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MAY 2011 TABLE OF CONTENTS

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COVER FEATURE
A BLACK HILLS SPECIAL RESPONSE TEAM IN ACTION
While the military’s elite forces have become legendary, domestic law enforcement agencies have those whom the cops call when they need help. Here, SOF provides a look into one special response team based in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
By Jeff Hoffman

AMERICA AT WAR
NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS ENDANGERED BY INSUFFIECIENT MARKSMANSHIP TRAINING
How well prepared are National Guard and Reserve units? In regard to individual marksmanship, some serious deficiencies may be present. A National Guard soldier discusses this training.
By Staff Sgt. “Rod E.”

GURKHA KICKS ASS, AND TAKES HEADS
The Gurkhas have been legendary fighting soldiers with both the British and Indian Army, among other armed forces. Recent incidents and events will only increase their fearsome reputation.
By Harold Hutchison

USS ENTERPRISE
USS Enterprise is the oldest commissioned warship in the United States Navy, but she is still a powerful front-line asset. However, she may be meeting an inglorious end in a scrapyard. The history of the world’s first nuclear-powered carrier.
By Harold Hutchison

FEATURES
KAREN GO ON THE OFFENSIVE, SMASH BURMESE THUGS
Burma has one of the longest civil wars on record as the Karen and other ethnic minorites have fought for not just their freedom, but their lives.
By Ian Maxwell Sterling

BATTLE OF MOGADISHU
Operation Restore Hope was an effort to try to bring order to the chaos in Somalia. However, the effort was compromised in a number of ways, and the shooters ended up paying the price.
By Howard E. Wasdin

WHEN A PISTOL BECOMES A CARBINE
Pistols are at a disadvantage against rifles and carbines. But they have advantages as well, including portability. However, the RONI may be able to provide the benefits of a carbine, but still maintain the portability of a pistol.
By Gary Paul Johnston

Mecca of Black Guns, Tactical Gear, and Big Boy Toys. SHOT SHOW 2011
The latest guns and gear are on display at the 2011 SHOT Show. SOF brings you a look into the show. It also tells the tale of a close call with political correctness. Check out the latest featured guns and gear from SOG Springfield Armory, Kimber America, Maxpedition, Vortex Tactical, Kel-Tec, Laser Devices, Rock River Arms, MTM Special Ops, Kifaru and Wiley X.
By Robert K. Brown

TACTICAL NIGHT VISION’S SHOT SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
The latest gear from Tactical Night Vision at the SHOT Show.
By Robert K. Brown

COLUMNS
COMMAND GUIDANCE
RKB’s Monthly Rants
By Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown, USAR (Ret.)

FLAK
Fix It!; On Target; Left-Wing Spin in SOF?; Did Rahm Give Up Citizenship?; Dan Dennehy Passes; Ether Zone; Father of Special Forces?; Future Citizen; No Flag In Afghanistan?; Where Do the Guns Come From?; Words of Wisdom; Passing of Sau Nguyen; 19,000 Fugitives Walked?; Cree Warrior

BULLETIN BOARD
NRA Board of Directors Endorsements; More XM25s, Please; Greater Al-Qaeda Threat?; Navy Cross – 44 Years Later; Why Do Our Troops Have Trouble Voting?; Tougher Trucks for the Troops; Narco-Subs Seized!; Is the Border Situation an Insurgency?

TERRORISM SITREP
Illegals Busted; Indonesian Mob Violence; Tunisian Protests; Attack in Russia Kills 35; ROK Rescues Sailors; Lebanon Falls to Hezbollah; Federal Agent Killed in Mexico by Zetas; Swiss Vote to Keep Guns; Iranian Ships through Suez Canal; Massacre in El Salvador; Demonstrations across the Arab World
By Dr. Martin Brass

SWAT TALK
Don’t Bring a Gun to a Knife Fight
By Gary Paul Johnston

SOF WARRIOR SALUTE
Aussie SAS Trooper Scores
By Harold Hutchison

COMMON SENSE
Numbness on the Nile
By Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, USMC (Ret.)

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