Street Smarts: Desert Breakdown

It’s one thing to pontificate, but quite another to be sitting in the middle of the desert practicing your own advice. Over the past decade and a half, I’ve tried to share lessons on how to stay a little safer when dealing with the daily dose of the sorrow known as life. One or two

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Training and Tactics: Cold Weather Training

It’s mid-winter in North America—and you’re miserable. Frigid temperatures, rain, sleet and snow have combined to cast doubts in your mind as to whether you could, if required, perform at a satisfactory level of competence in a gunfight. Since Rule Number One is to always look cool, that’s no problem, as you’re currently so cool

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Tactical Takedown!: Ruger SR-556TD

In 2009, Ruger introduced the SR-556, marking their first entry into the AR-15 market. What set the SR-556 apart from most other rifles was that it used a chrome-plated two-stage piston system with a multi-stage gas regulator. In March 2015, Ruger invited a select group of gun writers to attend a conference at FTW Ranch

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Plate Carriers: Rig Them Up Right

If you have ever worn a plate carrier for more than just a day on the flat range, you may be familiar with the seemingly never-ending evolution of your gear. This is especially true if you have a plate carrier for more than just an emergency scenario, meaning those in the military, law enforcement and

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Long Guns: Light Machine Gun for Security Details

A few months ago, I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in several years, as he had been doing contract security work in Iraq and elsewhere. He said that on some details he had used M4s, but on others AKs, depending on what he was supplied or could scrounge. He also mentioned that Kalashnikov-based

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Lawful Carry: Simply Rugged Holsters

Everyone wants to have the latest and greatest weapon, thinking that if it’s new and costs a lot of money, it will make them a better shot and subsequently turn them into a better tactician. I have seen students on our range who have spent $1,500 on a pistol and extra mags, and then use

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Good Guys Win! Second Amendment in Action

INCONVENIENCE STORE On a hot August night, a robber with a pistol in his hand approached the cashier in a Rockdale County, Georgia convenience store and demanded money. As the clerk handed over the till in the face of the drawn gun, the robber noticed another store employee watching. The holdup man attempted to conceal

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Good Guys Wear Masks: Operating with a Gas Mask

It is often said you should train as much as possible with your equipment so when the time comes to use it for real, everything is second nature. One aspect of officer training that is often overlooked is shooting with a gas mask on. Most law enforcement officers only train with a gas mask when

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Frontline Debriefs: Righteous Debriefs

In “D” Platoon of the LAPD in the old days, we conducted what I would term “righteous debriefs.” I’m sure they do it today. It was a process that allowed us to learn from our mistakes and not repeat them. Every single member of an operation was given the chance to weigh in on mistakes

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