CompM5 throw lever mount allows easy installation of optic to allow use of both eyes.

LONG GUNS Aimpoint CompM5

I’ve tried quite a few optical sights available for the AR-15 platform, and found many of them durable and effective. In fact, I have one AR-15 with a top rail that I use just to test optical sights. I have two other AR-15s for which I have optical sights that stay mounted and zeroed because

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Thompson shoots SSG 08 .300 Win Mag from the bench.

LONG GUNS: Steyr SSG 08 in .300 Win Mag

I became a fan of the Steyr SSG rifle almost 40 years ago when I got my SSG 69 rifle. At the time, it was generally rated the best sniping rifle in the world, though soon Accuracy International would challenge Steyr for that honor. U.S. Remington and Winchester sniping rifles tuned by military armorers were

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LONG GUNS: Lapua Rifle Ammunition

To provide a reliable source of military ammunition for the Finnish Army, the Valtion Patruunatehdas (VPT) ammunition factory in Lapua, Finland was opened in 1923. VPT ammunition soon earned a reputation for excellent reliability and accuracy, especially with its match ammunition. By the start of the Winter War against the Soviet Union in 1939, VPT

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Real Avid Gun Tool has array of hex wrenches and drivers. Hinged compartment contains additional tools and shotgun choke tube wrench.

LONG GUNS: Real Avid Range Tools

A few months ago, I was at the range testing a couple guns for articles and shooting a couple more to stay current with them. During the process, I needed various tools to adjust a scope, mount and re-zero the dial, change the elevation on an AK front sight, and tighten some screws. I also

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Fourteen-inch SBS Ithaca 37 is fast and extremely handy because it has no trigger disconnect.

LONG GUNS 20-Gauge Combat Shotguns

I’ve written before about the advantages of a 20-gauge combat shotgun, and decided it was time to revisit the issue in this column. Up front, I’ll admit that the #3 Buckshot load normally used in the 20-gauge shotgun is not as devastating as the 00 Buckshot load standard in most 12-gauge fighting shotguns. However, that

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Original Al Mar SERE folder was designed for heavy duty and to be carried in a belt pouch.

THE CUTTING EDGE TOPS Al Mar Mini SERE Operator

Special Forces officer LTC Nick Rowe was one of the few U.S. POWs to escape from VC/NVA captivity during the Vietnam War. Based on his experiences, he helped establish the U.S. Army SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) training program in 1981 for special operations personnel as well as air crewmen who might be captured after

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Star BM with famous Guardia Civil “tricornio” dress hat and Spanish police training targets. Guardia Civil used BM for many years.

BATTLE PROVEN BARGAIN: Star BM Pistol

Like many of you reading this, my inbox is generally filled with ads for an array of firearms-related products. I usually open only a fraction of these ads, but I almost always open ones from Century International Arms. Century gets interesting surplus firearms and imports the Red Army Standard ammunition that I use in my

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Snipers from Lithuanian CT unit ARAS, armed with PGM UR in a countersniper position. Photo: ARAS

LONG GUNS: Countersniper Versus Sniper

My title for this column is purposely somewhat ambiguous. Countersniper Versus Sniper could be interpreted as sniper battling sniper, but it could also be interpreted as countersniper as differentiated from sniper. I will discuss the concept in both ways. Due to recent events, I have read quite a bit about how to counter snipers. Many

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Long Guns: Ruger 10/22 Takedown Rifle

As a child, I remember listening to my Grandmother tell stories about my Grandfather, who had a rural mail route. His horse knew the route, so he could leave the animal to navigate the country lanes most of the time. According to his tales, he tucked his .22 rifle behind the seat and many evenings

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