Monday, August 29, 2011

Spotted at Ahlman's Shooter's Roundup

Ahlman's Shooter's Roundup is always filled with vendors, entertainers, and good old fashioned shooting fun. This year I had a chance to fire products from Browning, Winchester, Savage, Umarex, CVA, Benelli, Beretta, CZ USA, Ruger, Taurus, Springfield, and DPMS. 

With this revolver Taurus takes their popular Judge concept and places it into their Large Framed Raging Platform. The introduction of the larger frame allows you the option of firing six rounds of .454 Casull, .45 Long Colt, or .410 Gauge.

I enjoy shooting long slide pistols and the 5.25 is no exception. With a light recoil spring allowing for the shooting of lighter competition ammunition and accuracy beyond what I am capable of shooting the 5.25 is the only offering within the XD line that I'll give more than a second thought. Everyone I know that owns a XD loves it, however; I don't like them. I have my reasons, but that is a topic for another post.

With a nearly identical feel of the popular Centerfire M&P Pistol Line the .22LR version stacks up nicely. I fired two magazines with no issues and enjoyed it so much it might just give my SIG Mosquito a run for its money.

I have not heard much about the PPQ and too be honest it didn't excite me much. The only reason I was drawn to it was because Haus of Guns had mentioned the trigger has 0.4" of travel with a 0.1" reset. They weren't lying. I shoot utilizing trigger reset all the time, so I guess I have to retract my earlier statement; the trigger excited me a bit.

For those of you who have handled the SR556 you know that it is a pretty heavy gun (7.94 lbs). When I picked up the SR556-E I expected it to feel lighter, but it is still a pretty heavy rifle (7.36 lbs) due to its piston based operating system. The 'E' is just a stripped down version of the original to come in at a lower MSRP.
If you look in the lower left corner of the picture you can see the Ruger Single-Ten. A ten shot version of their popular Single-Six.

I had a great time at the Shooter's Roundup! I had the chance to shoot a lot of stuff, even some full-auto rifles; which is always a blast. The guys from the upcoming SHTF-1 Shoot were there running a three gun competition and the winner received free entry into the shoot in September. I watched some exhibition shooting put on by the Gould Brothers and had a chance to talk with Aaron from DPMS about their product line. It was a full day, but after I left I couldn't stop thinking about next year; I can't wait.


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Friday, August 26, 2011

Silencers Sold per State 2008-2010

The NSSF has put together a chart compiling the total silencer purchases per state for the past three years. All of the transfers accounted for below took place on a Form 4.

How does your state rank?

Yearly Totals:
2008: 15,809
2009: 20,353
2010: 22,265

Hopefully I can help boot Wisconsin's ranking this year :)

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Taurus TCP .380 Issues

If you are a shooter who utilizes trigger reset when firing, the Taurus TCP may not be the gun for you. After seeing this video I got my hands on a Taurus TCP and a Ruger LCP to see if they shared the same issue. They didn't.

When firing the TCP and utilizing trigger reset I found, just as Richard Mann did, if you attempt to pull the trigger at the first click the hammer will drop from a half-cocked position and not fire the next round with much consistency, but more important; when it didn't fire the trigger would go dead. This was remedied by racking the pistol and allowing the trigger to reset fully.

When firing the LCP I found that it also has a double 'click' reset but does NOT allow you to pull the trigger at the first click; forcing you to reset the trigger fully before pressing it to the rear.

Very interesting...


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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 BLACKLISTED!

Just when I thought was gaining popularity we end up getting blacklisted. Not on just any list mind you; but on The Gun Blog Black List! What am I going to do!?... wait, what? Oh, I get it ;)

Thrown together by North this is a growing list of gun blogs you should check out!


Monday, August 22, 2011

Other Kimber 9mm 1911 Problems

Hurray! I'm not the only one! Unfortunatly it appears that I am at the begining of a very long (and expensive) road.

