Smart HD Optic: ATN X-Sight HD

I’ll begin this report with the one shortcoming of the American Technologies Network (ATN) X-Sight day/night scopes: they do not have an on-board laser rangefinder. That said, let me explain why I consider this a minor issue. If we get in the “Way Back” machine and plant ourselves a few decades in the past, we’ll discover there are lots of ways to closely estimate shooting distances.

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The Cutting Edge: Gerber Short Stack AR Multi-Tool

The Gerber Short Stack is an ingenious new modular AR multi-tool sized to stow away in Magpul® MOE® and MIAD® pistol grip compartments. The Short Stack is equipped with 15 different tools designed to simplify weapons maintenance and take the chore out of cleaning your AR-15/M4/M16 weapon system. It is compatible with Magpul M-LOK® accessories.

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Economical Rifle Practice: One Box Rifle Workout

Rifle shooters often have a problem working on their skills. First, the ammo is prohibitively expensive. Second, the drills and courses of fire that exist are either tilted toward specific competitions such as high-powered rifle or toward rat-a-tat close-range carbine skills.

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Nightmare on Sesame Street: Training Gone Wrong

Back in 2012, a friend emailed me to say he had been asked if I would like to attend a three-day carbine class and could he forward my contact information to the instructor. My friend admitted up front he had not attended training with this company and could not vouch for the quality of the

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Tavor Armorer’s Training: Putting It All Together

The reintroduction of the Israeli Tavor bullpup rifle to America by the civilian-owned Israeli Weapons Industry (IWI) has created quite a stir in the gun community. New marketing techniques have captured the imagination of many shooters, and the rifle’s uniqueness, quality and obvious tactical advantages resulted in the Tavor being named the 2014 NRA Rifle

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A Nation of Riflemen: Civilian Marksmanship Program

With the multiple assaults on legitimate gun owners in the United States, one might take comfort in the fact that there exists a federally chartered organization dedicated solely to the training and education of United States citizens in the use of firearms and airguns through gun safety training, marksmanship training, and competitions. The Civilian Marksmanship

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From the Ashes of Blackwater: Academi Precision Rifle I

In the April 2011 issue of S.W.A.T., I wrote about the five-day Carbine Operator Course I had attended at what was then known as Blackwater (later named U.S. Training Center). That article begins, “Blackwater has been at the center of controversy and conspiracy theories ever since Erik Prince founded the company.” More on that later.

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One Shot, One Kill: A Contradiction in Terms

[Editor’s Note: The graphic photos accompanying this article are not shown for gratuitous or sensationalistic purposes, but rather to validate the fact that numerous shots may be needed against a determined adversary.] The term “One Shot, One Kill” became a semi motto in the sniper community sometime in the early 1970s. The term was used

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Firing off the Ruck: Tactical Considerations

As every experienced shooter knows, accurate rifle shooting requires the application of the four key fundamentals of marksmanship: steady position, sight alignment, breath control, and trigger squeeze. When artificial support is available, it should be used to steady the position and support the rifle whenever practical. When artificial support isn’t available or practical, the bones

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