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THE COVER SHOOT: COMBAT SHOOTING IN THE REAL WORLD

In the bush wars in southern Africa, small unit patrolling and combined arms tactics and procedures were refined in the crucible of a vicious war against substantially more numerous Communist-trained terrorists.

ASSAULT RIFLE BAN ON THE HORIZON

Liberals cannot let go of their fascination with, and fear (real or feigned) of, “assault weapons,” constantly introducing new legislation to ban them. During the 2008 campaign, Barak Obama said that he would like to restore and make permanent the federal ban on these firearms enacted in 1994 which automatically expired in 2004. His Attorney General, Eric Holder, has said the same thing.

THE MOVING WALL

You’ve all heard the story about the importance of the “dash” between the dates of a person’s birth and their death, as therein lies what happened during those dates.

PARA USA’S GI EXPERT

World renowned for his many outstanding small arms designs, John M. Browning achieved immortality in his timeless .45 ACP caliber Model of 1911 pistol. Now close to being a century old, the pistol that is Browning’s finest hour is more popular than ever before. However, as great as Browning’s first 1911 was, it is the many refinements since made to the pistol that have kept it so popular.

WELCOME TO THE USA

Para USA was not always known as Para USA. It may be better known to many readers as Para-Ordnance. Ironically, the company that took the M1911 to new heights was not from America, it was from Toronto, Canada.

 

COMMAND GUIDANCE

In the early days and weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, a small cadre of Americans with vast amounts of intelligence experience reported to the Langley, Va., headquarters of the CIA. These unsung heroes were dispatched to run operations against the al-Qaida conspirators who leveled the World Trade Center and struck the nerve center of the U.S. military.

 

FLAK

SHERIFF JOE—LOVE HIM OR HATE HIM?

You people really should do some investigation before you print such [nonsense].

 

BULLETIN BOARD

CORRECTION

TERRORISM SITREP

UNITED STATES NO LONG-RANGE MISSILE DEFENSE, Obama administration declares. Officials sent to Poland and Czech Republic to pull the rug out from American allies on 70th anniversary of Soviet invasion of Poland. 1 MILLION+ PROTEST OBAMA at 9-12 March on Washington.

COMMON SENSE

KHAN NESHIN, Afghanistan. We're with the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalion in southern Helmand Province, just 75 kilometers from Pakistan, in "battle space" that was the heart of Taliban territory until a few weeks ago. When these Marines fought their way into this dusty district capital in July, the Taliban were stunned. No Afghan government or coalition authorities had been here since 2002.

THE F-22'S FIRST DOGFIGHT

MEET THE RAPTOR

The F-22 Raptor is widely described as the best fighter in the world. First flown in 1997 (the prototype YF-22 first flew in 1990), it entered service in 2005 and has dominated in exercises.

 

THE RUSSIAN AND CHICOM F-22S

CLOSING THE GAP

Russia and China could not help but have been worried in the wake of Operation Desert Storm. During that war, the Coalition led by the United States shot down 42 aircraft – including four MiG-29s.

 

KIRKUK 2006, IF YOU WANT TO SEE GUTS, COME HERE

PRIVATE SECURITY, BRITISH STYLE

“If you want to see guts, this is the place to see it.”

 

MARINE SNIPERS BEAT BRITS

PROFESSIONAL CONTEST

It’s not easy to hit a small target bobbing along in the current as your helicopter shudders around you, 200 feet in the air. Add the pressure of international competition and things can get really difficult.

THE MYSTERY OF A SPECIAL FORCES SERGEANT

AN ALL AMERICAN NICARAGUAN

Part of David Baez’s story is All American – high school in San Francisco, a hippie commune in New Jersey, a blonde, blue-eyed wife and a dog, the U.S. Army’s Green Berets and a tryout for Delta Force, America’s premier military unit.