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Realistic Training Makes You a Better Cop

Training in real-world conditions is the key. Get outside in the hot, cold, dark, and whatever weather you have to operate in. Realism begins in training and not in make believe.

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Using Light To Illuminate Threats

Light can be one of an officer's most valuable allies in close-quarter battle. A tactical light helps you identify and neutralize threats. It also prevents you from dropping the hammer on a fellow officer or a civilian who is not a threat.

Elzetta Offers Low-Light Zombie Shoot

Elzetta Design will offer the Low Light Tactical Training and Zombie Shoot—an affordable and fun opportunity to gain valuable tactical firearms training for low light conditions.

Making Nighttime Traffic Stops

Traffic stops are second nature to most patrol officers but even the most routine activities become more complex when executed in diminished light. Let's review nighttime traffic stop safety procedures that you should know and then we'll look at some additional considerations that can help increase your safety during a nighttime traffic stop.

Flashlights: Hand-held Vs. Weapon-Mounted

A tactical light should meet three basic requirements that apply to hand-held and weapon-mounted lights—a high-output beam, reliable high energy power, and tactically correct switching.

Doing It In the Dark

Academies love to train you under perfect well-lit conditions; the FTO loves to train you under the adverse conditions. Take your skills to new and higher levels. Go practice in the dark.

How to Use a Strobing Flashlight

The one thing I can tell you is that many of the students who arrive for my classes with their strobing lights ready to go are often not aware of the pros and cons of strobe light deployment.

Shooting Straight in the Dark

Very few officers are receiving adequate low-light training. That's dangerous for the health of the officers, and it leaves the agencies they work for open to potentially devastating lawsuits if an officer should shoot an innocent bystander in a low-light incident.

Sightless Training

I suspect a lot of agencies are probably not doing enough "no sight" or limited vision training and should consider its application in the training of defensive tactics, electronic control devices, OC spray, and addressing simple job specific tasks such as handling the equipment on our duty belts.

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Gaining the Advantage in Low-Light Environments

Many firearms instructors spend the time allotted to low-light training teaching popular flashlight techniques that have been around for years. That’s OK to a point. However, there is more to operating in the dark than knowing how to hold a flashlight.

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