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COLUMNS
6 First Words
12 Front Sights
17 Tip of the Month
98 Hot Gear
130 final Shot
COVER STORY
Covert & Deadly
The cool factor is
showcased big time
in the DRD Tactical
CDR-15.
By Terrill Hoffman
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76 Tactical Boots
FEATURES
18 Bad to the Bone
Determine the bad factor of the baddest gun
you know and then multiply it by 100.
Youve now got the Barrett 50-cal sniper rifle.
By Apostolos Paul Papapostolou
Section: Adventure
23 Introduction
24 Targeted by Cartels
Go into the world of a DEA agent as he
discusses hitmen, drugs and murders. Go
carefully, we might add.
By Sean Cooper
28 48 Hours of Intensity
Join us for a gunfight
if your nerves are up to it.
By Richard Crays
40 One Bad Boy
All-electric, four-wheel drive, aggressive
treads. The Recoil iS. Its a sportsmans dream.
By Torrey Kim
50 max out your ar
Outfit your AR, take it out, show it off
and watch everyone die with envy.
By Terrill Hoffman
58 Enthusiasts Paradise
Its not every day you walk into one
of the biggest gun shops in the world.
By Eric Kowal
68 No Power Shortage
We got the Daniel Defense M4 into Terrills
hands, and he set it down only long enough
to shoot photos of it. Its that good.
By Terrill Hoffman
82 Precision Shooting Made Simple
All it takes is four steps.
By Chuck Taylor
92 More Bite
These seven home D shotguns have more
bite than a pack of nasty pitbulls.
By Brad Fitzpatrick
100 Top Gun Shootout
OK, know-it-all. Can any of these newer ACPs
equal or surpass the 1911? We went to the
range to find out.
By Chuck Taylor
108 No Peers
It may come with a hefty price, but you will
forget all about that once you try the U.S.
Optics SN-3 T-Pal telescopic sight.
By Chuck Taylor
Section: Military
117 Introduction
118 Elite Falcons
Dream on. Because youll never believe how
much training the USAF Special Tactics Teams
engage in to prepare for combat.
By Leroy Thompson
124 In the Hot Seat
Get in, hold on and shut up.
By Paul Peterson
128 Old Faithful
Get up close and personal with the Marine
Corps Colt M45 CQBP.
By Eric Kowal
Q&A
60 Warfighter Elite
We pried the door open so you can look inside at
how FNH builds cool airborne weapons systems.
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992.
THE UNITED STATES MENS OLYMPIC
BASKETBALL TEAM FEATURED SOME
OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS TO EVER
SET FOOT ON THE HARDWOOD.
The roster included Michael Jordan and Scottie
Pippen of the Chicago Bulls, John Stockton and
Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz, Magic Johnson of
the Los Angeles Lakers, Larry Bird of the Boston
Celtics and a few others, including Charles Barkley
of the Philadelphia 76ers.
The team went undefeated and rolled to a gold
medal. The point differential was as high as 79
points. Pure craziness.
So, why are we talking roundball in a firearms
publication? Because its about time you met our
dream team.
GUS ALONZO
Officially, Gus is the newsstand sales and
marketing manager. Unofficially, he is the ulti-
mate utility player. Put him in anywhere, and he
scores. The former Rodale Press star has got us
covered on newsstand, story ideas and he does
a little photography, too.
TERRILL HOFFMAN
T is a guy is as valuable to us as Michael was
to the Bulls or Mariano Rivera is to the New York
Yankees. His photographic talent, writing skill and
creativity are unparalleled, and hell put up 30
every game.
CHUCK TAYLOR
The man. Enough said.
THE OTHERS
Our roster also includes Shannon Fontaine,
Dave Alan, Sean Cooper, Brad Fitzpatrick, Dave
Spaulding, Paul Hantke and Eric Kowal. Passion
flows from their fingertips every time they write
a story or shoot some images.
JOLENE NOLTE
Our managing editor is a rookie on our team,
but she is performing like a seasoned pro.
Whether its doing her thing as an ME or writing,
its topnotch and 100 percent.
ERIC KNAGG
MVP.
6 AND O
The 1992 Dream Team went 6-0.
Each and every time we take the hardwood,
were also striving for a W. To attain that, our
team will bring you the best in guns and product,
such as the home defense shotguns on page 92,
Terrills story on the DRD semi-auto (page 32) and
the Daniel Defense M4 (page 68), and the tactical
vests and boots.
Its tough to go undefeated, but thats our goal
each and every time we take the floor.
Live strong.
BY DOUG JEFFREY
ISSUE 6 / Dec/Jan 2013
EDITORIAL
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Editor At Large: Chuck Taylor
Consulting Editors: Paul Hantke, USMC retired,
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Managing Editor: Jolene Nolte
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A THING OF BEAUTY
IS A JOY FOREVER.
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The L-3 GPNVG-18 looks a bit unconventional,
but it gives operators more than twice the
standard field of view found in traditional
night vision goggles. This allows for greatly
increased situational awareness.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY
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The TNV/PVS-14 is a high-
spec Gen3 version of the U.S.
Military standard issue
AN/PVS-14, built to provide
unparalleled performance and
versatility on the battlefield
or the hunting field.
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The TNV/Sentinel is an up-armored version of
the ANVIS night vision goggle system popular
with U.S. SOF personnel.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY
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HAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TAKE A HUGE DOSE OF VIOLENCE,
ADD SOME SLAMMIN DANCE BEATS AND THROW IN THE
CRAZIEST GUNS YOUVE EVER SEEN?
Why, good times all around, of course.
Spanning across an open cyber world, a la The Matrix, you play as the
president of the United States fighting an alien invasion in an alternate re-
ality. It allows you to defy the laws of physics and employ superpowers to
fight the evil hordes and completely destroy everything in your path, all
while donning a 50s bouffant and sporting a farmers tanif you so desire.
John Brunkhart, the deep silver volition gun designer for Saints Row IV,
talks about what goes into making the weapons in one of the most outra-
geous videogames of all time.
FIREPOWER: Tell us about the baseline human
weapons first.
Brunkhart: We have, basically, four firearms
categories, with two types of each: pistols, shot-
guns, submachine guns (or SMGs) and rifles. All
are designed for different roles in combat. We wanted to make sure you
had choices; each one is distinguished.
FP: What are some of the differences between guns in the same cate-
gory?
Brunkhart: In the pistols, the little automatic fires fast with a lot of shots
that dont do as much damage. The other is a much heavier type of pistol. It
takes a while for the aim to settle, but it does a lot more damage. With the
rifles, for longer range, we have an auto fire one and a burst fire one. All
the SMGs are for spray and pray, and the shotguns are for up close.
FP: How does a gun get into the game?
Brunkhart: We designed the weapons in-house. We didnt want to get
into trouble with the licensing people. For example, we have the Fletcher
.45 instead of a brand name you would recognize.
FP: How do you design a fictional handgun like the Fletcher .45?
Brunkhart: Its made up of composites of several real world guns. We
take the parts we like best from different sources and put them together. I
want the player to say, Hey! Ive seen that trigger guard before! Or that
grip. Or there are flanges that look really cool. Then we concept-art it out. It
combines the best of all different guns. We want it to be evocative. Were
building a dream gun. And we like to present them in different flavors.
FP: What about the alien weapons?
Brunkhart: Those have just one type in each category, but theyre differ-
ent than the human gunsand not just in micro detail. The neat thing is we
can stretch it a little more. More over-the-top, more crazy action. Like the
alien rifle shoots three shots in a triangular pattern that slowly spreads over
distance.
FP: You guys are famous for wild and innovative weapons.
Brunkhart: Yes. The Disintegrator gun does exactly what it saysits a sci-
fi concept from way back. The Abduct-O-Matic points at the ground, paints
the target, a big light beam comes from sky, sucks everybody upwhat do
aliens do? They abduct people.
FP: Where did the idea for the Tentacle Bat come from?
Brunkhart: In SR III, we had the dildo bat, which was a wobbly you-
know-what. So this time, we made an alien version of it out of a huge ten-
tacle. All it does it hit people. Its squishy, but it knocks people back 50 yards.
We gave it a Japanese anime feel.
FP: Tell us about the famous Dubstep Gun.
Brunkhart: Of all the weapons, this one represents the most group effort.
At least a dozen people had input. Its a signature weapon to signify our
outrageousness. You shoot it and music plays, a laser light show starts, all
the people start dancing, the cars jump up and down and bad guys die. The
damage is based on the beats in the song. Its a party behind the trigger.
FP: Which gun is your personal favorite?
Brunkhart: The bounce rifle. Originally, it was the glitch gun, but we
made glitch into a superpower instead. For the bounce, I thought of a pin-
ball game. It only fires one shot, and if you land that first shot, it can go
ting-ting-ting-ting to a bunch of bad guys, hitting em all. If youre a good
aim, this gun is worth the trouble. A lot of risk/reward.
Kerry Michael Li writes and plays videogames in Los Angeles.
Mostly the latter.
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FIND THEM HERE
THE EYE MUFFS
BY TERRILL HOFFMAN
In our last issue, we provided a web address for Eye Muffs
that will get you there, but the following address will connect
you to them even faster. Go to www.sellssafety.com.
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Eye Muffs 101
WHAT THEY ARE
The Eye Muffs, as you
may recall, are a
combination of
protective glasses and
earmuffs all in one unit.
RATING
The glasses are rated
for medium impact,
meet the ANSI Z87.1+
impact-resistant stan-
dard and offer 99.9-per-
cent UV protection.
THE NRR
The muffs have a 19-
decibel noise reduction
rating.
COLOR
AVAILABILITY
Black, white
and neon green
PRICE
$49.95
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ECHNOLOGY KEEPS ADVANCING.
MILITARY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
PERSONNEL FACE EVOLVING THREATS FROM
OUTSIDE FORCES. THESE THREATS REQUIRE
ADVANCED PROTECTIVE GEAR, RANGING
FROM VESTS AND BREASTPLATES TO HEL-
METS DESIGNED TO REDUCE THE EFFECTS OF
BALLISTICS.
Thanks to advanced fibers and products from
manufacturers such as Honeywell and Gentex,
helmets are more effectively expanding their pro-
tective envelope.
ADVANCED FIBER TECHNOLOGY
Honeywell manufactures a unidirectional ma-
terial called Spectra Shield, which provides ballis-
tic and fragment protection in a variety of
applications, including soft armor vests, vehicles
and breastplates. Spectra Shield and its Gold
Shield counterpart are stronger and lighter than
aramid fabrics such as Kevlar, making them good
matches for protective gear. The fibers structure
also provides better protection from projectiles.
With woven materials, the fiber cross points
create weak points, says Tim Swinger, global
business manager for Honeywells Advanced
Fibers and Composites unit. Unidirectional ma-
terial, which has a similar structure to duct tape,
doesnt have that concern.
Swinger explains that when a projectile strikes
a woven material, it remains mostly intact. When
it strikes the Shield fiber, the bullet is smashed,
which is vital when dealing with rifle rounds. This
presents a phenomenon that is of vital impor-
tance to helmet manufactur-
ersbackface deformation or
blunt force trauma. While the
projectile is stopped before it
can penetrate the body, the
force still creates an indenta-
tion against the body, which
is factored into the design of
a helmet.
Helmet manufacturers also
consider the weight and end
application of the product
when incorporating Shield
fibers into a design. Honeywell partners with a
number of helmet manufacturers to optimize
every aspect of helmet design and ensure that
the Shield materials continue to provide the best
ballistic and fragment protection performance at
the lowest possible weight.
While Spectra Shield increases ballistic protec-
tion on helmets, weight is a consideration, ex-
plains Swinger. For the same weight of an
aramid fiber, Spectra increases protection by 20
to 40 percent. Some applications maintain the
level of protection and choose to reduce the
weight of the final product; others keep the orig-
inal rate and increase protection.
FIBER, DESIGN
The protective materials, such as Spectra and
Gold Shield, have been combined with ballistics
helmets from manufacturers, including Gentex
and Ceradyne. Gentex offers a complete line of
helmets for a variety of military and law enforce-
ment users. Each helmet system is tailored to the
unique requirements of each user community,
specific threat profiles and other user needs relat-
ing to mission effectiveness.
We consider a wide range of ballistic materi-
als depending on the combination of threats and
other performance factors, such as impact atten-
uation, says John Pullo, vice president, Ground
Systems at Gentex Corporation. Polyethelene
materials, such as Spectra and Gold Shield are
known for being very lightweight and high
strength, which is ideal for some threats. The pro-
tective envelope of our products has been signifi-
cantly extended as a result of ongoing materials
development in the industry.
PURPOSE
Gentex products are designed for a variety of
missions, ranging from breaching operations to
night operations to airborne operations. Each
product can easily be integrated with accessories
that upgrade protection or improve mission ef-
fectiveness.
We believe that improving the warfighters
ability to respond to threats offensively is the
best form of protection, explains Pullo.
STRONG BOND
In the end, combining fiber technology from
Honeywell with product designs from manufac-
turers like Gentex have helped save lives of mili-
tary and law enforcement in the field. As threats
continue to evolve, the marriage of material and
design will become even more important.
We are proud of our record of protecting our
warfighters across the spectrum of military opera-
tions, says Pullo.
MANUFACTURERS BOLSTER HELMET PROTECTION
FOR MILITARY, LAW ENFORCEMENT
BY ERIN HATFIELD
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GENTEX ON
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www.gentexcorp.com
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FOR HONEYWELL
www.honeywell-ad-
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TEST YOUR
KNOWLEDGE
BY CHUCK TAYLOR
iction: Compared with more
modern bullet designs, the
230-grain FMJ .45 ACP hard-
ball bullet is over-penetrative and
ineffective as a manstopper.
Fact: The .45 ACP only rarely
penetrates the human thorax thor-
oughly enough to exit on the other
side. And history has shown that as-
suming the shooter aims properly, a
230-grain ball is an excellent
manstopper.
Fiction: High-capacity magazines
have greater firepower than
magazines with only a few rounds.
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FICTIONAL GUNPLAY
AND HOLLYWOODS
GUN MYTHS
BY KERRY MICHAEL LI
E LOVE HOLLYWOOD.
HOLLYWOOD DRIVES US NUTS.
BOTH ARE TRUE. AND HERES WHY.
THE ACTION IS INTENSE AND COOL, BUT
The good guy up on the silver screen has an
endless supply of bullets. Or somehow his weapon
is imbued with magical powers. Or a guy from an-
other planet can fly and wear his underwear on
the outside. No problem.
In the upcoming issues, we will explore some
common Hollywood trickery. First up Not Every-
thing Is Flammable.
HOLLYWOOD
Bad Guy drives away. Good Guy shoots gas
tank. KA BOOM! Bullets cause sparks, gas tank ex-
plodes.
REALITY
The reality? Good Guy shoots gas tank. Small
hole forms in gas tank. Gasoline pours out of said
hole onto ground.
Ah ha! you say. Shoot the gas on the
ground! Sorry.
No spark there, either. Even if the gas leaked all
over a wooden crate full of matches, unless its
shot by a high-powered incendiary round and
even those travel too fast it aint gonna explode.
Kerry Michael Li lives and writes in Los Angeles.
He watches waaay too many movies. He has also
produced movies that have grossed more than
$400 million worldwide.
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Fact: The term firepower has nothing to
do with capacity, but rather refers to all or-
ganic weapons of a military infantry squad,
including mortars and artillery.
Fiction: A high-capacity magazine
increases ones odds of successfully bringing
down an adversary.
Fact: According to statistics compiled by
the FBI Uniform Crime Report and other data-
compiling agencies, the average number of
shots fired by law enforcement officers has re-
mained the same despite the increased usage
of high-capacity magazines. Additionally,
under stressful situations, firing more shots
tends to result in decreased accuracy while in-
creasing tactical, criminal and civil liability.
Learn about Chucks American Small Arms
Academy at www.chucktaylorasaa.com, or
email Nighthawk6@cableone.net.
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COMMON QUESTION HEARD AT
DANIEL DEFENSE IS, WHAT IS YOUR
RECOMMENDED BREAK-IN PROCEDURE
FOR YOUR RIFLES AND UPPER RECEIVER
GROUPS?
Their rifles and uppers certainly need to un-
dergo a break-in period but not to the extent
of some other brands. It seems the largest con-
cern is in regards to the barrel.
HOW TO GET IT DONE
At Daniel Defense, they often say it is
proud to manufacture the finest cold hammer-
forged barrels on the planet. Not only do they
hammer forge the rifling of the barrel, but
they also hammer forges the chambers. By
manufacturing barrels in this fashion, they
completely eliminate any tooling marks, burrs
or imperfections that can otherwise be pres-
ent in a barrel manufactured by other means.
In turn, this virtually eliminates the necessity
for barrel break-in.
Out of the box, they recommend that you
fieldstrip the platform. Once broken down,
clean the bore and chamber with a proper
chamber and bore brush to break up any car-
bon and copper that might be left over from
factory function testing. Next, apply some
bore cleaner to a cleaning patch and run it
through the bore starting from the chamber
end. Follow the wet patch with a dry patch
and repeat this process until the patches come
out clean.
Using a quality gun lubricant, apply a thin
coat to the inside of your upper receiver, bolt
carrier, bolt and charging handle. Once this is
done, reassemble and head to the range!
Keep these components well lubricated for
the first couple hundred rounds. This will help
condition the moving parts and make the ac-
tion smoother.
THE DIVIDENDS
Following these steps prior to your first out-
ing and between range sessions will prolong
the life, accuracy and reliability of the carbine.
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1 Out of the box,
fieldstrip the
platform.
2 Once broken
down, clean
the bore and
chamber with
a proper cham-
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brush to break
up any carbon
and copper
that might be
left over.
3 Apply bore
cleaner to a
cleaning patch
and run it
through the
bore starting
from the cham-
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4 Follow the wet
patch with a
dry patch. Re-
peat this
process until
the patches
come out
clean.
5 Using a lubri-
cant, apply a
thin coat to the
inside of your
upper receiver,
bolt carrier,
bolt and charg-
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6 Keep these
components
well lubricated
for the first
couple hundred
rounds.
Cause, Effect
WHAT THEY DO
Daniel Defense hammer
forges the rifling of the barrel
and the chambers.
THE RESULT
This eliminates any tooling
marks, burrs, or imperfections
that can otherwise be present
in a barrel manufactured by
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barrel break-in.
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BAD
TO THE
ESPECT.
CERTAIN GUNS JUST EARN IT. WITH ONE SHOT.
LIKE THE M107A1 BARRETT 50-CALIBER SNIPER
RIFLE.
Why?
Youre about to find out, as Paul, from the Pro Gun Club in Las Vegas,
explains in the following story. The man who got the honor of shooting
this beast is Neil Melanson, a world-class grappler, a former law enforce-
ment officer and one of the most sought-after MMA instructors in the USA.
Whos bad?
NUMBER ONE
MILITARY APPROVED
The "badass" portion of this gun is that it is one of the largest caliber
sniper rifles our military uses. Per the Army Study Guide, the maximum
range of this caliber is 6,764 meters, which is a little more than four miles.
The longest sniper kill in action with a .50 cal was 2,430 meters, which is
a little more than a mile and a half (that shot was not with this particular
gun).
