The Contender: Para-Ordnance Military Nite-Tac

[Editor’s Note: On 10 March 10 2006, the name of the program was changed from Joint Combat Pistol to Combat Pistol. In the Fall of 2006, the Combat Pistol program was suspended indefinitely.] Over the last year and a half I’ve been following with great interest the progress of the U.S. armed forces tests to

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Offbeat: Robar Customized XD

It’s been 25 years since Robbie Barrkman first built a shotgun and a pistol for me. It’s been ten years since I first torture-tested an HS2000 pistol. So the logical step, when Springfield Armory released their .45 ACP Compact XD (the Americanized name for the HS2000), was to mate up Barrkman’s prowess with an already established reliable pistol.

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Against All Odds: Signaling & Self-Rescue

Maybe it’s just the media giving more airtime to stories about human tragedy, but this past year seems to have had more than its fair share of people getting lost and dying in the wilds. While some of these events had heroic efforts at self-rescue, others showed signs of the victim just giving up and dying without a fight.

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To Sight or Not to Sight: The Case For Point Firing

If one finds himself in a situation in which he has time to use the sights, then, by all means, use the sights. However, if the conflict begins at less than ten feet, in the dark, and very rapidly, as it is statistically likely to, point firing is the way to survive.

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Combat Focus: Instinctive Shooting For The Real World

Within just a few short years, Valhalla Training Center has gone from relative obscurity to being one of the country’s top training centers. This is in no small part due to the Combat Focus™ course developed by Rob Pincus—Valhalla’s Director of Operations.

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Gun Mavens: How the Experts Train

I have had a gun of one type or other in my hand for the better part of 40 years and consider myself, if you will, a “Gun Maven.” Others might say, perhaps more accurately, that I am just another old “Gun Crank,” but I take firearms ownership and skill maintenance very seriously, and it is my responsibility to honor the Second Amendment…

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