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In last month's issue, we asked you which of these HK pistols was Airsoft. Did you answer correctly that the bottom one is the pellet pistol?

Dangerous Lookalikes  

September 1, 2006

By Kenneth R. Murray

Improper use of Airsoft, BB, and pellet guns on the street can cause deadly confusion for law enforcement.

Smith & Wesson M&P15 Rifle  

August 1, 2006

By Mike Detty

I drove from my home in Tucson to the SHOT Show in Las Vegas this year—it’s a scenic drive that takes a little more than seven hours. Entering the city, I passed a large police motorcade that was just beginning on the other side of the highway.

Airsoft: Toy or Training Tool?  

August 1, 2006

By Kenneth R. Murray

Can a gun that fires plastic BBs really serve as a viable training tool for law enforcement?

Para-Ordnance Tac-Five LDA Pistol  

July 1, 2006

By Paul Scarlata

There can be no denying that the most popular semi-automatic pistol of all time is John Moses Browning’s venerable Model 1911. The Model 1911 served the U.S. Army for almost a century; its popularity with civilian shooters knows few bounds, and it dominates the action pistol shooting sports. Oddly enough, however, the 1911 never gained much of a following among American law enforcement agencies. The reasons for this can be summed up in two words: tradition and litigation.

Heckler & Koch HK34 Axis Tactical Folder  

July 1, 2006

By Scott Smith

Created by Benchmade and designed by Mike Snody, HK's new folding knife is rugged and versatile.

Your Constant Companion  

July 1, 2006

By Melanie Basich

Your duty holster keeps your trusty sidearm close at hand; it can and should be as unique as you are.

Countering the Karambit  

June 1, 2006

By Ernest Emerson

The karambit is a small to medium-sized personal fighting knife that was developed and is still used today in the Indonesian archipelago. It can also be a very effective weapon for slashing someone’s throat.

Kahr Arms Model P45, double-action, semi-auto pistol. Image via Jag7720 (Wikimedia).

Kahr Arms P45 Pistol  

June 1, 2006

By Mike Detty

Life is full of compromises. This has been especially true for those that have faced the perplexing problem of selecting an off-duty, undercover, or backup gun.

Blade Tech MLEK Folding Knife  

June 1, 2006

By Scott Smith

Years ago, I needed a holster for a Novak-built STI International 1911. I searched high and low to no avail. Then I learned that a small Washington-based company called Blade Tech was making custom holsters out of Kydex. I sent them my STI, and they made an excellent holster that fit it perfectly.

SIG Sauer 229 SAS Pistol  

May 1, 2006

By Mike Detty

With refinements like a radical dehorning, a DAK double-action-only trigger, tritium front night sight and chambering for the potent .40 S&W cartridge, the SIG 229 SAS possesses everything that an officer or agent could need. And it should. This newest member of the SIG is designed for professionals who carry their guns all day, every day.

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