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<p>Ithaca offers a traditional stock and an AR-style pistol grip as custom options for its M37 shotguns. Photo: Scott Smith</p>

Ithaca M37 Shotgun and M1911 Pistol  

February 7, 2012

Although it's best known today for its hunting weapons, Ithaca has produced firearms favored by the military and law enforcement for decades. The Ithaca Model 37 shotgun and M1911 handgun are two John Browning designs that have been carried in both World Wars and in numerous police operations.

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

SHOT Show 2012: Report from the Aisles  

February 1, 2012

Despite the industry's attempt to transform shooting sports and self-defense into some kind of video game for the Generation Z folks, there was still plenty of serious hardware for law enforcement at this year's show.

<p>Photo: Nick Jacobellis</p>

Understanding AR Systems  

January 25, 2012

In recent years more and more manufacturers have developed new takes on AR-style rifles, resulting in four major operating systems for the common patrol rifles used by American law enforcement. Let's take a look at the four operating systems and their pros and cons

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

Police Product Test: Soundgear by LaPierre Digital Hearing Protection  

January 25, 2012

Soundgear electronic hearing protection is a fully automatic earplug that returns environmental sounds while eliminating loud noise spikes. It is automatic in the sense that there is no user control that adjusts the level of volume in the unit.

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The Future of CQB Optics  

January 12, 2012

Today, rifle optics that once were only seen on SWAT weapons are now commonplace on patrol rifles. A lot has changed in less than 10 years. Which begs the question, What innovations are likely to change law enforcement CQB optics between now and 2021?

<p>Photo: Paul Scarlata</p>

Springfield Armory XD(m)-9 5.25 Pistol  

January 10, 2012

Springfield recently introduced yet another version of the XD(m) designed for action pistol competition shooting, and I believe it is equally adaptable to law enforcement purposes. The XD(m)-9 5.25 was designed with the input of champion shooter Rob Leatham and is intended to give competitor shooters everything they need to compete right out of the box.

<p>Photo: Scott Smith</p>

Police Product Test: Leupold VX-R Scope  

December 19, 2011

Leupold builds optics to meet end users' needs. This is the case with the VX-R 1.25-4X20 SPR, a scope built for AR-style rifles.

<p>Photo: Scott Smith</p>

Daniel Defense v5 Lightweight M4 Carbine  

December 16, 2011

The weight difference between the Daniel Defense v5 Lightweight and a standard M4 was immediately noticeable, nearly 10 ounces. That's a lot of weight if you have to work an operation for hours. The standard M4 has a short carbine railed forearm compared to the 12-inch mid length of the v5 Lightweight.

<p>Photo: 5.11 Tactical</p>

Police Product Test: 5.11 Tactical's ARK Recurve and Tanto Knives  

November 22, 2011

The ARK Recurve and Tanto folders are completely black with thin, angle cut grooved G10 grips. They're definitely easy on the eyes, but they're also functional. Both are liner lock folders with G10 scales and black razor sharp AUS8 steel blades.

<p>Photo: Scott Smith</p>

Police Product Test: SOG Knives' EOD PowerLock  

November 22, 2011

I have noticed that the EOD PowerLock has improved in several ways. It now has a true needle-nose plier that will give you a fine point when you need it to grasp and pinch small items.

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