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LaserMax has long been known for its great guide rod replacement laser systems and this year it didn't disappoint on that front. The company recently introduced the new guide rod laser system for the full-size Smith & Wesson M&P in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .357 SIG calibers. Once activated, the guide rod laser for the M&P provides pinpoint accuracy to two inches at 20 yards. Alignment of the laser is set at the factory, so there's no need for windage or elevation adjustment after changing batteries or accidentally dropping your firearm.

Lights and Lasers: 2010

Green lasers are the rage this year in weapon-mounted lights. Why? If you were to set a green laser and a red laser side by side in a dark room, you'd hardly notice the difference. The green systems really shine in daylight or moderately bright environments. Our eyes see images in a defined spectrum from near infrared to near ultraviolet. Red is at the far edge of the spectrum close to infrared. But green is right smack dab in the middle of that spectrum, which is the most efficient frequency for the human eye. Read "Lights and Lasers: It's Easy Being Green."

Properly gripping a firearm is much more important to law enforcement officers than "trigger contol," which may be more useful in target shooting than in a gunfight. Under more traditional trigger-control training, officers must loosen their grips to slowly squeeze the trigger. A firm grip will also help you when firing from a marine platform.

How to Grip Your Gun

Having a firm grip on your semi-automatic handgun is key for several reasons, the most important of which is to avoid what's commonly called "limp wristing" the gun. When a shooter has a weak or loose grip on the gun, it usually results in the firearm not cycling properly, causing the gun to jam. A firm grip will also help you on assignments, where you need to fire from a marine platform. Read "Perfecting Your Handgun Grip" for more. Photos courtesy of Michael Rayburn.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confiscated this fake California Identification Card during an investigation. The IDs have since been given additional anti-forgery features, which can often be defeated by savvy counterfeiters.

ID Forgery Kit

Street gangs have become very adept at creating convincing false documents that can pass an officer's cursory inspection. Advanced computers, scanners, and color printers make detection more challenging, and traffickers often use fake birth certificates and other forgeries to obtain authentic state-issued documents. Biometric methods such as fingerprinting, retinal scans and DNA are a much more reliable way to identify suspicious people. Photos courtesy of Richard Valdemar.

One of the marine suspects was a military trained sniper who sported a prominent tattoo of a .50-caliber Barrett rifle. The suspect was taken into custody when the K-9 bit his left arm.

Tucson Home Invasions: Marine Double-Cross

Tucson PD officers responding to a suspicious-activity call of armed men in a residential alley were met with two heavily armed former marines just home from Iraq. According to the initial investigation, one marine double-crossed his buddy on a drug deal, by bringing in a third crew to rob the "hydro weed." One was a skilled markesmen with a heavy duty arsenal determined to fight, when the high-powered rifle malfunctioned. Responding officers used airborne and K-9 units to search unpaved alleys and scrub brush between the homes, where the suspects were eventually apprehended by the home invasion unit. Crime scene photos courtesy of Tucson PD.

A palm strike can deliver significant force, yet it is unlikely to break your hand. Start with both hands up protecting the head and face in a blocking position.

Four Safer Strikes

There are arguments for and against law enforcement officers using closed-hand punches. It can be better to avoid hitting a suspect with your bare knuckles so you don't injure your hands so you can't pull a trigger, hold a baton or continue striking with a broken hand. Here are four safer strikes—palm strike, bottom fist strike, knee strike and elbow strike—when dealing with a violent suspect. Our related article, "Safer Strikes," explains how to avoid bloodborne pathogens.

Deputy Sgt. Yvonne Shull collected one patch from each sheriff's agency in the county with the help of parents Ernie and Alice (pictured left) Shull. The Orange County Sheriffs' Department picked Sgt. Shull it's distinguished deputy in 2010 for her 24-year career, which includes supervising 200 hundred homicide cases. Photo by Jerry Manson/OCSD.

National Sheriffs' Patch Collection

View our photos of the highlights of a collection of patches from sheriffs' departments across the country that was on display at the National Sheriffs' Association Conference in June. Orange County (Calif.) Sheriff Department's Deputy Sgt. Yvonne Shull spent 13 years collecting a patch from each of the nation's more than 3,200 sheriffs' agencies. Alaska is the only state not represented, because there are no sheriffs' agencies there. Shull's parents helped assemble sewn panels of rows of patches that covered the front and back of a 185-foot display. Click "View the Gallery" to see the individual patches.

Home invasions often don't involve traditional victims, since they are mostly armed robberies by drug crews who "rip" or "lick" narcotics and cash from each other.

Tucson Home Invasions: The Missing Man

In the south Arizona drug trade, armed home invasions usually differ from other robberies because police don't have a traditional victim or witnesses. They can be dynamic, armed confrontations in the middle of the night between drug crews looking to heist drugs and money. View crime scene photos from one case, in which the Tucson PD's home invasion special investigative unit arrived to find a blood-stained driveway, spray of rifle rounds embedded in doors and walls, as well as a pair of ostrich boots. Photos courtesy of Tucson PD.

5.11 Tactical's XPRT has a simple 3.75-inch clip point blade with a recurve edge that provides a long and strong cutting edge. Its Crucible CPM S30V blade steel is tough, holds an edge, and sharpens easily. The blade and all hardware are black oxide coated to reduce reflections and enhance corrosion resistance, while the scaled G10 handle is scalloped to give you a solid grip. What makes this knife different is how the liner lock and frame protrude from the rear of the knife to give you an impact weapon or glass breaker.

Knives & Tools: 2010

Knives and pocket tools are an invaluable asset for a patrol officer and have become as much a part of the duty uniform as body armor. Here's our look at 10 current offerings for 2010 from today's best-known suppliers.

With "Project Deliverance," which was led by the DEA, agents seized $945,685 in drug proceeds, which is packed in evidence bags and labeled for prosecution. The cash is seized, forfeited, and then either goes into the asset forfeiture fund  and/or is shared with state and local partners who participated in the  investigation.

Narcotic Transporter Bust

With "Project Deliverance," federal agencies cooperating with local LE officers arrested more than 2,000 narcotics transporters and Mexican cartel associates in mid-June. The multi-jurisdictional operation also led to the seizure of $154 million and 74.1 tons of drugs, as well as the arrest of a high-priority target. These photos, which are courtesy of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), show some of the evidence seized in the drug trafficking operation.

Memphis is the setting for the third installment of TLC's "Police Women" series. The four officers this time include two who grew up in the south Memphis neighborhoods they now patrol. Officer Virginia Awkward (pictured) documents a confiscated revolver and two long guns.

Police Women of Memphis

In the third installment of their "Police Women" reality series, TLC heads to Memphis to follow four officers with the Memphis PD. During 12 episodes that began May 27, officers Aubrey Olson, Arica Logan, Joy Jefferson and Virginia Awkward patrol Memphis streets. Photos courtesy of TLC.

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