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QUALITY CONTROL: How Well-Made Is Your Ammo?

You just went out and bought a new gun. You did your due diligence, read the reviews, and talked to your friends who own this make and model, or other guns by the manufacturer. Perhaps you even had a chance to fire someone else’s gun before you decided to buy. Along with the gun, you

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Effect of .338 Lapua from 100 yards!

OFFBEAT: On Point Steel Targets for Rifle CQB

Steel targets are in demand, and why not? This is the age of instant gratification, and nothing is as gratifying as hearing lead strike steel. You know immediately if your shot was a hit or a miss. Pistol ammo can be shot at mild steel as close as ten yards, provided the surface is smooth

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The .380 for Self-Defense: Modern Marvel or Passing Fad?

In the last few years, a lot of people have accepted that the police, no matter how good, are really historians. When they arrive, they ask, “What happened here?” in the past tense. When an attack is happening here, the police are usually way over there. That makes you your own first responder.

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Sgort and Sexy: K&M Arms M17S556 Bullpup

Those who expect to fight with their rifle always want it lighter and shorter. With the AR series, we see this when barrels get hacked off from the 20-inch AR-15 to the 14-inch M4, and the 10 and even seven-inch versions. But there are several downsides to this: the shorter the barrel, the lower the

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Shotmaxx: State-of-the-Art Shot Timer

I admit, I’m an old timer, err, “seasoned shooter.” I shot my first “combat” (now Practical) match in 1971. At that time, power factor was found using a ballistic pendulum. Score, then as now, was by seeing where hits were on the targets. In those days, as today, we used Walt Comstock’s creation, Comstock Scoring,

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Offbeat: Challenge Targets

Like most people, I like to shoot steel targets. They offer many advantages over paper, starting with the instant feedback—hit the target, hear the ring. Plus I don’t need staples, tape or a target backer, just a can of spray paint. And if the wind is strong enough to move a steel target, there is

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Batch Reloading: Time is Money

In the beginning, there was Bullseye pistol shooting, and it was good. Then came High Power Rifle shooting, and that too was good. And then PPC (also known throughout the land as Position Bullseye shooting), and Handgun Silhouette, and Combat (now Practical) Pistol, and the same for Rifle, and 3 Gun, and they were all

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Frontline Debriefs: Has “A” Way Become “The” Way?

For many individuals, as well as for many agencies, “a” way to do something becomes “the” way to do it—the only way. Once we learn something and really adopt it as our own, it can be difficult to change. This is particularly true at law enforcement agencies. One generation of instructors selects the next generation

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Living off the Grid: Plan B: Cost-Effective Hideaways

I have previously written about living off the grid, looking at the high-end permanent home/cabin situation (OFF THE GRID FULL TIME: Self-Sufficiency Without Tears, May 2012 S.W.A.T.). That was the ideal situation, but beyond the reach or desires of many. Now we’ll take a look at what the average person can do with a limited

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