First Words

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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

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