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IN YOUR FACE
WITH THE M107A1
BARRETT 50-CALIBER
SNIPER RIFLE
BY APOSTOLOS ''PAUL'' PAPAPOSTOLOU WITH DOUG JEFFREY
PHOTOS BY DAVE ALAN
BONE
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Numbers
6,674
In meters,
the maximum
range
2,430
The longest
sniper kill in
action with a
.50 cal
27
Weight of the
gun when
empty
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Bullets
From the Manufacturer
It may be related to the Model
82A1/M107, but the M107A1 is far from a
simple evolution.
Driven by the demands of combat, every
component was re-engineered to be
lighter yet stronger. The result is a high-
performance rifle that weighs five pounds
less than the original M107 but is every
bit as tough.
It is designed to be used with a suppressor.
It features a new bolt carrier group that
has been designed and is key to making
the rifle suppressor-ready. Its steel four-
port cylindrical muzzle brake is engineered
to work seamlessly with a quick-attach
Barrett QDL Suppressor.
The lightweight aluminum upper receiver
features an integrated 27 MOA optics rail.
Inside the upper receiver, the bolt carrier
rides on a hardened steel anti-wear strip
for added durability. A thermal-guard
cheek piece protects the user's face from
extreme heat or cold.
The advanced design and manufacturing
make the M107A1 more precise than
ever. The rear barrel stop and front barrel
bushing are bolted and bonded with a
high strength compound. A titanium barrel
key and fully-chrome-lined bore and
chamber add to the rifle's durability.
The M107A1 rifle's lower receiver in-
cludes a new aluminum recoil buffer sys-
tem that's optimized for use with the
Barrett QDL Suppressor. The bolt carrier's
components are protected with a mix of
ultra-hard coatings and advanced nickel
Teflon plating that increases lubricity, is
corrosion-resistant and greatly eases
cleaning.
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Watcha
Got?
The Specifications
MODEL
M107A1
CALIBER
.50 BMG
OPERATION
Semi-Automatic
RAIL LENGTH/MOA
18 inches (45.72 cm)
27 MOA
WEIGHT
27.4 lbs (12.4 kg) or
28.7 lbs (13 kg)
OVERALL LENGTH
57 inches (145 cm) or
48 inches (122 cm)
BARREL LENGTH
29 inches (73.7 cm) or
20 inches (50.8 cm)
RIFLING TWIST
1 turn in 15 inches
(38.1 cm)
MAGAZINE
CAPACITY
10 Rounds
The manufacturer says,
Every component was
re-engineered to be
lighter yet stronger.
M107A1 BARRETT 50-CAL
NUMBER TWO
SHEER POWER
The sheer power of this gun is also
badass. Aside from being used as a
sniper system, this can be adapted to
fire a multitude of rounds, such as
armor piercing, armor piercing incendi-
ary, tracers and armor piercing explosive
incendiary rounds. Each round is mis-
sion-specific to do jobs such as taking
out bad guys behind walls to disabling
vehicles to punching through armor.
NUMBER THREE
MINIMAL RECOIL
As far as shooting this gun, the
percussion is enough to clear your
sinuses, and the recoil is more or
less a hard push rather than a
punch. You can feel the power of
the 50 BMG round leaving the
muzzle as it travels to the target.
You cannot experience the power
of the M107 in any other type of
sniper system.
THE BADASS PORTION OF THIS
GUN IS THAT IT IS ONE OF THE
LARGEST CALIBER SNIPER RIFLES
OUR MILITARY USES.
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More
Reasons
Its Bad
Take II
1. You can shoot through
an engine block.
2. You can fire through
light armored
vehicles.
3. If youre in the military,
you can take out a bad
guy even if he is be-
hind a wall a mile away.
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NUMBER FOUR
MISSION FLEXIBILITY
What we like about
the M107 is the extreme
long-range capabilities to
this sniper system and its
abilities to be used for dif-
ferent missions. You can
shoot through an engine
block to disable a vehicle,
you can fire through light
armored vehicles and you
can take out a bad guy
even if he is behind a wall
a mile away.
The author says this is one
of the largest caliber sniper
rifles our military uses.
THE SHEER POWER
OF THIS GUN IS
ALSO BADASS.
NUMBER
FIVE
SIZE MATTERS
The only
downside to this
weapon is its size.
The weight is a
little more than
27 pounds empty,
and isn't fun lug-
ging around the
mountainside.
But its abilities
make up for its
weight.
The recoil
is more or
less a hard
push rather
than a
punch.
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EXPERIENCE
THE
ADRENALINE-
FILLED LIFE OF
A DEA AGENT,
LAW
ENFORCEMENT
OFFICER
rug cartels. Hits. Drug lords.
Sleazy parts of town.
Murders. Firing from a car.
Kidnappings.
Carjackings.
Richochets.
If youve got the balls to read about these
types of things, turn the page. If not, go
straight to page 32.
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WHEN I WAS HEAD OF
THE DEA OFFICES IN NEW
YORK, I FOUND OUT A GUY
NAMED ANTONIO PUT
OUT A HIT ON MY LIFE.
ROBERT STUTMAN, FORMER DEA AGENT
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O YOU KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO HAVE A HIT
PUT ON YOU?
Robert Stutman sure does.
Now retired, Stutman headed the DEA of-
fices in New York at a time when drug cartels were running
rampant, and the war on drugs was reaching a head.
Columbian drug lords like Pablo Escobar didnt take
too kindly to his tough stances on drugs, going to
great lengths to stop him.
When I was head of the DEA offices in
New York, I found out a guy named Antonio,
who was right under Escobar in the organiza-
tion, put out a hit on my life.
And there were the drug deals in sleazy parts
of town with convicted murderers.
When I was a very young agent working undercover in
Washington, D.C., I was buying drugs from a guy who had
done 17 years for murder, says Stutman. It was 2:00 a.m.,
and we were walking against traffic, trying to get rid of the
surveillance cars. He turned to me and said, Theres a white
BY CARTELS
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BY SEAN COOPER \ PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROBERT STUTMAN
Traits a
DEA Agent
Must Possess
Calm and cool
under pressure
Analytical
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A FORMER DEA FIELD AGENT
TAKES US INTO THE STREETS
WHERE HE DEALT WITH HITS,
DRUGS AND MURDER
ONE-QUARTER CENTURY
Robert Stutman (foreground)
spent 25 years with the DEA.
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IN GOOD COMPANY Robert Stutman's job led to interaction with the media (Connie Chung, far left; Dan Rather, far right) and
dignitaries, including former first lady Nancy Reagan (second from left).
26 WORLD OF FIREPOWER
dude out there named Stutman. Be care-
ful, I heard hes a federal agent. Then
he handed me the drugs. I thought then
and there I was going to be killed, but
luckily I wasnt.
A former Special Agent of 25 years
with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Ad-
ministration (DEA), Stutman has seen it
all. While most people would be happy
sitting behind a desk, that wasnt the
life for Stutman.
During his last six years in the DEA,
Stutman headed the DEAs largest of-
fice in New York, where his biggest
accomplishment was shining a light
on Americas cocaine epidemic and
single-handedly bringing change to
the federal governments policy re-
garding the devastating drug.
While his accomplishments are
impressive, his journey there is even
more remarkable.
An Agents Timeline
1970
At age 27, he became the agencys
youngest supervisor (GS-14).
1971
This is the year he formed and
headed the International Training
Division.
1976
The year he was promoted
to director of the Office of
Congressional Affairs.
1979
In New England, he became the
youngest Special Agent in DEA
history.
1985
In the DEAs New York offices, their
largest division, he remained until
his retirement in 1990.
JOB WELL DONE Robert Stutman (center)
shows former President George Bush drugs
and paraphernalia that were seized.
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The Stutman Group
After his retirement in 1990,
Robert Stutman founded The
Stutman Group, a management
consulting firm that designs and
implements comprehensive and
practical substance abuse preven-
tion programs for communities,
corporations and school systems
across the nation.
I give more than 100
speeches a year to physicians,
schools and parents groups,
says Stutman, who is dedicated
to getting the word out about the
devastating effects of prescription
drugs on America.
WEAPONS OF CHOICE
Facts, Weapons, Figures
TWICE A YEAR
Robert Stutman says DEA agents go
through firearms training at least
twice a year.
HIS TOP CHOICES
Smith & Wesson
Glock 17
WHY
Because the Smith & Wesson was
stainless, I could abuse it and not hurt
it. It was foolproof, and I could wear it
in an ankle holster. My Glock was an
incredibly reliable weapon that pos-
sessed incredible firepower.
A HUMBLE BEGINNING
Stutmans illustrious DEA career began all the way
back in 1965 when he became a street agent.
I was recruited by the CIA in college, Stutman re-
calls. I spent about a year and a half there thinking I
would be James Bond, so I applied for a more exciting
job. I had no plans for drug enforcement. I knew I could
not sit behind a desk, and I wanted an exciting job.
Before he knew it, Stutman was one of the DEAs
most decorated agents living the exciting life of an
agent, entangled in life-and-death scenarios and strug-
gling and coping with the loss of fellow agents. One of
those agents was Everett Hatcher, who was heinously
gunned down.
Everett Hatcher was a great agent and a good per-
sonal friend, Stutman recalls. He was working under-
cover and someone suspected him and put four bullets
in his head. Our office spent a year trying to catch the
man who killed him. Eventually, he was handed over to
us dead.
BECOMING A DEA AGENT
If a career with the DEA appeals
to you, know this: Its harder than
ever to get your foot in the door.
Becoming an agent now is
very difficult, Stutman says.
There are far more people look-
ing than there are positions. It is
a very competitive field. Most new
agents have graduate degrees and a
GPA of 3.0 and above. I think the best
way to become an agent is to learn a for-
eign language. If I were telling my son, the
fastest way is to become fluent in a foreign language.
Potential agents are put through a series of evalua-
tions and exams to make sure they are up to the job.
Lives are constantly on the line, so its critical for them to
perform under pressure.
Everybody who goes into the field gets psychologi-
cal evaluation, a polygraph exam and gets interviewed
by boards of agents at least twice, he says. Its a very
tough process. The training is extraordinarily difficult
psychologically, academically, and physically. If there are
people with issues, you want to wash them out.
The reason the testing is so tough is that its ab-
solutely critical that agents are levelheaded and calm
under fire.
The ability to not lose your temper under pressure,
be cool and analytical are key personality traits to
have, Stutman says.
More and more women are entering the field, too,
he says.
Law enforcement is traditionally thought of as a
predominantly male field, but that is quickly changing,
he says. For example, Michele Leonhart, the director of
the DEA for eight years, is a woman. There are a lot of
women in the DEA, and [their numbers are] growing
every year.
WAR ON DRUGS
Most people believe illegal drugs like cocaine are the
biggest threat facing Americans today. Stutman sees it
differently.
Unfortunately, the biggest source of
supply is not foreign countries, it is
prescription drugs, Stutman says.
Prescription drugs kill more peo-
ple than heroin, crack and
methamphetamine combined.
Its not the drug cartels in Mex-
ico, its the physicians overwrit-
ing prescriptions that kids get a
hold of, use and die from. The
problem is no longer the tradi-
tional dope dealer.
The success of the DEA rests on
spreading the message about the threat of
drugs in America.
I gave speeches while in the DEA, Stutman says.
Without public support, an agency like the DEA
couldnt succeed. Secretiveness was not the way to do
things. Talking to the citizens of our country and telling
them so that they understand the problem and know
how to deal with it, so we can educate our kids, is key.
Law enforcement will not [single-handedly] solve the
drug problem. It requires prevention and treatment for
those addicted.
And if youre addicted to stopping the proliferation
of drugs, the DEA may just be the path to take.
JAMES BOND Today,
Robert Stutman is in the
midst of another war on
drugs prescription drugs.
THERES A WHITE DUDE OUT THERE NAMED STUTMAN. BE CARE-
FUL, I HEARD HES A FEDERAL AGENT. THEN HE HANDED ME THE
DRUGS. I THOUGHT THEN AND THERE I WAS GOING TO BE KILLED
FORMER DEA AGENT ROBERT STUTMAN, DESCRIBING A DRUG DEAL
Working
Undercover
I always liked working undercover because
its the ultimate mind game. The stupidest thing
the dope dealer can do is give you drugs. You cant
break any laws while doing it. Its not what you are or
what you look like; its being able to outsmart the
dealers. Every person who I arrested working under-
cover would say, I knew you were a federal
agent, so my response is, So why the hell
did you give it to me, stupid?
ROBERT STUTMAN
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HOURS OF
INTENSITY
48
Reach Out
to the Author
Comments or questions
can be directed to
rocksolidsst@gmail.com.
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HE FIRST WEEKEND OF AUGUST, I FOUND MY-
SELF IN THE MIDDLE OF A GUNFIGHT.
WELL, A SERIES OF THEM TO BE EXACT.
Dave Spaulding, of Handgun Combatives, LLC,
was running a Vehicle Combatives class in Central
New York, the objective of which was for law enforcement per-
sonnel (and civilians) to become proficient at a number of car-re-
lated scenarios, including carjackings or attempted kidnappings.
As you might expect, the course was intense, informative, exhil-
arating and it could save lives.
FIRST UP
Following a classroom session, the training was on.
With sound, quick demonstrations and repeated practice drills
from the students, the ground was soon littered with brass cases
and empty magazines and the tone was set for a weekend of
learning, shooting and excitement.
Turning and positional shooting drills soon gave way to seated
and prone shooting around barricades. This was followed by dry
drills around and in the cars and then by the much-awaited, and
very exhilarating, shooting through them.
SHOOTING THROUGH CARS
The objective of this course was to prepare the student to fight
his/her way out of the car. Any number of scenarios could necessi-
tate this skill, including an attempted kidnapping, a carjacking, a
robbery, an attack by an emotionally disturbed armed person, a
zombie attack, etc.
The confines, seatbelt and glass all pose obstacles to the fight
and our ultimate survival. In 24 hours, all of the students over-
came those obstacles.
The basic approach of this class was to bring everyone up to a
fighter's level before moving on to the dynamic engagement
from behind the driver's seat or through glass. This is something
that is often overlooked in many schools of this type, who favor
the rush of exploding glass over the satisfaction of instilling a new
skill set and preparing them for surviving the conflict. For the
record, there was a lot of flying glass here, too.
T
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SEMINAR BOLSTERS SKILLS IN CAR-RELATED SCENARIOS
FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT (AND CIVILIANS)
BY RICHARD CRAYS
PHOTOS COURTESY OF DAVE SPAULDING
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU EVEN TRIED TO
GET OUT OF THE SEATBELT FAST, MUCH LESS
WITH 20 PEOPLE WATCHING YOU AND A BAD
GUY MOVING AROUND THE CAR TRYING TO GET
YOU? RICHARD CRAYS, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER WITH 34
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
ONE COURSE OBJECTIVE
One aspect of the course was to prepare the student to fight his/her way
out of the car. The scenarios that would necessitate this skill are as follows:
An attempted kidnapping
Carjacking
Robbery
An attack by an emotionally disturbed armed person
Personal Insurance
For each student who took the time and spent the money to attend
this course, it was like buying insurance.
They all did so in the hope of never having to use the skills they
learned. But if they need them, they have them.
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Inside the Camp
WHAT ITS GOT
Three ranges, classroom
and a pavilion
30 WORLD OF FIREPOWER
Where Do I Sign Up?
For classes on this and
other areas of
self-preservation,
contact:
DAVE SPAULDING
Handgun Combatives, LLC
handguncombatives@gmail.com
PAT SACCO
Verdad Investigations
315-435-3660
www.verdadinvestigations.com
RICHOCHETS FIRST
As a prelude to shooting out of the vehicles, Dave ran a great
demonstration on ricochets or bouncing bullets.
First, he placed a steel plate on the ground and had students
bounce the rounds into a paper target at the end of the range.
Next, students advanced to bouncing them off the hood and the
cars trunk and ended with a penetration test on the trunk area.
New shooters were surprised to see the lack of cover the trunk of-
fered. Old big city cops in the team nodded their heads and
loaded magazines from the rounds they carried in their pockets.
GAME ON
After completing the ricochet and penetration drills, the game
was on. I didn't see a frown on anyone's face for almost three hours,
with a couple of people unable to refrain from Wahoo! or
Yeah!
After escaping the driver's seat and engaging moving targets, stu-
dents shot out through the side windows as moto targets (remote
controlled) moved back and forth, simulating an attacking bandit.
This course of fire required the student to locate the suspect, clear
the seatbelt and exit the car while keeping the suspect in sight and
THE CONFINES, SEATBELT AND GLASS ALL
POSE OBSTACLES TO THE FIGHT AND OUR
ULTIMATE SURVIVAL.
OWNERS
Pat and Maria
SCENERY, MEALS
The scenery and home-cooked lunches make it
more of a vacation than a shooting school.
Classroom
Instruction
Includes
Turning and positional
shooting drills
Seated and prone shooting
around barricades
Dry drills around and in
the cars
Shooting through cars
HOURS OF
INTENSITY
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delivering rounds to the bandit. This progressed into a two-person es-
cape drill with threat engagement, communication with partner and
reloads being part of the final test.
Consider this: When was the last time you even tried to get out of
the seatbelt fast, much less with 20 people watching you and a bad guy
moving around the car trying to get you?
FINAL WORDS
Just before the team hit the road home, Dave offered up some final
words of wisdom: "Hope for luck, but don't trust in it. Trust your train-
ing."
Sound words to end a solid and invaluable class.
My thoughts?
Instead of taking a spa weekend or vegging out on the couch, find
out when the next Handgun Combatives class is happening and get
yourself over there.
Richard Crays is an active-duty law enforcement veteran with 34
years of experience. He is also a senior instructor at a state law enforce-
ment academy. His background includes service with the USMC, digni-
tary protection in Africa and Canada, SWAT Sniper and IALEFI Master
Instructor Development Trainer, all while operating Rock Solid Shoot-
ing and Survival Training.
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COVERT AND
A FULL-ON LOOK AT DRD
TACTICALS BREAK-DOWN
SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLE
F THE SKULL LOGO DOESNT
DRAW YOUR ATTENTION, DRD
TACTICALS COMPANY MOTTO
WILL MAKE YOU PAUSE FOR
THOUGHT: TOOL MAKERS FOR
CLANDESTINE MISSIONS.
How many times have you watched
an action movie that included a shooter
pulling a full-sized sniper rifle out of a
small case? The marksman will assemble
the rifle in seconds and take aim at a
long-distance target. Of course, we all
realize that if he hits or misses the tar-
get is solely dependent on the plot of
the movie. However, as firearm enthusi-
asts, we are all left with the same
thought: I need one of those!
What may surprise you is that our
own military must have seen the same
movie. An open announcement by the
militarys Joint & Special Operations
Program (JSOP) requested proposals for
the development of a Clandestine
Break-Down Semi-Automatic Rifle
(CSR).
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WORDS AND PHOTOS BY TERRILL HOFFMAN
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THE CDR-15 INCORPORATES THE
COVERT BREAKDOWN FEATURES OF
ITS BIG BROTHER, THE PARATUS.
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It was this proposal that allowed DRD Tactical to earn
its stripes in the firearm community. Its answer to the re-
quest was the Paratus semi-automatic rifle chambered in
.308 Winchester. The rifle, optics and spare magazines all
fit into a case no larger than the average camera case
and can be assembled in less than one minute. Building
on the success of the Paratus, DRD Tactical has recently
released the CDR-15 Rifle chambered in either the 5.56 x
45mm NATO or the 300 Blackout.
