Lt. Reggie Jackson fires Colt SMG with GSL Scorpion suppressor.

CODE OF SILENCE: GSL Technology Suppressors

Two years ago, I spent a day with Gemtech in Boise, Idaho. I learned a lot, met good folks, tested great equipment, and did an article about it. (THE STRONG SILENT TYPE: Straight Scoop on Suppressors, January 2017 S.W.A.T.). I expected to see a facility like LaRue—rows of machines, guys busily building silencers. When I

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Strat Ops has a reversible low-carry pocket clip for tip-up carry. Knife disappears in a pocket. Only clip is visible.

THE CUTTING EDGE: SOG Strat Ops Auto

SOG Specialty Knives & Tools was founded in 1986 by designer and toolmaker Spencer Frazer. Named after the elite Vietnam-era Special Forces military group known as the Studies and Observation Group, the company’s first knife was a replica of the original SOG Bowie knife. The SOG Strat Ops Auto is an impressive recent addition to

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Roland UV printed FBI badge on author’s Novak Colt Commander.

LAWFUL CARRY: Get a Grip

Most of us carry black guns, because they look like real guns, not toys. Stainless steel is a close second, due to its rust resistance, durability, and attractiveness. Flat Dark Earth (FDE) is gaining popularity as a result of the desert warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most guns remain stock as they come from the

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SureFire M312 Mini Scout Light and Cloud Defensive Light Control System are an outstanding combo, especially for applications where rail space is at a premium. M312 and LCS are on San Tan Tactical STT-15 .300 BLK pistol with Gear Head Works Tailhook MOD 1 Pistol Brace.

OFFBEAT White Light Performance Redefined

The use of a remote tape switch allows for optimal placement of a weaponlight without compromising light activation, a major benefit especially with SBRs and PDWs. A tape switch also provides an optimal method of light activation under stress. In the past, poor mounting solutions, cable management issues, increased potential for negligible light discharges, and

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Alien Gear Driver Defense Holster mounted in author’s car.

LAWFUL CARRY Alien Gear Driver Defense Holster

While driving, I either have on my duty holster and belt or a strong-side holster. Neither can be presented with any alacrity while seated. For that matter, almost no method of carrying a handgun on your person—with the possible exception of a crossdraw holster—is very quick if you are seated. I tried mounting under my

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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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