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January 2010 Issue

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Cover Story

Police Ambush Murders

By Dean Scoville

Ambush murders are perhaps the cruelest and most inexplicable of law enforcement deaths. Often, they are not a means to an end, but an end in and of itself, an event consciously orchestrated with no purpose other than the killing of an officer.

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Features

Kahr's new PM9 compact pistols feature loaded chamber indicators and external safeties.

SHOT Show: Law Enforcement Product Companies Plan Major Debuts  

Back in the late 1970s when the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) established a trade show for the hunting and firearms industry, no one could have predicted that the exposition would become a major stage for the unveiling of law enforcement products. But that's what the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show has become.

Optics vs. Iron Sights  

While the U.S. military has largely transitioned en masse to using optics on issued M4 carbines and other weapons, many American law enforcement agencies continue to use patrol rifles and carbines with iron sights and no optics. So the question is valid: Do you really need combat optics on your patrol rifle?

Corrections Communications  

Inmates' abundance of creativity keeps correctional organizations busy finding countermeasures and inventing new technology to keep the prisons secure and the staff and inmates safe.

Best Practices in TASER Targeting  

To adopt the preferred targeting zone, officers will need to train themselves to avoid center mass.

Federal Premium Tactical Lite Open Tip Match

Ammo at the Ready  

Check out a sampling of law enforcement ammunition made to meet the specific needs of police officers.


Columns

Sneak Attacks  

These shooters didn't know the officers they killed; they just knew they were officers. All they saw in their sights were badges.

Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship

Not Your Average Drunk  

Something wasn't right. The apparent drunk hadn't felt right, smelled right, or acted right.


Reviews

DoubleStar 1911 Pistol  

The DoubleStar 1911 is pretty basic - in a good way. Other than the ubiquitous light rail, the design is pretty much what John Browning intended with all of the functions and features exactly where an experienced 1911 shooter would expect them to be.

SureFire LX2 Flashlight

Police Product Test: SureFire LX2 Flashlight  

Scott Smith reviews the SureFire LX2 Lumamax Flashlight, Wiley X Hybrid Gloves, Eberlestock Gunslinger, and EOTAC Vickers Gloves.


Departments

Burglaries  

One of the first steps in any burglary investigation is to determine what was taken. But remember what was not taken is often just as telling.

Shots Fired: Gaston County, N.C. 07/06/2009  

Shaw tried to deflect the gun with the flashlight in his left hand. But hearing the shot, he jumped back, landing on his backside about seven feet away from Burris.

How to Watch the Hands  

It is imperative that you be able to recognize when suspects are using their hands to access and deploy weapons so you know how to respond. Never bring a control hold to a gun fight.

Command Central from CrimeReports provides officers with their agency's crime stats in charts and graphs that are easy to navigate.

Stats at a Glance  

CrimeReports' eponymous flagship product allows a law enforcement agency to show the public where and when crimes are being committed in their jurisdiction via online maps. The company's Command Central takes this idea one step further by putting these statistics in the hands of the agency itself.

Beware of False Headlines  

So far, the U.S. Supreme Court has left it to the states and the federal appellate circuits to make their own rulings on the issue of whether officers may make a stop to investigate a reported drunk driver, without having any independent observations to corroborate the anonymous tip. This has led to a split of authority on the issue.

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