William Bratton is taking over the helm of the NYPD, what should be his top priority?
There are tens of thousands of personally owned AR rifles sitting in patrol cars, purchased in good faith by officers tired of being undergunned, but unless that initial purchase is followed up with regular training, the situation might be best described as an accident waiting for a time to happen.
Lest we all get too caught up in a case of the "gotta-have-its," we elected to take a quick look at the need for change, and how it must be balanced with an agency's budget, real-world threats, and ability to train its officers.
This is an off-duty or concealed carry pistol, not a uniform duty gun.
Today's Taurus is ISO9000 rated for quality-control excellence and has become world renowned for making fine firearms.
The lure and mystery of the .45 ACP continues unabated.
The firearms innovator develops a low-cost, high-quality way for agencies to field short patrol rifles.
Whenever I handle a basic 1911 pistol, either an original commercial Colt from 1918 or a more modern gun, I'm quickly reminded of just why this elegantly simple gun has been the darling of so many millions of fighting men over the decades.
The rude awakening thrust into my face during that time (the late '90s) was the fact that the majority (and I mean virtually all) of the new recruits had never shot a revolver, much less seen one in anything other than a movie.
Looking like something you saw in the hands of those nasty gorillas in the "Planet of the Apes" movies, the Storm is a lightweight (5.75-pound) pistol-caliber carbine only 29.7 inches in length.
A solid hit with a .308 or .223 will, as Clint Smith is fond of saying, "Really change your channel."
The company's pistols are so well designed that its classic CZ 52 was a mainstay of the Czech military for 23 years.
If you like the elegant curves and "just-right" feel of that definitive fighting pistol, the Browning Hi-Power, you may be a little surprised by the look and feel of FN Herstal's new FNP9 duty pistol.
There's an old adage among special units of the military and police (indeed, among anyone who relies upon equipment for their very lives) that "one of something is none, and two is one."
Flat, light, and powerful, Kahr's innovative autos are revolutionary--and perfect for "cop carry."
All steel and solid walnut, the Winchester Model 1907 .351 S.L. (for "Self Loader") autoloader and the Remington Model 8 in .35 Remington are, simply put, stunning examples of the gunmaker's craft.
Simply put, revolvers work. And that's something people treasure in these overcomplicated times.
With the dramatic resurgence in interest in the 1911 platform, it's comforting to note the old war-horse is still a viable alternative to the black-plastic gun trend.
If you can put the gun-snob side of you in a drawer for a minute, you may learn something here when it comes to affordable firepower.
From the classic Browing Hi-Power pistol, to today's current crop of high-tech firearms, FN's reputation is that of a Cadillac of police and military firearms.
The officers of LAPD SWAT wanted a handgun that was solid, reliable, and delivered the features, accessories, and performance they felt they needed. After an extensive period of testing there was one clear winner: the Kimber Custom II.