Double mag clamp-equipped M4A1 being utilized at Mid-South Institute of Self Defense circa 2005, during pre-deployment training in preparation for author’s third Iraq tour.

MAGAZINE ACCESSORIES: Top Picks

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 used the M16 back in the late 1960s and

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Provoke's 2.4-inch hawkbill blade is made of D2 semi-stainless tool steel. It holds an edge well and has titanium nitride finish for corrosion resistance.

THE CUTTING EDGE: CRKT Provoke

The karambit has become a very popular backup knife. Although it could be argued that it’s less instinctive than a straight-blade knife, the unique features of the karambit make it an outstanding knife for last-ditch self-defense at extreme close quarters, especially for those willing to train with it. The forebear of the modern karambit can

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In addition to its AR mags, ETS offers MP5, Glock, SIG P320 and S&W M&P mags.

OFFBEAT: ETS Magazines

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 P320, Smith & Wesson M&P, and M&P Shield mags offer a combination of patent-pending features that sets them apart from other magazines on the market. Some time

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Lightweight Browning Black Label and tiny GSL Pill Box are a match made in heaven.

COOL AND QUIET: GSL Technologies Pill Box Suppressor

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 training for an Alaska department that bought the newest, coolest gun on the market, and it didn’t work. Once in a great while,

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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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Unique swedge grind creates a thick diamond-shaped area that enhances point strength, strengthens overall blade strength, and reduces drag.

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

Hogue is best known for its outstanding firearms accessories, but Hogue also makes some of the best knives on the market. All Hogue knives are designed by custom knifemaker and former Recon Marine Allen Elishewitz. They are made using only the best materials and employing state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques. The Hogue EX-F01 was designed as a

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Men’s Defender-Flex Straight Jean. Defender-Flex line is designed to provide low-vis tactical without sacrificing performance. Photo: 5.11 Tactical

LAWFUL CARRY: 5.11 Tactical Defender-Flex Jeans & Pants

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 the FBI Training Academy in 1992. The name 5.11 comes from the rating system used by mountain climbers to rate the difficulty of climbs, with 5.11 being the most

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CLENS applies easily to lens of weaponlight or flashlight. It is optically clear and does not affect light output or beam pattern.

OFFBEAT: Thyrm CLENS Weaponlight Lens Protector

Photos Courtesy Thyrm If you shoot a lot with a weaponlight attached to your firearm, you have encountered an annoying problem: Carbon buildup from muzzle blast eventually begins to fog up the lens. With today’s higher-output weaponlights, it’s not as much of a problem as it was in the past, but it does still happen.

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CRKT KUK’s profile is readily identifiable as Kukri-type blade. Ryan Johnson collaborated with CRKT in its design. Photo: CRKT

THE CUTTING EDGE: CRKT KUK

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 viable than relying solely on firearms. Knives can be specialty models tailor-made for CQB hand-to-hand applications or more utilitarian versions that can handle a variety of roles including survival tasks.

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