True 1911 connoisseurs appreciate an unadulterated version of John Moses Browning’s famous fighting pistol: devoid of any so-called modern improvements, built from carbon steel, and with a fit and finish that only seasoned craftsmen are capable of. Alchemy Custom Weaponry’s (ACW) Prime is one pistol that’s sure to bring a smile to even the most
Everyone old enough to be a regular S.W.A.T. magazine reader remembers the ammunition shortage of 2008 to 2013 that was triggered by Middle East combat and Obama’s anti-gun policies, which resulted in a veritable panic of firearms sales. Reloading components and .22-caliber rimfire rounds were in very short supply. Walmart and other stocking dealers were
Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that read, “The buck stops here!” It was a simple message acknowledging that he alone was responsible for the final outcome of whatever situation he faced. Americans who take responsibility for their own safety through the use of firearms should understand they have adopted that same code.
For the last two decades, I have looked at the 5.56mm carbine through the optic of a patrol rifle. It started in 1995 during my first police carbine school, then continued during a remote class Clint Smith taught at my home range shortly afterward. The North Hollywood bank robbery solidified that optic in 1997, when
What exactly is the ideal single survival gun? You’d think by now geeks like me would have beaten that dead horse into hamburger. However, the answer can at times seem impenetrable. Gene Stoner’s esteemed black rifle is obviously a contender. You can drop a holy fortune tricking out one of those rascals to DevGru standards.
In 1953, the year before I was born, Ruger introduced the Single-Six single-action revolver. Although it was released in an era when double-action revolvers were king among private citizens and peace officers, it performed reliably for thousands of outdoorsmen. The original Single-Six was in continuous production for two decades. Although a sixgun, savvy pistoleros carried
When conducting direct-action missions to take down buildings or compounds, the norm is to expect a close-quarters combat (CQB) fight. This makes the typical choice a shorty carbine with some sort of red dot optic. The reasoning is a short weapon length is best for use in confined spaces and a red dot or holographic
Last year Ruger added a model to their AR-556® MPR line chambered for the .450 Bushmaster cartridge. The company’s Ruger American Ranch chambered for that cartridge has been one of Ruger’s best-selling rifles, so it only made sense to bring one out in the popular AR platform. In fact, this is the platform the cartridge
In July 1874, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer led an expedition into the Black Hills, Dakota Territory with the goals of finding a location for a fort, a route to the west, and gold. The Black Hills, sacred to the Lakota (Sioux) people, were promised as “Indian Country” by the 1868 Laramie Treaty, so the
Over the years, semi-automatic handguns have operated by blowback, retarded blowback, delayed blowback, short recoil, and long recoil. This includes the Webley-Fosbery semiautomatic revolver, which could be in the long recoil category. In terms of fire control systems, such handguns generally fall under single-action, double-action, and double action/single action (DA/SA—usually verbalized as SA/DA). This last