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Tactical Life January/February 2019

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TACTICAL WEAPONS is the complete source for military, law enforcement and general shooting enthusiasts firepower - past, present and future. Published four times a year, each issue of TACTICAL WEAPONS is packed wiith exclusive guns-of-the-elite reviews on shotguns, combat handguns, battle rifles and long range precision weaponry, SWAT and personal defense tactics, reports from the front lines of GWOT and US Border Patrol, high-tech hardware and much more. TACTICAL WEAPONS is an absolutely essential piece of kit to keep you well armed, well informed and completely ready for duty!

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United States
Athlon Media Group
$10.08(Incl. tax)
$25.32(Incl. tax)
7 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
double gun fun

Change is good, right? Well, we tried something different with this issue of Tactical Life magazine: We went with two different cover images. Depending on where you shop for your reading material, you might have picked up our “Retro Rifles” special cover, which is dedicated to the Vietnam-era M14 (and today’s semi-automatic Springfield M1A), but more importantly to veterans like Lieutenant John Libs, the man pictured on page 98. Notice any resemblance to our cover model? You won’t want to miss John Libs’ heartfelt story, where he recounts one of Vietnam’s bloodiest battles. What’s interesting is that when our staff was finding photos for one of the other Vietnam-related articles in this issue, that’s when we came across the war photo of Libs that was taken during the Battle of…

7 min.
rendezvous stockpile

This past October saw Athlon Outdoors host its second annual Rendezvous in Greenough, Montana, just outside Missoula. For three days, dozens of gun manufacturers unveiled their latest and greatest wares—many still under wraps—to us Athlon editors and contributors, giving us plenty of trigger time to create more content for our various print magazines and websites in the coming months. But this amazing event wouldn’t have been possible without a few key sponsors donating goods for every participant. Here we’d like to show our support and fill you in on the great gear that made for an awesome Rendezvous in Big Sky country. 1> AGUILA AMMUNITION There were plenty of new rimfire rifles and handguns to test at the Rendezvous, and thankfully Aguila stepped up to the plate by providing several different .22…

5 min.
bill of all trades

After multiple tours as a U.S. Navy SEAL, Bill Rapier transitioned to civilian life. But he hasn’t slowed down. As the owner of American Tactical Shooting Instruction, or Amtac, Bill has brought his unique blend of physicality, martial mindset and unrelenting drive to law-abiding Americans devoted to preserving their way of life and the lives of their loved ones. Always seeking out new learning opportunities, Bill is a solid instructor who understands how to get better performance out of his students. It is no surprise that his courses, offered around the country, fill up quickly, and he is becoming one of the most sought-after instructors. I had a chance to sit down with Bill and speak to some of those who know him best. Here’s what you should know. ONE SHARP…

1 min.
the amtac northman

Designed to be worn inside the front pocket of your pants by Bill Rapier and Northman Blades, the new Northman knife fits in a very unique category of blades. The partially serrated, 4.5-inch Bohler M390 blade can serve in a number of roles, with a spear point well suited for combat. M390 is a stainless steel known for exceptional durability and toughness. Given Bill’s background in fieldcraft and survival training, it makes sense that the Kydex sheath has an integral ferro rod that can be used for starting fires or night signaling. The sheath is designed for deep pocket carry, making it easy to conceal. The G10 handle sculpting is aggressive for a secure purchase without being uncomfortable in hand for sustained use. Finally, the knife comes in at 6.88 inches…

1 min.
force on force

I had the opportunity to attend the Amtac Force on Force course hosted by Stone Wall Arms in Bangor, Maine. This course builds upon pistol handling and introduces the concepts of drawing under stress, movement and scenario-based decision making. Our course started with a review of how to build a proper combative stance for using your tools, be it your empty hands, a blade or a pistol. The course proceeded with a mix of strict slow-fire accuracy and managing recoil during rapid-fire strings. Students also learned various ways of shooting with one hand and sighting in using the front sight and back plate of the pistol. During the course, students had the opportunity to practice force-on-force training with airsoft pistols and protective gear. We were also introduced to various medical devices to…

7 min.
dead-on decor

Tactical Walls is an American-owned and -operated company based out of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia that was co-founded by Tim Matter and Chris Wood. It predominantly uses U.S.-made parts rather than importing foreign-made materials, and everything it offers to the market is handcrafted, easy to install and simple to use. As the company’s motto states, its goal is to offer “discreet storage solutions for every room.” NOT JUST ANY WALL One of these new home-storage solutions is the “MODWall” that helps organize and display all of your “coolguy gear.” Not only does the MODWall help the average Joe get things organized, but it can be installed in gun shops, non-firearms-related businesses and basement man caves alike. It’s the perfect solution for reducing clutter and will surely improve your relationships with those…