Andrew from Vuurwapen Blog has had a similar experience with his own Kimber 9mm 1911. Since purchasing his he has replaced so many parts that the pistol appears to be a Kimber in name only.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

5.11 Tactical Series Deflect Eyewear :: Review

I've seen the effectiveness of quality eye protection (eyepro) in Real World situations. This has also reinforced my belief that a quality pair of eyepro is indispensable in all aspects of life. One night I was conducting a route clearance mission in Iraq when an IED detonated on one of our vehicles. The gunner in that vehicle was a member of my team and the only reason we were able to 'charlie mike' (continue mission) was because he was wearing a pair of eyepro. The set he was wearing was peppered with shrapnel that would have done some serious damage to a set of unprotected eye balls.

  • Exceeds ANSI Z87.1-2003 and EN 166 personal eye protection standards
  • Lenses provide 100% UVA and UVB protection
  • T-Shell coating provides scratch resistance and resists cracking and crazing
  • Selenite polycarbonate is die-cut to produce lenses without distortion from any angle and is ten times more impact resistant than class or resin lenses
  • TRILOID constructed frames; a material characterized by an extremely high strength, low density, and high resistance to chemical and UV damage
Fit and Finish
I've been wearing the Deflect Shooting Glasses for the past couple weeks and have found they are very comfortable. The bows are straight and relatively thin for comfortable wear with ear muffs. Each bow is branded with 5.11 Tactical signature and the bottom of the bows are rubberized for better grip. The nose piece is wide and rubberized to ensure proper and secure placement. The lenses are larger than some of its competitors, but that only enhances the protection they offer.

Endurance Test
5.11 Tactical teamed up with Wiley X who have a reputation of designing and manufacturing to-hell-and-back Shooting Glasses. I decided to see how effective the Deflect could be against a round of 12 GA #8 Shot. In the video below the Deflect takes a punishing nine rounds with a total of 93 hits with no penetration!

Take Away
After seeing the effectiveness of the 5.11 Tactical Deflect Eyewear I have no reservations wearing or recommending them to you. Matter of fact; I will be wearing this exact pair at the S.H.T.F.-1 Shoot September 24th. (with different lenses inserted of course) If you see me come on by and check 'em out!



"Essentials for Civilized Living" Full of WIN!

Oleg Volk has done it again. His most recent study of still life is a hands down WIN! He has titled the image "Essentials for Civilized Living". Now I need to figure out how to make it the background on my cell phone.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Silencerco Acquires SWR Manufacturing

Big news from Silencerco!
Salt Lake City, UT - Silencerco, the leader in firearm suppressors manufacturing has acquired SWR manufacturing. The acquisition, which was agreed to on August 9th, will serve the industry and consumers by combining the forces of two companies that have a common history of innovative products and superb customer service. This merger will result in streamlined manufacturing resulting in decreased delivery times and most importantly, more innovative product design and increased brand awareness. This merger creates a new benchmark for customer service and product innovation.

The merger of Silencerco and SWR (Southeastern Weaponry Research) positions the new entity to be the foremost innovative manufacturer of sound suppression technology in the country. Manufacturing of both company product lines will be performed in Utah at the Silencerco facility. The addition of new equipment and resources will allow Silencerco and SWR to service the law enforcement, military and consumer industries with increased productivity, shorter wait times for delivery and will add to the unique and innovative product design that will further revolutionize the firearm suppression industry.

The union will also result in a larger social media presence and increased brand awareness by combining marketing support for both brands into a larger single network. Together they will continue to offer individual product lines under their original brands.

Josh Waldron, CEO of Silencerco states, "Acquiring SWR seemed like a natural step. I believe this will be very good for both companies and for the industry."

"I am excited about this acquisition, it provides SWR with the resources it needs to elevate production, innovation, and service to a level that was otherwise out of reach," said Henry Graham, President of SWR.

Henry Graham, the current President of SWR, will continue to be available to his existing networks as Director of SWR at Silencerco. SWR products will continue to be manufactured and supported, and technical support for legacy SWR products will remain unchanged. The new relationship between Silencerco and SWR will enhance manufacturing, reposition branding and marketing efforts into a larger, more effective social network, and continue in offering preeminent individualized customer support

About Silencerco
Silencerco was founded in 2008 with the mission to provide consumer, military and law enforcement, with premier silencers. In order to achieve this, Silencerco develops products in unconventional ways; using innovation, creative solutions, and forward thinking to improve product's function, ease of use, and maintenance.
For more information please visit:

About SWR
SWR (Southeastern Weaponry Research) is a company based out of South Carolina that specializes in the design and production of sound suppressors. SWR strives to create the world's quietest and most durable suppressors on the market.
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Reprimand That Man!!!

