David Crane

David Crane started publishing online in 2001. Since that time, governments, military organizations, Special Operators (i.e. professional trigger pullers), agencies, and civilian tactical shooters the world over have come to depend on Defense Review as the authoritative source of news and information on "the latest and greatest" in the field of military defense and tactical technology and hardware, including tactical firearms, ammunition, equipment, gear, and training.

Smith Optics Rebound Elite Ballistic Sunglasses: Stylish Eye Protection (Eyepro) for Combat/Tactical Shooting (Video!)

by David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com July 12, 2020 So, as it happens, the Smith Optics Operator’s Choice Elite wasn’t the only model of ballistic sunglasses DefenseReview (DR) got to peruse at SHOT Show 2020. Nope. We also got to check out the new Smith Optics Rebound Elite tactical shooting specs at the booth, and they also looked …

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Tame that Gas! Improving the Direct Gas Impingement (DGI) Tactical AR-15 Rifle/Carbine at Relatively Low Cost

By Jeff Gurwitch July 7, 2020 The M4//M4A1/M16/AR-15 has proven to be one hell of a rifle/carbine. I’ve carried it with total confidence, and have employed it pretty successfully during my many tours overseas with U.S. Army Special Forces. The inline design and low height above bore still put it ahead of just about every military rifle that’s come out …

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Happy July 4th/Independence Day 2020 from DR!

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com July 4, 2020 DefenseReview (DR) would just like to wish everyone a Happy (and GREAT) 4th of July/Independence Day. Have some great BBQ with friends and family, and stay safe out on the roads. Stay aware, wear your seat belt, and no drinking and driving. Sincerely, DefenseReview.com (DR)

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Patriot Ordnance Factory (POF-USA) Founder and CEO Frank DeSomma Passes Away at Age 57. It’s a Major Loss, and I’ll Really Miss Him.

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com June 29, 2020 This is a hard one. Just this past Friday, I was informed of the sudden, tragic death of my friend Frank DeSomma, Founder and CEO of Patriot Ordnance Factory (POF-USA) by Ernie Bray of NG2 Defense, during a totally unrelated phone conversation. Ernie’s words caught be completely by surprise. …

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Smith Optics Operator’s Choice Elite Ballistic Sunglasses: Tactical Shooting Glasses with ChromaPop Lenses for Lo-Pro/Lo-Vis Combat/Tactical Missions!

by David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com June 21, 2020 DefenseReview (DR) hasn’t covered Smith Optics ballistic sunglasses in quite some time, but we ran into Geoff Perrin at the Smith Optics booth at SHOT Show 2020, we liked him, and he was kind enough to take us through the some of their latest and greatest products, including the …

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Vortex Optics Razor HD Gen III 1-10X24 FFP Combat/Tactical Scope for US Military Special Operations Missions, and Civilian Tactical Shooting and Hunting Applications! (Video!)

by David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com June 14, 2020 DefenseReview has been writing about Vortex Optics combat optics, including their combat/tactical scopes, for awhile now, but this latest one’s got us pretty enthused. It’s called the Vortex Razor HD Gen III 1-10X24 FFP, it’s a step up from the Vortex Razor HD Gen II-E (Enhanced) 1-6×24 that we …

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Helikon-Tex Greyman Tactical Jeans: Stretch Denim Jeans Have FOUR AR-15 Rifle Magazine Pockets for Fast Access and Reloads During a Gunfight! (Video!)

by David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com June 5, 2020 As long as we’re talking (or in this case, writing) about Helikon-Tex tactical clothing, we should probably also mention their new Greyman Tactical Jeans – Denim Mid, which we first mentioned in our piece after SHOT Show 2019, albeit very briefly. Now, we’re going to focus on them, and …

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Helikon-Tex Trip Shirt: Lightweight, Breathable Nylon Blend Lo-Pro/Lo-Vis Plaid Tactical Shirt for Concealed Carry (CCW) and Secure Travel! (Video!)

David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com May 31, 2020 Helikon-Tex recently introduced a very cool new lo-pro/lo-vis (low-profile/low-visibility) plaid tactical shirt for concealed carry (CCW) at SHOT Show 2020, and they were kind enough to take DefenseReview (DR) through all the shirts features, which are interesting. It’s called the Helikon-Tex Trip Shirt – Nylon Blend, and sports a plethora …

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Spyderco Native Chief: Big-Blade Tactical Folder (Folding Knife) for Concealed Carry (CCW) and Self-Defense! (Video!)

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com May 25, 2020 We here at DefenseReview (DR) has been fans of Spyderco Knives tactical folders (folding knives) for many years, now. It all started with their Police and Matriarch-style blades back in the day, but we’ve remained fans to the present day–and our interest was seriously reignited when we got to …

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True Velocity Polymer-Cased Rifle and Machine Gun Ammo: Less Weight and Heat Transfer, More Accuracy! (Video!)

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com May 18, 2020 DefenseReview’s (DR) been interested in polymer-cased rifle and machine gun ammo (ammunition) for many years now, and in True Velocity ammo, specifically, for the last few years. So, we were very happy to finally get a chance to talk to one Patrick (Pat) Hogan about their ammo’s attributes, which …

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