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<p>Photo by Paul Budde.</p>

Sturm, Ruger & Co. LC380 Subcompact Pistol  

June 19, 2013

As you might have ascertained by its model designation, the LC380 is essentially the LC9 modified to fire the .380 cartridge. In fact, the LC380 is identical to the LC9 in every respect, except for the caliber and a minuscule variation in weight.

<p>Photo by Mark W. Clark.</p>

Customizing Your AR Rifle  

May 29, 2013

ARs are almost endlessly customizable to suit the needs of the operator. From barrel length to stocks, grips, rails, and optics, the foundation of the AR-15 can be adapted to everything from close-quarters operation work to long-range precision applications.

<p>Photo by Mark W. Clark.</p>

Police Product Test: Blade-Tech Looper Gun Belt  

May 28, 2013

The Blade-Tech Reinforced Looper Series gun belt is clearly aimed at fitting the needs of the plainclothes police officer. Yes, it has the same Kydex used in holsters and it serves the same purpose; it makes the belt rigid.

<p><span>Photo by Paul Budde.</span></p>

FNH USA FNX-45 Duty Pistol  

May 22, 2013

A few years ago, FN introduced the successor to the FNP line, the FNX. Like the FNP, the FNX is a hammer-fired, polymer-framed duty pistol with a double-action/single-action trigger system. The latest model in the series is the worthy successor to the FNP-45, the FNX-45.

<p>Photos courtesy of Blackhawk.</p>

Blackhawk's Level III Epoch Holster  

May 15, 2013

In the Blackhawk Epoch holster system, a wedge engages from the side of the holster and locks into the ejection port. The wedge is released when the shooter grips the pistol to draw and pushes down on a plunger with his or her thumb

<p>Photo by Alex Landeen.</p>

SIG Sauer P224 SAS DAK Pistol  

April 17, 2013

The P224 is basically a P229 that has been cut down to fit the traditional dimensions of a subcompact. It's available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .357 SIG. The SAS (anti-snag) model also features a recessed hammer and a dehorned slide and frame.

<p>Photo: Wes Doss</p>

The Tragedy of Training Accidents  

April 16, 2013

When an officer is shot and killed in a training session, odds are some other officer pulled the trigger. The result is devastating for the officers of the agency involved and for the friends and families of both officers.

<p>Meggitt&rsquo;s FATS Lanes application for the L7 simulator creates a virtual firing range. Photo courtesy of Meggitt</p>

The Next Generation Firing Range  

April 10, 2013

Created using Meggitt Training Systems’ products and design assistance, the Suwanee (Ga.) PD training center is complete with a four-lane indoor shooting range, an academic classroom, and a training room that also serves as a virtual firearms trainer.

<p>Photo by Butch Simpson.</p>

Beretta 3032 Tomcat Subcompact Pistol  

March 21, 2013

Today Beretta's Model 92 gets all the attention, but the company has not forgotten its roots and still offers a number of blowback-operated, sub-compact pistols. The .32 ACP Beretta Tomcat is an extremely small concealed carry pistol that some officers use for backup and off-duty carry.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Less-Lethal Weapon Options  

March 6, 2013

At present, less-lethal weapons are a fact of life. It's hard to find an agency that doesn't use at least one in one form or another. With technology advances being what they are, there are more options today than ever before. Let's look at some of the available technologies and how they make a difference.

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