Street Smarts: Open Season on Cops

Welcome to 2015: now go spit on the nearest cop. That is what a certain segment within America would apparently love to see happen. The mass media won’t explicitly support you, but they’ll certainly feature your story on the front page. If the cop then happens to arrest you and you get scuffed up in

Read more »

Read more »

Off-Road to Recovery: Gear for Vehicle Self-Rescue

An urban disaster or public emergency that forces an evacuation is about as real as it gets. With little or no warning, you may find yourself in the middle of a very ugly situation. If you read S.W.A.T. Magazine on a regular basis, you are most likely very well prepared—your vehicle is ready, supplies are

Read more »

Read more »

Prone 2.0: Shadow-Tech Saddles

Precision shooters always seek the warm embrace of Mother Earth for the long shot. But the shot very often precludes lying down on the job. For every textbook ideal belly shot on a rooftop set-up, there are probably half a dozen that require some other positional approach. I have been in and around a number

Read more »

Read more »

Made in…America?: Kalashnikov USA Modern Rifle

“If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain.” In the case of Kalashnikov USA, the phrase could be, “If we can’t import rifles, we will import the factory.” During the crisis between Russia and Ukraine, the Obama Administration placed sanctions against some sectors of the Russian economy. This included

Read more »

Read more »

Flight of the Raven: LRK Mechanical Corvid 30

Throughout history, the Corvid family of birds, which includes ravens and crows, has been the subject of many legends—probably more than any other species of birds. In Norse mythology, Odin kept two ravens, Huginn and Muninn, who would fly out daily and bring him information from the world of mortal men. Many Native American tribes

Read more »

Read more »

Long Guns: Steyr AUG A3 M1

I’ve liked the Steyr AUG ever since I first fired one about 35 years ago. It made me a believer in bullpup designs because I find it comfortable to shoot, easy to store in a vehicle, and fast-handling. The AUG was the first military rifle I fired a lot with an optical sight. A few

Read more »

Read more »

First Shots with Handloading: How Hard Can It Be?

I have studied ballistics for a while, my middle-school science fair project on bullet weight and trajectory during the Reagan Administration as an example. But until a few months ago I had never reloaded a single cartridge. I’ve been on the taxpayer subsidized skills development and ammo program for a long time, and it was

Read more »

Read more »

Frontline Debriefs: Cheap Gear Failures

I have a dozen or more pieces of ill-fated equipment that have failed students in the past. This includes scopes, reloading devices, firearms and supposedly “magical” items of equipment (read: bells and whistles) guaranteed to make you a better shooter, along with firearms sights of various and dubious origins. The latest was (as the slick

Read more »

Read more »