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FEBRUARY 2012 TABLE OF CONTENTS

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COVER FEATURE
SOF AND MERCS ENGAGE WITH RHODESIAN TERRORISTS
RKB and other members of the SOF team went to Rhodesia looking for some action; they found it alright. The motley crew engaged with some of the terrorists that roamed the Rhodesian bush.
By Dr. Martin Brass

AMERICA AT WAR
LIFE ON PATROL BASE BOLDAK
What is life like on the patrol bases where American troops are deployed? An inside look into Patrol Base Boldak gives us a glance as to how Marines are on alert, ready to take on the enemy.
By Cpl. Bryan Nygaard, Regional Command Southwest

FEATURES
DAVID FIGHTS GOLIATH IN A SMALL MEXICAN TOWN
In Mexico, drug gangs are terrorizing the population, with the Mexican government helpless to fight them. One small town with courageous residents holds out against the brutal cartels.
By Carl Johnson

DRUG CARTEL VIOLENCE IN MEXICO
SOF gives you a glimpse of how savage the drug war is in just one day, based on accounts from those who document the mind-boggling viciousness of the players. Get ready for a shock.
By the M3 Report

MARITIME SECURITY
Piracy is out of control, as pirates become bolder and demand more. Ships, crews and passengers face perilous threats. How to ensure the security of maritime traffic is an imminent concern, as pirates in Somalia continue to launch attacks.
By Harold Hutchison

AN AMERICAN SNIPER IN BURMA
Jack Slade, American sniper with a cause, meets up with freedom fighters in Burma. Slade joins the Karen National Liberation Army as it fights for its survival and independence.
By Scott Johnson

KIFARU MOUNTAIN MEN RENDEZVOUS 2011
An alien cult tent city? Nah, it’s a field convention, Patrick Smith says.
By Robert K. Brown

CARBINE CAPER
The M1 carbine was a fine weapon for the Army in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. But is it still relevant today? Bob Pilgrim thinks so. He puts a reconstruction from Kahr Arms through its paces.
By Bob Pilgrim

THE RHINO: CHIAPPA REINVENTS THE REVOLVER
The revolver has been around for over 275 years. Today, it seems to have taken a back seat to semi-auto pistols. No longer. Chiappa has developed an avant-garde 21st century revolver.
By Gary Paul Johnston

SUREFIRE 60- AND 100-ROUND MAGAZINES
RKB and Steve Schreiner evaluate these new mags from SureFire, giving the AR15-type rifle a lot of new ammo capacity! RKB discusses SureFire’s new Muzzle Break with May Langison at the fabulous NRA Whittington Center Raton, New Mexico.

COLUMNS
COMMAND GUIDANCE
Federal bureaucrats attempt to terminate informal shooting on public lands.
By Steven C. Schreiner

FLAK
Across the Fence; More on SOG; God Bless the Marines; Schreiner Endorsement; To Furlong

BULLETIN BOARD
Ranger Dies on 14th Deployment; Obama Administration Priorities; Ruger Wins Award; Brits Allow Armed Anti-Pirate Guards; Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Passes House; Lighter Machine Gun; Former Military Prosecutor at Gitmo Sues

ADVENTURE QUARTERMASTER
Pro Ears New Kids Revo Hearing Protection; Maxell Free Covert Knife; Colt Defense Super-Stoc; Doublestar Flip-Up Front Sight DS401 and Flip-Up Rear Sight DS412

TERRORISM SITREP
UK: Seafaring guns for hire wanted to protect commercial ships; Latin America crime skyrockets as Mexican gangs move south and Colombian drug lords move north; Third worst attack in Kabul; China arms Iran as West sanctions; US unmanned water drone technology pirated; Gangs infiltrate military in shocking trend; Al Qaida plants its flag in Libya; Dangerous weapons hide and seek in Pakistan; Military launches largest attacks on drug gangs in the favellas. Turkish specops rescue ship and hostages; Chinese to the rescue in Jamaica and other disaster areas—what is their agenda?
By Dr. Martin Brass

SOF WARRIOR SALUTE
Where the Fallen Lay
By Maj. Jacob Thornburg, Air Mobility Command

COMMON SENSE
The Next War
By Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, USMC (Ret.)