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12 Things You Need to Know About Rifle Optics

12 Things You Need to Know About Rifle Optics

In order to help you decide what optic best suits your needs, POLICE Magazine spoke with some experts on the tactical operation of firearms optics. And the following are 12 things they said you need to know about these essential accessories.

January 28, 2016

How to Buy a Duty Holster

How to Buy a Duty Holster

Your duty holster is one of the most important articles of safety equipment you'll ever take into the field — just as important as your firearm, cruiser, flashlight, or handcuffs.

January 28, 2016

What to Look for When Buying a Holster

What to Look for When Buying a Holster

There are two requirements for every holster. Number one, a holster needs to keep a pistol secure when it is not needed. Number two, a holster has to let the wearer get to his or her weapon fast when it is needed.

July 3, 2013

An Effective Weapon Maintenance Plan In 5 Steps

An Effective Weapon Maintenance Plan In 5 Steps

What I've learned over the years is that many officers will typically use way too much oil and solvent when cleaning their duty weapons. I've seen officers use lithium grease, brake cleaner and PB Blaster in their Glocks, but the main issues causing problems were from too much oil, or failure to remove all of the solvents.

October 21, 2010

How to Buy a Used Handgun

How to Buy a Used Handgun

One of the best ways to buy a firearm for personal use is to buy one that was previously owned. Don't laugh. Most of the handguns I purchased when I was in my twenties and thirties were pre-owned, and they are still putting rounds down range.

January 1, 2008

How to Deploy Impact Munitions

Today, law enforcement has access to a wide range of impact munitions that can be used for numerous applications. Yes, rubber and wooden baton rounds are still used in riot control, but more sophisticated impact rounds can be used to prevent suicides, to stop dog attacks, and in other uses that might have once required lethal force.

December 1, 2007

How to Evaluate Ammunition

Imagine for a moment that you are a law enforcement administrator who is responsible for evaluating ammunition for your agency. The decisions you make can have a profound effect on the safety of your sworn personnel and the civilian population that they serve. The same is true if you are an individual officer who is allowed to use personally owned firearms and ammunition on the job. You have a responsibility to select the best ammunition available.

March 1, 2007

How to Buy Rifle Optics

In days gone by, “rifle optics” referred to one thing: a telescopic sight with varying degrees of magnification. But today, rifle optics include a new class of aiming devices called combat optics, generally red dot sights.

January 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

10 Essential Skills You Need to Win a Gunfight

The great Bill Jordan once said: "There is no second-place winner in a gunfight." Even if you take nothing else away from this article, I ask that you train to win any gunfight that you become involved in, not survive it, but win it.

March 1, 2006

How to Evaluate a Handgun

How to Evaluate a Handgun

With the right tests you can determine whether a pistol makes the grade as your next duty or off-duty weapon.

February 1, 2006

How to Build a Firearms Range

How to Build a Firearms Range

Some of us still remember back when Disneyland used to issue coupons for its rides. The coupons started with “A” tickets for the tame kiddie-type rides and graduated all the way up to the “E” coupon for the especially wild rides. Hence the phrase, “you’re in for a real E-Ticket ride.”

February 1, 2005

Bang for the Buck: How to Make Ballistic Gelatin

Research shows that properly calibrated ordnance gelatin is a highly reliable tissue simulant. The ordnance gelatin used by the FBI is mixed in 20-pound blocks using the following recipe.

June 1, 2004

How to Purchase Patrol Rifles

How to Purchase Patrol Rifles

The regular patrol force is being tasked with taking immediate action in those fortunately infrequent events where SWAT would have been called in the past. We are finding that not only do patrol officers' tactics need to change, but the equipment patrol brings to the field needs to change as well.

March 1, 2004

Rapid Reload

Rapid Reload

Without bullets, a handgun is nothing more than an expensive paperweight. Reloading this paperweight with bullets quickly is a necessary skill.

July 1, 2003

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