SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: SIG Sauer Training/Service/Competition Ammunition

Everyone old enough to be a regular S.W.A.T. magazine reader remembers the ammunition shortage of 2008 to 2013 that was triggered by Middle East combat and Obama’s anti-gun policies, which resulted in a veritable panic of firearms sales. Reloading components and .22-caliber rimfire rounds were in very short supply. Walmart and other stocking dealers were…

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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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SAINT OR SINNER? Springfield Armory SAINT Pistol in .300 BLK

I was scratching my hairless head trying to figure out how another AR platform could be so successful in a field inundated with numerous variations on Eugene Stoner’s military rifle. The Springfield Armory (SA) SAINT™ AR-15 rifle is a rookie in a population of very mature antecedents, but it has rapidly captured a much respected…

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FILIPINO FIRECRACKER: Armscor Tac Ultra Full-Size High-Capacity Pistol

A reputed gun guru recently opined that the new striker-fired pistols have rendered all-metal hammer-fired handguns obsolete. The sleek polymer-frame striker-initiated pistols offer everything an exposed hammer system does but with the added advantage of a more sealed system that makes the pistol more resistant to battlefield debris. It is the handgun system of choice…

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NEW BREED OF QUIET: SIG Sauer SRD9 Suppressor

Firearm silencers, suppressors, sound moderators, and cans range from crude improvisations to the low- or no-maintenance advanced metal tubes we have today. Examples of the former are “spud silencers”(potatoes jammed onto the end of a revolver barrel), plastic bottles and car oil filters screwed onto threaded barrels, as well as tire inner tubes stretched over…

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LAWFUL CARRY: Get a Grip

Most of us carry black guns, because they look like real guns, not toys. Stainless steel is a close second, due to its rust resistance, durability, and attractiveness. Flat Dark Earth (FDE) is gaining popularity as a result of the desert warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most guns remain stock as they come from the…

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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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VERTX TACTICAL TROUSERS: Unique and Fashionably Rugged

I started wearing 5.11 trousers (my DI told me strongly that women wear pants and men wear trousers) back in the 1980s when FBI HRT adopted a “soft uniform” to wear while at the FBI Academy. Eventually, they were adopted by New Agents Training and it was said that FBI candidates looked like Lands’ End…

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ASSAULT ON RUSTIC RIDGE Combatics Training

Hill fighting in Vietnam, especially for the majority of us “flatlanders,” was among the toughest terrain to trade bullets on. The enemy not only enjoys the high ground, but can be dug in and almost impervious to an array of supporting arms. Given lots of vegetation, the enemy is almost impossible to spot until you…

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LAWFUL CARRY Comp-Tac Multi-Purpose Rigs

There are as many Kydex holsters on the market as there are stars in the sky, and they probably outsell leather scabbards by a wide margin. I love the feel and smell of top-grain leather and appreciate its beauty, but for duty, defense, and competition, it’s hard to beat Kydex gun products. Unlike leather, Kydex…

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