Weaponry

WHAT’S HOT FROM SHOT? New Guns for 2019

Mike Boyle The 28th Annual Roundup Covering New Firearms of Most Interest to Law Enforcement The SHOT Show is indeed the world’s largest gun carnival. Manufacturers, both large and small, come together to showcase their product lines and introduce new offerings. In recent years, there has been a greater emphasis on products geared to the tactical market and there is no better place to check out new firearms, ammunition lines and accessories than the SHOT Show. This year’s event took…


GLOCK® Continues Its Pursuit of Perfection

Todd Fletcher In the late 1980s, GLOCK took law enforcement by storm when they introduced the GLOCK 17. After a short period of time, GLOCK dominated the law enforcement handgun market – largely due to the high capacity offered by their pistols compared to other handguns of that time. The primary reason GLOCK pistols continue to dominate the law enforcement market is the reliability and dependability of the GLOCK Safe Action System®. These pistols have proven to be durable and…


Take a Second Look at Laser Sights

Mike Boyle One constant in any discussion among law enforcement firearms trainers is controversy.   Back when the Earth was flat, we engaged in heated debate as to whether pistols offered advantages over revolvers or the stopping potential of the 9mm versus the .45ACP. Some of these issues have played out, but others will persist until we can put our phasers on stun. One area where both practitioners and instructors would probably agree is that only hits count. The ability to…


The SIG P365:  A Definite Keeper

Todd Fletcher When I got the chance to evaluate the P365 handgun, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on SIG’s newest offering. For more than a decade, I carried a department issued SIG SAUER® P226® as my duty handgun. In addition to being used on duty and during department firearms training, that well-worn P226 was used in a variety of competitive shooting events, firearms training classes and many afternoons practicing on my own. I put tens of thousands of…


Reach Far into the Darkness with the OD40 Long Distance Illuminator  

Mike Boyle I’ll confess to being a bit of a light nerd. My personal inventory includes dozens of different specimens, ranging from full-size rechargeables through pen-size units you can drop in a pocket. When I find myself in a dark place, having an instantly available light source helps keep me safe. So, how did I come to have so many lights? I doubt if any other technology in the public safety field continues to evolve any faster than illumination tools….


What’s Hot from SHOT?

Mike Boyle One of my favorite annual rituals is attending the SHOT Show. This event might be best described as the world’s largest firearms bazaar where manufacturers, large and small, display their wares and introduce new products. This year’s event was held January 23-26, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. A couple of days of hard touring will put even the most jaded firearms enthusiast into sensory overload. It’s just impossible to take it all in! There are, of course, thousands…


Looking to the Future: Duty Guns and Firearms Training

Todd Fletcher When I started out as a young, wet behind the ears police officer, I never imagined many of the advancements in technology and training which are available today. Back in “the good old days,” in-car computers were a distant dream. Cell phones were bulky and expensive. Firearms training was nothing more than static shooting on stationary paper targets. Patrol rifles were unheard of outside of special teams and assignments, and the only optics anyone talked about were the…


Shooting from Retention

Richard Nance The closer you stand to suspects, the closer your gun should be to your body. Pointing your gun from a fully extended arm position at a suspect who is close enough to touch is to risk a disarming. – Steve Albrecht, from the book, Surviving Street Patrol Shooting from the Hip? Hip shooting was used by generations of gunfighters. From Wild West lawmen and outlaws to WWII soldiers, hip shooting provided a faster way to get rounds on target against…


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…


WHAT’S HOT FROM SHOT? The 26th Annual Roundup Covering New Firearms

  The 26th Annual Roundup Covering New Firearms of Most Interest to Law Enforcement The SHOT Show might be best described as the world’s largest gun fair where new offerings from manufacturers, large and small, are displayed. This year’s event was held on January 17 – 20, 2017, at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas and it drew over 60,000 attendees. With over 1600 vendors, it is impossible to see it all. As always, there were surprises and variations…