San Diego, CA — The 2012 GUNS Magazine Combat Special Edition features the Mossberg 500 Chainsaw, plus other combat-inspired, heavy-duty guns and gear.

While the Mossberg 500 Chainsaw does well at range shooting, John Russo explains how this purpose-designed shotgun really excels at breaching in “The Chainsaw Breaks Down Barriers.”

“Take an unloaded [standard] shotgun and hold it against a door, now imagine how you will manage the recoil and also quickly cycle the action after firing it at this awkward angle. This is where the Chainsaw truly shines. The pistol grip and new fore-end grip take advantage of these angles, maximizing the shooter’s ability to control the weapon while using it as effectively as possible.”

MGI Military’s MGI Marck-15, or Hydra, looks like a fairly ordinary AR-15, until you convert it to one of the many different calibers and conversion kits—in just a minute and a half. In “The Hydra: Strikes Hard with Many Heads,” Pat Cascio was happy to have his doubts about this handy AR proved wrong.

Michael Janich writes that in most close-quarters situations, guns skills are not enough on their own. In “Ass Kicking for Gunfighters: You Gotta Be Well-Rounded,” Janich explains empty hand skills that will let a shooter stay alive long enough to have the opportunity to draw his firearm.

Every war of magnitude has brought about extraordinary advances in weapons and gear, many of which translate over into the public sector. John Connor’s “Combat Spin-Offs” details just a few of the numerous innovations companies are now offering that originated in recent combat situations.

American Handgunner Editor Roy Huntington recently visited American Spirit Arms’ shop and watched the crew there hand build his test rifle. In “ASA’s Modern Defensive Rifles,” Roy writes of the precision and detail that go into making this custom ASA rifle, and the improvements he noticed on the shooting range.

The Combat Special Edition features the 2012 Buyer’s Guide, including over 90 pages of handguns, rifles, shotguns, knives, lights and more.

For more information on the GUNS Magazine Combat Special Edition, visit www.gunsmagazine.com/combat.

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