Offbeat: Brownells AR-15 Field Maintenance Pack

Having the ability to repair your weapons in the field is of paramount importance. If attending a training course, it could be a matter of continuing to learn or being out hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars. If in a situation where your survival depends on your firearm working properly, it may literally be the difference

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Self-Training Myths: Deadly Drawbacks

No one is born being able to shoot, and those described as being naturally instinctive shooters are, in reality, just very talented people who pay attention to basics. Wild Bill Hickock did not exit the birth canal as a proficient killer. That he had the mean gene imbedded is without question. However, the mechanics necessary

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The Contender: Para-Ordnance Military Nite-Tac

[Editor’s Note: On 10 March 10 2006, the name of the program was changed from Joint Combat Pistol to Combat Pistol. In the Fall of 2006, the Combat Pistol program was suspended indefinitely.] Over the last year and a half I’ve been following with great interest the progress of the U.S. armed forces tests to

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Street Smarts: Sneaky Kitty

I’m sneaky and proud of it. I suppose that, within the pages of this highly respected journal, I should refer to our topic de jour as “stealth,” but that just sounds too high-minded for what we’re talking about: slipping closer to bad people and doing unto them whatever our mission plan currently requires. The idea

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Offbeat: Robar Customized XD

It’s been 25 years since Robbie Barrkman first built a shotgun and a pistol for me. It’s been ten years since I first torture-tested an HS2000 pistol. So the logical step, when Springfield Armory released their .45 ACP Compact XD (the Americanized name for the HS2000), was to mate up Barrkman’s prowess with an already established reliable pistol.

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After Action Review: Learn From Your Experiences

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana Like everything else, the military has a three-letter acronym for it—AAR. Its full title is the After Action Review. In less formal terminology, it is a debrief. While we’ve given it a couple of fancy terms of late, it’s something that’s

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Against All Odds: The Survival Mindset

To be real blunt, you cannot “learn” survival no matter how many videos or books you study. An instructor can only bring enlightenment to the methods that aid in various types of developed skills. Survival is a natural reaction known as staying alive. It can be as simple as running away from a threat or

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