Emerson CQC-7BW has its genesis in Emerson’s custom handmade CQC-6. The CQC-7 was originally licensed to Benchmade, which sold it under the model name BM970 or BM975 depending on blade length. Emerson CQC-6 (top) and Benchmade BM970. Photo: Dave Mundell

THE CUTTING EDGE: Emerson CQC-7BW Flipper

Ernest Emerson needs no introduction. He’s widely regarded as the father of the modern “tactical folder.” And there’s no more iconic tactical folder than the Emerson CQC-7. It was the genesis of the tactical knife industry and has remained a major influence in tactical knife design. The CQC-7 was designed for one purpose—as a close-quarters

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Author’s EDC rig is a Nighthawk Custom Hi Power in a Simply Rugged Cuda holster plus CID magazine/flashlight pouch with Celtic Knot carving.

LAWFUL CARRY: Simply Rugged Holsters

When it comes to holsters, the selections available are as varied as the people who purchase them. A few of the “big name” manufacturers’ holsters I use on a fairly regular basis include Bianchi, Blade-Tech, Galco, and Safariland. Smaller shops include Rafter-L Combat Leather and Simply Rugged Holsters. This article focuses on the latter. I

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Ballistic eye protection is essential for all shooters and anyone who may go into harm‘s way. Liquid Eyewear Gasket with hingeless frame made from aircraft aluminum. Liquid also makes a hinged frame model, called the T-Flex, with patent-pending rubber hinge. Liquid Eyewear is veteran-owned and made in the USA.

BALLISTIC EYE PROTECTION: What You Need To Know

Sunglasses are an essential item of personal protective equipment. Selecting the right sunglasses is essential. They not only need to protect your eyes from the sun but from unexpected eye hazards as well. Wearing the proper eyewear could prevent more than 90% of all eye injuries. Non-prescription sunglasses sold in the U.S. are regulated by

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OFFBEAT: ReadiMask Respirator and Eye Shield

I recently became aware of an innovative product called the ReadiMask that is being exclusively distributed to the global law enforcement and corrections markets by Security Equipment Corporation, best known for its SABRE® OC (pepper) spray. The ReadiMask is manufactured by Global Safety First, which will continue to handle distribution and sales to the general

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Offbeat: Blue Force Gear Marking Light Stick Dispenser

Anyone who has ever had to deal with multiple chemical light stick deployments in a tactical operation knows how time consuming and what a pain in the you-know-what that can be. Blue Force Gear® (BFG) changed all that with its innovative and very cool new Marking and Recognition Chemstick Dispenser (MARCO™) marking light stick dispenser.

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“PUFF!” Gemtech MIST-22 Suppressor

Remember when there were no such things as ear protectors, and we stuck empty brass or Kleenex in our ears? If not, you surely recall the days before battery-powered auto-shut-off hearing protectors. Then again, you might not want to be reminded of your age, but just remember, only the lucky ones grow old—and deaf. I

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The Cutting Edge: Katz Knives Avenger

Katz Knives opened its doors in 1991, producing a range of factory knives and cutting tools from Japan, Spain, the USA, and Canada. Katz Knives currently produces and manages styles ranging from folders to tactical and hunting knives and even axes and hatchets. What stands out about the company is the high-quality fit and finish

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OFFBEAT: Magpul PMAG for 300 BLK

The 300 AAC Blackout® (.300 BLK/7.62x35mm) gives you 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 magazines, bolts, and gas impingement systems. The design parameters of the 300 BLK make it the

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