Hard to Kill: Barrett Firearms REC7

Just about every reputable firearms manufacturer makes a version of the venerable AR-15. Whether opting for the traditional direct gas impingement system or the newer piston operated versions, the choices that face the neophyte M4 buyer are vast. While many gun guys spend an abundance of time researching and tweaking available designs to fit their

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Briefing Room: DOs and DON’Ts When Training

As I have said many times, the best investment you can make when it comes to firearms and tactics is attending training from a reputable instructor. The following are just a few DOs and DON’Ts when attending a training course. DO be an empty cup when you arrive. You’re there to learn new (or sharpen

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Frontline Debriefs: Training in the Rain

This year I conducted nine consecutive weeks of training in the rain. And it wasn’t just rain—we also had cold temperatures, wind, fog and hail in concert with the rain, plus very liberal quantities of mud thrown in for good measure. In other words, it wasn’t the southern California weather I’m accustomed to—70 degrees with

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Offbeat: Vang Comp Detachable Side Ammunition Carrier

Very few people know more about the workings of a combat shotgun than Hans Vang, the proprietor of Vang Comp Systems, Inc., so it was no surprise to me that he has come up with another “Why didn’t I think of that?” idea. Hans made his bones doing ‘smithing and re-fitting combat shotguns for decades.

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The Verdict: Taurus Judge Revolver

The Taurus Judge is a revolver intended to be capable of firing both .410 shotgun shells and .45 Colt pistol cartridges. They seem to be wildly popular, and gun shops have a hard time keeping them in stock. They also appear frequently in glowing reviews in the general gun magazines and on the various shooting shows on outdoor-oriented TV channels.

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Long Guns: Remington 870 Police Magnum

Remington 870s tend to catch my eye. A couple of weeks ago I was in the Class III/LE Dealer’s shop that caters heavily to law enforcement here in St. Louis. I noticed that he had taken a group of Remington 870 Police Magnum shotguns in trade. I’m always interested in 870 tactical models, so I had a look at them and found they displayed some interesting features.

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Small Solutions: Making The Most Of Pocket Guns

An ever-increasing number of lawful citizens are arming themselves with small revolvers and pocket pistols. With this in mind, Gunsite recently ran a two-day course called “Pocket Guns and Penlights” designed around a product seminar sponsored by XS Sight Systems. My Dad, Denny Hansen, and I were invited to attend.

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