June 2003

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Our Guide to Backup Guns

The possibility of being kidnapped was heavy on the minds of LAPD officers in the mid-1960s because of the kidnapping of their fellow Officers Bob Hettinger and Ian Campbell whose story inspired the book and movie, "The Onion Field."

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Priceless

If your department lets you carry a backup gun, and you don't have one, get one. If you have one and don't carry it because its uncomfortable or you just don't think you need it, then ask yourself, what will you do if some recently paroled pumped-up gorilla takes your sidearm away and tries to turn it on you?

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North American Arms Guardian Series

North American Arms Guardian Series

There's an old adage among special units of the military and police (indeed, among anyone who relies upon equipment for their very lives) that "one of something is none, and two is one."

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How to Improve Marksmanship

How to Improve Marksmanship

History has shown over and over again that merely shooting a set course of fire, or qualification course, will not truly prepare you for an armed confrontation. Yet, agencies continue to schedule officers for firearms qualification only three to four times a year. Is it any wonder why our hit ratio in gunfights hovers at 20 percent?

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Death Takes A Holiday

NYPD commissioner Raymond Kelly (in suit and tie) walks Broadway with some of his staff officers.

The murder rate has been dropping nationwide, and nowhere is it dropping faster than on the streets of America's formerly most dangerous cities.

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There Are No Magic Bullets

Manufacturers continue to update ammo design, but does it really make a difference in the field?

That constant search, that timeless endeavor by rangemasters everywhere for the "perfect" bullet goes on. But a perfect bullet doesn't exist, and it probably won't, unless somebody invents a "Star Trek" phaser.

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Spyderco Rescue

The Spyderco Rescue 93mm features a serrated blade for cutting webbing.

All of Spyderco's knives are made to withstand the hard use that comes with duty, and the Rescue 93mm and Rescue Jr. are no different.