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Also by Michael T. Rayburn

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Stopping Big Rigs

March 10, 2014

For whatever reason some officers are intimidated when it comes to stopping big rigs. But it's a part of an officer's job to enforce the rules and regulations of the road, and crimes are being committed by some operators of these big rigs.

Off-Duty Tactics for Street and Home

January 23, 2013

As law enforcement officers we find it hard to think of ourselves as "victims." We tend to think that robberies, burglaries, and home invasions happen to other people, not to us. After all, we're the cops. Unfortunately, crime can affect anyone, even us.

Straightforward Flashlight Technique

January 25, 2012

Let me give you a flashlight technique that will work under stress, in any conditions, on any terrain, and inside any building. It's as simple as this: Turn the damn light on and point it at what you're trying to shoot.

5 Fundamentals of Making an Arrest

April 21, 2011

Always remember we need to Immobilize, Control, Handcuff, and then Search. Once handcuffed, search the subject's immediate area where he or she can retrieve a weapon while handcuffed. This includes the waist area, the groin area, pants pockets, and the small of the back-all favorite spots that criminals like to hide their firearms and other weapons.

Off-Duty Firearms Carry and Training

November 18, 2010

If for no other reason than the protection of yourself and your loved ones, you need to practice off-duty firearms tactics. And it's in your agency's best interests to provide you with the necessary skills.

Perfecting Your Handgun Grip

July 7, 2010

Most of us will agree that properly gripping a firearm is an important element of fundamental shooting skills, but what is the "proper" way to grip a handgun?

Patrol Rifle as Close Quarters Weapon

February 5, 2010

If you haven't trained to engage a suspect at less than 100 yards with your patrol rifle, start now.

Shooting Outside of the Box

October 19, 2009

He recommended "a wide, sturdy stance" when shooting. His method of finding the proper stance was to build a little wooden box for the shooter to stand in. I've forgotten the dimensions of the box because...well...because it was a ridiculous idea.

Shooting from a Boat

May 1, 2009

Unless you're able to have access to the open waters of the ocean, shooting from a boat is virtually impossible. So we have to do the next best thing. We need to duplicate the movement of a boat on a dry land-based range.

Survival is Your Responsibility

January 1, 2009

Recent "scientific" studies have shown that officer-involved shootings happen very quickly…DUH! One only needs to talk to any officer who has ever been involved in a shooting to figure that out.

Off-the-Clock Robbery Response

September 1, 2007

We are off duty more than we are on duty—that's pretty obvious. Yet very little training time, if any at all, is devoted to off-duty survival. Even less training time is devoted to off-duty firearms training.

The Head Butt

May 1, 2007

One only need look back at soccer’s World Cup series of 2006 and the devastating head butt delivered by French player Zinedine Zidane to Italy’s Marco Materazzi to realize how effective this tactic really is. Although you may not possess the timing or the athleticism of a professional soccer player, the head butt is still a devastating tool for anyone—including law enforcement.

The Carjacking Drill

March 1, 2007
The carjacking drill is exactly as it sounds. You're sitting in your vehicle when you're forced to defend yourself from an attack. This attack could come from the driver's side or the passenger side, so we'll train for both.

Shooting From the Hip

January 1, 2007

An officer working traffic witnesses a motorist running a stop sign. He activates his emergency lights and pulls the vehicle over a short distance from where the stop sign was. As the officer approaches the stopped vehicle, the motorist suddenly explodes out of the driver’s side door and opens fire with a small-caliber handgun. The distance between the two combatants is minimal, and the officer’s reaction time needs to be even shorter.

The Push/Pull Drill

January 1, 2006

You are trying to take a DUI suspect into custody when he turns suddenly and makes a grab for your gun. The fight is now on. Unfortunately for this bad guy, you have practiced your weapon-retention skills and you regain control of your sidearm.

Finding Your Shooting Stance

August 1, 2005

Over the years different stances, or shooting platforms, have come and gone with various names attached to them.

Personal Threat Levels

February 1, 2004

If you're in condition green, go about your life just as you would proceed through an intersection. If you're in condition yellow, use caution and be prepared because condition red may be just around the corner. If condition red does present itself, stop and be prepared to deal with the threat.

Shooting on the Move

November 1, 2003

Since the majority of OISs are up close and personal, with no cover available, movement becomes an essential element in any gunfight.

Countering Canine Attacks

March 1, 2003

You have no choice. You draw your service weapon and fire three rounds into the dog. Two find their mark in its chest cavity, while the third rips through one of its front legs. It takes a few more paces, collapses, and dies.

The Call Out

December 1, 2002

For those of us involved in law enforcement we know that there is no such thing as the "routine traffic stop." The names of well over 300 officers who have been killed while making a traffic stop are engraved on the gray granite walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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