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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.

M4s, 240Bs, and Shotguns

Video by 20th Public Affairs Detachment

THE NOREEN BAD NEWS .338 ULR

In 1983, during a search for a new military sniping round, a company called Research Armament Industries (RAI) began development of a new bolt-action rifle called the Model 300 and a brand new cartridge based on the .416 Rigby case necked down to .338 caliber. When RAI ran into difficulties in obtaining suitable brass casings and finances, it went to Lapua, of Finland, for assistance, and Lapua took over the project in 1984. The result was the .338 Lapua Magnum (8.6 x 70mm) cartridge introduced in 1989.

SOF PROVING GROUND: THE RIFLEMANʼS PISTOL

East Meets West
ArmaLite has become the generic name for all things pertaining to America’s assault rifle, the 5.56x45mm M16 and its military and civilian variants. Under the leadership of CEO Mark Westrom, the rifleman’s rifle company decided to add a handgun line to its considerable long gun inventory a few years ago. Instead of manufacturing it in the US or acquiring an established European product, Mark decided to bring a high quality, but updated and reasonably priced replica of the iconic Swiss SIG P210 to America from Turkey to realize his dream.

ArmaLite and Sarsilmaz

AIMPOINT OPTICS AND SIGHTING DEVICES

Aimpoint Patrol Rifle Optic (PRO)
Number of Night Vision settings: 4 night vision settings
Weight: 11.6 ounces
Mount: QRP2 mount for M1913 standard
Picatinny rail and spacer for AR15/M4
Battery life: 30,000 hours/3 years on setting 7

LASER DEVICESʼ CLASS 1 IR LASERS

Laser Devices’ NEW Class I Infrared Laser Pointers are now available for commercial purchase. Designed with the same cutting-edge technology and quality MIL-SPEC housings as their high powered military devices, these NEW ‘Eye-Safe’ lasers are powered with a Class I, Infrared pointer for use with night vision devices.

NIGHT VISION OPS GO CIVILIAN

Using Lasers is like cheating, plain and simple. But, you should never fight fair, so take any advantage you can get. If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didnʼt plan your mission properly.

A Spectacular Launch
Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC) conducted their first Civilian Night Operator’s Class at the Telluric Group facility, Brunswick, Georgia, July 23–24, 2011. The open enrollment class was attended mainly by civilians, with some defense industry members and law enforcement officers.

SOF PROVING GROUND: LARuE'S RIFLES

LaRue OBR PredatAR 7.62
The PredatAR 7.62 is designed for those who are searching for a lightweight, ultrareliable and accurate 7.62 mm NATO rifle for home defense, competition shooting or hunting. The PredatAR takes the highly accurate OBR 7.62 “Heavy” design, and lightens it in every possible way with the least possible impact to the accuracy for which the standard OBR is known. By contouring the barrel, skeletonizing the handguard, lowering and simplifying the upper rail, and using a low-profile gas block, LaRue was able to remove roughly two pounds from the standard OBR 5.56 rifle.

HECKLER & KOCH’S NEW P30

The 9x19mm NATO (Luger, or parabellum) cartridge continues to hold high ground in the defensive pistol community, in spite of the trend toward larger, heavier bullets, namely the .40 S&W and timeless .45 ACP rounds. The reason for this popularity is due to several factors: more than a century of tradition of the 9x19mm cartridge, its relatively high magazine capacity, its low recoil impulse and the great increase in projectile performance during the last 25 years.

LaRue Tactical 7.62 OBR

Video by LaRue Tactical

Extreme Duty Magazine

MARITIME SNIPER MANUAL

In order to simplify life, let’s assume there are three categories of vessels: small, medium and large. There are, of course, no clear boundaries between the categories; this is more of a general assessment. From an operational view, it is unreliable to use such smaller vessels as jet skis, kayaks and inflatable boats for maritime sniper operations: the smallest wavelets and the operation must be cancelled. This is not to say it is not possible to blast away from an Optimist dinghy, and sometimes necessity knows no law, but just don’t expect to do so with precision and accuracy.

GOING SOLO

So-called “pocket pistols” have been around for over 200 years. Beginning as small, single-shot flintlock handguns, these guns really exploded in popularity during the percussion era. The family is generally referred to as Derringers, after Henry Deringer, who is credited as the “father” of this ilk. Not to be left out of the mix, percussion revolvers evolved to include small, “snub nose” types, and when fixed ammunition made its appearance the numbers grew along with the term “pocket pistol.”