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January 2013
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January 2013


S.W.A.T. Magazine storms into the new year with a feature-packed January issue! The big names are all here, from a review of Ken Hackathorn's Defensive Shoot House Course to Tom Givens giving an historical perspective on the old debate between point-shooting and sighted fire. Continuing the theme of preparedness is a look at smart food storage: Do you eat what you store and store what you eat?

On the hardware side of things, there's an in-depth examination of Red Jacket Firearms' ZK-MR AK pattern rifle, we go hands-on with the Sionics Patrol Rifle III XL, and Ethan Johns looks at using a KWA Airsoft M4 carbine for backyard skills-reinforcement drills.

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  • Point Shooting vs. Sighted Fire

    An Historical Perspective

    Tom Givens

  • Sons Of Guns AK

    Red Jacket Firearms ZK-MR

    Todd Burgreen

  • Home Invasion!

    Ken Hackathorn Defensive Shoothouse Course

    Ed Lawrence

  • Out Of The Desert, Into The Streets

    Sionics Patrol Rifle III XL

    Nick Jacobellis

  • Pushing The Limits

    NiB-X Coatings From WMD Guns

    Abner Miranda

  • Serious Airsoft Training

    KWA KM4 SR10

    Ethan Johns

  • Emergency Food Supplies

    Store What You Eat

    Fred Demara

  • Four Came Back

    Survival Trial Competition

    Jayden Quinlan

  • Overdue Optic Protection

    TangoDown IO Lens Cover

    Patrick A. Rogers

In the November issue of S.W.A.T,. I wrote of the court process in general terms. This article deals with individuals self-declared as “deadly force experts” who may very well testify against you should you employ deadly force.

Many of these individuals rely on this as a sole means of employment. They do not instruct in a hands-on manner, nor do they develop equipment or techniques to better those who wear the badge. Many have somewhat sketchy careers with little or no practical experience. Many are retired officers from departments where they worked in a purely administrative capacity and never experienced the streets to any significant degree.


It was a gun-grabber's dream come true. On 20 July 2012, an unbalanced man with clown-orange hair and multiple firearms entered a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.

He opened fire on the unarmed and helpless patrons. Twelve people died and 58 were injured, the highest casualty rate in any American mass shooting.

Less than three weeks later, a racist malcontent entered a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. He shot several people, including a responding police officer and the temple’s leader, with a handgun. Seven, including the gunman, were killed. That kicked off a long, hot summer of shootings that drew national press coverage.


Many predators go for the throat.

Usually deploying their fangs, damaging or destroying an animal’s throat rewards the attacker with steadily increasing incapacitation—sometimes rapid, sometimes not—until the prey is out of the fight.

Since the gunslinger’s bullets are his fangs, why doesn’t this breed of cat opt for the throat as an optional target to the torso, pelvis or head of a human assailant?