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We think it’s fair to say that at his or her core, any firearm en­thu­si­ast is a sur­vival­ist at heart. In­deed, our ba­sic right to self-pro­tec­tion and preser­va­tion is a cen­tral tenet in the Amer­i­can Con­sti­tu­tion’s Sec­ond Amend­ment. Th­ese pages are ded­i­cated to you, the firearms en­thu­si­ast and World of Fire­power reader, to max­i­mize your ex­po­sure to not only the world of firearms, but also the world of per­sonal well-be­ing.

With that said, this is­sue fea­tures a cou­ple of buyer guides in­tended to help you out­fit your­self. The 12-page boot guide start­ing on page 54 show­cases a range of tac­ti­cal footwear that can be adapted to vir­tu­ally any real-world set­ting or sit­u­a­tion short of a wed­ding or wake, from great com­fort and sup­port at the shoot­ing range to dura­bil­ity and per­for­mance while hik­ing through rough back-coun­try ter­rain. On page 80 you’ll find a guide that il­lu­mi­nates the world of high-per­for­mance flash­lights to en­hance your tac­ti­cal load­out—or add an up­grade to your ev­ery­day carry.

This is­sue’s cover sub­ject is a cus­tom Ar-based PCC we built from the lower re­ceiver up with help from some of the best com­pa­nies in the mar­ket. PCCS have grown ex­po­nen­tially in pop­u­lar­ity in re­cent years and this one is as­sem­bled to of­fer the best of both worlds—per­for­mance and func­tion­al­ity. Else­where in the is­sue we out­fit and test a cus­tom Glock 17 with gear from Grey Ghost Pre­ci­sion and a hand­ful of others, once again prov­ing the great cus­tomiz­ing po­ten­tial of the Glock plat­form and the ex­treme high qual­ity of this gun’s af­ter­mar­ket sup­port. We also take a look at two up­dated it­er­a­tions of two world of fire­power stal­warts: the Spring­field Range Of­fi­cer Elite Operator 1911, an up-to-date take on the clas­sic sidearm de­sign, and the king of the bullpups, the Steyr Arms AUG A3 M1, a leg­endary plat­form that’s as re­li­able as it is po­tent.

You’ll also find an over­view of night-vi­sion equip­ment and the sig­nif­i­cance of its ap­pli­ca­tion in the field de­ployed in the hot zones of Afghanistan and in the field back at home. On page 34 we take a close look at the dual-na­ture AAC Halcyon rim­fire sup­pres­sor, a si­lencer adapt­able to a wide range of ap­pli­ca­tions from each end of the long-gun and hand-gun spec­trums. And on page 100 we visit Tan­k­land USA on the grounds of the Amer­i­can Mil­i­tary Mu­seum and its jaw-drop­ping col­lec­tion of heavy Amer­i­can ar­mor and ar­tillery span­ning from World War I to Op­er­a­tion Desert Storm. And on page 108, step into the boots of an operator in Afghanistan and ex­pe­ri­ence the har­row­ing events that would shape his mil­i­tary ca­reer.

We hope you en­joy this is­sue of WOF.

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