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The Rifles of SHOT Show 2023

One of the questions that keeps appearing in our inbox is, “What’s being offered at SHOT Show this year?” In terms of products, the best answer is, “how much time do you have?” Trends are easier to flag. Here are two pertaining to firearms: light and easy, as per the …

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‘The Deer Hunter’ Came to Town on a Cold Night in Denver

by Jack Hawkins Released in Los Angeles in 1978, The Deer Hunter was already becoming a legendary film by the time it hit “flyover country” a few months later. I was between girlfriends, a gung-ho “seventies copper” usually “drunk on adrenaline” from the endless barfight calls (or still depressed over …

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SHOT Show 2023 Gets Underway in Las Vegas

It’s almost as big as a Soldier of Fortune gathering! Okay, make that, it’s way bigger than anything we’ve ever staged, and we are eager to find what’s on tap this year at SHOT Show. Myself, I’m keen to see what’s up with our great advertisers, along with guns and …

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Agilite K19 Plate Carrier: A Perfect Fit for Behind Enemy Lines

by Susan Katz Keating The first thing I want to say about my Agilite K19 plate carrier is this: It fits. Both 5’3 female me, and a 6’0 buffed up male test subject. I was skeptical that Agilite says their carrier is “one size fits all.” For me, that usually …

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New in Soldier of Fortune: A Message From Publisher Susan Katz Keating

Welcome to Dispatches, the latest in a series of new developments here at Soldier of Fortune. I’ll go into detail about more of them, below, but first a little backstory. Such as, how I – a conflict journalist who saw urban combat while I was a child in Ireland – …

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Ukrainian Troops Headed to Oklahoma for Training on Patriot Missile Defense System

Ukrainian troops will arrive this month at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, in order to learn how to use the Patriot missile defense system, officials told Soldier of Fortune. About 100 Ukrainian troops — enough to sustain a Patriot battery — will train to use the system, officials said. The process …

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We Knew They Weren’t Coming Back: Vietnam’s Brutal ‘Nine Days in May’

by Susan Katz KeatingThe soldiers proceeded cautiously through the jungle highlands west of Pleiku, near the Cambodian border, on the morning of May 18, 1967. The men were part of Operation Francis Marion, aimed at stopping the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) from seizing the Ia Drang Valley. The Americans belonged …

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‘Wildcat’ Film Review: A Young Veteran Finds Healing in the Peruvian Jungle

by Susan Katz Keating Soldier of Fortune Film rating: Five out of five berets. Veterans often remind their struggling fellows: “You’re not alone.” That’s the message British Army veteran Harry Turner wants others to pull from the new film Wildcat, that chronicles how he worked through his own post-traumatic struggles …

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Anna Chapman and the ‘Illegals’ Were Caught Spying Against the US for Russia; Do Others Remain Undetected?

Anna Chapman was a successful realtor who in 2009 mingled with ease among New York society. She was intelligent, beautiful, and lively – and perhaps overly confident. She apparently did not know that the Feds were on to her, and that she was being investigated for who she really was: …

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WATCH: Viktor Bout Dishes to Fellow Ex-Con Maria Butina on Ukraine, Prison, and Putin

Newly freed prisoner Viktor Bout, an arms dealer known as “the Merchant of Death,” said he wishes he could volunteer to help Russia’s efforts in Ukraine, and that he approves of the war. “I fully support the special military operation,” Bout said, adding that Russia should have sent its troops into …

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