Lawful Carry: Fanny Packs

There are many ways to carry a handgun for personal defense: a standard belt holster, inside the waistband, cross draw, shoulder rig, ankle holster, Mexican carry with the gun simply shoved into the waistband, belly band, waist pack and a few others. My personal preference is usually an inside the waistband holster made of Kydex,

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The Cutting Edge: Triple Eight Professional CopTool

The Triple Eight Professional CopTool™ is a new everyday carry tool designed by retired police officer and editor of American Handgunner, Roy Huntington. According to the manufacturer, the CopTool was designed to put big-tool cutting power in a tiny package. It joins the S.O.L. Knife™ and WrightKnife™ in the Triple Eight Professional lineup. The Triple

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Lawful Carry: Garrett Industries Freedom Line

As NRA instructors, my Dad and I teach a course that allows law-abiding citizens to obtain a concealed carry permit (CCW) in our home state of Arizona. A large percentage of the students—young, middle aged and old—in our classes are new shooters. While that may initially sound like a bad thing, my Dad and I

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The Cutting Edge: Extrema Ratio Fulcrum K9

One reason I’ve always been a big fan of Extrema Ratio knives is the company’s responsiveness to the needs of military and law enforcement users. Extrema works closely with Italian military and law enforcement agencies to develop knives that fit their special requirements. Of course, these knives also fit the needs of military and law

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Lawful Carry: Safariland Model 6378 ALS Paddle Holster

When purchasing a holster for defensive use, the holster must be able to accomplish several things. First, consider what you will be doing while wearing the holster. If you’re carrying a gun all day, every day, either as a law-abiding citizen or a plainclothes officer, you want a holster that blends in, especially if you’re

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Offbeat: Magpul XTM Rail Covers

When the historians look back on the first decade of this century, they are likely to call out the widespread acceptance of two things that greatly advanced the capabilities of the rifleman: the 1913 rail and the MOLLE interface. The now ubiquitous Picatinny rail has made it incredibly simple to attach, swap or individually configure

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False Economy: Making the Most of Your Range and Gear Budgets

The present economic difficulties have led many to curtail their shooting activities and training. Others have sought prudent ways to trim any fat in the shooting budget while maintaining their skills. As we look at how to stretch available dollars, there are a few traps to avoid. These come from the mother of all wisdom—experience—and

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The Cutting Edge: Ek Fairbairn-Sykes Mk II Fighting Knife

“In close-quarter fighting there is no more deadly weapon than the knife.” W.E. Fairbairn, 1942. Get Tough (New Ed.), Paladin Press. Ek® Commando Knife Company has a long and distinguished history. Since the company was founded by John Ek in 1941, Ek knives have been battle-tested and proven by American military personnel in six wars:

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