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Ethan Johns

Ethan Johns is a military professional with worldwide experience in specialized units. He has taught and been responsible for numerous advanced skills and weapons courses within multiple organizations.

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DUEL OF THE CARBINES | M1 Carbine vs. M4

Is the U.S. Carbine, Caliber .30 M1 still viable in a post-AR world? I began to kick that question around at the height of the recent AR buying frenzy. A variety of longtime M1 Carbine owners probably had a similar question as lines formed at gun counters....

Ethan Johns shoots El Presidente with a WWI Colt 1911

Recently I was able to test a G.I. Colt 1911 made in 1918.  This old warhorse was rebuilt at Rock Island Arsenal before WWII and then at another government arsenal afterwards.  It is all teeny sights, hammer bite, and rattle-ey original, but it is as ready and...

Battle Rifle Realized – LaRue Tactical PredatAR

One of the significant trends in the current Afghanistan fight is the troops’ increasing use of semiautomatic 7.62mm NATO rifles.  Most units have gone to some type of AR- or M14-based system and have largely replaced the 7.62mm bolt guns for all but stationary work. On a recent tour, I saw widespread use and...

HIDEOUTS IN HIGH GEAR | Running Back-Up Guns At Speed

In a previous issue, we looked at just how far the back-up gun, or BUG, could reasonably hit from realistic positions (HUNDRED-YARD POCKET GUNS: Stretching Out The Backups, February 2014 S.W.A.T.). The answers challenged prevailing perceptions of how far away a little hideout .38 or .380 can...

Ten-Shot Qual Course | Budget Shooting-Performance Test

A number of great qualification and classification courses of fire for serious pistol work exist. Examples include the Hackathorn standards, the MEU (SOC) pistol qual, the International Defensive Pistol Association classifier, and the 700 aggregate. Each emphasizes slightly different skills, and each has utility for the dedicated...

HUNDRED-YARD POCKET GUNS? | Stretching Out The Backups

I recently stopped by the local pawn and gun and saw a Ruger LCP in the case. They have been hard to find for a while, so I asked to see it. I was immediately taken by the legitimate sight picture offered and smooth double-action-only trigger pull....

Deal Of The Century | CZ 82

Among shooting enthusiasts, there are a variety of niche firearms that serve as good excuses to acquire additional weapons. One of these is the “stash” handgun. You know, the glove box/downstairs/garage/”wherever you want to leave a ready weapon” gun. Among the key features of the stash gun...

Finding Fifth Gear | US PALM AK Upgrades

U.S. shooters have wholeheartedly embraced the Kalashnikov rifle in the last few years, and to good effect. I have been working with the Arsenal SLR-107F rendition of the modern Russian AK 100 series (MY FIRST KALASHNIKOV, December 2012 S.W.A.T.; D.I.Y. AK MODS, February 2013 S.W.A.T.) and was...

Crye Precision Magclip

There are times when you need to grab a rifle and go. No chest rig, no plate carrier with mag pouches, no time to thread a pouch onto the belt. Just grab a rifle and get after it. Options until now were stuffing mags in pockets, with the attendant rattling and sloshing around/falling out,...

Modern Rifle Needs | USGI For Today’s Warfighters

Change is hard. Weapons program tend to be especially conservative. Pre-sliced bread went from an innovation circa 1930 to the predominant way to buy a loaf nationwide by 1933. At that same time, the country was perfectly happy to stick with the bolt-action 1903 Springfield despite the capabilities available with selfloading rifles like the M1 Garand....