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Predicting the future is a hazardous occupation, but barring some unseen events, reflex sights will likely be on many law enforcement duty handguns within the next five to 10 years.
In order to help you decide what optic best suits your needs, POLICE Magazine spoke with some experts on the tactical operation of firearms optics. And the following are 12 things they said you need to know about these essential accessories.
With the increased use of rifles by patrol officers, there comes the need for modern modifications to make them more effective and to better fit the task at hand. One of the most obvious and likely the most effective is the use of modern optical sighting systems.
Bushnell's DMR 3.5-21x50 has the G2DMR reticle and its SMRS 1-6.5x24 has the BTR-1 reticle. The first one is a long-range monster and the second will likely handle everything else.
Meopta's 1-4X22KD has a 30mm tube to give you a crisp, clear image of whatever you view through it. Its illuminated reticle is the "K Dot," a modified German 4 with a dot centered on a broken horizontal crosshair and a vertical post.
The first and foremost reason people use any form of mounted optics is they provide a fast, accurate sight. Second, be they red dot or truly telescopic, sights have shrunk in size, making them better suited for duty.
POLICE Magazine reviews the Nikon 1-4X M-223 Rifle Scope, 5.11 Tactical Responder Hi-Vis Parka, and Streamlight E Flood Light Box.
Scott Smith reviews the Buck Knives Nighthawk Bravo, Weaver Optics Tactical Model 800360 Scope, and Smith & Wesson Special Tactical Knife.