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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A-TACS Tavor 21 suppressed and scoped to fulfill limited sniper role. Aftermarket foregrip houses powerful white light.

ISRAEL’S AMERICANIZED BULLPUP: Versatile Tavor X95 Rifle

When I traveled to Israel on a counterterrorism project, I rendezvoused with the commanding officer of a military counterterrorist unit at a relative’s home in Jerusalem. He was one of three IDF personnel I had trained with while attending a GSG 9 counterterrorism conference in Germany that hosted members of ten other nations’ hostage rescue

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AGAINST ALL ODDS: TOPS Slingshot and Bug-Out-Bag

Well-known knife company TOPS Knives has brought back childhood memories with one of their newest products. President and designer of TOPS Knives, Leo Espinoza, had some fond memories in mind when he decided to make his own slingshot—again. Much like he did as a kid, Leo wanted to make a new slingshot on a larger

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Emerson CQC-7BW has its genesis in Emerson’s custom handmade CQC-6. The CQC-7 was originally licensed to Benchmade, which sold it under the model name BM970 or BM975 depending on blade length. Emerson CQC-6 (top) and Benchmade BM970. Photo: Dave Mundell

THE CUTTING EDGE: Emerson CQC-7BW Flipper

Ernest Emerson needs no introduction. He’s widely regarded as the father of the modern “tactical folder.” And there’s no more iconic tactical folder than the Emerson CQC-7. It was the genesis of the tactical knife industry and has remained a major influence in tactical knife design. The CQC-7 was designed for one purpose—as a close-quarters

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Author’s EDC rig is a Nighthawk Custom Hi Power in a Simply Rugged Cuda holster plus CID magazine/flashlight pouch with Celtic Knot carving.

LAWFUL CARRY: Simply Rugged Holsters

When it comes to holsters, the selections available are as varied as the people who purchase them. A few of the “big name” manufacturers’ holsters I use on a fairly regular basis include Bianchi, Blade-Tech, Galco, and Safariland. Smaller shops include Rafter-L Combat Leather and Simply Rugged Holsters. This article focuses on the latter. I

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Glock Armorer’s Course covers both Gen3 and Gen4 Glock pistols, including all Standard, Compact, and Subcompact duty pistols. Both generations of Safe-Action pistols will be made for the foreseeable future.

HANDS-ON HANDGUN REPAIR: Glock Safe-Action Armorer’s Course

Attending an armorer’s course is one of the “best practices” when considering any change in duty weapon. At least one member of the weapon selection/approval committee should attend training for the pistol that the department is serious about purchasing. A hands-on armorer’s course allows the officer to cut through the sales hype or myth and

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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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Hansen fires Ruger Security-9 at Gunsite. He found it accurate and easy to shoot.

DYNAMIC DUO: Ruger Security-9 Pistol and PC Carbine

Back in December, I attended a three-day rollout of new Ruger products at Gunsite a month before they were officially launched. The firearms included the Security-9 pistol, PC Carbine, and Precision Rimfire. This report features the first two guns. A BIT OF HISTORY In 1971 Ruger introduced the Security Six double-action revolver. The revolver was

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Ballistic eye protection is essential for all shooters and anyone who may go into harm‘s way. Liquid Eyewear Gasket with hingeless frame made from aircraft aluminum. Liquid also makes a hinged frame model, called the T-Flex, with patent-pending rubber hinge. Liquid Eyewear is veteran-owned and made in the USA.

BALLISTIC EYE PROTECTION: What You Need To Know

Sunglasses are an essential item of personal protective equipment. Selecting the right sunglasses is essential. They not only need to protect your eyes from the sun but from unexpected eye hazards as well. Wearing the proper eyewear could prevent more than 90% of all eye injuries. Non-prescription sunglasses sold in the U.S. are regulated by

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OFFBEAT: ReadiMask Respirator and Eye Shield

I recently became aware of an innovative product called the ReadiMask that is being exclusively distributed to the global law enforcement and corrections markets by Security Equipment Corporation, best known for its SABRE® OC (pepper) spray. The ReadiMask is manufactured by Global Safety First, which will continue to handle distribution and sales to the general

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