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B-1 achieves 10,000 combat sortie milestone

Video by 379th Air Expeditionary Wing

'Kevlar underpants' protect pelvic region

For dismounted Soldiers patrolling Afghanistan roads, improvised explosive devices can be even more devastating than for those in armored vehicles, but a new line of protection may help.

'Bullets don't last forever'

"Bullets don't last forever," said Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Martin. "I have buddies who were actually captured by insurgents during deployment, and they said that, even with a basic knowledge of Combatives Level 1, they could have been able to free themselves."

Learning how to engage and defeat enemies in close combat is an important part in a Soldier's development, said Martin, the director of Fort Carson Modern Army Combatives Program.

"It is more than just fighting," he said. "It's about building self-confidence. It's about knowing that in any situation a Soldier can hold his own."

URBAN AND LONG RANGE POLICE SNIPER COURSE

Most of you have undoubtedly heard me snivel that it seems the only way I get decent trigger time is when I take a class. Over the years, I’ve been instructed by some of the best, including (not necessarily in order of importance) Tim Lau, Louie Arbuck, Clint Smith, John Farnham,
and Jeff Cooper, as well as Army instructors whose names are long forgotten.

PVS-14 NIGHT ENFORCER

Night Vision provides our Warfighters and Law Enforcement Professionals an unparalleled advantage on the modern battlefield. There are many different types of NVD’s (Night Vision Devices) available, but the most prolific is the AN/PVS-14 – The current standard-issue night vision goggle to U.S. Warfighters.

The AN/PVS-14 was first issued in the mid 90’s and has been helping U.S. forces play match-maker by uniting our enemies with their alleged 72 virgins for well over a decade. The AN/PVS-14 is made by ITT, the largest night vision manufacturer in the world.

TEXAS FIRE POWER

LaRue Tactical Range Day 2011 allowed the public to test the latest and greatest tactical gear, as well as LaRue’s firepower on 12 November, 2011. The LaRue Tactical BBQ wagon provided complimentary chow. Attendees received a special collector’s “Dillo” and raffle tickets for prizes from the vendors. But the number one prize was a LaRue Tactical (LT) 5.56 PredatAR rifle, worth $1495!

LARUE PREDATAR 7.62 BATTLE RIFLE

Most gun enthusiasts know that for the past decade, LaRue Tactical has been manufacturing some of the best quick detachable mounts for combat rifles available. What many do not know is that LaRue had been making parts behind the scenes for many of the “big names” firearms industry long before any of us had even heard the name Mark LaRue. First known for robust self-resetting sniper targets, Mark quickly expanded his operation, filling the need for quality mounting solutions for optics, night vision devices and laser aiming systems.

COLT’S NEW 1911 LIGHTWEIGHT

For centuries, handguns have not only been fighting gunfights, but also their own weight. For a long time only small caliber pocket pistols were light in weight, but they were also relatively light in effectiveness.

THE RHINO: CHIAPPA REINVENTS THE REVOLVER

Although both the revolver and the newer self-loading pistol have, in general, ridden side-by-side in popularity for the past one hundred years, the controversy as to which is better continues. Without a doubt, the self-loading pistol’s ability to be reloaded faster and with more ammunition in the gun has made it generally the choice of both the world’s military and law enforcement establishments; but there remain arguable points for and against both systems.