Defining Instructions by Attributes: Four User Groups

There are many healthy debates in the training community, some of them perennial favorites such as caliber wars, the role of unsighted fire, the best stance, etc. However, these discussions are often conducted without the proper framework. The simple question of “For whom?” is rarely properly addressed.

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The Cutting Edge: Ek Fairbairn-Sykes Mk II Fighting Knife

“In close-quarter fighting there is no more deadly weapon than the knife.” W.E. Fairbairn, 1942. Get Tough (New Ed.), Paladin Press. Ek® Commando Knife Company has a long and distinguished history. Since the company was founded by John Ek in 1941, Ek knives have been battle-tested and proven by American military personnel in six wars:

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Enemy at the Gate: Spirit of Rebellion

On the night of August 1-2, 1946, a group of American World War II veterans attacked their own county government with firearms.* On a summer day in 1969, thousands of citizens of the tiny Soviet republic of Estonia simply sang a song. And sang it and sang it and sang it again until their befuddled

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Effective Firearms Training: Hidden in the Heartland

I first met Steve Fisher at a firearms competition about three years ago. At the time, I was looking for advanced firearms training for competition and self-defense, and several people recommended Fisher’s company—Michigan Defensive Firearms Institute (MDFI). I witnessed his shooting ability first-hand at competitions and was amazed, to say the least. Fisher is a

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Offbeat: Magpul’s Original Equipment Line

One nice thing about AR-type rifles is that owners can customize them to their own wants/needs. No other weapon—except possibly the 1911 pistol—has so many aftermarket parts available for it. Some of these accessories are worthwhile, some marginally so, and some worthless for a fighting rifle. The best have almost always been expensive—until now. SLR-15

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