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August 2012
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August 2012


Beat the summer heat with the cool guns & gear reviews in the August issue of S.W.A.T.! We take you to the range with an in-depth look at the MK18 precision rifle from High Caliber Sales, test the practical training benefits of Advantage Arms' .22 conversion kit for 1911s, and take a look back at the classic British Mk II Sten gun.

Additionally, Pat Rogers offers zeroing tips for your carbine, Max Joseph writes up a great article on surviving when your vehicle is ambushed, and Jeff Hall takes a critical look at the downsides of training for the "automatic scan". All this, and the issue is packed cover to cover with the gear reviews you've come to know and trust.

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  • Transferable Skills

    Advantage Arms 1911 .22 Conversion Kit

    Bob Pilgrim

  • Straight From The Source

    MK12 and MK18 Specialists

    Abner Miranda

  • Vehicle Engagement Tactics

    Surviving An Ambush

    Max F. Joseph

  • Don't Be A Zero When You Zero

    The Man-Machine Connection

    Patrick A. Rogers

  • Critical Response

    Making An Active-Shooter Go Bag

    Eugene Nielsen

  • Automatic Scanning

    A Really Bad Idea

    Jeff Hall

  • Zombie Apocalypse

    Who's Ready?

    Will Dabbs, M.D.

  • By The Numbers

    Tactical Carbine 1 at Man Alone Tactical

    Scott Harner

  • Hidden Treasure

    Survival Storage

    Ken Matthews

Quit scanning! OK, I’m not serious about quitting—I just wanted to get your attention, and to think about when and where looking for another threat is a good idea.

As best I can determine, scanning grew out of an FBI report that 67% of the time there was more than one opponent. The FBI is good at studies, but the last, maybe the only, FBI gunfighter was Walter Walsh—and he chased John Dillinger.

I’m as guilty as the next guy when it comes to emphasizing scanning. In a gun kata I developed, the shooter shoots, then scans left, right and rear in a choreographed series of movements.


Our sermon this month is simple: Know when to stop hanging crap on your gun! I’m speaking primarily to those who own tactical rifles, though the disease can be seen manifested on everything from pistols to shotguns, sniper rifles, and even slingshots. I’m not kidding on the last point.

It’s all well and good that we are in the midst of a technological boom fueled by advances in optics, lighting, and computer-controlled machining. Those factors, forged in the fires of a couple of shooting wars, mean that we have every possible type of gimmick and gimcrack available to modify your weapon.


It’s an innocuous piece of paper. It is usually a single sheet of paper, sometimes tri- or quad-folded, or even found in booklet form. Often it is printed in several languages. It is invariably supplied with every material object that people procure. It is studied predominantly by the fairer sex, but is universally ignored by most red-blooded, beer-guzzling males.

The contents are subtended by a large-print heading, usually termed “Instructions,” “Instrucciones,” “Directions for Use,” or some similar nomenclature. Women retain them until their dying day. Males regard them—like posted interstate speed limits—as a personal insult, and immediately discard them after genteelly opening a three-inch cellophane container with a Bowie knife.