Combat Assault Aid: Exoskel Shin Guards

I don’t wear shorts in the summer (or at any time, for that matter) because my legs are a mess of scar tissue. During SWAT’s early days and the beginning of FBI HRT, forced building entries and room combat were conducted without lower limb protection. We were either too… Read More

Master Blaster: Coonan Classic .357 Magnum Pistol

Most handgunners are familiar with the 79-year-old .357 Magnum revolver cartridge and that Messrs Elmer Keith, Phillip Sharpe and Colonel D.B. Wesson of Smith & Wesson were responsible for its design and development. To this day, it enjoys a reputation as a reliable man stopper. Its vaunted 125-grain JHP (Jacketed… Read More

Hype or Hope? G2 Research RIP Round

The Internet has recently been hyping—and at the same time ridiculing—a nasty-looking radical solid-copper hollow-point (HP) handgun bullet that reminded me of Bill Kaswer’s saw-toothed “Pin Grabber” bowling pin bullet as well as Winchester’s Black Talon round. This bullet received a lot of hysterical mainstream press concerning complaints from emergency… Read More

Battle Bug: Taurus 738 TCP

Taurus carry case will accept extra six-round magazine and trigger-guard mounted Crimson Trace laser. A police officer carries many tools of the trade on his ever-burgeoning pistol belt. Any weight savings is not only appreciated by the end user, but has become a health issue for many as… Read More

Small But Serious: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield

Smith & Wesson (S&W) has finally joined the growing field of increasingly popular full-power sub-sub-compact pistols specifically designed for concealed carry with its new M&P Shield in 9x19mm and .40 S&W calibers. (the 9mm version is reviewed here.) This downsizing is also testimony to the soundness of the M&P design… Read More

Transferable Skills: Advantage Arms 1911 .22 Conversion Kit

I am an unabashed fan of Advantage Arms (AA) sub-caliber conversion kits and have written two previous reviews on their Glock conversions for S.W.A.T. Magazine. For the money, these kits offer the most bang for the buck (pun intended) of the majority of kits currently on the market. As a… Read More

Weight Watcher: Wilson Combat Spec Ops 9 Pistol

Most jaded American military, police and Spec Ops warriors look upon the 9x19mm caliber round with some disdain. However, in other parts of the globe, 9x19mm is classified as a powerful handgun caliber and truthfully, is about all most members of foreign military and police can handle skillfully. HRT’s… Read More

Super Ingram: MasterPiece Arms MPA1 Defender

Improve on a 45-year-old design, and what do you get? You get a Super Ingram pistol or rifle from MasterPiece Arms, Inc. While its basic blowback and telescoping bolt internals remain close to the original, the MPA1 Defender series features some interesting changes. It is now a closed-bolt rather… Read More

Lean and Very Mean: Taurus PT 709

As one competitor of Taurus has opined, “Slim is in.” The sub-compact Taurus PT 709 series certainly provides an individual with that currently coveted attribute in three different metallurgical formats. The frame is lightweight polymer, but slides can be acquired in carbon and stainless steels and Titanium. The relatively… Read More

Don’t Tread on Me: Springer Precision Tactical XD Pistol

Both medium and large frame four-inch barreled revolvers were no problem for larger stature personnel, but as dress belts and belt loops became narrower and the FBI’s height requirement was abolished, issue sidearms also saw reductions in profile because of concealment concerns. Read More