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Product Test: SIG Sauer's M11-A1 Pistol

Product Test: SIG Sauer's M11-A1 Pistol

The M11-A1 is basically a P228 with a blackened stainless steel slide, Sig Lite night sights, phosphate coated internal parts, a set of Sig Lite night sights, a short reset trigger, and a blackened alloy frame. The M11-A1 is also shipped with three high-capacity 15-round Parkerized magazines.

February 8, 2013

Why Officers Will Embrace S&W's M&P Shield

Why Officers Will Embrace S&W's M&P Shield

With its M&P Shield subcompact pistol, Smith & Wesson is revisiting a concept that once made history. The Shield hearkens back to the S&W Model 39, the first modern DA/SA pistol with a single column magazine and a thin grip.

July 25, 2012

The Role of Subguns In LE

The Role of Subguns In LE

A pistol-caliber subgun can still be an effective firearm when you need more firepower. The caveat here is that it should be deployed only in the rarest of circumstances—when you need the most compact select-fire weapon possible.

December 23, 2011

Undercover Lifeline Training: 7 Scenarios

Undercover Lifeline Training: 7 Scenarios

Personnel who are well trained will "react" rather than panic when the time comes to take action. The more you train and the more confident you are, the less you will fall victim to the devastating effects of tunnel vision. Here are seven exercises to cover the more common scenarios that may arise.

November 1, 2011

How to Improve Back-up for Undercover Units

To understand the complexities of mounting a take-down operation such as rescuing an undercover agent from a secure location under the control of armed violators, undercover agents must be trained as a SWAT operator. There's no in-between here.

October 18, 2011

3 Basic Firearm Drills To Improve Your Accuracy

3 Basic Firearm Drills To Improve Your Accuracy

As a retired law enforcement officer, I can vouch for three fundamental training drills that will improve your firearms proficiency—dry firing, the ball-and-dummy technique, and the ready up drill. Let's review these three in more detail.

September 30, 2011

Familiarize Yourself with Firearms

The more you know about firearms, the more likely you are to be proficient and capable in their use. Having this knowledge can have a significant impact on your ability to survive in the field.

August 3, 2011

Motivate Yourself to Improve Your Firearms Proficiency

Motivate Yourself to Improve Your Firearms Proficiency

A serious problem facing the law enforcement profession today is the lack of firearms proficiency by some sworn personnel. Law enforcement officers who require more that one chance to qualify or who barely qualify need to improve their skill level with the firearms they carry on and off duty.

July 6, 2011

Product Test: FNH USA FNX 9

Product Test: FNH USA FNX 9

With the FNX 9, FNH USA has produced a well made and modern semi-auto pistol. However, its drawbacks as a duty pistol include limited backstrap options, lack of night sights, and a short trigger reset.

May 25, 2011

Field Test: Aimpoint Patrol Rifle Optic

Field Test: Aimpoint Patrol Rifle Optic

For officers looking for fast deployment of the patrol rifle in an emergency, the optic arrives with a transparent flip-up rear lens cover that allows the operator to use the optic with both eyes open and both covers closed.

April 21, 2011

Knife Review: Grayman Satu Folder

Knife Review: Grayman Satu Folder

Despite its size and weight (10 ounces), the Satu carries and handles just as well as if not better than a folding knife that's approximately a third smaller. The look, the feel, and overall construction of the Satu folder is very pleasing to the eye.

March 30, 2011

Knife Review: Buck/TOPS CSAR-T Folder

Knife Review: Buck/TOPS CSAR-T Folder

The Buck/TOPS CSAR-T folder also has a superbly ergonomic rugged Rocky Mountain Tread G10 handle, giving the knife an overall length of 8.2 inches and hefty 8.6-ounce weight. The CSAR-T folder has some heft, making it rugged enough to be used in the most demanding applications.

March 23, 2011

How To Determine a Basic LE Combat Load

How To Determine a Basic LE Combat Load

During my law enforcement career, I found it no real burden or inconvenience to carry one or two spare magazines or one or two extra speed loaders. One trick I learned is to invert double-magazine pouches to make them fit in a way that flatters your body and protrudes less.

February 9, 2011

Are You a 'Designated' Shooter?

When you initiate a designated-shooter policy, you assign the immediate responsibility to engage a potentially violent subject to a primary and secondary officer with a designated backup team of officers standing by in case the first two officers are unable to contain the situation.

January 26, 2011

Caliber Selection for Backup and Off-Duty Guns

My personal basic requirement is that any handgun I select as a backup gun must also be a weapon I would be confident carrying off duty and may be possibly compelled to take enforcement action with.

January 20, 2011

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