Handloading Subsonic Ammo: Is It Worth It?

Suppressors have become extremely popular, and more folks are reaping the benefits of suppressed shooting. They are so popular a push has begun to take them off the NFA list of regulated weapons. In my opinion, they never should have been put on that list to begin with. I know—they were put there to keep

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Hundred-Yard 1911: STI Nitro 10

What comes to mind if someone mentions a handgun specialized for defense, law enforcement, or military applications? Many would first consider a 1911 chambered in .45 ACP. An ergonomic, instinctive-pointing, hard-hitting handgun is a premium when having to react decisively to a threat. These were John Browning’s guiding principles in creating the 1911. The 1911’s

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Step Aside, J-Frame: Make Way for the Smith & Wesson Shield

Shooters may have noticed that the Smith & Wesson Shield is making serious inroads into the market lately. Since the nationwide explosion in concealed carry began, the .38 Special five-shot revolver—best represented by the S&W 642 Airweight—has been the lead offering from the firm for backup and concealment. The small “J” frame designation is nearly

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Frontline Debriefs: Witness Interviews

Individuals who are neither police nor military have their own unique perception and interpretation of events. This is especially true when such individuals have witnessed an officer-involved shooting (OIS). Bear in mind that these individuals have never been exposed to deadly force events save those depicted on the big or small screen. The following are

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Enemy at the Gate: Yassuh, Massah Bloomberg!

We activists have been saying all along that “gun control” is really victim disarmament. I can’t recall our enemies ever addressing that issue directly, but now one of the biggest guns (you’ll pardon the expression) in the anti-gun movement has admitted the truth. And boy, did he admit it in a big way. Michael Bloomberg

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For Tactics or Trophies: CZ 75 Tactical Sport

There is no debate that CZ makes beautiful, rugged and reliable pistols, be they in steel, aluminum or polymer. While not as popular in the United States, the CZ 75 is recognized for its excellence by foreign military and police departments and most recently has been acquired by Egyptian law enforcement and Special Forces. The

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The Cutting Edge: Two Versatile Tomahawks

In 2011, I wrote a S.W.A.T. article on tomahawks that I would recommend for military usage, though they could also serve other purposes (COUNTING COUP IN THE 21ST CENTURY, March 2011 S.W.A.T.). The emphasis on most of the ones I evaluated was their close-combat utility. Since that time, I’ve received emails asking if I can

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A Nation of Riflemen: Civilian Marksmanship Program

With the multiple assaults on legitimate gun owners in the United States, one might take comfort in the fact that there exists a federally chartered organization dedicated solely to the training and education of United States citizens in the use of firearms and airguns through gun safety training, marksmanship training, and competitions. The Civilian Marksmanship

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Briefing Room: A Penny Saved…

Sometimes at the range, the old saying “A penny saved is a penny earned” proves not to be true—at least when it comes to buying defensive products. I attend any training class that I can, believing I can get something from every instructor, even if it’s what not to do. A few months ago, I

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