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    I believe that if you look at West Texas, talked about in the documentary below, you will see a gaping hole in Joel's theory. It is surrounded by primary targets and it is rated a 3 out of five stars.

    Prepping 101: Strategic Relocation - Reality or Elaborate Farce?

    Occasionally in this column we devolve into the reasons why many of us feel that some sort of survival strategy at this juncture is prudent. Most people are on a budget, so to divert some of your family resources to prepping that you may end up laugh ... More

    I believe that if you look at West Texas, talked about in the documentary below, you will see a gaping hole in Joel's theory. It is surrounded by primary targets and it is rated a 3 out of five stars.Prepping 101: Strategic Relocation - Reality or Elaborate Farce?
    Occasionally in this column we devolve into the reasons why many of us feel that some sort of survival strategy at this juncture is prudent. Most people are on a budget, so to divert some of your family resources to prepping that you may end up laughing about 10 years from now can seem a little, well… nuts.
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    The Taurus CT9 and CT40 are pistol-caliber carbines made a lot like the H&K USC, which was actually a .45ACP. No word yet on if we'll see a CT45, but we got to test the CT9 and it was both reliable and accurate.

    Taurus CT9/CT40 Carbines - New Gun Review

    For urban combat and self defense, many would argue that there is no better choice in a firearm than a pistol-caliber carbine. It has almost no recoil or muzzle rise, little muzzle flash and plenty of punch to get the job done in close quarters. The ... More

    The Taurus CT9 and CT40 are pistol-caliber carbines made a lot like the H&K USC, which was actually a .45ACP. No word yet on if we'll see a CT45, but we got to test the CT9 and it was both reliable and accurate.Taurus CT9/CT40 Carbines - New Gun Review
    For urban combat and self defense, many would argue that there is no better choice in a firearm than a pistol-caliber carbine. It has almost no recoil or muzzle rise, little muzzle flash and plenty of punch to get the job done in close quarters. The H&K MP5 is legend when it comes to SWAT and SPEC-OPS deployment, and it has achieved that status firing the 9mm cartridge, despite concerns of many that the 9mm is underpowered. The Taurus CT9 and CT40 are new entrants into the pistol-caliber carbine market, and they look and work a lot like H&K’s follow up to the MP5, called the UMP. The civilian version was called the USC, and is no longer produced (it was too expensive). The Taurus CT9 is a more full-featured gun than the USC, and with an MSRP of $879 and street prices under $750, this new carbine should fly off the shelves. As this article is coming out, the .40 S&W version was released, but we were able to test the 9mm gun. Our results showed the CT9 to be extremely reliable and tolerant of different types of ammo. The accuracy is at least as good as other pistol caliber carbines we have tested, and the features on the gun are all you could want for home and personal defense. This year is going to see a new emergence from Taurus since Mark Kresser took over the company. With the new focus on quality control and great customer service, the affordability of Taurus products will finally be backed up by a company that puts customers as #1. The CT9 is the first truly new product from Taurus for a while, and minus a couple peeves, it seems to be everything you could want in a pistol caliber carbine.
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    Winchester Model 1873 Cowboy Rifle - New Gun Review

    Very few guns in history stick out and say “hey, I did something significant.” The Winchester Model 1873 is one of those guns. What made the ’73 so unique wasn’t so much that it worked different than its predecessors. The action isn’t unlik ... More

    winchester-model-73-miroku-2013-comparedto-ubertiWinchester Model 1873 Cowboy Rifle - New Gun Review
    Very few guns in history stick out and say “hey, I did something significant.” The Winchester Model 1873 is one of those guns. What made the ’73 so unique wasn’t so much that it worked different than its predecessors. The action isn’t unlike the Winchester 1866 Yellowboy, which isn’t that unlike the Henry Rifle before it. Commercial success was what made the ’73 stand out more than anything else, with over 720,000 rifles in the original production. First chambered in 44-40 Winchester Center Fire (WCF), the Winchester ’73 encouraged Colt to make its famed ’73 Peacemaker single action also in that caliber. This allowed the pioneers to travel out west with a pistol and rifle both chambered in the same caliber, and it is also what led to the most common nickname for the Winchester ’73, “The Gun that Won the West.” Of all the guns in the history of the late 1800s exploration of the American frontier, and the ensuing Indian Wars, the ’73 is probably the 2nd most prolific, next to the Colt SAA, otherwise known as the Peacemaker. But the ’73 was never used by the military. It was a civilian firearm, and probably the most romantic one of all time. Until now, the only ’73 you could buy that weren’t antique and collectible were made by Uberti in Italy, and though the guns look, feel and work like an original Winchester ’73, they do not say Winchester on the gun. This year at SHOT Show, the modern Winchester Repeating Arms company announced a new Model ’73, and it is the first time in almost 100 years that a brand new Model ’73 will actually say Winchester on it.
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    The true gem in this list. If you want a gun to pass on to your kids, this is it.

    Top 10 Pocket 9mms ideal for Concealed Carry

    Last week, I offered up my top 5 list of compact 9mms. Some of you took issue with my choices. That's cool. I get it. So I'm trying it again. This time, I'm looking at 10 of the best single-stacks ideal for concealed carry. ... More

    The true gem in this list. If you want a gun to pass on to your kids, this is it.Top 10 Pocket 9mms ideal for Concealed Carry
    Last week, I offered up my top 5 list of compact 9mms. Some of you took issue with my choices. That's cool. I get it. So I'm trying it again. This time, I'm looking at 10 of the best single-stacks ideal for concealed carry.
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    This is a set that will work far better than a strip line that can be easily seen and stepped over in daylight. The unwelcome visitor is funneled between a brush pile and a tree, that has been blocked by an easily moved object. The object is attached to the trip wire so when it is stepped on or kicked aside, the alarm will sound.

