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February 2006 Issue

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Cover Story

Murder Ink

By Richard Valdemar

One afternoon about five years ago, I was summoned from my desk at the detective division of a major Southern California urban sheriff's department and asked to meet one of the staff drill instructors at our academy gymnasium.

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Features

Law Enforcement Handguns 2006  

A good law enforcement handgun does not have to be new and exciting to remain viable in the market. A good duty or off-duty sidearm is not a fashion statement; it's a tool.

How to Evaluate a Handgun  

With the right tests you can determine whether a pistol makes the grade as your next duty or off-duty weapon.

Taking Gangs to Task  

New York detective Ricky Smith has devoted his life to battling for control of the streets.


Columns

Foreign Correspondence  

Statistics from countries that have tried it reveal that gun control is no answer for violent crime.

Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs." Image via savethedave (Flickr.com).

A Maslow Moment  

Bitching may be humanity's greatest need. It's certainly high on the list for cops.


Reviews

Detty found Barrett's new M468 in 6.8 SPC to be every bit as controllable as the 5.56mm carbines.

Barrett Firearms M468 6.8 SPC Carbine  

Designed to accommodate the new 6.8 SPC cartridge, this weapon’s shooting accuracy and velocity make it ideal for tactical applications.


Departments

The author (left) demonstrates his technique for blocking a knife swipe while also going on the attack. Note that the block technique guards the most vulnerable arteries on the inside of the wrist and arm against the knife attack.

Skin vs. Steel  

Go on the offensive to defend yourself in an edged-weapon attack.

Surefire Delta Folding Knife  

Great engineering, thoughtful design, and rugged construction make the Delta a high-quality duty knife.

Right to Counsel  

Law enforcement officers are quite familiar with the court-created "right" to counsel established by the Miranda opinion, to protect the Fifth Amendment trial privilege against compelled self-incrimination. But it applies only during police custodial interrogation.

Conway (Ark.) Police Department  

Cops in this Little Rock suburb have created a model program for reducing Christmas-time property crime.

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