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Abner Miranda

Abner Miranda is a Tennessee certified police officer and Tactical Applications Consultant. He currently works for KDH Defense Systems in their custom armor division.

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E.A.R. Inc. Hearing Protection

Over the years, I’ve received some serious blows to my hearing from less-than-capable hearing protection. This forced me to invest in very high-quality hearing protection that has served me exceptionally well. However, no one thing ever meets all needs. There are times when we need hearing protection that is...

Size XL XD – Springfield Armory XDM 5.25 Competition Series

IT’S no secret that I’m a big fan of the XD/XDM line of pistols. When I was in law enforcement, I carried an XD on and off duty, and I trust my family’s safety to one. It’s the go-to handgun that rests on my nightstand and travels with me everywhere I go. When I...

Fighting Back From Disability | Defensive Shooting for Amputees

When I say amputee, what comes to mind? Do you think of words like despair and confusion? Many amputees do begin the journey into their new life with these emotions. Trauma manifests itself in myriad ways upon the human psyche. In time, if the person is of...

Freedom Rifle | Special Ops Tactical Hanson 14.5 Rifle

In light of the current excessive wait times on NFA paperwork, I decided to work up a legally attainable rifle for the average citizen that would offer them a highly capable allaround rifle with SBR balance but without the hassles that go with one. The result of...

Pushing The Limits | NiB-X Coatings From WMD Guns

About two years ago, I was assisting a manufacturer in some R&D on a new rifle. During the process, we broke various components, even melting some. In an effort to push the rifle into a whole new level of reliability, we chose to go with Nickel Boron...

Metal Dreams | Ballistic Advantage Custom Rifle Build

In late 2011 I was looking for a rifle manufacturer to help me put together a rifle to a set of specs that were a bit off the beaten path. It has become difficult to find manufacturers capable and/or willing to do work to individual specs. But things have begun to change, as shooters are demanding...

Form Follows Functions

Black Rain Ordnance 10.5″ SBR I count myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to T&E one of Black Rain Ordnance’s (BRO) rifles. After speaking with BRO President Justin Harvel about doing an article on his rifles, I went straight to BRO’s website to see what was available. I was pleased that not only...

Straight From The Source | MK12 and MK18 Specialists

When the military needs to retask a weapon, component, or even design something new, they turn to places like the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Crane, Indiana. Over the years, Crane has had a hand in the development of many different war-fighting tools. Some of the most famous have been AR-15 variants that have come...

The Punisher

MIL/LE CQB Course I recently left law enforcement for a position in the private sector and, while it was a serious decision to make, I don’t regret it. As I reflect back on my time in uniform, I realize how blessed I was to have served my community as...

Running and Gunning | TDI Tactical Rifle I

With most agencies across the country, training budgets are being slashed and brutal choices have to be made. Through my agency, our officers received a good intro class on the basics of operating our rifles, however, I felt the need to seek out more in-depth training. For...