Weaponry

Law Enforcement Backup Weapons

Mike Boyle Should an officer find himself in a worst-case scenario and the primary weapon is not available, a hidden backup could indeed save the day. A backup weapon might be best described as an ancillary weapon used for a secondary or auxiliary purpose. Attitudes toward backup weapons by law enforcement agencies and individual officers span the entire spectrum. Despite the obvious advantage, the concept of backup weapons for police is far from universal. I’m familiar with departments which provide…

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Maximizing Performance with Smaller Defensive Handguns

Mike Boyle  Like many things in life, carrying a handgun on your own time is a compromise. When carrying concealed, your goal should be to strike a balance between having the ability to protect yourself and others, while keeping the lowest possible profile. Comfort also weighs into what sort of gun we might carry when dressed in plainclothes. A full-size service pistol supported by a Sam Browne belt isn’t a big deal to carry over a long shift, but most…