Offbeat: MGM Switchview Lever

Variable-power optics are gaining ground in the black rifle world. The days of the fixed-power magnified optic are largely over. The remaining inventory of military-issue fixed-power optics will persist to the end of their service life due to budgetary constraints, while individuals flock en masse to new-generation variables. With variable-power optics, there are a couple

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Glock Pistols: The Good, the Bad And The Ugly

The Glock has become a fixture in American pop culture, from its “X-ray proof” beginnings to its current ubiquity. It is the defining example of the contemporary polymer service pistol and has become the benchmark by which other models are judged in terms of reliability, ergonomics and cost. I’ve recently been training with a few

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Offbeat: BCM Gunfighter Grip MOD 3

Bravo Company Manufacturing (BCM) joined the pistol grip fray a little over a year ago with their Gunfighter Grip, and has recently offered a modification to their product. The MOD 3 is a high-impact polymer pistol grip that is a drop-in replacement for the A2 part. All the shooter needs is a long bladed screwdriver or Allen wrench, depending on how the rifle maker attached the stock unit, and about two minutes of time. The grip is offered in Black, Flat Dark Earth, and Foliage Green, which are the big three for all things AR.

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Hideouts in High Gear: Running Back-Up Guns At Speed

How do .38 and .380 hideout guns stack up against a full-size service pistol up close and fast? We put them to the test. In a previous issue, we looked at just how far the back-up gun, or BUG, could reasonably hit from realistic positions (HUNDRED-YARD POCKET GUNS: Stretching Out The Backups, February 2014 S.W.A.T.).

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Duel of the Carbines: M1 Carbine vs. M4

Is the U.S. Carbine, Caliber .30 M1 still viable in a post-AR world? I began to kick that question around at the height of the recent AR buying frenzy. A variety of longtime M1 Carbine owners probably had a similar question as lines formed at gun counters. I knew several trainers who had advocated the

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Shotgun Modifications: From Good to Great

In spending some extended quality time with a Benelli M2/21 inch with the ComforTech stock over the last year, I realized I really liked the potential of this particular model. However, there were a variety of little things that needn’t be left alone, and I started down the modification path. The last few years have

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Pick-Up Challenge: We Double Dare Ya!

Like most gun guys and red-blooded American fighting men, I can’t help but notice the hardware of the locals and police/security forces when I travel. This is partly because I’m interested, but also because you never know when that type/model/series may be the weapon of opportunity in a crisis.

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Cheap or Right: Rethinking The Pump 12

The slide-action 12-gauge shotgun is the archetypal American long gun—the everyman’s universal tool that is equally useful harvesting edible game or definitively stopping a fight. The two classic “pumps” are the Remington 870 and the Mossberg 500 series, and I have trained extensively with and enjoyed each. I have the utmost respect for the unique

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Finding Fifth Gear: US PALM AK Upgrades

I have been working with the Arsenal SLR-107F rendition of the modern Russian AK 100 series (MY FIRST KALASHNIKOV, December 2012 S.W.A.T.; D.I.Y. AK MODS, February 2013 S.W.A.T.) and was impressed by the potential of the rifle but frustrated by the limitations of the stock configuration. A trusted friend put me in touch with US PALM to see what some simple upgrades would do. US PALM has spent solid time looking at the AK problem and invested effort in bringing its potential out to become capability for shooters. I ordered some parts and stood by.

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