Training drills involving simulated cover such as EVTC range vehicle allowed FN 509 Tactical to be evaluated in dynamic settings with rapid strings of fire.

EVOLUTION AT WORK: FN 509 Tactical

Photos by Ethan Burgreen Recent events illustrate what a dangerous world we inhabit, with terrorist attacks increasing in frequency. If a hostile situation is encountered, a citizen will most likely be defending themselves with a handgun, which is a compromise between portability and performance. Successful handgun designs constantly evolve. This is for a variety of

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RETRO RIFLE: Brownells BRN-10

In modern parlance, when someone says “AR-10,” they are likely talking about a larger receiver than the smaller, more commonly encountered AR-15. Younger shooters may not even know much about the original AR-10. A BIT OF HISTORY The AR-10 was created by Eugene Stoner in the late 1950s at the firm of ArmaLite—then a division

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Minimalist Belt Pad worn over gym shorts and t-shirt. It can be quickly donned and makes it easy to keep defensive tools in close proximity.

LAWFUL CARRY Wilder Tactical Belt System

In 1980, I accosted a home intruder at zero dark thirty in my living room. I was wearing a bathrobe and nothing else (I apologize if that mental image is difficult for the reader to bear) and armed with a Ruger Security .357 Magnum revolver with six-inch barrel. I held the burglar at gunpoint for

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Violent crimes happen to tourists daily on the mean streets of Guerrero, Mexico.

AGAINST ALL ODDS: Survival Travel: Fighting Back!

Fighting back against an attacker may be as simple as grabbing something close by and utilizing it—fast! Most big cities worldwide have crime. Situations with locals preying upon obvious tourists often end in some sort of physical conflict. This could be an encounter with a casual pickpocket or overaggressive local where you have to fight.

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STREET SMARTS: Signing Off

My law enforcement career lasted 30 years in total, I’ve only owned three houses in my life, my last vehicle had almost 200,000 miles at trade-in, and my local newspaper outdoor column has run continually since 1989. My history here at S.W.A.T. shows similar longevity. According to my records, the first Street Smarts column was

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Even in the middle of the night in your own home, positive identification of the target is necessary to prevent tragedy.

GOOD GUYS WIN! Second Amendment in Action

Counselling Resistance It was about 10pm on a Wednesday in November when the proprietor of a counselling service in north Sacramento, California had a routine evening interrupted by an unexpected intruder. A masked man brandishing a gun and demanding money entered the business, which is located in an office park. But the tables were quickly

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FRONTLINE DEBRIEFS: If My Department Won’t Pay …

Police are well known for being economical. This is an established, scientifically based fact that I have observed on many fronts. Classic example: Officer “A” in a bar will drop vast sums during the course of one evening’s festivities to increase the chances of having his way with a femme fatale. Same Officer “A” would

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ENEMY AT THE GATE: Justice Kavanaugh and Gun Rights

When the bruising fight over President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the newest Associate Justice of the Supreme Court finally ended with Kavanaugh’s confirmation, there was much celebration in gun rights advocacy circles. Indeed, the wailing and gnashing of teeth from the forcible citizen disarmament lobby was by itself something to please any

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BRIEFING ROOM: Election Woes

When Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States in 2016, social media was filled with posts to the effect of, “We’re safe for the next four years.” I cautioned then that historically, control of either the Senate or the House of Representatives—or both—often flips in the midterm elections. And that was

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