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Familiarize Yourself with Firearms

August 3, 2011
The more you know about firearms, the more likely you are to be proficient and capable in their use. Having this knowledge can have a significant impact on your ability to survive in the field.

Motivate Yourself to Improve Your Firearms Proficiency

July 6, 2011
A serious problem facing the law enforcement profession today is the lack of firearms proficiency by some sworn personnel. Law enforcement officers who require more that one chance to qualify or who barely qualify need to improve their skill level with the firearms they carry on and off duty.

Product Test: FNH USA FNX 9

May 25, 2011
With the FNX 9, FNH USA has produced a well made and modern semi-auto pistol. However, its drawbacks as a duty pistol include limited backstrap options, lack of night sights, and a short trigger reset.

Field Test: Aimpoint Patrol Rifle Optic

April 21, 2011
For officers looking for fast deployment of the patrol rifle in an emergency, the optic arrives with a transparent flip-up rear lens cover that allows the operator to use the optic with both eyes open and both covers closed.

SIG Sauer 556 Patrol Rifle

April 5, 2011

Don't let the name "Patrol" fool you; the SIG 556 Patrol is well suited for tactical team use as well. The new SIG 556 Patrol Rifle comes in two versions: the standard model and the SWAT model. The SWAT model is equipped with a quad rail for the attachment of accessories.

Knife Review: Grayman Satu Folder

March 30, 2011
Despite its size and weight (10 ounces), the Satu carries and handles just as well as if not better than a folding knife that's approximately a third smaller. The look, the feel, and overall construction of the Satu folder is very pleasing to the eye.

Knife Review: Buck/TOPS CSAR-T Folder

March 23, 2011
The Buck/TOPS CSAR-T folder also has a superbly ergonomic rugged Rocky Mountain Tread G10 handle, giving the knife an overall length of 8.2 inches and hefty 8.6-ounce weight. The CSAR-T folder has some heft, making it rugged enough to be used in the most demanding applications.

How To Determine a Basic LE Combat Load

February 9, 2011
During my law enforcement career, I found it no real burden or inconvenience to carry one or two spare magazines or one or two extra speed loaders. One trick I learned is to invert double-magazine pouches to make them fit in a way that flatters your body and protrudes less.

Are You a 'Designated' Shooter?

January 26, 2011
When you initiate a designated-shooter policy, you assign the immediate responsibility to engage a potentially violent subject to a primary and secondary officer with a designated backup team of officers standing by in case the first two officers are unable to contain the situation.

Caliber Selection for Backup and Off-Duty Guns

January 20, 2011
My personal basic requirement is that any handgun I select as a backup gun must also be a weapon I would be confident carrying off duty and may be possibly compelled to take enforcement action with.

Training to Survive a Hellacious Gun Battle

January 5, 2011
In general terms, these exercises require LEOs to either advance toward a "simulated" combat threat or hold their ground behind the best cover available, while delivering accurate "containment" fire.

SIG Sauer P220 Compact Pistols

December 6, 2010

SIG Sauer has developed a new line of SIG 220 .45 ACP pistols: one model with a full-size SIG 220 grip and one with a shorter grip that is considerably more concealable.

Carry A Basic Gun Cleaning Kit While On Duty

November 19, 2010
I suspect that far too many law enforcement officers think that once lubrication is applied to a firearm it will remain on that firearm until that handgun, rifle, or shotgun is thoroughly cleaned again and re-lubricated. They are wrong.

Remington Model R1 1911 Pistol

November 5, 2010

One of the newest manufacturers of 1911s, Remington is actually an old hand at making these pistols. Recently, I had the chance to field test a preproduction Remington R1 1911.

Maintaining Accuracy With Rapid Fire

November 5, 2010
New Weapons blogger Nick Jacobellis explains the importance of accuracy in rapid-fire scenarios that may involve multiple combat reloads. At the end of this blog, Jacobellis gives you several effective techniques you can bring to the range to help achieve this.

Smith & Wesson M&P15R

August 20, 2010

I'd like to discuss a somewhat unusual rifle choice that can help law enforcement agencies and individual officers realistically cope with the rising cost and shortage of .223/5.56 patrol rifle ammunition. I believe the solution to this problem is for law enforcement agencies to field the Smith & Wesson M&P15R M4-style carbine chambered in 5.45x39mm.

Colt Defense Law Enforcement Carbines

July 30, 2010

From experience I can say that the Colt LE6920 is an outstanding semi-automatic M4-style carbine. It's chambered in 5.56mm and incorporates Mil-Spec features in its design.

Kicking Things Up a Notch

May 31, 2010

I believe there is a need for law enforcement officers, especially for tactical personnel, to kick things up a notch and use heavier caliber carbines as patrol rifles and entry guns.

Glock Gen 4 Duty Pistols

May 18, 2010

Not only have the ergonomics of the Gen 4 Glocks been vastly improved. So have some of the interior components.

Running Up the Score

April 22, 2010

The purpose of this article is to pass on a few observations and suggestions that might help law enforcement officers and their employing agencies improve firearms training, especially for those officers who find it difficult to qualify with their issued firearms.

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