Dual-optic carbines give user best of both capabilities: red dot for CQB and LPVO for long-range threats. Transition between them is extremely fast, thanks to modern 45-degree offset mounts.

RIFLE SET-UP: Mission vs. Situation

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…

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Brandon Trevino with feral boar taken with Ruger AR-556 MPR in .450 Bushmaster.

BIG-BORE BLASTER: Ruger AR-556 MPR in .450 Bushmaster

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…

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Author’s rifle loved 155-grain A-Max.

THERE’S GOLD IN THEM THAR HILLS: Black Hills Gold Ammunition

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…

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Lionheart produces two basic 9mm Regulus frames: Alpha and 1911 profile Beta, each totally interchangeable with its long and compact slide groups. Here are four of several combinations from which to choose.

LIONHEART REGULUS: Double Action Plus!

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…

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Two of Remington V3 TAC-13’s greatest attributes are its compactness matched with its fearsome close-range power.


Whatever the term used—combat, tactical, self-defense—shotguns can be had in various forms ranging from double-barrel to pump-action, semiautomatic, and even lever-action. Recently, a new genre has arrived labeled non-NFA “pistol-grip firearm.” Make no mistake, these are true smoothbores chambered in potent 20 and 12 gauge. Remington and Mossberg have been leading the way in this…

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FN SCAR 20S’s potency as a DMR is based on combining a highly accurate platform with the increased power represented in the 7.62x51 cartridge.


Rumors have swirled at every SHOT Show for years that the Designated Marksman Rifle version of the SCAR MK 17 was in the works. Now, after all the years of anticipation, the FN SCAR 20S is here for the commercial market. A Limited Edition SCAR 20S package will be offered featuring a hard case full…

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Individuals with suppressed MCX Rattler SBRs during tubular assault training. MCX Rattler is ideal for fast-moving operators in close quarters.


Photos Courtesy SIG Sauer The SIG Sauer MCX Rattler is one of the coolest new kids on the block. Billed as the “world’s smallest rifle,” it was designed from the ground up to be as discrete as possible while retaining all the capabilities of the company’s MCX platform. SIG MCX RATTLER The MCX Rattler has…

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POF-USA P415 Edge Pistol takes virtually unstoppable P415 to a new level. Thanks to five-position SB Tactical SBA3 arm brace, P415 can be had in a short-barrel configuration with ease.


Photos by Josh Locatis The wait is finally over. Patriot Ordnance Factory (POF-USA) has entered the AR pistol market, and in a big way. The company is now offering all its models in compact pistol variants. As a result, the company’s Renegade, Renegade+, P415, P308, and award-winning Revolution can now be had in short-barreled configurations…

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Frank Martello of Trijicon checks SAINT group. Groups were fired with Lead Sled and Trijicon MRO. Black Hills Ammo was used to establish zero and accuracy baseline.

SAINT OR SINNER? Springfield Armory SAINT Pistol in .300 BLK

I was scratching my hairless head trying to figure out how another AR platform could be so successful in a field inundated with numerous variations on Eugene Stoner’s military rifle. The Springfield Armory (SA) SAINT™ AR-15 rifle is a rookie in a population of very mature antecedents, but it has rapidly captured a much respected…

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