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Police Product Test: Streamlight Sidewinder Light

August 1, 2008

Streamlight's Sidewinder is like the right angle light made famous by the military but with numerous improvements.

Police Product Test: Trijicon RedDot

July 1, 2008

The Trijicon RedDot Sight is designed to be mounted on several of the company's ACOGs, but is also designed to be mounted on a handgun. I know there will be numerous guffaws at the idea of a red-dot sight on a duty handgun. But naysayers were also quick to dismiss the use of red-dot sights on duty ARs a decade ago. Now they're not a novelty but the norm.

Police Product Test: Danner Boots Striker II DXTVent

June 1, 2008

This year Danner introduces the Striker II DXTVent boot. It's built to take the rigors of duty, but still keep your feet "cool" and comfortable on the hottest of days.

Police Product Test: Propper Defender Jacket Series

May 1, 2008

Propper's Defender line of outerwear can be used separately or alone, depending on your needs. One great piece is the Delta waist-length jacket.

Police Product Test: 5.11 Tactical XPRT Boots

April 1, 2008

From its aggressive outsole to its waterproof heavy-duty 1,200-denier nylon upper, this boot is built to tackle the worst conditions a call-out can throw your way.

Police Product Test: Spyderco Tenacious Folding Knife

March 1, 2008

For 2008 Spyderco Knives introduces the Tenacious. With a foundation of 8Cr13Mov stainless steel, this knife is designed to be durable and dependable.

Police Product Test: Phenix Gear Modular Vest

February 1, 2008

Ranger Joe's Phenix Gear Modular vest is one solution to the high cost of tactical vests.

How to Buy a Used Handgun

January 1, 2008

One of the best ways to buy a firearm for personal use is to buy one that was previously owned. Don't laugh. Most of the handguns I purchased when I was in my twenties and thirties were pre-owned, and they are still putting rounds down range.

Lights, Lasers, and Tactical Sights

January 1, 2008

There was a temptation to slug this article with the headline "Pimp Your Handgun." After all, it's catchy and it's trendy…There's only one thing wrong with it, it's dead wrong.

Police Product Test: Zero Tolerance Ranger Green Knife

January 1, 2008

The Ranger Green knife from Kershaw's sister company Zero Tolerance is a no-nonsense, hard-use knife built for duty use and made to stand up to and survive the harshest environments.

Police Product Test: The Force New Generation 3 Jacket

December 1, 2007

This jacket not only offers you a number of ways to wear it, it's also packed with features. To vent body heat and reduce condensation in the jacket, there are armpit zippers for ventilation.

Police Product Test: 5.11 Tactical Aggressor Jacket

November 1, 2007

Overall, the 5.11 Tactical Aggressor is a great jacket. It fits well, has plenty of shoulder room, doesn't bind when you draw a handgun or shoulder a long gun, and it's long enough to conceal a handgun.

Taurus PT1911B Semi-Auto Pistol

October 1, 2007

The PT1911, like other handguns in the Taurus line, sports a lot of really nice "custom" features, it is made from high-quality components and, best of all, it's affordably priced at around $703. Here's my up close and personal look at this gun.

Elbeco Meridian Jacket

October 1, 2007

Elbeco's Meridian jacket was created with one goal in mind: versatility. It's kind of like that old Certs commercial with the tagline "Two mints in one." The Meridian is many jackets in one.

Kimber JPX OC Pistol

September 1, 2007
One of the most unique pieces of law enforcement gear that I have seen in recent years is the Kimber JPX OC pistol. The JPX fires a blast of OC at 270 mph. This allows for precise placement of the irritant and very little if any blow back on the officer.

Patrol Rifles 2007

August 1, 2007

Go to the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, and you will quickly realize that there are a multitude of companies making long guns. The following is a brief guide to help you discover what's available in the patrol rifle and carbine market.

Pelican 7060 Patrol Flashlight

August 1, 2007
Pelican's new 7060 patrol flashlight is a breakthrough product for Pelican and for 21st-century law enforcement. For Pelican, it is a radically new design. For law enforcement officers, the 7060 is a fully functional lightweight patrol flashlight that—for better or for worse—cannot be used as a club.

Atlanco/Tru-Spec Tactical Response Uniform

July 1, 2007

If your agency is in the market for new tactical uniforms, check out Atlanco/Tru-Spec Tactical Response Uniforms or "TRU." Tru-Spec gear is high quality and affordably priced. I know several soldiers who have worn the Tru-Spec ACUs, and they have found them to hold up better than the Army issue.

DPMS/Panther Arms LRT-SASS Rifle

June 25, 2007
Simply put, the LRT-SASS is an AR-15 on steroids. It is larger in size, larger in caliber, and heavier in weight.

Wiley-X PT-1 Multi-Lens Glasses

June 1, 2007
One of the most attractive features of the Wiley-X PT-1 multi-lens glasses is their wrap design. This gives you protection from debris and other objects that can fly into your eyes from the side. Personally, I have found this feature to be particularly beneficial on the training range when brass casings fly hot and fast.
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