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January 2013 Issue

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Choosing Optics for Patrol Rifles

By A.J. George

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.

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Features

<p>Photo courtesy of Jeff Baker.</p>

The Bulge in Blue  

The plan here is to introduce a Monday-Wednesday-Friday exercise regimen that is unique, fast (sub-30 minutes each), and cheap. Do as you read here for six weeks and you'll be nothing less than shocked at the level of strength and conditioning you attain with so little time invested in each workout.

<p>The ProTech Tactical TAC PR Plate Carrier. Photo courtesy of Safariland.</p>

Understanding Armor Plates  

Soft body armor ballistic vest packages are rated levels 1 through 4 by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) based on how much protection from ballistic rounds they are rated to provide. Similarly, armor plates are available in two different types or classes tested and recognized by the NIJ: type 3 and type 4.

<p>Photo courtesy of David Kleinman.</p>

Providing Trauma Care  

It can take time for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to arrive on scene. During that time law enforcement officers may be the only medical care available. So officers need to be trained to supply that care.

<p>Photo: iStockPhoto.com</p>

10 Actions for Responding to a Veteran in Crisis  

Tens of thousands of combat-weary warriors are now being discharged out of the military, often without a game plan as to what they will do next. Many of them entered the military right out of high school, so being a warrior is the only job they've ever had.

<p>Kel-Tec&#39;s KSG is an innovative 14+1 round bullpup shotgun. Photo courtesy of Kel-Tec.</p>

Law Enforcement Firearms Trends  

Zombies aside, there are trends emerging in the firearms industry, and they have the potential to determine what tools you will be issued in the near future.

<p>Photo courtesy of Sydney Vail</p>

Stopping Power: Myths, Legends, and Realities  

As a trauma surgeon and a tactical medical specialist, I am often asked by law enforcement officers what caliber and type of handgun ammunition offers the most stopping power. I can't answer that question. Let me explain why.

<p>Photo: iStockPhoto.com</p>

Nevada's Gaming Control Board  

Any casino operator must secure a gaming license from the Nevada Gaming Commission and agree to comply with extensive rules of conduct. These rules are enforced by the sworn agents of the Nevada Gaming Control Board.


Columns

<p>Photo courtesy of Jon Adler.</p>

Misguided Legislation  

Disabled federal agents face severe and unwarranted reductions to their Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) benefits should Title III of S. 1789, the "21st Century Postal Service Act," become law.

<p>Illustration:&nbsp;<span>Sequoia Blankenship</span></p>

What Are You Seeing?  

Everyone is well aware that humans are visual creatures. It is far and away our most dominant sense and that is one of the reasons I get so frustrated that we have so many distracters in our modern patrol vehicles.

<p>Photo: Kelly Bracken</p>

Gun Rights: Keep Up the Fight  

The Newtown massacre could have as much effect on the firearms industry as 9/11 had on the airline industry. And it may result in the hasty passage of ill-conceived laws and onerous regulations that accomplish nothing but depriving law-abiding Americans of their rights.


Reviews

<p>Photo: Alex Landeen</p>

SIG Sauer 716 Patrol Rifle  

The SIG716 makes a great first impression. It's a ruggedly built 7.62mm carbine with a 16-inch barrel and a free-floating quad rail. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning when I was opening the box.


Departments

<p>Photo courtesy of Michael Rayburn.</p>

Off-Duty Tactics for Street and Home  

As law enforcement officers we find it hard to think of ourselves as "victims." We tend to think that robberies, burglaries, and home invasions happen to other people, not to us. After all, we're the cops. Unfortunately, crime can affect anyone, even us.

<p>Map and Photo: iStockPhoto.com</p>

Shots Fired: Jefferson City, Missouri 12/10/2011  

The sight of the wagon pulling into the hotel parking lot caused Bohanan's heart to sink. He hoped that the suspect would drive through the hotel lot and continue on. He didn't want to have to deal with a desperate murder suspect loose in the hotel.

<p>Photo courtesy of Chuck Law.</p>

N.H. Officer Braves Gunfire to Rescue Two Wounded Officers  

Officer Chuck Law of the Stratham (N.H.) Police Department drove his cruiser directly into the line of fire during a barricade situation to evacuate two downed colleagues and get them treatment.

<p>Photo courtesy of Micro-Times.</p>

Micro-Times' Attic Clear Extendable Pole  

Attic Clear was developed in response to a customer request. It all began when Micro-Times owner and CEO Tony Leonti got a call from Rich Burdick, a lieutenant with the Palm Beach County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office.

<p>Photo courtesy of Amaury Murgado.</p>

Why the OODA Loop is Still Relevant  

Any time you react you are processing information and making decisions using the OODA loop. The OODA loop consists of four parts: Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act.

<p>Photo: iStockPhoto.com</p>

Suspect-Initiated Interrogation  

Once a custodial suspect has been given Miranda warnings and has acknowledged his understanding, he might waive his rights and submit to questioning, or he might invoke—either by indicating that he doesn't want to talk, or by requesting counsel.

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