Offbeat: BlackHawk Light Assault Boots

As any front line soldier knows, if you have jungle rot, corns, bunions or athlete’s foot, you aren’t going anywhere. Which means if you’re going to be marching, hiking or merely spending much of your time on your feet, you’d better have comfortable shoes or boots. Blackhawk’s boot (center) flanked by HiTech Magnum (left) and

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Against All Odds: The Firebed

The temperature was starting to drop as I spotted my makeshift rock shelter on the side of the Sultanagac Dagi Mountain of north central Turkey. This nasty mountain area was going to be the site of our weeklong survival training exercise with Turkish troops. It wasn’t my idea to be there.

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AR-15 Kits: Do’s And Don’ts Of Building Your Own AR

It’s no secret that the AR is the most customizable rifle on the planet. You can look at the rifle rack at any range and see twenty ARs each of which is different in its own way. Until now, you’ve bought your ARs complete (or maybe this is your first AR) and tailored them to your liking.

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Offbeat: Eagle Industries Drag Bag

It didn’t take me long on my first day of rifle school to realize I needed a drag bag. The big, heavy, plastic case I brought protected my rifle great in a vehicle, but was not practical on the range or in the field. Don’t get me wrong—I think you should have a hard case

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A Training Quandry: Picking An Instructor Out Of The Hype

When Jeff Cooper founded the American Pistol Institute (now known as Gunsite Training Center), he standardized a method for teaching the uninitiated the skills necessary to competently fight with a gun. Since then, the art and profession of firearms training has become a small industry. Hundreds have set forth to make their mark in the

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Fighting Positions for Combat

The patrol car races down the street towards the two stalled vehicles. The three SWAT officers, responding to the North Hollywood bank robbery, are several blocks from the bank and believe they are approaching an injured citizen. In reality they are heading directly at one of the threats, Emil Matasarenu, who is armed with a

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Vehicle Ambush! Getting Out Of The Kill Zone

A book could be written about the skills, tactics, and decision-making processes necessary to successfully drive out of a kill zone. This article will concentrate on what has become one the most important skill sets needed to escape a vehicle ambush—the combination of reversing out of the kill zone and returning fire. When shooting across

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