This is why we won the Revolutionary War.

That is all...


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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Imagine My Surprise...

Thanks Chuck Norris
I walked up to the counter of a local gun shop the other day to see if they had a Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle. I was glancing at their racks when I overheard a sales person talking to a customer. The customer was looking for a tacti-cool .22LR and saw the Mossberg AR22. That's when the salesman pulled out his smart phone and brought up to show the customer the pictures of our S&W M&P 15-22 vs. Mossberg AR-22 :: First Impressions post.

I felt about ten feet tall. When I walked out I called a buddy to tell him what had happened he asked, "Did you tell them you write it or give them your card?" 
I told him I hadn't even thought of it but then wondered if I should've. What if I had? What would it have mattered? I'm not sure how to answer either of those questions because I've never had too. So, until further notice I will continue to be silently amused. This site doesn't have a huge readership, but it is cool to see that someone is checking it out and passing it on. 

Thanks to all!


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Beretta Nano and its Competition a.k.a. The Battle of the Mini 9's!

Beretta Nano
It appears there may be a new kid on the block soon. What block you ask? The mini 9mm block located at the intersection of Self Defense Avenue and Concealment Street.

Guns & Ammo has the initial details:
The Nano will hit the shelves in early October providing yet another micro compact carry pistol option. In fact, it’s Beretta’s first ever striker-fired handgun, and they were nice enough to give one of the first looks at what will surely create a big buzz on the market.
The Nano, which will be initially offered in 9mm, is being touted as a modular, ergonomically sound compact that will be comfortable for shooters of all skill levels. The movable, serialized sub-chassis allows the user to easily replace grip frames and disassemble, and the Nano’s sights are user adjustable with a 1.5mm hexwrench. No gunsmith needed.
The initial word on the price will be around $475. Some other important info on the Nano:
  • No pulling trigger for disassembly
  • Completely snag free design
  • Totally ambidextrous
  • No external slide lock
  • Different frame sizes
  • Sub-chassis .40 cal capable
  • Frame employs modern thermoplastic technology through the use of fiberglass reinforced technopolymer
The battle of the Mini 9's continue and the competition is stacking up!
Kahr CM9

Taurus 709 Slim (Also Available in .40S&W)

Ruger LC9

Walther PPS (Also Available in .40S&W)

Kimber Solo


FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! I still am waiting for Smith & Wesson to announce the new addition to their BodyGuard line; I am predicting they will announce their own mini 9mm at the 2012 Shot Show. The question will is, "Will it be too late or are they already too far behind the power curve to gain any ground?" Either way I can't wait to find out!


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Monday, August 15, 2011

Remington Versa Max :: Why do I want one of them so bad?

I've been looking at a semi-auto shotgun for a long time. When I began my search I decided that I would buy the gun I wanted (no matter the cost) so I wouldn't have to compromise anything. (winners don't compromise!)

Benelli Super Black Eagle 2
I first looked at the Benelli Super Black Eagle 2. I've found that many people use this gun as the bar to measure all others against. I found them very easy to shoot and instantly fell in love with its raised rib. Not wanting to buy the first gun I saw I checked out a few others.

Winchester SX3
I had an opportunity to shoot a buddy's Winchester SX3. What a great gun, but.... it just wasn't the one. I found that it was also a more complicated bolt to clean than the Benelli bolt.

Browning Maxus
The Browning Maxus for all intensive purposes (in my opinion) is a refined SX3.... moving on.

Benelli Vinci
I had come full circle back to Benelli when I fired a Vinci. I liked the concept behind the 'modular' design and aggressive styling. The Vinci's 'Inline Inertia Drive' was a dream to handle and the whole system is a breeze to clean. I had all but made up my mind on the Benelli Vinci until the Super Vinci made its debut. That was it; I would buy the Benelli Super Vinci....

