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Smith & Wesson SW1911PD Semi-Auto Pistol  

March 1, 2007

By Mike Detty

I think that you'll have to agree that there is a certain amount of irony in seeing a 1911 wearing the S&W logo. After all, it was Colt that brought the gun to market and produced millions for the military and for civilian consumption. But S&W didn't just copy the original design. It has made some changes to the time-honored 1911 to update the gun.

Police Product Test: EOTech Holographic Weapons System  

March 1, 2007

By Nick Jacobellis

The large viewing window of an EOTech holographic scope enables the operator to retain peripheral vision while viewing the target area. This is an incredibly important feature for law enforcement officers who are advancing on a target or searching a high-threat location.

SHOT Show 2007: Report from the Aisles  

March 1, 2007

By Scott Smith and David Griffith

Every winter, the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show attracts buyers from the major wholesalers, federal firearms license holders, and a mix of individuals from the government and law enforcement. For those of you who couldn't get to Orlando in mid-January to walk the aisles of the show, here's a quick look at some of the gear that caught the eyes of our editors.

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How to Evaluate Ammunition  

March 1, 2007

By Nick Jacobellis

Imagine for a moment that you are a law enforcement administrator who is responsible for evaluating ammunition for your agency. The decisions you make can have a profound effect on the safety of your sworn personnel and the civilian population that they serve. The same is true if you are an individual officer who is allowed to use personally owned firearms and ammunition on the job. You have a responsibility to select the best ammunition available.

Practice the Way You Want to Play  

February 1, 2007

By Dave Smith

One of the principles we "win" by is "practice the way you want to play." But one of the things we sometimes forget with our modern conveniences and comforts is that we want that practice to be as close to "game conditions" as possible.

SIG Sauer SP2022  

February 1, 2007

By Paul Scarlata

SIG’s new 2022 pistol isn’t the first sidearm to have a polymer frame, but it’s a welcome addition to a new tradition of sidearms that has continued to grow in popularity.

Benchmade Nitrous H&K Blitz Assisted-Opening Folder  

February 1, 2007

By Scott Smith

Knives for duty use have gone through some serious changes in the past two decades, not the least of which has been the development of folders that rival fixed-blade knives for toughness and open with assisted-opening systems that rival auto-openers for ease of use.

ArmaLite AR-24 and AR-24K Pistols  

January 1, 2007

By Mike Detty

ArmaLite has long been known for its innovative and trendsetting rifle designs. Now, for the first time in its storied existence, there is a pistol that wears the ArmaLite name.

Stopping Power  

January 1, 2007

By Melanie Basich

Need some ammo for your scattergun? Try out these pellets and slugs.

How to Buy Rifle Optics  

January 1, 2007

By Nick Jacobellis

In days gone by, “rifle optics” referred to one thing: a telescopic sight with varying degrees of magnification. But today, rifle optics include a new class of aiming devices called combat optics, generally red dot sights.

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