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NY Ci t y cops. What
does Randy Weaver s
wife think of the FBI?
Oops, we cant ask these
two. Both were unarmed
but shot dead. Conse-
quences for t he cops i nvol ved?
Nothing. And let us not forget that
t hanks t o t he Cast l e Rock, Col o.
police and the June 2005 Supreme
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or enforce a protection order.
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RETURNFIRE

More Moronic Musings


Your staffer, Dave Douglas and your
readers chose to attack the character of
Steven Seagal and of myself rather than
make an intelligent reply to the issues I
raised in my letter (Sept/Oct issue.)
The integrity of cops is not an
issue according to your readers. Lets
ask the athletes at Duke University
how they feel about being charged
falsely with rape. Lets see how Wal-
Mart feels about being looted by 12
New Orleans cops caught on tape
after Hurricane Katrina. Lets ask
Amadou Diallo about the integrity of
in self-defense? Because we dont have
five submachine-gun toting friends
standing guard over us 24 hours a day
when you cops execute a no-knock raid
with a bad warrant, thats why.
Until I read the Return Fire letters,
I had no i dea cri me was onl y a
problem for gun-toting, bulletproof

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vest-wearing, radio-assisted police
officers. I did not know crime was not
a problem for us ordinary citizens who
have to face attacks alone and often
without weapons.
But my absolute favorite was when
cop Mike S. said I am writing to Amer-
ican COP to drum up business for my
knife instruction classes. Now Dave,
THAT is an ignorant moron.
Apparently I did tell the truth in my
rst letter. To paraphrase Shakespeare,
You protest too much.
Michael Ruppert,
Renott Training & Supplies
Mr. Ruppert, staffer? Im the editor
not a staffer. The editors the guy
responsible for the content of the maga-
zine all the content including the
articles, photos, direction and overall
look and feel of the publication. Got
a problem? Its with me.
Just to set the record straight, I
actually do like Steven Seagal. Most of
his movies, while not necessarily deep,
are entertaining. When I go to the
movies I want to be entertained not
preached to. His work accomplishes
that. Hes a man of deep conviction
who lives his life with integrity and I
respect that. Besides hes an avid
shooter and, like me, owns a number
of guns made by my favorite gunsmith
and one of the finest men I know, Terry
Tussey. One of Terrys guns is featured
in this issue.
But on to you Cops have to deal
with the dregs of society on a daily
basis. It can get to you at times. But
then you come across a motivated and
appreciative citizen or a victim who
recognizes your efforts even when
theyre going through a difficult or
even traumatic event. Those are the
golden times that surprise and delight
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The only reasonI con-
tinue to reprint your
inane garbageis to re-
educate cops to the fact
there are some folks
who dont appreciatethe
job of law enforcement
no matter what we do, no
matter how many of us
die in the line of duty ...
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us. Then there are folks like you.
The onl y reason I cont i nue t o
reprint your inane garbage is to re-
educate cops to the fact there are
some folks who dont appreciate the
job of law enforcement no matter
what we do, no matter how many of us
die in the line of duty and no matter
how many of our family members
suffer through the stresses accompa-
nying our job.
Michael, the truly amazing thing
about us is if we find you on the side
of the road bleeding, even with knowl-
edge of who you are and how you feel
about us, well still do everything we
can do to help you. Well start CPR,
do mouth-to-mouth, pull you from a
burning vehicle and generally put
ourselves in harms way to see to it
you live on to spew forth the vitriol
youre so fond of.
Afterwards, well glance at each
other, lower our heads slightly and sum
it up in two syllables asshole. Then
well get in our cars and leave to do it
again when called upon at least
knowing that you are the exception and
not the rule. Dave
Mutual Respect
I am retired now, but was a cop in
California before being recruited by a
major American corporation to join
their in-house security department. I
left the PD because the starting pay was
as much as a lieutenant was making.
The corporation paid for benefits for
my wife, our kids and myself. These
included medical and dental insurance,
including eyeglasses, life and accident
insurance, stock options, a generous
retirement plan, and uniform
allowance, including dry cleaning. I
started out as a guard and eventually
became Chief of Security. It was one of
the most rewarding jobs of my career.
During the time I spent with this cor-
poration, I worked very closely with the
local police and sheriff departments,
Customs and Immigration, Army CID,
Naval Intelligence, Coast Guard, the FBI
and other law enforcement. Most of the
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contact with were very good at their jobs
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During my tenure my guards helped
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There are unfortunately a good many
security guards who are frustrated cop
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job or their role in the security/police
picture. And, I regret to say, there are
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cops who treat security guards as one
step above the criminal element both
are there to protect against.
Security guards can be the eyes
and ears of the community and go
where cops cannot. They often over-
hear or come across vital information
that could benet an investigation. The
security guard/cop relationship can be
symbiotic and benefit both parties.
Patience, understanding and respect on
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the part of the cop can go a long way
to improving this relationship. In
return, the guard can do his assigned
job and, when asked, might be able to
provide a vital piece of intelligence.
In this ever-increasing era of ter-
rorism, police departments need to
educate their officers in the role of
the security guard and how to work
cl osel y wi t h pri vat e securi t y and
securi t y compani es t o i mprove
training. Mutual respect and coopera-
tion can help to protect this country
from its enemies.
Name Withheld by Request
I think you can tell American COP
shares your opinion. Weve had a dedi-
cated column on professional security
in each issue from the very beginning.
My friend Paul Markel started the
column and has since moved to the
Hard Tools column as our Equipment
Editor. Ed Pulombo now handles the
Professional Security column chores.
Ed worked for me when I was a new
sergeant in our downtown area. He
was one hell of a street cop and a truly
gifted investigator. He too was lured
away from traditional law enforcement
by the private sector. Ed is the Global
Security Manager for, a giant in the
information technologies eld.
Security professionals are obviously
an under-used resource. Well continue
to make every effort to encourage that
facts demise. Dave
Not Like Mikey The Moron
Love the mag retired after 40
years and 25 of that as a firearms
instructor. I can tell you why the brass
wont take action against an officer
who commits a serious range safety
violation. Theyre afraid it will be
used against them in a lawsuit if the
officer dings someone down the road
while on duty. Its simply the old
CYA syndrome. If it is not a matter
of record in his file, a defense attorney
probably wont find out about it. Of
course, in my former agencies, it also
depended on who the violator was
one of t he admi n-i n crowd or
someone they wished to f-mess with,
for whatever reason. Take care and
keep up the good work.
Charles N Culp,
Edgewood, Md.
My son wears a badge and for
Christmas I gave him a subscription to
Security guards can be
the eyes and ears of
the community and go
where cops cannot. They
often overhear or come
across vital information
that could benefit an
investigation.
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did this not you.
Im not a cop but enjoy and am
occasionally instructed by the articles
keep it up! Youre needed.
Jon Dungan
Odessa, Texas
Jon, if you had the secret decoder
device we issue to selected tactical
operators, demons of darkness, double
secret ninja government operatives
and the guy who cleans up the office
every ot her Tuesday, youd see a
mi croscopi c secret i nk pl us si gn
between the one and the two and that
equals three. Not buying it? Well Err
I ah Okay, my screw-up. Youre
right it is three hours. Ill be more
caref ul i n t he f ut ure. Thanks f or
catching it and thanks for
reading COP. Dave
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your fine magazine. He passes it on to
me and I enjoy the no nonsense, tell it
like it is views from the street. The
technical and educational columns in
American COP are right on target and
should be required reading for our
chiefs. Wouldnt it be great to see a
new political party that isnt filled
with a bunch of self-serving idiots?
Lets all vote Anti-Toro Caca.
Dan Lawrenz
Chaska, Minn.
Great work with the magazine. I
plan on being a longtime subscriber
till my daisy pushing up days. I like
the recent Tora Caca about politics, it
hits the bullseye for sure
David Moore,
Osan Air Base, South Korea
OOPS
A question regarding your Rumina-
tions column in the March/April 07
issue. You mentioned the Pentagon
light saying it runs 12 hours on one
AA battery.
I had my son fire up his computer
and check this out. I found the com-
pany says three hours on one AA bat-
tery. Whoa! I hope the printer devil
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but legible handwriting is acceptable. We reserve the right to
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has introduced a bill that is called the
Law Enforcement Ofcers Safety Act
of 2007. On its face its intended to
expand coverage of the LEOSAand
address the training/qualication issues
that have hamstrung retirees across the
country. Sadly, however well inten-
tioned this bill may have been, it
doesnt do enough. It expands LEOSA
protection only to Amtrak Police and
ofcers of the executive branch of the
Federal Government. Nor does it solve
the rearm training/qualication issue.
I
n the past, the key opponents of our efforts have been
the anti-gun organizations, certain Democrats, and
some Chiefs groups who seem more than happy to
exchange officer safety for political loyalty or gain.
While we are working to expand self-defense, Paul Helmke
(of the Brady Campaign) has made his intentions clear: By
using the fear of rising crime and the growing alliance with
big city Mayors and their Chiefs, hes looking to begin,
reversing some of the backward steps theyve taken over
the past four to six years.
The antigunners opposed cop carry when LEAA pro-
posed it in the early 1990s; they supported amendments to
water it down or make it more limited; they opposed it
right through the day the President signed our bill. It seems
they now see it as a backward step theyd like to undo.
To help in this fight, please send a
contribution or join LEAA.
Contact: www.leaa.org or by phone at 703-847-2677.
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LEAA JAMES J. FOTI S
THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ALLIANCE OF AMERICA.
James J. Fotis is a retired officer from New York and the Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA). LEAA works to promote officer safety issues, defend law enforcement in the media and promote
the belief that gun control is not crime control. You can find out more or become a member of the hard-hitting, conservative, unabashedly pro-cop, pro-gun, pro-self defense LEAA by visiting their Web site at www.leaa.org
W
hen LEAAoriginally launched the idea of
cop carry we wanted a simple law, applied
broadly, including all active and retired
cops; didnt have onerous training and
would protect cops from arrest for carrying a concealed
handgun. We saw it as a bar to prosecution rather than a
defense to be used after arrest.
With your help, this is what LEAAwould like to do:
We want to introduce a bill to Congress that says every
active and retired officer who wants to carry can,
without fear of arrest or prosecution, with a system that
is easy, fair and broadly applied to all who have pro-
tected and served.
Make no mistake this is going to be a tough battle.
The National Journal has summed up the political battle-
eld, With Democrats running Congress for the rst
time since 1994, gun control advocates have more
friends in high places than they have had in 12 years. *
INTENT
THE FIGHT TO
LET LEOS
CARRY GUNS
BEGINS AGAIN!
A
lready, New York City prose-
cuted an out-of-state law enforce-
ment ofcer for carrying a gun.
Thankfully, the court ruled in
favor of the ofcer and mentioned
LEOSAin its decision. Elsewhere
retired ofcers cant get their training
tickets punched; some agencies wont
touch training/qualication at all.
LEAAhas been working to the
limits of our capacity, staff and money
to stay on top of these issues. In Vir-
ginia we worked a legislative initiative
that would have allowed all qualied
retired ofcers to carry simply by pre-
senting their retired ID and an easily
obtained state issued Concealed
Handgun Permit; no training and no spe-
cial annual fees. Sadly, the bill failed.
On the federal level, Senator Leahy
New York Prosecuted Cop
T
heres been a 15-year battle in America for legislation
allowing off-duty and retired law enforcement to carry
concealed handguns for self-defense. LEAAhas led this
battle (for updates go to www.leaa.org) and we are contin-
uing the ght. But, the law enforcement community supporting
this idea is up against a tough adversary were out-gunned.
The ght for law enforcement carry is often called H.R.
218 or National Cop Carry. President Bush signed it into law
in 2004 and it started being called the Law Enforcement
Ofcers Safety Act of 2004 (LEOSA). What has evolved
since signing resembles a slow-speed train wreck (especially
related to retired ofcers).
ANTI-GUN POLITICIANS & CHIEFS
MJCOPsec1 3/26/07 10:41 PM Page 16
Built for combat, the patent-pending Impulse Diffusion

