April 2018

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BATTLE PROVEN BARGAIN: Star BM Pistol

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

ISRAEL’S AMERICANIZED BULLPUP: Versatile Tavor X95 Rifle

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

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

TOPS Slingshot includes quality leather sheath with generous belt loop on the back. Simple snap closure keeps sling secure yet deploys quickly. Well-known knife company TOPS Knives has brought back childhood memories with one of their newest products. President and designer of TOPS Knives, Leo… Read More

THE CUTTING EDGE: Emerson CQC-7BW Flipper

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 Ernest Emerson needs no introduction. Read More

LAWFUL CARRY: Simply Rugged Holsters

Cuda holster for 1911 with CID magazine pouch and lined 1¾-inch gunbelt and Texas Pancake (top right) for large-frame revolver. Snake skin is from a Mojave rattlesnake—a former resident of Gunsite. When it comes to holsters, the selections available are as varied as the people… Read More

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

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. Attending an armorer’s course is one of the “best practices” when considering any change in… Read More

LONG GUNS: Countersniper Versus Sniper

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

DYNAMIC DUO: Ruger Security-9 Pistol and PC Carbine

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

BALLISTIC EYE PROTECTION: What You Need To Know

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… Read More

OFFBEAT: ReadiMask Respirator and Eye Shield

ReadiMask was developed with professionals in mind. It’s ideal for first responders and is NTOA Member Tested & Recommended. Photo: Security Equipment Corp I recently became aware of an innovative product called the ReadiMask that is being exclusively distributed to the global law enforcement and… Read More