    Prepping 101: Perimeter Alarms - Low Tech Security for $20

    I have pondered the subject of perimeter security for some time and I have decided that it is probably the hardest to come up with a hard and fast rule. You have to sleep at some point. And even if you have enough people to keep watch, how much advan ... More

    This is a set that will work far better than a strip line that can be easily seen and stepped over in daylight. The unwelcome visitor is funneled between a brush pile and a tree, that has been blocked by an easily moved object. The object is attached to the trip wire so when it is stepped on or kicked aside, the alarm will sound.Prepping 101: Perimeter Alarms - Low Tech Security for $20
    I have pondered the subject of perimeter security for some time and I have decided that it is probably the hardest to come up with a hard and fast rule. You have to sleep at some point. And even if you have enough people to keep watch, how much advance notice will you have? I have looked into 12 volt motion detectors, but so far I have not found a better option than these hand welded alarms on Ebay. They use a standard .22 short nailgun blank, available at Home Depot. If you are handy you could make them yourself, but at $20 each they are a pretty cheap investment for a pretty important aspect of long term survival.
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    The Perfect Package: PWS's MK107P

    Now that James Bond has an iron clad set of balls, it's time he upgraded his arsenal. While there's nothing uniquely gadget-like about the Primary Weapons Systems MK107P, it does come in a briefcase. Q would be a bit jealous. And a tuxedoed 007 would ... More

    pws mk107 3The Perfect Package: PWS's MK107P
    Now that James Bond has an iron clad set of balls, it's time he upgraded his arsenal. While there's nothing uniquely gadget-like about the Primary Weapons Systems MK107P, it does come in a briefcase. Q would be a bit jealous. And a tuxedoed 007 would look sharp carrying the Kenneth Cole case, but to hell with Bond. The novelty of the briefcase evaporates when you pull the trigger. This AR pistol is a surgical tool--it's better than Bond--the PWS MK107P is exactly what's right about America.
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    The Surprising Survival Rifle: Henry's AR-7--Review

    When I think of the Henry brand, I don't typically think about survival rifles. The company is much more well known for their lever-action powerhouses. But Henry makes other things, too, and the U.S. Survival Rifle, or AR-7, is a winner. It is compac ... More

    The left side of the gun protrudes out. This is where the barrel sits when compacted.The Surprising Survival Rifle: Henry's AR-7--Review
    When I think of the Henry brand, I don't typically think about survival rifles. The company is much more well known for their lever-action powerhouses. But Henry makes other things, too, and the U.S. Survival Rifle, or AR-7, is a winner. It is compact, practical, and the AR-7's accuracy will make you think twice about your go-to rimfire rifle.
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    Leatherwood ART M-1000 Auto-Ranging Riflescope

    When it comes to shooting gadgets it is very seldom that I want to jump up and down on my roof and yell “look at this look at this look at this!” But this is the way I feel about the Leatherwood M-1000 scope. I almost wish it was a $2,000 thing, ... More

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    When it comes to shooting gadgets it is very seldom that I want to jump up and down on my roof and yell “look at this look at this look at this!” But this is the way I feel about the Leatherwood M-1000 scope. I almost wish it was a $2,000 thing, because people would take it more seriously, but though it is based on technology going all the way back to 1970, and the MSRP is $459, with a generalstreet price under $400, it is one of the most excitingly nerdy thingamajigs I have ever encountered in the shooting world. It may be a little ugly compared to the more elegant scopes of today, but this largish awkward looking scope can give you the ability to “frame, aim and shoot, ” point of aim, point of impact between 100 and 1000 meters without ever having to lift your eye from the eyepiece. And you can change from one load to the next, or even one rifle to the next with two minor adjustments. Does that totally rock or does that totally rock?
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    The Top 5 Compact 9mms

    A couple of weeks ago, we ran a Top 5 Compact .45 ACP article that stirred up a lot of controversy. That isn't surprising. A lot of you have already formed your own opinions. I expect this list will be just as contentious, if not more. The list of co ... More

    HK-VP9-12The Top 5 Compact 9mms
    A couple of weeks ago, we ran a Top 5 Compact .45 ACP article that stirred up a lot of controversy. That isn't surprising. A lot of you have already formed your own opinions. I expect this list will be just as contentious, if not more. The list of compact .45s is limited, as there aren't that many out there. 9mm is a different story. There are a lot of compact 9mms--choosing the best five requires a lot more thought. But we're up top the task.
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    Leatherwood ART M-1000 Auto-Ranging Riflescope

    When it comes to shooting gadgets it is very seldom that I want to jump up and down on my roof and yell “look at this look at this look at this!” But this is the way I feel about the Leatherwood M-1000 scope. I almost wish it was a $2,000 thing, ... More

    artLeatherwood ART M-1000 Auto-Ranging Riflescope Posted on: October 24, 2014
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    I'm 6'4", and have issues with short rifles. The Parallax rail allows me the extra protection for a solid thumb-over-bore hold.

    Parallax Tactical's Long Slim Forends

    Parallax Tactical is gaining momentum with the black rifle crowd. I found them the old fashioned way, by discovering I needed something, and then searching out the solution. Regular readers may have heard me bitch about my simian build. I'm tall. No ... More

    I'm 6'4", and have issues with short rifles. The Parallax rail allows me the extra protection for a solid thumb-over-bore hold.Parallax Tactical's Long Slim Forends Posted on: October 8, 2014
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    A*B Arms Hand Guards

    Hand guards are typically the first thing I want to swap out on a stock AR. How a gun feels in my hands makes a serious first impression, even before I've pulled the trigger. A*B Arms, a veteran owned company who manufactures here in the states, has ... More

    ab armsA*B Arms Hand Guards Posted on: September 20, 2014

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