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Tactical Life April/May 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!

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United States
Athlon Media Group
7 Issues

in this issue

2 min

The 2020 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade(SHOT) show wrapped up recently in Las Vegas. The five-day event, which kicks off with the live-fire “Industry Day at the Range,” is the firearms enthusiast’s version of Disney World. On full display were products covering every corner of the spectrum, from target shooting and self-defense to hunting and law enforcement. More than 55,000 industry professionals attended this year. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the number of exhibiting companies exceeded 2,500, and product display booths covered more than 692,000 square feet. That’s nearly 16 acres of exhibit space! Then there’s the massive infusion of money. SHOT pumps nearly $90 million of non-gaming revenue into the Las Vegas economy. Think the gun industry is small potatoes? The SHOT Show is the largest trade show…

7 min
gear up!

Every January, the firearms industry comes together for the annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. Hundreds of manufacturers use it as an opportunity to display brand-new guns and gear that will be hitting the market throughout 2020. It’s exciting to see all the innovation as you scour the 12-plus miles of aisles. Here are some of the highlights. BENELLI LUPO SERIES Benelli has unveiled its first bolt-action rifle with the LUPO. Available in .30-06 Springfield and .270 Winchester with a 22-inch barrel and .300 Win-chester Magnum with a 24-inch barrel, the LUPO has a number of noteworthy features. Each Criotreated barrel floats freely and locks into a hardened steel barrel extension and block for greater consistency. The synthetic stock uses Benelli’s Progressive Comfort…

6 min
meprolight’s foresight

For years now, the seamless integration of ballistic data into an individual weapon sight has been solely the purview of science-fiction writers. Projecting a red dot or even a holographic reticle was obviously within our capabilities. However, incorporating navigational data and orientation information, or linking a tactical sight to a proper computer, was always too heavy, too bulky, too fragile or too expensive. But Meprolight has taken us into a brave new world of seamless tactical data integration. Glancing through the new Mepro Foresight is like getting a glimpse into the future. A CLOSER LOOK The Mepro Foresight isn’t just smart—it’s freaking brilliant. This is the Stephen Hawking of electronic weapon sights. If this sight were a high school buddy, it’d help you with your algebra homework. The Foresight wirelessly links to your…

7 min
upgraded scorpion

Fully tricked out, this CZ Scorpion’s customization journey started with an Innovative Arms IA-SC9 integral suppressor kit. The gun world is ablaze with pistol-caliber carbines, or PCCs. Fans appreciate the 9mm ammo savings and the shear amount of fun these guns can be. The competition world has embraced them, creating whole divisions around PCCs. While the vast majority of today’s PCCs are ARs that accept Glock magazines, those certainly aren’t your only options. When the CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Pistol was introduced at 2015 SHOT Show, I got a closer look at it and thought, “Who would want that?” The whole thing felt a bit too plasticky, and the grip, with its FAL-like angle, was terribly uncomfortable for me. Frankly, I wasn’t that impressed and promptly forgot about it. Fast-forward a few…

7 min
a seismic shift?

When Benjamin Robbins invented the ballistic pendulum in 1742 to measure bullet velocities, I doubt he realized that people would mistake the movement of the pendulum to be a measurement of a bullet’s “knockdown power.” But evidently they did. For example, after the .38-caliber Colt New Army revolver failed to stop charging rebels during the Philippine Insurrection, the U.S. Army tasked Colonel John Thompson and Major Louis La Garde with determining which handgun cartridges were best at incapacitating an enemy. Thompson and LaGarde shot large animals with different-caliber handguns to see how quickly they collapsed, and they also shot suspended cadavers and observed how far parts of the body swung when hit by the test cartridges. The bigger cartridges generally were the best movers and shakers, so in 1905, the Army…

8 min
small frame sniper

he wind was slight, maybe T 1 mile per hour, and snow drifted down as a group of writers and editors worked from one station to the next during Athlon Outdoors’ most recent Rendezvous in Idaho. This was an early look at several new products for 2020, and Zev Technologies brought along its new Small Frame AR-style rifle for all to see. When I got to the Zev booth, I immediately gravitated toward the rifle as it sat on a DOA Shooting Bench. I thumbed 20 rounds of 6.5 Creedmoor ammo into a magazine, sat down and loaded the trim rifle. I asked about the distance to the farthest target and got a reply of “about 800 yards.” Everyone had been shooting targets that ranged from 15 to 1,100 yards away…