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Writing a Handgun Optics Policy

Writing a Handgun Optics Policy

If your agency is allowing officers to use red dot sights on duty pistols, then it needs to have a policy that covers issues such as training, equipment, and qualification protocols.

March 9, 2020

The Latest Duty Pistols

The Latest Duty Pistols

Four of the world's largest gunmakers are competing to provide American law enforcement with the next great service weapon.

May 7, 2018

Evaluating a Pistol for Duty Use
FN America 509 Duty Pistol

FN America 509 Duty Pistol

FN's new 9mm is accurate and reliable and a great choice for a service or self-defense gun.

May 2, 2018

9mm vs. .40 Caliber

9mm vs. .40 Caliber

The FBI announced it was planning to swap out the .40 S and W pistols and ammunition now used by its agents and replace them with 9mm pistols and ammo. It's time to look at the real-world performance of 9mm and .40 S and W rounds in terms of wound ballistics.

January 22, 2016

Heckler & Koch VP9 9mm Duty Pistol

Heckler & Koch VP9 9mm Duty Pistol

The VP9 takes the best of HK's pistol heritage and adds the best of what a trusty polymer-framed, striker-fired pistol has to offer. Honestly, I think they've improved on a few things as well.

September 30, 2014

SIG Sauer P320 Duty Pistol

SIG Sauer P320 Duty Pistol

SIG Sauer's answer to complaints about its manual safety and DA/SA trigger is the new P320, which blends the best of the classic SIG design with the attributes of a striker-fired, polymer-framed pistol.

July 31, 2014

SIG Sauer P227 Pistol

SIG Sauer P227 Pistol

If SIG was to capture a larger share of this market it needed to offer a high-capacity .45 pistol. And that's just what it did earlier this year when it released the P227.

December 23, 2013

Glock G21 Gen 4 Pistol

Glock G21 Gen 4 Pistol

The G21 has always been one of my favorite Glock pistols. My evaluation of the G21 Gen 4 involved five veteran shooters who shot the pistol during four different range sessions.

November 11, 2013

Heckler & Koch HK45 Compact Tactical

Heckler & Koch HK45 Compact Tactical

You can tell very quickly when you open the box that the HK45CT is more than just an update of the combat proven HK USP Compact. Ergonomically, this is a 21st-century pistol all the way, but it offers the reliability and toughness of a classic HK.

October 10, 2013

Glock 30S Subcompact Pistol

Glock 30S Subcompact Pistol

The Glock 30S frame is borrowed from the 30SF; a subcompact .45 ACP with a capacity of 10 rounds. The benefit here is a larger frame allowing for 10-round capacity.

September 11, 2013

FNH USA FNX-45 Duty Pistol

FNH USA FNX-45 Duty Pistol

A few years ago, FN introduced the successor to the FNP line, the FNX. Like the FNP, the FNX is a hammer-fired, polymer-framed duty pistol with a double-action/single-action trigger system. The latest model in the series is the worthy successor to the FNP-45, the FNX-45.

May 22, 2013

SIG Sauer  P224 SAS DAK Pistol

SIG Sauer P224 SAS DAK Pistol

The P224 is basically a P229 that has been cut down to fit the traditional dimensions of a subcompact. It's available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .357 SIG. The SAS (anti-snag) model also features a recessed hammer and a dehorned slide and frame.

April 17, 2013

Springfield Armory XD(m)-9 5.25 Pistol

Springfield Armory XD(m)-9 5.25 Pistol

Springfield recently introduced yet another version of the XD(m) designed for action pistol competition shooting, and I believe it is equally adaptable to law enforcement purposes. The XD(m)-9 5.25 was designed with the input of champion shooter Rob Leatham and is intended to give competitor shooters everything they need to compete right out of the box.

January 10, 2012

FNH USA FNP-45 Tactical Pistol

FNH USA FNP-45 Tactical Pistol

The FNP-45 Tactical is the largest pistol in the FNH USA handgun line, and it offers just about everything a warrior needs in a big-bore fighting pistol.

September 19, 2011

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