could feel a rumble

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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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  • Working Geissele on Gunsite’s Military Crest Range was almost too easy. Accuracy was excellent and Comp M4S kept it simple and consistent.

    USSOCOM UPPER RECEIVER: Geissele URGI

    For the last two decades, I have looked at the 5.56mm carbine through the optic of a patrol rifle. It started in 1995 during my first police carbine school, then continued during a remote class Clint Smith taught at my home range shortly afterward. The North Hollywood bank robbery solidified that optic in 1997, when

    Read more »

  • Mossberg FLEX Tool-Less Locking System allows a single shotgun action to be easily configured for multiple missions. Same gun can hunt doves, bust clays, eliminate evildoers, or quell a riot.

    EMBRACING TACTICAL FLEXIBILITY: Mossberg FLEX TLS

    What exactly is the ideal single survival gun? You’d think by now geeks like me would have beaten that dead horse into hamburger. However, the answer can at times seem impenetrable. Gene Stoner’s esteemed black rifle is obviously a contender. You can drop a holy fortune tricking out one of those rascals to DevGru standards.

    Read more »

  • Original Single-Six (top) with Wrangler.

    SIXGUN STRESS RELIEVER: Ruger’s New Wrangler Revolver

    In 1953, the year before I was born, Ruger introduced the Single-Six single-action revolver. Although it was released in an era when double-action revolvers were king among private citizens and peace officers, it performed reliably for thousands of outdoorsmen. The original Single-Six was in continuous production for two decades. Although a sixgun, savvy pistoleros carried

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  • Spoiler alert: Test rifle motoring along at just under 10,000 rounds.

    THE FIRECLEAN GUN: Three More Years of Testing

    FIREClean is one of the market leaders in the new wave of high- performance, non-toxic firearm lubricants. In 2016, I wrote about a test where I took a milspec Bravo Company Mfg upper receiver group to 3,000+ rounds on a single lubrication with no cleaning or maintenance over a six- month period (FIRECLEAN: Next Generation

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  • Colt version of Aircrewman revolver.

    LONG GUNS: US M4 Survival Rifle

    When I first became interested in firearms over half a century ago, there weren’t as many gun magazines or gun books as there are now. As a result, I read every article in the American Rifleman and other magazines. I checked out the few books in my local library on guns multiple times. I must

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  • Spencer Keepers fires fast pair at target. Note control over recoil. Keepers emphasizes very strong grip.

    APPENDIX CARRY: Keepers’ Concealment Triad

    It’s been a long time since I was a student in a firearms class. My mavens were from the old school: Military, FBI, Cooper, Chapman, Shaw, Leatham, Rogers, Hackathorn, and Barnhart, although the latter five introduced changes that brought gun training to higher levels. So I thought I was pretty well grounded in the art

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GearShow More

  • Lightweight Browning Black Label and tiny GSL Pill Box are a match made in heaven.

    COOL AND QUIET: GSL Technologies Pill Box Suppressor

    I’m at a place in life where “cool” really doesn’t resonate with me. It seems that every day, some manufacturer introduces the newest, latest, greatest, coolest thing ever built. I did some training for an Alaska department that bought the newest, coolest gun on the market, and it didn’t work. Once in a great while,

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  • A good knife is an integral piece of kit, whether in a war zone, the urban jungle, or a quick trip to the corner store.

    THE CUTTING EDGE: Emerson CQC-8

    Photos by Katie and Rebecca Davis The Emerson CQC-8 is not the newest, trendiest piece of gear. And in this day and age when so many people only look at the latest gear, plenty of time-tested tools can be overlooked. This edged tool is a perfect example, as it has long been associated with the

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  • Unique swedge grind creates a thick diamond-shaped area that enhances point strength, strengthens overall blade strength, and reduces drag.

    THE CUTTING EDGE: Hogue EX-F01 Fixed-Blade Knife

    Hogue is best known for its outstanding firearms accessories, but Hogue also makes some of the best knives on the market. All Hogue knives are designed by custom knifemaker and former Recon Marine Allen Elishewitz. They are made using only the best materials and employing state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques. The Hogue EX-F01 was designed as a

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  • ENEMY AT THE GATE: Efforts Intensify To “Repeal or Replace” 2nd Amendment

    Even before an evil bigot slaughtered 50 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand, encouraging strident calls to dramatically restrict guns here (as if that would have made any difference), gun ban zealots in the U.S. have been becoming more extremist by the day. When Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA)—who is running for President in 2020—announced several months

    Read more »

  • SOL Escape Pro Bivvy next to Escape Lite Bivvy. Newer eight-ounce bivvy retains more heat and covers up like a mummy bag.

    AGAINST ALL ODDS: A Tale of Two Bivvies

    SOL (Survive Outdoors Longer) has come out with their newest offering to the bivvy market—the Escape Pro Bivvy. Although SOL is not new to the bivvy market, the newer Pro series makes some subtle changes to the existing line-up. Throughout the warmer season, I used the Escape Lite Bivvy, so I could evaluate two options

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  • ENEMY AT THE GATE: Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Gun Law Challenge

    On January 22, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that will shed more light on the Court’s view of the breadth of the Second Amendment’s protection of the right to keep and bear arms. This will be the first time in nearly ten years that the Court has agreed to hear such

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