Everyday Carry Gear: How Much Is Too Much?

The question of how much gear the private citizen should have with him on a daily basis is a difficult one. This discussion usually devolves into, “If you only carry this, you’re an idiot. If you don’t carry what I do, you’re a moron.”

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Batch Reloading: Time is Money

In the beginning, there was Bullseye pistol shooting, and it was good. Then came High Power Rifle shooting, and that too was good. And then PPC (also known throughout the land as Position Bullseye shooting), and Handgun Silhouette, and Combat (now Practical) Pistol, and the same for Rifle, and 3 Gun, and they were all

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Lawful Carry: Ring’s Manufacturing Blue Guns

We have all heard the old saying, “Practice makes perfect.” A better way to say it is, “Only perfect practice makes perfect.” In other words, if you are practicing something the wrong way, you are only ingraining bad habits, so why practice at all? Also, practice is not the same thing as training, though they

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Long Guns: Trijicon SRS

I’ve been a big fan of Trijicon’s ACOG series since I first tried it. I use one of the USMC RCOs on the M4 I use most often. Along with a couple of other optical sights, I rate it as the best available for the M4. I don’t use red dot sights as often as I do sights with magnification. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the advantages of the red dot for CQC, but due to my eyes, I don’t see red dots clearly. I normally see multiple dots. I gather from talking to other aging shooters that this is relatively common.

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The Loading Bench: Ammo Handloading Primer

The high price and limited availability of ammunition remain concerns to all shooters. You can get ahead of the game by rolling your own. I received a basic reloading setup as a Christmas gift in 1974. In just shy of four decades, I’ve loaded tens of thousands of rounds on the same press. In the

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The Cutting Edge: Toolbox Tomahawks

Since Paleolithic times and into the Bronze Age, small axes were one of the most valued tools. A hafted tool stores energy as it is swung, and if it has an edge, that energy transfers to a concentrated spot on the work-piece and can accomplish a lot. As we are wont to do, man usually

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Finding Fifth Gear: US PALM AK Upgrades

I have been working with the Arsenal SLR-107F rendition of the modern Russian AK 100 series (MY FIRST KALASHNIKOV, December 2012 S.W.A.T.; D.I.Y. AK MODS, February 2013 S.W.A.T.) and was impressed by the potential of the rifle but frustrated by the limitations of the stock configuration. A trusted friend put me in touch with US PALM to see what some simple upgrades would do. US PALM has spent solid time looking at the AK problem and invested effort in bringing its potential out to become capability for shooters. I ordered some parts and stood by.

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Offbeat: SureFire M720V RAID WeaponLight

When it comes to weapon-mounted lights, SureFire® wrote the book. Since its introduction in 1986 of the first weapon-mounted light (a novel concept at the time), SureFire has continued to set the standard by which all weaponlights are judged.

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