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Tactical Life March 2020

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!

United States
Athlon Media Group
7 Issues

in this issue

1 min
first shot

The first two decades of the 2000s were a bit rocky, to say the least. We can’t forget the attacks on 9/11 and the ensuing Global War on Terror, then the Great Recession, not to mention all the political upheaval between and ever since. Social media truly made its stamp on history—both good and bad—as technology continued ahead at lightning speed. It seems like it’s already been 40 years since the new millennium began, right? Hindsight is always 20/20, but we’re using this new year to look ahead. Ford is turning out its first electric “Mustang” SUVs, Tesla unveiled its all-too-angular Cybertruck, and Samsung has promised us folding smartphones that actually work when you need them to. The future is here! In the gun world, 2020 is sure to bring new calibers,…

5 min
gear up!

ACLIM8 COMBAR PRO The Combar Pro from Aclim8 includes five outdoor essentials in one handy, portable kit. You’ll get a hammer, folding axe, saw, spade and knife as well as a magazine insert, yet the whole package only weighs 3.5 pounds. Developed to military standards, the tools are made from titanium, stainless steel, aircraft-grade aluminum and glass-reinforced nylon to stand up to hard use. (aclim8.com) AMERICAN TACTICAL S60 POLYMER MAGAZINES Need more rounds on tap? American Tactical has partnered with German arms manufacturer Schmeisser to bring the S60 stateside. This is the first polymer stick magazine to hold 60 rounds of 5.56mm NATO/.223 Remington ammunition for an AR-15. It uses a unique follower system that allows for double the capacity of a typical AR-15 design without being too bulky or cumbersome for field…

8 min
high-speed varminter

What constitutes a varmint? The answer depends on your region. Any species that spreads disease or destroys crops or animals certainly qualifies. In some areas, this might mean a coyote, while in others, wild boar. In Oregon, it’s the sage rat, a type of ground squirrel that can consume a farmer’s alfalfa field while leaving burrows that catch livestock hooves, leading to broken legs. Thus, the sage rat qualifies as a varmint on two counts, not just one. Now that we’ve identified varmints, the next step is building a rifle capable of dealing with them. And contrary to what so many anti-gun politicians say, AR-platform guns are superb instruments for whacking critters. Some shooters prefer the .17-caliber magnums for their high velocity and low recoil, but in an AR world, why…

8 min
carrying the cross

THE FIREARMS SPACE IS CROWDED. So crowded, in fact, that I would hate to be a first-time gun buyer and have to make a solid decision on what products to buy, regardless of the category. I’m on the inside, so to speak, yet I still find the myriad options dizzying at best. Just like many of you, I consult certain individuals before I buy. Product development forges forward at an alarming pace in relation to bolt-action rifles, and now a new contender has stepped into the ring. “We didn’t want to do anything that wasn’t authentic to our brand,” said Michael Marotte, manager of media relations for Sig Sauer, regarding the company’s new Cross. This special offering is Sig’s first new bolt action in many years, and it serves as a…

1 min
sig's hunting ambassadors

As part of its move into the hunting world, Sig Sauer has named a number of Hunting Ambassadors to spearhead its developments. These professionals have decades of experience bagging game, so make sure you follow their exploits on Twitter with #SIGHunting. The Ambassadors include: BORN AND RAISED OUTDOORS: Kody Kellom, Trent Fisher, Treavor Fisher and Steve Howard are a group of Oregon-based hunters who have spent decades hunting across the United States and provide one of the best sources of digital education online for adventurous sportsmen. (bornandraisedoutdoors.com) JORDAN BUDD: Now part of Running Water Hunting, Jordan Budd began her career as a field producer, editor and author for Rokslide. Growing up and guiding in Nebraska for mule deer, antelope and predators, Jordan has quickly become one of the top young female hunters…

9 min
ringing steel with bergara

Browse any firearm-related forum on the internet and you’ll quickly see someone asking which gun to purchase, followed by an inevitable response: “Buy a Glock 19 with ammo and training.” This type of response can also apply to long guns. All too often, people buy as much gear as they think they need but don’t really have the proper training to effectively use it. I have fallen victim to this in the past, buying a $5,000 custom-built long-range rifle without having a day of training under my belt on how to actually hit anything at long ranges. Previous to this purchase, I had only shot out to 500 yards, and that was mostly luck. If I could rewind time, I would have received the training before purchasing the rifle, which would’ve…