Tactical Life May-June 2023: The Strength in Numbers Issue By: Mark Chesnut

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Unfortunately for Tactical Life readers, not everyone can go to the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show held each January in Las Vegas. Fortunately for you, however, our staff and trusted contributors were among the throngs of gun lovers walking those nearly 14 “miles of aisle” and uncovering the good stuff. In this issue, you’ll find many of those products that you would have been searching for had you been able to attend yourself.

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Tactical Life May-June 2023 Comes Ready for Carry!

In fact, in our special 38-page SHOT coverage section beginning on page 54, you’ll find detailed information on 28 pieces of survival gear, 20 new concealed carry pistols, 21 new defensive loads, 21 hot, new red-dot sights and 19 new suppressor models. Not from SHOT, but still worthy of mention, check out our 12-product mash-up of new lighting devices ranging from simple flashlights to night-vision goggles.

Of course, just because we tallied some big numbers on SHOT doesn’t mean we have forsaken our super-popular in-depth gun testing features. A deep dive into a pair of “firsts,” introduced at SHOT but that we were able to test earlier, bears that out.

If you’re one of the many readers who love the FN 509, meet its new big brother—the 510. Of course, the “10” stands for 10mm, and author Todd Burgreen tested the new FN 510 Tactical (p. 42) and concluded: “It is hard to argue against 15 or 22 rounds of full power 10mm as quickly as you can pull the trigger.”

A report on FN 10mm pistols.

Savage gives us our other “first” with that company’s…wait for it…first ever 1911 pistol! Author Mike Detty extensively tested the Savage 1911 (p. 30) and found it to be “match ready” and “carry ready” right out of the box—and with an MSRP of just $1,500.

Ruger 5.7s, Silencers, ARs & More

If you’re wondering what could be more exciting than that, jump over to page 36 and meet a pair of Rugers that will make your heart beat faster just looking at the pictures. As a follow-up to the 5.7 pistol introduced last year, Ruger has debuted its new LC Carbine chambered in 5.7x28mm, completing a zippy one-two punch that’ll be hard to beat for those wanting a pistol and carbine in the same caliber. Dr. Martin D. Topper put both through the wringer and found accuracy to be quite good, with the carbine shooting a sub-1-inch group at 50 yards!

A feature on two different Ruger firearms in 5.7mm.

With the continued growing interest in suppressors, we couldn’t ignore that segment of the industry in this issue. In addition to our SHOT suppressor coverage, see coverage of top can companies Silencer Central (p. 6) and Gemtech (p. 24).

Lastly, don’t miss our feature on Dark Storm Industries’ new competition-ready rifle (p. 18), which we had our first chance to shoot at last fall’s editorial rendezvous. Author Kenzie Fitzpatrick put the DSI Variant 1 rifle through its 3-Gun paces and found it to be fast, accurate and an all-around top performer.

One more number to key on before diving in. Check out “TL Night Shooter” host Chris Kreiner’s Top 6 predator cartridges starting on page 104. Knock ’em dead, y’all!

Full Table Of Contents:

FEATURES

BREWING STORM

DSI’s Variant 1 5.56 rifle gets put through the rigors of 3-Gun competition

By Kenzie Fitzpatrick

SAVAGE GOES 1911

First time for everything! This new .45 features custom performance at a production price

By Mike Detty

Savage launched its new 1911 pistol.

5.7 TAG TEAM

Ruger’s New LC carbine pairs powerfully with its 5.7 pistol for a one-two punch

By Dr. Martin D. Topper

NICE FN 10

FN’s first-ever 10mm goes straight to the top of the tactical food chain

By Todd Burgreen

DOUBLE STACK SMACKDOWN

Springfield 1911 DS Prodigy vs. Metro Arms SPS Pantera

By Garrett Lucas

A tale of the tape between Springfield Armory Prodigy and Metro Arms SPS Pantera.

RADIAN READINESS

Here’s the long and short of some serious Radian Weapons firepower

By Todd Burgreen

ONE BADASS BRIT

Meet the man who was shot seven times, crashed two planes and survived being a POW

By T. Logan Metesh

PREDATOR POISON PILLS

An expert breakdown of the top six critter-dropping cartridges

By Chris Kreiner

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BEST OF SHOT SHOW 2023

54…28 HELL & BACK MUST-HAVES

58…20 SIZZLING CCWs

66…21 NEW DEFENSE LOADS

72…21 RED-DOT SALUTE

78…19 BEST GUN MUFFLERS

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DEPARTMENTS

CAN CORNER

Silencer Central makes buying its Banish 30 an efficient and hassle-free process

By Fred Mastison

Can Corner column featuring Silencer Central Banish.

AMMO MATCH

Eight different Target .22 loads are put to the test to see which can punch the smallest hole

By Frank Melloni

RANGE SAFETY

Gemtech turns the science of noise into the science of silence

By Andre’ M. Dall’au

GLASS REPORT

EOTech’s 1-10×28 FFP stretches the bounds of a low-power variable optic

By Sean Utley

Glass Report featuring EOTech's 1-10x28 FFP.

GEAR GUIDE

A mash-up of 12 products that can cut through the veil of darkness

By Michael D’Angona

FIREPOWER FLASHBACK

The life and times of the battle-tested Stoner 63 in Vietnam

By Gary Paul Johnston

KEEP YOUR ENEMY CLOSE

A Lone Woolf Story, Part Four of Four

By J.T. Patten

FAKE-TICAL NEWS

Satire for operators who are nuts about guns

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