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<p><em><strong>Photo: Nick Jacobellis.</strong></em></p>

Motivate Yourself to Improve Your Firearms Proficiency  

July 6, 2011
A serious problem facing the law enforcement profession today is the lack of firearms proficiency by some sworn personnel. Law enforcement officers who require more that one chance to qualify or who barely qualify need to improve their skill level with the firearms they carry on and off duty.
<p><em><strong>Photo: Scott Smith.</strong></em></p>

Carbine Fundamentals  

June 22, 2011
To show what your carbine can do and to test or improve your skills, LAV uses his 4-10 Drill. This is shooting at four distances — single-position shooting at 100 yards prone, 75 yards seated, 50 yards kneeling and 25 yards standing in 1 minute, 45 seconds, 30 seconds, and 15 seconds. Fire 10 shots at each distance.
<p><em><strong>Photo: Scott Smith</strong></em></p>

Handgun Fundamentals  

June 16, 2011
The key to be high speed, low drag is to master the basics. Fundamental courses are the bread and butter for any training operation; you'll always pick up something to improve your shooting.

Product Test: FNH USA FNX 9  

May 25, 2011
With the FNX 9, FNH USA has produced a well made and modern semi-auto pistol. However, its drawbacks as a duty pistol include limited backstrap options, lack of night sights, and a short trigger reset.
<p><strong>The USSA's Mike Seeklander shows how to properly load shells. Photo: Scott Smith.</strong></p>

Tactical Shotgun Training at the U.S. Shooting Academy  

May 17, 2011
The shotgun's biggest advantage over a carbine/rifle is the variety of ammunition. USSA stresses that you need to know how your shotgun performs with less lethal, buck shot and its various pellet sizes and slugs. Each behaves differently; it's your responsibility to know how.
<p><em><strong>Photo: Vince Taroc.</strong></em></p>

Follow Your Agency's Ammo Rules  

May 4, 2011
Somewhere in the fine print of your departmental directives or policies regarding firearms and use of force you'll read the line, "No unauthorized ammo will be used in departmental weapons for duty."
<p><em><strong>Aimpoint's Patrol Rifle Optic. Photo: Aimpoint.</strong></em></p>

Field Test: Aimpoint Patrol Rifle Optic  

April 21, 2011
For officers looking for fast deployment of the patrol rifle in an emergency, the optic arrives with a transparent flip-up rear lens cover that allows the operator to use the optic with both eyes open and both covers closed.
<p>The Grayman Satu Folder. Photo: Grayman.</p>

Knife Review: Grayman Satu Folder  

March 30, 2011
Despite its size and weight (10 ounces), the Satu carries and handles just as well as if not better than a folding knife that's approximately a third smaller. The look, the feel, and overall construction of the Satu folder is very pleasing to the eye.
<p>The TOPS-Buck Combat Search and Rescue Tool (CSAR-T). Photo: TOPS-Buck.</p>

Knife Review: Buck/TOPS CSAR-T Folder  

March 23, 2011
The Buck/TOPS CSAR-T folder also has a superbly ergonomic rugged Rocky Mountain Tread G10 handle, giving the knife an overall length of 8.2 inches and hefty 8.6-ounce weight. The CSAR-T folder has some heft, making it rugged enough to be used in the most demanding applications.
When LAPD officers arrested Rodney King in 1991, they did not have access to the TASER X26.

TASERs Can Prevent Another Rodney King Incident  

March 4, 2011
Back on March 3, 1991, when LAPD officer confronted the then very large and resistive Rodney King, one of the first tools they tried to use on him was a TASER. They shot him twice with it. To very little effect. And things went downhill and got out of control.
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