Hot Trends vs Cold Facts: Perspectives on .308 ARs

The past seven years or so have seen a strong trend toward 7.62x51mm (.308 Winchester) semiautomatic rifles. Each service has dabbled in a handful of platforms, several federal agencies are issuing them in decent numbers, and the market response has been strong. Most shooters want one and many are convinced they need one. I’m here to throw a mildly wet blanket onto the idea and help sort tactical trendiness from actual capability.

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Briefing Room: Concealed Carry: Reasons or Excuses?

A while back I conducted a short, informal survey with 100 of my former concealed-carry class students. The questions included: Do you carry your handgun every day? If not every day, how often do you carry? What handgun do you carry? How do you carry (OWB, IWB, appendix, etc)? How often do you practice? Sixty-two

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Lawful Carry: DeSantis Speed Scabbard

I have carried a gun most of my life. Even if it’s just to go to the drugstore in the middle of the night to buy cold medicine for my son, I go armed. I admit that in the past at two AM, I may not have had my 1911 with a spare magazine. More likely than not, it was a J-Frame with a speed strip. Those days are gone…

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Best-Kept Training Secret: Esoteric High Intensity CQB

I recently had the opportunity to attend an Esoteric, LLC training company CQB course. This was easily one of the most eye-opening courses I have ever attended. Prior to diving deep into the best-kept secret in the training community, I should note I am basing this after-action review on previous training experience under some of

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Offbeat: LaserMax UNI-Green Rifle Pack

When it comes to visible lasers, green is good. Green lasers appear significantly brighter than red lasers of the same output and collimation. The color sensing cones of the human eye have their peak response in the green.

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Prepper Special: Versatile Pump Shotgun

I’ve had the good fortune to train with some of the great instructors, most of whom come from Gunsite lineage—Chuck Taylor, Clint Smith, Bill Jeans, Pat Rogers, Bill Murphy, and Louis Awerbuck. Bill Murphy ran the 260 Shotgun class at Gunsite, and Louis taught “the gauge” through his company, Yavapai Firearms Academy.

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Around and Around They Go: Tumblers for Handloading

When I began reloading in 1976, my department used .38 Special/.357 Magnum revolvers. Naturally, this was the first cartridge I reloaded. After a few hundred rounds, I started seeing scratch marks on my cases. I sent the die to RCBS, which sent a replacement die with a note asking how long I tumbled my brass to get them clean before resizing them.

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War Belts: Rigging Up for Battle

Carrying spare ammunition for both primary and secondary weapons, medical items, night-vision equipment, communications gear, breaching charges, and maybe a couple of grenades or flash bangs can add up to quite a combat load. And let’s face it, there is only so much space on plate carriers, body armor, or chest racks to mount and store these items.

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