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March 2017
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March 2017


The March issue of S.W.A.T. roars in with a review of Ruger's American Ranch Rifle in the thumpin' .450 Bushmaster chambering. You also get our honest, hands-on looks at Cry Havoc's QRB switch-barrel AR, the vintage Beretta 71 pistol, and Browning's new line of house-brand ammunition.

Additionally, you'll find an article on reloading the .223 for affordable training, reviews of Ken Hackathorn's Firearms Instructor's Course and Dark Angel Medical's Direct Action Response Training class, and much, much more. Add this issue to your reference library for sure!

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  • Bolt-Action Thumper

    .450 Bushmaster Ruger American Ranch Rifle

    Denny Hansen

  • Wet-Work Wonder

    Beretta 71

    Justin Dyal

  • Seven-Second AR-15 Barrel Change

    Cry Havoc Tactical QRB

    Gary Paul Johnston

  • Train Like You Bleed

    Dark Angel Medical Direct Action Response Training

    Eugene Nielsen

  • Training For The Real World

    Ken Hackathorn Firearms Instructor Course

    Dave Morelli

  • Browning Ammunition

    Winchester and Browning, Together Again

    Will Dabbs, M.D.

  • Inconspicuous Preparedness

    High Threat Concealment Low Profile System

    Todd Burgreen

  • Terminating Terrorists

    The Head-Shot Triad

    Bob Pilgrim

  • Small Caliber, Big Savings

    Reloading the .223

    Ned Christiansen

A lot of hackneyed phrases are floating around out there. One of them is, if you practice garbage, after 20 years you’ll end up with perfected garbage. The antithesis of this is, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Both have validity.

Unfortunately, what Robert the Bruce learned from watching a persistent spider while hiding in a cave may not apply to the struggling pistolero. When you’re battling to hit the target on a firing range, it doesn’t help to have the local sage tell you to “remember Bruce and the spider”—especially if he doesn’t have any constructive information. So you wind up with either arachnophobia or a backstop full of expended projectile garbage. Or as a last resort, you could try a different approach to the problem.