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Mark Rivera, Customer Retention Manager and CJIS Security Compliance Officer with Vigilant Solutions, served for sixteen years with the Maryland State Police, retiring at the rank of First Sergeant with thirteen of those years at the supervisory and command level. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from The Johns Hopkins University and Secret clearance through the FBI, Baltimore.

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<p>The Pepper Pak 50 is designed for a number of law enforcement applications, including crowd control. (Photo: Less Lethal Concepts)</p>

Less Lethal Concepts: The OC Projector  

Less Lethal Concepts' Pepper Pak 50 is designed to deliver chemical agents at up to 85 feet, protecting officers and reducing the need for deadly force.

<p>Photo: Michael T. Rayburn</p>

Don't Fear the Recoil  

Some agencies have sold off their shotguns or traded them away in favor of the rifle. Rifles are great, but so are shotguns, and you should have both.

<p>Armalite AR-10 20-inch Tactical Rifle with March Optics&#39; scope and boxes of American Eagle, Federal, Hornady, and Nexus ammo used in the POLICE evaluation. (Photo: A.J. George)</p>

Armalite AR-10 20-Inch Tactical Rifle  

My new Armalite AR-10 Tactical Rifle is a direct gas impingement, .308 caliber, semi-automatic rifle with a 20-inch barrel and a rifle-length gas system. It has iron sights and is magazine fed, just like the original. That's about where the similarities end.

<p>Photo: Streamlight</p>

Police Product Test: Streamlight ProTac Rail Mount 2  

The rail mount on the Rail Mount 2 is machined into the body of the light for maximum strength and attaches to any 1913 rail segment in seconds with no tools required.

In Praise of Pepper Spray  

While a TASER may be a better option at times, pepper spray can be a practical choice. The key is to know when the use of pepper spray is appropriate and will be effective.

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Video: NYPD Transitioning to a New Duty Holster

NYPD officials say the department's new Safariland 6360 ALS gun holster with an automatic locking system is more secure than its previous holster. The department started issuing it to all new recruits in June of 2014. The Safariland 6360 ALS was not in use by the officer who was attacked Tuesday and lost his gun to a suspect who killed an uninvolved bystander.

MTM Releases Case-Gard 100 Rd 22 Caliber Ammo Box

New to MTM's P-100 Series line-up, the 100 Round 22 Caliber Ammo Box is designed specifically for 22 LR and 25 ACP ammo.

Ring’s Manufacturing Introduces 9mm Sub Compact Bluegun Training Pistol

Ring’s Manufacturing has introduced a new Honor Guard 9mm Sub Compact Bluegun training pistol replica.

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Appendix Carry…Thousands of Thugs Can’t be Wrong

During the course of the 3-hour run of scenarios in their “town”, I found the appendix style to work very well. I consistently...

SHOT Show 2015: Days 1 and 2 on the Floor

It doesn’t seem to be a “year of the gun” but more of a “year of the gun stuff,” as many of the firearms manufacturers seem to be...

SHOT Show 2015: Report from Industry Day at the Range

The biggest challenge for me was to narrow down those firearms and products that are applicable to law enforcement and try to keep...

   
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<p><strong><span>Neck Index</span></strong><span>&mdash;Draw your handgun and hold it in a one-handed grip, then draw your flashlight, grip it in your non-shooting fist, and position the light against your neck on your non-shooting side. Now as you sweep with your body and your gun hand, your head and neck will naturally follow and so will the beam of your light. <strong><span>Pros</span></strong>: Works with small or large lights. Works well with tail cap-activated lights. Allows simultaneous illumination of both your sights and the target. Easy to search without muzzle sweep. Easy to transition into flashlight strike. Cons: Limits user to one-handed gun grip. Can draw fire to head. Can create excess flash on sights.</span></p>
Pros and Cons of Handgun and Flashlight Techniques
There are numerous techniques for using a handgun and a...
<p><a href=&quot;http://www.actiontarget.com/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Action Target</a> installs full-scale indoor and outdoor ranges for law enforcement, as well as portable systems. Action Target&#39;s Track Runner heavy-duty track-mounted moving target system is designed for more permanent range installations. Unlike portable systems where the target is suspended from a steel cable, targets used with the Track Runner are mounted to a trolley that runs on a special track mounted close to the ground. This approach is ideal for realistic tactical applications because the target can move to different locations, change speed and direction, and dart in and out of cover. Action Target is now officially ISO 9001:2008 certified.</p>
Shooting Range Systems and Equipment 2015
This equipment will help you improve your firearms skills,...
<p><a href=&quot;http://www.policemag.com/freeinfo/19360&quot;>Aerko International </a>makes several varieties of subject control sprays. Punch II is available as a cone-shaped mist, coherent stream, or high-volume burst delivery. Water-based Punch III Formula forms micro bubble foam on impact to the face of the subject. Freeze + P employs the non-flammable solvent blend used in the company&#39;s Freeze system and incorporates both CS and OC. A variety of sizes are available and all formulas are completely non-flammable.</p>
Less-Lethal Weapons 2014
From ECWs, to sprays, to impact munitions, these less-lethal...
 
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