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Tactical Life May - June 2017

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!

Land:
United States
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Athlon Media Group
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changing the game

Tactical Weapons magazine and its online partner, tactical-life.com, have more than 10 years under their col lective belt. We owe much of that staying power to you, our readers. We thank you for engaging with us daily, and for picking up this latest issue. Please keep the feedback coming our way by emailing us at editdesk@athlonoutdoors.com. Now for a bit of history: More than 11 years ago, Tactical Weapons started its mission as a special annual publication fully dedicated to bigger-than-life content on Barrett firearms. The premier issue, titled Barrett’s Tactical Weapons, brought readers the latest on Barrett’s decisive .50-caliber firepower—the sort of warfighter weaponry that truly holds up to the “game-changing” moniker. In that spirit, we strive to continue to hold up our end of the bargain when it comes to…

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best blasts

FOSTECH ORIGIN 12 The semi-auto Fostech Origin 12 introduced a few years ago is now being offered as a short-barreled NFA shotgun and as a non-NFA version. Both have 10.67-inch barrels and are 26 inches long, but the NFA version has a sidefolding stock, and the non-NFA has an arm brace. Fostech shotguns are among the most unusual tactical shotguns and use an adjustable long-stroke gas piston operating system based on the AK-47. The gas adjustments are easily made by turning a knob on the gas block, providing reliable cycling with various loads, from target rounds to magnums. These shotguns use detachable box mags (a five-round mag is included, with eight- and 10-round versions available) or 20- and 30-round drums. The base model Origin 12 has a quick-change 18-inch barrel and…

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future warfare

I’ve always held a fascination for the possibilities of future technology. Watching a massive Star Destroyer crawl across the screen during the opening credits of Star Wars captured my imagination as a child. Of course, the technology of Star Wars is obviously more fantasy then reality, but it still pushes the boundaries of our creativity. Science-fiction writers such as Robert Heinlein (Starship Troopers) and directors like James Cameron (Aliens) are attributed with not only producing great entertainment, but also inspiring future generations of defense researchers. Cameron’s Aliens shows the more practical side of warfare in the future than films like Star Wars or Star Trek. In his 1986 classic, the film highlights the failed rescue attempt made by a platoon of space marines (who pose a striking resemblance to Vietnam-era Marines)…

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micro madness the xm556

The jihadi tossed one more furtive glance up and around, searching the skies for American drones. The infidels seemed to have a limitless supply of the cursed things, and they could end an ISIS fighter’s life in an instant. He felt the throaty rumble of the powerful diesel engines as the American convey inched its way up the shattered roadway. His lips began to move of their own accord as he softly repeated to himself, “God is great, God is great, God is great…” His right hand tightened around the pistol grip of his Romanian AKM. His left thumb hovered over the detonator to his suicide vest. When the noise of the MRAP vehicle sounded like it was close enough, he sucked in one last deep breath and pivoted around the…

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xm556 microgun a designer’s perspective

For Brian Abbot, the chief designer at Empty Shell, the XM556 was a daunting undertaking. The XM214 was an earlier bigbudget attempt at building a 5.56mm electric Gatling gun undertaken by General Electric. Using this stagnant concept as inspiration, Brian then started with a clean piece of paper. He recently told me, “After years of no real production or interest, I decided to bring a 5.56mm gun to the market redesigned from the ground up. I have always taken on things I’ve been told won’t work, concepts no one wants or especially stuff I’m told can’t be done. To me there isn’t a reason to quit on a project—there is always a solution. Getting stuck and figuring out a solution is just part of the process. I’ve been working on…

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on buck shot

“As a matter of fact, all o f the shotguns easily kept all nine pellets within a standard 19-inch-wide target at 75 feet.” Many people have false impressions about shotguns based on gunplay in Hollywood movies. There’s so much misinformation, it doesn’t seem to want to go away. I remember the Howard Hawks Western El Dorado starring John Wayne and co-starring a young James Caan as “Mississippi.” John Wayne’s character, Cole Thornton, attempts to aid Mississippi by giving him shooting lessons, only to find his skills deplorable. Thornton takes Mississippi to “The Swede,” where he buys a sawed-off, doublebarreled shotgun as a holstered sidearm. In one memorable shootout from the movie, a desperado is taking off down a street when Mississippi lets loose with his scattergun. Although he misses the bad…

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