ENEMY AT THE GATE: Banning Body Armor

With each new murderous beast apparently in competition with all who came before for the “Most Evilly Depraved” trophy, the sad reality is that we are in the age of mass shootings. Where concerts, movies, church sermons, and schools become killing grounds. Where to be a soft target is to court death. Given that reality,

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BRIEFING ROOM: 3-D Printed Guns: Facts and Fantasies

Eighty years ago, in 1938, with a very bad economy and war looming on the horizon, America was introduced to a new hero—Superman. His tag line was Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Sadly in the present time, the mantra has seemed to become Lying to Americans. In August, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) went on

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HatchetHawk has a tough, one-piece drop-forged multi-function head made from 5160 tool steel. It combines the best features of a Frankish axe, bearded axe, and tomahawk. It has a hammer poll for utility.

THE CUTTING EDGE: Spyderco Genzow HatchetHawk

Axes have served as a tool and weapon throughout history, from the dawn of toolmaking through today. The hand axe or tomahawk is a diverse instrument with multiple applications from general utility to tactical. It’s a true multi-mission tool. In a survival scenario, it can be your best friend. Tomahawk is a derivation of the

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BACK TO THEIR ROOTS: Mossberg MC1sc Pistol

O.F. Mossberg & Sons is the oldest family-owned firearms manufacturer in the United States, having opened their doors in March 1919 and celebrating their centennial anniversary this year. In those 100 years, many product features pioneered by Mossberg have become the standards by which all modern firearms are judged. Best known for their shotguns and

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P320 C silencer platform was first shot for accuracy and velocities without and with suppressor attached.

NEW BREED OF QUIET: SIG Sauer SRD9 Suppressor

Firearm silencers, suppressors, sound moderators, and cans range from crude improvisations to the low- or no-maintenance advanced metal tubes we have today. Examples of the former are “spud silencers”(potatoes jammed onto the end of a revolver barrel), plastic bottles and car oil filters screwed onto threaded barrels, as well as tire inner tubes stretched over

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Lt. Reggie Jackson fires Colt SMG with GSL Scorpion suppressor.

CODE OF SILENCE: GSL Technology Suppressors

Two years ago, I spent a day with Gemtech in Boise, Idaho. I learned a lot, met good folks, tested great equipment, and did an article about it. (THE STRONG SILENT TYPE: Straight Scoop on Suppressors, January 2017 S.W.A.T.). I expected to see a facility like LaRue—rows of machines, guys busily building silencers. When I

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