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March 2003 Issue

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Cover Story

Outgunned

By David Griffith

There is a tendency among all law enforcement to believe that no matter the odds, their bravery and training can save the day. It’s an instinct that a good SWAT officer must overcome. Because believe it or not, there are times when even a SWAT team may be outgunned or otherwise need help.

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Features

The Stuff of Life  

It may seem obvious to everyone but old-fashioned football coaches, drill sergeants, and police academy PT instructors, but people exerting themselves in the hot sun need water. You need water for your body to function normally, and therefore to do your job.

Our test guns represented the four types of trigger mechanisms used on police pistols today. (Clockwise from top left) Single Action—Browning HiPower; Double Action Only—Ruger KP95DAO; Double Action/Single Action—SiG P226; Safe Action—Glock 17.

Trigger Test  

Each trigger mechanism has a loyal group of supporters. Each claims that its favored type of trigger is the "most practical" or "safest" for law enforcement.

Starting from Scratch  

Founding a police department is a challenge that not many people would want to assume. But that's the task that faced the civic leaders of Federal Way, Washington.

How to...Start a SWAT Team  

Somewhere between the images, the perceptions, and accusations lies a truth: If ever an entity embodied the philosophy of "hope for the best, but plan for the worst," it is the SWAT unit.

Battlefield Medicine  

Since police officers are routinely the first to arrive on the scene of a car wreck or a gun battle, they need something more effective than a tourniquet or a pressure bandage. And several companies are now competing for that business with hemostats that they claim will stop bleeding in seconds.


Columns

Unleashing the Warrior Spirit  

What about learning how to become the aggressor? That's right, you need to know how to become the attacker and let your assailant react to you.


Reviews

An appropriate setting for three classics: Remington’s Model 8, Winchester’s 1907, and a 1940 Packard.

Police Rifles Then and Now  

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.


Departments

The Hot Prowl  

One of the first things a rookie cop learns is not to ignore a citizen’s report,
no matter how weird.

A Fine Line  

When does a voluntary conversation between a citizen and an officer become a seizure?

KA-BAR Folding Hunter  

This budget clip-it knife offers a lot of bang for the buck.

Countering Canine Attacks  

You have no choice. You draw your service weapon and fire three rounds into the dog. Two find their mark in its chest cavity, while the third rips through one of its front legs. It takes a few more paces, collapses, and dies.

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