Training and Tactics: Go for the Throat

Many predators go for the throat. Usually deploying their fangs, damaging or destroying an animal’s throat rewards the attacker with steadily increasing incapacitation—sometimes rapid, sometimes not—until the prey is out of the fight. Since the gunslinger’s bullets are his fangs, why doesn’t this breed of cat opt for the throat as an optional target to

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The Cutting Edge: KA-BAR Becker Combat Bowie

When building a long, point-heavy knife, there are several things the designer has to get just right or he’ll end up with a chopping-only implement with built-in limitations. Few really worthwhile “do-it-all” features get added to knives, and when a knife comes along that does more than one thing very well without them, it usually reflects that the evolutionary stages were worked out by a designer who was also an experienced end-user.

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No Margin for Error: Shoot House Safety

The profession of arms does not suffer fools. Authority can be delegated; responsibility cannot. The privileges of being an instructor mean that a sacred trust has been placed in me not only to provide proper advice and guidance, but also to ensure that training will be conducted in a manner that guarantees the safety of

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The Fighting Stance: Maximize Your Shooting Ability

A common mistake among shooters who are new to either tactical or competitive shooting with an AR-type rifle is improper stance. The issue: people who learned to shoot a pistol first usually try to use the same stance with a rifle, and while you can get shots off with reasonable speed and accuracy, you are

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Personal Survival Battery: A Systems Approach

I like to re-read books, because I’ll pick up things I missed the first time through. I’ve read some books a dozen times, and carry a couple with me constantly. I was going through Survival Guns, written by Mel Tappan in 1976, for the umpteenth time when a light bulb came on—Mel was wrong. I

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Tree Treats: Free Food From The Forest

When we consider our forebears’ traditional harvest resources, we see that common trees are a cornucopia of good food that’s free for the taking. Trees have always supplied essential good things to eat, from fruits to nuts, but the tree itself can supply wholesome—and tasty—sustenance to more than beavers. Few people chew on tree parts

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Battle Bug: Taurus 738 TCP

A police officer carries many tools of the trade on his ever-burgeoning pistol belt. Any weight savings is not only appreciated by the end user, but has become a health issue for many as well. Externally acquired weight is also a comfort issue, and sometimes a police officer will delete items from his survival ensemble

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