engineering of the MB556K


muzzle brake reduces M4 recoil by 54%. Controlled gas dispersion minimizes
distraction to teammates in CQB situations. The MB556K allows for fast attachment
(2 seconds) of all our suppressors. Victory in a gunfight is determined by inches and
seconds. Be prepared to win.
A THREAT PRESENTS ITSELF. YOU REALIZE
A LIFE-AND-DEATH ENCOUNTER IS AT HAND.
YOU ENGAGE THE THREAT.
HE DROPS. YOUR M4 MUZZLE RISES HIGH
AND RIGHT DUE TO MUZZLE BLAST.
TWO MORE THREATS EMERGE AND ENGAGE YOU.
THE FINAL OUTCOME OF THE NEXT 7/10ths of a
SECOND, AND YOUR LIFE, WILL BE DETERMINED
BY HOW QUICKLY YOU CAN FOLLOW UP AND
ENGAGE THE TWO NEW THREATS.
MJCOPsec1 3/26/07 10:41 PM Page 17
CARRYOPTIONS
FROM HOLSTERS TO HAVERSACKS.
A
s a Level 3 holster, some of you
might conclude its hard to manipulate
or somehow too complicated wrong!
Its very intuitive and easy to operate.
The protective hood (BlackHawk calls it a Pivot
Guard) springs open when your thumb naturally
presses on the catch while obtaining your initial
grip of the gun it couldnt be easier.
Simultaneously, you press the SERPAlocking
lever on the side of the holster with your index nger releasing
the locking mechanism that locks on the trigger guard of the
pistol. With the Pivot Guard released and the SERPAlock
depressed, the gun is easily pulled up and out of the holster
with only the force necessary to overcome the adjustable ten-
sion screw at the bottom of the holster. At rst, it tends to be a
little noisy but with practice comes smoothness and with
smoothness comes stealth.
Agreat feature of this holster is the Pivot Guard remains
open until you actually repress the thumb catch and push it
back into position eliminating the possibility it could inadver-
tently close and prevent you from reholstering. And, since the
SERPAlock secures the gun at the triggerguard, closing the
Pivot Guard isnt necessary to secure the gun.
MARK HANTEN
ITS EASY
BLACKHAWKS
MATCHED SET
T
o further compliment the Night-Ops XiphosNT light,
BlackHawk has introduced an Undercover/Conceal-
able holster too. Its very similar to the Speed Classic
design with the addition of a retention strap and
thumb snap. The rig is handmade using premium wet-
molded leather. Its trailing-edge belt loop keeps the weapon
close to the body and it has heavy-duty elastic across the
front providing a secure fit and a quick draw. Amolded
polymer strip on the waistband side adds rigidity while
minimizing bulk. This is a damn fine holster.
Did I mention it is made of leather?
For More Info: www.blackhawk.com
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B
lackHawk recently introduced an
excellent new holster and a new
rail-mounted LED pistol light
complimenting each other like
Yin and Yang. The Night-Ops XiphosNT
light is a great piece of gear and comes
packaged with a plastic training gun
(nice touch). The light mounts on the
pistol slightly offset to the left. This
offset minimizes the prole on the out-
side of the holster, reducing bulk.
The new BlackHawk Light Bearing
Level 3 SERPAholster accommodates
this light-mounted weapon system. Its
an extremely rugged duty holster made
with lightweight injection molded
carbon ber composite. Its modular
design allows mounting to
BlackHawks thigh rigs,
shoulder rigs, the MOLLE-com-
patible STRIKE system, as well
as several belt mounting
options, including their
extremely tough Jacket Slot Belt
Loop version. Currently, the
holster is being made for the
GLOCK 17/19/22/23/31/32
with the Night-Ops XiphosNT
light. Additional future models
will include the Smith &
Wesson M&P series. The holster
is even being offered as a
combo with the XiphosNT light
at a substantial discount over
buying the items individually.
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From left, the Ultra CDP II

.45 ACP, Aegis II

9mm and Ultra RCP II

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along with the new Kimber LifeAct

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non-lethal self defense device.


The best carry pistol is a Kimber 1911. Powerful, accurate, safe and fast
1011 pistols point naturally and ht almost any hand. Their dependability is
legendary. Kimber

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more important than in a carry pistol.
The Ultra CDF II is Kimber`s hnest, featuring a carry bevel treatment for
rounded edges that will not snag, frontstrap checkering for a positive grip,
a stainless steel slide and ni,ht si,hts. The new RCF II is lurther rehned lor
concealability with a trough sight, bobbed hammer and safeties, rounded butt
and black matte KimPro II

