Clemente points out long-range targets to three-man fire team situated along high ground’s military crest.

ASSAULT ON RUSTIC RIDGE Combatics Training

Hill fighting in Vietnam, especially for the majority of us “flatlanders,” was among the toughest terrain to trade bullets on. The enemy not only enjoys the high ground, but can be dug in and almost impervious to an array of supporting arms. Given lots of vegetation, the enemy is almost impossible to spot until you

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Primal Gear offers VForce .245 take-down arrows. They hold up extremely well to repetitive use and screw together with little effort.

AGAINST ALL ODDS Primal Gear Survival Bow

The skills of our grandparents and great-grandparents are being forgotten and lost faster than they can be written down and memorialized. Many of our modern conveniences replace the need to have some of these old techniques. Yet some people are finding a way to meld old and new technologies, and these old skills and tools

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Rifle as tested with Vortex scope, TangoDown bipod, and Blue Force Gear sling.

VERSATILE PRECISION RIFLE: LWRCI R.E.P.R. MKII

My first centerfire rifle was a Model 740 Remington Woodsmaster chambered in .308 Winchester handed down to me by my brother. I made my first successful deer hunt with it at the ripe old age of 13, using M80 ball ammo. Knowing what I know now, I would never consider using FMJ ammo on game,

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STREET SMARTS What a Pane!

While staring out an airplane window last week, I marveled at the multiple thicknesses of acrylic that protected me from the low pressure and frigid temperatures less than a paperback-book thickness away. While such idle fascination is the result of a bored mind sitting in one of those flying chicken coops we call ”air travel,”

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Author using general-issue M4 equipped with then-current SOPMOD Block II items in 2015. Except for a heavier barrel, the carbine itself has remained almost unchanged since its first issue in the late 1990s.

OVERDUE UPGRADES Improving the M4 Carbine

There is no doubt the M4/M4A1 is the finest carbine in the world. From the streets of Baghdad to the mountains of Afghanistan, the M4 series carbine has proven to be fully capable of providing the lethal fire needed by our nation’s warfighters. But does that mean it has no room for improvement? The M4A1

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Fourteen-inch SBS Ithaca 37 is fast and extremely handy because it has no trigger disconnect.

LONG GUNS 20-Gauge Combat Shotguns

I’ve written before about the advantages of a 20-gauge combat shotgun, and decided it was time to revisit the issue in this column. Up front, I’ll admit that the #3 Buckshot load normally used in the 20-gauge shotgun is not as devastating as the 00 Buckshot load standard in most 12-gauge fighting shotguns. However, that

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Original Al Mar SERE folder was designed for heavy duty and to be carried in a belt pouch.

THE CUTTING EDGE TOPS Al Mar Mini SERE Operator

Special Forces officer LTC Nick Rowe was one of the few U.S. POWs to escape from VC/NVA captivity during the Vietnam War. Based on his experiences, he helped establish the U.S. Army SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) training program in 1981 for special operations personnel as well as air crewmen who might be captured after

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