HK Karma is versatile new knife from Hogue Knives designed for duty. Author tested this version with spearpoint blade and black G10 handles.

THE CUTTING EDGE Hogue HK Karma First Response Tool

Heckler & Koch and Hogue, Inc. have partnered to release a family of high-performance knives designed and built for law enforcement, military, and first responders. Hogue is now the exclusive knifemaker for Heckler & Koch. The first three knives of the HK Knives series collaboration were unveiled at SHOT Show 2018. They’re the HK Exemplar,

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Lawful Carry: CrossBreed Holsters SuperSlide

It’s been said that having the right tool for the job makes all the difference. You wouldn’t try to drive a nail with a screwdriver, so why would you use a cheap imported one-size-fits-all holster for your carry weapon? I feel very lucky to be writing for S.W.A.T. for a lot of reasons, but mostly

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SILENCE IS GOLDEN: Gemtech GMT-300BLK Sound Suppressor

I’m a big fan of the .300 AAC Blackout (.300 BLK/7.62x35mm) because it gives options not found in any other factory cartridge for the AR-15/M4 platform. The cartridge was developed to provide improved performance from the AR platform with only a barrel change, using standard bolts and gas impingement systems. Standard 5.56mm magazines can also

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Magnification dial is visible on left side of Trijicon 1-8X28 Accupower.

OFFBEAT: Trijicon 1-8X28 Accupower

Photos by Jessie Indracusin Low-power variable scopes with illuminated reticles have grown in popularity in recent years. With the magnification turned down to the lowest setting, which is typically between 1 and 1.5X, and the illumination on, they can be used to quickly engage close-in targets. With the magnification turned up, they can be used

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TOPS Mini Pry Knife was designed at the request of law enforcement officers who needed a compact, easily carried, low-profile breaching tool.

THE CUTTING EDGE: TOPS Knives Mini Pry Knife

TOPS Knives Mini Pry Knife (MPK-01) is a hardcore tool for hardcore tasks. It was designed at the request of a group of law enforcement officers, many of whom were involved in high-risk warrant service and fugitive recovery. They weren’t looking for a team tool but a smaller pry knife for individual carry that could

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Tactician is powered by pair of 3-volt 123A lithium batteries. Author recommends SureFire 123A batteries, which are designed for high-drain applications and can be bought in bulk to save money.

OFFBEAT: SureFire Tactician Flashlight

The SureFire® Tactician™ handheld flashlight is an outstanding new addition to the SureFire lineup. Designed for everyday carry (EDC), the versatile Tactician has a unique combination of features that make it an ideal flashlight for personal defense. Size and weight do matter when it comes to EDC. At five inches in length with a one-inch

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Follow-Up has 2.6-inch drop-point blade and ergonomic skeletonized handle. Knife feels good in the hand.

THE CUTTING EDGE: Benchmade 101BK Follow-Up

The 101BK Follow-Up is one of the newest members of Benchmade® Knife Company’s Black Class of professional-use knives. The Follow-Up is a compact fixed-blade knife designed for back-up, self-defense, and utility applications. Designed for discreet carry, the Follow-Up has an overall length of 5.99 inches. It has a black Cerakote® coated 2.6-inch long, 0.14-inch thick

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If an individual prefers to use a magazine pouch on the support side, integrated mag pouch on holster can be used for other similarly sized, essential pieces of kit.

LAWFUL CARRY: Versacarry Guardian Arc Angel

I am sometimes asked, “What is the best holster?” The answer is first, what best serves your needs/mission; second, what is your personal preference in regard to aesthetics; and third, how well it’s made and fits the firearm. Cost should be the least of your concerns for a holster used for self-defense. I recently came

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