Smith and Wesson Model 325 Thunder Ranch Revolver

Some 31 years have passed since several other Yavapai County, Arizona, deputies and I petitioned our sheriff to allow the troops to choose between the mandated .38/.357 revolvers or 1911-type pistols. The sheriff finally gave his blessing after meeting with Colonel Jeff Cooper at the American Pistol Institute (API—now Gunsite) and being shown the advantages of the 1911.

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Long Guns: Tikka T3 Tactical Rifle

Finland is known for producing high-quality rifles. Many consider the Valmet the ultimate AK-type rifle, and the SAKO TRG is renowned as a tactical rifle. Finland produces another outstanding tactical rifle, though, in the Tikka T3. I’ve been aware of Tikka tactical rifles for 20 years or more and have been impressed every time I’ve

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Girl Power: Tactical Carbine Training

Many women say they will never own a gun or have one in their homes. I’ve heard a lot of reasons why, but the most commonly cited reason is that they are afraid of guns—mostly because they don’t know how to operate them.

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Rock River Arms Limited Match 1911 Pistol: Defining Quality

When one hears the words “Rock River,” one immediately associates it with some of the finest AR-15 type rifles in the business today. In a relatively short time, Rock River Arms (RRA) has built quite a name for themselves among shooters, law enforcement, and government agencies when it comes to quality parts and rifles. However,

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Storm Mountain Carbine II: Mindset, Instruction and Gear

What, you say, “another training article?” (But isn’t that why you read S.W.A.T. in the first place?) This article strives to cover not only the training received, but also the weapons and gear that I put to the test, and my theories on training and equipment. The setting: Storm Mountain Training Center, Elk Garden, West

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Bad Habits: One Trainer’s Opinion

Back in the mid-1970s, the United States had a mandatory top speed limit of 55 miles-per-hour (mph). Since that time, we’ve learned a few things about improving highway safety and the safety of our vehicles and, of course, we’ve dramatically improved the efficiency and cleanliness of the internal combustion engine. A lot of things have changed since that time in the world of firearms and tactical training as well.

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SIG’s P-220 Combat: Joint Combat Pistol Entry

SIGARMS already has some real advantages in offering a handgun that meets the specifications for the Joint Combat Pistol (JCP). First, Naval Special Warfare personnel are already familiar with the P-226, since it has been used quite a bit by the SEALs. Other military personnel are familiar with the SIG P-228—military designation M11—since it has been issued on a limited basis as well.

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.450 Bushmaster: AR Ergonomics, Big-Bore Performance

Remember the cute little rabbit named Thumper in Walt Disney’s Bambi? Throughout the entire animated feature, Bambi and Thumper were best of friends. Well, there’s a new Thumper in town—and Bambi would not like him. The Thumper is what Hornady has nicknamed the new .450 Bushmaster cartridge, intended to be fired in the equally new

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