Add a Gemtech GM-45 suppressor to a rail gun with mounted light and you have a gun that should handle any mission.

RUNNING OFF THE RAILS: Comparing Six Rail-Gun Pistols

Photos by Liam Clendenen I’m not a great fan of weapon-mounted lights for most situations. With good training, there are a boatload of techniques that allow a shooter to manipulate a pistol or carbine and a light, and even a pump shotgun and a light, though that’s more difficult. A patrol officer in Washington State

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Going Retro: Bolt Guns for Preppers

“When we get to the end of the world as we know it, the last man standing on the slag heap will be a gray-haired guy with a Model 98 Mauser.” — Louis Awerbuck Bolt-action rifles became the world’s military standard in the 1890s but are older than that, some dating to the mid-1800s. Sportsmen

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The Strong Silent Type: Straight Scoop on Suppressors

Silencer: A device designed to muffle the report of a firearm. Suppressors, or silencers, also colloquially known as cans, have been around since the late 1800s. The first patented one came from Maxim in 1909. At the same time, Maxim also developed the muffler for gasoline engines—they share the same principles. The hot gas leaving

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Prepper Special: Versatile Pump Shotgun

I’ve had the good fortune to train with some of the great instructors, most of whom come from Gunsite lineage—Chuck Taylor, Clint Smith, Bill Jeans, Pat Rogers, Bill Murphy, and Louis Awerbuck. Bill Murphy ran the 260 Shotgun class at Gunsite, and Louis taught “the gauge” through his company, Yavapai Firearms Academy.

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Preparedness Force Options: Assembling a 9mm Carbine

In 1873, Colt and Winchester both introduced firearms chambered in the same pistol cartridge, the .44-40. This round fit the new Colt Peacemaker, or Single-Action Army, which became one of the most popular defensive handguns of all time. It also chambered in the 1873 Winchester lever-action, which was available with barrel lengths from carbine to rifle. These two weapons became the guns that won the West.

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Mighty Miniature: Browning Black Label 1911-22

“My, that is cute!” The grizzled, scarred, nasty old Command Sergeant Major looked like the last critter on earth who’d call a pistol “cute.” His military and police careers had made him as hard as woodpecker lips, and “cute” sounded strange coming from him. However, “cute” is the perfect word to describe the Browning Black

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Toolbox Terminators: LaRue Compact .308 Rifles

A few years ago, the Leupold Academy approached me to team-teach a couple of classes. Leupold was showcasing its optics while providing quality training to law enforcement, so it sounded like a perfect match. One of the classes was Precision Rifle, which I’ve been well trained in, having completed courses with the FBI, Alaska State

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.308 AR Battle Royale: Six Go Head to Head

This year at SHOT, several S.W.A.T. readers approached me with questions about .308 ARs. They wanted to know what I thought about gun X or gun Y. Which was the most accurate, the most reliable, handled the best—the normal things gun guys think about. I have to confess I had no idea. I have a

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