Cutaway Instructional Firearm: Project Phoenix, Part Two

After my house was destroyed by a fire on 10 April 2005, Kevin McClung of Mad Dog Knives helped me clean up my firearms so I could read the serial numbers and report them as lost to the BATF. Firemen had unceremoniously dumped them all into a pile in my backyard. Kevin and I put them in a 55-gallon barrel to take them to his shop so we could run a cutting torch through the receivers.

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Lawful Carry: DeSantis Speed Scabbard

I have carried a gun most of my life. Even if it’s just to go to the drugstore in the middle of the night to buy cold medicine for my son, I go armed. I admit that in the past at two AM, I may not have had my 1911 with a spare magazine. More likely than not, it was a J-Frame with a speed strip. Those days are gone…

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Offbeat: LaserMax UNI-Green Rifle Pack

When it comes to visible lasers, green is good. Green lasers appear significantly brighter than red lasers of the same output and collimation. The color sensing cones of the human eye have their peak response in the green.

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War Belts: Rigging Up for Battle

Carrying spare ammunition for both primary and secondary weapons, medical items, night-vision equipment, communications gear, breaching charges, and maybe a couple of grenades or flash bangs can add up to quite a combat load. And let’s face it, there is only so much space on plate carriers, body armor, or chest racks to mount and store these items.

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Lawful Carry: Packing Big Revolvers

A lot of tactical tomahawks and axes are on the market, but the new 5.11 Tactical® VTAC® Operator Axe stands apart from the rest. It was designed in conjunction with Sergeant Major Kyle Lamb (Retired), who brings a wealth of real-world experience to its design.

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Functional Gear: To Solve Tactical Problems

The tactical world is overrun with gimmicks, useless bolt-on trinkets, and various snake-oil peddlers. Some of these items are ridiculous, and only good for a laugh by those who might need to rely on their gear in the real world. Other items could actually hinder functionality and become a risk to life and limb.

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Offbeat: Hot Lead and Human Health

Elemental lead is an integral part of modern life. There are untold tons of lead in our car batteries. Lead was in the paint used in most American houses up until 1978, and it remains in contaminated soil pretty much forever. The CDC estimates that about half a million American kids between the ages of one and five already have dangerously high blood lead levels.

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Offbeat: MTM Tactical Magazine Cans

When I plan a trip to the range, I preload magazines to make the most of my time while there. I follow the same procedure when attending a course, as it allows me to spend time hydrating or maybe jump back on the line if there’s an empty slot on a relay.

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Frontline Debriefs: Gear You “Need”

In today’s world of ever-advancing technology and equipment in every aspect of life, it’s easy to get caught up in the “latest and greatest” hype. This is readily apparent as it relates to those who are in the business of keeping the peace and holding the line between good and evil.

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