After 20+ years as a gun writer and a lifetime as a member of the gun culture, it is good to have my passion for something rekindled. Leave it to my offspring to give me a look in the mirror. My youngest son, Ethan, is a bona-fide gun enthusiast and my constant companion during range
In the spring of 2014, Heckler & Koch surprised the firearms world with the introduction of their striker-fired HK VP9. The gun was comfortable to shoot, accurate, customizable to users’ hands, reliable, and affordable. I am not sure that even HK was expecting the gun to be as big of a hit as it was.
It occurred to me as I rumbled east from my home in coastal southern California to Chino Valley, Arizona that an 800-mile round trip just to test fire a couple of guns would probably be a bit much in most people’s opinion. However, we couldn’t ship the guns to my great state of Kalifornia without
As a child, I remember listening to my Grandmother tell stories about my Grandfather, who had a rural mail route. His horse knew the route, so he could leave the animal to navigate the country lanes most of the time. According to his tales, he tucked his .22 rifle behind the seat and many evenings
As S.W.A.T. readers know, Pat Rogers’ passing in 2016 left a gaping hole in the industry, the training community, and among countless “good guys” who considered him a friend, mentor, and role model. There have been many small efforts to memorialize Pat in a more lasting way than the frequent unprompted memories that many of
If testing a handgun were a gymnastic event, SilencerCo’s Maxim 9 integrally suppressed pistol would earn a perfect 10 for style but a lowly 2 for the compulsories.
Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM) makes a wide variety of live-fire simulation training ammunition. This includes non-lethal training ammo, shoot-house ammo, blanks and defensive tactics loads, handgun and rifle conversion kits, protective apparel, training props, and training magazines. UTM munitions are used in 57 countries throughout the world, including both the U.K. and the U.S. The
When I was 14 years old, I got my first Ruger .22 Standard Model pistol for Christmas. It was the six-inch barreled version and I shot small game with it, along with hundreds of tin cans and other oddball targets I came across. In the ten years I owned and shot that Ruger, I can
The urge to take advantage of AR modularity, ergonomics, optics mounting, and accuracy with cartridges other than 5.56mm has constantly appealed to the shooting community. CMMG has experience with this in the form of their highly successful Mk47 Mutant 7.62x39mm, Mk9 9mm, and MkW ANVIL .458 SOCOM rifles. CMMG has taken this a step further
Some months ago, I covered the DRD Tactical 7.62x51mm Takedown Tactical Rifle. I hadn’t planned to revisit DRD’s rifles this soon, but I’m writing a book on .338 Lapua sniping rifles and was so intrigued by DRD’s Kivaari, which is not only a takedown .338 Lapua Magnum (LM) sniping rifle but also a self-loading one, that I felt compelled to evaluate it.