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By Robert K. Brown
From the February 2015 issue of SOF

How much did the Hollywood mindset interfere with presenting the actual facts regarding Chris' life?
Overall, a reverence and respect for Chris Kyle and even the military as a whole was apparent from the first day I started working on American Sniper. Everyone I met and worked with made a huge effort to portray Chris in a way they felt was consistent with Jason Hall’s (screenwriter) vision.

I started working with Jason on the script before Chris died, and it was immediately obvious to me that he was devoted to capturing the man that was Chris Kyle. He spent literally hundreds of hours on phone calls and doing research while completing the script. His passion for writing the script and bringing Chris and his SEAL brothers to the screen was contagious. It infected everyone else working on the movie and set the tone for the entire production. There’s no way to completely convey an entire lifetime in 2-1/2 hours of film, but I do believe the finished product reflects Chris’ commitment to his fellow SEALs and service members, his family and his faith. Bradley Cooper’s commitment to Chris Kyle was unparalleled. He studied hundreds of photographs and hours of video, met and spoke with Chris’ family, and physically transformed himself for the role. I worked closely with him during the entire filming process and know he felt personally invested in portraying Chris accurately. I can’t picture anyone else undertaking that role and mastering it to the degree that he did.



Beyond ARGO: Eagle Claw and PYRONOL

by Paul Evancoe            

On November 4, 1979, a group of between 300 to 500 Islamist militants and students took over the American embassy in Tehran as a show of support for the Iranian Revolution. During this early morning non-violent attack, they took 52 American diplomats and embassy staff hostage. After several failed attempts to negotiate their release over the following several months, President Jimmy Carter authorized the planning for a secret military rescue mission, code named Operation Eagle Claw.

Detailed intelligence of the embassy’s precise physical condition and whereabouts of the 52 American hostages was essential. Working in deep cover and posing as European businessmen, a small, elite team of American servicemen, who were all fluent Farsi speakers, infiltrated Tehran. Their task was to surveil the American embassy, gather detailed human intelligence on the ingress and egress routes to and from the embassy and potential landing zones, and rent and pre-stage vehicles at key locations in preparation of the rescue.


By Harry Claflin

Earlier this year, an old running mate of mine, Robert Brown, publisher of Soldier of Fortune magazine, gave me a call and asked if I would like to come to NRA Whittington in Baton, New Mexico, for a week of shooting guns and fine fellowship. What a deal! Of course, I jumped at the opportunity. It had been several years since I had shared a beer with Robert and would not miss the chance. Over breakfast I asked my wife if she minded if I spent a week in New Mexico shooting guns and good fellowship with Uncle Bob. Mary looked over her cup and gave me that look. You did say New Mexico, did you not?

After 42 years of marriage, 25 of that overseas and Robert dragging me off to really neat places in the world, needless to say she was a little suspicious. The day came to leave and she watched me pack my kit and way too many guns, camo uniforms and field gear. Like a good Marine’s wife, she just smiled, gave me a kiss and told me she would be here when I got back.

FROM SPRINGFIELD ARMORY: The New Range Officer Compact .45!

By Gary Paul Johnston

Over 30 years ago, I evaluated the then new .45 ACP Colt Officer’s ACP pistol, a chopped down version of the Commander patterned after the small custom pistols perfected by DEVEL, of Ohio, which used a bushingless barrel built for DEVEL by BAR-STO Precision.

Following my report on the pistol, I had what I thought was an even better idea; I took a Commander slide and put it on the Officer’s ACP pistol. This provided a shorter grip for concealment and 4-inch barrel for more sight radius and muzzle velocity. I then wrote an article about that pistol. I’m not claiming to be the only one who came up with that idea, as others came to the same conclusion – it seemed a “no-brainer.”


Agents Exploited Disabled People, Let Teens Smoke Pot
By Harold Hutchison

Tony Bruner was way down in life. With an IQ in the high 50’s, he was classified as “extremely intellectually deficient.” According to reporting by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Bruner, who had a felony conviction on burglary charges, had difficulty holding down a job near Wichita, Kansas. He was getting pressure from his grandmother, with whom he was living, and his probation officer to locate employment.

