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  1. Flashlight Protection

    Flashlight Protection

    If you’re like us, the flashlight on your smartphone is on AT LEAST once a day.  Let’s be honest: we use our smartphone flashlight for just about everything. But what if we told you that carrying a good old-fashioned compact flashlight will not only help you with day-to-day tasks, but also keep you out of harm’s way?

    Flashlights are an important part of an everyday carry kit, proving useful in both day-to-day and self-defense situations. Flashlights emit a bright light, helping to both illuminate potential threats and to let others know where you are. With a variety of different uses, flashlights are a critical tool for maintaining appropriate situational awareness in less-than-ideal lighting conditions.

    Not only do flashlights provide light when you need it most, but tactical flashlights are excellent tools for self-defense. Many tac

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  2. The Do's and Don'ts of Magazine Maintenance

    The Do's and Don'ts of Magazine Maintenance

    Don’t Let Your Mag Spring Fail You
    Anyone who has spent a day on the range knows that loading magazines over and over again can be a daunting task – often leaving us with sore thumbs.  Because of this, magazine loaders have gained widespread popularity in recent years, allowing us to speed up the loading process and reduce hand fatigue by helping to compress the magazine spring.  Popular models that we see frequently on the range include the maglula UpLULA™ and the Caldwell® Mag Charger®.  While these products are incredibly helpful for loading magazines quickly and painlessly, using these tools requires extra vigilance so as to prevent overloading of the magazine.

    Knowing why and how magazine springs become damaged will help you avoid jeopardizing the reliability of your magazines.  Loading magazines by hand might be slower than using a loading device, but there is an upside -  it’s very di

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