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OFFBEAT: Field-Expedient Lubrication

Author’s “repair kit.” 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… Read More


RAPiD Vehicle Safe provides immediate access to your handgun. It is unlocked through RFID system, which can be triggered through use of several included RFID-enabled tags. Photo: Hornady Firearms security is your responsibility, and you should do everything you can to keep your guns out… Read More

THE CUTTING EDGE: Newest Spyderco Para 3

Popular Spyderco Para 3 is now available with a tough non-reflective Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) blade coating that’s bonded to the premium CPM S30V stainless steel blade. It’s practical and tactical. Looks great too. The Para 3™ is the latest generation of the Spyderco Para… Read More

LAWFUL CARRY Wilder Tactical Belt System

Author’s initial set-up uses both Wilder Tactical and conventional pouches. 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… Read More

THE CUTTING EDGE: Colonel Blades Colonel Folder & NoVz

Colonel Folder from Colonel Blades is designed to give you the edge. Designed for shooters, it leverages existing skills. In a close-quarters lethal-force encounter, we may not have the time or ability to deploy our firearm. A dedicated knife for personal defense is an essential… Read More

LAWFUL CARRY: Alien Gear Cloak Mod OWB Holster

Front of Alien Gear Holsters Cloak Mod OWB. 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,… Read More

OFFBEAT: Zelos Mako Bronze Diver Watch

Zelos Mako Bronze Diver watch on rubber diving strap. I have always been fascinated with firearms, watches, and flashlights, striving for better models as long as I have available funds. At times I’ll ask myself, “Do I really need another?” I’m sure many readers can… Read More

LAWFUL CARRY: Armed and Sneaky

It only takes seconds to go from slung across the back … I recently spent a weekend with LTC Dave Grossman, training at Thunder Ranch. As always happens when gun guys get together, we talked about all things guns. I recalled a comment the colonel… Read More

THE CUTTING EDGE: Spyderco Genzow HatchetHawk

Genzow HatchetHawk is an outstanding new utility tomahawk from Spyderco. It was designed by German outdoorsman and historian Martin Genzow. Axes have served as a tool and weapon throughout history, from the dawn of toolmaking through today. The hand axe or tomahawk is a diverse… Read More


P320 C silencer platform was first shot for accuracy and velocities without and with suppressor attached. Firearm silencers, suppressors, sound moderators, and cans range from crude improvisations to the low- or no-maintenance advanced metal tubes we have today. Examples of the former are “spud silencers”(potatoes… Read More