The concept for the CDR-15
may seem like it came
straight from a spy movie,
but once assembled the
DRD rifle is deadly serious.
How Cool
Is This?
The rifle, optics and spare
magazines all fit into a
case no larger than the
average camera case and
can be assembled in less
than one minute.
CDR-15 RIFLE
Fortunately, for the moviegoers among us, the CDR-15 incorpo-
rates the covert breakdown features of its big brother, the Para-
tus. The concept of a breakdown rifle is nothing new, and I
personally have a Remington No. 4 with this feature that is well
more than 100 years old.
Also, owners of an AR-15 realize that their rifle can be broken
down into two parts by just pulling the take-down and pivot pins.
By now you may be wondering what is special about the CDR-15.
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To start, both the upper and
lower receivers are machined billets
instead of the typical forged exam-
ples. The lower receiver is machined
to include an enlarged trigger
guard and beveled magazine well.
The FN hammer-forged barrel is 16
inches with a chrome-lined bore and
parkerized finish.
The CDR-15 features a mid-length
gas system, and it uses a low-profile
gas block, which rides underneath
the free-floated fore end. Standard
to this carbine is a Magpul CTR stock
and Magpuls MOE pistol grip. The
CTR stock has the adjustments of a
standard M4, but once located, its
second lever will lock the stock in
place and remove the M4 wobble.
The flat top upper receiver
houses the Mil-Spec bolt carrier
group and a BCM Gunfighter
charging handle. But, as you would
expect, the CDR-15 goes a step or
two further than other high-end ri-
fles. When you are trying to create a
covert weapon, every inch counts.

The side mounted lever at the


rear of the handguard is the only
give away that the CDR-15 is not
your normal M4 carbine.
To release the handguard, just rotate the lever and pull
the take-down pin. The handguard can then be slid off
the front of the rifle. The matching notch in the upper
receiver and handguard assures the handguard does
not rotate once assembled.
The oversized barrel nut can be removed by hand and the barrel pulled forward.
Assembly (or disassembly) can be accomplished in less than one minute.
THE MACHINING,
TOTAL FIT
OF PARTS, AND
FINISH OF THE
CARBINE WAS
OUTSTANDING
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Reach Out
COMPANY
DRD-LLC
ADDRESS
P.O. Box 88
Dallas, GA 30132
PHONE
678-398-9059
VIA THE WEB
www.drdtactical.com
IF THE SKULL LOGO
DOESNT DRAW YOUR
ATTENTION, DRD
TACTICALS MOTTO
WILL TOOL
MAKERS FOR
CLANDESTINE MISSIONS.

More and more companies


are upgrading to Magpul
furniture for their AR-15
rifles. The CTR buttstock
offers several advantages
over the standard M4
style stock. Most of all,
it stays in position and
prevents accidental
release.
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The 5.56x45mm NATO is the
standard round for the CDR-
15, but it is also available in
.300 Blackout. This selection
increases once you realize
that with a new barrel you
can even convert the rifle to
any wildcat that uses the
5.56 bolt face.
Fully assembled, the CDR-15 M4s configura-
tion is the exact same size as any other M4 car-
bine. Once broken down for storage, the
longest section of the CDR-15 is a full six inches
shorter than a typical M4. The standard way to
transport your CDR-15 is in a hard case with
custom-cut foam that measures a mere 18 x 13
x 7 inches.
This is where DRDs ingenuity comes into
play. DRD has developed a quick breakdown
system through the use of a barrel nut that can
be loosened without the use of tools. The DRD
Tactical QD 13-inch rail system operates by
pulling a lever mounted on the rear of the fore
end which will expose a single take down pin.
Once this pin is pulled, the fore end will slide
forward and off of the carbine. This exposes a
barrel nut that is about 1 3/8 inches in diameter
and 2 3/8 inches long. The barrel nut can be re-
moved by hand and will totally free the barrel
and gas tube. This operation results in your car-
bine being in two sections measuring 18 3/4
and 16 inches. The longer barrel section will
then fit diagonally into the 18-inch carry case.
GOING
FOR THIS
MSRP
$2,091
$1,050
(complete package)
(Upper assembly
with barrels)
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One point to note is that once broken down
the fore end should be slid back over the barrel
for storage and to protect the exposed gas
tube. Looking at this concept further, you begin
to think of the additional advantages to this
system. Any standard AR barrel will fit this rifle.
The purchase of additional barrels and barrel
nuts will allow you to switch between various
barrel lengths and calibers.
Since the bolt carrier is the same as the one
used for a .300 Blackout (.300 Whisper), you
can create a switch caliber carbine. The 13-inch
rail will also accommodate either a carbine or
mid-length gas system as long as you use a low-
profile gas block. A little cutting on the foam
interior of the case would allow you to carry
a full-length 5.56 M4 carbine that could be
converted to a .300 Blackout SBR
(short-barreled rifle) equipped with
a suppressor.
RANGE TIME
The first question I had while reviewing this
rifle was if this system would have any effect on
the accuracy of the rifle. The machining, total fit
of parts, and finish of the carbine was outstand-
ing, but accuracy and reliability are the major at-
tributes needed in any rifle.
My range time proved that any worries I may
have had were unfounded. Functioning was 100
TACTICAL
DRD
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Know This
The CTR stock has the ad-
justments of a standard M4.
Its second lever will lock the
stock in place and remove
the M4 wobble.
DRD Tactical CDR-15
Caliber: 5.56 x 45mm NATO (300 Blackout available)
Barrel: 16.0 inches
Overall Length: 32 1/2 inches
(fully assembled, stock collapsed)
Weight: 7 pounds, 4 ounces (without magazine)
Stock: Magpul CTR
Sights: None
Action: Semi-automatic
Finish: Matte black
Mag Capacity: 30 rounds
DRDs billet
receivers take this
M4 up to a new
level of quality.
The fit and finish
of the carbine was
without fault.
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percent during the entire session, which included
a couple of hundred rounds. Accuracy for the
provided barrel averaged 1 1/4 inches, and point
of impact stayed the same after removing and
re-installing the barrel.
On a whim, I installed an additional barrel
chambered in 7.62x40WT, which is my personal
favorite for the AR platform. This barrel has al-
ways given my 3/4 MOA groups, and continued
to do so when mounted to the DRD Tactical rifle.
LOVIN IT
For those who already own an AR, DRD Tacti-
cal also markets complete upper assemblies that
will fit on your existing lowers. These uppers are
available with Mil-Spec Forged or Billet uppers
with FN hammer forged chrome-lined barrels or
Lothar-Walther Stainless Steel barrels.
I doubt you will be disappointed with the
purchase of a complete rifle or just an upper.
The quality for which DRD Tactical is rapidly
becoming known is built in to all of its
products.
And that will get your attention.
Terrill Hoffman, a North Carolina resident,
is a contributing editor to World of Firepower
and a long-time gun enthusiast and Yankees
fan.
Dig These
Numbers
100
The percentage at which
the rifle functioned
SEVERAL
HUNDRED
The number of rounds
shot during the session
1 AND 1/4
Average accuracy with
the provided barrel
Calculate This
The author added an additional barrel
chambered in 7.62x40WT. And the
result? He scored 3/4 MOA groups.
DRDs hand guard is slim and smooth,
but you can add Magpul rail sections
for the use of extra accessories. This
system is one of the most comfortable
on the market.
The take-down procedure for the
CDR-15 is the same as any other
AR-15. However, this rifle allows
you to go a step further with its
quick barrel removal. Changing
calibers is just as quick.
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ORTY MILES.
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The Recoil iS will let you make your way into the
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Quietly rolling up to your favorite hunting stand
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MAKE YOUR WAY INTO THE WOODS AT UP TO 24.5 MILES PER
HOUR, BUT YOU WONT FEEL THE BUMPS ALONG THE WAY
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Add These Numbers
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Depending on your favorite sport, youll
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Eye on Color
This four-wheeler is
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You can opt for
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AT THE
KEEP YOUR ESSENTIALS
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HE COOL FACTOR IS IN FULL EFFECT WITH
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TACTICAL
VESTS
VOODOO TACTICAL
1
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Model: Rapid Assault Chest Rig
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Key Features:
6 M4/M16 pouches for
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Adjustable cross-back shoulder
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Compatible with Condors
accessory pouches and
hydro-harness (sold separately;
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Description:
Easy access is imperative, and the
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If your day at the range requires
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MSRP:
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Model: Complete Universal 9-Piece Set
MSRP: $149.95
Key Features:
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Model: Omega Elite Phalanx HSV
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MSRP: $179.99
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Adjustable and specialized
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Ambidextrous
Description:
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Between the adjustable sides and
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If your mission changes, so can your vest. The nine
pouches included with the Universal vest can attach in-
dependently, meaning you choose the placement and
whether or not you want to use the pouch at all. Sev-
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Model: Modular Adjustable Tactical Vest
MAT-V
MSRP: $165 ($180 in MultiCam)
Key Features:
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Hydration pocket capacity is up to 3 liters
TACTICAL TAILOR
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CONDOR OUTDOOR www.condoroutdoor.com
Model: Crossdraw Vest
MSRP: $75
Key Features:
Pistol holster
Nylon mesh for ventilation
Pistol belt included
Description:
Keep your pistol and ammo right
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pouches on the left and a pistol
belt at the bottom. The nylon
mesh material aids ventilation and
the interior hydration pocket can
house a hydration bladder.
Customize your fit with adjustable
drawstrings at the sides.
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TACTICAL
VESTS
MSRP:
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MSRP:
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Model: Armor Carrier Vest
(Model 20-8399)
MSRP: $110.95
Key Features:
Breathable mesh and hydration
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Adjustable, padded shoulder
support
Built to hold 8x 10 or 10x 12
plates (sold separately)
Description:
If your tactical needs involve
dangerand the need for
paddingthe Armor Carrier Vest is
your base for 8x 10 or 10x 12
plates. Padded shoulders and an
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The adjustable sides and MOLLE webbing at the front and
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The vests Airmesh material is designed to make this vest
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WORLD OF FIREPOWER 49
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YOUR
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MAX
OUT
AR
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WORLD OF FIREPOWER 51
AR
ADDING
VERSATILITY TO
YOUR STANDARD
M4 ONLY TAKES
A LITTLE TIME,
WISE SHOPPING
N THE LAST ISSUE (OCT/NOV) OF THE
WORLD OF FIREPOWER, WE ASSEMBLED
TA COMPLETE M4 STYLE AR-15 USING A
DEL-TON RIFLE KIT. IF YOU FOLLOWED OUR
LEAD, YOU ARE THE PROUD OWNER OF A
CARBINE THAT SHOULD SERVE YOU WELL FOR
YEARS TO COME.
The quality of the Del-Ton kit was beyond re-
proach and almost made the project too easy to
brag about. However, take my word for it, once you
assemble your own rifle, you automatically earn the
right to brag. It is a trade-off the Gun Gods bestow
on you just before they inflict you with a case of
Modification Fever.
The modular design of the AR-15 just cries out
for enhancements, and even I just couldnt leave
well enough alone. Because I had purchased the
Del-Ton kit at the start of the project, it only made
sense to add a few upgrades so it might better fit
my individual needs.
The changes reviewed here were solely done for
my own use. For every part or accessory I chose,
there are a dozen or more companies making a sim-
ilar part that may serve just as well. The concept of
this article is to show you what I did to my rifle in
hopes that it might assist you in deciding how to
enhance yours.
I
WORDS AND PHOTOS
BY TERRILL HOFFMAN
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THE TRIGGER
If I could only pick one item to
improve on a basic AR-15, it
would be the trigger. A Mil-Spec
trigger functions, but you would
be shocked at the change once
you install a tuned trigger unit.
A few years ago I discovered
the Tactical Trigger Unit (TTU)
made by Wilson Combat, and
now one of these units rides in
every AR I own. A finely tuned
trigger wont make your rifle
shoot better; it will make you
shoot better. The Wilson trigger
is a no-brainer. Tap out the two
pins holding your trigger assem-
bly and let the old trigger drop
out, drop in the complete Wilson
unit, and tap the two pins back
in. Instantly you will have a
smooth four-pound trigger pull.
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IF I COULD ONLY PICK
ONE ITEM TO IMPROVE ON
A BASIC AR-15, IT WOULD
BE THE TRIGGER.
1 UPGRADE
Trigger
BENEFIT
It will make you
shoot better
2 UPGRADE
Buttstocks
BENEFIT
The addition of a Magpul
CTR assures the stock will
stay where I want it.
3 UPGRADE
Handguards
BENEFIT
Better accuracy
4 UPGRADE
Back-Up-Iron-Sights
BENEFIT
Peace of mind
5 UPGRADE
Lights & Lasers
BENEFIT
Allows the rifle to function
24/7
6 UPGRADE
Optics
BENEFIT
Provide coverage from a
few feet to a few hundred
yards
BUTTSTOCKS
The next change I usually
make to an AR is the buttstock
and pistol grip. The pistol grip is
just a whim on my part, but I
consider changing the buttstock
as a necessity.
Too often I have had an M4
stock collapse on me at the
wrong time due to its exposed
release lever. While this prob-
lem normally occurs when Im
using a rear bag at the shooting
bench, the addition of a Mag-
pul CTR assures the stock will
stay where I want it. As with the
trigger unit, this is a one-minute
fix. Just keep in mind that ex-
tension tubes comes in two di-
ameters, and you will need to
match the stock to the tube on
your rifle.
The Upgrades, the Benefits
Even after two years
of constant use, the
trigger pull of the
Wilson Combat TTU
trigger has yet to
change. Hidden in the
lower receiver the
TTU may not look as
cool as some other
add-ons, but it is the
best investment you
can make to improve
your rifle.
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HANDGUARDS
The next change may take a little longer to install.
Every AR I have worked with has proven to be more accurate once the
handguard was removed and replaced with a free-floating unit. There are
so many good units out there that it will take you longer to pick out which
one you want than it will to install it. Depending on which one of my rifles
you see, it will have a handguard from either Yankee Hill Machine or Wilson
Combat. Both of these have two features I like for my personal rifles.
First, they are as slim as you can find to fit on an AR. Second, picatinny
rails can be added where you want them and removed from areas where
they are not needed. Quad rails may have The Look, but I have found
them to wear on my hands.
EVERY AR I HAVE WORKED
WITH HAS PROVEN TO BE
MORE ACCURATE ONCE THE
HANDGUARD WAS REMOVED
AND REPLACED WITH A
FREE-FLOATING UNIT.
The ultimate accessory for your
rifle is a second upper. Since the
upper is not considered a firearm
you can bypass additional paper-
work and extend the versatility
of your rifle.
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LIGHTS & LASERS
Many years ago I made a discovery that may shock some of you. The sun
goes down, and the world gets dark. Just to confuse the issue even more, I
have found that I often need a rifle during this period of blindness.
If you are going to depend on a rifle for protection, it needs to be able
to function 24/7, and you need to be able to see your target. The addition
of a white light has proven it is well worth the cost.
One of the best deals on the market is one you may not have heard of. I
have been using a Fox Fury light for the past year with amazing results. It
can be attached in seconds and will light up a target at well past 100 yards.
Its 220 lumens would even allow me to shoot for groups at midnight if I
could convince my wife of the need. I have also bounced this light all over
the countryside while carrying the rifle on an ATV, and it has yet to fail.
For those who desire a laser, all you need to do is to check out Viridian.
My exposure to them has been limited to just the past few months, but Ive
been impressed. My neighbor has seen the laser bouncing off his house
more than once, and he lives a full three miles away. Im sure at that dis-
tance the beam has expanded to the point that it would be useless for aim-
ing, but at a couple of hundred yards you own the night. The X5L-RS is a
combination unit with both a white light and green laser that I plan to in-
vestigate further.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO DEPEND
ON A RIFLE FOR PROTECTION, IT
NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO FUNCTION
24/7
Fox Fury may not be a household name,
but it works and works well. You will
save a good bit over other lights but Im
sure you will find another accessory to
spend the money on.
Viridian offers a green laser in
concert with a white light. You
cant beat one unit that serves two
purposes. Be prepared for a shock;
that laser cuts through the night.
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THIS SCOPE COMBINES THEIR SPECIAL
PURPOSE RETICLE (SPR) AND FIREDOT RED
DOT SYSTEM TO GIVE YOU COVERAGE FROM
A FEW FEET TO A FEW HUNDRED YARDS.
Get More Here
Check Them
on the Web
Yankee Hill Machine
www.yhm.net
Wilson Combat
www.wilsoncombat.com
Brownells
www.brownells.com
Viridian
www.viridiangreenlaser.com
Fox Fury Lighting
Solutions
www.foxfury.com
MAGPUL
www.magpul.com
OPTICS
There are hundreds of companies making AR accessories, but when it
comes to optics, I turn to Leupold. In 40 years, I have only had one failure
and that was the result of my dropping the rifle 20 feet and having it land
right on the scope. When I sent it in for a repair quote, they just repaired it
and sent me a note saying, Thank you for letting us serve you. No Charge.
Yes, they have found a loyal customer.
They brought out their VX-R Patrol 1.25-4x20mm a couple of years ago
that is perfect for the AR-15 platform. This scope combines their Special
Purpose Reticle (SPR) and FireDot red dot system to give you coverage
from a few feet to a few hundred yards. More than once Ive taken aim
using this scope with the FireDot in combination with the Fox Fury white
light.
BUIS SIGHTS
(BACK-UP-IRON-SIGHTS)
Because I prefer a long handguard,
I replace the standard front sight
tower/gas block with a low profile
unit that rides under the hand guard.
This is where you are going to make a
discovery about changing the basic
M4. There are times when one
change is going to dictate another
change. I use low-profile gas blocks
from Brownells, but in doing so I have
to remove my front sight.
Even though I always have optics
on my rifles, the addition of back up
sights gives me a little peace of mind.
I may never need them, but it is nice
to have them. Yankee Hill and Mag-
pul both make excellent sights that
will fold out of the way until that mo-
ment comes when they are needed.
EVEN THOUGH I ALWAYS HAVE OPTICS ON
MY RIFLES, THE ADDITION OF BACK UP
SIGHTS GIVES ME A LITTLE PEACE OF MIND.
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A SECOND UPPER
For those of you who want to take the ultimate
step in accessorizing the AR, consider building a
second upper assembly. Ive added an upper cham-
bered in 7.62 x 40 WT that turns my home protec-
tion rifle into a true hunting weapon. The only
difference between this upper and one chambered
for the 5.56 x 45 NATO is the barrel. Now I can pull
the take-down and pivot pins to convert my rifle
from one purpose to another in seconds.
TICKET TO PARADISE
These were changes I made to the Del-Ton after
completing the article for the last issue. I live in a
rural area and carry my rifle every day as I roam my
property. Just in the past year Ive been forced to
use an AR on everything from coyotes to a rabid
feral dog.
There is no such thing as the perfect-do-every-
thing rifle, but you can improve the versatility of
the AR-15. The basic M4 is a great weapon as is,
and you may want to just leave it alone.
However, if you want to max out its capabilities,
a few of these modifications may be just the ticket.
Take your time, shop wisely and remember that
once you build your own rifle making modifica-
tions to it should be a snap.
Terrill Hoffman is a consulting editor for
World of Firepower.
