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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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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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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Author’s “repair kit.”

OFFBEAT: Field-Expedient Lubrication

You finally get a chance to go shooting with one of your pals. Of course, as a S.W.A.T. reader, your guns are clean and lubed. But your buddy is, uh, not so diligent. In fact, the last time he lubed his pistols was during an episode of Happy Days! You get out to your favorite

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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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Rear of paddle has design of an “alien” incorporated into it.

LAWFUL CARRY: Alien Gear Cloak Mod OWB Holster

Finding a holster for most popular handgun models is usually no problem. But throw in a slight wrinkle, and it becomes more difficult. Such is the case with the Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 with five-inch barrel, as opposed to the common 4.25-inch barrel. I had almost given up hope of finding a suitable holster

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