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Denny Hansen

Denny Hansen served 13 years with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (AZ) including duties with patrol and SWAT He is an NRA and Arizona DPS certified Firearms Instructor and an NRA and JPFO life member. The graduate of numerous firearm and tactics courses, he has been the editor of S.W.A.T. since 1988.

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DOUBLE-BARRELED DIABLO | DoubleTap Tactical Pocket Pistol

In the last year, a two-shot derringer-type pistol—the DoubleTap™ Tactical Pocket Pistol from DoubleTap Defense—came to the market. Wanting to see for myself what all the fuss was about, I placed an order. The small pistol is available with either a 7075 aluminum frame or 6AL 4V...

DIMINUTIVE DYNAMITE | Kahr PM45

When the topic of conversation turns to very compact handguns, the caliber most often mentioned is the .380 ACP, followed by the 9mm Parabellum and the .38 Special. Larger calibers need not apply. While there are some very good handguns made in the .36-caliber range, I suppose...

TOPS Team Jackal Survivor

  One of the most recent knives introduced by TOPS Knives is the Team Jackal Survivor. Like the fast, quiet, and efficient hunter it’s named after, this knife is made to go the distance. The Jackal is manufactured from 1095 high carbon steel, which has excellent edge...

Find It Fast

In surveying our readers, we have found that many—if not most—keep each issue of S.W.A.T. for future reference. The problem, however, is looking through each issue to find a particular column or article. While most folks read each issue from cover to cover, almost everyone has a...

Ban It!

To make the world a kinder, safer place, I think a few things should be made illegal and some things should be banned outright. At the top of the list of things that should be made illegal are robbery, burglary, rape, assault and murder. We could also...

Molon Labe!

SIG SAUER SPARTAN 1911 In 480 B.C., the forces of the Persian Empire under King Xerxes numbered—according to the ancient Greek historian Herodotus—two million men. The Persian army bridged the Hellespont and marched to invade Greece. King Leonidas of Sparta and 300 handpicked Spartan warriors—along with Hoplites from another Greek citystate— marched to meet Xerxes at...

Pay It Forward

IN my formative years, I was fortunate to have many wise mentors to show me the ropes and teach me some important life lessons. One of the earliest I remember came from my Grandpa, Peter Hansen. His motto was, “There can be excuses for many things, but bad...

PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN | Two New Ruger Rimfires

During the Great Depression, my grandpa, Peter Hansen, traded a ton of hay for a single- shot Winchester Model 60 .22 rifle that he gave to my dad, Kenny Hansen, for his first rifle. It was my first rifle as well when my dad passed it down...

Anti-Gun Words We Should Never Say

LAW-abiding gun owners all across this great country have fallen into a dangerous trap. That trap is using the same verbiage as those who would like to strip us of our God-given right to Keep and Bear Arms. The words “assault weapon” should never leave our mouths....

Go-To Compact Pistol | Ruger SR9C

I’m Like SR9, SR9C has ambidextrous 1911-type safety levers. Low-profile rear sight is fully adjustable. a 1911/.45 ACP kind of guy. I was one of a handful of deputies who lobbied our sheriff to have the big gun approved for carry and, when it was finally allowed,...