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Because of the tough economic times most agencies issue only a duty sidearm, and the officer wishing to carry a backup can purchase one from a department-approved list. Let's take a look at some of the characteristics you should look for in a BUG.
Not only have the ergonomics of the Gen 4 Glocks been vastly improved. So have some of the interior components.
Glock's pair of Gen4 pistols—the G17 (9mm) and G22 (.40 caliber)—upgrade the Gen 3 line with adjustable backstraps, a rougher-textured grip, double spring to reduce recoil and new slide serrations. Take a look at our gallery of the full-frame pistols introduced at SHOT Show. Then, read our "Arsenal" review of the pistols. This summer, look for Gen4 versions of the compact G19 and G23.
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.
There was a lot more to see at this year's SHOT Show than backup weapons. Glock announced a major facelift of its duty pistols, Bushmaster launched a new combat rifle, and numerous companies pumped out cool police products. Here's a quick look at some of our favorites.
Officer Matt Gregory shows his Glock 22 RTF for duty and home defense with the rough-textured grip option. He says, "The grip on this gun is unbelievable. I worried with the Generation 3 Glock because my hands stay clammy a lot of the time. I don't worry about losing my grip anymore."
As I watch the large, brass casing fly through the air I hear the loud "PONG!" of the 300-grain .50 caliber bullet slamming into the target 75 yards away....That's right! I said .50 caliber.
The gun manufacturers have been busy building some truly innovative firearms for law enforcement in 2009. The following is a quick look at some of the more interesting handgun models that have come to the attention of POLICE in recent months. Some of these weapons have been featured in our "Arsenal" firearms review features. Others are on our radar for future articles.
Glock recently started selling the G22 Rough Textured Frame Version 2 (RTF2), a pistol that is sure to be just as popular with cops as the standard version Glock pistol.
The following is a quick look at some of the more interesting handgun models that have come to the attention of POLICE in recent months. Some of these weapons have been featured in our "Arsenal" firearms review features. Others are on our radar for future articles.
There were law enforcement exhibits in the lobby, in the hallways, in the meeting rooms from one end of the rambling convention center to the other. And they had a lot of great products on display. Here's a look at our favorites from this year's SHOT.
The majority of officer-involved shootings occur in low-light or dark conditions. So one of the most important tools that you can have is a good light. And sometimes the best place for you to have that good light is on the business end of your handgun or long gun.