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How the North Hollywood Shootout Changed Patrol Arsenals
Understanding AR Systems

Understanding AR Systems

In recent years more and more manufacturers have developed new takes on AR-style rifles, resulting in four major operating systems for the common patrol rifles used by American law enforcement. Let's take a look at the four operating systems and their pros and cons

January 25, 2012

SIG Sauer 556 Patrol Rifle

SIG Sauer 556 Patrol Rifle

Don't let the name "Patrol" fool you; the SIG 556 Patrol is well suited for tactical team use as well. The new SIG 556 Patrol Rifle comes in two versions: the standard model and the SWAT model. The SWAT model is equipped with a quad rail for the attachment of accessories.

April 5, 2011

FNH USA SCAR 17S Patrol Rifle

FNH USA SCAR 17S Patrol Rifle

Which brings me back to the caliber debate and leads us into this discussion of the FNH USA SCAR 17S, a .308 caliber patrol rifle. There are agencies and jurisdictions where the extra range and penetration of the .308 rifle is a necessity.

January 25, 2011

Long Guns: 2011

Long Guns: 2011

Just 10 years ago when law enforcement agencies went out to purchase long guns, they rarely looked at anything other than shotguns. Today, the AR and other military-style rifles dominate the market.

January 13, 2011

Smith & Wesson M&P15R

Smith & Wesson M&P15R

I'd like to discuss a somewhat unusual rifle choice that can help law enforcement agencies and individual officers realistically cope with the rising cost and shortage of .223/5.56 patrol rifle ammunition. I believe the solution to this problem is for law enforcement agencies to field the Smith & Wesson M&P15R M4-style carbine chambered in 5.45x39mm.

August 20, 2010

Colt Defense Law Enforcement Carbines

Colt Defense Law Enforcement Carbines

From experience I can say that the Colt LE6920 is an outstanding semi-automatic M4-style carbine. It's chambered in 5.56mm and incorporates Mil-Spec features in its design.

July 30, 2010

Patrol Rifle as Close Quarters Weapon
Daniel Defense M4 Carbine

Daniel Defense M4 Carbine

Having been impressed with the finish, fit, and quality of Daniel Defense quad rails in the past, I was intrigued by the company's new M4-style carbine. I had a hard time parting with it after I was finished putting it through its paces.

October 30, 2009

Long Guns 2009

Long Guns 2009

Rifle manufacturers are now making a variety of rifles specifically designed for patrol and SWAT operations. Here's a quick look at some of the long guns now available for service in law enforcement.

June 1, 2009

SIG Sauer 556 SWAT Rifle

SIG Sauer 556 SWAT Rifle

Ever since it arrived months ago for testing, I've been putting the 556 SWAT SIG through its paces. The rifle has been everything I hoped for.

April 1, 2009

Long Guns 2008

Long Guns 2008

POLICE Magazine takes a look at the newest long guns for law enforcement.

January 1, 2008

Patrol Rifles 2007

Patrol Rifles 2007

Go to the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, and you will quickly realize that there are a multitude of companies making long guns. The following is a brief guide to help you discover what's available in the patrol rifle and carbine market.

August 1, 2007

Fighting with a Carbine

Old West sheriffs and marshals often carried a Colt .45 called the Peacemaker. But that .45 had the limitations of all handguns, so savvy Western lawmen also kept a short-barreled repeating rifle like a Winchester in their saddle bags. They knew that in a real gunfight, a carbine is the real “peace maker.”

May 1, 2006

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