Briefing Room: It’s Time To Ban…Everything!

They are used by criminals. Anyone with enough cash can obtain one. They are especially deadly when someone is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They are often used in crimes of passion. Every year thousands of innocent children are killed by them. They account for between 40,000 and 50,000 deaths per year. Nope,

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Frontline Debriefs: Acronymitis

I grew up in a Navy family. My father was a Naval Captain and my mother worked for the Naval Department in Washington D.C. My uncle was the Commander and Chief, Pacific Fleet; and my grandfather was a retired Naval submarine Captain. That’s a bit of Navy. One thing I learned early on was the

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Against All Odds: S.O.L.? AMK’s New Survival Kit to the Rescue

One thing that has always impressed me about S.W.A.T. Magazine is that just everything you see being reviewed here is actually reviewed. While contemplating what to work on for this month’s Against All Odds, I got an email from Simon Ashdown, PR Director for Adventure Medical Kits (AMK), detailing the new single-person survival kit that AMK had just released. Naturally I wanted to review it.

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Enemy at the Gate: Just Following Orders

In a recent letter to this magazine, J.R. Uhl, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.) observed that, “The Constitution and our Bill of Rights are gravely endangered today, and this community (of military, veterans, and law enforcement) is where they will be saved, if they are to be saved at all!” The Colonel is absolutely right. “It”

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Training and Tactics: The Myth of Muscle Memory

There are a lot of hackneyed phrases floating around out there these days. One of them is, if you practice garbage, after 20 years you’ll end up with perfected garbage. The antithesis to this is, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. And both have validity. Unfortunately, what Robert the Bruce learned from

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Enemy at the Gate: Vocal Minorities

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the pages of S.W.A.T., Claire Wolfe returns for a guest column… Once upon a time, there was a man named Mitch Snyder. He was not a happy person. After walking out on his wife and children, he got busted for auto-theft and served time

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Training and Tactics: The Trigger Fairy

Everything is perfect. It’s one of those Halcyon summer days: clear azure sky, gently wafting breeze, nobody on the firing range to interrupt and annoy you. The first firing string feels perfect. Your favorite carry pistol functions flawlessly, the “go lever” feels like the Trigger Fairy paid a surprise nocturnal visit during your slumbers, and

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Training and Tactics: Triggernometry

Most school attendees have an innate dislike of mathematics. Unless looking toward a future vocation directly involving the applied use of math, the majority of pupils usually voice sentiments along the lines of, “When am I ever going to use this garbage when I become the World Skateboard Champion?” Then years later, you realize retrospectively

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