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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

12 Really Cool New Police Products

12 Really Cool New Police Products

Here's a look at some products that really impressed or intrigued the POLICE staff in the last 12 months or so. Most are new. Some are just new to us.

August 10, 2012

Police Product Test: SureFire Muzzle Brake
Advanced Duty Optics

Advanced Duty Optics

The first and foremost reason people use any form of mounted optics is they provide a fast, accurate sight. Second, be they red dot or truly telescopic, sights have shrunk in size, making them better suited for duty.

January 10, 2011

Lights and Lasers: 2010

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."

September 23, 2010

Lights and Lasers: It's Easy Being Green

Lights and Lasers: It's Easy Being Green

This year's offerings in lights and lasers include both red and green laser systems. They're getting more and more powerful, feature packed, and smaller, thus enabling use on concealable handguns while still providing retina-searing light levels.

August 31, 2010

LED Tactical Illuminators

LED Tactical Illuminators

Insight Technology has released its new X2/X2L LED Series Tactical Illuminators. The X2 series are subcompact weapon-mounted light/laser units now delivering a peak output of 80 lumens from a new LED emitter.

June 30, 2010

Insight Technology Releases X2/X2L LED Weapon-Mounted Illuminators
Rock River Arms Elite Comp

Rock River Arms Elite Comp

Every once in a while I run across a weapon that just seems perfect for its intended purpose. The new Rock River Arms Elite Comp seems as though it was designed from the ground up as a patrol carbine, with each of its features created to meet the needs of that mission.

August 31, 2009

Insight Tech-Gear Ships New MRDS: Mini Red Dot Sight
Multi-Purpose Thermal Imager

Multi-Purpose Thermal Imager

L-3 Communications, Infrared Products announced the launch of its much-anticipated Thermal-Eye Renegade-320 thermal imaging system. This single thermal imaging device can multi-task as a handheld, a tripod-mounted surveillance system, and a thermal weapon sight. The new lightweight system provides six hours of operation on four CR123 batteries.

December 1, 2008

Laser Sights and Weapon Lights

Laser Sights and Weapon Lights

The majority of officer-involved shootings occur in low-light or dark conditions. So one of the most important tools that you can have is a good light. And sometimes the best place for you to have that good light is on the business end of your handgun or long gun.

December 1, 2008

Lights, Lasers, and Tactical Sights

Lights, Lasers, and Tactical Sights

There was a temptation to slug this article with the headline "Pimp Your Handgun." After all, it's catchy and it's trendy…There's only one thing wrong with it, it's dead wrong.

January 1, 2008

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