A good knife is an integral piece of kit, whether in a war zone, the urban jungle, or a quick trip to the corner store.

THE CUTTING EDGE: Emerson CQC-8

Photos by Katie and Rebecca Davis The Emerson CQC-8 is not the newest, trendiest piece of gear. And in this day and age when so many people only look at the latest gear, plenty of time-tested tools can be overlooked. This edged tool is a perfect example, as it has long been associated with the

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FRONTLINE DEBRIEFS: Running Ranges

I’ve been behind the gun for over 42 years. I was instructed on ranges “way back when” and observed many variations of ranges being run “way back when” too. I have run ranges both by myself and with other highly qualified individuals for longer than I care to remember. Someone recently asked me how many

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Lionheart produces two basic 9mm Regulus frames: Alpha and 1911 profile Beta, each totally interchangeable with its long and compact slide groups. Here are four of several combinations from which to choose.

LIONHEART REGULUS: Double Action Plus!

Over the years, semi-automatic handguns have operated by blowback, retarded blowback, delayed blowback, short recoil, and long recoil. This includes the Webley-Fosbery semiautomatic revolver, which could be in the long recoil category. In terms of fire control systems, such handguns generally fall under single-action, double-action, and double action/single action (DA/SA—usually verbalized as SA/DA). This last

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Two of Remington V3 TAC-13’s greatest attributes are its compactness matched with its fearsome close-range power.

NEW-AGE BLUNDERBUSS: Remington V3 TAC-13

Whatever the term used—combat, tactical, self-defense—shotguns can be had in various forms ranging from double-barrel to pump-action, semiautomatic, and even lever-action. Recently, a new genre has arrived labeled non-NFA “pistol-grip firearm.” Make no mistake, these are true smoothbores chambered in potent 20 and 12 gauge. Remington and Mossberg have been leading the way in this

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Spencer Keepers fires fast pair at target. Note control over recoil. Keepers emphasizes very strong grip.

APPENDIX CARRY: Keepers’ Concealment Triad

It’s been a long time since I was a student in a firearms class. My mavens were from the old school: Military, FBI, Cooper, Chapman, Shaw, Leatham, Rogers, Hackathorn, and Barnhart, although the latter five introduced changes that brought gun training to higher levels. So I thought I was pretty well grounded in the art

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Rocks underfoot may not be the best environment to build a shelter, though proper water drainage and brick make this potential shelter site worthwhile. Tarp blocks possible wind entering from holes in fence. Short overhang gives additional wind resistance when needed.

AGAINST ALL ODDS: Urban Survival Sheltering

Many books and classes teach the importance of building and maintaining a shelter in the wild. Harvesting deadfall, cutting trees, and lashing logs together are all essential elements of building an emergency shelter, but what about in an urban environment? Urban areas are growing rapidly. As cities develop, people spread out and vast metropolitan complexes

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Member of Egypt’s Unit 777 counterterrorist unit armed with Maadi AK-47. Photo: Egyptian Army

LONG GUNS: Maadi AK-47

For many who weren’t buying semi-auto rifles 35 years ago, it’s hard to imagine that the ubiquitous AK-47 was virtually unobtainable then. For those of us who wanted an AK-type rifle, the earliest choice was the Finnish Valmet M62, a fine AK-based rifle but not really that similar to a Cold War AK-47. For that

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