Tactician is powered by pair of 3-volt 123A lithium batteries. Author recommends SureFire 123A batteries, which are designed for high-drain applications and can be bought in bulk to save money.

OFFBEAT: SureFire Tactician Flashlight

The SureFire® Tactician™ handheld flashlight is an outstanding new addition to the SureFire lineup. Designed for everyday carry (EDC), the versatile Tactician has a unique combination of features that make it an ideal flashlight for personal defense. Size and weight do matter when it comes to EDC. At five inches in length with a one-inch

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Follow-Up has 2.6-inch drop-point blade and ergonomic skeletonized handle. Knife feels good in the hand.

THE CUTTING EDGE: Benchmade 101BK Follow-Up

The 101BK Follow-Up is one of the newest members of Benchmade® Knife Company’s Black Class of professional-use knives. The Follow-Up is a compact fixed-blade knife designed for back-up, self-defense, and utility applications. Designed for discreet carry, the Follow-Up has an overall length of 5.99 inches. It has a black Cerakote® coated 2.6-inch long, 0.14-inch thick

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If an individual prefers to use a magazine pouch on the support side, integrated mag pouch on holster can be used for other similarly sized, essential pieces of kit.

LAWFUL CARRY: Versacarry Guardian Arc Angel

I am sometimes asked, “What is the best holster?” The answer is first, what best serves your needs/mission; second, what is your personal preference in regard to aesthetics; and third, how well it’s made and fits the firearm. Cost should be the least of your concerns for a holster used for self-defense. I recently came

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Noveske KX5 flash suppressor takes painful peak off carbine's report from shooter's perspective and sends it downrange, where it belongs. Torrey Pines thermal viewer, ETS clear magazine, and Savvy Sniper sling's adjustment loop are also visible.

GEAR ROUNDUP: New and Noteworthy Accessories

It is not possible to cover everything on the market in great detail, and much of what is on the market simply does not warrant an entire article. The goal of this article is to make the reader aware of some new or newish products that have some merit, and to offer a brief review

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TOPS Knives Hammer Hawk and Backup. Hammer Hawk is a new heavy-duty tomahawk-style axe that combines function and style. TOPS Backup fixed-blade knife was designed specifically to be carried with the Hammer Hawk.

THE CUTTING EDGE: TOPS Hammer Hawk & Backup Fixed-Blade Combo

TOPS Knives recently provided me with its much-awaited Hammer Hawk tomahawk and Backup fixed-blade knife combo for evaluation. It’s a very impressive combo that will meet the field requirements of many readers. Designed by TOPS Knives president Leo Espinoza, the Hammer Hawk and Backup combo is a versatile paired-blade system for the outdoors that’s capable

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Advantages offered by an AK pistol with brace are hard to argue against if a situation arises that demands increased firepower and tactical potency.

LAWFUL CARRY: Eberlestock Tactical Packs

A company helping equip our military, law enforcement, and private security contractors (PSC), as well as private citizens, is Eberlestock. Eberlestock traces its founding to 1985. At the time, Glen Eberle was working his way through college and competing in biathlon at the Olympic level. He was a member of the U.S. National Biathlon Team

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Williams Tactical Key is designed to be held between the fingers with the handle in the palm of the hand like a push dagger.

OFFBEAT: Tactical Keys

No weapon is any good if you don’t have it with you when you need it. One thing that people always have with them is their keys. They’re allowed everywhere. A popular idea is that one can use their keys as a personal-defense weapon when other weapons are unavailable. A technique touted by many is

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Ready Tactical uses a minimalist one-piece design that has the belt loop formed integrally, as seen on this holster for the Beretta APX.

LAWFUL CARRY: Ready Tactical Holster

Kydex or similar molded holsters are the norm today and visible everywhere across the shooting landscape. That wasn’t always the case. I can remember the first Kydex holster I saw, in about 1995. It was formed much like a leather Threepersons-style holster, but open to the rear where the folded material joined, and it was

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Matriarch 2 is a purpose-designed personal-protection tool that’s based on the Spyderco Civilian, which was designed for federal undercover narcotics agents.

THE CUTTING EDGE: Spyderco Matriarch 2 with Emerson Opener

The Spyderco® Matriarch™ 2 folding knife has its origins in the C12 Civilian™—one of Spyderco’s oldest and most unique designs. The Civilian was developed at the request of a U.S. federal law enforcement agency that wanted for its undercover agents an easily concealed knife that could serve as a potent defensive weapon when wielded with

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Effect of .338 Lapua from 100 yards!

OFFBEAT: On Point Steel Targets for Rifle CQB

Steel targets are in demand, and why not? This is the age of instant gratification, and nothing is as gratifying as hearing lead strike steel. You know immediately if your shot was a hit or a miss. Pistol ammo can be shot at mild steel as close as ten yards, provided the surface is smooth

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