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<p>Photo: Phalanx Defense Systems</p>

One Size Fits Most  

With Phalanx Defense Systems' Stealth Operator Holster Series, you can wear one concealed carry holster to accommodate various handguns, such as your duty weapon and a personal weapon.

<p>Officers are trained to move into their stance before reaching for their guns.</p>

Web Exclusive: A New Approach to Firearms Training  

Students who have attended the D.R.A.W. School say the results can be impressive. “When we went to the range for live-fire training after the first D.R.A.W. School class, the results were instantly apparent. Not only were officers quicker out of the holster, their first shot was right on target, and their follow-up shots were faster and much more accurate,” says Lt. Jason Graham, training coordinator with the Wake Forest (NC) Police Department.

ECDs and Use-of-Force Law  

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which applies to five states, emphasizes the use of TASERs as tools for protection, not for compelling compliance.

<p>Photo: Streamlight</p>

Police Product Test: Streamlight TLR-1 HPL  

The TLR-1 HPL is designed specifically for long gun use and does a fantastic job of lighting up targets at what I would consider a reasonable engagement distance and beyond.

<p>Draw your handgun while raising your elbow up. Once the gun has cleared the holster, drop your elbow straight down into your side, pointing the gun straight ahead at the intended target. Keep your gun and forearm parallel to the ground.</p>
<p>(Photo: Michael T. Rayburn)</p>

Shooting from the Hip  

Hip shooting can give you the edge you need to defeat an assailant that's close to you. At close distances all we're looking for is hits on a human-sized target.

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Some Dallas Officers to be Issued Less-Lethal Launchers and Sponge Rounds

Police booster group Safer Dallas Better Dallas announced Thursday that it plans to raise $250,000 to help pay for more than 100 launchers that shoot sponge rounds. The less-lethal weapons are meant to disarm and incapacitate someone from up to 100 feet away, police officials say.

Obama Wants Law Enforcement to Use "Smart Guns"

Under the measures, the government would define requirements that gun makers need to meet for police to consider purchasing. The White House said that local governments could apply for grants for guns equipped with the technology.

Baltimore Officer Shoots Teen Holding Replica Handgun

A Baltimore police officer shot a teen who was carrying a fake handgun Wednesday afternoon following a brief foot chas, authorities said. The teen's injuries aren't considered life-threatening.

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In Weapons Blog

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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