Terrorist Snipers: What Are They Really Capable Of?

Watching TV footage from Iraq and Afghanistan, you are led to believe that “Haji the terrorist” has an interesting concept of the basic fundamentals of rifle marksmanship. We see insurgents firing their AK-47s with one or two hands, waving the weapon casually in the direction of coalition forces and firing full automatic. Other pictures show

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Urban Combat: Beyond the Basics

Gunsite. That single name means so much to so many: The beginning of modern firearms training, incredible facilities and the experience of attending this historic place. I traveled to Gunsite recently to attend a new class that has its genesis in our current operations in the Middle East. Urban Combat is a course for those

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The Cutting Edge: Crucible Series Knives

In the excellent training video entitled Surviving Edged Weapons, the point is made that we live in a blade culture. While there are a large number of individuals who carry a firearm daily, that number is dwarfed by those who carry an edged weapon. The search for individual weapons is a very personal thing. Likes

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Enemy at the Gate: Hooked On Forfeiture

Last month I catalogued some of the outrages of civil asset forfeiture—the legalistic scam in which the government takes people’s property without charging the owner with any crime. Government agencies get away with this by making the medieval claim that the property itself is guilty of (unproven and often unstated) misdeeds. I noted in that

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Frontline Debriefs: Cop TV: Tripe or Training Films?

Years ago, the reality show genre spooled up covering just about every facet of society. The police arena was not immune to this by any stretch and in fact there are probably more reality shows regarding law enforcement and court than any other venture. I found myself featured in a number of segments of LAPD’s

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Lawful Carry: Woolrich Elite Vests

A hundred years ago everyone carried a gun. Saloonkeepers, trail hands and even little old ladies had a gun—or at least one close at hand. Over the years, however, the need to become more discreet about carrying a weapon has increased. Many misinformed people see anyone who carries a gun—other than a uniformed police officer—as

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Kimber LifeAct Guardian Angel: Revolutionary New OC Self-Defense Tool

Kimber has recently come out with two new “non-lethal” self-defense tools—the LifeAct™ Guardian Angel® and JPX™ Jet Protector. Featuring patented Jet Projection Technology™, LifeAct products are the most powerful and technologically advanced projection systems for liquid irritant agents. Revolutionary is an apt term. Jet Projection Technology was developed by two graduate Swiss engineers, Juerg Thomann

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M.O.V.E.: A Shooter’s View Of Tactical Medicine

Motionless Operators Ventilate Easily (M.O.V.E.) is one of the phrases we use during our firearms training courses. It comes from our mantra that, if you are not behind cover or concealment when a gunfight starts, you should be moving toward it, or at least, moving off the line of attack as quickly as you possibly

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Offbeat: SwatScope

If you, like myself, have ever had the opportunity to clear a dark attic in search of a bad guy, it probably rates in the top ten things you dislike. Simply climbing the ladder to the opening of the attic is bad enough, as the suspect knows exactly where you are, and drywall is not

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Street Smarts: Break It Down To Prevent Breakdowns!

There is a hoary old joke that is relevant when discussing the best options for responding to a crisis: “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer: “Take very small bites.” That wheezing old one-liner captures the essence of dealing with any problem, regardless if the incident in question is a major regional disaster or

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