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Tactical Life June/July 2020 Gun Annual

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

2 min
stock up on the essentials

With the global COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, it’s quite evident that the gun-buying public is running on overdrive, as everyone is looking to add to their arsenals for personal and home defense. It seems everyone remembers the famous lines delivered in The Matrix (and later copied in John Wick 3): “What do you need?” “Guns. Lots of guns.” To say we’re in the midst of a gun-buying frenzy would be the understatement of the decade. No question, the coronavirus has changed the world exponentially. Looking at things through gun-industry glasses, whoever could have predicted that the NRA’s 2020 Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Nashville would be canceled? In putting this special “Gun Annual” issue of Tactical Life together, we communicated with a number of firearms manufacturers who were hard at…

7 min
super charged xd-m

I MAY HAVE THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD. I get to shoot all kinds of new guns and ammo and evaluate everything I can get my hands on, and I get paid for it. I’ve watched quality increase dramatically across the industry over the last five years due to improved manufacturing processes, and I’ve seen prices slowly dropping. There has never been a better time to be a gun snob. I used to buy a gun and then change the trigger, sights, barrel, grips and a host of other things. But as the years progressed, I could visualize the exact gun I wanted coming out of the factory with all the bells and whistles. Springfield Armory must have heard I was a tough customer, because its new XD-M Elite…

9 min

IN 2018, FRANK DESOMMA, THE PRESIDENT OF PATRIOT ORDNANCE FACTORY, OR POF-USA, INTRODUCED his Revolution rifle, an AR-15 chambered for the .308 Winchester/7.62mm NATO. No, I didn’t get my nomenclature wrong. DeSomma figured out a way to harness the substantial power of the .308 within the confines of the AR-15 platform with some obvious differences like the magazine well and bore. But the gun’s outward dimensions and weight mirror those of 5.56mm NATO guns. “Everyone talks about the new calibers that shoot almost like a .308,” Desomma said. “The 6.8 SPC and the 300 Blackout shoot kind of like a .308. But not really. They’re not really close to the .308’s power level. So, I decided to build an AR-15 that does shoot like the .308. Our lightweight carbine, with the…

9 min
accurate a-tips

IF YOU ASK ANY SERIOUS HANDLOADER, HE OR SHE WILL LIKELY EXCLAIM THAT ACCURACY IS BOTH AN ADDICTION AND AN ENIGMA. It’s an enigma because conventional wisdom leads you to believe that there is no way a mass-produced piece of metal can get blasted through a tube the same way every time. It becomes an addiction after you prove it to yourself and just want more. Naturally, this realization walks a precision shooter out of the ammunition aisle and down the deep, dark aisle of reloading supplies. Ah, I can smell it now—sort of like stale whiskey and cigar smoke rife with euphemisms like “dime-sized groups” and “one ragged hole” permeating the air. We are an accuracy-obsessed bunch indeed. This obsession leads us into discussions as to which component, and even…

5 min
saami approved .300 ham’r

ON JANUARY 20, 2020, WILSON COMBAT ANNOUNCED that the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) had accepted the .300 HAM’R as a standardized rifle cartridge. It was the culmination of years of testing and hundreds of hours proving the round in the field, all accomplished against the backdrop of critics saying it couldn’t be done. SAAMI’s seal of approval ensures that the cartridge’s dimensions are fully standardized for consistency and interchangeability among firearms. More importantly, it allows major companies to manufacture ammunition, rifles and components for the broader market, increasing the availability of the .300 HAM’R. It’s all about taking the round from the bench to the shelves of your favorite gun store, and Wilson Combat is looking to do just that. DROPPING THE HAM’R Critics love to call the .300 HAM’R…

7 min
this year’s shooting, hunting, outdoor trade (shot)

BARNES PRECISION MATCH & VOR-TX Barnes has expanded its Precision Match and VOR-TX lines with new 6.5 Grendel and 6.5 PRC loads. The competition-centric Precision ion Match loads use 120- and 145-grain bullets, respectively, while the all-copper VOR-TX hunting loads, designed for consistent penetration and expansion, use 115- and 127-grain projectiles. (barnesbullets.com) BLACK HILLS MK262 MOD 1-C Black Hills has released a civilian version of its highly respected MK262 Mod 1 cartridge. This very accurate 5.56mm NATO load uses a 77-grain Sierra MatchKing bullet and is capable of producing 2-inch groups at 300 yards from match-grade ARs. (black-hills.com) BROWNING .350 LEGEND Browning has introduced two new loads for the increasingly popular .350 Legend. The first uses a lightweight 124-grain FMJ bullet that leaves the muzzle at 2,500 fps. The other is a 155-grain BXR rapid-expanding…