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.