Lawful Carry: BlackHawk Battle Bag

From day to day, I carry a 1911. Most of the time it is worn strong side, either inside or outside the waistband, and for me this works very well. However, there are some individuals who do not have the opportunity to carry at their work. Some take the chance of breaking company policy and

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Offbeat: Brownells AR-15 Field Maintenance Pack

Having the ability to repair your weapons in the field is of paramount importance. If attending a training course, it could be a matter of continuing to learn or being out hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars. If in a situation where your survival depends on your firearm working properly, it may literally be the difference

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The Cutting Edge: MIL-K “Demo” Knife

My grandmother—my Bobki—arrived illiterate from Poland when she was a teenager. She married young in a mill town, cleaned houses for income, lost her husband on Christmas Day when she was seven months’ pregnant with my father, and remarried a man who died not too many years thereafter. Between my Dad’s brothers, sisters, step-brothers, step-sisters,

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Lawful Carry: A Better Holster

In this column I have covered many products that conceal from inside the waistband, belt and shoulder holsters. However, all of these require an outer garment, and there are individuals who pick up on this. Cuff case and magazine pouch are constructed to look like a wallet when worn. I recall when a friend stopped

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Lawful Carry: G-Code GXS Xtreme Service Holster

Over the past decade, I have evaluated some good holsters. On the other hand, I have also seen some horrible holsters. One thing I consider when evaluating holsters is the fact that many (if not most) are task specific—a thigh drop holster may be needed by some operators, but is not suitable for everyday carry.

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Offbeat: Vang Comp Systems Shotgun Accessories

Like my clothing, shotguns seem to come back into fashion every six or seven years. And every time they do, there blossoms an attendant array of after-market gadgets and gizmos that aren’t worth a damn—and a few useful accoutrements that can actually improve your battle capability. It seems that the Firearms Law of Inverse Proportions

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The Cutting Edge: Crucible Series Knives

In the excellent training video entitled Surviving Edged Weapons, the point is made that we live in a blade culture. While there are a large number of individuals who carry a firearm daily, that number is dwarfed by those who carry an edged weapon. The search for individual weapons is a very personal thing. Likes

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Lawful Carry: Woolrich Elite Vests

A hundred years ago everyone carried a gun. Saloonkeepers, trail hands and even little old ladies had a gun—or at least one close at hand. Over the years, however, the need to become more discreet about carrying a weapon has increased. Many misinformed people see anyone who carries a gun—other than a uniformed police officer—as

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Offbeat: SwatScope

If you, like myself, have ever had the opportunity to clear a dark attic in search of a bad guy, it probably rates in the top ten things you dislike. Simply climbing the ladder to the opening of the attic is bad enough, as the suspect knows exactly where you are, and drywall is not

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The Blast Belt: A New Way to Look at the War Belt

The carriage of mission essential equipment has always been an issue of contention. When men first started carrying firearms, spare ammunition and equipment were carried on belts—a practice that has continued until relatively recently. The first of the modern American rifle belts was the U.S. Navy M1895 6mm belt, which had 12 fabric pockets and

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