All ArticlesShow More

  • Tactician is powered by pair of 3-volt 123A lithium batteries. Author recommends SureFire 123A batteries, which are designed for high-drain applications and can be bought in bulk to save money.

    OFFBEAT: SureFire Tactician Flashlight

    The SureFire® Tactician™ handheld flashlight is an outstanding new addition to the SureFire lineup. Designed for everyday carry (EDC), the versatile Tactician has a unique combination of features that make it an ideal flashlight for personal defense. Size and weight do matter when it comes to EDC. At five inches in length with a one-inch

    Read more »

  • James Ferguson shoots SR-25 E2 ACC from Spec Rest, which clamps rifle into position and holds it firmly in place. This allows rifle to be comfortably and accurately shot from standing.

    ADVANCED COMBAT CARBINE: Knight’s Armament SR-25 E2

    Photos by Jessie Indracusin The Knight’s Armament SR-25 E2 Advanced Combat Carbine is a descendant of the M110 Semiautomatic Sniper System (M110 SASS), which is currently in use by the United States Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard, as well as with various military and law enforcement units worldwide. The M110 itself is

    Read more »

  • TWO GREAT COMPANIES, ONE GREAT RIFLE: New M&P15 from Smith & Wesson and Magpul

    When two great companies collaborate on a project, good things are bound to happen. Such is the case with the Smith & Wesson (S&W) M&P®15 MOE SL® Mid. M&P15 The S&W M&P15 modern sporting rifles are some of the best of the breed. The lower receiver on the M&P®15 MOE SL® Mid is Smith &

    Read more »

SurvivalShow More

  • 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

    Read more »

  • 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

    Read more »

  • Cooler Shock Ice Packs are a high-performance ice alternative that save money, weight, space, and hassle. You can buy them ready to use, or fill them with water when they arrive.

    KEEPING YOUR GRID-DOWN COOL Cooler Shock Ice Packs

    During an extended power outage, options for even basic refrigeration are often severely limited. Here in the coastal southeastern U.S., the dreaded Atlantic Hurricane season terrorizes the population from early June through late November. When power goes out during this period of time, it is likely because of a tropical storm. Coincidentally, these are also

    Read more »

WeaponsShow More

  • James Ferguson shoots SR-25 E2 ACC from Spec Rest, which clamps rifle into position and holds it firmly in place. This allows rifle to be comfortably and accurately shot from standing.

    ADVANCED COMBAT CARBINE: Knight’s Armament SR-25 E2

    Photos by Jessie Indracusin The Knight’s Armament SR-25 E2 Advanced Combat Carbine is a descendant of the M110 Semiautomatic Sniper System (M110 SASS), which is currently in use by the United States Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard, as well as with various military and law enforcement units worldwide. The M110 itself is

    Read more »

  • TWO GREAT COMPANIES, ONE GREAT RIFLE: New M&P15 from Smith & Wesson and Magpul

    When two great companies collaborate on a project, good things are bound to happen. Such is the case with the Smith & Wesson (S&W) M&P®15 MOE SL® Mid. M&P15 The S&W M&P15 modern sporting rifles are some of the best of the breed. The lower receiver on the M&P®15 MOE SL® Mid is Smith &

    Read more »

  • Accuracy was impressive with Ruger Precision Rimfire. Certain loads produced sub 3/8-inch groups. Significantly, point of impact was similar enough that loads could be used interchangeably.

    BOLT-ACTION UNDERSTUDY: Ruger Precision Rimfire Rifle

    Sturm, Ruger & Co is a noteworthy force in the U.S. in all firearm categories, whether sporting, competition, tactical, or personal defense. Their most recent addition is the Precision Rimfire. This rifle model indicates a new approach at Sturm, Ruger & Co. The Precision Rimfire is Ruger’s take on creating an affordable, yet highly accurate,

    Read more »

Tactics & TrainingShow More

  • Stoehner demonstrates approximate volume of blood that may be lost, to help students make rapid trauma assessments during mass-casualty events.

