August 2013

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Bug In: Streetwise Supplies For In-Place Survival

Teddy Roosevelt’s candor was good for many quotes, and one of my favorites is his advice to “do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” The “what you have” part can be influenced in advance by planning and preparation. But the uncomfortable reality of having to do what you can “where you…

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Saving Innocent Lives: Civilian Response To Active Shooter Course

We all were shaken to our cores by the horrific murders of 20 schoolchildren and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. When the shock had somewhat lessened, I began to think about how to respond to these active-shooter events in the future. Having a child in elementary school, it was difficult…

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Lawful Carry: Ring’s Manufacturing Blue Guns

We have all heard the old saying, “Practice makes perfect.” A better way to say it is, “Only perfect practice makes perfect.” In other words, if you are practicing something the wrong way, you are only ingraining bad habits, so why practice at all? Also, practice is not the same thing as training, though they…

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Cheap or Right: Rethinking The Pump 12

The slide-action 12-gauge shotgun is the archetypal American long gun—the everyman’s universal tool that is equally useful harvesting edible game or definitively stopping a fight. The two classic “pumps” are the Remington 870 and the Mossberg 500 series, and I have trained extensively with and enjoyed each. I have the utmost respect for the unique…

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Running the Big Dog: SIG Sauer SIG50 Rifle

When it comes to downrange power and accuracy at long distance, the .50 BMG round is king. Besides its use in the venerable Browning M2 machine gun, the round is probably best known in the role of a long-distance sniping round, but the .50 BMG is also capable of taking out vehicles and penetrating cover…

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Why a Weapon-Mounted Light: Illuminating the Reasons

During daylight—when 99.9% of training is conducted—targets are pretty easy to see. And identification is easy, as you are most often shooting at the same target you have been shooting at for however long you have been shooting. Discriminating between shoots and no shoots isn’t normally your problem on the square range because the rangemaster will tell you who to shoot, when to shoot, and how many times to shoot.

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