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Use Reliable Pistol Magazines

December 28, 2010
Most firearm owner's manuals cover magazine maintenance. It isn't always necessary to disassemble the entire magazine for cleaning after every range session, but it is necessary to wipe the follower and lips with a cotton patch or cloth after every range session.

SIG Sauer To Offer 556 Carbine In 7.62x39

November 24, 2010
The 7.62x39 was not developed for sniper work. Longer cartridges such as the Soviet 7.62x54 were developed for precision work and mimic our 30.06 and .308. The 7.62x39 is a relatively short cartridge case, but packs an effective punch.

Reloading With Your Weak Hand

November 10, 2010
Dep. Jennifer Fulford never expected the assailant's 9mm bullet to rip through her nerves, disabling feeling in her fingers and causing the loss of use of her entire dominant hand. Fortunately, she was not out of ammo; she performed a one-handed reload with her weak (non-dominant) hand, as she had learned.

Shotguns Still Have Their Role In LE

October 28, 2010
We must first understand that today's shotguns and rifles have crossbred features that mimic each other, but there are distinct differences that are fundamental to each type. It's paramount that you understand those differences to better fill your own or your agency's needs.

Can Officers Learn From a Competition Shooter?

October 14, 2010
Most academy and qualification training with firearms is devoted to shooting at stationary silhouettes at 25 and 50 yards. This isn't the real world. In the real world, the bad guy is pumped full of adrenaline and is mobile.

Is the 1911 Still Viable for Law Officers?

September 30, 2010
The main reason the M1911 is so successful is its grip angle. It's a natural pointer. The pistol takes advantage of the hand's natural geometry to promote accuracy, and the angle also makes the gun a pleasure to shoot. Having said that, certain steps must be taken to make the M1911 ready for carry.

Dry Firing: Reinforcing the Fundamentals

September 15, 2010
Dry firing can be done almost anywhere. Once you have decided to implement this course of action, you must develop a plan on paper and stick to it.

.308 Gives You the Longer-Range Edge

August 31, 2010
The .223 is a respectable cartridge for many applications, but can fall short at a longer-distance range for penetrating heavy media such as concrete, armor plating, and dense steel.

Should You Consider a Custom Holster?

August 12, 2010
While holsters from the "custom" lines of such holster makers as Galco and Safariland can cost 20 to 50 percent more than their respective "generic" lines for the same model of pistols, I think they should be given consideration by those serious about practicing and gaining every possible advantage against the bad guy.

Engaging Suspects With Long Guns

July 26, 2010
Handguns may be smaller, portable, lighter, concealable and convenient, but they aren't always the best tool for the job. This has been proven again and again on the battlefields of the world and in police engagements throughout history.

Small-Frame Revolvers: Still An Excellent Choice

July 2, 2010
For an officer considering a backup gun, one of the major factors is weight. Smith & Wesson and Taurus have addressed these issues in the small-frame revolver by replacing heavier steel frames with lighter aluminum, titanium, and scandium metals.

Practicing With a .22 Target Pistol

June 8, 2010
Most officers have incorporated the .22 at some point during their careers or may have become familiar with it during their youth through informal target practice and plinking. For those who want to improve their qualification scores and increase their confidence on the street, an effective next step is a dedicated target pistol designed around the .22 cartridge.

Resurgence of the .380 ACP

May 26, 2010
The .380 ACP round is much shorter than either the 9mm Luger or the .38 Special, creating the ultimate deep concealment package with six to eight rounds of ammunition. This exceeds the average five-shot, deep-concealment revolver by a few potentially life-saving rounds.
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