hnish. The new Ae,is II 0mm is loaded with


Custom Shop leatures like a hat top slide, Tactical Wed,e

night sights, carry


bevel and bobbed small parts. Each weighs just 25 ounces, and 3-inch barrels
make them easy to carry and conceal.
All Kimber 1011 pistols are proudly made in America, and leature match ,rade
barrels, chambers and trigger groups for accuracy and absolute dependability.
Kimber. Carry the best.
Kimber Carry Pistols.
Powerful. Dependable. Accurate.
The Ultra Carry II .45 ACP has
a 3-inch barrel and weighs just
25 ounces. It is also available
with optional night sights and
Crimson Trace Lasergrips.
The Ultra Raptor II .45 ACP has
night sights, a fat top slide with
back-cut row of scales, special
serrations, ambidextrous safety
and logo grips.
MJCOPsec1 3/26/07 10:41 PM Page 19
I
love you, but youre not the same person I married.
Youve changed. How many of us have heard
that? I know I have, and not only from my
wife and family but from my non-cor-
rectional friends as well at least the
youve changed part anyway. When you
have to discipline your kids, does go to
your room really mean, get back in
your cell? How many of us take the
uniform off but keep the attitude
switched on?
The job of Correctional Ofcer
can change you forever. Its a dif-
ferent world inside the prison.
Different from any youve ever
read about or seen in the
movies. In order to survive in
this world you must adapt
you must change. The ques-
tion is, can you make the
adjustments you need to
survive behind the walls
and not have them impact
your life in the real world?
Unfortunately, the answer
is usually no.
BRI AN DAWE CORRECTIONS
BEHINDTHE FENCE.
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A
secure prison means
an orderly one.
Meals are served,
lights are turned out,
programming is provided,
counts are completed, recreation
is offered, visits arrive and depart
and mail is delivered all by a strict
and predetermined schedule. As any
seasoned correctional ofcer will
attest, any sudden change or disruption
of that schedule can have severe conse-
quences. Things the outside world takes
for granted take on an entirely different level
of importance in our nations correctional facil-
ities. When you work in these conditions you
begin to adopt a rigid mentality to conform to that
environment. Little inconveniences in your personal life
like an appointment being canceled, the car not being repaired
on time or the cable guy not showing up can alter your attitude and
turn that correctional hot wire switch back on.
As a correctional ofcer you come to understand the inmates in your charge are
going to challenge you and your street smarts. Theyre going to test you, especially
if youre a new jack. Theyre going to monitor your actions and reactions, and
may go so far as to stage events just to gauge your response. You quickly learn
how the situation appears to you and what the reality is can be starkly different.
You get burnt a few times, the cons get over on you and management comes down
on you. So you begin to question, you begin to distrust most of what you hear and
even some of what you see. Slowly you begin to change.
I
n only a few years, that mistrust
can seep into your personal life.
You start to think everyone is con-
ning you or trying to get over on
you. When youre at a restaurant, you
sit with your back to the wall so you
can survey the room. You count your
STRUCTURE
Yes Daddy.
Go to
your cell
I mean
room.
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change more intently then before. The
friendly nod that used to accompany
your smile when you happen to catch
a strangers eye is replaced by an
emotionless stare. Your world has
become corrupted by the world you
work in.
Many of us who find ourselves in
this profession hope to make a posi-
tive impact. We hope our efforts will
help public safety and maybe even
turn some of the inmates in our
charge into productive members of
society. But really the change takes
place within us.
Survival
If youre to survive in this world
and if you hope to be able to separate
your real life from the world of cor-
rections you must be extra vigilant in
checking your attitude at the time
clock. Remember your family and
friends arent trying to con you or get
over on you. Life is not a game for
them as it is for many inmates behind
the walls. Your family loves and
values you. Your friends, although
they may think youre nuts for doing
this job, mainly respect and admire
you for your willingness to do it.
Behind the walls, kindness, compas-
sion and willingness to compromise
can be seen as weaknesses, but in the
real world those are the very attributes
you hope people will see in you.
When you punch that clock, leave the
attitude behind the walls; the real
world awaits. You may not be able to
change the nature of corrections, but
dont let the nature of
corrections change you.
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BOB DAVI S HIGHTECH
K
en Good, arguably the top authority on low-light and no-light CQB
training, has turned his attention to the Mega-Light market. Part-
nering with the South Korean manufacturer Polarion, Ken has
brought the LE and military market his own interpretation of Opera-
tion Arc Light the Helios. Named for the Greek God of the Sun who rode
his chariot from East to West across the sky each day, its a handheld search-
light putting out 4,000 lumens thats not a typo folks. Most of our current
lights run in the 60 to 100 lumen output range with some specialty tactical
lights bumping up to 500 lumens.
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High Intensity
Discharge
H
ID technology replaces the la-
ment in a light bulb with a cap-
sule of gas. Light is emitted from
an arc discharge between two
closely spaced electrodes sealed inside a
small quartz-glass capsule. They require
an electronic ballast, which supplies
proper voltage and controls current.
While consuming less power, the
amount of light produced is far greater
than a standard halogen bulb.
The technology is similar to uores-
cent bulbs. An arc is established
between two electrodes in the gas-lled
GOD OF THE SUN
A
rc Light was one of the US militarys
most aptly named operations of the Viet
Nam War. Your rst hint was the appear-
ance of what looked to be a moving con-
stellation ickering in the oppressively humid
1965 summer night sky. Almost eight miles
above the earth and cruising at around 540 mph,
a formation of silver leviathans modied to carry
84 conventional 500-pound bombs in their mas-
sive internal bomb bays and 24 iron 750
pounders on underwing pylons, steadily made
their way from Guam to the skies over Viet Nam.
If you were close enough to enjoy the B-52Ds
show but not too close mind you, about a mile
was okay youd feel the breath being sucked
out of you followed by over pressure and the
most intense white and blue light imaginable. The
Southeast Asian countrys bottomless dark black
night turned far brighter than day.
A BLINDING FLASH
CUTTING EDGE WIDGETS AND OTHER NEW STUFF.
MJCOPsec1 3/26/07 10:42 PM Page 22
tube causing a metallic vapor to pro-
duce radiant energy. Acombination of
factors shifts the wavelength of much of
this energy to within the visible range,
so light is produced without any uores-
cent phosphors. The electrodes are at
opposite ends of a sealed arc tube,
only slightly apart and the gas is highly
pressurized. This allows the arc to gen-
erate extremely high temperatures,
causing metallic elements within the gas
atmosphere to vaporize and release
huge amounts of visible energy.
A Handful Of The Sun
The Helios, also designated
Polarion PF40 for the straight-body
model and PH40 with the handle, uses
this technology in its 40-watt HID
lamp resulting in an incredible 4,000
bulb lumens. Its a high-quality tool
that delivers clean light output in a
truly portable package. The propri-
etary electronics and Li-Ion recharge-
able battery are housed in a CNC
machined aerospace aluminum body
with a Mil-Spec Type III hard-
anodized coating. At 12" long and just
under 4 lbs. its extremely reliabe, as
HID lamps are much less likely to
break or fail from mechanical shock
and vibration no filament to break.
This is one of the most powerful and
streamlined HID searchlights in its
class and its half the cost of similar
products currently available.
Canyon, warehouse and large area
searches can be safer and more efcient
with this light. Greater area denial during
tactical operations can be easily
achieved. It also provides more non-
observable area behind the light because
you just cant look in its direction when
energized. The Helios should be a per-
manent resident in every
patrol supervisors trunk.
Named for the Greek
God of the Sun who
rode his chariot from
East to West across
the sky each day, its
a handheld search-
light putting out
4,000 lumens
*
H
AMSON
S
Manufacturing Corporation
This new rail mounted, folding front sight from Samson
Manufacturing features spring action deployment with the
push of a button and locks instantly in the up position. This
sight also uses the standard AR front sight post and detent
making it compatible with many after-market night sight
posts. Anodized and stylized to match the ARMS 40L, the
new Samson sight is available separately or as a pair.
(888) 665-4370
www.samson-mfg.com
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MJCOPsec1 3/26/07 10:42 PM Page 23
with both
stand-up tech-
niques as well
as being able to
survive on the ground. Keeping in
mind weapons retention should also be stressed while
engaged in realistic training.
With Mixed Martial Arts being all the rage now, even
the bad guys are practicing to be more efcient thugs.
Prison is not called gladiator school for nothing. The
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school where I train has had to put
up a sign that says they reserve the right to refuse ser-
vice to anyone. My instructor has a special place in his
heart for cops and he has turned away many a parolee who
wants to learn how to kick ass on the ground. He follows a
moral code to not teach those he knows to be people who
only want to hurt others. However, therere many schools
that will teach anyone willing to pay.
I will ask the question again only this time with a twist. Are
you in good enough shape to ght for your life for
ve minutes? I train with guys and girls who
work the streets. Every one of them has a
story or two about how their training has
saved their ass.
One particular event took a little over
five minutes of active fighting with a
parolee who attacked the officer during a
pedestrian stop. It took the cavalry FIVE
minutes to get there. When they did get on
