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M18A1 Claymore–Force Multiplier in a Bag

Dec 20th, 2012 | By

  When the chips are down, I mean really down, there’s something reassuring to have squad armed with a stack of LAWs and collection of M18A1 Claymores. In a pinch, you can shake the confidence of a major force of aggressors. A couple LAWs into the center and they scatter. They regroup and you lead them […]



BLACKHAWK!’s New Versa-Harness

Nov 29th, 2012 | By

With a design department in just about every tactical equipment manufacturing seemingly on amphetamines, cranking out a new product just as seemingly every day, it takes some effort to quickly recognize an  item that stands above others. The Versa-Harness to be released this coming January at Shotshow, from BLACKHAWK!, is a perfect example of outstanding! HISTORY […]



Benelli’s M4 Matches Well With the PDX1 Defender

Nov 28th, 2012 | By

Synonymous with the USMC since 1998, the Benelli M4 has been a true workhorse for close-quarter and short range combat. Its reputation has been built on its durability, accuracy, and how well it cycles a variety of rounds, from low-power non-lethal cartridges, such as those sending rubber bullet and rubber buckshot, all the way up to […]



“BUNKER” IS PREPPER FOR “COFFIN”

May 5th, 2012 | By

If one more prepper on the Discovery Channel DOOMSDAY BUNKERS and National Geographic DOOMSDAY PREPPERS lauds and pines on and on about bunkers, or speaks glowingly of a new bunker purchase and installation, I’m going to SCREAM! What is it with this bunker mentality? Every bunker that I’ve seen makes a great root cellar, and […]



GCT MAG ADJUSTS TO THE WINDS OF CHANGE: Are You Prepared?

Apr 20th, 2012 | By

Nuclear Holocaust. Past Peak Oil. Economic Collapse. Influenza Outbreak…ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! The list could go on. Unless you’ve been living in Mother Goose’s boot, you’ve noticed things are not as they have been.  Things are much, much different… A friend from college, who had been living outside of the country since he graduated, visited last week. […]



Israeli Combat Fitness/Medicine DVDs Set [DVD review/Radio Interview]

Mar 15th, 2012 | By

Emergencies are called emergencies because we don’t expect them. They’re like ambushes in life. But, like ambushes, we can prepare for them. Such was the lesson I was reminded on the 16th February, when I lost my father. He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, cancer we thought all taken care of seven years through […]



ISRAELI SPECIAL FORCES TRAINING: COUNTER-TERROR CARBINE—The Israeli Method [DVD Review/GCT Radio Interview]

Feb 4th, 2012 | By

Members of the IDF and MOSSAD have always had my respect, because frankly, they just don’t mess around. My first introduction to the members of the Israel’s military and clandestine services was in Central America, when the Reagan Administration was looking for creative ways to arm and train anti-Communist forces, without having to deal with […]



STUDENT OF THE GUN: VOL.1 CONCEALED CARRY BASICS with Paul Markel

Oct 13th, 2011 | By

Teaching is a hard job. Effectively teaching someone how and when to shoot is one of the hardest. That’s just in a person-person scenario. With the advent of video technology, the question of whether the information is not only getting across, but being also absorbed, becomes a really big question. When I received a review […]



Compulsory Military Service—The Tiger in the Room [Radio Interview]

May 25th, 2011 | By

Bring up the idea of compulsory service in the United States and you bring up a maelstrom. Some are vehement that we never have required military service, except during actual wartime. Others say we should have not only a draft, but we should be using that standing military to lay down the law in every […]



Rosetta Stone — Language Series [Review & Interview]

Dec 24th, 2010 | By

One of the first things you learn when you work in dangerous areas of the world is how to say, “Don’t shoot!” Even then, you also realize that just being able to yell, “Don’t shoot!” really isn’t as effective as many people would hope. What’s more important is to actually attain a proficient level of […]