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Backup Gun Policies: Agency-by-Agency  

June 1, 2004

By David Griffith

Last June POLICE magazine published an editorial that asked readers to let us know if their agencies had policies that prohibited officers from carrying backup guns. We promised to contact these agencies and ask the reasons for the policies. Calls were made and the following is our agency-by-agency report.

Backup Gun Policies: Backup Guns Vs. Hideaway Guns  

June 1, 2004

By David Griffith

One of the biggest problems with the concept of backup guns is that police administrators have a tendency to confuse backup guns with smaller, often less reliable "hideaway guns."

Camillus Becker Tactool/BK3  

June 1, 2004

By Scott Smith

And for a knife that can handle the worst-case scenarios on raids, search-and-rescue missions, you name it, I like the Camillus and Becker Knife and Tool Tactool/BK3.

Tags: Knives

Special Report: Backup Gun Policies--Gun Control  

June 1, 2004

By David Griffith

It's not hard to make a strong case for backup guns. The basic contention of backup gun proponents is that old saw that goes: If you absolutely have to have one of something to ensure your survival, then you better have two.

Ammunition: Bang for the Buck  

June 1, 2004

By Dave Douglas

One thing I, for one, never gave much thought to is the ammunition we are most likely issued by our respective departments. There are so many different brands, calibers, and performance characteristics to consider that it’s mind boggling.

Lone Wolf Knives Val-Matic  

May 1, 2004

By Scott Smith

The knife that really caught my eye was the Butch Vallotton-designed Val-Matic. What sets it apart from other knives is its double-action opening.

Tags: Knives

Al Mar Nomad Knife  

April 1, 2004

By Scott Smith

For 25 years Al Mar has been a leader in tactical knives. The company's tradition of hard-use folding duty/tactical knives continues as Al Mar broadens its line of clip-it style knives.

Tags: Knives
Beretta 8000 Cougar

Ready for Duty  

April 1, 2004

By Paul Scarlata

Beginning in the mid-1980s, American police agencies switched en masse from the revolver to the semi-automatic pistol. Rationalizations for this change in weaponry were many and are still hotly debated.

Representatives from Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM) explain the process for converting a “live” firearm into a training weapon using UTM’s conversion kit.

SHOT Show 2004  

April 1, 2004

By David Griffith

Each year the law enforcement specific portion of the annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show grows larger. This year's show was no exception.

Tags: SHOT Show

How to Purchase Patrol Rifles  

March 1, 2004

By Dave Douglas

The regular patrol force is being tasked with taking immediate action in those fortunately infrequent events where SWAT would have been called in the past. We are finding that not only do patrol officers' tactics need to change, but the equipment patrol brings to the field needs to change as well.

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