In yards, the distance at which the
Fox Fury provides light on a target
Add These, Bean Counters
100 3
The number of lumens
the Fox Fury has
220
In miles, the distance at which
the Viridian has hit the authors
neighbors house
Most people can adapt to any pistol grip and the one
that feels the best to me may not be the best choice
for you. Try several before you buy and pick the one
just right for you. Remember, the pistol grip is one of
the three points where you actually come into contact
with the rifle and will affect your control.
Choosing a flash suppressor
or compensator may seem
like a small detail, but they
each serve a purpose. These
by Yankee Hill Machine not
only work, but they look cool
in the process.
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T SARCO, WEAPONS ARE STACKED AS FAR
AS THE EYE CAN SEE. NO EXAGGERATION.
The inventory includes rifles, pistols, shotguns, subma-
chine guns, assault rifles, bayonets, swords, parts and acces-
sories anything you can think of can be found at SARCO.
And if they dont have it, they can get it.
MUSEUM-LIKE
Nestled into a 6,500 square-foot facility in Easton, PA,
SARCO is your one-stop shop for everything firearms. All
you needwhether it be for sport shooting, hunting or col-
lectingcan be satisfied with a visit. It is not every day you
can visit a place like SARCO. They should charge an admis-
sion fee at the door, because their vast collections resemble
museum-like quality.
A
ENTHUSIASTS
PARADISE
BY ERIC KOWAL
Reach Out
NAME
SARCO
ADDRESS
50 Hilton Street,
Easton, PA 18042
PHONE
(610) 250-3960
WEBSITE
sarcoinc.com
SARCO History 101
Charles (Cholly) Steen III and his wife Marie founded the Steen Armament
Research Company (SARCO) in 1959.
Cholly, a Marine Corps veteran, like any collector, started his collection
small. He started taking in objects at the young age of five, and his collection
of militaria and firearms continued to grow. Soon he realized that selling parts
and accessories was the business to be in as he started earning more money
selling his belongings at trade shows than he did at his regular full-time job.
Eventually the couple started running the new business out of their home
and later brought children, Valerie and Charles IV (Butch), into the equation.
SARCO, WHICH HAS AN INVENTORY
OF SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND,
IS PRESERVING HISTORY ONE DAY
AT A TIME
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2 Notable
Purchases
1 GATLING GUN
Among the more no-
table surplus materials
Cholly has bought and
sold over the years
was a model 95
Gatling Gun with lim-
ber. The serial number
of this piece was in
the same range as
were the Gatling Guns
shipped to Cuba at the
time Teddy Roosevelt
was there.
2 DRONES
In one of his more un-
usual purchases,
Cholly bought several
Navy model KDB-1 re-
mote controlled
drones. These were
used in the 1950s and
1960s for training in
air-to-air and ground-
to-air combat. They
are radio-controlled
targets that could be
recovered after a para-
chute landing.
ANYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF CAN BE
FOUND AT SARCO. AND IF THEY DONT
HAVE IT, THEY CAN GET IT.
WELCOME
SARCO Inc., once a small operation run out of
Chollys home, has since grown into one of the worlds
largest wholesale and retail suppliers of firearms,
firearms parts, accessories and associated material.
The storefronts and warehouses/storage facilities
have changed locations in New Jersey several times
over the years. In 2010, the company moved to Easton
where they currently operate their new storefront
and 10,000-square-foot warehouse, which is manda-
tory for their massive inventory.
WHAT WILL IT BE?
SARCO carries many obsolete gun parts, as well as
the standard gun parts people need and want today,
such as AR15, M16, M14, AK47, FAL and .50 cal. They
also specialize in collectible military firearms parts
such as 1911 .45 cal. Colt, Mauser, M1 Garand, M1 Car-
bine, 1919A4 and they have perhaps the worlds
largest supply of original GI 1903 parts.
One of SARCOs most recent additions to their in-
ventory was the publication of their Machine Gun
Catalog #4. Several years in the making, the nearly
100-page book contains parts, tools and accessories
for the M-2 Browning .50-caliber machine guns, the
M-3 Browning aircraft machine guns, the M-85 ma-
chine gun, the 1919A4/A6 Browning machine gun, the
M-37 machine gun, the M-60 machine gun, the B.A.R.,
the M3/M3A1 Grease Gun, the Lewis and Vickers
machine guns, the German MG-34 and the Bren Gun.
The surplus of weapons, especially those of histori-
cal value, is so great that SARCO is often asked to pro-
vide guns to Hollywood for films and shows. The
companys largest role in a production occurred
when they provided more than 100 1903 Spring-
field rifles for HBOs mini-series production, The
Pacific, as well as several other guns, weapons
and accessories.
VISIT PARADISE
If you ever want to visit firearm heaven, this is the
place to go. If by small chance, they dont have what
you need, simply ask. Theyll get it.
Eric Kowal is a contributing editor to World of Firepower.
Yeah, They
Got That
They even have a Mikoyan-Gurevich
(MIG) 21 jet fighter cockpit from the
former Soviet Union going for roughly
$8,000. Or how about a Hotchkiss
37mm USN Pratt & Whitney
made cannon?
The company is
currently in a
10,000-square-foot
warehouse, which
provides ample
room for their
massive inventory.
The inventory at
SARCO includes
rifles, pistols,
shotguns, sub-
machine guns,
assault rifles,
bayonets,
swords, parts
and accessories.
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FNS TRACK RECORD OF DURABILITY,
RELIABILITY, INGENUITY HAS MADE THEM A
LEADER IN AIRBORNE WEAPONS SYSTEMS
60 WORLD OF FIREPOWER
WARFIGHTER
ELITE
HE TERM BADASS IS WATERED DOWN.
ITS USED IN MMA. ITS USED ON THE
GRIDIRON. ITS THROWN AROUND HERE.
TOSSED THERE. BUT ITS NOT OVERUSED IN
REFERENCE TO EITHER TONY AVILLION, THE
SOURCE FOR THIS STORY, OR FNH USA AS YOURE
ABOUT TO SEE.
TELL US ABOUT FNH USA.
FNH USA was founded in 1998. It is a subsidiary of FN Herstal, a global
firearms manufacturer that supplies a variety of products to military, law
enforcement and commercial customers worldwide. FNH USA is responsible
for all U.S. military business development efforts, as well as commercial and
law enforcement sales, marketing and training activities.
T
BY DOUG JEFFREY
FN HMP 400 LCC
on MD Helicopters
model MD540F at
MD Helicopters
Facility, Mesa, AZ
(Image courtesy of
FNH USA, LLC)
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MD Helicopters model MD540F Attack
Helicopter equipped with FN HMP 400 LCC
and L3/WESCAM MX-10D Multi Sensor
(Image courtesy of John Vandenberg-L3/WESCAM)
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WHAT MAKES YOUR COMPANY UNIQUE?
I think there are two main things that make FN unique.
First, we are able to offer our commercial customers variants of the
same high-quality firearms we make for our law enforcement and mili-
tary customers (i.e., FNS and FNX pistols, P90 and SCARrifle built for
our elite operators).
Second, we have a strong track record for integrating technological
advances from other industries into our designs to achieve a specific
functionality or improve durability and reliability. One example is how
we have integrated the use of an HVAC actuator in our HAMR (Heat
Adaptive Modular Rifle). The HVAC actuator gauges the temperature of
the barrel and automatically switches it to either a closed- or open-bolt
firing mode, which allows the rifle to operate safely even when barrel
temperature has reached the cook-off point.
TAKE US INTO THE CONTRACT WITH THE
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. HOW DO YOU
CONVINCE THEM THAT YOUR PRODUCT IS
THE ONE OUR MILITARY NEEDS?
Currently, FN has two contracts with the U.S. military for airborne sys-
temsone for the FN M3M, or GAU-21, as designated by the U.S. Navy (the
system can also be referred to as the Common Defensive Weapon System in
DOD nomenclature) fielded on Navy, Marine and USAF aircraft.
The second program is for the M3P on the Armys Kiowa Warrior aircraft.
Both procurements were highly competitive with literally years of testing
involved in the selection process. To say the least, these procurement competi-
tions are hard won!
THROUGH THE YEARS
FNH USA
1889
The year FN Herstal was established
How: A group of arms makers from Liege came
together to fulfill a large contract for the Bel-
gian government.
And Then: Shortly thereafter, the company
began a longstanding partnership with the
renowned firearms designer John M. Browning.
1897 -1926
Browning made more than 60 trips to Belgium
collaborating on iconic products such as the
BAR, or Browning Automatic Rifle and the
Browning Hi-Power Pistol.
1944
FN resumed production operations following
World War II and rebuilt more than two million
small combat arms reclaimed from the Euro-
pean Theater of Operations.
FN M3M/GAU-21 Medium
Door Pintle Turning (MDP-T)
mounted on Sikorsky S-70i/M
Black Hawk Helicopter
(Image courtesy of Sikorsky
Aircraft Corporation)
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HOW MUCH TIME CAN ELAPSE
BETWEEN THE INITIAL PHASE
AND CONCLUSION OF A
CONTRACT?
The government reaches out to the industry,
starting off with a request for proposal.
Essentially, it can be 18 months to three years
or more.
WHILE WAITING FOR A FINAL
ANSWER, WHAT EMOTIONS DO
YOU EXPERIENCE?
The emotions vary. During certain times, we
are working on something solid for a month, so
that is where our concentration is. While wait-
ing, there is always something else that needs
to be done, so you cant get too anxious. We do
the work, and we let the government do what
they need to do in regard to their budget. And
it can be stressful at times.
The biggest thing is we firmly believe in
what we do; we strive to make our products the
best thing for the guy on the line. And we want
to make sure they have the right tools for the
right job.
Now You Know
FN began building its airborne systems in the 1980s.
Today, they design all components of the systems,
including the machine guns, the pods and the mounts.
1945-1976
FN produced some of the most groundbreak-
ing firearms the Western world has ever
seen, including the GP 35, the FAL, the FNC
and the M2HB QCB.
1977
FN Herstal acquired Browning Arms and a
year later, established FN Manufacturing in
Columbia, SC.
1980S AND 1990S
FN focused on building its U.S. military
business
1998
The year FNH USA was founded
WE HAVE A VERY
SOPHISTICATED TEAM
OF ENGINEERS AND
DESIGNERS WHO ARE
ON THE FOREFRONT
OF TECHNOLOGICAL
DEVELOPMENT
TONY AVILLION, FNH USA
FN HMP 400 mounted
on Beechcraft AT-6
(Image courtesy of
Hawker Beechcraft
Defense Company,
LLC)
FN M3Ps mounted
on Kiowa Warrior
(Image courtesy of
the U.S. Army)
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WHAT STRATEGIES DO YOU EMPLOY?
Without going into anything proprietary, I can share with you that we rely
heavily on simply having the best products to offer the military. Another part of
our strategy is to partner with OEMs to deliver a comprehensive solution the
aircraft, the weapons systems, operator training and guided systems integra-
tionthat together will meet our customers particular needs.
We have a very sophisticated team of engineers and designers who are on
the forefront of technological development and can deliver specific innovations
that set our products apart from our competition (i.e., soft mount recoil system).
WE ARE ABLE TO OFFER OUR
COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS
VARIANTS OF THE SAME HIGH-
QUALITY FIREARMS WE MAKE
FOR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT
AND MILITARY CUSTOMERS.
TONY AVILLION, FNH USA
New FN HMP 400 LCC
Pod in final stages of
manufacturing at FN
Herstal Plant
(Image courtesy of
FNH USA, LLC)
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Up Close
HMP/RMP PODS
FN produces two types of machine gun podsthe
HMP and the RMP.
Both are modular in design and enhance the safe oper-
ation and offensive and defensive capability for rotary wing
aircraft and subsonic fixed wing because (a) they can be
jettisoned to increase the effective gross takeoff weight for
external payload, and (b) they have an increased ammuni-
tion capacity capability, which is fed by an internal maga-
zine or via a flex chute from the aircraft cabin.
The RMP is the only system on the market today that
offers both a .50-cal machine gun and multiple 2.75-inch
air-to-ground rocket capabilities on a single weapons sta-
tion.
GAU-21
The GAU-21, or M3M, is the latest iteration of the
AN/M3 .50-caliber machine gun that is currently approved
for use by all branches of the U.S. military. Its cyclic rate of
fire is 1,100 rounds per minute and features FNs unique
soft mount system, which minimizes recoil transferred to
both the operator and the airframe, and provides more ac-
curate and wider target coverage. Its open-bolt design also
ensures aircrew safety by minimizing the chance of a
cook-off.
Another great feature of the GAU-21 is that it does not
require any electrical power or systems integration into the
aircraft, making it fully functional if the aircraft loses
power.
Aircraft Gun Mounts (Pintle Systems)
FN produces a wide variety of machine gun mounts, or
pintle systems, designed to meet the operators every need.
Two we make for airborne operations include the MDP, or
Medium Door Pintle-Turning, and MWP, or Medium Win-
dow Pintle. All are designed to support our machine guns,
including the GAU-21. Turning mounts allow for complete
concealment of the weapon inside the aircraft cabin and
are operated by pressing a foot pedal, giving the appear-
ance of an unarmed aircraft. They can also be quickly
and easily removed or installed for varying mission configu-
rations.
M3P
The M3P is a .50-caliber machine gun specifically de-
signed for fixed-forward firing airborne operations. Pilot
controlled from the cockpit of the aircraft, the M3P offers
fully automated firing. It has a simple, standard design that
is extremely lightweight. This ensures ease of maintenance
and lower operating costs without sacrificing accuracy, reli-
ability or rate of fire. Another great feature of the M3P is
that it requires minimal power to operatejust one 15
amp aircraft circuit breaker will power two M3Ps at once.
M240 7.62 Aircraft Mounted Machine Gun
The M240 medium machine gun, chambered in
7.62x51mm NATO, is offered in two variants that have
been adapted for use in FNs pintle mounting systems des-
ignated as the M240 D and M240 H. This lighter caliber
system provides operators with more versatility and range
of motion within the aircraft when engaging targets at
closer ranges. These variants can also be quickly converted
and dismounted from the aircraft for infantry use via an
egress components kit.
FN HMP 400 LC
(Image courtesy of
FNH USA, LLC)
FN M3p .50-caliber
machine gun
(Image courtesy of
FNH USA, LLC)
FN RMP, Rocket
Machine-gun Pod
(Image courtesy of
FNH USA, LLC)
FN M3M/GAU-21
Medium Door Pintle
(MDP) -Turning Mount
for Black Hawk
Helicopter
(Image courtesy of
FNH USA, LLC)
FN M3M/GAU-21 Medium Window Pintle-
Turning (MWP-T) Mount on CH-47F Helicopter
(Image courtesy of FNH USA, LLC)
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IS THERE
ANYTHING
YOUD LIKE
TO ADD?
I would just like to reit-
erate the fact that FN is
truly committed to under-
standing the specific needs
of the operator so we can
build products that are
wholly functional for them.
Were proud of the time
and effort we spend doing
this and of the products
soldiers use to defend their
lives every day.
Rock Solid
Tony Avillions Resume
Manager of the Airborne,
Land & Maritime Systems
Employed with FNH USA for
two years
Retired from U.S. Army Avia-
tion after 21 years of service
as an Aircraft Armament
Technician and Aviation
Maintenance Officer.
CW3 (Ret.) Avillion served in
numerous combat and over-
seas tours, and was a mem-
ber of the 160th Special
Operations Aviation Regi-
ment-Airborne (SOAR-A). He
specialized in aircraft arma-
ment, avionics and electrical
systems repair on the AH-1
Cobra, AH-6M Little Bird,
AH-64A/D Apache and
Apache Longbow and MH-
60L Black Hawk
Where To Find Them
NAME
FNH USA, LLC
STATE
McLean VA 22102
PHONE
703.288.3500
WEB
www.fnhusa.com
FN HMP 400 LCC in Side Feed
Configuration on MD540F Attack
Helicopter
(Image courtesy of FNH USA, LLC)
Focused On Success
Jeanette L. Hanfling, public
relations manager forFNH
USA, LLC, says one of their
goals at FNH is to build
products that meet the
customers needs.
We are proud that we
help soldiers do their jobs
every day, she says.
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NO POWER
OOK AT THE MILLIONS OF AR-15
STYLE RIFLES IN AMERICA, AND
YOU WILL ONLY FIND TWO PROB-
LEMS: QUALITY OF PRODUCTION
AND LIMITED POWER.
DANIEL DEFENSE OFFERS THE SOLUTION
TO BOTH.
STUDENT OF HISTORY
Ask any student of history to name the traits of
the American people, and somewhere at the top
of the list you would find ingenuity. This single
trait has promoted the United States from the
status of being a former colony to the leader of
the industrial world.
Review the history of any major corporation,
and the path usually leads back to one or two
individuals with innovative minds. In the world of
modern firearms, consider the case of Daniel
Defense.
L
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R SHORTAGE
THE DANIEL DEFENSE M4
IS A WORTHY CANDIDATE
FOR YOUR HOME DEFENSE
CARBINE OR AN AR-PATTERNED
HUNTING RIFLE
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WORDS AND PHOTOS BY TERRILL HOFFMAN
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This leader in the production of AR-15 rifles was started by
Marty Daniels, a firearm enthusiast with a few new ideas.
Marty simply wanted to improve his own rifle, but he was un-
able to find suitable parts in the commercial marketplace. As
is often the American way, he made them himself.
Over the years, Marty went from creating a few sling loops
and forearm rails in a corner of a shop to producing com-
pleted rifles in a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant. Inge-
nuity and innovation started Daniel Defense, and their
growth continues.
SERVES BOTH FRONTS
One of the latest offerings from Daniel Defense is the
DDM4v3 chambered in the 6.8 SPC II cartridge. Designed as a
multi-use rifle for the civilian market, the DDM4v3 is capable
of fulfilling the defensive needs of the homeowner and the
sporting needs of the outdoorsman.
The rifle is built around a Daniel Defense upper and lower
Mil-Spec receiver set. The lower receiver features an enhanced
flared magazine well, a traditional AR pistol grip and Magpul
trigger guard. The Mil-Spec receiver extension houses an H
buffer and holds the Magpul MOE buttstock. The upper re-
ceiver incorporates M4 feed ramps and indexing marks along
the rail. The 16-inch barrel is chrome moly vanadium steel,
which is cold hammer-forged in-house at the Daniel Defense
facility in Black Creek, GA. It has a 1:11 twist rate, a Daniel De-
fense S2W profile and a mid-length gas system.
Dig This
The 6.8mm SPC may
not be the ballistic
equal of the .308 car-
tridge, but it has less
recoil and is more con-
trollable in rapid fire.
It is the little details, such
as the ribbed surface of the
front sight tower, which
makes sure the DDM4v3
stands above the standard
AR-15.
Head To Head
6.8 SPC
Generated 1,600
pounds of energy with
a 110-grain bullet
5.56x45mm
Generates around
1,325 foot pounds
with a 62-grain bullet
Your AR-15 will no
longer have to sit in
a closet during hunt-
ing season. Just the
change in calibers
turns the M4 into a
year-round rifle.
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The DD forend increases the length of
the top rail and enables you to fit the
optic of your choice. The removable rear
sight also gives you the option of using
it as a co-witness to low power scopes
or red dot sights.
The Magpul trigger
guard may seem like
the only improvement
to the lower receiver,
but the quality of con-
struction and the fit-
ting of parts become
obvious during use.
