Photos by Jessie Indracusin Low-power variable scopes with illuminated reticles have grown in popularity in recent years. With the magnification turned down to the lowest setting, which is typically between 1 and 1.5X, and the illumination on, they can be used to quickly engage close-in targets. With the magnification turned up, they can be used
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
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
In the spring of 2014, Heckler & Koch surprised the firearms world with the introduction of their striker-fired HK VP9. The gun was comfortable to shoot, accurate, customizable to users’ hands, reliable, and affordable. I am not sure that even HK was expecting the gun to be as big of a hit as it was.
Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM) makes a wide variety of live-fire simulation training ammunition. This includes non-lethal training ammo, shoot-house ammo, blanks and defensive tactics loads, handgun and rifle conversion kits, protective apparel, training props, and training magazines. UTM munitions are used in 57 countries throughout the world, including both the U.K. and the U.S. The
When it comes to defensive firearm training geared specifically toward private citizens, I feel confident in stating that Tom Givens is one of the best instructors in the U.S. I can say this because I have been in his class, and because he has had over 60 of his non-LEO students prevail in shooting encounters with criminals.
When I heard that Wilson Combat was building a 1911 to the specs of premier tactical trainer Ken Hackathorn, I recognized the ingredients for a great gun. Ken Hackathorn’s background would take an article in itself to cover. He has been instructing for almost 40 years and has provided training to some of the most
While a firearm may be considered the most effective tool for personal self-defense, there are times and places where firearms are not an option. This may be due to local laws, your local status, or problems with your firearm.
The phrase “first responder” is overused. But the fact is that if you are present when violence erupts and threatens your safety, by default you become a first responder.
Many people think of home defense as barricading themselves in their bedroom with their family while calling the police and covering the bedroom door with their firearm, ready to shoot any intruders who attempt to crash through. However, few have planned or practiced how to safely get those family members into their bedroom, or considered