Remington Versa Max
Then I saw the Remington Versa Max. I had seen the gun earlier in my search and had not given it a second thought until I handled one. The whole gun screams Benelli. I can already hear you saying, "Then why not get an actual Benelli?" I like gas guns that's why! I know people that swear by the Inertia Drive system but I love me some gas!
What I find neat about the Versa Max is that it uses, what appears to be, a version of Benelli's ARGO Gas System. The ARGO Gas/Piston System can be found in the Benelli M4 which has been adopted by the Marine Corp. The other thing is that in addition to a similar gas system; I find it difficult to discern a difference in the Versa Max bolt vs. the Benelli's which is simple to disassemble and clean. To go a step further; the rib profile on the Remington is identical to the Benelli (which I like).

In Summary:
  • I like a gas driven shotgun
  • I like the ease of cleaning of the Benelli bolt
  • I like the profile of the Versa Max (rib, forearm, and overall aesthetics)
  • I need to shoot one before I buy one... anyone have one?
  • Where am I going to get $1400?
I guess I still have to save up a sizable amount of money for whatever gun I decided to buy. I will use that time to see if any of the shotguns listed above sway my opinion or if new guns come onto the market. As of right now it is the Versa Max's race to lose.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

An Unusual Malfunction

So there I was...
It was a Tuesday afternoon while shooting at paper plates when I experienced yet another malfunction in a series of malfunctions; but this one caused me to pause and pull out my camera. 
It started with a failure to eject. I racked the slide ejecting the spent brass and the next round came loose, some how doing a 180 degree turn, just as the slide closed. I immediately noticed the slide had not gone into full battery, so I checked the chamber and that is what I saw...
Kind of neat I guess..............


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Thoughts on the Combat Shotgun :: Warrior Talk News Combat Scattergun Project *Work In Progress*
If you have a shotgun you are thinking of dedicating as a defensive/offensive gun (like I have) you may want to take into account some lessons that have been learned along the way.
  • Do I need a light?
  • Should I have a pistol grip?
  • Buck shot, Slug, or Other?
While there are several differing schools of thought on each of those questions and many others; I don't believe any one person will have the answers (or opinions) to best suit every individual's needs. Your best option is to read and talk too people that possess the experience that only comes with time shared with the weapon system in question. Here's a good starting point:

"The desire to turn the shotgun into a rifle came from the commercial shooting schools in the late 1990s. Having saturated the pistol market, they began to delve into other platforms, the shotgun being one. What you see today is what happens when you put a classic precision seeking rifleman, and a liability-averse police administrator in a room and ask them to write up doctrine for the shotgun. What they produce will be vastly different than if you put sweaty men with bloody hands and combat knowledge in there and ask the same of them."
Continue Reading: The TSD Combat Systems 870 Shotgun


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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wisconsin's New Carry Law Q&A Summary

I have recently completed reading through the Wisconsin Department of Justice's 49 (actually 56 with the table of contents) page summary of their new carry law. Below are some of the more interesting parts:

Who is eligible to apply for a CCW license?
In order to obtain a CCW license, the applicant must:
• Be 21 years of age or older.
• Not be prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law.
• Not have been ordered as a condition of bail or release in a criminal case from possessing a dangerous weapon.
Be a Wisconsin resident.
• Have provided proof of the firearms training required for a license.
Training Requirement below) Wis. Stat. § 175.60(3)(a) through (g).
Who cannot get a CCW license?
A person under 21 years of age. Wis. Stat. § 175.60(3)(a). A person who is prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law. Wis. Stat. §175.60(3)(b) and (c).
• A person who has been ordered as a condition of bail or release in a criminal case from possessing a dangerous weapon.
Wis. Stat. § 175.60(3)(d) and (e). A person who is not a Wisconsin resident. Wis. Stat. § 175.60(3)(f). Wis. Stat. § 175.60(3)(g). • 
Some States allow non-residents to aquire and exercise their right to carry... how about resiprocity then:

