Marines with 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines prepare to clear building after throwing flashbang at Camp Pendleton, California in 2014. Photo: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Murray / Released

GET THE MOST FLASHBANG FOR YOUR BUCK: Training With Distraction Devices

The noise flash diversionary device (NFDD), also commonly referred to as a flash sound diversionary device (FSDD), diversionary device, Distraction Device®, flash grenade, or flashbang, is an essential tool of the trade for tactical teams. NFDDs produce dramatic pyrotechnics that are intended to provide a brief distraction without causing permanent injury. Although often used generically,

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Fifty-yard, three-shot 2 5/8-inch group using Red Army Standard ammunition.

LONG GUNS: Century Arms C39v2 Blade

It took a while, but I have become a convert to the rifle-caliber semi-auto pistol with arm brace. In a coming column, I’ll discuss what I see as their tactical pros and cons, the niches I feel they can fill and those for which I do not think they are well suited. But in this

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Thompson shoots from standing rest at 100 yards.

LONG GUNS: Savage 110 Scout Rifle

In the 20 or so years I’ve been writing this column, this will be the fourth one I’ve done about a Scout Rifle. That should indicate that I like the Scout Rifle concept. If I had to explain that appreciation in one word, it would be “versatility.” When Jeff Cooper developed the Scout Rifle concept,

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Brokos talked about the importance of getting a supported firing position if possible.

GET THE LEAD OUT: Lead Faucet Tactical Pistol Course

“If at the end of the next three days of pistol training, you’ve learned one or two good take-aways, I will have done my job.” Dan Brokos began his Training Day 1 brief with this humble statement. He didn’t promise any magic and honestly shared with us the evolution of fighting with a firearm based

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Practicing potential responses to a threat may increase your effectiveness. Author practices addressing a threat through passenger window of her vehicle.

MENTAL TOUGHNESS: Fighting Edge for Women

This year in the White Mountains of Arizona, a 43-year-old woman was killed by a 14-year-old boy. The boy had broken into the woman’s home. She confronted him with her pistol and proceeded to call her lawyer husband, who was 200 miles away, on her phone. While he listened helplessly, his wife attempted to talk

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Close supervision is mandatory when instructing young shooters.

MENTORING NEW SHOOTERS: Training the Next Generation

We’ve all seen Internet videos of someone trying a high-powered gun for the first time. Often it ends with an incident of “scope-eye,” a bruised shoulder, dropped weapon, or busted lip. These incidents are supposed to be funny examples of shooting novices grabbing a tiger by the tail. Regardless of spilled blood or damaged limbs,

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CompM5 throw lever mount allows easy installation of optic to allow use of both eyes.

LONG GUNS Aimpoint CompM5

I’ve tried quite a few optical sights available for the AR-15 platform, and found many of them durable and effective. In fact, I have one AR-15 with a top rail that I use just to test optical sights. I have two other AR-15s for which I have optical sights that stay mounted and zeroed because

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