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Once the barrel is completed, it is
MP tested and given a salt bath ni-
tride finish. The Mil-Spec bolt carrier
group is also MP tested and houses
the 6.8 bolt. The barrel is sur-
rounded by the Daniel Defense 9.0-
inch free-float quad rail system. It
weighs less than 11 ounces, includ-
ing the threaded ring, barrel nut
and indexing pins. All components
of this rail system are fashioned
from 6061-T6 aluminum, with the
exception of the stainless steel in-
dexing pins. To counteract the harsh-
ness of a quad rail on the users
hands, each rail is supplied with san-
toprene ladders, which can handle
heat up to 350 degrees.
Finishing off the barrel is a Daniel
Defense flash suppressor. The
DDM4v3 came with a Daniel De-
fense fixed back-up iron sight ma-
chined from 6061 aircraft-grade
aluminum with a hard coat an-
odized finish. This rear sight is at-
tached to the receiver rail with a
slotted screw and may be removed if
needed. It has an A2 aperture and
A1 sight adjustments for windage.
Vertical adjustments are accom-
plished with the Daniel Defense
front sight tower/gas block combina-
tion. A DD forward vertical grip and
a 6.8 SPC magazine are provided
with the DDM4v3.
GOING
FOR THIS
MSRP
$1199
THE DDM4V3 IS
CAPABLE OF
FULFILLING THE
DEFENSIVE NEEDS OF
THE HOMEOWNER
AND THE SPORTING
NEEDS OF THE
OUTDOORSMAN.

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THE CARTRIDGE
The 6.8 SPC (Special Purpose Cartridge) was de-
veloped by Remington Arms in collaboration with
members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit,
United States Special Operations Command. The
main purpose of the 6.8 SPC was to address the
deficiencies of the terminal performance of the
5.56x45mm NATO cartridge. Based upon the .30
Remington cartridge, the 6.8 SPC is midway be-
tween the 5.5645mm and 7.6251mm in bore di-
ameter and muzzle energy. It uses the same .277-
inch diameter bullet as the .270 Winchester and is
a significant improvement over the 5.56mm for
both defensive and hunting uses. Since the
5.56x45mm round is below the legal limits of
hunting cartridges in many states, the addition of
the 6.8 SPC will allow the use of the AR-15 plat-
form to take medium-sized game such as wild
hogs and deer.
DANIEL
DEFENSEM4
The choice of a 6.8 SPC
cartridge may make a
few dimensional changes
to the bolt, barrel and
magazine, but operation
and disassembly is the
same as any other AR.
Reach Out
NAME
Daniel Defense
ADDRESS
101 Warfighter Way
Black Creek, GA 31308
PHONE
866- 554-4867
WEB
www.danieldefense.com
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HOW COOL
IS THIS?
REMINGTON ARMS, IN
COLLABORATION WITH
MEMBERS OF THE U.S.
ARMY MARKSMANSHIP
UNIT, UNITED STATES
SPECIAL OPERATIONS
COMMAND, DEVELOPED
THE 6.8 SPC.
THIS ROUND OFFERS A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN POWER AND TERMINAL PERFORMANCE
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At this end of the carbine, the 6.8 SPC
cartridge provides a substantial increase
in mass and energy over the 5.56. The
increase enhances its defensive uses
while also making it hunting legal in
many states.
xx
Although this round offers a significant increase
in power and terminal performanceand only re-
quires the replacement of the barrel, bolt and mag-
azine of the 5.56mm chambered rifleto date, it
has not been adopted by the military.
However, it has found a significant following
across the country, and more companies are produc-
ing firearms and ammunition for this worthy car-
tridge. The 6.8mm SPC may not be the ballistic
equal of the .308 cartridge, but it has less recoil and
is more controllable in rapid fire. In comparison to
the 5.56mm, the 6.8 SPC loads I tested generated
around 1,600 foot pounds of energy with a 110-
grain bullet, while typical 5.56x45mm rounds gener-
ate around 1,325 foot pounds with a 62-grain
bullet.
RANGE TIME
The recent political challenges have worked their
way down the food chain, and range testing of the
DDM4v3 was somewhat limited. For the time I was
able to try out the carbine, my supply of 6.8 SPC
rounds consisted of Hornady 110 grain BTHP ammu-
nition. Function was 100 percent throughout the
testing, and the advantage of the mid-length gas
system was rather apparent.
The dwell time of the recoil seem to have a slight
increase, which provided a smoother feel to the op-
eration of the carbine. Velocities ran about 2,500
feet per second, and accuracy hovered at 1 MOA
for five shot groups at 100 yards. However, I would
enjoy the chance to improve these results once the
rifle was broken-in and additional loading became
available.
GET SERIOUS
Anyone shopping for a home defense carbine, or
an AR patterned hunting rifle, should take a serious
look at the DDM4v3. Daniel Defense has a well-
earned reputation for quality, and once it is mated
with the power of the 6.8 SPC cartridge, the result is
a quick handling carbine worthy of a place in your
collection.
Terrill Hoffman is a regular shooter and writer for
World of Firepower magazine.
DANIEL DEFENSE
HAS A WELL-EARNED
REPUTATION
FOR QUALITY
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DANIEL
DEFENSEM4
The Specs
Manufacturer: Daniel Defense
Action Type: Semi-automatic, direct gas
impingement, Mid-length Gas System
Caliber: 6.8 SPC
Magazine: 30 round
Barrel: 16 inches, 1:11 twist, S2W Profile
Sights: Daniel Defense A1.5 Fixed Rear Sight;
Daniel Defense Front Site Base
Overall Length: 35.87 inches (stock extended)
Weight: 7 lbs.
Stock: Magpul MOE
The DDM4v3 is supplied
with a forward grip, but
it is removable for those
who prefer to do with-
out. I like to keep a rifle
as slim as possible and
use that space for a
white light when
needed.
The Magpul buttstock
is an upgrade over the
traditional M4 stock
and is not prone to
accidental release.
The
Path to
Greatness
Marty Daniels
wanted to improve
his own rifle, but
he was unable to
find suitable parts.
As is often the
American way,
he made them
himself.
Problem solved.
Add
These Up
Range Time Num-
bers
1. Velocities ran
about 2,500 feet
per second
2. Accuracy hov-
ered at 1
MOA for five
shot groups
3. The distance
was 100 yards
Other than the markings
on the receiver, there are
no outward appearances
to denote the difference
between a 6.8 SPC
carbine and one in the
standard 5.56x45.
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after bad guys or on your feet all day at the range, you need some
serious boots that also wont weigh you down.
Read on to find some excellent pairs to fit the bill.
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dependability and breathability.
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Protective toe guard
Description:
This model features a combination
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adjust the laces on the upper for
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Whats more, the heel-to-toe offset
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5.11 TACTICAL
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keep your feet dry from the outside. Inside, the Dri-Lex
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The pair is also designed with your tactical needs in mind:
the tongue and sole construction are designed to protect
your feet from and allow you to traverse over debris and
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For all its utility, this model can still look good, too. The
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THE PAIR IS DESIGNED
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THE LOW-PROFILE OFFSET MEANS
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Model: 6 Low Cut Tactical Boot
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Key Facts:
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Description:
A simple, no-
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while still of-
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outsoles are
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with dura-grip
construction.
The speed lace design lets you get
right to business.
The cushioned collar
and tongue and com-
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footbed offer all-
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The model is also avail-
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www.danner.com DANNER
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Key Facts:
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Synthetic upper material
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Ultra lightweight at
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Description:
For operators and first
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The pentagonal lugs
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as well as making the
boots breathable and
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Inside, Tachyon is equally
serious about comfort with
three layers of support:
the board provides the
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the midsole gives cushion,
and the footbed
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The Tachyon is an excellent
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STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHUCK TAYLOR
82 WORLD OF FIREPOWER
PRECISION
SHOOTING
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO LONG-RANGE TACTICAL EXPERTISE
MADE SIMPLE
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TS TOO HARD. IM NOT A GOOD ENOUGH SHOT.
I DONT KNOW HOW TO GET STARTED.
THESE ARE THE MOST COMMON ANSWERS WHEN SOMEONE
RESPONDS TO THE IDEA OF LONG-RANGE TACTICAL PRECISION
RIFLE SHOOTING.
BUT IS IT REALLY THAT DIFFICULT?
THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE: NO.
With proper equipment selection, set-up, load development, training and
practice, long-range precision riflery isnt nearly as difficult as most people be-
lieve. The problem is they dont know many fundamental things that critically
influence performance.
Until now.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Like any other kind of shooting endeavor, long-range work first involves a
careful analysisdefining the questions before seeking answers, if you will.
Often, this isnt as easy or simple as you might think. For example, what is
long-range? Four hundred meters, 500 meters, 750 meters? A thousand, per-
haps more?
As inane as this might appear at first, you must answer the question
before you can proceed efficiently. The question means different things
to different shooters. Thus, a better way of phrasing it might be, What is
long-range precision shooting to you?
If your needs dictate a maximum engagement range of no more than
600 meters, you can include some of the smaller cartridges on your list of
possibilities. For this kind of work, the .22-250 Remington, .243 Winches-
ter, 6mm Remington and .257 Roberts are capable of excellent perform-
ance.
If you require longer-range capability, say out to 750 meters, the .257
Ackley and .308 Winchester (7.62x51mm NATO) are good choices. Both
are capable of excellent accuracy and possess satisfactory terminal ballis-
tic capability out to this distance.
Ranges past 750 meters require a flatter trajectory than most car-
tridges can produce, so cartridges like the .257 Weatherby, .270 Winches-
ter, .270 Weatherby, 7mm STW, .30-06, .30-338, .300 Winchester and .300
Weatherby are a better choice.
Yes, I know that some great shots at these distances have occasionally
been made with lesser cartridges, but from my perspective, accuracy
alone isnt enough, especially against organic targets.
I
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84 WORLD OF FIREPOWER
As far as Im concerned, terminal ballisticsthe
cartridges inherent wound-producing capability
are just as important. Almost any well-conceived
load is capable of sufficient accuracy to hit targets
at distances well beyond its terminal ballistic capa-
bility.
The problem is that for either tactical or hunt-
ing functions, this simply isnt enough. Youve got
to put that target down quicklyincapacitate it
which means that you need more than lethality
alone.
See? Right off the bat, youve got to determine
your needs before you can proceed effectively. A
simple matter if properly defined, this is where
most would-be long-range precision riflemen get
into trouble, as they dont define their needs be-
fore seeking solutions. Ive found that once this is
accomplished, efficient long-range shooting is eas-
ier to understand and pursue. In fact, it then be-
comes surprisingly simple, as long as you follow
the simple formula in the sidebar below.
BOLT ACTION VS. AR-15
Most shooters believe that only bolt-action ri-
fles are capable of the 1-MOA accuracy generally
considered to be appropriate for precision long-
range work, but this isnt entirely true. Ive found
that in precision configurations, the AR15, for ex-
ample, is capable of near-benchrest accuracy, pro-
vided its set up properly. Then, its just a matter of
understanding the limitations of the .223 Reming-
ton (5.56x45mm NATO) cartridge it utilizes and de-
veloping the best load combination for your
purposes.
Proper set-up includes:
Ensuring that the upper and lower receivers
are tight.
Installation of a free-floated, heavy barrel and
handguard.
A trigger job, a clean, crisp release of the
appropriate poundage for your preferences.
Elements the Scope Must Have
The right magnification for the users needs
Good light-gathering and amplification ca-
pability
Be as clear as possible, yet not be too heavy
or bulky
Finite, yet positive, elevation and windage
adjustment capability
The Simple Formula
1. Select the proper rifle type, caliber, sights
and ancillary equipment.
2. Set it up properly.
3. Train with it both on the range and in the
field to ascertain that it is, in fact, set up
properly.
4. Continue to train under real-world
conditions.
EVEN IF YOURE NOT A TROPHY BIG-GAME HUNTER OR TACTICAL SHOOTER,
HEARING THE WHOP OF THAT BULLET ON A TARGET OH, SO FAR AWAY IS ONE
OF THE MOST GRATIFYING SOUNDS YOULL EVER HEAR.
Though most shooters believe the bolt-action to be more accurate
than a self-loader, such is untrue. In the proper configurations, the
M-1A and various AR-15s are capable of sub-MOA accuracy.
Regardless of barrel length or type, free-floating provides the best
accuracy under the widest spectrum of environmental conditions.
Fluting dissipates heat more quickly and uniformly and
reduces the weapons weight. It is thus a viable option.
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You can easily have an AR done over by any
competent gunsmith or even purchase a rifle al-
ready configured with these features. Of those
who build such guns, DPMS is my favorite, having
provided me with no less than six various precision
AR15s, all of which consistently shoot under -
MOA. Under the banner of Panther Arms, they
offer more than a dozen such rifles, my personal
favorites being:
Sweet Sixteen with a stainless, free-floated
heavy barrel, vented aluminum handguard and
adjustable trigger.
Panther Bull featuring a 20-inch fluted,
free-floated heavy barrel, several different upper
receiver configurations and an adjustable trigger.
Panther Bull 24-Special a full-house 24-
inch, free-floated heavy barreled piece with a
vented aluminum handguard, adjustable trigger,
specially configured pistol grip and buttstock and
multiple upper receiver variations.
Arctic Panther a winterized version of the
Panther Bull, with its upper and lower receivers
and handguards finished in white for use in the
snow.
Mini-SASS a scaled down version of the fa-
mous .308 WIN SASS, with state of the art furni-
ture and other features.
Low Pro Classic an economical version of
the Sweet Sixteen, with a 1-inch diameter non-
free floated, target-crowned, heavy barrel, an in-
vestment cast lower receiver and beefed up upper
receiver to aid in barrel-receiver rigidity.
TALKING ACCURACY
There are also a number of self-loading rifles
chambered for the .308 Winchester (7.62x51mm
NATO) capable of 1-MOA accuracy if properly set
up. I have several Springfield Armory M-1As (the
civilian version of the US M14) that shoot very well
and their SA M-25 White Feather, being a dedi-
cated sniper rifle, is exceptionally accurate.
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Add Them
To Your List
Accessories Worth Having
Butler Creek flip-up lens caps for
both objective and ocular lenses.
A sunshade to prevent glare inside
the scope and reflection back down-
range when looking towards the
sun.
A bubble-type anti-cant device
(available from Mounting Solutions,
Inc.) mounted on your scope to allow pre-
cise zeroing, calibrating and field shooting. A
cant of only a few degrees exerts tremen-
dously negative influence, even on a small
target at relatively close ranges. A two-de-
gree cant on a 10-inch target at 500 meters
will result in a complete miss!
A good laser range-finder.
In the lower-priced range, the best results
Ive seen have been obtained with the Leica
CR-1200, whereas if you wish to spend more
for a more versatile unit, the Leica Geovid or
Lasertape Teleranger are great choices. Ive
found the TeleRanger to be an especially
spectacular unit, though expensive, and have
used it to make my best shots ever.
A good spotting scope or
high-powered binoculars.
Your scope or binoculars should be at least
20X, but less than 30X is the best balance of
clarity, field of view and target visibility. I
prefer the binocular option, because it cre-
ates less eyestrain than a conventional spot-
ting scope, with Steiner 20x80 Senators
being my own choice. I simply mount them
on a camera tripod (which I already had any-
way, being a writer, as well as a trainer and
shooter), spotting is made easy.
A pair of field binoculars.
Again, I opted for Steiners, this time their
8x56mm Night Hunter. Tremendously light
and clear since theyre intended for low-light
use, theyve proven to be extremely effective
in the initial spotting of targets.
A pair of solid shooting sticks;
thats right, shooting sticks.
In the field, you cant always shoot from a
more conventional rest or go prone. Shoot-
ing sticks are perfect for shooting from
sloped ridges (the only kind I know!) so
commonly encountered in the real world.
A bipod.
EXCEPTION: Its been my experience that
even high-quality bipods produce lousy ac-
curacy if used on a hard surface or with a
rifle exhibiting serious recoil.
A small sandbag rest.
I fill it with non-treated crushed walnut hull
media to provide bulk without the heavy
weight of sand or lead shot. This can be car-
ried in a rucksack or daypack with ease and
provides an excellent rest for use in normal
conditions.
A detailed notebook.
Where you can store a wind-gauge/ther-
mometer, laminated range cards, wrenches
for scope mounts, and other small ancillary
equipment.
A good military-type claw or
quick-adjustable nylon sling, ad-
justed to supporting arm length.
Some kind of matte finish.
This is also appropriate for either tactical or
hunting use, because on a sunny day, both
people and animals can easily spot shine,
even at ranges past 1,000 meters.
Synthetic stocks such as these from H-S
Precision and Accuracy International
greatly enhance performance and are
therefore a must.
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Multiple barrel contact points, sliding op rods
and such make truly precise accuracy elusive, but
1-MOA is in fact enough, especially in the field
where conditions are far less than ideal. As long
as the action is tight in the stock and the weapon
has a decent trigger, it will produce surprisingly
accurate results.
Though I have a number of precision bolt-ac-
tion rigs built on other actions, the Remington
M700 series has proven to be by far the best.
With nearly any good heavy barrel, a free-float
job, synthetic stock (Ive found H&S Precision and
MacMillan to be the best) and a 1 3/4 to 2-pound
trigger, my M700s consistently produce three-shot
Ransom Rest 100-meter groups from 1/4 to no
more than 3/4-MOA, depending upon the car-
tridge for which the rifle is chambered.
If you dont want to bother with custom work
or find its cost prohibitive, then I suggest you ob-
tain a Remington M700 Sendero (long action) or
M700 VS (short action). These are already
equipped with a black or gray synthetic stock de-
signed by H&S Precision, a 24- or 26-inch heavy
barrel, adjustable trigger and are matte finished.
Calibers for the M700 VS include the .223 Rem-
ington, .22-250 Remington and .308 Winchester,
while the M700 Sendero is available 7mm Rem-
ington Mag, .300 Winchester Mag and .300 Rem-
ington Ultra Mag. If you prefer a cartridge other
than these, simply have the rifle re-barreled to
your own specifications, thus considerably reduc-
ing expenses.
FOR THE NEW RIFLE
If your rifle is new, a barrel break-in process is
important.
First, do not get it too hot, as heat causes quick
chamber throat erosion and accuracy loss.
Second, although some go so far as to clean
the rifle after each shot for the first hundred
rounds, Ive had great results by cleaning it after
each 20 rounds until 100 rounds have been ex-
pended.
SCOPE SELECTION
Though many would-be long-range precision
shooters dont realize it, scope selection is as criti-
cal as rifle selection. The scope must provide the
right magnification for the users needs, possess
good light-gathering and amplification capability
and be as clear as possible yet not too heavy or
bulky. It must also have finite, yet positive, eleva-
tion and windage adjustment capability.
Although there are myriad tactical and target
New Rifle?
Follow These
Guidelines
A barrel break-in
process is
important.
Do not get it too
hot, as heat causes
quick chamber
throat erosion and
accuracy loss.
Although some go
so far as to clean
the rifle after each
shot for the first
hundred rounds,
Ive had great re-
sults by cleaning it
after each 20
rounds until 100
rounds have been
expended.
WITH PROPER
EQUIPMENT SELEC-
TION, SET-UP, LOAD
DEVELOPMENT AND
TRAINING AND
PRACTICE, LONG-
RANGE PRECISION RI-
FLERY ISNT NEARLY
AS DIFFICULT AS
MOST BELIEVE.
Many rifles fea-
ture a solid
buttplate, but
especially if the
rifle is cham-
bered for a car-
tridge that
produces no-
ticeable recoil,
ventilated or
solid rubber
buttplates are
a better idea.
