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The Harrier: The Fighter Jet the Marines Want in a War

Since the intervention by the United States and coalition partners began in 2014, the Middle East's skies have become crowded with the very best in modern air power. The air is full of flashy fourth-generation fighters (like the Air Force's F-15s and F-16s and the Navy's F/A-18E/Fs), and newer fifth-generation fighters (like the F-22). But also flying proudly with these other planes is a Marine Corps mainstay generally not considered a fourth-generation platform and unlikely to win any beauty contests—the McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II.

The Worst Part of the Civil War? Prison Camps.

The June 19, 1861, editorial in the Charleston Mercury newspaper warned: “War is bloody reality, not butterfly sporting. The sooner men understand this the better.” During the four-year course of the Civil War, the entire country—North and South—would come to the same grim realization. There were seemingly endless lists of thousands of soldiers killed or wounded in battle or dead of disease.

Glock 29: The Best Firearm on the Planet?

Long before the term “industry disruption” became a buzz phrase, Gaston Glock upended the firearms industry with his Glock 17 pistol. Rugged, accurate, reliable and with a large magazine capacity, Glock’s pistols became wildly successful. As the company redirected the interests of commercial shooters it also embraced larger-bore guns with loyal followings, producing such firearms as the subcompact 10mm Glock 29 and .45 ACP Glock 30.

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