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May 2010
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May 2010

Digital Issue


S.W.A.T.'s May 2010 issue is packed with weapon reviews and training and tactics advice. Current ammo prices inspire us to take a look at Spike's Tactical ST-22 SBR for training economy. Kahr's PM45 subcompact might be what you're looking for in a backup or deep-concealment handgun, and we also delve into the details of building your own AK. Finally, we examine 6.5mm Grendel AR-15s – are they a suitable replacement for .223 AR patrol rifles?

Firearm reviews aren't all you'll find in this issue. We explore the trend of agencies including medical units in their tactical teams. Ballistic testing: If you've ever wanted to set up your own ballistics lab, or simply want an overview of gelatin vs Perma-Gel, look no further.

Don't miss articles on trigger control, spreading the self-defense gospel, and the habit of practicing with firearms rather than relying on pristine safe queens. All that and more, in this month's issue.

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    Leupold RX-1000 TBR Compact Digital Laser Rangefinder

    by Eugene Nielsen


    Spike's Tactical ST-22 Short-Barreled Rifle

    by Abner Miranda


    Importance of Follow Through

    by Patrick A. Rogers


    6.5 Grendel AR-15

    by Ned Christiansen


    Yes, You Can!

    by Brian Edwards


    Kahr Arms PM45

    by Tom Russell


    Integrating Tactical Medics Into Your Community

    by Matthew H. Evenhouse, M.D., FACEP


    Cost-Effective Ballistic Test Media

    by Bob Pilgrim

The dictionary defines follow through as:

  1. carrying some project or intention to full completion
  2. the act of carrying a stroke to its natural completion

The term follow through is most often brought up in the context of sports, and relates to the continuation of the stroke after the ball (such as a golf ball, tennis ball or baseball) has been struck. In business it refers to, for example, overseeing a project to completion.

Both of the examples above concern themselves with a game or business, depending on your point of view. The score at the end of either may result in penalties ranging from loss of prestige to loss of livelihood, but rarely do they result in injury or death (with the exception of self-inflicted wounds or association with organized crime).

From the point of view of those who use their guns for real, failure to perform follow through may have more serious consequences.


If you're learning and practicing to defend yourself in a lethal-force confrontation involving firearms, a quote from The Dirty Dozen, "Very pretty ... but can they fight?" is a good one to latch onto. I have come across too many shooters who have an unmarked, unscathed and pristine weapon that they coddle and protect from blemishes as if it were a Fabergé Egg.

Now I have no problem with this, as it is their choice, not mine. If it were my choice, that weapon would be worn yet clean; cut, dinged and scarred yet operational. In other words, it's been used and it shows.

I know it. I know what it can do. I know what I can do with it. I know every nuance, every idiosyncrasy and everything about it that I need to know to make it run. It has battle scars. It is smooth in some places and not in others. The bluing and surfaces are worn from working it--not looking at it. It is a working gun and nothing more. The weapon and I are kindred spirits of a sort. Both of us are worn and dinged, but we can still work if push comes to shove. I like that...