Among shooting enthusiasts, there are a variety of niche firearms that serve as good excuses to acquire additional weapons. One of these is the “stash” handgun. You know, the glove box/downstairs/garage/”wherever you want to leave a ready weapon” gun. Among the key features of the stash gun are reliability, weather resistance, and cost. Recently my
I’ve been dragging my feet on getting my own Kalashnikov for years now. In the past, I could never bring myself to put down the cash for even bargain-priced variants at gun shows. I would borrow one when I needed to familiarize myself before deploying or, when overseas, shoot the local versions. I always had the nagging suspicion it was more of a “buyer beware” situation with so many inexpensive, rough-as-a-cob variants out there than the general AK reputation for reliability would indicate.
One of the significant trends in the current Afghanistan fight is the troops’ increasing use of semiautomatic 7.62mm NATO rifles. Most units have gone to some type of AR- or M14-based system and have largely replaced the 7.62mm bolt guns for all but stationary work. On a recent tour, I saw widespread use and appreciation
AR-type .22 rimfire conversions and trainers have flown off dealers’ shelves by the thousands, with shooters looking to mimic the appearance, form or function of their service carbines. Some of these shooters didn’t grow up on a steady regimen of rimfire shooting, while others are now shooting the .22 in volumes not encountered before.
Every so often one finds a training experience that recalibrates the measurement of what is possible and pushes the student past all self-prescribed limits. This is advanced training—and what a group of police, military, and dedicated civilians received at the inaugural Viking Tactics Night Fighter class outside of Fayetteville, North Carolina recently.
The 30-round magazine has been with us for the majority of the M16 series’ service. The original 20-round magazines nearly disappeared for awhile, seeing use in only a few niche areas such as high-power service rifle competition and with a handful of proponents. There are, however, some instances where the shorter magazine can actually outperform
The explosion of interest in the AR platform and the rising cost/scarcity of 5.56mm ammunition have generated unprecedented interest in sub-caliber training solutions for serious training and skills development.
Less than ten years ago, the dump pouch was seldom seen outside a few small communities of users. But with the onset of regular combat in 2003, the utility of a non-dedicated pouch was quickly recognized and spread throughout the combat arms professions. Empty M249 SAW pouches, NOD pouches, extra canteen cases and other readily
Targets are one of the least understood and misapplied tools in the trainer’s toolbox. Used correctly, targets can assist the shooter in reaching a specific training objective more quickly and efficiently. Targets can range from random household or office excess such as paper plates or index cards through traditional NRA competition targets and into exotic
When the historians look back on the first decade of this century, they are likely to call out the widespread acceptance of two things that greatly advanced the capabilities of the rifleman: the 1913 rail and the MOLLE interface. The now ubiquitous Picatinny rail has made it incredibly simple to attach, swap or individually configure