Training and Tactics: Fighting Mindset

She seemed like your average rational person—but then she had to open her fool mouth. Cruising the local swap meet, I was engaged in the inevitable masochistic pursuit of hoping to stumble upon a $10 Webley Fosberry or similar never-going-to-happen bargain. Encountering a pair of pit bulls, I stopped to trade some doggie-talk, ear scratching,

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Street Smarts: Run, Rabbit, Run

There you are, steely eyed dealer of death, walking through the doors of your local Stop-N-Rob when you observe some low-life puke holding a gun on the clerk. Uh-oh. What shall we do? If you’re like me, your first thought would be to immediately “un-ass” the area and place a couple of ZIP codes between

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Sure and Silent: SureFire Ryder Sound Suppressor

Building upon the success of its award-winning SF Ryder™ 22-A sound suppressor, SureFire® has come out with a battle-ready version of the Ryder sound suppressor for 9mm pistols, submachine guns, and carbines. The new SF Ryder 9Ti (“Ti” being the periodic table symbol for titanium) features an ultra-light titanium tube, front plate, and rear plate

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Stop Blaming the Trigger: Negligent Discharges

Sometimes, it is necessary to sit back and take a long, slow look at the world. And rant. Let’s qualify some issues. Firearms, of and by themselves, are harmless. They require human interaction in order to function. In order for a human to properly discharge a firearm, it must be loaded with a cartridge. The

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Teutonic Titan: German MP40

Lieutenant Waverly Wray was an officer in D Company of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in June 1944. He dropped into Normandy on D-Day with the 82nd Airborne Division. A former Mississippi state revenue agent whose combat exploits were the stuff of legend, Lt. Wray grew up right down the road from where I currently

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Long Guns: M1D Garand Sniper Rifle

Today’s use by U.S. armed forces of highly accurate semi-auto sniping rifles such as the M110 SASS or the SR-25/Mk 11 Mod 0 is considered a tactical advantage. These rifles are so accurate that shots may be placed with precision that rivals bolt-action 7.62x51mm sniping rifles. During World War II, the general issue of the

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Survival’s Big Seven: Must-Have Basics

The most successful survival strategies are usually the ones that focus on the basics—food, water, first aid, medical, sanitation/hygiene, self-defense, security, and of course, knowing when to stay put and when to get out. These are all crucial for staying alive, especially during a disaster aftermath, when you’ll most likely come face-to-face with the maximum

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Good Guys Win!: Second Amendment in Action

THE WRONG CAR Arriving at her home on Detroit’s west side in the pre-dawn darkness of a warm June morning, a young woman noticed a man approaching her car. He produced a firearm and ordered her out of her car. Instead of complying, his 26-year-old intended victim produced her own handgun and opened fire. The

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Long Range? No Problem! Ruger Precision Rifle at FTW Ranch

Along with a few other “gun writers” and industry members, I recently attended a three-day long-range shooting course at the FTW Ranch near Barksdale, Texas. The purpose was to get some hands-on experience with the recently released Ruger Precision Rifle. THE FACILITY If it’s true that a journey begins with the first step, then FTW

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