scene the Officer had choked the suspect
unconscious and got him in handcuffs. The
Officer told me he wouldnt have survived
if he hadnt trained three times per week.
He said, When the guy finally gassed out,
I was still good-to-go.
Times have changed; people today dont
have the same respect for The Law like the
good old days. Crooks are better trained and
cops are too to some extent.
If youre honest with yourself and you
arent ready to rumble. Get off your ass and do
something about it. Your family and your part-
ners are counting on you to be ready when the
bell rings. When youre in the middle of the
ght for your life, theres no time
to get ready. Are you?
GETTING HOME IN THE SAME CONDITION YOU WENT TO WORK IN.
SAMMY REESE OFFICERSURVIVAL
A
re you ready to rumble? Im not talking about two rival
street gangs meeting in some vacant lot, I am talking
about being mentally and physically ready to go hands
on with some bad guy whos decided today is not the
day hes going to jail.
For whatever reason, youre face-to-face with an individual
who has made the decision to ght you. Not to get away
but to beat your ass to knock you out, take your weapon
and kill you with it! Sounds really harsh and it is. Are you
ready to ght for your life?
If you think the four hours of defensive tactics
training you did six months ago is going be
enough, I hate to break some bad news it
isnt. We had a saying back in my Marine Corps
days that went something like this. Right now
your enemy is training so when he meets you,
he defeats you are you ready?
Ive run across new cops whove never been
in a st ght in their life, never played any type
of contact sports and never had their bell rung.
The new breed is cut from a different cloth.
I am not saying every cop should be ready
to ght in the UFC but we should be procient
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Say Uncle.
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HIDING
IN A FISH
BOWL
W
hat happens when someone approaches the
vehicle and youre startled? You look up
quickly, your night
vision hasnt adjusted
yet, and it takes time for your eyes
to see clearly. The bigger problem
is vision adjustment. It may be the
person is only asking for direc-
tions but, how about the chance
this close encounter isnt from a
person in need but a threat. You
need to be ready, fully alert and
seeing clearly to identify potential
threat signals but youre not.
For those of us who dont relish
being a partially-blinded target here
are a couple solutions. Your rst
ANTHONY RI CCI EVOC
26 WWW.AMERI CANCOPMAGAZI NE.COM MAY/J UNE 2007
Anthony Ricci is the owner and president of Advanced Driving and Security (ADSI). Hes been teaching cops to drive for over 10 years. www.1adsi.com.
option not my
choice would be
to just change the
bulb to red. But the light is still up above your eyes and
will still illuminate you a bit. My guess is the department
wouldnt want you tampering with the
vehicle anyway.
My choice is to buy a clip or pen
LED light with a blue or red LED light.
Brian Correia, Vice President of Sales
at Streamlight, is a really good guy and
always takes time to answer questions
or at least lead you in the right direc-
tion. Brian Quittner, President of
Quiqlite was also very helpful. Between
the two of them, I was able to test out
some of my favorite vehicle/clip lights
picks. All of these lights can be used for
several applications outside of the
patrol car and are all great products.
Quiqlite
T
he Quiqlite XP-440 has super-bright dual LEDs
that wont affect night vision. It sports a 180-
degree adjustable arm and removable quiqclip.
Long life battery is attained with the help of a 7
minute auto off feature. A push and hold button acti-
vates both white and colored lights. I like this feature
as it provides the user with more light but is easy on
your eyes. I also prefer the blue/white or the red/white
combinations. It's is also available
in ultraviolet.
For More Info: www.streamlight.com, www.quiqlite.com
*
M
any of us that work the graveyard shift or late at night know our environ-
ment very well. Sometimes on a slow night you just may need to nd a safe
place to sit and wait for your next call or watch trafc. You may even know
which buildings have security sensor lights on the side facing the road or
you may just want to nd a quiet dark spot to hide, clear your head from the last call
and catch up on reports. No matter how familiar you are with your patrol area, when
youre sitting in the dark with the dome light on, youre vulnerable and a target.
Im convinced the brightest interior vehicle light hands down is the one mounted
in most current Police Interceptor. It certainly brightens up the entire vehicle enough
to nd the pen that just slid down under the seat or to inspect your vehicle prior to the
start of your shift. The down side is once you put that light on you are now in a big
sh bowl, thus the title Suicide Light.
SURVIVING IN YOUR MOBILE OFFICE.
T
he Streamlight Clipmate is powered by three AAA
batteries and contains 3 high-intensity, 100,000-hr. life
LEDs. It puts out 7.5 Lumens on typical white LEDs
and has up to 40 hours of run-time. The 3.52" long,
2.4 oz light is available with white or green LEDs.
The Streamlight Stylus has a single high-intensity LED
with a run life of 100,000 hours. LEDs are available in white
(10 lumens), red (1.13 lumens), blue (.71 lumens) and green
(2.6 lumens). Its also available in ultraviolet. Its powered by
three AAAA batteries and will run for up to 60 hours contin-
uously. The 6.21" long 1.1 oz. light even has momentary blink
and constant-on modes.
Surprise Surprise
Streamlight
Quiqlite
Streamlights
Clipmate
Streamlight
Stylus
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EXECUTIVE PROTECTION
FOR THE MODERN
EMPERORS
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PRIVATESECURITY
P
rotecting the life of another in the sense of career,
or professional discipline certainly isnt new. His-
tory is replete with illustrations; some credible, of
police or military escorts whose charge included
ensuring no harm came to their principal. During the cen-
turies of the Roman Republic, through Caesar and Augustus,
continuing with the 10 dictators following them and to the
extinction of their empire, Roman leaders were surrounded
by the extravagant pomp of their ofces, including a (mostly)
ceremonial protective escort.
Consuls and dictators were allowed first 12 then 24 lic-
tors, or attendants, carrying bound fasces (a bundle of rods
with an axe secured in the middle) which means that how-
ever much they may have been carried symbolically, they
were capable of inflicting a beating or killing. (Note:
although not directly connected with the history of digni-
tary protection, Mussolini co-opted the idea of fasces as
symbols of his untouchable power, giving the world fas-
cism in the process.)
In feudal Japan, regional chieftains shoguns were
surrounded by legions of escorts, the most important being
yojmbo, literally bodyguards, whose job was to end all
physical threats to their lord swiftly, even at the cost of
their own lives.
21st century corporate executive protection agents rarely are
called upon to lay down their lives for the CEO. Rarer still must
we wield swords to cut a swath amidst the teeming numbers of
restless and combative retirees at the annual health benets fair.
There are dangers or, more specically, risks. And, while the
list of differences between executive security in our era and
ancient Rome is too long to consider, Id wager one of the key
points of differentiation is the idea of risk avoidance or deter-
rence, (then), versus risk management (now).
ED PALUMBO
Y
our average, hard-working, under-paid lictor or
yojimbo probably didnt benet from a compre-
hensive risk assessment before creating a security
prole for the lord or consul as he mounted the
spring campaign to destroy neighboring China or Gaul.
The more barbaric aspects of traditional EP details have
been smoothed over and replaced by more progressive
and analytical approaches.
Some denitions are in order. The rst term risk
is one of the most misapplied words in the lexicon of pri-
vate security. Heres just one view of this modern
approach (not coincidentally its how we fashion our
leadership protection programs at Hewlett-Packard).
Risk
Risk is a yield of assets, threats, vulnerabilities and the
potential for an unwanted event to occur; e.g. loss of pro-
prietary information, cash assets; damage to brand reputa-
tion; someone gaining unauthorized access to our net-
work. Risk is a function of the likelihood of the unwanted
event occurring and its consequences. The higher the
probability and the greater the consequences, the greater
the risk for the entity protected whether company or
individual. The likelihood of occurrence depends upon
threat and vulnerability.
Threat
Threat is the capability and intention of an adversary
to undertake harmful actions. The adversarys intention
to exploit his capability may be encouraged by target
vulnerability or discouraged by the relative strength of
countermeasures. Viewed from a law enforcement per-
E
xecutive protection in the modern era is a
misunderstood facet of private security,
not least because of miscasting and poor
coverage by the media, which inevitably
has led to popular misconceptions about such
professional services.
We can excuse the media on this point, for now,
as it is a waste of time to calculate the number and
scope of their inaccuracies depicting law enforce-
ment, security and intelligence but Im not so
sure we can easily excuse some of our own number
who should know better. In fairness though, the
profession of personal protection has been
shrouded in such lore and mystery you cant be
faulted for lacking clear appreciation.
NOTHING NEW
BARBARIANS AND PHILISTINES
ISSUES AND TRENDS ON THE PRIVATE SIDE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT.
You can pretty much pick out a
poser a mile away. Youll be in
the middle of Cleveland and its
the guy who looks like hes in the
middle of Kabul, Afghanistan. A
true pro will blend with the area
and look professional.
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spective, we would say the actor does
or does not have the present ability to
accomplish his intentions based on
relative vulnerability.
Vulnerability
Vulnerability is any weakness in an
asset or countermeasure that can be
exploited by an adversary or com-
petitor to cause harm (to a program,
building, human being). Implementing
appropriate security countermeasures,
based on the risk assessment, can
reduce the level of vulnerability, hence
level of risk. And if the asset in ques-
tion is a senior executive, their protec-
