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“Jack of all trades, but mas­ter of none.” It’s a phrase you have likely heard be­fore. Its ori­gin goes back to a time when “Jack” was used as a generic name for any gen­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the com­mon peo­ple, an ap­prox­i­ma­tion of which would be the thor­oughly Amer­i­can “Joe Blow.” It dates to the 14th cen­tury when the name Jack was so com­mon that it be­came a slang term mean­ing “man.”

Now, we’re the first to ac­knowl­edge that very spe­cific jobs are usu­ally bet­ter per­formed with spe­cial­ized tools. But what if you aren’t sure of what the next job is? Chances are an ad­justable wrench could get you a lot fur­ther than one or two spe­cific wrenches. Even if you’ve got a full slab of shiny stan­dard Snap-ons, life’s quite likely to throw you a loose met­ric bolt at the very next stop.

The point is that for the pur­pose of the day-to-day grunt, a gen­er­al­ist might make a bet­ter side­kick than a spe­cial­ist. We feel this is­sue’s cover gun setup is def­i­nitely up for the job. It all comes down to per­sonal pref­er­ence, but at this time of year there’s an aw­ful lot of fun to be had out there and this type of well-thought-out setup is def­i­nitely tool enough to make the most of it.

Amongst a ton of other goodies in this is­sue, we’re hop­ing that the ther­mal op­tics buyer’s guide will serve you well should you be con­sid­er­ing such an in­vest­ment. We’ve cor­ralled twenty mar­ket of­fer­ings in one place; with price tags rang­ing from $2,000 to over $20,000, we hope that this will prove ex­tremely use­ful. Whether it’s a tac­ti­cal so­lu­tion, home de­fense, or ze­ro­ing in on big game through dense fo­liage or less-than-op­ti­mum weather con­di­tions, ther­mal imag­ing scopes se­ri­ously rep­re­sent the next level.

Else­where, we get the scoop on SIG Sauer’s next gen­er­a­tion of pur­pose-built pis­tols, the X-se­ries, by test driv­ing the com­pe­ti­tion-ready P320 X-five. It’s a sidearm any self-styled pis­toleer will want to take a se­ri­ous look at.

Or, if your thing is all-out shock and awe—or even if it’s not—take a gan­der at our re­view of the Fostech Ori­gin 12, a fully semi-au­to­matic 12-gauge shot­gun that harks far more to the mod­u­lar, com­pos­ite set­ups of an AR-15 than to your grand­fa­ther’s ven­er­a­ble Rem­ing­ton 870.

Also in­side this is­sue, you’ll wit­ness our at­tempts at cus­tom-cut­ting hard case foam. We test-drive four dif­fer­ent meth­ods of cut­ting and give you the skinny on what works best and what doesn’t work at all. And if you’re seek­ing the best way to put your Ar-plat­form ri­fle’s dead space to good use (hint: it’s in the grip), have a look at our in-depth re­view of Magnetospeed’s M-se­ries Grip Sys­tem, which of­fers four dif­fer­ent ways to put that hand-held void to work.

Be safe out there, and en­joy.

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