Passing the Buck: Managing Pistol Recoil

The pistol is really a weapons system that encompasses the carriage platform that gets the weapon to the fight, the “launcher” (handgun), and the missile that does the work. For best effect, all three have to be tailored to the man, the mission, and the environment. Aside from a few oddball weapons out there, service

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Crisis Situations: Every Man’s a Medic

While dressing for work one warm summer morning in 2000, I turned on my police radio. I had just put on my uniform shirt when I heard the unmistakable sound of a fellow officer calling to report that he was chasing someone. I could hear the stress in his voice as he gasped for breath

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Lawful Carry: Covert Rifle Bag from Sneaky Bags

Several years ago, I was a member of Team S.W.A.T. for a three-gun competition in Las Vegas. It was held a short time after the Hells Angels and Mongols motorcycle gangs had a shootout in a casino in nearby Laughlin, Nevada that left three dead. Despite all the training and preparation I had performed for

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Good Guys Win!: Second Amendment in Action

A quiet Sunday morning backyard brunch in suburban Tuscaloosa, Alabama was interrupted when the homeowner and his wife found themselves accosted on their own patio by a machete-wielding intruder who demanded money and valuables. A scuffle broke out as the man tried to defend himself against the masked interloper, while his wife ran to a neighboring residence to dial 911.

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Frontline Debriefs: Contagion Fire

The subject of contagion fire arises from opposing attorneys in officer-involved shooting (OIS) cases wherein a number of officers fire a number of rounds at any given suspect. When first introduced to this terminology, I was somewhat miffed. Here again was the opposing so-called “expert” referring to “contagion fire” as if it were written in

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The Cutting Edge: Blackhawk MOD SFK Folder

Inspired by the designs of Col. Rex Applegate, W.E. Fairbairn and Brent Beshara’s original UK-SFK™ dagger, the MOD® SFK Folder is a new folding combat knife from Blackhawk. Made in Italy, the SFK Folder features a 3.94-inch long, 0.150-inch thick N690Co stainless-steel spear-point blade, hardened to RC 58-60. It has a 3.5-inch edge. The knife

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Horse of a Different Color: Colt LE6940P Carbine

Colt has decided to expand its AR offerings beyond the direct-impingement path the company has been synonymous with since the 1960s, by featuring a piston-driven AR in the form of its LE6940P. Yes, a piston-operated AR from the center of the direct-impingement universe. The search for the “perfect” rifle has been the impetus for many

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Briefing Room: Louis

On June 24, 2014, Louis Awerbuck went to join Musashi and Bruce Lee. Born in South Africa, in his early years he was a boxer, evaluated racing motorcycles for magazines, and participated in some of the first practical pistol competitions. He held a degree in publishing and worked for the local newspaper. He also served

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Against All Odds: Fire Lays

The way an outdoorsman arranges his firewood for a campfire, cook fire, signal fire, council fire, or just a quick boil is generally called a fire lay. Let’s go back to what it may have been like for most of us the first few times we tried to make a fire. Whether the fire was

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