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During the first ten years of my military career—starting just in time for the first Gulf War in 1991—if you wanted to increase ammunition capacity or enhance your M16A2’s magazines in any way, you basically only had the same options as the very first soldiers who… Read More


CRKT Provoke features patent-pending Kinematic forward opening blade that allows for safe carry and rapid deployment without changing your grip on the handle. Blade’s conveyance path does not cross any part of your hand with typical use. The karambit has become a very popular… Read More

OFFBEAT: ETS Magazines

In addition to its AR mags, ETS offers MP5, Glock, SIG P320 and S&W M&P mags. Elite Tactical Systems Group (ETS®) magazines have developed an excellent reputation for delivering reliable performance. The company’s AR, MP5, and Glock mags, and new for 2019 SIG Sauer… Read More

COOL AND QUIET: GSL Technologies Pill Box Suppressor

GSL Technologies Pill Box. A silencer can’t get any smaller than this. I’m at a place in life where “cool” really doesn’t resonate with me. It seems that every day, some manufacturer introduces the newest, latest, greatest, coolest thing ever built. I did some… Read More


Photos by Katie and Rebecca Davis Emerson CQC-8 earned the moniker “the Banana” because its profile strongly resembles that of the fruit. Paired with a hand, the Banana’s ergonomics become obvious. The Emerson CQC-8 is not the newest, trendiest piece of gear. And in… Read More

THE CUTTING EDGE: Hogue EX-F01 Fixed-Blade Knife

Hogue EX-F01 is an outstanding combat and survival knife. It’s available in two blade lengths and comes with Hogue milspec Cordura Ballistic Nylon sheath. Hogue is best known for its outstanding firearms accessories, but Hogue also makes some of the best knives on the… Read More

LAWFUL CARRY: 5.11 Tactical Defender-Flex Jeans & Pants

Men’s Defender-Flex Straight Jean. Defender-Flex line is designed to provide low-vis tactical without sacrificing performance. Photo: 5.11 Tactical 5.11 Tactical® originated the concept of the tactical pant. Originally designed and sold by Royal Robbins as utilitarian pants for mountain climbers, they were adopted by… Read More

OFFBEAT: Thyrm CLENS Weaponlight Lens Protector

Photos Courtesy Thyrm CLENS applies easily to lens of weaponlight or flashlight. It is optically clear and does not affect light output or beam pattern. If you shoot a lot with a weaponlight attached to your firearm, you have encountered an annoying problem: Carbon… Read More


CRKT KUK’s profile is readily identifiable as Kukri-type blade. Ryan Johnson collaborated with CRKT in its design. Photo: CRKT An edged weapon has a primitive appeal that is hard to deny. In many ways, proficiency with a knife in your hands can be more… Read More