tion is crucial to the successful conti-
nuity of business operations.
Leadership Protection
Leadership protection services are
based on this model. The central point
upon which all assessment and plan-
ning nally rest is this: Who gets pro-
tected? In the corporate culture, criti-
cality of the asset is paramount whether
human or data, physical space or cor-
porate aircraft, R&D project or the
chairmans summer home. We apply
another test based on a consequence
analysis which tells us if the CEO is
critically harmed, whether by falling
down a ight of stairs at an airport or
robbed at gunpoint in Venezuela, the
company would suffer immediate and
possibly permanent damage.
We build a protective program
from the center out, represented by
concentric circles of decreased inten-
sity as they enlarge and spread away
from the core the body of the
person protected. Our team in partic-
ular is comprised of professionals with
diverse, but aligned backgrounds
municipal law enforcement, US State
Department Foreign Security, US
Department of Defense Counter-Intel-
ligence, US Army Special Forces and
UK Special Forces.
I cant remember the last time I
noticed deployment of bundled fasces
by an executive protection agent, but
it would be equally difcult to recog-
nize a well-trained, composed, profes-
sional 21st century protector who
wasnt the product of a modern,
highly regarded military or police
training and education foundation.
Apparently, weve traded the axe
and rods for a suit and tie and the
occasional, concealed semi-automatic
weapon. For purposes of diligently,
silently and effectively insuring no
harm comes to the principal
theres nothing new
under the sun. *
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T
he Hinderer Pen is available as a kit and all the pieces come in a Pelican
micro case. It includes the body, pen attachment with cap, pocket clip,
threaded end cap and choice of key ring, scalloped strike tip, and now the
window punch. Other attachments include a bullet tip, AP tip and a pres-
sure point nib. As the entire unit is made of machined titanium you can imagine
its not cheap. But you get what you pay for.
The Hinderer tool is an excellent alternative force weapon. The human hand
can only impart so much force into a target and the pen acts as a force multiplier
imparting greater pinpointed and leveraged force.
Why the pen when you have a whole belt full of gear? First off, because the
unit is a nice pen youre likely to have it on your person and available. For
someone in a plainclothes assignment its ideal. The pen is not menacing or overt
like the friction-lock baton or Taser and can be used in a discreet come along
manner. Should you have the pen in hand and a suspect jumps you, impact from
either end is a denite attention getter.
Its not just some kind of fighting stick but a useful device and encourages
the owner to actually carry it as not just a weapon but also as a high-quality
writing implement.
Whats in the works? In order to bring the price point down and increase
availability, Rick is in the process of developing an aluminum version of the pen.
Also, by popular demand from the boys in blue, Hinderer has
an LE Only tire deator in development as this goes to print.
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I
was giving this guy a summons when he
decides hes not going to take it and jumps at
me. All I was holding was the ticket and a pen. I
did what I had to do and convinced the guy to
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F
rom his shop outside of
Wooster, Ohio, Mr. Hinderer
crafts both xed-blade and
folding knives. However, the
subject of this review has no cutting
edge. The original concept was a
machined steel or titanium yawara
stick or Kubaton. Rick machined
out a central body and then added
various screw-in accessories. The
idea evolved into the custom crafted
pen you see here.
Machined from titanium, the Hin-
derer Pen consists of a main body
shaft thats tapped on both ends. The
user can attach a number of acces-
sories or tips. The primary attach-
ment is a pressurized Fisher Space
pen rell the kind that can write
upside down and on nearly any sur-
face, even plastic. On the opposite
end, many users choose to attach a
pocket clip or key ring and one of
several end caps.
For cops and other rescue per-
sonnel, Rick developed a window-
punch attachment with a carbide steel
spike. Areghter by trade, Hinderer
understands the need for such an
option. This accessory is threaded to
accept the pen cap while writing.
Rick is basically a one-man
shop and he gets direct feedback
from his customers. He shared the
NYPD detective story and put me
in contact with him.
ORIGINAL
CONCEPT
PAUL MARKEL
conversation I had with a New York City police detective
with a notable Brooklyn accent. I was talking with this
fellow lawman from the Big Apple and discussing how
pleased he was with the pen made by custom knife maker
Rick Hinderer.
Rick is known in the knife world not only for his high-
end custom work, but also for his collaborations with
notable cutlery firms such as Gerber and Benchmade.
Just recently Gerber introduced the Hinderer Rescue
knife, a tool thats received two awards in the
last year including the National Geo-
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SO You
Think THE
PEOPLE On
YOUR BEAT
Are Clueless?
C
ops in Phoenix are shakin their heads
and wondering if the local water is laced
with Essence of Dumbass. After a 14-year old kid
stole a car in a presumably average intelligence
neighborhood, they found at least 15 people had unwittingly
tried to help him get away.
The boy was having trouble with the cars manual transmis-
sion, and kept killing the engine with sloppy clutch work.
According to witnesses, he wasnt even handling the steering
very well, weaving all over as he alternately ran the revs to red-
line, popped the clutch and jolted to a halt. More than a dozen
helpful people offered him assistance, repeatedly pushing the
car, showing him how to match engine speed to clutch travel,
select the right gear and so on. One local lady nally got in the
passengers seat with the kid and acted as his driving instructor.
Finally, somebody with an IQ over nine noted this morass
of morons and called the cops.
Its incredible an entire neighborhood would participate
in this comedy of errors, said Sgt. Dave Norton. Nobody
asked why a 14-year old is out with a vehicle and doesnt
know how to drive it. His looks and size should have made
bells and whistles go off in peoples minds." The boy was
turned over to his grandma with a juvenile citation.
Robert truly couldnt gure it out when of-
cers showed up at his door soon after the bur-
glary was discovered. How could they have
known? He took the cameras! Yeah, but he
hadnt taken the video recorder or the
tape which had captured his every
twitch and chuckle, close-up and per-
sonal. Nevada State Prison may offer
a course like, Understanding Basic
Technology 101.
Just imagine being the ofcer
who patiently explained to him,
Remember those fat cords you
unscrewed from the backs of the
cameras? See, the pictures kinda
squeeze down real skinny, and
they ow like water through
those tubes, back to this metal
box-thingie, and
R
obert Lyn White had a plan, but not a clue,
when he burglarized the Southside
Laundry in Elko, Nevada. The well-
known 52-year old local resident
knew the place was monitored by six
surveillance video cameras, so after
he bagged up the rest of his loot,
he went from one camera to the
next, carefully disconnecting and
removing them. He gured
since he was stealing the cam-
eras, it didnt matter if he
stared right into em while he
was loosening bolts and nuts,
doing a little laughing and
mugging for the cameras as
he worked. He thought he
was getting away clean
pardon the pun, okay?
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A MAN
WITH
A PLAN:
A
uniformed security guard in
a Columbus, Ohio bank got
an unusual surprise when a
neatly dressed older man approached
him and said, Its your day to be a
hero, and handed him 80 bucks. Then
Timothy J. Bowers went on to explain he had
just robbed the bank, that was the loot, and if the
guard didnt mind, he would just sit down and relax
until the cops arrived.
Sixty-two year old Bowers told ofcers hed been
working at a decent job since 2003, when the company
he worked for went out of business. All he could nd
were minimum wage kids jobs, which he couldnt live
on, and, he said, There is age discrimination out there.
Bowers gured he needed a roof overhead and
meals for about three years until he could start drawing
his Social Security benets. Then he researched prison
facilities and typical sentences for bank robbery
involving no weapons or injuries to victims. Then he
went and robbed the bank, using a carefully worded
demand note; just enough to establish a robbery, and
not enough to threaten anyones life.
Bowers told Judge Angela White a three-year sen-
tence would suit me, and she obliged. Hell be out
almost precisely in time to start drawing his monthly
benets. Hey; he robbed a bank, but you gotta
admire a man with a plan, right?
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I
ts impos-
sible in this
space to
describe all
of these encoun-
ters in detail, but a
common thread ran among them, and it
went like this: In almost every case, the
ofcers initial physical contacts with
their suspects were hesitant and
restrained even gentle lacking the
force required to establish immediate
control. Initial resistance by suspects was
only slightly more forceful; an easy
rolling of wrists and arms to avoid being
grasped, lightly deecting the ofcers
hand(s) or turning away without sudden
violent motion.
Ofcers following actions only
minutely increased the level of force,
consisting of plucking at sleeves,
reaching a bit more swiftly for hands,
placing a hand on a shoulder, etc. Their
actions still seemed to be more about
T
he science of Use of Force and
Arrest & Control has become
far more codied and formal-
ized in recent years. Its also
become far more stylized, with
many distinctly different schools
of techniques. Also, LE agencies
have tended to rely less on in-
house trainers and employ more
contracted specialists.
The reasons are many, including
a desire to shift the target of pos-
sible litigation to an outsider,
creating a showing of commit-
ment to excellence (read this one,
We spent the big bucks to bring in
a world-class trainer) to the sad
old proverb that says, a prophet is
never recognized in his own vil-
lage meaning that no matter
how talented your local Warrior-
STRAIGHT TALK ON SUPERVISION & LEADERSHIP ON THE FRONT LINES THE STREETS.