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scopes available these days, these requirements narrow
the field to the point where there are only a few I con-
sider: the Leupold Mk4 10x40mm LR/T M1 and 6 1/2-
20x40mm EFR or the superb U.S. Optics SN-2 5 25x53mm
T-Pal.
Matte-finished and as light and compact as possible,
they offer not only bright, clear optics and ruggedness,
but exhibit the best user-friendliness obtainable. Their
1/4-MOA click adjustable turrets are clearly marked for
quick, easy field use and allow precise zeroing and effi-
cient subsequent calibration out to max effective
range.
Scope bases should be one-piece for best rigidity and
zero retention, with the Picatinney rail becoming ever
more popular. The Leupold Mark 4 base is thus quite
prolific, and for those needing more elevation, Precision
Reflex, Inc. produces a base thats higher in the rear, pro-
viding an additional 15-MOA.
Ive also had excellent results with Leupolds STD 1-
piece base, though some complain that their two large
windage screws shoot loose and cause zero loss after
a while. Because I use LocTite or womens fingernail pol-
ish (an old gunsmiths trick) on all screws in my guns
when setting them up, Ive had no problems whatsoever
with them and thus see little validity to this claim.
Rings, too, are important. And again, Leupold leads
the way with their STD series. With five different heights
available, they satisfy nearly any telescope configura-
tion. For the Picatinney rail-type base, Mark 4 rings are
also available.
Mounting Solutions Plus is marketing what I feel is a
superb set of rings intended for this same base. New
England Custom Gun Service also offers some nice steel
rings by Badger Ordnance.
Fortunately, for those who opt for a precision AR15,
the Weaver-type rail is integral to any so-called flat-
top upper receiver, thus eliminating any need for a
base at all. You only need to clamp the appropriate
rings on it and mount the scope.
For additional accessories worth having, see the ac-
companying sidebar.
The weight and bulk of the finished rifle must be bal-
anced. A rifle thats too heavy will shoot quite well, but
it cannot realistically be carried efficiently in the field.
On the other hand, if its too light, especially if cham-
bered for one of the more potent cartridges, it will be
highly portable but recoil excessively, thus preventing
you from shooting it sufficiently well to reach its full ac-
curacy potential.
What is the best balance?
Well, it depends on you. Your physical build and ca-
pability, as well as your tolerance for recoil. In my case,
somewhere between 10-13 pounds works best. I prefer
26-inch target-crowned barrels from .85 to 1-inch in di-
ameter for the most velocity possible without causing
the piece to become too unwieldy.
Authors preferred
scopes, L to R
Leupold Mk4
10x40mm LR/T M1,
Leupold 6-20x40mm
EFR and U.S. Optics
SN-3 5-25x53mm
T-Pal.
If your
mission calls for
it, a scope
featuring an
illuminated reticle
for lowlight condi-
tions makes sense.
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LOAD DEVELOPMENT
Next, load development should be accomplished. My criteria includes not
only accuracy, the flattest-possible trajectory and terminal ballistics, but pene-
tration as well.
And, with cartridges producing truly high velocities, it gets even worse
most conventional bullets often disintegrate upon impact. For varmint hunt-
ing, this presents no special problem, because destruction is in fact the whole
point, but for tactical situations or big game hunting, we need more. That
bullet simply must make it to vital organs to be effective. If the cartridge/load
produces more than 3,000 fps, things can get downright tacky.
Fortunately, Barnes now offers their solid copper Tipped Triple Shock,
which penetrates extremely well while demonstrating excellent expansion at
the same time. And their solid copper construction allows us to re-think the
bullet weight/penetration/terminal ballistics/trajectory/recoil equation. We
can select a lighter bullet than possible with traditional construction, produc-
ing lower recoil, higher velocities, and thus a flatter trajectory and greater
maximum effective range, without sacrificing terminal ballistics in the
process.
A second excellent choice is the controlled frangible bullet from Dy-
namic Research Technologies (DRT). A total departure from any type of previ-
ous frangible design, DRT bullets penetrate quite well from any practical
angle at high velocities even through bones and offer devastating terminal
ballistics.
At velocities less than 3,000 fps, traditional bullet construction remains a
valid option. The tendency of traditional bullet designs to disintegrate upon
impact at higher velocities doesnt apply below 3,000 fps, so bullet choices re-
main quite flexible.
I recommend against the use of any FMJ bullet for anything but punching
paper, including the vaunted 168-grain .30 caliber boat-tail used for sniping
by the military/police and for target-shooting. Bullets of this type produce
minimal terminal ballistic effect, thus making them less than ideal for gen-
eral-purpose tactical or hunting use.
I know what youre thinking: Then why do the military and police use
them? In the case of the military, international treaty (specifically the Hague
Accords) requires it. The police simply use what the military uses on the cor-
rect premise that all the load development has already been completed.
Moreover, police SWAT sharpshooters nearly always shoot for the cranio-
ocular cavities of the head, making virtually any kind of bullet satisfactory. On
the other hand, if a shot is directed at the thoracic (chest) cavity, the poor ter-
minal ballistic capability of the FMJ becomes all too apparent.
By contrast, a frangible bullet limits or eliminates over-penetration in tacti-
cal situations, while producing devastating terminal ballistic effect. This
translates to not only increased lethality, but far superior stopping power as
well.
ZERO THE RIFLE
Once youve found the load that best satisfies your requirements, zero the
rifle, after first bore-sighting it at 25-meters. For the best use of the weapons
inherent trajectory, its been my experience that a 200-meter zero is generally
best with cartridges producing less than 3,000 fps and 250 meters for those
producing more.
However, if your needs dictate it (such as for use only in an urban area, for
example, where the range will never exceed 200 meters), a 100-meter zero is
also acceptable.
Once youve zeroed out the turrets (loosening the lock screws and turn-
ing the graduated turret to zero, then retightening), calibrate the elevation
click settings required to hold dead-on in 25-meter range increments out to
what you consider to be maximum effective range.
Many have found that with lower scope rings and/or with lower velocity
cartridges like the .308 Winchester, the scope often lacks sufficient elevation
adjustment capability to reach max effective. This is where a scope base
with an extra 15-MOA (mentioned earlier) comes in very handy.
A laser rangefinder that gives good readings out to a full 1000
meters in sunlight is critically important. As such, it should be
considered an indispensable piece of equipment for your TPR kit.
Scope should have positive 1/4-MOA click-adjustable elevation and
windage capability for most precise zeroing and ranging calibration.
Taylor also prefers those with turrets protected by screw-on caps as well.
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As this is accomplished, record your elevation click settings at each range in
your notebook for later transcription to a soft-plastic laminated range card.
Once this process is complete, return to zero range and calibrate inward
in those same 25-meter range increments until youve reached the closest
range at which you expect to use the weapon. Clicks will be minus rather
than plus. The zeroing/calibration process is now complete.
FIELD CHECK
Now go out and field-check your weapon and scope settings to make cer-
tain they coincide with those obtained on the range. You might find that a
click here or there will tweak the settings to final perfection. Even if you
use a bag or bipod, we tend to hold rifles a bit differently in the field than on
a bench-rest, meaning that they recoil differently and thus print differently.
This is especially true of rifles that recoil heavily, and since ultimately the rifle
is intended for use in the field, the tweaked settings should take final
precedence.
Field-checking also includes your field-shooting shooting process:
Use the field binoculars to find a target.
Use your laser to determine its range.
Consult your notebook or range card attached to the rifle for the
appropriate scope setting.
Set the scope.
Select the appropriate shooting position.
Engage the target, preferably with a partner spotting for you to
ascertain the results (calling the shot).
Once field-checking is complete, transcribe the final click data for each
range via your computer or typewriter, have it reduced appropriately in size
and have it laminated in soft plastic. I then place one copy of the resulting
range card in a Ziploc bag in my notebook and tape another copy to the side
of the rifles buttstock held towards my body, allowing quick scope adjust-
ment in the field. I also store additional copies for future use in case of loss or
wear.
A quick word about the use of Mil-Dots. Though a useful backup for the
system Ive just described, the coming of reliable laser rangefinders has made
the concept essentially obsolete. For range-finding, theyre not especially pre-
cise because they depend on too many assumptions, for example, that a tar-
get is a given height.
Such is only rarely the case, making truly precise shots very, very difficult
because the shooter must use holdover shooting based on imprecise data.
Moreover, the mathematics of making Mil-Dots sufficiently efficient is, in
comparison to newer methods, more trouble than its worth.
Few police SWAT teams now use them, because from any perspectivetac-
tical, criminal or civilthe laser concept makes more sense. The military con-
tinues to use them because they have many rifles equipped with scopes with
that type of scope reticle, but they are rapidly adapting their methods to the
laser also.
VOODO, ALCHEMY
There you have it: long-range precision shooting made simple.
Once you do your homework, youll find that youve eliminated nearly all
of the problems that make people think long-range precision riflery is a mix-
ture of voodoo and alchemy. Youll also find youve entered a wonderfully re-
warding and relevant kind of shooting, something that will give you many
hours of not only satisfying, but relevant shooting.
In fact, it has only one drawbackyou will have eliminated all of your ex-
cuses for missing. Simply put, if you miss, you blew it!
Chuck Taylor is the author of more than 1,000 magazine articles and four
books. He is an expert on weapons and tactics and is an adjunct professor of
police science and a decorated Vietnam vet. Visit www.chucktaylorasaa.com.
ONCE YOU DO YOUR
HOMEWORK, YOULL FIND
THAT YOUVE ELIMINATED
NEARLY ALL OF THE
PROBLEMS THAT
MAKE PEOPLE THINK
LONG-RANGE PRECISION
RIFLERY IS A MIXTURE OF
VOODOO AND ALCHEMY.
Once youve zeroed your TPR, calibrate it in 25-meter increments from
zero outward to maximum effective range. Then calibrate it inward from
zero to 25 meters. As this process evolves, be sure to write down all click
data in your notebook for future transcription to range card. However,
before transcription, field-check your settings to insure validity.
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92 WORLD OF FIREPOWER
MORE
OUVE SEEN THE IMAGES
OF SNARLING, VICIOUS
DOGS. THEY LOOK LIKE
THEY COULD RIP OFF A
BAD GUYS ARM IN 1.3
SECONDS.
BUT WHO NEEDS THEM?
Defensive shotguns are popular and
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WHO NEEDS A DOG WHEN YOU CAN
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SEVEN SCATTERGUN SECURITY OPTIONS
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Remington HD Ultimate Home Defense: Big
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much smaller, has more pellets, that in turn pro-
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Remington also offers its traditional buckshot
and Foster-type slug loads, which have been
popular for defense for decades.
Winchester Defender PDX-1: Winchesters
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energy to stop any attacker. Winchester also has a line of PDX-1 .410 ammo that features
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THIS IS THE GUN
THAT THE U.S. MARINE
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THE ESCORT GUNS
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1) BENELLI M4
2) ESCORT
HOME
DEFENSE
TACTICAL
Quick Facts
MSRP: $399 (pump)
$599
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If youre looking for a recommendation regard-
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this is the gun that the U.S. Marine Corps chose
when selecting a tactical shotgun. It doesnt take
long to figure out why, either.
The M4 incorporates a different action than
other Benelli shotguns, relying on a system called
the auto-regulating gas-operated system, or
ARGO for short. Its the same principle that Benelli
uses in their R1 rifles. After firing, gas escapes
through a vent just in front of the chamber and
dual pistons cycle the action. The system is simple
yet effective, and test after test has proven that it
is utterly reliable.
The M4 is available with a pistol grip or stan-
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front. It isn't cheap, but the military has used it in
some capacities.
If the M4 is out of your price range, theres an-
other option in semi-auto self-defense guns thats
gaining popularity, the Escort Home Defense Tacti-
cal.
The Escort has a gas-operated system like the
Benelli, but it incorporates a more familiar system
with gas ports and o-rings. Theres also a pump
version that incorporates many of the same fea-
tures for less money.
Either way, the Escort guns offer a lot of shot-
gun at a low price and includes features like fore-
arm-mounted accessory rails, ghost ring and blade
battle sights, pistol grip stocks and even a flash
suppressor.
But the Escort guns arent just about looks
theyre also highly functional. I tested the semi-au-
tomatic version, and although I didnt abuse it like
the military did the M4, the Escort held up.
Quick Facts
MSRP: $1,899
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ITS TRUSTED BY
LAW ENFORCEMENT
OFFICIALS ALL OVER
THE COUNTRY AND
PROTECTS THE HOMES
OF MILLIONS OF
AMERICANS.
THEYRE SIMPLE,
NO-NONSENSE GUNS
THAT ARE INEXPENSIVE
AND YET RELIABLE
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COUNTED ON FOR
HOME DEFENSE.
3) MOSSBERG
4) STEVENS
MODEL
320
AND 350
Quick Facts
MSRP:
$270
$285
(Model 350)
WEB:
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Mossbergs 500 needs no introduction, and there
is no other shotgun that comes in more defensive fig-
urations than Mossbergs venerated pump. Its
trusted by law enforcement officials all over the
country and protects the homes of millions of Ameri-
cans.
Today Mossbergs line includes guns with pistol
grip stocks, adjustable stocks, pistol grips, ghost ring
sights, flash guards and every other conceivable add-
on. If it exists, you can probably find a 500 that has it.
Mossberg also sells high-capacity shotguns, and if
youre traveling, the Just In Case version is an excel-
lent choice as it can be strapped on your back while
hiking. The new FLEX system that allows you to
change barrels, stocks and fore-ends adds flexibility
to this already robust lineup.
I suppose this technically counts as eight scat-
terguns, but Im lumping the Stevens 320 and 350
both in here.
Why? Theyre simple, no-nonsense guns that
are inexpensive and yet reliable enough to be
counted on for home defense.
Honestly, accouterments such as flash guards
and optic rails are nice, but they arent absolutely
necessary. If youre looking for a home defense
shotgun but you are on a limited budget, then
Stevens is what you want. The Model 320 is a side-
eject version with the cross-bolt safety located in
the front of the trigger guard, and the 350 is a
bottom-eject gun with a rear-trigger safety.
Both guns have black synthetic stocks, and the
320 is available with a pistol grip. These guns can
handle abuse and still be counted on to protect
you and yours.
Quick Facts
MSRP: $435-$704
WEB:
www.mossberg.com
500
SPECIAL
PURPOSE
(Model 320)
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NE HUNDRED YEARS.
That is how long the venerable M1911 has
dominated the field of tactical shooting.
Indeed, its extreme longevity alone makes this
gun legendary, but theres more to it than that. The M1911s
legendary status is well-earned, with a battle history dating
from Pershings expedition into Mexico after Pancho Villa,
World War I, the U.S. Marine Corps participation in the Ba-
nana Wars of the 1920s, World War II, the Korean War,
Vietnam and the more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
There is no question that Old Ugly is a legendary fight-
ing handgun and, without question, well deserving of the
many accolades heaped upon it. So how does it fare against
the newer .45 ACPs? Youre about to find out.
ITS REPUTATION
The M1911 has shown itself to be tough, accurate, reli-
able and an exceptionally effective manstopper. In addition
to the thousands who preceded me, I myself have used it on
five occasions to save my own life, all of which resulted in
solid, definitive one-shot stops of armed attackers at
ranges from just outside arms length to as far as 35 meters.
Surprisingly enoughand in direct contradiction of the
myth that 230-grain FMJ .45 ACP hardball is over-penetra-
tive and ineffective as a manstopper, compared with more
modern JHPs and other bullet designsall of the instances
in which I used an M1911 included the use of 230-grain GI
ball, and all were one-shot stops.
The fact of the matter is that there is nothing over-pene-
trative or ineffective about 230-grain FMJ ball .45 ACP
ammo. After all, its with this particular load that the legend
of the .45 ACP and M1911 were made in the first place. Sup-
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positions to the contrary have no basis in fact and are the
result of the erroneous assumption that because some FMJ
handgun loads (most notably the 9 mm and .38 SPL) have a
deserved reputation for being over-penetrative and less-
than-effective manstoppers, all FMJ loads must be the same.
Regardless of load and even at near-contact ranges, the
.45 ACP only rarely exits a human thorax; when it does, its
typically found lying on the floor or ground behind its tar-
get, fully spent. And more than a century of combat all over
the world has shown that the 230-grain ball is an excellent
manstopper, with the caveat that the operator must do his
job and place the bullets where they belong (a requirement
in all tactical events and with all tactical firearms). Yes, the
M1911 and .45 ACP cartridge are a tough act to follow, and
throughout their long history, no gun/cartridge combination
has even remotely been as successful.
Until recently, that is.
GLOCK, XD-45, S&W M&P-45
Within the last few years, three handgunsall cham-
bered for the .45 ACPhave emerged with performance ca-
pabilities that many shooters feel rival or even exceed those
of the M1911. They are the Glock 21 SF, Springfield Armory
XD-45 and Smith & Wessons new M&P-45.
As opposed to the M1911s single-action (SA) operational
system, all three implement a light, smooth, simple double-
action-only (DAO) firing system that allows exceptionally ef-
ficient operation, especially under stress. As such, theyre
capable of excellent performance under a wide variety of
environmental and tactical conditions, and because of their
excellent ergonomics, they are remarkably user-friendly.
Without question, there are more .45 ACP self-loading
pistols than these three, but most of them use the classic
double-action (DA) operational system in which theyre car-
ried with the hammer down on a chambered cartridge
MY HIGHEST SCORE WAS SHOT WITH THE S&W M&P-45, FOLLOWED
CLOSELY BY THE RANGE OFFICER M1911. CHUCK TAYLOR
Pros, Cons
of the
M1911
Pros:
Virtually unmatched
manstopper when used
with a .45 ACP cartridge
Single-action firing system
proven to be more efficient
than double-action system
Does not require advanced
expertise to be user-
friendly
Well engineered for hold-
ing comfortably, quick aim-
ing and smooth operation
under stress
Time-tested; strengths and
weaknesses of design are
well known
Neutral:
Lower magazine capacity
Cons:
Shorter service life than
firearms made from newer
polymer framesrequires
high maintenance to re-
main functional over time
Typically uses Parkerized
finish, which is not as
wear- and corrosion-resis-
tant as Tennifer or Mel-
lonite finishes
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well as close-support weapons such as mortars, artillery and
tactical air support. It does not in any way involve handguns
or non-military use of firearms in general, yet these days, its
often misapplied to connote magazine capacity.
Firearm manufacturing is a profit-oriented business, just
like any other. And an integral part of that business is for
advertising to make its products appear distinctive and more
appealing than those of the competition. Because there
arent many differences between the vast majority of hand-
guns produced these days, characteristics that ordinarily
would be considered minorsuch as magazine capacity
are thus seized upon to distinguish weapons from
one another. To make the jump from capacity
to firepower is thus easily understood, even if
its purely academic, rather than practical.
Year after year, the FBI Uniform Crime Report
and other compilations of law-enforcement
shooting data remain surprisingly constant in
some things, one of which is the average number
of shots fired (two-three).
And although the large-
capacity magazine has
now been in service
for more than two
decades, this trend hasnt
changed, and neither have the
hit percentages, which have ac-
tually declined. So in actuality,
the large-capacity magazine hasnt
proven to be an asset, other
than to make training a little
easier because the shooter
doesnt have to load maga-
zines as often.