    HYPER-REALISTIC SCENARIO TRAINING: XSA International Emergency Life Saver Course

    An adult human body contains roughly five liters of blood—five liters that can escape through an artery in less than a minute, affording most bystanders merely the opportunity to watch a person bleed to death. Not me. In January 2018, I attended the XSA International Emergency Life Saver course, where students learn how to perform

    Read more »

  • Dave “Boone” Benton (left) and Kris “Tanto” Paronto passed on skills to 29 enthusiastic students.

    TRAINING WITH THE BENGHAZI HEROES: Battleline Tactical Concealed Carry Class

    Many heroes grace the pages of S.W.A.T. Magazine. Sometimes they teach classes. Other times they stand side-by-side with us in classes—often with us none the wiser. I was fortunate enough to attend a class taught by two heroes: Kris “Tanto” Paronto and Dave “Boone” Benton. Both men were part of the CIA Annex security team

    Read more »

  • LONG GUNS: Lapua Rifle Ammunition

    To provide a reliable source of military ammunition for the Finnish Army, the Valtion Patruunatehdas (VPT) ammunition factory in Lapua, Finland was opened in 1923. VPT ammunition soon earned a reputation for excellent reliability and accuracy, especially with its match ammunition. By the start of the Winter War against the Soviet Union in 1939, VPT

    Read more »

GearShow More

  • Tactician is powered by pair of 3-volt 123A lithium batteries. Author recommends SureFire 123A batteries, which are designed for high-drain applications and can be bought in bulk to save money.

    OFFBEAT: SureFire Tactician Flashlight

    The SureFire® Tactician™ handheld flashlight is an outstanding new addition to the SureFire lineup. Designed for everyday carry (EDC), the versatile Tactician has a unique combination of features that make it an ideal flashlight for personal defense. Size and weight do matter when it comes to EDC. At five inches in length with a one-inch

    Read more »

  • Follow-Up has 2.6-inch drop-point blade and ergonomic skeletonized handle. Knife feels good in the hand.

    THE CUTTING EDGE: Benchmade 101BK Follow-Up

    The 101BK Follow-Up is one of the newest members of Benchmade® Knife Company’s Black Class of professional-use knives. The Follow-Up is a compact fixed-blade knife designed for back-up, self-defense, and utility applications. Designed for discreet carry, the Follow-Up has an overall length of 5.99 inches. It has a black Cerakote® coated 2.6-inch long, 0.14-inch thick

    Read more »

  • If an individual prefers to use a magazine pouch on the support side, integrated mag pouch on holster can be used for other similarly sized, essential pieces of kit.

    LAWFUL CARRY: Versacarry Guardian Arc Angel

    I am sometimes asked, “What is the best holster?” The answer is first, what best serves your needs/mission; second, what is your personal preference in regard to aesthetics; and third, how well it’s made and fits the firearm. Cost should be the least of your concerns for a holster used for self-defense. I recently came

    Read more »

More from S.W.A.T.Show More

  • STREET SMARTS: Foot Pursuits

    On 2 March 2018, the 24th U.S. police officer to die this year in the line of duty was struck down by gunfire during a foot pursuit. His name was Deputy Jacob Pickett and he worked for the Boone County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office (BCSO). It happened 1.67 miles from the keyboard where this column is

    Read more »

  • Get practice in non-static shooting, such as in this FPF Training class with John Murphy.

    GOOD GUYS WIN! Second Amendment in Action

    Running Gunfight When an armed man forced his way into a St. Louis home at 9:30 on a Wednesday night, he attempted to gain compliance through a display of violence, callously shooting one of the five occupants in the back. But instead of complying, another occupant retrieved a pistol of his own and opened fire

    Read more »

  • FRONTLINE DEBRIEFS: Active-Shooter Response

    A reader recently asked me to comment on a previous article I authored entitled the The Imperfect Machine as it relates to the recent Parkland High School shooting. First and foremost, I wasn’t there. Nor do I have all the details. I can, however, render my take on the situation. During the many active-shooter courses

    Read more »