Rifle as tested with Vortex scope, TangoDown bipod, and Blue Force Gear sling.

VERSATILE PRECISION RIFLE: LWRCI R.E.P.R. MKII

My first centerfire rifle was a Model 740 Remington Woodsmaster chambered in .308 Winchester handed down to me by my brother. I made my first successful deer hunt with it at the ripe old age of 13, using M80 ball ammo. Knowing what I know now, I would never consider using FMJ ammo on game,

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Author using general-issue M4 equipped with then-current SOPMOD Block II items in 2015. Except for a heavier barrel, the carbine itself has remained almost unchanged since its first issue in the late 1990s.

OVERDUE UPGRADES Improving the M4 Carbine

There is no doubt the M4/M4A1 is the finest carbine in the world. From the streets of Baghdad to the mountains of Afghanistan, the M4 series carbine has proven to be fully capable of providing the lethal fire needed by our nation’s warfighters. But does that mean it has no room for improvement? The M4A1

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Fourteen-inch SBS Ithaca 37 is fast and extremely handy because it has no trigger disconnect.

LONG GUNS 20-Gauge Combat Shotguns

I’ve written before about the advantages of a 20-gauge combat shotgun, and decided it was time to revisit the issue in this column. Up front, I’ll admit that the #3 Buckshot load normally used in the 20-gauge shotgun is not as devastating as the 00 Buckshot load standard in most 12-gauge fighting shotguns. However, that

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Star BM with famous Guardia Civil “tricornio” dress hat and Spanish police training targets. Guardia Civil used BM for many years.

BATTLE PROVEN BARGAIN: Star BM Pistol

Like many of you reading this, my inbox is generally filled with ads for an array of firearms-related products. I usually open only a fraction of these ads, but I almost always open ones from Century International Arms. Century gets interesting surplus firearms and imports the Red Army Standard ammunition that I use in my

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A-TACS Tavor 21 suppressed and scoped to fulfill limited sniper role. Aftermarket foregrip houses powerful white light.

ISRAEL’S AMERICANIZED BULLPUP: Versatile Tavor X95 Rifle

When I traveled to Israel on a counterterrorism project, I rendezvoused with the commanding officer of a military counterterrorist unit at a relative’s home in Jerusalem. He was one of three IDF personnel I had trained with while attending a GSG 9 counterterrorism conference in Germany that hosted members of ten other nations’ hostage rescue

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Glock Armorer’s Course covers both Gen3 and Gen4 Glock pistols, including all Standard, Compact, and Subcompact duty pistols. Both generations of Safe-Action pistols will be made for the foreseeable future.

HANDS-ON HANDGUN REPAIR: Glock Safe-Action Armorer’s Course

Attending an armorer’s course is one of the “best practices” when considering any change in duty weapon. At least one member of the weapon selection/approval committee should attend training for the pistol that the department is serious about purchasing. A hands-on armorer’s course allows the officer to cut through the sales hype or myth and

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Hansen fires Ruger Security-9 at Gunsite. He found it accurate and easy to shoot.

DYNAMIC DUO: Ruger Security-9 Pistol and PC Carbine

Back in December, I attended a three-day rollout of new Ruger products at Gunsite a month before they were officially launched. The firearms included the Security-9 pistol, PC Carbine, and Precision Rimfire. This report features the first two guns. A BIT OF HISTORY In 1971 Ruger introduced the Security Six double-action revolver. The revolver was

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Add a Gemtech GM-45 suppressor to a rail gun with mounted light and you have a gun that should handle any mission.

RUNNING OFF THE RAILS: Comparing Six Rail-Gun Pistols

Photos by Liam Clendenen I’m not a great fan of weapon-mounted lights for most situations. With good training, there are a boatload of techniques that allow a shooter to manipulate a pistol or carbine and a light, and even a pump shotgun and a light, though that’s more difficult. A patrol officer in Washington State

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We the People: SIG Sauer 1911 and M400 Carbine

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

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