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.

HK MP7 PDW (Personal Defense Weapon)

Heckler & Koch’s MP7 PDW is a somewhat controversial weapon. Its 4.6x30mm projectile is very small, and the ballistics on the round appear to be somewhat sketchy. The new weapon looks like it would be a lot of fun to shoot, but going up against enemy forces on an overseas mission is probably not the best place to discover its …

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Pistol Dynamics Custom Retro .45 by Paul Liebenberg

by David Crane [email protected] A little while back, we reported on Paul Liebenberg opening up his own custom shop, Pistol Dynamics, now located in Indialantic, FL. Well, the July/August 2002 issue of "American Handgunner" contains a rather lengthy article by Cameron Hopkins about both Paul and his new "Limited Signature" Model 1911 he created in retro Armand Swenson/Richard Heinie style …

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A Dress Tactical From Terry Primos

For their June 2002 Issue, BLADE posed an interesting challenge to five bladesmaiths. "Design a Tactical Fixed Blade knife that could be worn in a dress or pocket sheath, would be large enough to actually be used and yet appear non-threatening." One of the bladesmiths that they challenged was Terry Primos. His submission is a tactical knife with a 4" …

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Russian AEK-971 and AK-107/108 Recoil-Balanced Assault Rifles.

The Russians have been doing some very interesting things for the last number of years with assault rifles while our own infantry soldiers are still saddled with a rifle that’s now over 40 years old(yes, the M16). The Russians’ focus seems to be in the area of higher hit probability, promulgated by some rather ingenious recoil-reduction mechanisms. DefRev has already …

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Ballistics: The Ogre Defensive Power Factor

I was talking with one of my brothers about some different calibers and velocities. Something we often talk about. This led to the IPSC’s Power Factor, which is simply Bullet Weight in Grains, Times Velocity, Divided by 1,000. This is an easy formula that one can use when comparing loads… but doesn’t take into effect Caliber. W x V / …

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Maxim Machine Gun Shoot on it’s Way.

The Hiram Maxim Historical Society will be hosting its 7th annual Hiram Maxim Northeast Military Shoot & Expo, a.k.a. Maxim Machine Gun Shoot, from July 19-21 in Dover-Foxcroft Maine. For more info on the event, just click on this link, and then click on "Upcoming Events" on the left hand side.  

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