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.

Colt Model 1911 Pistol and Early Prototypes

The following is an advertisement that was submitted to Defense Review anonymously. Normally we don’t publish anonymous posts–and especially advertisements. However, we’re making an exception here as a courtesy to our members and readers who may have an interest in reading about the history of the Colt 1911 pistol and its precursors. We’ll research the source. Here it is: "Just …

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The True Story of the Beretta M9 Pistol.

by Tim Chandler “You’re not a S.E.A.L. ‘till you have eaten Italian steel…” Anonymous Thus begins the sordid tale of the M9 that is oft repeated in gun shops and firearms related web-boards the nation over. Anyone who asks questions about the Beretta M9/92 pistol long enough will inevitably hear about how a bunch of S.E.A.L. team members were killed/maimed/deformed …

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Weapons Lube Issued by Army May be Costing Lives in Iraq. WABC 7 News Story.

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/news/investigators/wabc_investigators_111803gunlube.html "Weapons Lube Issued by Army May be Costing Lives in Iraq By Jim Hoffer (New York-WABC, November 18, 2003) — In a four-month investigation that reaches from the sands of Iraq to the halls of the Pentagon, we found that weapons given to tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers may not work in the desert. All because of a …

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Still at SWAT Round-Up 2003! New DefRev Articles Coming Soon.

by David Crane Sorry for the delay in posting new stories, but I’m still in Orlando, FL at the Round-Up, and have been WAY too busy and having WAY too much fun. SWAT Round-Up has been great. Everybody at the OCSO (Orange County Sheriff’s Office) has done an amazing job with this event. There was also some extremely cool stuff …

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9x23mm/.38 TJ 1911 Pistol Concept: Better Solution than Kimber .45 ACP 1911 Pistol for USMC MARSOC/MCSOCOM Det 1 Unit?

by David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com November 6, 2003 Last updated on 10/11/11. The 1911 pistol that Kimber is currently supplying to U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) MARSOC/Special Operations Command Detachment 1 operators, according to reports, differs from the Kimber Custom TLE/RL II in several key respects (The following information is, as yet, unconfirmed/unverified): 1) It utilizes Kimber's Series …

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Second Chance Body Armor Now Marketing Avon Tactical Respirators.

by David Crane According to reports, Second Chance Body Armor has introduced the Avon FM12 respirator and CT12 respirator into its tactical product line. This is an interesting development, as it appears to mark an expansion of focus by Second Chance, which, up to this point, has focused solely on… body armor design and production. It would appear Second Chance …

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SIG-Sauer 1911 Pistol Coming Soon to a Gun Store Near You.

by David Crane SIG-Sauer, a.k.a. SIGARMS, is going to be introducing a 1911 pistol in .45 caliber very soon. Rumor has it that the guns will be built on Caspian frames (and possibly even slides). This is supposed to include Caspian’s Recon frame. DefRev will research the situation and get as much info as we can. DefRev doesn’t have any …

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Joe Bonar, 1959-2003. Joe, We Will Miss You.

by David Crane I literally just found out about this. Joe Bonar was killed recently in a car accident that was, from reports we’ve heard, caused by another driver. Thank God Joe’s young son, who was in the car with him at the time, only suffered minor injuries, (again, according to reports). Joe was a master gunsmith, the top pistolsmith …

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