Tactical NAV: Military-Grade Navigation for Handheld Devices

The popularity of the Apple iPhone®, iPod® and iPad cannot be overstated. They are quickly becoming the preferred handheld devices of military and law enforcement as well. The U.S. Department of Defense has officially approved Apple devices running iOS 6 or later to access its secure government networks. Android® devices are also making inroads. DoD…

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Tactical Shotgun Redefined: Magpul SGA Stock and SureFire DSF WeaponLight

Although the shotgun has lost its premier status in law enforcement with the “advent” of the patrol rifle, it hasn’t lost its effectiveness as a defensive tool. A quality pump-action shotgun is generally inexpensive, simple, reliable, versatile and easily customized. Many agencies are transforming their older shotguns into dedicated less-lethal platforms. Although it has its…

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Firing off the Ruck: Tactical Considerations

As every experienced shooter knows, accurate rifle shooting requires the application of the four key fundamentals of marksmanship: steady position, sight alignment, breath control, and trigger squeeze. When artificial support is available, it should be used to steady the position and support the rifle whenever practical. When artificial support isn’t available or practical, the bones…

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The Cutting Edge: Blackhawk MOD SFK Folder

Inspired by the designs of Col. Rex Applegate, W.E. Fairbairn and Brent Beshara’s original UK-SFK™ dagger, the MOD® SFK Folder is a new folding combat knife from Blackhawk. Made in Italy, the SFK Folder features a 3.94-inch long, 0.150-inch thick N690Co stainless-steel spear-point blade, hardened to RC 58-60. It has a 3.5-inch edge. The knife…

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Against All Odds: Self-Defense in the Non-Permissive Environment

A Non-Permissive Environment (NPE) can mean many things. For the purposes of this article, NPEs are those environments in which the carrying of firearms or other weapons is either prohibited or restricted by law or policy. There is an element of society that believes we will be safer if the carrying of firearms in specific…

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True High-Capacity Magazines: SureFire MAG5-60 and MAG5-100

SureFire High-Capacity Magazines can provide the operator with some clear-cut tactical advantages, including increased initial firepower in ambush and active shooter situations, less downtime and target distraction in a firefight, the need for fewer reloads overall, and less bulk compared to drum magazines. Common SOP is to keep a SureFire High-Capacity Magazine in the weapon for initial contact and standard 30-round capacity magazines for reloads.

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Bargain Target Stand: DIY For Under $20

Let’s face it, budgets are tight these days. While you can go out and pay $50 or more for a steel target stand, you can build your own target stand that does the same job at a fraction of the cost. One of the easiest and least expensive ways is to use PVC pipe and…

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Offbeat: SureFire M720V RAID WeaponLight

When it comes to weapon-mounted lights, SureFire® wrote the book. Since its introduction in 1986 of the first weapon-mounted light (a novel concept at the time), SureFire has continued to set the standard by which all weaponlights are judged.

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