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Vise Grips  

July 1, 2003

By Dave Douglas

Who would have thought years ago that the hunk of hardened and shaped leather we wear on our hips would evolve from a simple holster into a high-tech, lightweight firearm retention device?

The Spyderco Rescue 93mm features a serrated blade for cutting webbing.

Spyderco Rescue  

June 1, 2003

All of Spyderco's knives are made to withstand the hard use that comes with duty, and the Rescue 93mm and Rescue Jr. are no different.

Tags: Knives
Manufacturers continue to update ammo design, but does it really make a difference in the field?

There Are No Magic Bullets  

June 1, 2003

By Roy Huntington

That constant search, that timeless endeavor by rangemasters everywhere for the "perfect" bullet goes on. But a perfect bullet doesn't exist, and it probably won't, unless somebody invents a "Star Trek" phaser.

Our Guide to Backup Guns  

June 1, 2003

By Gary Paul Johnston

The possibility of being kidnapped was heavy on the minds of LAPD officers in the mid-1960s because of the kidnapping of their fellow Officers Bob Hettinger and Ian Campbell whose story inspired the book and movie, "The Onion Field."

How to Improve Marksmanship  

June 1, 2003

By Dave Spaulding

History has shown over and over again that merely shooting a set course of fire, or qualification course, will not truly prepare you for an armed confrontation. Yet, agencies continue to schedule officers for firearms qualification only three to four times a year. Is it any wonder why our hit ratio in gunfights hovers at 20 percent?

North American Arms Guardian Series  

June 1, 2003

By Roy Huntington

There's an old adage among special units of the military and police (indeed, among anyone who relies upon equipment for their very lives) that "one of something is none, and two is one."

Priceless  

June 1, 2003

By David Griffith

If your department lets you carry a backup gun, and you don't have one, get one. If you have one and don't carry it because its uncomfortable or you just don't think you need it, then ask yourself, what will you do if some recently paroled pumped-up gorilla takes your sidearm away and tries to turn it on you?

Re-Charged: Taser's X26  

June 1, 2003

By David Griffith

Taser International's new X26 is a much smaller Taser that’s even more effective than its larger predecessor, the M26.

Beretta's Model 92 Folding Knife  

May 1, 2003

By Scott Smith

This clip-it exhibits the qualities that have made Beretta sidearms standard for police personnel.

Lead Vs. Steel  

April 1, 2003

By R.K. Campbell

Since the turn of the 20th century when criminals first became mechanized, officers have recognized a need for gun and ammunition combinations capable of penetrating the light sheet metal of vehicles.

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