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Tactical Life January/February 2021

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

3 min
happy and stealthy new year!

Maybe we can all remember when Christmas was exciting. Like most kids, I remember the anticipation of the presents under the tree and waking early to tear into a pile of Santa stuff. These days, that feeling of excitement has been replaced with a watered-down version when I get a text message from the local Class III dealer that my latest silencer acquisition got out of “ATF jail.” I wanted to put together a SHTF rig in 5.56, so I went the easy route with a Ruger AR-556 pistol with a 10.5-inch barrel. It’ll get the obligatory red-dot optic, light and laser and a petite can before it can go out and play. The perfect fit for this rig is a Yankee Hill Machine Turbo K suppressor, which just came home after…

7 min
gear up!

ACCUFIRE NOCTIS V1 Accufire Technology’s Noctis V1 is a 1-16X magnification digital riflescope with an ultra-bright screen that is dimmable to 1 percent, and HD-quality night vision. The Noctis V1 quickly sights in like a traditional scope, and easily stores presets of ballistic solutions for a library of different firearms and ammo types. The Noctis V1 can also be set to record HD footage—regardless of available light—and offers the advantage of built-in Wi-Fi for shareable streaming through a cell phone. (accufiretech.com) ACCUFIRE THERMAL CLIP-ON Accufire Technology’s Thermal Clip-On is a compact thermal optic delivering superior image quality in a modular package. The Thermal Clip-On can operate as a handheld tracker or a forward-mounted clip-on to any traditional scope. (accufiretech.com) AGM GLOBAL VISION PYTHON-MICRO TS35-134 AGM’s Python-Micro TS35-134 thermal imaging riflescope was developed for hunters and…

7 min
next-gen cans

CGS GROUP 1. Siren 22: Designed and manufactured in Artesia, New Mexico, by CGS Suppressors LLC, the Siren 22 utilizes second-generation Orion baffles for the best available sound reduction. A heat-treated 17-4 PH stainless steel mounting insert is used to prevent thread fouling. End caps and baffles shield the tube using a tapered interface, preventing carbon and debris fouling by containing the blast within the baffle stack and allowing easy maintenance. Standard mount is 1/2x28 threads per inch. The Siren 22 comes with a disassembly tool for maintenance. (MSRP: $399; cgsgroup.com) CMMG 2. DefCan 9: The DefCan 9 is a wellmade, full-auto-rated 9mm rifle suppressor. It’s available in Bi-Lock QD, making it compatible with most 9mm rifles on the market. It’s made of 7075 aluminum and reduces sound by 32 dB to make…

7 min
hot cqt

“THE SAME AFOCAL OPTICS AND LARGE VIEWING WINDOW OVERLAY THERMAL IMAGERY ON TOP OF THE OPERATOR’S DIRECT VIEW OF THE TARGET AREA.” “PSST… WANT TO SEE SOMETHING COOL?” WELL, THAT WASN’T EXACTLY HOW THE CONVERSATION STARTED, BUT IT WAS PRETTY CLOSE. I WAS TOLD TO MEET ATHLON’S EDITORIAL DIRECTOR IN A DIMLY LIT BARN IN AN OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH PART OF MONTANA TO GO “EYES ON” WITH A TOP-SECRET OPTIC THAT STEINER STILL HAD IN ITS PROTOTYPE PHASE. It was actually October 2018 during Athlon’s Outdoor Rendezvous. We met with Steiner’s top man to see their cutting-edge “Wraith” thermal sight. What set this unit—now released to the military and to law enforcement as the Close Quarters Thermal (CQT) Sight—apart was that the thermal image displayed an outline rather than blotting out the target. Not until someone…

7 min
one in the hand

I have been fortunate to have worked for Uncle Sam and I have played with some pretty cool gadgets on the job. The handheld thermal camera might not be the sexiest because it isn’t mounted on your rifle or on your helmet, but it is arguably the most useful piece of equipment you will come across for both hunting and law enforcement. Not only can you use it both night and day, but it actually makes your prey glow and stand out in a way that night vision simply does not. I was first introduced to stationary thermal units in the U.S. Border Patrol back in the 1990s. We had a unit mounted on the roof of the Imperial Beach Station and we could see all the way down to the…

7 min
feel the pulsar

Pulsar’s new Thermion XG50 was among several new products showcased at the Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous in Driggs, Idaho, last September. Mounted on a semi-auto rifle, the Thermion XG50 didn’t look much different than any of the gaggle of day scopes up and down the firing line. Tagged as the PR maven for Pulsar, as well as Sightmark, its sister company, former Marine Kevin Reese shared a rundown of the new optic. “The Thermion XG50 has a 3-24X magnification range with a 42mm objective lens,” Reese said. “It features a 640-core sensor with a 12-micron pixel pitch. We’re the only one in the industry to offer a 640/12 thermal. The sensor is a BAE, while our proprietary 640/12 core makes it the only thermal in the industry capable of onboard video. It…