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How the North Hollywood Shootout Changed Patrol Arsenals
Are We Teaching Cops To Run?

Are We Teaching Cops To Run?

When a gunfight begins you need to end it, period. But many of you have been taught that your first need is to find cover. Which may be teaching you to run away from a fight instead of doing your duty, which is to "run toward the gunfire."

August 19, 2011

Shots Fired: Pinellas County, Florida 10/28/2009

Shots Fired: Pinellas County, Florida 10/28/2009

Kentin Dion Brooks' life had spun out of control long before his car did. Pinellas County Sheriff's Sgt. Raymond Fleming's only misgiving about the tactics of the incident was the relative proximity of Brooks' vehicle to the deputies' cars at the terminus of the pursuit. But even this is understandable given the speeds and the officers' needs to react to its sudden conclusion.

March 23, 2011

Shots Fired: Manchester, New Hampshire 09-08-2003

Shooting From the Hip

An officer working traffic witnesses a motorist running a stop sign. He activates his emergency lights and pulls the vehicle over a short distance from where the stop sign was. As the officer approaches the stopped vehicle, the motorist suddenly explodes out of the driver’s side door and opens fire with a small-caliber handgun. The distance between the two combatants is minimal, and the officer’s reaction time needs to be even shorter.

January 1, 2007

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

In the Crosshairs

In the Crosshairs

What happened that day in Texas should have served as a wake-up call to law enforcement agencies worldwide. But the Texas Tower incident was treated as an anomaly, a once-in-a-lifetime event that couldn't possibly happen again. And the law enforcement community has chosen to largely ignore this threat.

March 1, 2004

Shooting on the Move

Shooting on the Move

Since the majority of OISs are up close and personal, with no cover available, movement becomes an essential element in any gunfight.

November 1, 2003

Dialing Long Distance

Dialing Long Distance

We all know that most police-involved shootings develop at a range of just a few feet. But there are exceptions. It’s not easy to hit a target in combat at long range with a pistol. But it can be done.

November 1, 2003

Lead Vs. Steel

Lead Vs. Steel

Since the turn of the 20th century when criminals first became mechanized, officers have recognized a need for gun and ammunition combinations capable of penetrating the light sheet metal of vehicles.

April 1, 2003

Who's A Warrior?

Who's A Warrior?

Not just anyone who decides to become a cop can claim hero status.

January 1, 2002

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