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Leroy Thompson

Leroy Thompson has trained hostage rescue, close protection, counterinsurgency, and anti-terrorist units in various parts of the world. Prior the Operation Desert Shield he trained U.S. Army protective teams and hostage rescue units. He is the author of over 50 books on weapons and tactics and somewhere between 2,500 and 3,000 magazine articles.

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Mossberg 9200A1 Jungle Gun

THE Mossberg 9200A1 Jungle Gun is one of the more interesting shotguns produced over the last 25 years, though it did not really achieve commercial success. The 9200A1’s big claim to fame was that it met very rigorous standards to be designated the first milspec semiautomatic shotgun after passing...

Switched Up, Switched On | Colt 901 Modular Carbine

One of the best things that’s happened in tactical rifles in a long time is the number of high-quality ARtype rifles available in .308 caliber. Certainly for combat usage, the .308 Winchester/7.62x51mm NATO round offers better range and striking power than the 5.56x45mm. An AR chambered in...

Spyderco Embassy Autos

A valid argument can be made for the usefulness of automatic knives for tactical law enforcement officers and some military personnel. An equally valid argument can be made for their usefulness for some fire and rescue personnel. Don’t get me wrong when I talk about valid arguments, as I think most laws against automatic knives...

Century Arms Sterling Type II Semi Auto Carbine

In the August issue, I wrote about the Sten gun. Now I’ll examine the Century International Arms semiauto version of the weapon that replaced the Sten—the Sterling. I think most British troops who used the Sten and then the Sterling would have rated the Sterling an improvement. Although the Sterling was initially designed in 1944,...

SRM 1216 Shotgun

I’m a great believer in the combat shotgun for CQC and intimidation.  As a result, I try to test anything new that comes along in fighting scatterguns.  The problem is generally that most “new” shotguns aren’t really new.  They aren’t all that different from the Winchester Model 97 Trench Guns used against...

Naval Special Warfare Pistol

SIG Sauer MK25 Naval special operators have been using a version of the SIG Sauer P226—the U.S. Navy MK24—for 20 years. The P226 has served and still serves as a “companion” pistol designed to be carried as a backup to whatever long arm is being used or for use during combat boarding operations, raids in tight...

Benchmade Marlowe Mangus Bali-Song

Benchmade makes an array of blades that are useful for law enforcement, military personnel, and everybody else who likes good knives. I like to review the newest and best from Benchmade. These are often automatic knifes, since Benchmade autos are widely used in the armed forces and LE. However, this time I...

Leupold Variable-Power Scout Scope

When the Steyr Scout Rifle was introduced some years ago, I discussed in this column why I liked it as a car gun. I later got a Steyr Scout Tactical, which allowed me to mount the scope more conventionally, and I then sold the Jeff Cooper Steyr Scout rifle. I’ll admit that...

Sub-Caliber Smith

S&W M&P .22 Pistol When I first started shooting, it was very common to have an “understudy” automatic or revolver chambered in .22 Long Rifle with which to practice more inexpensively than with the centerfire service pistol. Those who liked the 1911 often had a Colt .22 conversion unit to allow .22...

Steyr SSG 08 .338 Lapua Magnum

The .338 Lapua Magnum (LM) has granted the military sniper great versatility, as it offers long-range capability approaching the .50 BMG yet in rifles that are lighter and shorter in overall length. In fact, the record for the longest sniper kill is currently held by a British sniper using a .338...