Street Smarts: Suicide Isn’t Painless

Are you going to kill yourself? That abrupt query is not our usual attention-grabber meant to draw the reader into a discussion of some technique designed to save your sorry hide. Nope, I’m earnest and serious: Are you thinking about putting a gun in your mouth? Hopefully not a single reader answered in the affirmative,

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Home on the Range: Drills to Maintain Skill Sets

The necessity of constant and consistent handgun practice cannot be overemphasized. These are perishable skill sets that deteriorate with time. Take a 25-year-old fairly athletic male who yearns to be a body builder. He follows the appropriate dietary schedule and works out vigorously. After a year of this intense training, he has attained the physique

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More (Hi) Power to You: Custom Job Modernizes Fighting Pistol

My love affair with the Browning Hi Power began with a book. Fellow S.W.A.T. alumnus Marcus Wynne wrote a novel called No Other Option. It showcased a customized Hi Power, which in Wynne’s world was toted and employed handily by the JSOC-veteran hero of the story. I’ve lusted for one on and off since reading the story almost a decade ago

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Frontline Debriefs: Newhall Incident Revisited

Virtually from my first day in the LAPD Academy in 1976, I was instructed in all matters relative to officer safety. Los Angeles was a dangerous place. If the traffic, smog, or femmes fatale didn’t get you, the bad guys certainly would! A seminal event in California was the Newhall Incident. It was undoubtedly the

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Good Guys Win!: Second Amendment in Action

PIZZA PARLOR DEFENSE It was nearly midnight on a Sunday at the Crownsville, Maryland pizza parlor when the first masked man burst in, pointing a handgun at the owner. As he was demanding money, two more masked accomplices followed him in, likewise brandishing guns. Faced with three drawn guns, the restaurant owner complied, handing over

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Enemy at the Gate: ATF Reverses “Sig Brace” Rule

Back in 2013, shooters were installing stabilizing braces on AR-15 pistols and other so-called “assault weapon”-based pistols. The best known of these braces was probably SIG Sauer’s “SIG Brace.” The actual originator of the concept, Alex Bosco, after collaborating with SIG Sauer to produce the SIG Brace, formed his own company, SB Tactical, which produces

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Beretta APX: A Better Mousetrap?

Beretta knows how to build guns. It is an established company, but many shooters may not realize just how established Beretta is. Consider this: When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, the Beretta family had already been making firearms for over 120 years! Beretta has had a dominant role in the U.S. service pistol market

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