&
The Message
The Massage
O
ver the past months Ive reviewed almost two dozen video
clips of ofcers dealing with resisting suspects. For the of-
cers involved, the outcomes ranged from bruises and lacera-
tions to life-long disabilities. For the suspects, the outcomes
ranged from minor bruises to death.
Given the levels of suspect resistance in the preliminary
stages of engagement, none of the ofcers should have suffered
more than incidental bruising and perhaps some muscle strain.
Given the opportunities and openings the suspects offered to the
cops, in my opinion, none of the suspects should have suffered
anything more signicant than intense temporary pain, moderate
bruising and some road-contact abrasions.
To be blunt, the ofcers seemed to be trying so hard to avoid
escalating the use of force that they themselves suffered need-
less injuries as a result and so did the suspects. Thats not an
opinion of civil or criminal culpability, and shouldnt be read as
such. In each case, the ofcers actions are easily defensible and
justiable, and in fact, their actions appear commendable in the
sense that they employed minimal force at each stage of these
encounters, but the situations spun rapidly out of control.
The problem is, those ofcers consistently employed less than
effective force to end the confrontation before
serious injury or death could occur.
Force Unused Is Force MISused
convincing than controlling; sort of per-
suasion by patting and touching.
As suspects resistance levels
increased, the ofcers responses esca-
lated only incrementally, seeming to
continually lag behind the suspects
actions until eventually, ferocious ghts
reached potentially deadly levels. They
should never have gotten that far.
There were numerous indications of-
cers knew and applied recognized arrest
and control techniques. The problem was,
they were applied against levels of resis-
tance that demanded the use of stronger,
more forceful tactics. Astiff push to an
ofcers chest should not result in a tenta-
tive grab for the suspects wrist.
Time and again, the force used was
too little, too late. Now why would of-
cers who have been trained in the use of
force fail to use that force at the appro-
priate points in time, in order to assure a
safer, more survivable outcome for all
involved? I think I know.
PERSUASION By
Patting & Touching
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Wizard is, the Chief probably thinks
hes just another schmuck.
To distinguish themselves from
their competitors, many of these
trainers have developed their own
force matrixes, ladders, pyramids
and pie-charts, with their own pro-
prietary terms and language,
applying to when to use what
level of force. All of this is often
delivered in one high-intensity
annual in-service training session.
To make matters worse, many
agencies play musical martial
artists from year to year, piling
confusion on complexity.
Ofcers do learn some valuable
tactics, and when to use them
appropriately. But then the message
is often massaged. By that I mean
through attitude, demeanor, off-the-
cuff statements and ill-advised com-
mendations and reprimands, ofcers
are left with the impression that, to
put it simply, they have to get hit
rst to hit back; that they must
always use less force than is used
against them.
After one of my ofcers got his
butt kicked, I asked him why he
didnt use his baton. He responded,
Because you can only use it on
guys armed with something, right?
He didnt get that message in
training, but after being hammered
with high-ranking ofcers warnings
about going crazy with a stick on
unarmed suspects, that was the
massage he was left with. Another
time, an ofcer was praised and
commended for dancing around a
knife-wielding suspect for several
minutes and nally kicking the
blade out of his hand. Some chiefs
loved it. I told him he should have
been suspended. The wrong mes-
sage was sent to many, many cops.
Sergeant As Interpreter
This is where you come in. Make
sure your ofcers have and practice
a simple suite of pain-compliance
holds, blows, blocks and kicks as
taught in training and when they
should use them. The emphasis
should be on fast, complete control
of subjects, before anyone becomes
needlessly hurt. Lay off the loopy
language and strip the sophistica-
tion, bearing down on the basics.
And always, always assure them
youre available to interpret con-
icts and confusion and
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CLI NT SMI TH REALITYCHECKI I
COUNSEL, WISDOM, GUIDANCE AND TEACHING.
OVERHANGS
T
hese horizontal corners need to
be addressed. Start by staging
yourself on the highest step you
can, without breaking the angle
of the corner created by the overhang. Be
careful not to expose your muzzle,
elbows, legs, feet and your head. Roll out
THE BASICS
K
eep your muzzle between you and what most threatens you. Dont
project yourself ahead of your eyes by leading with the muzzle, or
your ability to see. If the stairwell has a landing, clear the landing
area as you get closer by moving the muzzle down but keeping it
between you and the tight corner. Should a short-range ght begin, having the
muzzle down is a better place to start, because your arms are stronger in an
up motion than in a downward.
Im not a proponent of the quick peek. I gure I paid for the ground once
by sticking even a small part of my head around the corner, so Im going to
keep that ground. I break the plane with the idea the threat will be there and
Ill stay and ght. Dont misconstrue this to mean stay there and exchange re
if you nd an AK pointed at you. If you nd a gun pointed at you, roll back
using what little cover the wall will provide.
In my opinion the quick peek programs a process I compare to a yo-yo. If
your head is geared to apply a peek, then you peek and nd something you
withdraw. You simply get to clear it again with everyone knowing you are
there and coming. In training, most people will peek, nd what theyre
looking for, withdraw and then almost invariably will go right back to the
same place and peek again not good.
Even with its shortcomings the peek could still be a viable tool if you dont
peek from the same place two or three times. If you insist on doing it, roll in with
the intent there will be a threat and youll defend yourself and you will win. If
the corner is clear, then do it on the next corner, and the next, and the next for
the rest of your career.
think about the rest of the stairwell as
you move. When you roll to clear the
close overhang immediately in front of
you, your head can break the plane of
another angle, like at the top of a
landing having stairs back up and over
your head.
to get your rst look, keeping the muzzle
between yourself and what youre about
to look at. This can be awkward because
youre looking over your head. Get
over it because its probably gonna get
worse before it gets better.
Be very careful when doing this and
Stairs:
Lifes Ups and Downs
S
tairways usually bring to bear two conclusions.
I havent been killed on a stairway yet or Oh
crap a stairwell. In reality, think of a stair-
well as simply a hallway you might have to
move through. They constrict movement and do have
unsure footing. The only real quirk of stairwells are the
funny corners. Those corners come in the form of over-
hangs, which are really simply horizontal corners.
1 2
3
4
5
6
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S
everal problems
exist here and
theyre all dan-
gerous. Depending
on their design, as you
descend the stairs your
feet legs and groin can
provide good targets. If the
stairway allows, lie flat,
using the corner of the
wall or doorframe for
cover and look as far into
the back of the room as
possible. Starting down,
you can slide the edge of
your foot down the face of
the stairs to see if the area
is open. This tells you sev-
eral things: the type of
stair, and the possibility of
an open stairwell under-
neath. Keeping the muzzle
between yourself and the
threat, move slowly down.
Your technique will be
based on the type of stair-
well and the room it leads into. Going down stairs is a bad business. Be prepared
to go back up which will not be pleasant under re. I think the down is
tougher than the up although neither are all that great.
FOOD FOR
THOUGHT
B
e careful about stufng a lot
of people into a stairwell.
One is good, two is better
and three starts the crowd-
mode. Consider where everyone will
go should a gunght start. If some-
bodys body is in that stairwell they
had damn well better be covering
part of what you are clearing.
I refuse to be intimidated by a
stairwell. That said, there could be one
or one hundred techniques to
clear a stairwell and they will all suck
when theres someone in there with a
gun. I know I can be shot because I
have been. I dont plan on helping
myself to get shot again by providing
my opponent with anymore of a me-
target than necessary.
I also know Im going to die
someday, but it will not be today, and
it will not be for the lack of shooting
back. The bottom line? Stairs may
not require audacity as much as a
trained and thoughtful
determination.
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UP-STUFF
H
eres where you feel the depth
of the step with your foot to
conrm your footing.
Remember to keep your back
to a solid wall if possible, remembering
not to drag yourself as you start up. If
you do this you will be supplying
sound as a target indicator to your pos-
sibly, very savvy opponent.
Also, as you go up, consider the top
of your head can be exposed before
your eyes can see the floor and length
of the room at the top of the stairs. If
the threat simply lies on the floor in
the back of the room theyll see your
head before you can see them. As you
climb, consider the floor of the room
at the top of the stairs as a plane. As
you approach that line you can squat
lower so you dont lead with your
head as you continue.
Then, stage yourself a step or two
below where your head will clear. With
your weapon at the ready, stand up
enough from the squat to clear the oor
above. Simply climbing the stairs will
provide a jack-in-the-box movement
and probably not come to any good.
DOWN-STUFF
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PERRY W. HORNBARGER RESERVES
JELLY BELLIES
DEDICATION AND PROFESSIONALISM THAT GOES BEYOND PAY.
P
hysical tness is another area where professionalism
shows. Ill be rst to admit Im not Charles Atlas and
could certainly stand to lose a few pounds.
(Remember, I like doughnuts) But Ive seen many
who are much worse. Getting into a foot pursuit when youre
carrying 20 extra pounds can be very humbling especially
when you lose (been there, done that). But, what if you catch
