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April 2012
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April 2012


S.W.A.T. Magazine's April issue helps you find the best gear and training to avoid feeling foolish. Tiger Valley's Bug-Out Drill tests the skills you need to get out of Dodge and a review of Lone Star Medics Medicine X Course will show you how to get in and help. Abner Miranda gives an AAR of Larry Vickers' Mil/LE CQB Course, and Pat Rogers discusses the training you need to have to keep it together when you default to zero.

We don't skip on the hardware reviews in April, either, with detailed looks at the Leuopold variable power Scout scope and the Browe Combat Optic, as well as a practical look at building a precision rifle for the shooter on a budget.

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  • Extreme Rifle Makeover

    Building A Budget Precision Rifle

    Ken Matthews

  • Designated Marksmen

    Making The Shot

    Jeff Hall

  • Defaulting To Zero

    What's Your Mindset?

    Patrick A Rogers

  • The Bug-Out Drill

    The Ultimate "Get Outta Dodge" Experience

    Ed Lawrence

  • Pumped-Up Pony

    Colt .38 Super Commander

    Todd Burgreen

  • The Punisher

    Larry Vickers Mil/LE CQB Course

    Abner Miranda

  • Battlefield Trends

    Live From Afghanistan: Eyewitness Report

    Ethan Johns

  • The X Factor

    Lone Star Medics Medicine X Course

    Ed Lawrence

  • Next Generation Of Tactical Optics

    Browe Combat Optic

    Jim Binder

My heart hadn’t thumped this violently in a long, long time.

The crosshairs of my scope ascribed an erratic arc as I began to seriously wonder if my 49-year-old circulatory system could handle sustained blood pressure levels that are typically only witnessed inside overburdened hydraulic actuators. I had been surprised, and a massive burst of adrenaline was the price for my inattention.


According to the news, a member of the Navy recently went to a bar, met a female and brought her back to his domicile. He proceeded to place what was ostensibly an unloaded gun to his head and pulled the trigger. It was not unloaded.

Not too long ago, I had a case involving a couple of southern California police officers. They had been drinking and returned to a hotel room. They were horsing around and one of the officers aimed and pressed the trigger in the direction of the other officer. The gun was loaded and the inevitable occurred.


There are about as many excuses for missed targets as there are errant rounds that elicit them.

If you frequent firearms shooting/training ranges, you'll hear most of them. And just when you think you've heard them all, somebody adds to the Missology dictionary with yet one more gem to explain why his bullets didn't hit their intended mark. Ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, they invariably include everything but the shootist's personal inadequacies.