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Recoil November/December 2018

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1 min.

You know that high school girlfriend you think about every now and then? The one who keeps popping up unbidden, despite the fact you love your wife and kids and wouldn’t ever dream of doing anything to jeopardize the good thing you’ve got going? Yet there it is, that memory that won’t go away. Like most daydreams, the reality isn’t anywhere near as good as the fantasy — a situation that goes double for guns. Despite the pitfalls it might entail, we decided to go back to the future. Rather than just pick 10 years beginning with a zero and ending with a nine, we chose a chunk of time which spanned the end of the Cold War and the as-yet-unseen origins of the GWOT — think “Clash of Civilizations” meets…

8 min.

1 The job dictates the tool. Applying some stucco? Grab a trowel. Installing a new turbocharger? Time to bust out the wrenches. But sometimes it’s enjoyable to have a tool that can do more than just one job. Take for instance the Flagrant Templar. This tomahawk is sharp enough for troops to stop bad guys in their tracks, whether through intimidation or blood loss. It’s strong enough for first-responders to pry through barricades thanks to its 1095 high-carbon steel. And it’s comfortable enough for outdoor adventurers to choke up on the tapered handle for detailed work on firewood, fresh game, and more. This chopper features a Cerakote and comes with a Kydex sheath. It’s a multitool with more bite. MAKE: Flagrant Beard MODEL: Flagrant Templars OAL: 12.75 inches MSRP: $380 URL: www.flagrantbeard.com 2 It’s happened to the best of us. One second we’re…

6 min.
4th infantry division museum

At the 4th Infantry Division Museum at Fort Carson, Colorado, there’s a simple display of a fairly plain World War II officer’s uniform on a mannequin with a hand-painted sign nearby that says, “The War Starts Here.” The quote isn’t exactly what was said, but together this exhibit honors a man who had some big shoes to fill. The display is of Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr., the son of President Teddy Roosevelt, the assistant commander of the 4th Infantry Division, who, at 56, was the oldest man to take part in the D-Day landings and the only general to land with the first wave of soldiers. On June 6, 1944, the general truly would’ve made his more-famous father proud by going ashore with his men. Roosevelt, who had already reached a…

4 min.
defenders of the faith

There was a time when the words Land Rover brought images to mind of robust safari vehicles chasing lions across the African plains. Over the years its reputation has changed considerably. A new Discovery or Velar would be out of place anywhere other than a valet-attended country club. Although the brand has moved more into competing with other luxury SUV companies, vintage Land Rovers have an ecclesiastical following. The older versions still see considerable use overseas, and there are a few boutique companies passionate about retaining the brand’s off-road, utilitarian roots. Phoenix, Arizona-based Method SV is one such outfit. First, a little history on the Defender. The model became part of the company’s lineup in 1983, but was originally called the 90 or 110. The Defender’s simplicity and ease of fixing…

2 min.
unusual suspects

Asia’s history was carved out in large part by fierce warriors. Mongols. Samurai. Shaolin monks. Sikh warriors. Persian Immortals. Tactical mall ninjas — OK, maybe not that last one. But there’s no doubt that this region birthed some of the mightiest military cultures. So, in a RECOIL first, we’re taking a sharper look at big blades from yesteryear that have been used on the battlefield or been inspired by those that have. But note that this buyer’s guide isn’t comprehensive. There have been way too many swords crafted by too many civilizations over too many centuries across the biggest continent on Earth to include them all here. This is just a small slice (pun intended!) of the countless cutting instruments created in that continent. Secondly, we excluded crappy replicas made from questionable materials…

5 min.
interrogating the unusual suspects

COLD STEEL MIZUTORI KATANA 411: Appearing around the 1400s in Japan, the katana was a two-handed, single-edged curved sword that’s now considered by many historians as one of the most respected cutting weapons in military history — not just for its slashing and stabbing capabilities and its durability, but also for the intricate craftsmanship that went into making each one. This Cold Steel model has both the form and function of an ancient katana, but made from top-notch materials using modern technology. It comes with a lacquered wooden scabbard. PROS: High-quality katana that would make Miyamoto Musashi smile. Meaning “crane” in Japanese, the Mizutori features an elegant bird motif. Incredibly strong, ridiculously sharp, and just plain badass CONS: Some might scoff at the $770 MSRP (though the street price is far lower, which is still way cheaper than…