him? Would you be able to subdue him? Those extra pounds
could help in some cases but most likely would be a hindrance.
Do you really think hed care that you were a volunteer? You
represent authority and all he cares about is preventing an
unplanned jail tour and probably will do anything to avoid it;
including wrestling your gun away and killing you.
The point in all this is simply a reminder that being a
professional is a full time job. Your uniform, your appear-
ance, your actions, your training and your demeanor all
reflect your professionalism. Do your part to
help all of us? Be a Professional.
*
Perry W. Hornbarger is the Unit Commander of the Chesterfield, Va. Auxiliary Police Unit. He can be reached via e-mail at hornbargerp@yahoo.com.
Are You A Professional?
ITS MORE THAN JUST PINNING ON THE BADGE
P
rofessionalism starts at the
top. The unit commander,
Captain or whatever you call
your leadership must do the
same. I learned years ago in the
USAF Combat Arms Instructor
School in order to be effective, the
instructor has to look sharper than
the students. The same goes for
leaders. Theyre the ones who must
set the example for others to follow.
Professional leaders breed profes-
sionalism in the unit and as Reserve
Y
ou wear a uniform, carry a badge,
and were trained in an Academy,
but I have to ask. Are you truly a
professional? Some would say
being paid for your services makes you
a professional. I wont bore you with
the ofcial denition; you can read a
dictionary as well as I can. But, what
kind of an image do you project? Is
your uniform clean and pressed, are
your shoes clean and shined? Is your
hair length and facial hair within
department regulations? The over-
weight cop portrayed on TV with an
unkempt appearance, buttons on his
shirt screaming for mercy and doughnut
powder on his tie (I must admit that I
too, like doughnuts) may be a profes-
sional in some sense but what kind of
image does he truly project? Is this the
guy you want representing your depart-
ment to the public? Whether you realize
it or not, you are your department and
with that in mind, we need to have
pride in our unit, pride in ourselves and
pride in the job we do.
Ofcers we must look as professional
if not better than those ofcers
who do it for a living.
Being professional is not just main-
taining your appearance but it includes
things like maintaining your in-service
training, following department policies
and procedures and doing your job the
way you were trained. The reserve
ofcer who only meets the minimum
requirements is a D- ofcer. AD- may
be a passing grade but just barely.
Im sure you raised your right hand and
took an oath of ofce when you went
through the Academy. You didnt go
through the Academy to be a D- cop. If
Top Down
your department standards are low,
then take it upon yourself to raise
them. Alittle peer pressure or good-
natured ribbing sometimes can work
better than the chain-of-command or
disciplinary action to correct a
problem. If a guy sees hes the only
one in the unit who's in constant
need of a haircut or his Sam Browne
belt is actually brown and not black,
he may just take a hint and get
with the program. Looking good in
uniform as well as being well trained
commands respect from your peers.
You may actually end up being their
mentor without realizing it.
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here was a time when the citizenry
act ual l y respect ed t he l aw, and for
cops, verbal compliance was pretty
much t he or der of t he day. Sadl y,
society and attitudes have changed
some for the better but many, espe-
ci al l y for l aw enforcement , for t he worse.
When I grew up in South Africa, formerly a
col ony of t he Br i t i sh Empi r e, pol i ce
werent even armed with handguns. The
common weapon was a long wooden
baton, a pair of handcuffs coupled
with a really sour disposition (PC
for shitty attitude) and a propen-
si t y t o wi el d t he bat on at t he
l east si gn of l i p or r esi s-
tance. It was no wonder they
consistently received com-
pliance from the locals by
using verbal commands.
The options regarding
force available to of-
cers are regulated far
more stringently
due to the current
onslaught of polit-
ical correctness
and attendant law-
suits. This escalation
criterion in the use of
force or deadly force has
given rise to some inter-
esting new technology in the
Less Than Lethal/Non Lethal market. Holding
the current top slot is incapacitation technology and
the leader is unquestionably TASER, a name now syn-
onymous with this type of equipment.
My rst inclination when starting on this article was
to get into the technical nuts and bolts of how it works
and all the attendant techno-babble, but this company
TODAYS
STUNNING
TECHNOLOGY
TASER
Robbie Barrkman
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TASER
TASER TASER
TASER
TASER
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and its products are really interesting
from a less technical perspective.
Besides, I dont really know my Amps
from my Volt-hole so, if youre a
Techie, and want to know all about the
Watta-Volta-Amp thingies, TASER has
a great Web site thats worth visiting.
TASER is an acronym for Thomas A
Swifts Electronic Rie. Tom Swift, the
brilliant young adventurer/inventor and
star of this juvenile book series, was a
hero of Jack Cover the inventor of the
original TASER. Cover has since
retired and the Smith brothers, Rick
and Tom, now run the company.
TASERs ofces and manufacturing
facility are located in Scottsdale, Ari-
zona, in a new and very space-age
looking building. Its a stunning eye
catcher and security is right out of the
Starship Enterprise, with stainless steel
doors, video security, retinal scanners
everywhere, TV screens all over the
place and ante rooms for isolation. One
really neat feature is a frosted oor to
ceiling wall of glass. With the click of a
button, the glass becomes totally clear
and youre looking into the production
facility awesome. I suspect Kirk,
Scott and crew are on the facility devel-
opment panel.
Not So Techie Stuff
So what does it do and simply how
does it work? The mission of the
TASER is to incapacitate a subject for
at least five seconds thereby allowing
you to take control of a potentially dan-
gerous situation.
Essentially the unit looks like a
plastic gun. At the front (muzzle end)
is a detachable, replaceable cartridge
housing two probes attached to long,
thin copper wire coils. The probes are
propelled by compressed air, similar to
an air rifle. They embed into the bad
guys skin. The original system was
powered with propellant and was at
one time designated a firearm by
BATFE. The wires uncoil with deploy-
ment of the probes, maintaining an
electronic connection with the gun. A
high voltage charge passes through the
copper wires and imbedded probes into
the target causing underlying muscle to
contract. In most cases this charge is
high enough and of long enough dura-
tion to incapacitate the subject for an
appropriate period allowing the ofcer
to secure the situation.
When the electric charge ceases,
t he resul t i ng st ri ng of l anguage
spouting forth from the recipient of
this electro-therapy regarding the
officers heritage, relationship with
his mother and deviant homosexual
behavior is pretty standard. (Never
have figured out what sucking on a
cork has to do with anything, must be
an American thing.)
Seriously though, the efficiency of
this technology is borne out by the
numbers. According to TASER,
Phoenix PD had, as of this writing, a 54
percent drop in Use of Force/Officer
Involved Shootings. Think of how
much that would have cost in legal
fees, time filling out reports, after
action debriefs, hearings and Use of
Force Boards to name a few.
Impressive Numbers
Other statistics for this new tech-
nology are pretty impressive too. With
almost 10,000 agencies using 225,000
units in the field some reasonably
accurate data is coming out. The suc-
cessful stop-rate is currently 95 per-
cent with no further level of force
required. Considering the fact there
have been 127,000 deployments in the
fi el d under act ual condi t i ons and
another 210,000 voluntary deploy-
ments, the stop-rate figures are quite
staggering. The system works most of
the time; some subjects on drugs,
drunk, t ough or j ust pl ai n st upi d
require a second ride. Provided the
wires have not been broken or the
probes dislodged, the officer has the
ability to recharge the subject mul-
tiple times if necessary until compli-
ance or physical control is achieved.
When the situation is under control,
the fired cartridge is replaced virtu-
ally in seconds and the unit is ready
to go back to work.
The gun looking portion of the
system houses the electronics and the
battery power module. The battery is
located in the magazine well por-
tion of the unit and is really more
than just a battery. It also stores the
warrant y i nformat i on and any
upgrades if applicable, which are
uploaded when installing a new or
replacement battery how cool is
t hat ? When TASER cl ai ms t hei r
product is state-of-the-art theyre not
kidding. Like any battery powered
device it needs to be recharged regu-
larly and the battery replaced after the
requisite number of recharges.
Smile Say Cheese
The newest addition to the base
uni t i s a vi deo camera whi ch i s
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DEADLY
FORCE
TRAINING
for law enforcement as a profession.
Its a subject that is close to my heart
for a variety of reasons.
Well then, Mr. Federal Special
Agent wise-ass, write about it.
While the deadly force training we
currently provide cops in this country is
based on a system that has sufced for
a lot of years, it could be so much
better. And since we can do better when
it comes to the topic of teaching cops to
take the life of another person, it
becomes a moral imperative that we
must do so.
Power & Responsibility
The power to kill or seriously injure
people, immediately and without the
luxury of sober review, is without a
doubt the single greatest authority
given to cops. Not to overstate the
obvious, but it really is an awesome
FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT
A NEW PARADIGM FOR AN O
T
he rst time I spoke with our
esteemed editor he asked me a
deceptively simple question: If
I were to write for this maga-
zine, what would I write
about? My response of Um, hell, I dont
know, what do you want me to write
about? didnt quite meet his standards.
What are you passionate about? was
his follow-up, and it was an effective one.
The state of deadly force training
Changing how cops are trained to kill is a much
larger order than it may appear at first blush.

