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Less-Lethal Tools  

September 30, 2015

By Melanie Basich

These devices provide a means of incapacitating subjects without using lethal force.

<p>Photo: Officer Adam Baker, Aledo (Ill.) PD</p>

Instinct and Knife Attack Defense  

September 4, 2015

By Michael Schlosser

It is ridiculous to think that an officer could take a single defensive tactics course that teaches specific techniques for knife defense and then be prepared for a knife attack.

<p><em>The LSL program stresses the complications found in close quarters, forcing officers to see, understand, and react faster. (Photo: Khyber Interactive Associates LLC)<br /></em></p>

Lights, Sights, and Lasers  

August 24, 2015

By Melanie Basich

The "Lights, Sights, and Lasers" training course is completely free to law enforcement officers and it provides always evolving training that is otherwise often hard to come by. 

<p>Photo: iStockphoto.com</p>

Common Sense Concealed Carry  

July 21, 2015

By A.J. George

Before you stuff a pistol in your waistband and head out the door there are a ton of things you first need to square away in your mind.

<p>Photo: A.J. George</p>

Glock G43 Subcompact Pistol  

June 30, 2015

By A.J. George

I must not have been the only one wishing for a 9mm single-stack Glock because the G43 was unveiled just a few short months ago and it has been an instant hit.

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

Moving While Shooting  

May 31, 2015

By Michael T. Rayburn

There are a number of benefits to shooting while moving. First, a moving target is a much harder target to hit than one that is stationary. Secondly, it lessens that action-versus-reaction gap

<p>Photo: Michael Schlosser</p>

Reacting to Gun Grabs  

April 30, 2015

By Michael Schlosser and Michael "Ben" Toberman

In addition to the built-in retention of your holster, there are some techniques and tactics that you need to know in order to keep your duty weapon in place during a physical altercation.

<p>Photo: A.J. George</p>

Daniel Defense MK12 Rifle  

April 17, 2015

By A.J. George

The Daniel Defense MK12 Rifle ran like a champ, the trigger was simply amazing, and the optic was, in my opinion, perfectly paired for the MK12's intended purpose.

<p>Photo: National Shooting Sports Foundation</p>

SHOT Show 2015: Report from the Aisles  

February 28, 2015

By Melanie Basich

This year at the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, law enforcement, military, and tactical products again permeated the aisles, spilling well beyond the area designated for law enforcement booths. Which means there's that much more for law enforcement officers to get excited about.

<p>Oakley Det Cord Ballistic eyewear. Photo: Oakley SI</p>

Police Product Test: Oakley Det Cord and Tombstone Eyewear  

February 26, 2015

By A.J. George

Oakley recently took a giant leap into the future with the debut of its Prizm lens technology. These lenses, made from a patented formula of lens tints, are designed from the ground up to make the absolute best shooting and tactical glasses to date.

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