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December 2006
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December 2006

Overview

S.W.A.T. is proud to wrap up its 25th anniversary year with another expanded issue, 116 big pages of what S.W.A.T. does best. Looking for glossy whitewashes? You won’t find them here. Looking for honest evaluations of the latest gear and training? You’ve come to the right place.

This issue also includes S.W.A.T. Publisher Rich Lucibella’s tribute to Colonel Jeff Cooper.

December 2006 PRINT

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December 2006 PDF

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ISRAELI APPROACH TO FLIGHT SECURITY

A Better Way?

When looking to improve our country’s response to terrorism, we can learn a lot from what Israel has done. Case in point: Israel’s approach to airline security. This article examines what Israel does, and has done for years, to keep its planes, passengers and flights safe.

BUSHMASTER CARBON 15

Space-Age 9mm Carbine

Like Bushmaster’s Carbon 15 rifles and carbines chambered for the .223 Remington cartridge, the upper and lower receivers of the 9mm Bushmaster Carbon 15 are made from a durable carbon fiber composite. How does it measure up after being put through S.W.A.T.’s rigorous T&E?

KEEP YOUR CARBINE RUNNING

Dispelling Lubrication and Cleaning Myths

A myth of grand proportions has swelled up concerning the care and cleaning of the AR platform. This myth specifies that the AR must be kept spotlessly clean, and that it takes an hour (if not more) of steady cleaning for the rifle to be once more useful. Pat Rogers blasts this myth into a million grains of sand. Do you agree or disagree with him? Read on….

NIGHT OPS’ FALCATA FLASHLIGHT

Night Ops’ LED illumination tools have been developed by a former U.S. Navy SEAL who knows his way around dark places. Their Gladius made a big splash when it hit the marketplace. Now Night Ops is back with the Falcata flashlight, and S.W.A.T. has all the technical and performance details on it.

PATROL RIFLE POWWOW

2006 National Patrol Rifle Conference and Competition

The purpose of this police-and-military-only event was to bring together proponents, manufacturers, students and even skeptics of the patrol rifle to exchange ideas and experiences, ask and answer questions, compare tactics and generally benefit from seeing how "it" is done elsewhere.

LEWIS MACHINE AND TOOL

Quality ARs and Innovative Accessories from a GSA Contractor

One of the very few manufacturers of MIL-SPEC/MIL-STD guns and accessories is Lewis Machine and Tool. Author Kelly goes inside LMT to learn more about all of their varied products.

THUNDER OVER OREGON

Thunder Ranch's Concealed Carry Course

The author went into this course with some well-defined goals: 1) have his current firearms manipulations and handling checked and critiqued by a reputable and experienced teacher; 2) move toward a more unified set of fundamental principles by which to sort out the various conflicting techniques and philosophies of armed self-defense; and 3) learn the material of the course. His in-depth critique of Thunder Ranch’s Concealed Carry Course, focusing on the instructors, the material and the facilities, reveals how he accomplished these goals.

HARDIGG STORM CASES

Pinnacle Of Protection For Transporting Valuable Gear

For over 50 years, Hardigg Cases has developed custom transport and packaging solutions for the U.S. military. The many innovations developed over the years for the military have resulted in Hardigg Storm Cases, a line of cases designed both for law enforcement and civilian needs.

SMITH & WESSON P.O.W. COMMEMORATIVE PISTOL

Never Forget

This pistol was designed and is being sold to maintain awareness of the 80,000 Americans still missing and not accounted for from all of America’s wars and actions in between. Check it out.

SUREFIRE WRITER’S CONFERENCE

Talking Shop with Industry Innovators

SureFire, the company that’s become synonymous with high quality weapon-mounted and hand-held lights, recently held a gun writers’ conference at their southern California facilities to discuss the company’s current and future offerings, and to give the writers hands-on time with SureFire products.

STAYING “SWITCHED ON”

Practice and Mindset Trump Winter Doldrums

The cold, gray days of winter are here. But if you allow your mental game to slip, you may become a cold, gray body at the county morgue. The author discusses several ways to keep from becoming tactically complacent.

CREATE YOUR OWN GEAR!

Kydex Made Easy

This one’s for the do-it-yourselfers. Let the author show you how, with a little time and a few simple tools, you can easily make your own gear, plus you can do things with this modern plastic that simply can’t be done with leather.