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As instructor Dennis Quilio watches, Steve O’Keefe squeezes off a shot from his new duty pistol, a Kimber Pro Carry II Model 1911.

The Scientific Method  

August 1, 2002

Searching for a weapon that would fit the grips of both small-handed officers and big officers with huge meathooks, Jenkins' attention was drawn to the Model 1911 platform, a pistol design that has not been officially adopted by a U.S. metropolitan police department in 50 years.

Police waterborne training includes swimmer casts from high-speed boats. Tactical officers say observers from the shore are much more likely to notice a stationary boat than one that rips by and leaves swimmers in the water. This gives a surveillance or assault team the element of surprise.

TWO if by Sea: Tactical Waterborne Units  

August 1, 2002

The lesson of the Baltimore exercise is quite clear: police agencies can't just arbitrarily decide that their jurisdictions end at the water's edge and assume that anything on the water will be handled by the Coast Guard, the Navy, or somebody else.

A straight punch, as demonstrated by the author, focuses a great amount of force in a small area, and is a very effective technique for stunning and gaining control over a subject.

Make A Chance  

July 1, 2002

“Making a chance,” simply means you must create an opportunity to either control your opponent or to escape his or her attack.

Code 7  

July 1, 2002

Of course, you don't have to work the late shift or even work the streets for a cop's lifestyle and eating habits to add up to obesity, high blood pressure, and other coronary risk factors.

Tags: Nutrition

Concealed Carry  

July 1, 2002

Two students were killed, 13 injured. But it could have been much worse if Clark had not been on the scene and armed.

Fixed blade knives, like these from Glock, Kershaw, KA-BAR, Benchmade, and Cold Steel, are strong and versatile.

Getting The Point  

July 1, 2002

Today's pocket knives have been transformed from the large Buck Lockblade and the Schrade Old Timer to the ultra-modern streamlined clip-it folders you see in every duty gear catalog and supply house.

Tags: Knives

The Generic Report  

July 1, 2002

It got to the point where I had memorized a short speech in which I slowly explained to the confused citizen that the police officer's job was basically finding someone to arrest, arresting them, and then taking them to jail.

The Right to Bear Arms  

July 1, 2002

As I boarded a flight home from meeting with members of Congress, security was tight and new alerts were announced. I considered again that despite 15 years on the job and being in the virtual ground zero for new terrorist threats, I was unarmed, unable to respond to a threat because out-of-town officers are not trusted to carry guns in the nation's capital.

In Hot Pursuit  

July 1, 2002

While police pursuits are a necessary part of police work and should not be banned, officers should be aware of the potential danger and terminate pursuits when the risk of injury outweighs the benefit of catching the suspect.

The XD is virtually custom tailored as a police duty pistol. From the grip safety and lightweight polymer frame to solid steel forgings, it is rugged, reliable, and accurate.

Springfield Armory's 'Extreme Duty'  

July 1, 2002

It looked like the metal was finished virtually flawlessly, and these weren't castings but forgings, milled to final form. Impressive.

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