Does a Wisconsin license allow me to carry concealed in another state?
Maybe. Whether another state will recognize a Wisconsin CCW license is governed by the law of the other state. If the statutes of another state recognize Wisconsin CCW licenses, then a Wisconsin CCW license holder may carry in that state. In addition, DOJ "may enter into reciprocity agreements with other states as to matters relating to licenses or other authorization to carry concealed weapons." CCW FAQ 08/02/11 - 11 - Wis. Stat. § 175.60(18). If such agreements are created, then a Wisconsin CCW licensee holder may carry in that state. Until and unless that occurs, a Wisconsin CCW licensee should contact the particular state where they wish to carry concealed for information on the laws of that state.

I don't know about you but I sure love it when official documents are released with wish-washy words like 'maybe' in it; I find it inspires confidence. *heavy sarcasm*

What is required to apply for a license?
All of the following:
1. A completed application form.
Wis. Stat. § 175.60(7)(a).  Wis. Stat. § 175.60(7)(b).  Wis. Stat. § 175.60(7)(c).  Wis. Stat. § 175.60(7)(d) Wis. Stat. § 175.60(7)(e).
2. A statement that the information provided in the application and any document submitted with the application is true and complete to the best of the applicant’s knowledge.
3. A license fee in an amount to be determined by DOJ, but not to exceed $37.
4. A fee for a background check. Currently, that fee is $13.
5. Proof of training.

Proof of training... hmmm what kind of training?
What kind of training is required to get a license?
In an application for a license, an individual must include proof of having received firearm training. The proof of training requirement may be met by any of the following: A copy of a document, or an affidavit from an instructor or organization that conducted the course or program, that indicates that the individual completed any of the following (but see note below):  
the hunter education program established by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) or a substantially similar program that is established by another state, country, or province and that is recognized by DNR. municipality of this state or of another state unless the license has been revoked for cause. Wis. Stat. § 175.60(4)(a). IMPORTANT NOTE: DOJ is currently in the rule-making process and is evaluating what information will be required on the certificate to substantiate proof of training. We will not have specifics until the rule-making process is complete.
•A firearms safety or training course that is conducted by a national or state organization that certifies firearms instructors.
•A firearms safety or training course that is available to the public and is offered by a law enforcement agency
•A firearms safety or training course that is taught by an instructor who is certified by a national or state organization that certifies firearms instructors or by an instructor certified by DOJ, and that is available to the public and offered by any of the following: a technical college, a college or university, a private or public institution or organization, or a firearms training school.
•A firearms safety or training course that is offered to law enforcement officers or to owners and employees of licensed private detective and security agencies.
•A firearms safety or training course that is conducted by a firearms instructor who is certified by a national or state organization that certifies firearms instructors or who is certified by DOJ.
Documentation that the individual completed military, law enforcement, or security training that gave the individual experience with firearms that is substantially equivalent to a course or program described above.

A current or expired license, or a photocopy of a current or expired license, that the individual holds or has held that indicates that the individual is licensed or has been licensed to carry a firearm in this state or in another state or in a county or 
Documentation of completion of small arms training while serving in the U.S. armed forces as demonstrated by an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions or a certificate of completion of basic training with a service record of successful completion of small arms training and certification
Some other tidbits:
  • Law goes into effect November 1, 2011
  • You can apply for a permit on November 1, 2011 (applications will be avilible on the Wisconsin Dept. of Justice website)
  • Permit will be good for five years


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Thursday, August 4, 2011 in the Top 10 Best Uniforms from the DPMS Zombie Shoot : has released their 10 Best Uniforms from the DPMS Zombie Shoot and guess who placed fourth! No, not me... one of my ammo carrier / camera men did!
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#4 - David Letourneau Letourneau was a pacifist and didn't even bring a gun to the event. His survival strategy was to hide from the zombies with this ghille suit. Props to Letourneau for wearing this thing all day in 90-degree heat.
We are trying to talk him into shooting next year. Maybe we can get him to shoot at the S.H.T.F. - 1 Shoot on September 24th. Stay Tuned...


