Working Geissele on Gunsite’s Military Crest Range was almost too easy. Accuracy was excellent and Comp M4S kept it simple and consistent.

USSOCOM UPPER RECEIVER: Geissele URGI

For the last two decades, I have looked at the 5.56mm carbine through the optic of a patrol rifle. It started in 1995 during my first police carbine school, then continued during a remote class Clint Smith taught at my home range shortly afterward. The North Hollywood bank robbery solidified that optic in 1997, when

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Mossberg FLEX Tool-Less Locking System allows a single shotgun action to be easily configured for multiple missions. Same gun can hunt doves, bust clays, eliminate evildoers, or quell a riot.

EMBRACING TACTICAL FLEXIBILITY: Mossberg FLEX TLS

What exactly is the ideal single survival gun? You’d think by now geeks like me would have beaten that dead horse into hamburger. However, the answer can at times seem impenetrable. Gene Stoner’s esteemed black rifle is obviously a contender. You can drop a holy fortune tricking out one of those rascals to DevGru standards.

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Original Single-Six (top) with Wrangler.

SIXGUN STRESS RELIEVER: Ruger’s New Wrangler Revolver

In 1953, the year before I was born, Ruger introduced the Single-Six single-action revolver. Although it was released in an era when double-action revolvers were king among private citizens and peace officers, it performed reliably for thousands of outdoorsmen. The original Single-Six was in continuous production for two decades. Although a sixgun, savvy pistoleros carried

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Dual-optic carbines give user best of both capabilities: red dot for CQB and LPVO for long-range threats. Transition between them is extremely fast, thanks to modern 45-degree offset mounts.

RIFLE SET-UP: Mission vs. Situation

When conducting direct-action missions to take down buildings or compounds, the norm is to expect a close-quarters combat (CQB) fight. This makes the typical choice a shorty carbine with some sort of red dot optic. The reasoning is a short weapon length is best for use in confined spaces and a red dot or holographic

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Spoiler alert: Test rifle motoring along at just under 10,000 rounds.

THE FIRECLEAN GUN: Three More Years of Testing

FIREClean is one of the market leaders in the new wave of high- performance, non-toxic firearm lubricants. In 2016, I wrote about a test where I took a milspec Bravo Company Mfg upper receiver group to 3,000+ rounds on a single lubrication with no cleaning or maintenance over a six- month period (FIRECLEAN: Next Generation

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Brandon Trevino with feral boar taken with Ruger AR-556 MPR in .450 Bushmaster.

BIG-BORE BLASTER: Ruger AR-556 MPR in .450 Bushmaster

Last year Ruger added a model to their AR-556® MPR line chambered for the .450 Bushmaster cartridge. The company’s Ruger American Ranch chambered for that cartridge has been one of Ruger’s best-selling rifles, so it only made sense to bring one out in the popular AR platform. In fact, this is the platform the cartridge

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Lightweight Browning Black Label and tiny GSL Pill Box are a match made in heaven.

COOL AND QUIET: GSL Technologies Pill Box Suppressor

I’m at a place in life where “cool” really doesn’t resonate with me. It seems that every day, some manufacturer introduces the newest, latest, greatest, coolest thing ever built. I did some training for an Alaska department that bought the newest, coolest gun on the market, and it didn’t work. Once in a great while,

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SOL Escape Pro Bivvy next to Escape Lite Bivvy. Newer eight-ounce bivvy retains more heat and covers up like a mummy bag.

AGAINST ALL ODDS: A Tale of Two Bivvies

SOL (Survive Outdoors Longer) has come out with their newest offering to the bivvy market—the Escape Pro Bivvy. Although SOL is not new to the bivvy market, the newer Pro series makes some subtle changes to the existing line-up. Throughout the warmer season, I used the Escape Lite Bivvy, so I could evaluate two options

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Colt version of Aircrewman revolver.

LONG GUNS: US M4 Survival Rifle

When I first became interested in firearms over half a century ago, there weren’t as many gun magazines or gun books as there are now. As a result, I read every article in the American Rifleman and other magazines. I checked out the few books in my local library on guns multiple times. I must

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A good knife is an integral piece of kit, whether in a war zone, the urban jungle, or a quick trip to the corner store.

THE CUTTING EDGE: Emerson CQC-8

Photos by Katie and Rebecca Davis The Emerson CQC-8 is not the newest, trendiest piece of gear. And in this day and age when so many people only look at the latest gear, plenty of time-tested tools can be overlooked. This edged tool is a perfect example, as it has long been associated with the

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