Christian Beekman

Christian Beekman

Christian Beekman is a columnist for Task & Purpose. His main focus is on defense and national security topics, particularly in regard to individual warfighter equipment and training. In his free time, he plays and writes about games, and tries to stay active by playing airsoft.

Recent articles from Christian Beekman

101st Airborne trooper carrying an M16A1 during the Vietnam War (circa 1969).
Gear & Tech
Colt Is Bringing Back The Iconic Vietnam War Service Rifle
The M16A1 rifle is being brought back by its original military manufacturer, Colt’s Manufacturing Company.
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Gear & Tech
The ‘Wind Cheater’ Is A Lightweight Rain Jacket For Warfighters
This lightweight tactical jacket by FirstSpear lives up to its name, and then some.
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Gear & Tech
Why Your Rifle Magazines Make A Big Difference
Shooters can even accessorize their weapon’s magazines, to big effect.
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Gear & Tech
This Is The Last Travel Bag You’ll Ever Need To Buy
No matter where you’re going, this transport bag will ease your travel woes.
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Gear & Tech
This Versatile Bag Will Hide A Handgun And So Much More
This bag works great for carrying concealed, but has more to offer.
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Gear & Tech
This Lightweight Jacket Is Perfectly Suited For The Modern Commando
Beyond Clothing’s new jacket offers both comfort and utility. It also has the perfect number of pockets.
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Gear & Tech
From Tactical To Practical: Here’s Your Ultimate Assault Pack
Everyday carry to work? 24-hour mission essentials? Here's a pack that can be both.
Screenshot from 'Hyena Road' trailer.
Entertainment
‘Hyena Road’ Brings Grinding Complexity Of Ground Combat In Afghanistan To The Screen
New drama ‘Hyena Road’ takes a close look at the complex and often convoluted counterinsurgency doctrine in Afghanistan.
A 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Green Beret engages target with a M4 assault rifle on Eglin AFB, Fla., Feb 08, 2012.
Gear & Tech
The Best Tacticool Gear From SHOT Show 2016
Here are seven SHOT Show debuts that should be on every warfighter’s packing list this year.
A U.S. Soldier with Special Operations Command, Europe, 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Detachment Alpha 0114 participates in small arms training at Szolnok Air Base, Hungary, July 13, 2012.
Gear & Tech
What The Army Needs In A New Service Pistol
The SEALs’ adoption of the Glock contains a lesson: The best new pistol for the Army may already be in service.
A. U.S. Marine assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment takes a nap on Forward Operating Base Now Zad, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 17, 2012.
Gear & Tech
Why The Military Is Moving On From The M16
The Marine Corps is replacing the M16 with the M4 carbine as the primary weapon for the infantry. Here's why.
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History
How Joint Special Operations Command Became America’s ‘Perfect Hammer’
The new book, "Relentless Strike," sheds light on one of the military’s most secretive commands.
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News
The Army’s Humvee Replacement Marks The End Of An Era
Oshkosh's new tactical truck represents a sea change in battlefield transport.
A U.S. Air Force Boeing B-52H Stratofortress of the 2d Bomb Wing static display with weapons, at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, in 2006.
Gear & Tech
Old Weapon Systems Still Serve The Military Well
Sorry Mike Huckabee, but some old workhorses don’t need replacing.
U.S. Army Rangers from E Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, fire 9mm Beretta M9 Pistols at a range in Fort Hunter Liggett, California, Jan. 24, 2014.
Gear & Tech
These Firearms Manufacturers Represent The Top Competition For The Army’s New Handgun
These likely contenders could create some fierce competition for the Army’s XM17 Modular Handgun System.
U.S. Army Rangers resting in the vicinity of Pointe du Hoc, which they assaulted in support of "Omaha" Beach landings on "D-Day,"  June 6, 1944.
History
How The Rangers Became The Badass Fighting Force They Are Today
During World War II, Darby’s Rangers embodied the spirit of today’s forces: Rangers lead the way.