I am often asked, “How often should I train/practice?” and “What should I be practicing?” The short answer is: Apply the rule of the three Rs. Training should be recent, relevant, and realistic. Recent To stay in top form, your training/practice needs to be recent. It has been said that proficiency with firearms is a
The ability to carry a weapon every day for self-defense is one of our inalienable rights. It is also a huge responsibility. Carrying a firearm concealed gives a private citizen or off-duty officer a tactical advantage. I can’t think of many pros to open carry. Some say a full-size gun is too hard to conceal,
There was a time when painting a firearm was considered heresy. I remember the strange looks I received from my fellow deputy sheriffs when they saw my Mini-14/GB painted tan with splashes of gray and OD. That was a long time ago, and now it is not unusual to see as many painted rifles at
Red dot sights are a tremendous aid in getting fast hits. They’re gaining in popularity and credibility with each passing week, as more are successfully used in both combat and serious training. Use of the sights has allowed trainers to embrace techniques that take advantage of their unlimited eye relief and single sighting plane. In
Knock knock. “Sheriff’s Office Search Warrant, Police Search Warrant.” Wait…wait. “Breacher up.” This scenario is played out frequently—unfortunately all too frequently—throughout our great country in an effort to combat illegal narcotics and improve the quality of life within communities. Every SWAT team or narcotics unit serving warrants must adhere to their state laws and guidelines
In the September 2008 issue of S.W.A.T., Jeff Randall answered the request of some readers by writing about remote first aid. Jeff did a good job of covering what you may face once you leave the safety of your home, though I should really say, once you leave the safety of your bed, since most accidents occur in the home.
I’ve fired a lot of rounds through rifles and carbines chambered for 5.45x39mm. Although I’ve done a good deal of shooting with the AKS-74 and AKSU-74 in Russia, I actually did most of my initial shooting with the round in Brussels, Belgium. A former member of the KGB bodyguard details was working for the importer