Offbeat: Robar Customized XD

It’s been 25 years since Robbie Barrkman first built a shotgun and a pistol for me. It’s been ten years since I first torture-tested an HS2000 pistol. So the logical step, when Springfield Armory released their .45 ACP Compact XD (the Americanized name for the HS2000), was to mate up Barrkman’s prowess with an already established reliable pistol.

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After Action Review: Learn From Your Experiences

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana Like everything else, the military has a three-letter acronym for it—AAR. Its full title is the After Action Review. In less formal terminology, it is a debrief. While we’ve given it a couple of fancy terms of late, it’s something that’s

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Against All Odds: The Survival Mindset

To be real blunt, you cannot “learn” survival no matter how many videos or books you study. An instructor can only bring enlightenment to the methods that aid in various types of developed skills. Survival is a natural reaction known as staying alive. It can be as simple as running away from a threat or

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Briefing Room: New Firearm Ban On The Horizon

On Monday, 13 September 2004, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994—colloquially known as the Assault Weapon Ban—expired. While responsible owners of firearms cheered the sunset of this nefarious ban, the anti-gun movement swore they would be back, and they are—with a vengeance! Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) recently introduced new anti-gun (read

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The Cutting Edge: MIL-K “Demo” Knife

My grandmother—my Bobki—arrived illiterate from Poland when she was a teenager. She married young in a mill town, cleaned houses for income, lost her husband on Christmas Day when she was seven months’ pregnant with my father, and remarried a man who died not too many years thereafter. Between my Dad’s brothers, sisters, step-brothers, step-sisters,

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Enemy at the Gate: The NFA Must Go!

In a country that respected its highest laws, this would be the shortest article in the world: “…the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” “The National Firearms Act is an infringement.” “Repealed.” No, to be more accurate, in a country that respected its highest laws, I wouldn’t be writing this article

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Frontline Debriefs: Fighting When You’re Hit

In my previous column, I discussed what you might expect should you be struck by gunfire. Since the expectation can run the gamut due to all the variables present in gunfights, it is probably a wise move to steel yourself ahead of time should this become a reality. All of us are different. We have

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