Pistols make it much easier to maneuver in and out of vehicles and then fight with them as you move to cover.

DROPPING THE HAMMER: Wilson Combat 300 HAM’R Pistol

Short-barreled ARs remain the preferred choice for law enforcement, home defense, and personal protection. Their lighter weight is a big factor, but they also fit better in police vehicles, ATVs, and motorcycles. They have drawbacks for sure, including loud, oppressive muzzle blast, and they can be difficult to suppress. Depending on the caliber, they may

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M1 Carbine was designed to arm support troops like these mortar men, for whom direct contact with the enemy was a secondary concern.

THE CARBINE CONUNDRUM: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

As early as 1938, American military planners were seeking a light rifle with which to arm mortar crews, signals personnel, truck drivers, and command and staff officers. They initiated this quest based upon empirical observation and analysis. During peacetime exercises, it was found that the M1 rifle (we call it the Garand, but troops of

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BACK TO THEIR ROOTS: Mossberg MC1sc Pistol

O.F. Mossberg & Sons is the oldest family-owned firearms manufacturer in the United States, having opened their doors in March 1919 and celebrating their centennial anniversary this year. In those 100 years, many product features pioneered by Mossberg have become the standards by which all modern firearms are judged. Best known for their shotguns and

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Custom third locking point, a ball detent added in the crane of both guns.

THE SPINNY TWINS: Custom Fighting Wheelguns

Dave Laubert of Defensive Creations is a name that may not be familiar to many, but if you appreciate the highest order of pistolsmithing, it should be. Dave is a pistolsmith in the most distinguished sense of the word. A member of the American Pistolsmiths’ Guild, he runs a one-man magic foundry out of Ohio.

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Windage and elevation adjustments on EOTech Vudu scope are in .5 MOA increments, with total adjustment range of +/- 50 MOA windage and elevation adjustment.

.50-CALIBER AR: Big Horn Armory AR500

The AR-15/AR-10 platform has been chambered for more cartridges than any other firearm in history. It’s time to add another to the list—the 500 Auto Max used in Big Horn Armory’s AR500. Now and for the foreseeable future, it is the most powerful short-range semi-auto in the world. AR500 Based on a .308/AR-10 lower receiver,

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6.5 Creedmoor typifies short and efficient cartridge principle.

LONG-RANGE PERFORMANCE: Christensen Arms CA-10 G2

Photos by Ethan Burgreen Any mention of Christensen Arms brings forth an association with their precision bolt-action hunting rifles featuring carbon-fiber-wrapped barrels. This is understandable, as these were the initial product offerings. Various models of Christensen weapons have been brought forward since Dr. Roland Christensen (Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering) saw a way to apply his

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