Gear Review: Hill People Gear Heavy Recon Kit Bag and Umlindi Pack System

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There’s one feature I prize above all in the gear I use; quality comes in the form of functional minimalism. I hate carrying more than I have to and as…

An Old Warhorse Rides Again: Faithfully Restoring a K98k Mauser

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Because of my involvement in the Civilian Marksmanship Program sports and similar hobbies surrounding old military rifles I often find myself in an ethical debate with my fellow competitors and…

Why Universal Service Cartridges Will Never Happen

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I’ve seen a number of articles on the web and in magazines recently that are concerned with the concept of a universal cartridge for military service. It’s interesting that there’s been so…

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Carrying With a Disability, Part 2: Gun and Gear Recommendations

Suggestions are about the same thing as opinions. I find that the majority of people mean well, but the main issue is that they’re telling you what works for them,…

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The How and Why of a Bolt Action .450 Bushmaster Hunting Gun

They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and that old bromide generally holds true. A few years back, the local lord decided to ease back on regulations that…

Carrying With A Disability: A Telling Survey

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I’ve spent a large amount of my life believing myself invincible. No matter the injury or damage, I just wrapped it up, sucked it up, and kept running. There’s a…

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Fate or Fashion: Why Some Calibers Live Forever

The small arms world is ripe with contradictions. In the edifice of ballistic paradox, there resides the haunting presence of some immortal designs. These concepts were likely never expected to…

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Twice Is Nice: Can You Reload Cartridges With Previously Fired Bullets?

It seems I can’t walk out my door these days without getting into some sort of nonsense argument over bullets or cartridges. Granted, I do start some of those arguments,…

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The Truth About 6.5mm Ammo

Ask anyone. Look on internet forums or in print magazines. Strike up a conversation at your local gun store. You’ll hear it everywhere: the 6.5mm family of rounds are like a mystical laser…

Is Uncle Sam Set to Melt Civilian Marksmanship Program 1911 Pistols?

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A reader sent us a tip that Senator John McCain has added a provision to S.2943 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which just passed the Senate, that may…

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CMP Competition Series 4: Building Balance for Better Shooting

I was a runner in college. I sprinted five miles a day every day cross-country like some sort of Dutch-German T-1000.  I ended-up paying for it in full this year, during months of…

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A Grip on Reality: How Much Does Grip Texture Matter For Self-Defense?

Not too long ago, I entered into a conversation with a notorious local gentleman of little knowledge and many opinions. To keep a grating and irritating story short, the man…