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Do it For the Children: Before It’s Too Late

For some, the years between 1994 and 2004 seem like ancient history. For others, they are a vivid, nightmarish memory. It was between those years that Bill Clinton’s Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994—known better as the Assault Weapon Ban or simply AWB—was in full swing. “Evil” features such as flash hiders,…

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Sub-Gun Certification Made Easy

I’ve had a few things happen the last few years that made me feel old age coming on. Settling down and getting married was one; the birth of my son was another. Neither, however, made me feel as old as asking several of my SWAT guys what, if any, training they have completed with the…

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From the Middle East to Middle America: Galil Rifles, Texas Style

In my opinion, the two finest intermediate fighting rifle carbine calibers readily available today are the 5.56mm and the 7.62x39mm. While some would clamor to add the 7.62x51mm/.308 Winchester and 6.8 SPC to the list, I would argue that there is a good reason that most first-world countries have drifted away from the full-size battle…

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More Carbine Tips: Hold It, Mark It, Tighten It, Lube It

As time marches inexorably on, we see more and more of the same problems cropping up in class. Or as the great Yogi Berra once said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” The reasons may be many, but generally fall under the category of “You don’t know what you don’t know.” The equipment aspects have…

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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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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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.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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Long Guns: Sabre Defence XR15A3-M4 Tactical

It seems that every time I pick up Shotgun News or one of the gun magazines, another company is making AR-15s. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t think that’s a bad thing. On the contrary, competition is making AR-15 carbines and rifles much more affordable. The burgeoning AR-15 market has also led to many improvements…

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