John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
It’s an element of survival, a subset of growth and, if we’re totally honest, a refreshing change that often reignites the fire. In this business—and, for that matter, I’m sure in many others—you reach a point at which you inevitably feel the need to stomp on the gas pedal again.
It’s probably a rather pathetic form of adrenaline-seeking but, for all its apparent silliness to those looking from the outside in, it’s the driving force behind success in what we do. It’s what shapes the devotion to be the best we can and to keep pace with the level of passion that our readers, themselves, maintain.
If you’ve been reading World of Firepower for some time now, you’ll have noticed a fair amount of change over the past few issues. It’s been a little chaotic as the usual whirlwind of issue planning, design changes, story changes and, of course, several things that even changed back made their way through the office.
Thankfully, in the calm afterward, we feel the issue speaks for itself, and the hard work has repaid us. We broke down the old design, and the deft touch of our design director has helped bring to life a revamped editorial recipe.
For example, check out the buyer’s guides in this issue. Our AR-15 muzzle device article saw us scour the industry in order to build the most complete guide we could, featuring more than 70 of the latest devices available. We’ve also explored the in-ear hearing protection market and highlighted a select group of products we hope will provide valuable insight into a significant investment.
A trip to Agency Arms gave us the opportunity to go behind the scenes for a better understanding of the approach to this manufacturer’s renowned custom work and, while we were there, some range time with the company’s reworked version of the 9mm M&P M2.0 made for another cutting-edge feature. With plenty more crammed in from cover to cover, it’s a jam-packed issue that’s been a lot of fun to create.
The “corner offices” here understandably monitor and ultimately measure our success by other means. But to the passionate and die-hard enthusiasts who are behind every word and every picture in this issue, it’s your enjoyment that is paramount.
As we embark on this next journey in the World of Firepower, we very much encourage and look forward to your feedback.
The Firepower Team