May 2009

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Briefing Room: Ya Gotta Love ‘Em

Considering that firearms have been around in one form or another for going on 700 years, the improvements seen in the last few decades—time wise, basically a drop in the bucket—are remarkable. Even the venerable 1911 pistol is a relative newcomer, having been around for “only” 104 years (the 1911… Read More

Dress for Success: Considerations For Concealed Carry

How you carry a concealed weapon and the clothing you wear are just as important as any other tactical consideration. For the armed professional, duty clothing is normally mandated, but what about when you carry off-duty or undercover? You don’t want to dress in a way that announces that… Read More

The Krinkov: Little Bundle Of Firepower

After studying recent additions to my gun safe, I realized I have been on a Kalashnikov binge of late. New additions consist of a Century Arms Yugoslavian M72, Polish Tantal, and Romanian PSL rifles, along with a used AK that I could not pass up due to the right… Read More

Lawful Carry: Safariland 6280 Holster

There are a couple of sayings I remember from when I was young: “Dress to impress” and “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” As a young boy I can remember watching my dad take off his gun belt with all the necessary accoutrements—holster, magazine… Read More

Street Smarts: Active Shooter

In the journalistic trade, hate mail comes with the territory. Though I get “crazy reader” emails only occasionally, during my two decade writing career I’ve been on the receiving end of many barrages of hate mail that called into question my intelligence, ethics and parentage after a particularly juicy story. Read More

Sure Thing Conversion: TAPCO Fusion Stock for 10/22

Like many of us, I had a Ruger 10/22 sitting in my safe gathering dust. And lately, like everyone else on the shooting planet, I have seen ammo prices drastically cut into my available training budget. After seeing the TAPCO Fusion stock, an idea slowly formed. One call to Midway… Read More

Training and Tactics: Storm On The Horizon

Until relatively recent times, duels of honor were invariably preceded by the words “Gentlemen, choose your weapons.” Today, the statement is still valid, but is more applicable to a different situation: that of being prepared as dark clouds once again loom on the horizon. And since Man’s propensity for… Read More