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Lou Salseda

Lou Salseda

Lou Salseda is a retired LAPD sergeant with 34 years of law enforcement experience. He is the chief instructor of TAC-1 Defensive Firearms Training in Santa Clarita, Calif., and is a consultant for law enforcement training and litigation.

Nick Jacobellis

Nick Jacobellis

Nick Jacobellis is a medically retired U.S. Customs Agent and former New York police officer who was physically disabled in the line of duty while working undercover as a federal agent.

Blog - Weapons

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Grasp the entire grip and frame of the gun with your weak (non-dominant) hand. Turn over the pistol, gain a foothold into the fabric, and rack the slide. Photo by Brian Ostro.

Reloading With Your Weak Hand  

November 10, 2010
Dep. Jennifer Fulford never expected the assailant's 9mm bullet to rip through her nerves, disabling feeling in her fingers and causing the loss of use of her entire dominant hand. Fortunately, she was not out of ammo; she performed a one-handed reload with her weak (non-dominant) hand, as she had learned.

Maintaining Accuracy With Rapid Fire  

November 5, 2010
New Weapons blogger Nick Jacobellis explains the importance of accuracy in rapid-fire scenarios that may involve multiple combat reloads. At the end of this blog, Jacobellis gives you several effective techniques you can bring to the range to help achieve this.
Wilson Combat's Professional Model is exclusively available to LE and arrives with a 14-inch barrel and SureFire tactical light.

Shotguns Still Have Their Role In LE  

October 28, 2010
We must first understand that today's shotguns and rifles have crossbred features that mimic each other, but there are distinct differences that are fundamental to each type. It's paramount that you understand those differences to better fill your own or your agency's needs.

Can Officers Learn From a Competition Shooter?  

October 14, 2010
Most academy and qualification training with firearms is devoted to shooting at stationary silhouettes at 25 and 50 yards. This isn't the real world. In the real world, the bad guy is pumped full of adrenaline and is mobile.
The grip angle of the M1911 pistol takes advantage of the hand's natural geometry to promote accuracy, and makes the gun a pleasure to shoot.

Is the 1911 Still Viable for Law Officers?  

September 30, 2010
The main reason the M1911 is so successful is its grip angle. It's a natural pointer. The pistol takes advantage of the hand's natural geometry to promote accuracy, and the angle also makes the gun a pleasure to shoot. Having said that, certain steps must be taken to make the M1911 ready for carry.
Pachmayr produces spring loaded primer rounds known as snap caps. Photo courtesy of Pachmayr.

Dry Firing: Reinforcing the Fundamentals  

September 15, 2010
Dry firing can be done almost anywhere. Once you have decided to implement this course of action, you must develop a plan on paper and stick to it.

.308 Gives You the Longer-Range Edge  

August 31, 2010
The .223 is a respectable cartridge for many applications, but can fall short at a longer-distance range for penetrating heavy media such as concrete, armor plating, and dense steel.
Black Hills Leather's Police Duty Holster is designed for law enforcement agencies. Photo via Black Hills.

Should You Consider a Custom Holster?  

August 12, 2010
While holsters from the "custom" lines of such holster makers as Galco and Safariland can cost 20 to 50 percent more than their respective "generic" lines for the same model of pistols, I think they should be given consideration by those serious about practicing and gaining every possible advantage against the bad guy.
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy trains with an AR-type carbine. Photo by Kim Pham.

Engaging Suspects With Long Guns  

July 26, 2010
Handguns may be smaller, portable, lighter, concealable and convenient, but they aren't always the best tool for the job. This has been proven again and again on the battlefields of the world and in police engagements throughout history.
Smith & Wesson's double-action Bodyguard 38 offers a concealed hammer, ambidextrous cylinder release and is rated for +P ammunition. It weighs 14.3 ounces.

Small-Frame Revolvers: Still An Excellent Choice  

July 2, 2010
For an officer considering a backup gun, one of the major factors is weight. Smith & Wesson and Taurus have addressed these issues in the small-frame revolver by replacing heavier steel frames with lighter aluminum, titanium, and scandium metals.
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