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Along with two law enforcement badges, Deputy Grady Pardue’s Colt .45 six-shooters remain together after almost a century.  The Colt New Service (top gun) was used by Grady to kill two armed robbers in a gunfight in Arcadia, California just prior to World War II.

The Guns Of Grady Pardue  

October 1, 2001

There is something almost mystical about a lawman's guns. Distinctly personal, unlike pens or uniform shoes, a lawman's guns are often as much a partner to them as their flesh-and-blood buddy in the saddle next to them.

M26 TASER: Hand-Held Lightning?  

September 1, 2001

TASER is once again a "hot topic" in resistance control circles. The newest version of this 35-year-old technology is the M26 Advanced TASER and it offers a number of improvements over earlier devices.

Clint Smith offering firearms training at Thunder Ranch. Photo via Clint Smith.

Communicate, Move, Shoot  

July 1, 2001

These three skills can offer simple solutions to often complicated problems in the field.

Concealed Carry: Thoughts for Plainclothes Officers  

May 1, 2001

For many investigators their handgun is their primary weapon. Consequently, it must be the most effective tool they can have. Here are some thoughts on the selection process of both the handgun and the ever-important holster it's carried in.

Keep Your Finger Off the Switch  

April 1, 2001

The lust forautomatic weapons is now almost universal within police departments throughout the country.

An aerial shot of the LeMoore Naval Air Station shooting range in California, which covers 420 acres, gives some idea of the amount of land needed to ensure safety.

Range Designers Step Up To Today’s Challenges  

December 1, 2000

Increased urbanization has created new conflicts with shooting ranges used by law enforcement agencies, defense installations, as well as civilian gun clubs across the United States and Canada.

Even the Score: Point Shooting vs. Aimed Shooting  

November 1, 2000

The point shooting vs. aimed shooting controversy will probably go on forever.  Wait a minute-are you kidding?  There should be absolutely no controversy surrounding whether or not point shooting is more effective than aimed shooting.

Shoot From the Ankle  

October 1, 2000

Every year officers are disarmed and murdered with their own weapons.  It only makes sense to always carry while off duty and to always carry a back-up weapon while on duty.

Use of “Less Lethal”: A Case History  

August 1, 2000

In the early morning hours of Oct. 14, 1998 a call was received at Placer Co. Sheriff's dispatch regarding a report of a suspect armed with a knife and standing in the street behind a four-plex apartment in a high-density population area.  The situation would be quickly ended without the loss of life, but it could easily have been otherwise.

Firing Practice Helps Make Survival Possible  

August 1, 2000

Personal investigation indicates that only about 25 percent of officers practice on their own time.  Supervisors, concerned by a low hit rate in critical incidents, may push for better handguns and advanced training.  But officers are responsible for their own safety and should practice on their own.

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