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SHOT Show 2016: Report from the Aisles

SHOT Show 2016: Report from the Aisles

The 2016 version of the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor trade (SHOT) show was held last month in Las Vegas, and it revealed once again that law enforcement and personal defense products have taken primacy at the world's largest gun show more than ever before.

February 29, 2016

Lessons Learned from a Very Bloody Week

Lessons Learned from a Very Bloody Week

It will be many months before we have the final reports on the Colorado Springs and San Bernardino active shooter attacks. But initial reports can give us an outline of what occurred during these two bloody incidents and perhaps enough insight to yield some important lessons learned.

January 28, 2016

Police Robots on Land and Sea

Police Robots on Land and Sea

Some of the top police and sheriff's departments in this country have fielded robots for a variety of tasks since the 1990s. But we are now seeing a broad expansion of the types of robot tools available to law enforcement and a reimagining of what they can do.

December 28, 2015

Rethinking Tactical Lighting Systems

Rethinking Tactical Lighting Systems

The Tactical Throw Light uses LEDs to produce up to 1,000 lumens of light in multiple directions. It can be programmed to activate as thrown or upon impact and has rubberized edges to prevent damage.

December 21, 2015

TacVent: Cooling System

TacVent: Cooling System

Jeff Shelton says throughout much of his law enforcement career he wouldn't wear body armor for the same reason that many officers refuse to wear their vests, heat and discomfort.

November 17, 2015

How to Become a Bomb Tech

How to Become a Bomb Tech

There are many more officers who want to wear the fabled bomb tech symbol of laurel leaves, electric bolts, and an aerial known as the "crab" than there are positions available.

September 4, 2015

Hurst StrongArm: A Fistful of Hydraulic Power

Hurst StrongArm: A Fistful of Hydraulic Power

The StrongArm is a lightweight, compact battery-driven hydraulic tool. It can break open metal or wooden doors and cut through chains, rebar, security bars, and even two-by-fours.

July 14, 2015

Critical Incident Drills: Staging a Dress Rehearsal

Critical Incident Drills: Staging a Dress Rehearsal

Before a sheriff or chief is going to sign off on committing resources to a practical critical incident exercise, you will have to convince him or her of need. And he or she will likely be more receptive to the idea if you have done some work and determined what bugs need to be worked out in your response plan.

June 30, 2015

Tuff Products Dual-Purpose Tactical Kit

Tuff Products Dual-Purpose Tactical Kit

The T.A.S.K. with P.T.K. is a leg rig that holds four AR-15/M4 magazines, EMT shears, latex gloves, surgical tape, modular bandage, tourniquet, and a chest seal. It's made of rugged 1680-denier black ballistic nylon and double-layered scuba webbing.

March 9, 2015

SHOT Show 2015 Sneak Preview

SHOT Show 2015 Sneak Preview

Each January the leading manufacturers of firearms, gear, equipment, and apparel debut many of their new products at the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show. Here's a quick preview.

January 16, 2015

Ballistic Face Shield

Ballistic Face Shield

Priebe started to think about ways to remedy the problem of how to protect officers' faces while they are engaged in "routine patrol duties." And the result is the Citadel Defense Cide Shield.

December 31, 2014

Planned Operations and Dogs

Planned Operations and Dogs

Some SWAT teams have become very adept at using non-lethal tools to neutralize the threat presented by dogs. Retired Cleveland SWAT entry team leader Robert O'Brien says that long before the Hells Angels case and its nearly $2 million in settlements his SWAT team always considered the presence of dogs in its planning. O'Brien's tool of choice for getting the dogs out of the way was the fire extinguisher.

November 4, 2014

Tactical Medicine in Transition

Tactical Medicine in Transition

So if emergency medical response during critical incidents is now going to be performed by patrol officers and individual SWAT operators, do law enforcement agencies still need tactical medical support? The experts say yes and for a variety of reasons.

July 15, 2014

Lenco BombCat: Built to Take the Blast

Lenco BombCat: Built to Take the Blast

Known to the company and its customers as the "BombCat," the EOD model BearCat was, like most of the company's products, the result of a customer request.

May 2, 2014

If You Need a Friend

The primary mission of a law enforcement K-9 is to mitigate risks for both officers and the public. Which means a lot of K-9s get injured and killed on the job.

April 30, 2014