Training and Tactics: Motel Hell

Security comes in many shapes and forms. Padlocks, retirement investments, video and audio alarm systems, life insurance policies, firearms, martial arts—they’re all utilized with the end objective being peace of mind. And they also exist only by rote of premeditation and forethought. Employment of any, or a combination of some of the above, often results

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Street Smarts: I’ve Locked Up My Last Scumbag

It is said that all good things must come to an end and, in that regard, I have now ended my watch for the last time. A few weeks ago I marked off-duty, took off the uniform and suddenly felt drained, relieved, excited, nostalgic, hopeful, and even unburdened. To my great relief, I didn’t feel

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Shooting a Legend Affordably: MP5 Rimfires

Few firearms are as iconic as the Heckler & Koch MP5. For many people, their first glimpse of the MP5 was in the hands of SAS counterterror troops, U.S. Navy SEALs, or SWAT teams. The high cost of Class 3 firearms made civilian ownership of these amazing firearms expensive—for many prohibitively so—until recently. Several full

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Go Short: LWRCI IC-PSD

The gun industry, especially the “tactical” side of the house, is full of circular and never-ending arguments. Since I’ve been in the firearms world for over 30 years, I can attest that the range of contention is astounding. Experts argue everything from the value of the .25 Auto for backup to the application of the

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Good Guys Win!: Second Amendment in Action

COMBAT CORRESPONDENT Stopping for the night in an Albuquerque motel during a cross-country drive, a former TV news anchor was surprised in the parking lot by a strong-arm robber. As he forced her back into her motel room, she kept her cool, remembering her training as a reserve deputy. While the robber held a gun

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Frontline Debriefs: “Master” Gunfighters

Are there “master” gunfighters? The simple answer is no. The explanation is a bit more complicated. There is no such thing as a master gunfighter that I know of. Not a single one of the hundreds of individuals I have known who have been in actual shootings would lay claim to such a title. Not

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Enemy at the Gate: Disobeying Unconstitutional Orders

Last month’s column made several not-too-complimentary references to “hired government muscle.” That may have raised a few eyebrows in a publication with a target audience with so much, well, “hired government muscle.” As a former “muscle” myself, I should clarify my meaning, which was certainly not intended to cast aspersions on the professions of law

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Danger in the Desert: Surviving a Hostile Environment

The desert Southwest encompasses an immense area. While the desert offers many opportunities, it’s an unforgiving environment to the unprepared. Always tell a friend or relative when and where you’re going and when you plan to return. Clothing requirements vary with the season and elevation. Lightweight light-colored clothing that fully covers the body provides protection

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