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  • BRIEFING ROOM Dangerous Trends

    Lately I have seen some dangerous trends developing. The first is not maintaining control of your firearm, and the second is carrying a pistol with an empty chamber. Let’s address the latter first. Rule 1 states, “All guns are always loaded.” I like training on a “hot” range, where everyone’s guns are always loaded. The

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  • ENEMY AT THE GATE “Smart Guns” Still Dumb

    The newest push to replace reliably useful guns with so-called “smart guns” came in June, courtesy of U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D-CT). Himes’ H.R. 6109, the “Start Advancing Firearms Enhancements and Technology (SAFETY)” Act of 2018 would provide significant tax relief for gun manufacturers’ efforts to design, produce, and market “smart guns”—guns that are specifically

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  • FRONTLINE DEBRIEFS Police Habits Die Hard

    Brett, my wife, is a saint. Anyone who knows us comprehends what she has to put up with. My mother viewed her as saintly simply due to the fact that, as sophisticated and well educated as she is, through some obtuse rationale, she saw fit to associate with me. She’s a nice girl from Minnesota,

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  • Two throwsticks author carries have varied purposes. Different shapes allow for a different type of flight and impact strength. One throwstick has traditional pattern.

    AGAINST ALL ODDS Long-Range Throwsticks

    The use of sticks to hunt small and medium game is thoroughly documented. Throwstick variants have been found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs but were truly made useful by many native tribes, especially the Australian Aboriginals. Throwsticks and rabbit sticks are variations of the more advanced kylie. While these hunting tools have been discovered

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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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WeaponsShow More

  • 6.5 Creedmoor typifies short and efficient cartridge principle.

    LONG-RANGE PERFORMANCE: Christensen Arms CA-10 G2

    Photos by Ethan Burgreen Any mention of Christensen Arms brings forth an association with their precision bolt-action hunting rifles featuring carbon-fiber-wrapped barrels. This is understandable, as these were the initial product offerings. Various models of Christensen weapons have been brought forward since Dr. Roland Christensen (Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering) saw a way to apply his

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  • Lead-in. No cutline.

    SUB MOA—GUARANTEED: Kimber Advanced Tactical SOC II

    At the SHOT Show four years ago, Dwight Van Brunt, who headed up media relations for Kimber, showed me a new tactical rifle Kimber was introducing. I placed an order for a T&E (test and evaluation) rifle. But Dwight retired from Kimber before the order went through, and I forgot about the rifle. While fact

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  • Deluxe-grade Cabot, with their highest level of hand-polished finish and ancient mammoth-tooth grips. Cost is approximately $12,000.

    CABOT GUNS DOWNSIZES: Now in 9mm Luger

    Henry Ford was alleged to have said that you can have a Model T Ford in any color you want as long as it’s black. Cabot Guns CEO and weapons engineer Rob Bianchin could have informed a potential client in a similar manner: You can have any all-American-made Cabot 1911 in any caliber as long

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Tactics & TrainingShow More

  • Brokos talked about the importance of getting a supported firing position if possible.

    GET THE LEAD OUT: Lead Faucet Tactical Pistol Course

    “If at the end of the next three days of pistol training, you’ve learned one or two good take-aways, I will have done my job.” Dan Brokos began his Training Day 1 brief with this humble statement. He didn’t promise any magic and honestly shared with us the evolution of fighting with a firearm based

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  • Practicing potential responses to a threat may increase your effectiveness. Author practices addressing a threat through passenger window of her vehicle.

    MENTAL TOUGHNESS: Fighting Edge for Women

    This year in the White Mountains of Arizona, a 43-year-old woman was killed by a 14-year-old boy. The boy had broken into the woman’s home. She confronted him with her pistol and proceeded to call her lawyer husband, who was 200 miles away, on her phone. While he listened helplessly, his wife attempted to talk

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  • Close supervision is mandatory when instructing young shooters.

    MENTORING NEW SHOOTERS: Training the Next Generation

    We’ve all seen Internet videos of someone trying a high-powered gun for the first time. Often it ends with an incident of “scope-eye,” a bruised shoulder, dropped weapon, or busted lip. These incidents are supposed to be funny examples of shooting novices grabbing a tiger by the tail. Regardless of spilled blood or damaged limbs,

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GearShow More

  • SureFire M312 Mini Scout Light and Cloud Defensive Light Control System are an outstanding combo, especially for applications where rail space is at a premium. M312 and LCS are on San Tan Tactical STT-15 .300 BLK pistol with Gear Head Works Tailhook MOD 1 Pistol Brace.

    OFFBEAT White Light Performance Redefined

    The use of a remote tape switch allows for optimal placement of a weaponlight without compromising light activation, a major benefit especially with SBRs and PDWs. A tape switch also provides an optimal method of light activation under stress. In the past, poor mounting solutions, cable management issues, increased potential for negligible light discharges, and

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  • Alien Gear Driver Defense Holster mounted in author’s car.

    LAWFUL CARRY Alien Gear Driver Defense Holster

    While driving, I either have on my duty holster and belt or a strong-side holster. Neither can be presented with any alacrity while seated. For that matter, almost no method of carrying a handgun on your person—with the possible exception of a crossdraw holster—is very quick if you are seated. I tried mounting under my

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  • HK Karma is versatile new knife from Hogue Knives designed for duty. Author tested this version with spearpoint blade and black G10 handles.

    THE CUTTING EDGE Hogue HK Karma First Response Tool

    Heckler & Koch and Hogue, Inc. have partnered to release a family of high-performance knives designed and built for law enforcement, military, and first responders. Hogue is now the exclusive knifemaker for Heckler & Koch. The first three knives of the HK Knives series collaboration were unveiled at SHOT Show 2018. They’re the HK Exemplar,

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  • BRIEFING ROOM Dangerous Trends

    Lately I have seen some dangerous trends developing. The first is not maintaining control of your firearm, and the second is carrying a pistol with an empty chamber. Let’s address the latter first. Rule 1 states, “All guns are always loaded.” I like training on a “hot” range, where everyone’s guns are always loaded. The

    Read more »

  • ENEMY AT THE GATE “Smart Guns” Still Dumb

    The newest push to replace reliably useful guns with so-called “smart guns” came in June, courtesy of U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D-CT). Himes’ H.R. 6109, the “Start Advancing Firearms Enhancements and Technology (SAFETY)” Act of 2018 would provide significant tax relief for gun manufacturers’ efforts to design, produce, and market “smart guns”—guns that are specifically

    Read more »

  • FRONTLINE DEBRIEFS Police Habits Die Hard

    Brett, my wife, is a saint. Anyone who knows us comprehends what she has to put up with. My mother viewed her as saintly simply due to the fact that, as sophisticated and well educated as she is, through some obtuse rationale, she saw fit to associate with me. She’s a nice girl from Minnesota,

    Read more »