THE CUTTING EDGE: CRKT Provoke

The karambit has become a very popular backup knife. Although it could be argued that it’s less instinctive than a straight-blade knife, the unique features of the karambit make it an outstanding knife for last-ditch self-defense at extreme close quarters, especially for those willing to train with it. The forebear of the modern karambit can…

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OFFBEAT: ETS Magazines

Elite Tactical Systems Group (ETS®) magazines have developed an excellent reputation for delivering reliable performance. The company’s AR, MP5, and Glock mags, and new for 2019 SIG Sauer P320, Smith & Wesson M&P, and M&P Shield mags offer a combination of patent-pending features that sets them apart from other magazines on the market. Some time…

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THE CUTTING EDGE: Hogue EX-F01 Fixed-Blade Knife

Hogue is best known for its outstanding firearms accessories, but Hogue also makes some of the best knives on the market. All Hogue knives are designed by custom knifemaker and former Recon Marine Allen Elishewitz. They are made using only the best materials and employing state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques. The Hogue EX-F01 was designed as a…

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LAWFUL CARRY: 5.11 Tactical Defender-Flex Jeans & Pants

5.11 Tactical® originated the concept of the tactical pant. Originally designed and sold by Royal Robbins as utilitarian pants for mountain climbers, they were adopted by the FBI Training Academy in 1992. The name 5.11 comes from the rating system used by mountain climbers to rate the difficulty of climbs, with 5.11 being the most…

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OFFBEAT: Thyrm CLENS Weaponlight Lens Protector

Photos Courtesy Thyrm If you shoot a lot with a weaponlight attached to your firearm, you have encountered an annoying problem: Carbon buildup from muzzle blast eventually begins to fog up the lens. With today’s higher-output weaponlights, it’s not as much of a problem as it was in the past, but it does still happen.…

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WHEN SIZE MATTERS: SIG Sauer MCX Rattler SBR

Photos Courtesy SIG Sauer The SIG Sauer MCX Rattler is one of the coolest new kids on the block. Billed as the “world’s smallest rifle,” it was designed from the ground up to be as discrete as possible while retaining all the capabilities of the company’s MCX platform. SIG MCX RATTLER The MCX Rattler has…

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SHORT BARREL, BIG PERFORMANCE: POF-USA P415 Edge Pistol

Photos by Josh Locatis The wait is finally over. Patriot Ordnance Factory (POF-USA) has entered the AR pistol market, and in a big way. The company is now offering all its models in compact pistol variants. As a result, the company’s Renegade, Renegade+, P415, P308, and award-winning Revolution can now be had in short-barreled configurations…

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SAFE AND SECURE ON THE ROAD: Hornady RAPiD Vehicle Safe

Firearms security is your responsibility, and you should do everything you can to keep your guns out of the wrong hands. Whenever your firearm is not under your immediate control, it should be securely stored and out of sight. There are times when we must temporarily store our gun in our car or truck. Locking…

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THE CUTTING EDGE: Newest Spyderco Para 3

The Para 3™ is the latest generation of the Spyderco Para Military™ line of folding knives. With the Para 3, Spyderco took the time-proven features and functionality that have made the iconic Para Military™ 2—one of Spyderco’s best-selling knives—and put them into a more compact, all-purpose cutting tool that’s perfect for everyday carry. The Para…

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KNOCK, KNOCK: Ballistic Breaching with Shotguns

Speed is essential in any dynamic entry. Breaching must be both rapid and effective. A variety of methods—mechanical, thermal, explosive, and ballistic—may be employed depending on what is to be breached and the tactical situation. From a military perspective, since combat has migrated toward military operations in urban terrain (MOUT), ballistic-breaching operations have increased. Ballistic…

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