“Tactical” is a term encompassing more than just coyote tan and Picatinny rails loaded with lights and lasers, and the American Handgunner Tactical 2014 Special Edition looks to dispel this misconception. This issue highlights a variety of topics relating to tactical applications, featuring everything from flashlights and rifles to proper concealment and personal-defense topics.

“Tactical” is an often overused word to describe anything in coyote tan, black or mounted to a Picatinny rail. The American Handgunner Tactical 2014 Special Edition looks to dispel this misconception by highlighting a variety of topics relating to guns, gear and their tactical application.

“The content of Tactical Special Edition is for the safety-conscious person who chooses to include firearms in their plan. We cover training and equipment — rifles and handguns included,” shares editor Sammy Reese. “Call it whatever name you like, but for us, ‘Tactical’ covers every aspect of the equipment and training good folks need to defend themselves and their families from the bad guys who want to hurt them.”

The cover story for this Special Edition features a Robar ITTS 1911. Sammy Reese details the history of the venerable 1911 platform, examining the extensive list of modifications it has experienced over the years, and reveals the useful alterations and improvements the Robar ITTS model offers.

“I’ve found a full-size 5-inch Government model lightly enhanced for reliability, quality sights and magazines loaded with defensive ammo is the best way to go,” explains Reese. “It was obvious everything about this gun was designed and built for serious business. Externally the gun has everything you need, and more importantly, nothing you don’t.”

This 2014 American Handgunner Special Edition also features a review of the Wilson Combat Super Sentinel .38 Super, a look at the best tactical flashlight options, a retro solution on solving personal-defense situations with magazine restrictions and Richard Mann’s step-by-step guide for drawing from concealment. A bonus feature examines what it takes to graduate from the famous Gunsite Academy from a lady’s point of view.

An Umarex Airgun Package highlights the Special Edition giveaway. The Ruger Yukon .22 The Umarex Steel Force, and the Umarex Octane .22 rifles headline the package. Also included are four air pistols — an S&W M&P, a Walther PPQ, a Beretta PX4 Storm and an Umarex HPP. An Anglesey Rival Tactical Knife, CamelBak Mil-Tac HAWG Pack and Magna-Arm gun magnet round out the giveaway. Readers can enter at www.americanhandgunner.com/giveaway.

The 2014 Buyer’s Guide is also included in this giant edition with a comprehensive 96-page catalog, featuring semi-autos, revolvers, long guns, knives, flashlights, and other tactical gear. The 2014 American Handgunner Tactical Special Edition is available on newsstands or online at www.americanhandgunner.com/tactical.

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