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THE PANEL

Dr. Martin D. TopperAMMO & ACCESSORIES
Dr. Martin D. Topper

Topper worked for 10 years in federal law enforcement, where his work involved many areas, including firearms and tactical training. Currently, he consults with law enforcement agencies and lectures on the psychology of unconscious competence and the mechanisms of terminal ballistics.

Jerry AhernCONCEALED CARRY
Jerry Ahern

Ahern is one of the leading experts on concealed weapons and the author of three books on concealed-carry techniques and equipment. He has lectured extensively on the subject, and is an experienced holster designer. He has been carrying concealed since the 1960s and writing about concealment since the 1970s.

Dave WorkmanBACKCOUNTRY HANDGUNS
Dave Workman

Workman is an award-winning outdoors writer and journalist, author of several books and an accomplished outdoorsman. He is a native of the Pacific Northwest, a certified firearms instructor, hiker, hunter and devoted handgunner.

Richard FolslandHUNTING RIFLES
Richard Folsland

Folsland is a two-state pistol champion and has been an avid big-game and varmint hunter since the 1970s. He currently teaches rifle, pistol and shotgun shooting techniques to new and young shooters. Folsland penned GW’s “Reloading” department for 13 years and now writes the new “Today’s Hunter” department.

Dave SpauldingLAW ENFORCMENT
Dave Spaulding

Spaulding is a 36-year law enforcement veteran with experience in patrol, investigations, training, SWAT and undercover ops. He was named the 2010 Law Enforcement Trainer of the Yearby ILEETA and /Law Officer Magazine/ and currently teaches training courses that focus on the “combative application” of the handgun.

Leroy ThompsonTACTICAL, MILITARY
Leroy Thompson

Thompson has trained military and law enforcement hostage rescue units and close-protection teams. He has written various books on these subjects, including /The Hostage Rescue Manual/ and /The Counterterrorist Manual/.

Jameson ParkerSPORTING SHOTGUNS
Jameson Parker

Parker was a working actor for over a quarter century and is best known for his starring role as “A.J.” in Simon & Simon. He is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, /An Accidental Cowboy/. He loves fine guns and considers the handmade side-action shotgun the most perfect tool ever created.

  • Hornady’s .308 Win. Superformance ammo with the 150-grain GMX bullet produced an average muzzle velocity of 2,960 fps. This load’s 2,917 ft/lbs of muzzle energy makes it the most powerful .308 Win. load that Dr. Topper has ever used.
  • ASK THE EXPERTS – EXCELLENT ELK LOAD

    Q. I have a .308 Win. Remington 700 rifle I would like to take elk hunting. I’m thinking about using Hornady’s Superformance GMX ammo. The factory loads both the 150-grain and 165-grain GMX bullet in this caliber. Which one would … Continue reading »

  • The author lives in a very rural area. The good news is that this means little crime. The bad news is, it means the best he can hope for from the closest sheriff's substation, if all conditions are perfect, is a 10-minute-plus response time.
  • LINE IN THE SAND

    Take the necessary measures to fortify your home and defend your loved ones. I am a crime victim; a survivor. I survived an attempted murder. I survived two bullets, one close to my heart. The man who shot me is … Continue reading »

  • The .38 Special has evolved quite a bit over the last 50 years. The Remington 130-grain ball load was the defensive round of choice the Air Force and “Tunnel Rats” during the Vietnam War. It’s still a good practice load, but today, we have more effective +P loads, such as (left to right) the Federal 158-grain SWCHP, 129-grain Federal Hydra-Shok, 110-grain Cor-Bon DPX and Winchester 130-grain PDX-1.
  • Is .38 SPECIAL OBSOLETE?

    Q. I inherited a .38 Special S&W Model 10 that my dad bought for home defense back in the mid-1960s. I’ve used it as my home-defense gun, but I’m wondering if I should trade it in for the more powerful … Continue reading »

  • An Estonian soldier armed with a Galil rifle, which appears to mount an Aimpoint sight. Estonia uses an array of Galils, including the 7.62x51mm sniper version. (Photo: Eesti Kaitsevägi)
  • IN ISRAEL’S DEFENSE

    Q. I recently purchased one of the Century Arms Golani rifles based on a Galil parts kit. I am very happy with it but wondered why the Israelis stopped using the Galil in favor of the M-16. – Jimmy Farrens, … Continue reading »