Stealth Fighter: Techniques for Camouflaging Rifles

It’s rare to find a product that fits your needs perfectly straight out of the box. This is especially true for tactical gear. Gear is often modified to fit not only personal desires, but also mission needs. This is why items like tactical vests come with MOLLE straps, so operators can pick and choose what

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Offbeat: Thyrm Cellvault Xl

In a market glutted with tactical and outdoor products, every once in a while, a product comes along that stands out from the pack. The Thyrm CellVault™ XL is just such a product. Carrying spare batteries is an absolute must. I needed a way to carry extra batteries for my weaponlights, holographic sights, and tactical

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Offbeat: SFD Responder

If you carry a gun, you should carry a blowout kit. I know, in Hollyweird the good guy puts the bad guy down with one shot, no one else is hurt, and our hero gets the girl. The real world, however, can be messy. You, your loved ones, or an innocent bystander may be injured

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Lawful Carry: Raven Concealment Systems Phantom Modular Holster

As much as I like leather holsters, ones made from Kydex® are easier to maintain and can be excellent for everyday carry or training. When it comes to Kydex, one of the most respected names in the industry is Raven Concealment Systems (RCS), which offers a full line of holsters for almost any mission. One

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The Cutting Edge: Gerber MP1-AR Weapons Multi-Tool

The MP1-AR™ Weapons Multi-Tool is described by Gerber as “the next evolution of the eFECT.” It’s that and more. The MP1-AR is a full-size multi-tool that has all the tools you need not only to simplify cleaning and maintenance of your weapon system, but also to handle everyday tasks.

Offbeat: SureFire M300 Mini Scout Light

Since its introduction in 1986 of the first weapon-mounted light (a novel concept at the time), SureFire® has continued to set the standards by which all weapon lights are judged. The SureFire Scout Light® needs no introduction. With many different models to choose from, there’s a Scout Light for nearly any mission requirement and individual preferences. Where size and weight are issues and performance cannot be compromised, the SureFire M300 Mini Scout Light® is an outstanding choice. The M300 Mini Scout Light is a powerful, lightweight weapon-mounted light that quickly and securely attaches to any MIL-STD 1913 (Picatinny) rail via its integral thumbscrew clamp or optional SureFire RM45 Offset Rail Mount.

Lawful Carry: Simply Rugged Holsters

Back in December, I had the privilege of attending a class at Gunsite. The class was made up of 18 shooters and focused on revolver shooting with a little bit of lever guns. I feel right at home with revolvers and lever guns, and I jump on any opportunity I have to attend training to further my skills. I decided to take two seven-shot revolvers with me—a Smith & Wesson Model 686 Plus and a snubnose Model 617 Taurus.

Small Caliber, Big Savings: Reloading the .223

My first reloading experience was in Dad’s basement shop, watching, then helping him reload .38s and .30-06. I was about ten, and I still have the trophy he won at a local DCM (Department of Civilian Marksmanship) match with his handloads. Later, during my toolmaking apprenticeship, I moonlighted for a gentleman who made bullet-making dies for the benchrest competition elite. Most top shooters used Bob Simonson’s dies, including the founder of one of today’s premium bullet companies. I learned a ton about accuracy from Bob.

Lawful Carry: DeSantis Thumb Break Scabbard

I have been writing for S.W.A.T. Magazine for the past 15 years. I guess time really does fly. There is an old adage that the more things change, the more they stay the same. There is some truth in that. As a rancher, I wore my gun outside the waistband for years, and later switched

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Long Guns: AK Bayonets

If you’re like me, you find having the correct bayonet for a military rifle adds to its appeal. In the case of the AK-47 or AK-74, most of the bayonets can be found at relatively reasonable prices. For many issued the AK-47 or AK-74, the bayonet was the highest quality blade they were likely to

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