Eventually, he was hired to work at a company called Bandit Trading. Hopefully, that would be the end of his trouble. The people at the company would buy him meals at McDonald’s, or give him items of clothing, cigarettes, or cash payments of $20–50, depending on what he brought to the store. However, unbeknown to him, the company was a front operated by undercover agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE), and they would proceed to take advantage of the vulnerable Bruner.


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By Warren Gray

On Saturday, September 21, 2013, Jack Conroy (a pseudonym), age 37, a veteran sergeant of the Irish Army Ranger Wing, British paratroopers, and an Irish Garda police reservist, was serving as a security consultant for an oil company in Nairobi, Kenya, with his immediate supervisor, Mark Weston (also a pseudonym), an ex-British Special Air Service (SAS) commando officer, when a colleague sent him a chilling text message at 12:41 p.m.: “Terrorist attack underway in Westgate Mall.” At the nearby, upscale shopping mall, an estimated 10–20 Islamist, al-Qa’ida-linked, al-Shabaab terrorists wearing combat fatigues and carrying AK-47 assault rifles began a fierce, shooting rampage that ultimately killed 67 people and wounded 175 more, including 11 Kenyan soldiers, during a horrific four-day siege.

Naw...My Vote Doesn’t Count...or Why I Am A Stupid, Lazy Loser

RKB Memoir Cover

By Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown, USAR (Ret.)
From the December, 2014 issue of SOF

On how many occasions, come election time, do you hear gunnies come up with some inane excuse as to why they are not going to vote? “Oh, my vote doesn't count,” they snivel. “The politicians will do whatever they damn please. A pox on both houses.” Well, SOFers, if that was the case, why do all the left-wing, bottom feeders swarm to the ballot box? Because they know that voting Democratic will ensure they get their share of slop at the public trough. Or I should say, filtching dollars out of your and my wallet?

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$250 dollar retail value. You will win TWO CURRENT STOCK T-Shirts of your choice and in your size. The rest of the giveaway will be mystery items. If you can't use them, give them to your favorite warrior or veteran's clubs or groups.
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A Hill Too Far

by Kelly Bell

In the early summer of 1966, U.S. Marines had been established for about a year at a fire support base outside the Vietnamese hamlet of Chu Lai. The leathernecks' main mission there was to keep a close watch on the twisting valleys and rugged hill country 20 miles to the west, where Communist forces staged, trained and planned for their depredations against the coastal communities the Americans were trying to secure and protect. Remaining dispersed until just before their attacks, the Communists presented few targets of opportunity for the American or Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) forces to mount a counterattack. The frustrated Marines at the Chu Lai garrison waited eagerly for their foes to make a mistake that would leave them vulnerable.

At the beginning of June, U.S. intelligence sources indicated the massive buildup of a mixed force of Viet Cong (VC) and North Vietnamese Army (NVA) regulars in the highlands, but the enemy were not yet sufficiently concentrated to warrant a mass attack. Infiltrating through dense foliage in platoon­-size and smaller units, the Communist troops had little trouble evading any large forces sent after them. In an attempt to flush out the enemy, Marine Lt. Gen. Lewis W. Walt began dispatching patrols of from 8–20 men. Should these smaller units make contact with any substantial force, they were to radio for heliborne reinforcements, and then guide them to the objective. In the more likely case of the reconnaissance elements locating only small groups of enemy soldiers, they were to call down artillery and air strikes. Walt dubbed the project Operation Kansas.

BEST OF SOF - THE MAD DOG OF SOG!!! The Baddest Badass in Vietnam?

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The M1911 has seen many variations from many manufacturers. Auto-Ordnance, which has made semi-auto versions of the Thompson submachine gun, now has a custom M1911.


The old derringer gets a 21st Century makeover! Bob Pilgrim puts DoubleTap Defense's derringer to the test!


Lynn Kartchner spends a weekend firing some AR-15-type rifles, including the Windham, and trying out Aimpoint optics. Lucky son-of-a-gun! By Lynn Kartchner