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LONG GUNS: Rifle-Caliber Pistols With Arm Braces

SIG Sauer Rattler is as compact as an SMG but more powerful at longer ranges, and it is not an NFA weapon. I’m fortunate to live in a state where citizens can carry a loaded handgun, rifle, or shotgun in their vehicle. By far the… Read More


U.S. Army’s base element for CQB relies on a four-man team. During the height of fighting in Iraq in the mid-2000s, SF found the four-man stack lacking when faced with real close-quarters combat. Photo: courtesy DOD Stacking up—entering a room to conduct close-quarters battle (CQB)—is… Read More

LONG GUNS: Century Arms C39v2 Blade

Thompson shoots C39v2 Blade. Blood on his trigger finger is from firing string of shots rapidly and banging finger against either the trigger guard or receiver. It took a while, but I have become a convert to the rifle-caliber semi-auto pistol with arm brace. In… Read More

LONG GUNS: Savage 110 Scout Rifle

Thompson shoots from standing rest at 100 yards. 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… Read More

MENTAL TOUGHNESS: Fighting Edge for Women

With home invasions an ongoing threat and police response delayed by distance, practice hiding behind cover, which will stop some penetration of incoming fire. Be prepared for the unexpected both mentally and physically. Play acting room clearance will heighten your… Read More