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Tactical Life October/November 2019

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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

1 min.
first shot

If you pay attention to headlines these days, you can’t help but notice that law-abiding gun owners and their Second Amendment rights are constantly under attack, especially in light of the recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton. The loss of human life by the hands of evil, deranged people is, without question, sickening. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of the victims of such heinous acts. Additionally, we strive to educate and raise awareness on everything related to personal protection, and while the world is full of evil, we’d like to focus on the good guys. Which brings us to our cover story on Phantom Rescue, the gray men who strive to end human trafficking, a global criminal enterprise that news organizations rarely cover. Every…

5 min.
gear up!

ALIEN GEAR CLOAK SHOULDER HOLSTER The new Cloak shoulder holster from Alien Gear is an attractive and fully modular system designed to hold ShapeShift and Cloak series holster shells for various firearms. Black, brown and tan leather options are available, and you can specify what you’d prefer under each arm—a mag carrier, a holster or nothing at all. You can also adjust the cant for the mag carriers and holster, and the entire rig is super comfortable thanks to the CoolVent neoprene cushioning on the straps. And if you get a new gun, you just need to buy a new shell to carry it. (aliengearholsters.com) CLENZOIL GOES VINTAGE Clenzoil has partnered with Mission 22, a non-profit that combats the ever-rising veteran suicide rate, to raise funds for veterans in need. For a limited…

7 min.
seal steel

BlackHawk has joined forces with retired U.S. Navy SEAL and custom knifemaker Andrew Arrabito, the founder of Half Face Blades (HFB), to introduce five new and definitely badass blades. Andrew was the logical choice to design the blades for BlackHawk, as he strives to “meet the need for high-quality, go-to knives and axes—usable, personalized, functional, versatile tools that work for every person in every walk of life.” This mission has helped him become recognized as one of the country’s top bladesmiths. ABOUT ARRABITO Andrew grew up in Northern California. He spent much of his childhood hunting, camping in the backwoods and fishing with his two older brothers and studying Native American culture. He made some knives when he was young, but his early knife-making ended when his brothers were tragically killed in…

6 min.
nighthawk’s trooper

Nighthawk Custom is a legend within the firearms community. I consider it the Maserati of the 1911 world. The company first planted roots back in 2004 when four guys who shared a true passion for firearms came together to offer the marketplace a hand-fitted, finely tuned 1911. Now Nighthawk is staffed by approximately 65 full-time employees who all share the same passion for the 1911. That passion is plainly seen in the high-end pistols rolling out of Nighthawk’s headquarters in Berryville, Arkansas. Nighthawk’s slogan is “One gun, one gunsmith.” I asked the company’s owner, Mark Stone, about the slogan, and he gave me a simple answer. He stated that Nighthawk pistols are generally made to order, and there are no assembly lines in his business. Each and every Nighthawk 1911 is…

7 min.
quite the acrobat

For years, military and law enforcement personnel have been clamoring for a red-dot sight (RDS) that could stand up to the elements. Many work well today, but they just aren’t reliable enough for hard use. Typical pistol RDS units project the dot onto the back of the lens, for example, and mud, debris or snow can cover the diode, eliminating the dot. This may not be a problem for some shooters, but for duty and military applications, it’s a different story. I’ve never had that happen with a pistol, but it has been an issue on rifles and shotguns. I stopped using them as primary sights on long guns for just that reason. The mounting can also be problematic, since most RDS optics are held in place by two small screws…

2 min.
seeing better with riton

Several years ago during a Turkey Day family get-together, my optometrist brother-in-law told me that more than 90 percent of American males over 40 need some type of vision correction. I was 26 when my distance vision went from 20/10 to 20/25, and I thought I was going blind. Years passed, and yes, the dreaded need for bifocals came along, too. Although my vision is “normal,” I’ve found that finding little holes in targets at even close range can be a quite the challenge. Since I spend so much time shooting pistol targets at 20 to 25 yards to sight-in, test and gather accuracy data, I find it a pain to lug around a bulky spotting scope. I find that I rely on a good pair of binoculars to check targets…