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The Daniel Defense Larry Vickers Signature Carbine is a long-gun option for officers that arrives tricked out and ready for duty. Photo is courtesy of Daniel Defense.

Long Guns: 2011  

January 13, 2011

By David Griffith

Just 10 years ago when law enforcement agencies went out to purchase long guns, they rarely looked at anything other than shotguns. Today, the AR and other military-style rifles dominate the market.

DoubleStar's Model 1911 is a good choice in the centennial year of a pistol first designed by John Moses Browning. Photo courtesy of DoubleStar.

Handguns: 2011  

January 13, 2011

By David Griffith

All sworn law enforcement officers carry at least one handgun. Smart ones carry more than one, if they're allowed to. That's why so much of the handgun market is focused on providing cops with handguns.

Aimpoint's Micro T1 optic is a red-dot tube sight that can be mounted to a carbine. Photo courtesy of Aimpoint.

Advanced Duty Optics  

January 10, 2011

By Scott Smith

The first and foremost reason people use any form of mounted optics is they provide a fast, accurate sight. Second, be they red dot or truly telescopic, sights have shrunk in size, making them better suited for duty.

Police Product Test: Boyt Tactical Hard/Soft Case  

December 21, 2010

By Scott Smith

POLICE Magazine reviews the Boyt Tactical Hard Sided/Soft Case Combo, Propper Lightweight Tactical Pants, Tru-Spec by Atlanco 3 In 1 Jacket, and (as a Web exclusive) iTAC Defense RDS1 Red-Dot Sight.

The BlackHawk Operations Jacket is good for off-duty or plainclothes carry. Image courtesy of BlackHawk.

12 Great Holiday Gifts for Cops  

December 20, 2010

By David Griffith

Once again, the editors of POLICE Magazine offer you our annual holiday gift guide. Note: We've allowed some inflation this year. The price limit for 2010 is $350 (Yes, we know. That's a substantial gift).

Make Your Arm a Stun Weapon  

December 7, 2010

By David Griffith

ArmStar's futuristic new stun weapon could make hands-on engagements with suspects really one-sided in your favor.

SIG Sauer P220 Compact Pistols  

December 6, 2010

By Nick Jacobellis

SIG Sauer has developed a new line of SIG 220 .45 ACP pistols: one model with a full-size SIG 220 grip and one with a shorter grip that is considerably more concealable.

Nikon 1-4X M-223 Rifle Scope

Police Product Test: Nikon 1-4X M-223 Rifle Scope  

November 29, 2010

By Scott Smith

POLICE Magazine reviews the Nikon 1-4X M-223 Rifle Scope, 5.11 Tactical Responder Hi-Vis Parka, and Streamlight E Flood Light Box.

21st Century Riot Control Tools  

November 29, 2010

By David Griffith

A few weeks before last year's G20 economic summit in Pittsburgh, anarchists and agitators cringed as they read about heat rays, sonic disruptors, mass TASERs, malodorants, and other new riot control technologies that would supposedly make their debut during the economic summit.

Off-Duty Firearms Carry and Training  

November 18, 2010

By Michael T. Rayburn

If for no other reason than the protection of yourself and your loved ones, you need to practice off-duty firearms tactics. And it's in your agency's best interests to provide you with the necessary skills.

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