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SEPTEMBER 2011 Table of Contents

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COVER FEATURE
LIONS OF KANDAHAR
A Special Forces ODA, with Afghan troops, lights up a Taliban stronghold in Kandahar province.
By Rusty Bradley

SPECIAL REPORT
GUN RUNNER EXPLODES
The hearings on Project Gun Runner created fireworks as Representative Darrell Issa demanded answers from the Obama Administration. Meanwhile, anti-Second Amendment forces began to launch a counterattack, attempting to reframe the issue not as one of BATFE’s incompetence and negligence, but to instead make Americans’ Second Amendment rights the issue.
By Harold Hutchison

AMERICA AT WAR
KILL OR CAPTURE: THE HUNT FOR A CRAZED JIHADIST
Matthew Alexander describes continued efforts in the hunt for Zarqawi, the crazed leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. But when interrogators go out with a raid team, they have a close call of their own from an IED.
By Matthew Alexander

50 TALIBAN DEAD
30 Marines were patrolling with a number of Afghan policemen when 250 to 500 Taliban in Shewan, Afghanistan, picked a fight. When the shooting was done, 50 Taliban were dead and the rest had fled.
By Sgt. Michael S. Cifuentes, Headquarters Marine Corps

DEAD MEN RISEN
British snipers have been performing well in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. More of their story is now emerging, and it includes more spectacular shooting from Her Majesty’s troops.
By Toby Harnden

THE MYSTERY HELICOPTER, THE BEAST OF KANDAHAR, AND THE HK416
While the well-trained members of DEVGRU were arguably the most important aspect of delivering justice to Osama bin Laden, they had help. SOF explores some of the technology that helped make the takedown of the leader of al-Qaeda possible.
By Harold Hutchison

FEATURES
SOF: A WARRIORʼS JOURNAL
G.W. Ayers, the Director of Sales for Tactical Tailor, writes about SOF and its influence on his life.
By G.W. Ayers

THE SOG 15 OPERATOR
SOG Armory was founded by Vietnam veterans who put their expertise to use in building off the AR-15 platform. Gary Paul Johnston puts the SOG Operator through its paces.
By Gary Paul Johnston

GOING SOLO
Kimber is generally known for its M1911 pistols, usually in .45 ACP. However, they have recently developed a pocket pistol in 9mm parabellum!
By Gary Paul Johnston

MARITIME SNIPER MANUAL
In an extract from the book from Paladin Press, sniping from various maritime vessels is discussed.
By Fredrik C. Jonsson

COLUMNS
COMMAND GUIDANCE
The OBL Hit…An Obama Boo Boo? and the ATF Bumbles on…
by Lt. Col, USA (Ret.) Robert K. Brown

FLAK
Just a Gunfighter who Wanted to Whack the Bastard (Osama), Remembering Charlie Cutshaw, RKB’s Thoughts?, Libya Fiasco, Question for Mallin

BULLETIN BOARD
CIA Officers Avenged, New “Narco Tanks” Raise Hell, Treaty a Second Amendment Threat?, Navy Going PC?, NAFBPO Request, Humane Society Vs. Hunting, A Guard Force For Iraq, Korwin Sues Phoenix, The Human Snowman and the Bear

TERRORISM SITREP
Yemeni President Attacked, Christian/Muslim Clashes in Egypt, Mladic Captured!, Corruption in Nigeria, Al-Qaida in Honduras, FBI Dumpster Divers Could be Watching You; New Jihadists Are Recruited, Bond in Indonesian Prisons, and Stage Attacks; Watch Out Al Qaida’s Number Three--Number One and Number Two Have Been Silenced, You Are Next; Christians Slaughtered in Egypt; Mexican Drug Gangs Infiltrate in Argentina.
By Dr. Martin Brass

ADVENTURE QUARTERMASTER
Blackhawk Warrior Wear, Blue Book of Tactical Firearms, Revision Tan 499 Desert Locust Goggle Kit, Cheaper Than Dirt! offers Bitterroot Valley Ammunition and Components (BVAC), Maxpedition Fatboy GTG, Blackbox Bantam 2-Way Radio

SOF WARRIOR SALUTE
Combat Surgeon on the Front Lines in Afghanistan
By Sgt. Breanne Pye, Public Affairs Office, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div.

COMMON SENSE
Missing in Action
By Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, USMC (Ret.)