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Early Warning Signs of Workplace Violence

Yousef Badou is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and one of the leading experts on the subjects of behavioral profiling and situational awareness. He was instrumental in the creation of the USMC Combat Hunter program, which helped Marines recognize and prevent developing threats from insurgency groups overseas. You can read more about his background...


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Review: Phantom Hill CTF-1 Infrared Laser and Illuminator

If you've ever tried wearing modern night vision goggles, you'll understand why they're often described as a superpower. Although it's not quite as impressive as flying like a speeding bullet or lifting a semi truck, the ability to see clearly, identify targets, and shoot accurately in a nearly-pitch-black environment feels like an unfair advantage....


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New: 2022 ROUSH F-150 with 705hp Supercharged V8

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to spend a week driving the 2020 ROUSH F-150 5.11 Tactical Edition — you can read my recap of that experience here. The short version is that I gave the keys back rather begrudgingly, since the 650-horsepower Coyote V8 made it mind-bendingly fast for a full-size...


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A Quick Look at Smartphone Security Apps

Just a few decades ago, being “prepared” meant something quite different from what it means today. Back then, if you focused on the survival essentials like food, water, security/self-defense, first-aid, sanitation/hygiene, and knowing when to stay put and when to get out, you’d probably be in pretty good shape if a natural disaster, or...


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New: Leupold Patrol 6HD 1-6x24mm LPVO

The market for low-power variable optics, or LPVOs, has exploded in popularity over the last few years. All of the biggest optic manufacturers offer at least a few different models, and this fierce competition is great for the consumer, since it means we're constantly getting new and improved optics to choose from. One of...


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Lessons from a Soviet Union Collapse & Chernobyl Survivor

Editor's Note: This interview is from Issue 49 of our print magazine, which will be published on April 12th, 2022. Due to its relevance to current events involving Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine, we're publishing the entire article here before it hits newsstands. History tends to repeat itself, so read on and consider what you...


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What If You’re Stranded on a Remote Backroad?

Every year, we hear stories of stranded motorists who, for one reason or another, end up in a situation that culminates in a fatality. Although we’d like to think we’d never end up in a similarly grim position, the people who actually found themselves in those circumstances probably assumed the same thing. Our overreliance...


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Safety in Numbers: Preparedness is a Group Activity

Editor's Note: In light of recent events in Ukraine, this article — which was written months ago — feels even more relevant. Remember that events outside your control may someday force you to rely heavily on your friends, neighbors, and local community. In extreme situations, you might even need to fight side-by-side with them....


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Review: Arbor Arms Raptor Duty Belt

In recent years, the popularity of carrying gear on a belt instead of a vest, chest rig or plate carrier has seemed to grow exponentially in popularity. A long-standing norm for most of the law enforcement community, belt-borne gear for civilians is either the cause of, or result of, a massive expansion in load-bearing...


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Emergency Applications of Software Defined Radio (SDR)

In Issue 45, I introduced Software-Defined Radios (SDRs) using the popular RTL-SDR dongle and the open source Gqrx software for receiving a variety of analog voice transmissions on multiple different bands for simple gathering of signals intelligence (SIGINT) and news. However, SDRs aren’t necessary to do most of that work. My Yaesu VX-6R handheld...


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