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Marlin vs. 'Remington Marlins' : Is this American Icon Dead or Dying?

Top: Remington Marlin 336W // Bottom: Marlin 1895
If you think Marlin is still the same company you grew-up loving you may be in for a surprise. Back in 2008 when Marlin was brought into the fold of Remington via Cerberus Capital many thought quality and craftsmanship would fall to the wayside. Others said the nay sayers were not looking toward the future.

Today we have the luxury of having actual 'Remington-Marlins' to place side by side of 'Marlin-Marlins'. The pictures speak for themselves. I would like to address up front that I realize these two rifles aren't exactly "apples to apples" but my point will be illustrated. Let's first look at the fit and finish of the forearm.

Front Forearm 'Remington Marlin'

Front Forearm Marlin
You can clearly see in the pictures above that more time and effort was taken with the Marlin made forearm than the Remington produced forearm. It becomes even more obvious when you look at the rear of the forearm.
Rear Forearm of 'Remington Marlin'
Rear Forearm of Marlin

The fit and finish of a firearm might not be very important to some people but if I'm going to buy any product I would at least expect it to look finished. The rifles that Remington is marketing under the name of Marlin is a disgrace.
How can you tell which Marlins are made by Marlin and which are made by Remington? It is pretty easy. Marlin put their serial numbers on the tang of the receiver just behind the hammer. Whereas, Remington made Marlins are placed towards the front on the left side of the receiver.
Marlin Serial Numbers are Located behind the Hammer
'Remington Marlins' Serial Numbers are on the Left Side of the Receiver
Another simple way to tell the two apart is to check the right side of the barrel near where the barrel and receiver meet. If it is a Remington made Marlin it will be stamped with "REP". Which stands for "Remington Peters".
REP = Remington Peters
Mark my words. In the not so distant future, as new Blue Books are printed, there will be a premium placed on pre-'08 Marlins; just as there is now for pre-'64 Winchesters. I just hope Remington doesn't phase out the Marlin Bullseye... but it appears they have begun to:
Left: Marlin w/Bullseye // Right: 'Remington Marlin' without Bullseye :(

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Digital Concealment have given us this tiny little sample of what is sure to become a huge rival of all temperate camouflage patterns. I am really excited to see a larger sample!

For more information check with our friends at the Predator BDU Blog for all the details.

-=**UPDATE**=- A-TACS FG Released!

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What Happend That Night In Abbottabad : Nicholas Schmidle

If you haven't read Nicholas Schmidle's report titled 'Getting Bin Laden: What happened that night in Abbottabad' you need to! It gives a great first person perspective account of the details and the overall big picture. You come to find out that several of the Seals opted to carry HK MP7's while others chose silenced M4s; amongst other things. It is amazing how close the mission came to becoming a complete disaster, but shows why the American fighter will always come out on top; and even excels when improvising.

Here's an excerpt:
Minutes after hitting the ground, Mark and the other team members began streaming out the side doors of helo one. Mud sucked at their boots as they ran alongside a ten-foot-high wall that enclosed the animal pen. A three-man demolition unit hustled ahead to the pen’s closed metal gate, reached into bags containing explosives, and placed C-4 charges on the hinges. After a loud bang, the door fell open. The nine other SEALs rushed forward, ending up in an alleylike driveway with their backs to the house’s main entrance. They moved down the alley, silenced rifles pressed against their shoulders. Mark hung toward the rear as he established radio communications with the other team. At the end of the driveway, the Americans blew through yet another locked gate and stepped into a courtyard facing the guesthouse, where Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, bin Laden’s courier, lived with his wife and four children.

Three SEALs in front broke off to clear the guesthouse as the remaining nine blasted through another gate and entered an inner courtyard, which faced the main house. When the smaller unit rounded the corner to face the doors of the guesthouse, they spotted Kuwaiti running inside to warn his wife and children. The Americans’ night-vision goggles cast the scene in pixellated shades of emerald green. Kuwaiti, wearing a white shalwar kameez, had grabbed a weapon and was coming back outside when the SEALs opened fire and killed him.

"For God and Country... Geronimo."


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