A Classic Returns: Smith & Wesson Model 58

Smith & Wesson has been reintroducing older model revolvers as part of their Classic series. And it’s been interesting for me to follow which ones have been included. In a lot of cases, I still had my original revolver from back in the day, so didn’t see any need to purchase a brand new one.

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Happy Medium: Springfield Armory EMP

Any two opposing forces, given enough time working against each other, eventually come to a middle ground. Springfield Armory’s .40-caliber Enhanced Micro Pistol (EMP) might just be the defensive pistol embodiment of this universal law.

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Briefing Room: Let’s Get Real

What constitutes “realistic training”? Ask half a dozen instructors this question and I’ll give you even odds that you will receive six different answers. To me, realistic training is acquiring, and then perfecting, skill sets that are unique to your perceived needs. For example, in the last four pistol courses I have attended, the majority

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The Cutting Edge: TOPS Knives MIL-SPIE

Very high-quality, custom-made knifes are excellent examples of craftsmanship and, often, design. However, they are generally expensive. That is a problem for military personnel or street cops who need a knife that can stand up to hard usage but will not require a title loan to replace if it gets lost or destroyed. TOPS Knives

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Super Ingram: MasterPiece Arms MPA1 Defender

Improve on a 45-year-old design, and what do you get? You get a Super Ingram pistol or rifle from MasterPiece Arms, Inc. While its basic blowback and telescoping bolt internals remain close to the original, the MPA1 Defender series features some interesting changes. It is now a closed-bolt rather than a blowback system, which makes

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