My own experience mir-
rors the statistical data:
During the 14 handgun
encounters Ive experi-
enced, five were with a
M1911 with a seven-
shot magazine. I have
fired only up to four
shots in one particular
encounter that involved
three adversaries.
Another fact of tactical life
is that under deadly stress, the
more you shoot, the more poorly
you shoot, and the situation in
turn increases your three forms of
liability: tactical, criminal and civil.
Whether or not you hit your tar-
get(s), you own every shot you
fire, so from every avenue of con-
(Condition Two). The first pull of the triggera long, heavy
one, at thatis required to cock and fire the chambered
round, which has always made such guns slower or less ac-
curate for that shot. The gun then reverts to classic single-
action operation, in which it self-cocks as it feeds and cycles
ammunition through.
In and of itself, this may not seem especially detrimental
to maximum performance, but it is, because that first DA
trigger pull is characteristically very long and heavy. Then, as
the weapon reverts to the single-action mode for subse-
quent shots, the trigger resets in a more rearward position.
This necessitates shifting the position of the trigger finger,
taking time and mental energy, both of which are in short
supply when facing deadly stress.
As a result, the operator often is forced to make a deci-
sion as to whether he should simply blow off the first shot
to cause the gun to revert to the SA mode right away or
take what, under stress, feels like an eternity to squeeze
through that long, heavy DA first shot and then reposition
the trigger finger to continue.
Though popular with various military and police agencies
because the DA system, in theory, solves the safety problems
presented by both the SA and DAO concepts, in actuality, it
creates more problems than it solves. And though it has
been in existence since the mid-1930s, it has never achieved
the level of efficiency possible with SA or DAO concepts.
At best, DA autos limit operator efficiency to a high-in-
termediate skill level, and even then, competent
trainers say it takes excessive effort. Both the
classic SA and newer DAO operational
systems have shown themselves
to be capable of far higher
performance levels,
which the classic DA
system has not done.
Like it or not, this fact
is easy to prove. By way of
support: At least 70 percent
of U.S. law-enforcement agen-
cies use some form of Glock (a well-
known DAO system). This number
would not be so high if the DAO system
were not efficient.
The superb capabilities of the M1911 are
well known, but as time has passed, criticisms
have surfaced. Especially since the appearance
of newer pistol designs that use magazines
with higher capacities than the M1911s
seven-rounds, some feel that Old Ugly lacks
firepower. Here again, a myth emerges that
has no basis in fact.
Firepower is a military term that involves all
of the organic weapons of the infantry squad:
rifles, grenade launchers and machine guns, as
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100-106 SHOOTOUT 9/11/13 4:59 AM Page 103
sideration, you must bring the fight to a successful conclu-
sion as quickly and with as few shots fired as possible. Big
magazines have nothing to do with it, so the M1911s seven-
shot mag is more than adequate and cannot be realistically
considered to be a serious deficiency.
There is certainly nothing wrong with the 13-round ca-
pacity of the Glock 21 SF and Springfield Armory XD-45 or
10 rounds for the S&W M&P-45. But it is not justifiable to
criticize the M1911 as deficient because its magazine holds
only seven rounds.
On the other hand, the Glock 21 SF, XD-45 and M&P-45 all
have polymer frames, giving each of them a considerably
longer service life than the M1911. Back in the days when I
was a world-class IPSC competitor, I had three identical pis-
tolsone in use, one in reserve and one in the shop being
rebuilt. In order to avoid having the frames crack at 30,000
104 WORLD OF FIREPOWER
rounds, the recoil and firing pin springs had to be changed
every 2,500 to 3,000 rounds. The newer polymer-framed
guns have shown themselves to be capable of digesting far
more ammunition before such problems arise. In addition,
all three are considerably faster and easier to field-strip for
cleaning than the M1911 and require far less maintenance.
Because theyre wear- and corrosion-resistant as well as
minimally light-reflective, Glocks Tennifer finish and the
Mellonite finish found on both the XD-45 and M&P-45 are
also superior to the various blued and Parkerized finishes
found on most M1911s. However, those guns are made by
only a single manufacturer, whereas there are more than a
dozen who make M1911s, and some of them at least offer
some kind of wear- and corrosion-resistant finish as an op-
tion. The test guna Springfield Armory Range Officer
M1911while representative of the modern M1911,
sports a matte-gray Parkerized finish that cannot compare
to Tennifer or Mellonite.
In addition, the XD-45 comes from the factory with am-
bidextrous magazine release buttons, and both the Glock 21
SF and S&W M&P-45 offer them as an option. Both the XD-
45 and M&P-45 can be obtained with ambidextrous thumb
safeties as well. All M&P pistols feature ambidextrous slide-
lock levers, too, which, in conjunction with all the aforemen-
tioned options, make all three pistols highly attractive.
WITHIN THE LAST FEW YEARS, THREE HAND-
GUNSALL CHAMBERED FOR THE .45 ACPHAVE
EMERGED WITH PERFORMANCE CAPABILITIES THAT
MANY SHOOTERS FEEL RIVAL OR EVEN EXCEED
THOSE OF THE M1911.
CHUCK TAYLOR, FORMER WORLD-CLASS IPSC COMPETITOR
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dard Remington 230-grain FMJ hardball for the HCM test.
With it, all four handguns were more accurate than I as an
operator care about.
I should note that the test has never been maxed; that
is, I never achieved a perfect score. However, when I was
younger and my eyes were better, I passed it eight times
with eight different handguns and consistently shot scores
of more than 380 with most of them. A score of 90 percent
(360 points) is required to pass, and though none of my
scores with each of the four test guns were as high as I was
once capable of producing, I did manage to turn in scores
that were indicative of all four guns capacities.
Conversely, to have such features on an M1911 requires ex-
tensive custom gunsmithing.
For the sake of continuity, I had my gunsmith perform trig-
ger jobs on all four pistols, resulting in a clean, crisp 4.5 lb.
service-grade pull. No other alterations were performed. To
have lowered the trigger pull weight below 4.5 lbs. wouldnt
have been realistic, whereas a heavier pull would have pre-
vented the guns from delivering their best performance.
Enough of the academic comparisons. Let us now com-
pare the guns real-world performance capabilities.
REAL WORLD CAPABILITIES
In order to push all four guns to the limit and disclose any
mechanical or ergonomic design flaws they might have, I
chose to use each of them in turn for the extremely difficult
American Small Arms Academy Handgun Combat Master
Qualification Test (which accompanies this text). I undertook
an intense day-long familiarization of each pistol before
using them in in the actual Qualification Test to ensure I had
fully assimilated and understood their idiosyncrasies, han-
dling qualities and subconscious feel of each. Then, and
only then, did I attempt the qualification test.
Although each pistol had a specific load with which it
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Of the four, my highest score was shot with
the S&W M&P-45, followed closely by the
Range Officer M1911, then the Glock 21 SF
and, finally, the XD-45. Remember that all of
four guns performed well enough to produce
scores equal to ASAA Advanced level,
whereas no classic DA auto, regardless of
make or model, has ever done so. This being
the case, that any of these guns failed to pass
the HCM Qual test is by no means an indica-
tor that they are somehow deficientonly
the very best firearms designs and operator
skills produce scores high enough to exceed
the 90 percent required to pass. The stage-by-
stage scores are at left.
As you can see, both the Range Officer
M1911 and M&P-45 surpassed the covered 90
percent HCM performance threshold, but the
Glock 21 SF and XD-45 did not.
Why? Easy.
In the case of the Glock 21 SF, though its
frame is narrower than the standard Glock
21, its still a bit too thick for my average-
sized palm, which hindered my obtaining a
solid grip index before withdrawing the gun
from the holster. On several occasions, this
slowed me down to the point that I nearly
ran out of time or was forced to shoot un-
comfortably fast. Fortunately, no misses were
sustained, but the peripheral hits cost me
dearly.
In the case of the XD-45, the higher slide
mass above the hand caused it to flip and
torque a bit more than the other guns, mak-
ing it harder to handle in rapid shooting se-
quences. And on those oh-so-difficult head
shots and hostage heads, the guns higher
center of gravity made quick sight acquisition
just a little slow, resulting once again in my
being forced to either accept an overtime
shot (a five-point penalty), a peripheral hit or
a miss. Luckily, once again I didnt have any
misses, but the resulting periphs were
enough to lower my score substantially, and
reduce my total score below the 90 percent
threshold required to pass.
In the end, superior ergonomicsthose
human-engineered qualities that make the
gun fit the firing hand, point well at high
speed and operate well under stressmade
the difference. In all of those categories, both
the Range Officer M1911 and the M&P-45
performed brilliantly, allowing them to per-
form above 90 percent with little difficulty.
So is the M&P-45 equal to or superior to
the M1911?
Well, without question its a top performer
and thus well worth our consideration. The
HCM Qual Course is the litmus test of not
only the operator, but of his weapon and
equipment as well. As such, the results are a
valid indicator of the efficiency of any given
handguns design. By HCM criteria alone, the
M&P-45 is unquestionably the winner over
the M1911, but as far as service life is con-
cerned, its the new kid on the block, so its
longevity is as yet unknown. On the other
hand, the M1911 has more than a century of
service under its belt, and its design foibles
are well known. Nonetheless, if the M&P-45
survives the test of time as I suspect it will
it will at the very least equal the M1911s ca-
pability and may well surpass it. Only time
will tell.
Chuck Taylor, a consultant for World of
Firepower, is a former World-Class IPSC com-
petitor, U.S. Blue Team member, and eight
time successful Handgun Combat Master.
The Scores
STAGE BY STAGE
Stage One - Standard Ex-
ercises - 80 Points Possible
M&P-45: 80 points
Range Officer M1911: 80
points
Glock 21 SF: 77 points
XD-45: 74 points
Stage Two -
Presentation Evaluation -
25 Points Possible
M&P-45: 25 points
Range Officer M1911: 25
points
Glock 21 SF: 25 points
XD-45: 25 points
Stage Three -
Responses Left, Right &
Rear - 75 Points Possible
M&P-45: 75 points
Range Officer M1911: 75
points
Glock 21 SF: 72 points
XD-45: 72 points
Stage Four - Multiple Tar-
gets - 45 Points Possible
M&P-45: 45 points
Range Officer M1911: 45
points
Glock 21 SF: 45 points
XD-45: 45 points
Stage Five - Small Targets
at Close Range - 45 Points
Possible
M&P-45: 39 points
Range Officer M1911: 36
points
Glock 21 SF: 33 points
XD-45: 30 points
Stage Six - Ambidextrous
Shooting - 30 Points
Possible
M&P-45: 30 points
Range Officer M1911: 30
points
Glock 21 SF: 27 points
XD-45: 21 points
Stage Seven - Hostage
Situations - 50 Points
Possible
M&P-45: 35 points
Range Officer M1911: 33
points
Glock 21 SF: 30 points
XD-45: 27 points
Stage Eight - Targets at
Odd Angles - 50 Points
Possible
M&P-45: 47 points
Range Officer M1911: 41
points
Glock 21 SF: 38 points
XD-45: 35 points
Stage Nine - Speed
Reloads 5-Point Penalty
for each O/T or P/E
M&P-45: No penalty
Range Officer M1911:
No penalty
Glock 21 SF: No penalty
XD-45: No penalty
Stage 10 - Tactical Reloads
5-Point Penalty for each
O/T or P/E
M&P-45: No penalty
Range Officer M1911:
No penalty
Glock 21 SF: No penalty
XD-45: No penalty
Total Score - Points &
Performance Percentage
M&P-45: 376 points, 94
percent
Range Officer M1911:
365 points, 91 percent
Glock 21 SF: 347 points,
87 percent
XD-45: 329 points, 82
percent
BY HCM CRITERIA ALONE, THE M&P-45 IS
UNQUESTIONABLY THE WINNER OVER THE M1911
CHUCK TAYLOR, 4-WEAPON COMBAT MASTER
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IF YOU CANT SEE IT,
YOU CANT HIT IT
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PEERS
WORLD OF FIREPOWER 109
STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHUCK TAYLOR
ITHOUT QUESTION.
Tactical precision rifle (TPR) shoot-
ing is the fastest growing shooting
activity of our time. Indeed, never before has interest in
this demanding endeavor been more intense and popular.
And, predictably, the productsrifles, stocks, scopes, bases,
rings and other TPR accessoriesassociated with it have
also burgeoned.
Nowadays, we can find a TPR package to fulfill most any
need and all of those offered are of high-quality design
and manufacture. In fact, TPRs have become so refined that
accuracy previously thought to be the Holy Grail1-MOA
is now scoffed at by most TPR shooters. If we cant get -
MOA or better, the rifle is considered mediocre.
I share their feelings, having been involved in the TPR
process since its beginning. Yet, though accuracy is without
a doubt the result of a properly conceived and prepared
rifle, there is another aspect that often goes unnoticed or
at least, marginalized the telescopic sight.
W
THE U.S. OPTICS SN-3 T-PAL TELESCOPIC
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IS WORTH EVERY SINGLE PENNY
The Scopes
Cool Elements
Made entirely in the U.S.A. of
high-quality steel
Incredibly tough, amazingly
bright and clear
User-friendly
The base and rings are made of
high-quality steel and provide
maximum rigidity to the rifle
upon which its mounted
Reticle is illuminated to no less
than 11 levels of brightness
The elevation knob is oversized,
clearly marked and allows con-
siderably more -MOA clicks
than typical
The windage knob is also
clearly marked and protected by
a knurled steel screw-on cap.
Accessories include a precision-
made, steel Picatinny Rail ex-
tended base, steel heavy-duty
rings, a rail-mounted anti-cant
device (ACD), honeycomb anti-
glare device, flip-up objective
and ocular lens caps.
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110 WORLD OF FIREPOWER
SIGHTS ON U.S. OPTICS
Many shooters think that super-quality scopes are all
manufactured in Europe, but such is not the case. One of
the very best scope manufacturers in the world is located
right here in the United StatesU.S. Optics. With a full
product line that features nearly every type of optical sight,
U.S. Optics specializes in super-quality scopes for the dis-
cerning TPR shooter.
To say that a given scope is the best in the world is a
tall statement, to say the least, because certain parts of the
title are based on individual preference, experience and ex-
pertise rather than a simple recitation of its features. This
being said, its safe to say that if the U.S. Optics SN-3 T-Pal
5-25x58mm scope package isnt the best in the world, its so
close to the top that it would be virtually impossible to find
one thats equal, much less better!
Made entirely in the U.S.A. of high-quality steel, the
scope is incredibly tough, amazingly bright and clear, and
as user-friendly as a telescopic sight can possibly be. The
base and rings for it, too, are all U.S. made of high-quality
steel and provide maximum rigidity of the scope to the rifle
upon which its mounted.
As if its quality alone werent enough to make it attrac-
tive, the SN-3 T-Pals human-engineering (user-friendliness)
is as good as it gets. All its controls are in the best place for
easy, quick operation under field conditions, clearly marked
and well protected from hard knocks and moisture.
Its reticle is illuminated to no less then 11 levels of
brightness, which are controlled by a compact, waterproof
push-button assembly in front of the windage knob, and its
ocular lens is of the low-profile, quick-focus type, via an
easily manipulated twist ring.
Speaking of knobs, the SN-3 T-Pals elevation knob is
oversized, clearly marked and allows considerably more -
MOA clicks than typical, making scope calibration in the
field much less of a chore. Its windage knob is also clearly
marked and protected by a knurled steel screw-on cap.
Many TPR shooters complain that variable-magnification
scopes will, with a little wear, begin to lose zero when the
magnification ring is turned repeatedly. Most scope manu-
facturers deny this, but I have personally seen it many
times. As the ring loosens with wear (a process that doesnt
Rifle: $1,000 + Scope: $100 = Results?
On my first African hunt many years ago, my PH made the tongue-in-
cheek observation that he could at a glance always tell an American
hunter from a European hunter.
When I asked him as to how he was able to do so, he replied that the
American hunter always had a $1,000 rifle with a $100 telescope on it,
whereas the European hunter had the opposite! He then added, Guess
which one had the best results?
In the years that followed, I found his observation to be even more
profound than it was amusing, because even a $100 rifle is capable of
better accuracy than the vast majority of operators can utilize.
In his subtle way, the PH underscored the fact that if you cant see it,
you cant hit it. And considering the fact that the twilight periods, dawn
and dusk, have always been the prime times for animal activity, scope
capabilitiesclarity and light-gathering abilitybecome at least as im-
portant as rifle accuracy, perhaps even more so.
IF THE U.S. OPTICS SN-3 T-PAL
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1. Left-side view of SN-3 T-Pal.
Tough and user-friendly, with
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2. U.S. Optics flip-up objective
and ocular lens caps to protect
lenses from water and dust
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3. Large, exceptionally user-
friendly elevation drum fea-
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adjustments and considerably
more clicks per revolution than
typical, thus greatly simplify-
ing the scope calibration at dif-
ferent distances.
4. Magnification ring is
knurled and clearly marked
from 5X to 25X for quick, easy
use in the field.
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take as long as you might think), things begin to shift in-
side the scope, and precise zero is lost when the ring is re-
turned to its original setting. The phenomenon is
design-related and thus not limited to the cheaper types.
Thus, to avoid the possibility, many TPR
shooters simply leave their magnification
ring set on a compromise setting of 9, 10
or 12X.
However, U.S. Optics uses an entirely dif-
ferent type of internal lens mounting sys-
tem, which precludes this from happening.
So you can twist and turn the SN-3 T-Pals
(and other U.S. Optics scopes) magnification
ring back and forth from 5 to 25X and in be-
tween all you want without fear of zero-loss.
From a tactical standpoint, being able to in-
crease the magnification once a target is ac-
quired allows far more precise aiming, and
thus superior accuracy and shot-placement.
To make the SN-3 T-Pal package complete,
its accessories include a precision-made, steel
Picatinny rail extended base, steel heavy-duty rings, a rail-
mounted anti-cant device (ACD), honeycomb anti-glare de-
vice, flip-up objective and ocular lens caps.
HIGH-END PACKAGE
In short, though with a price tag of a bit less than
$4,000, the SN-3 T-Pal 5-25x58mm and accessories com-
prises an unquestionably high-end package, but it provides
the best performance possible under any conceivable field
conditions, and is thus well worth its price. In fact, its so
good that it makes the vast majority of scopes pale by com-
parison. This being the case, it has few peers and certainly
Price vs. Performance
The Factors To Consider
TPR technology, though at its
best ever, is without question ex-
pensive.
As such, particularly in these
less-than-optimum economic
times, the monetary expenditure
involved in building a good TPR
package is considerable. Be-
cause of this, after purchasing the
rifle itself, a great many prospec-
tive TPR aficionados unfortunately
find themselves short of cash
when it comes time to select a
scope for it and settle for a low-
end unit instead.
This is a temporary solution at
best, because such scopes lack the
optical and human-engineering
qualities that allow the rifle and
operator to reach peak perform-
ance levels. Once this realization
dawns, additional cash outlays
will be required to replace the in-
ferior scope with one of higher
quality, running up the price tag
even more.
So the smart play is to bite the
bullet and spend the money re-
quired to get the best equipment,
including telescopic sights, rings
and bases, as well as the acces-
sories also needed to achieve
maximum efficiency. While this
might at the time seem a painful
process, at the very least, youll
only buy high-quality equipment
once, whereas cheaper equipment
will fail and require replacement,
usually sooner than later!
