My first exposure to the Mossberg MVP Patrol 5.56 rifle was on a prairie dog shoot in Wyoming a couple years ago. The rifle was in its testing phase before heading into production and we were asked to push it hard to (1) see what it could do, and (2) identify any potential flaws.
Edged weapons can serve as a vital backup to your gun if things go south, saving your life in a storm of bad circumstances. Some knife styles are best suited purely for self-defense or “close quarters combat.” Others can serve for personal protection and also perform utility or field chores in a survival situation. These are loosely referred to as “crossover cutters” — all can be had in fixed-blade or folding configuration.
World War II was the first conflict in which parachute troops were used. Germany, Great Britain, Japan and the United States all employed paratroopers to one extent or the other. The first truly large-scale assault by paras in WWII was by Germany. That was when their Fallschirmjäger dropped from tri-motor JU-52’s over the island of Crete in May 1941. The last big parachute drop was made by British and American troops during the push to cross the Rhine in March 1945.