If You Cant See It, You
Cant Hit It
In the field of tactical precision
rifle shootingsniping, counter-
sniping, SWAT sharpshooting and
even recreational long-range shoot-
ingthe same is true: if you cant
see it, you cant hit it.
And while rifle accuracy is at its
best ever, if your scope isnt up to
the job, youll be sorely, maybe
even terminally, disappointed when
it and youcant deliver the
goods in the field.
5. Windage knob is also in
clearly marked -MOA incre-
ments and is well protected by
a knurled steel screw-on wa-
terproof cap.
6. Parallax adjustment is ac-
complished via a knurling steel
knob on the left side of the
scope tube marked in 100-
meter increments.
7. Control for multi-intensity
illuminated reticle is located
on the right side of the scope
tube in front of the windage
knob and is operated via push-
buttons.
8. All-steel U.S. Optics 35mm
P6m-3500-XL rings ensure
scope rigidity under virtually
any field conditions.
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represents the very pinnacle of tele-
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scope package better than the SN-3
T-Pal 5-25x58mm, I dont know which
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Putting it another way, yes, for
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package. On the other hand, when
youre betting your life on your rifles
performance, which is in turn drasti-
cally influenced by the performance
of the scope you have on it, the issue
becomes chillingly simplehow
much is your life worth?
As the founder/director of CTASAA, Chuck
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also a third degree black belt in hojutsu
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ELITE
FALCONS
BY LEROY THOMPSON
HE DASHING UNITED STATES AIR FORCE PILOT.
Sure, it is easy to think of pilots as the elite of the
U.S. Air Force, and, indeed, they are, but they are not
the only elite.
There are also a small number of Air Force personnel trained to
operate alongside the Special Forces, Rangers and SEALs. These are
the members of the Special Tactics Teams. Within the Special Tac-
tics Teams are three specialties: Combat Controllers, Pararescue-
men (PJs) and Special Operations Weathermen.
Because their mission is to integrate with other U.S. Special Ops
personnel, Special Tactics operators have to be trained to enter
combat and fight alongside their counterparts from the Army, Navy
and Marine Corps. Their training, like the personnel, is world-class.
T
THE USAF SPECIAL TACTICS TEAMS ARE TRAINED TO
WORK ALONGSIDE SPECIAL FORCES, RANGERS AND SEALS
Airstrikes, Ground Support
The Role of the JTAC
One additional Air Force Special Opera-
tions slot is that of the JTAC (Joint Termi-
nal Attack Controller) who is trained to
call in airstrikes or ground support.
JTACs are assigned to other elements
of SOCOM. Though JTACs dont receive all
of the training normally given to members
of Special Tactics Teams, they still attend a
four-week Joint Terminal Attack Controller
course, basic airborne training and a 12-
week Special Tactics Advanced Skills
Course.
Normally, the Special Tactics Team is
composed of PJs and CCTs who operate in
conjunction with other US Special Opera-
tions Personnel. For example, CCTs might
jump with the U.S. Army Rangers to seize
an airfield, then function as air controllers
to guide in U.S. aircraft with follow-up
troops and equipment.
Meanwhile, PJs would be on standby
to immediately deploy if any of the heli-
copters or aircraft used to insert special
operators went down. Combat Weather-
men may be attached as well if, for exam-
ple, the mission is to determine the
feasibility of bringing in a helicopter as-
sault on a specific area.
PJs after insertion by helicopter.
Note that the operator at left has a
board/stretcher for use in carrying
an injured serviceman. The others
provide LZ security. Each operator
has configured his M4 to his taste.
For example, the operator at right
has an M203 grenade launcher
mounted and his LA-5/PEQ ATPIAL
(Advanced Target Pointer Illumina-
tor Aiming Laser) mounted on the
right rail of his carbine, while the
operator at center has his mounted
atop his carbine. He also uses an
EOTech holographic sight. Photo
Courtesy of USAF
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COMBAT CONTROLLERS
Combat Controllers are trained to operate as for-
ward air controllers in the combat zone, as well as
functioning as JTACs who can call in air strikes. To
retain their air controllers skills, Combat Controllers
have to maintain their FAA air traffic control certifi-
cation throughout their career.
Their 35-week training program begins with a
one-week orientation. Next, they undergo a 15.5
week Combat Control Operators Course at Kessler
AFM, MS, where they learn the characteristics of
various aircraft, use of air navigation aids, weather
as it affects air operations, airport traffic control,
flight assistance, communication procedures, ap-
proach and landing control, radar procedures and
air traffic rules. Next, Combat Controllers attend the
US Army Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA, to
learn static line parachuting.
This is followed by a 2.5-week Survival School at
Fairchild AFB, WA, where they learn to survive be-
hind enemy lines and in all types of climactic condi-
tions. Finally, to finish their basic CCT training, they
attend the Combat Control School at Pope AFB, NC,
where they learn ground combat skills, including
small unit tactics, land navigation, communications,
demolitions and fire support.
Upon completion of this portion of training, they
are awarded their scarlet berets. However, training
is not finished, as they next spend 12 months going
through Special Tactics Advanced Skills Training at
Hurlburt Field, FL. Part of this training entails learn-
ing techniques for safely exiting an aircraft, which
has gone down in the water.
High Mobility
Teams Can Be Deployed
Anywhere in the World
Air Force Special Tactics Teams
are designed to be highly mobile
so that they can be deployed
quickly anywhere in the world.
Special Tactics Teams have been
especially active in Afghanistan,
where CCTs and JTACs have
worked with U.S. and allied special
operators to call in air strikes or ar-
tillery support using laser designa-
tors. In many cases, one or two
CCTs or JTACs have held off large
forces of the enemy by precision
targeting them.
PJs have also been widely used
to rescue survivors of crashes in
the mountainous terrain.
THE AIR FORCE SPECIAL TACTICS OPERATORS HAVE EARNED
THE RESPECT OF THE MOST ELITE UNITS IN THE WORLD
Members of the 323rd
Special Tactics
Squadron make a wet
jump directly into the
water. Photo Courtesy
of US DOD
BELOWA USAF PJ
provides security at a
landing zone for an
evacuation. Photo
Courtesy of USAF
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PARARESCUEMEN
Pararescuemen are trained to rescue personnel be-
hind enemy lines and to stabilize them if injured until
they can be evacuated to a medical facility. They not
only have to be capable of operating in adverse ter-
rain, but they also have to be strong enough to lift and
carry an injured comrade.
As a result, their training begins with a 10-week in-
doctrination course at Lackland AFB, TX, which stresses
physical fitness, weapons familiarity and basic first aid
skills. As with the CCTs, the PJs then undergo static line
parachute training, combat diving training, underwa-
ter egress training, basic survival training and free fall
parachute training.
This is followed by the 24-week paramedic course at
Kirtland AFB, NM, where they learn stabilization of
trauma patients prior to evacuation and emergency
medical treatment. Upon graduation they are certified
as EMT Paramedics. They remain at Kirtland AFB for
another 20 weeks undergoing the Pararescue Recovery
Specialist Course where they learn additional skills to
help them reach and protect those they are rescuing.
PJs wear maroon berets.
SPECIAL OPERATIONS WEATHERMEN
Special Operations Weathermen are trained to oper-
ate with Special Operations Forces behind enemy lines
or in forward areas and to provide weather informa-
tion needed for successful air support, helicopter oper-
ations or parachute drops.
The Special Operations Weatherman will undergo
61 weeks of training before being a full member of the
Special Tactics Teams. Although they undergo some of
TOPCombat
Weathermen on a
jungle training exer-
cise; they are armed
with M4 carbines
mounting Trijicon
ACOG sights. Photo
Courtesy of USAF
ABOVEA Parares-
cueman on an exer-
cise illustrates why
the PJs undergo such
strenuous physical
training as they may
have to carry an in-
jured comrade some
distance to get him
evacuated. Photo
Courtesy of USAF
USAF Special
Tactics operators
fast rope from a
CV-22 Osprey
assigned to the
USAF Special
Operations Com-
mand. Photo
Courtesy of
USAF
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the same training as other Special Tactics Operators,
there are some variations.
Initially, the Special Operations Weathermen will
undergo six weeks of initial skills training, which in-
cludes deployment and operations in various types
of environments, basic communications, land navi-
gation, weapons training and small unit tactics.
Trainees move on to additional training, includ-
ing the 29-week Special Operations Weather Initial
Skills Course at Keesler AFB, MS. Unlike typical Air
Force Weather trainees, the Special Operations
Weathermen undergo rigorous physical training
along with their skills training.
Special Ops Weathermen undergo the same inser-
tion and survival training as other Air Force special
operators, including basic static-line parachute train-
ing, basic survival, USAF Water Survival School and
USAF Underwater Egress Training. Next, the Weath-
ermen undergo the 13-week Special Operations
USAF Special
Tactics Teams
COMBAT
CONTROLLERS
Forward air controllers
in the combat zone
PARARESCUEMEN
Trained to rescue
personnel behind
enemy lines
SPECIAL OPERATIONS
WEATHERMEN
Work behind enemy
lines or in forward areas
and provide weather in-
formation needed for
successful air support,
helicopter operations or
parachute drops
Combat Controllers
of the 21st Special
Tactics Squadron
call in an airstrike
by an A-10 Thun-
derbolt. Photo
Courtesy of USAF
Air Force CCTs move quickly to clear a landing zone; note the M203 grenade launcher on
the M4 at right. Note only can the CCTs use it to launch explosive grenades but they also
use it to launch smoke grenades to mark areas for aircraft. Photo Courtesy of USAF
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Weather Apprentice Course at Pope AFB, NC, and
later move onto 12 months of Special Tactics Ad-
vanced Skills Training at Hurlburt Field, FL, where
they learn to work with other Air Force Special Oper-
ations personnel, as well as with other elements of
SOCOM (Special Operations Command).
ELITE INDEED
Because of the rigorous training required, the Air
Force is always short of trained CCTs, PJs and Combat
Weathermen. At any given time, there are only a
few hundred of these elite troops deployed world-
wide to support U.S. SOCOM.
Perhaps the greatest recommendation for the Air
Force Special Tactics operators is that they have
earned the respect of the most elite units in the
world such as the U.S. DevGru (SEAL Team Six), Com-
bat Applications Group (Delta), Rangers, and various
Special Forces Groups, as well as foreign units such
as the Special Air Service, who appreciate them and
welcome them into their ranks on missions.
Elite. Indeed.
Leroy Thompson, who has trained anti-terrorist and
close protection units from various countries on five
continents, has written 38 books. He lives in Missouri.
Training In
Numbers
35
In weeks, the
length of the
training for the
combat con-
trollers
54
In weeks, the
length of the
training for the
pararescuemen
61
In weeks, the
length of the
training for the
special operations
weathermen
A SMALL NUMBER OF AIR FORCE PERSONNEL
TRAINED TO OPERATE ALONGSIDE THE
SPECIAL FORCES, RANGERS AND SEALS.
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AMP LEATHERNECK, AFGHANISTANA small
sun canopy rippled violently over his head. The
Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle jostled
him between the walls of his gun turret.
It was his first mission in Afghanistan, and Cpl. Kenneth
Benton, a technical controller with Combat Logistics Regiment
2, Regional Command (Southwest), found himself in the soli-
tary position as the gunner covering the rear of a more than a
20-vehicle convoy.
TURRET WALLS
Cramped in the claustrophobia-inducing walls of his turret,
the Greensboro, NC native hunkered behind his M-240 ma-
chine gun and scanned the menagerie of Afghan vehicles
milling behind his truck.
A haze of moon dust sand filtered through the small gap
at his waist, clouding Benton as he scanned the exposed rear
of the convoy. Anything and everything could be a threator
simply people carrying out the menial chores of life.
C
STORY AND PHOTOS BY CPL. PAUL PETERSON \ 2ND MARINE LOGISTICS GROUP
TURRET GUNNER SHARES HIS
FIRST PATROL IN AFGHANISTAN
IN THE
HOT SEAT
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It was something different that I never expected before, said
Benton. You have to calm yourself down, remain level-headed
and stay vigilant.
He grimaced through the welders mask he used to shield his
face from the pelting desert sand, his solitary machine gun pivot-
ingleft and right, left and right.
We are in their country, and we cant just take over their
roads, said Benton, who admitted the traffic gave him a case of
the nerves. You learn to deal with it you really have to keep
an eye open for anything that doesnt look right, but at the same
time, you have to understand that theyre here. Theyre going to
stay here. This is theyre country.
The entire convoy pressed forward as Benton stared back into
the cloud of dust kicked up by the line of vehicles. Infants bal-
anced on bicycle handles while their parents moved from one
Afghan village to the next. Small cars darted between the loom-
ing American trucks as Benton called down possible threats to the
crew inside.
It can get hot and dusty sometimes, but its not too bad, he
said with a smirk. Its manageable.
The constant exposure to the arid climate and dust blistered
Bentons skin, and the thick armored hull nearly deafened him to
the voices of Marines inside his vehicle. The crew bellow passed up
a steady stream of water bottles to keep him hydrated and alert.
They trusted him. He relied on them.
You just have to hold on and hopefully your driver can tell you
when hes going to come on a pretty good bump, he said. We
pretty much have to yell at each other back and forth. If I see any-
thing, I yell it down. If theres anything I need to know, theyll yell
it up to me.
The convoy pushed through the desert, making it to Forward
Operating Base Shukvani without encountering any improvised
explosive devices or gunfire. Approximately three hours later, Ben-
ton climbed back into his sunbaked turret, the convoys vehicles
reformed, and they pushed back toward Camp Leatherneck and
toward the looming darkness of night.
A gunner peers
out of his turret
during a combat
logistics patrol
conducted by
Transportation
Support Company,
Combat Logistics
Regiment 2,
Regional Command
(Southwest), in
Helmand province,
Afghanistan.
OPPOSITE:
Cpl. Kenneth
Benton, a technical
controller with
Transportation
Support Company,
Combat Logistics
Regiment 2,
Regional Com-
mand (Southwest),
grimaces in his
machine-gun turret
during a combat
logistics patrol in
Helmand province,
Afghanistan.
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Any vehicle that posed a threat
on the way to Shukvani during the
day could just as easily wait in the
growing shadows on the way back.
Without the glow of modern city
lighting, the desert descended into a
nerve-racking black wall. Benton
turned on his night-vision equip-
ment and continued to scan the con-
voys flank.
Our job in the convoy is pretty
much to provide security for the as-
sets and the Marines, said Benton.
The training weve had before defi-
nitely helps now. I would not be in
the same sense that I am now [with-
out it].
NEARING THE CAMP
Nearly a full day after setting out
for FOB Shukvani, Bentons convoy
finally approached Camp Leather-
neck, where the Marines could clear
out their vehicles, prepare for their
next operation and relax.
The appeal of rest and warm food
was palpable with the base in sight.
For Benton, it was also fleeting.
Nearly two miles from safety, a
vehicle dropped out of the convoy
with a broken mine roller. A mo-
ment of silence over the radio gave
voice to the unspoken groan that
CRAMPED IN THE CLAUSTROPHOBIA-
INDUCING WALLS OF HIS TURRET, THE
GREENSBORO, NC NATIVE HUNKERED BE-
HIND HIS M-240 MACHINE GUN
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went through the convoy. Someone
needed to remain behind and provide
security for the recovery crews, some
vehicle at the rear of the convoy with
a turret gunner Benton.
His armored vehicle pulled a wide
turn and blocked the road leading to
the downed vehicle. Several other
trucks followed suit and formed a 360-
degree perimeter around the recovery
crew working on the mine roller.
More than an hour passed with no
sign of activity along the road. How-
ever, by 3 a.m., the road had come to
life with a line of vehicles approaching
Bentons position. Identifying individ-
ual threats on the lightless road was
nearly impossible.
Unable to verbally communicate
with the oncoming traffic, Benton
turned to his training in an effort to
defuse the situation. He used light sig-
nals to redirect cars and cargo-laden
trucks. His beam of light formed a line
in the sand. Benton directed the beam
into vehicles that failed to change
course, halted them and waved them
off the road.
Aware he may need to use his
weapon in self-defense at any mo-
ment, the lonely turret gunner contin-
ued to halt and redirect traffic for
more than five hours.
BACK TO CAMP
The sun rose over the desert, and
the line of traffic vanished almost as
suddenly as it appeared. The Marines
managed to remove and hoist the
damaged equipment onto a truck be-
fore more traffic appeared.
More than a day after mounting
their vehicles for the logistics patrol,
the remaining Marines returned to the
relative safety of Camp Leatherneck.
A weathered Afghan
flag flies along a road
taken by a combat lo-
gistics patrol conducted
by Combat Logistics
Regiment 2, Regional
Command (Southwest),
in Helmand province,
Afghanistan.
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OLD
FAITHFUL
1. CHECK IT OUT
The trigger has a specified five-
pound pull weight, perfect for its
intended purpose. The guns safety
is ambidextrous, meaning it can be
moved with either hand, perfect
for left-handed shooters.
Its seven-round Wilson maga-
zine has a nylon follower that is
self-lubricating and does not cor-
rode as some other magazines will
eventually do. The M45s Novak tri-
tium night sights, in the three-dot
arrangement, are simple and fast
for acquiring targets. Theyre also
great for targeting at night with
their three glowing green dots.
2. FEATURES
Stainless steel frame
Desert sand cerakote
finish
Novak tritium
night sights
Integral Picatinny
rail system
3. SPECIFICATIONS
Length: 8.62 inches
Barrel Length: 5 inches
Weight: 2.50 pounds
Max Effective Range: 50m
Muzzle Velocity: Classified
Action: Single action, drop safety,
seven-round magazine
4. CHAMBER
PRESSURE
The .45 ACP round has an aver-
age chamber pressure of 21,000
pounds per square inch. The re-
ceiver on this new Close Quarters
Battle Pistol (CQBP) can handle
pressures from the .38 Super and
10mm cartridges, which can have
pressures of anywhere from 36,500
to 37,500 psi.
5. OLD FAITHFUL
Despite being more than 100
years old, the Colt 1911 is one of
the most reliable platforms in
modern handguns today. So it was
no surprise that the U.S. Special
Operations Command
(SOCOM) would want to
base its new M45A1
Close Quarters Battle
Pistol off this old Rail
Gun.
The Marine Corps
Special Operations Com-
mand (MARSOC) awarded
Colt Defense LLC an indefinite
delivery, indefinite quantity con-
tract for up to 12,000 M45 Close
Quarter Battle Pistols, plus spares
and logistical support in 2012.
Eric Kowal is a contributing editor
to World of Firepower.
THE MARINE CORPS MADE THE RIGHT
CHOICE IN ARMING OUR SPECIAL OPERATOR
WARFIGHTERS WITH THE BEST PISTOL
Quick
Numbers
50 METERS
Maximum effective range
21,000
In pounds per square inch, the
average chamber pressure
102
In years, the age of the 1911
BY ERIC KOWAL \ PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE U.S. ARMY
5 QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE MARINE CORPS NEW
COLT M45 CQBP
Simple, Fast
The M45s Novak tritium
night sights, in the three-
dot arrangement, are
great for acquiring
targets.
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NAVAL STRENGTH
n U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Mark A. Handley and his staff disembark a
V-22 Osprey during a visit to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11
in the Bakwa district of Afghanistans Farah province. Handley is the
commander of the First Naval Construction Division.
PHOTO BY U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY PETTY OFFICER FIRST CLASS JONATHAN CARMICHAEL
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