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responsibility. We accept cops have that
authority under the right circumstances
and most people, regardless of their
political stripe, dont argue the point.
Yet, we dont do the best job possible
of training and preparing our cops for
that eventuality.
If you dont believe the vast majority
of our training in this area is not as good
as it should be, or even as good as it can
be, just ask the people charged with
doing the training. Almost across the
board when I talk to fellow trainers they
say the same thing, or a variation
thereof: We do a good job given the
restrictions we have to work within.
We teach just about every other
major aspect of police work in an inte-
grated, coherent fashion based on the
experience of the generations of cops
that came before us and empirical data
from research. Pick a topic: accident
investigations, homicide investigations,
trafc stops, domestic violence interven-
tion, report writing, interviewing and
interrogation. The list goes on and on.
Yet when it comes to the single act
that most defines our profession, the
thing that has the greatest potential
impact on the cop, the subject and the
community he serves, we fumble the
ball. Nowhere, that I am aware of, is
Deadly Force Application taught as a
block of instruction at either the
Academy or in-service level.
Instead, were given piecemeal
training that will suffice with some
relevant areas covered and some
omitted we know better.
Lasting Consequences
We know about the difculties
involved in shooting (lets face it,
there are a million ways to legally
administer deadly force when it is
called for, but for most of us it
usually involves a shooting) a
person who not only is trying to
avoid it, but simultaneously trying
their damnedest to kill us. Yet in
most cases we continue to train
and qualify on square ranges
under completely canned and
controlled circumstances.
We know that once we pre-
vail in a gunght, theres going
to be a criminal investigation,
perhaps a grand jury investiga-
tion, and possibly an indict-
ment. We know there very
likely will be a lawsuit naming
not only our agency, but prob-
ably us personally as well. We
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Dan Bernoulli N OLD CONUNDRUM
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GUNSITE
Who Trained Your Trainer?
S
ometimes were our
own worst enemies.
Granted, we all have
egos and from time
to time we need to
feed them. But when
youre a rearms trainer and
the lives and well-being of
your ofcers depends on you
training them properly,
theres no room for ego in
that equation. If you must
have a certain technique
named after you, you
cant live without con-
stant stroking, you
need to hear how
bitchen you are and
what an expert you are
in your field, go teach
report writing, neigh-
borhood policing or
maybe Spanish. Stay out
of the firearms training
business theres no
room for you anymore.
NIH
The Not-Invented-
Here syndrome seems
more prevalent in the
Eliminate The Not-Invented-Here Syndrome
Dave Douglas
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larger agencies but its not limited to just
them. Any hotshot Rangemaster can run
afoul of this malady. It doesnt matter if
your department has 4,000, 35,000 or 10
cops assigned. Ego dictates the my way
is best thinking. Its
shortsighted at best and a
disservice to the cops.
Trainers are charged with
providing the best
updated techniques to
bring our folks home to
their families every night.
Maybe your way is
best but the only way to
test this hypothesis is to
put it up against other
techniques or philoso-
phies and see which
one wins. The best way
is to really learn the other techniques,
disciplines or philosophies not just
be exposed to them. If you want credi-
bility that your Magilacutty Off-Hand
Reverse Half Twisting Inside Out
Behind The Back Emergency Draw
Technique is the only one your stu-
dents should be using, put it up against
the Fernquat and Ayoob style and see
which works best under stress.
Open Your Mind
We need to broaden our horizons
and the best way to do it is to seek out
as much training for our firearms
instruction staff as possible. Even to the
point where we need to pry open our
own wallets and shell out a few bucks
to take a class on our own. I know a
cop paying for his own training is blas-
phemy. I should wash out my mouth
with soap. But, you needed to hear that
and after 30 years as a cop, I like the
taste of soap anyway never thought I
would but it tastes a hell of a lot better
than my foot trust me.
Extensive use of student coaching can prove valuable when
teaching instructors how to teach. They should already know how
to shoot. Competition among the students is also a great motivator.
Giles demonstrates techniques for
one-on-one live-re shoot house training.
You must stay close to direct the student
through the exercise in a safe manner but
allow enough room for the student to be
in charge of the scenario.
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Ed and Giles are hard on safety violators. After an incident
they used pepper spray on Glenn to drive home their point
and then showed off their handiwork to the rest of the class.
(Not really but you dont know how many times I wanted
to do that during department qualications Editor)
Springtime in the high Arizona desert can get
interesting. Temps were in the high 70s and
low 80s most of the week except the last day!
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There are a lot of good
instructor-training providers
out there and were going to
talk about as many as we can
in future Who Trained Your
Trainer articles. But for the
first in this series youll hear
about the Granddaddy of
them all; Gunsite Academy
in Paulden, Arizona.
Gunsite Academy
Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper intended Gun-
site to spread the Modern Technique of
the Pistol hed developed during years
of study. Col. Cooper built the facility,
just west of Paulden, Ariz., about 20
miles north of Prescott. Jeff passed
away September 25, 2006 at the age
of 86. His wife Janelle lives on the Gun-
site ranch and oversees Jeffs library
and museum.
Gunsites operation covers 2,000
acres, with modern facilities, large
classrooms, a fully
stocked Pro Shop
and a full-service
gunsmith operation
for clients. Theres a
modern new camp-
ground with pavilion,
laundry facilities, hot
showers and hookups
for travel trailers and
recreational vehicles.
Lodging and good
restaurants are within
easy driving distance.
A variety of ranges
are available for class
offerings, including
out door and i ndoor
simulators, a 400-yard
ri fl e range, an
unknown di st ance
range, and vari ous
steel ranges for spe-
cific purposes. Most of
Well-groomed ranges, safe
but challenging 360-degree
outdoor scenarios and ter-
ric indoor live-re facilities
are hallmarks of Gunsite.
Most Law Enforcement
Rangemasters would give
their right arm for a training
facility of this caliber.
Continued on page 68
Ed (right) relates a story to his
brother Giles (left),The tall Aussie,
you know, Sergeant Martin, pointed
in on the target; it was only this far
away and the bastard missed all ve
rounds. The damn targets two feet
by three feet and he still missed it.
How could he do that?
Gunsite provide all types of high-end law enforcement training
including combat medic and ambush mitigation training.
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S
mall high-intensity handheld lights havent only
spawned a whole new industry, but have given us
cops relief from carrying those heavy, large, anemic-
output police flashlights, a much longer range of
dark space that we can now reach into and a whole
new subject control tool. Almost any small high-intensity
light you buy today will work reasonably well and will cer-
tainly do so if your comparison point is the Kel-Lights of
yore. But there are real differences in todays products
some matter while some dont.
Size Matters?
Lights naturally differ in size.
The original SureFire 6P is
about 1" in diameter and
about 5" long, is run by
two CR123 lithium 3-
volt batteries,
and has more
or less set the
standard by
which we calibrate the size and output of other lights. The
original 6P size is very convenient to carry and fits most
hands extremely well, but you can get more light out of a
three-CR123 batteries light if youre willing to go to about
7" in length. Both the 5" and 7" lights are practical for uni-
formed carry, while a light much longer than 7" seems to
cross an ergonomic boundary and be less convenient to
carry. In any case, you will seldom need more light than a
three CR123 battery light can put out (which is usu-
ally about 100 lumens).
Thick Or Thin?
Thinner lights at .75" in diameter wont be any
more convenient to carry on a duty belt, but are
more convenient for plain-
clothes carry. What you sac-
rice with a thinner light is
a tight beam focus, since
the ability of a lens to
tightly focus a light source
decreases with the lens
diameter (and lens length
too.) However, this
difference in focus
FLASHLIGHTS 101
EVERYTHING YOU
NEED TO KNOWTO
CHOOSE THE
RIGHT HANDHELD
FLASHLIGHT
Ralph Mroz
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Stepping up to 9 volt, three-CR123 battery, approximately 7" models will
almost double your power as it adds a couple inches of length. Longer than
this size can get uncomfortable to carry on a belt or concealed. BlackHawks
Legacy X9 and SureFires M3 are favorites in this category.
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is not a real big consideration for most
normal LE applications.
Batteries
Almost all handheld high-intensity
lights run off of CR123 lithium (actu-
ally lithium manganese dioxide) bat-
teries. These batteries have a very
slow self-discharge rate,
and thus have a
long shelf life
about 10
years. You want
to avoid buying
bargai n- pr i ced
non-US made
batteries. US
made batteries con-
form to safety regu-
lations causing the
battery to self-discon-
nect at high tempera-
tures. Otherwise the bat-
tery could explode a
bad thing. US made bat-
teries also conform to UL
regulations concerning
mechanical stress but you never drop
your light, do you? Many non-US bat-
teries may not. Quality CR123 bat-
teries are available at very low cost
from several light manufacturers, so
theres really no need to buy the dan-
gerous cheapies.
Power
Lumens is a measure of the total
amount of visible light a lamp puts out.
Candlepower is a measure of the
brightest spot in the lamps beam. The
two measures are not convertible to
each other. But, the two numbers
together do reveal something useful:
for lamps of the same lumen output the
one with the greater candlepower obvi-
ously has the more tightly focused
beam. For our purposes, the most
useful measure of a light output or
power is lumens.
The generally agreed-upon oor for
a tactical light is 60 lumens, although
routine tasks like reading and non-tac-
tical searching can be accomplished
just ne, or possibly better, with much
less light. Beware though the lumen
and candlepower ratings on some units
are sometimes, weller optimistic.
In addition to the light output, the
focus of the light how tight or wide
it is can be important, as can the
evenness of the light. An uneven light
will have dark spots and uneven bright-
ness and not properly illuminate a dark
spot you are looking into.
Focus on any lamp and reflector
can have only one spot at which the
light is actually focused. So-called
variable-focus lights that move a
reflector fore and aft are more accu-
rately described as de-focusable
lights, and they add no value. Unless
the reflectors actual shape (not its
position) is changing, the lights focal
point cannot.
Incandescent Vs. LED Lamps
The light source of incandescent
lights is a glowing wire lament, usu-
ally housed in an inert gas atmosphere
to prolong life and enhance perfor-
mance. Xenon and halogen are the
state-of-the art gases today.
The light source of an LED (Light
Emitting Diode) is the semiconductor
diode itself theres no filament.
LEDs are more efficient than filament
lamps, are inherently more
shock-resistant and have
a longer life.
Currently, LEDs
are l i mi t ed i n
practical terms to
about 100 l umens,
but this technology is
moving very swiftly.
Soon almost all hand-
held cop lights will be
LED based.
Incandescent lamps are
skewed to the red side of
the light spectrum, while
LED lamps are skewed to
the blue side and produce no
IR light. So if you need IR
capability youll need an incan-
descent light.
Reflectors
Reectors for incandescent lamps, or
their counterpart LEDs can vary in
quality and affect the focus and evenness
of the light beam. Computer designed
and textured reectors are a very critical
component of todays tactical lights.
Window
The sheet of transparent material
covering the lamp assembly is called the
window not the lens. It can be made
of tempered glass for strength, Pyrex-
type glass for heat resistance, ordinary
glass or plastic. Tempered Pyrex with an
anti-reflective coating will provide the
greatest quality and performance.
Shock Isolation
The circuits, lamps, and batteries of
handheld lights can be either be shock-
isolated or not. Shock isolation is usu-
ally accomplished with rubber rings
and buffers. Most handheld lights
dont normally require shock isolation.
But, most weapon-mounted lights do.
LEDs require no shock isolation for
the lamp.
Body Materials
Lights come with metal bodies,
polymer bodies, sometimes with rubber
insets or over-molding. Rubber and
polymer will be less cold in the winter
and are more slip-resistant. The extra
strength of metal is nice, but not
absolutely necessary.
Switchology
Most lights sold as tactical lights
these days have tail-cap switches, as
they should, since this is the only way
to easily and intuitively manipulate
Every manufacturer now makes several
lights in the original 5" length, 1" diam-
eter, two CR123 battery, 60 lumen size,
usually in both incandescent and LED
models with a wide range of other vari-
able features. L to R: PentagonLights L2,
SureFires C2, Streamlights TL-2, Pelicans
M6, and BlackHawks Falcata 6.
The PentagonLight S2
dedicated UV Light.
SureFires slim-line Executive
Elite puts out 60 lumens.
BlackHawks strobing
90 lumen Gladius.
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TUSSEY
PARA
TUSSEY
PARA
TUSSEY
PARA
TUSSEY
PARA
TUSSEY
PARA
TUSSEY
PARA
he gun was
a train wreck.
I was rooting
around my safe
and came across
the Para Ordnance
P-14*45 I used at the
range just prior to retiring
from the PD. I wanted something sub-
stantial one way of saying .45 ACP in a
1911-style pistol, but I also wanted capacity.
Para-Ordnance was the logical choice. My personal pref-
erence was a single action and not the LDA light double
Para offers. I just cant get used to the trigger pull and
sear reset.
I didnt realize
Id been that hard
on the gun. Id worn it
daily for about a year
and it looked like Id used
it as a hatchet rather than a
Rangemasters everyday gun.
The black Para Kote nish was
worn in the spots youd expect from
countless draws from Kydex holsters,
chipped and gouged in spots youd never
expect to be vulnerable, and scraped down to
the quick in other places like I said, a train
wreck. But, it still shot and thats whats really
important isnt it? Besides, 14 rounds in the maga-
zine and one in the chamber is nothing to sneeze at.
Serendipity took over at this point. (I know real men
dont use the word serendipity but it was my word of the
week in the increase your vocabulary lesson and I have to use
it at least once a day.) I was talking with old friend Terry
Tussey about a gun hed built for me years ago, and the Para
hatchet came up in conversation. In his usual gruff, gravelly
voice he said, Send me the damn thing. Theyre a bugger (not
the real word he used but your kid might read this) to work on
T
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but youll never recognize it when I get
through with it. He was right.
Tussey Custom
Terry should be considered a jeweler.
Not the kind making rings and bobbles,
but the Swiss watchmaker kind. His cre-
ations arent just eye-candy they
work, and theyre reliable. The
everyday working cop needs a gun
thatll go bang every time he pushes the
go button. There are a lot of guns out
there beautifully finished and finely
accessorized, but if they dont go bang
each and every time you pull the trigger
you might as well put a gold chain
through them and wear one as a neck-
lace to the next squad barbeque. Now
thatd be a fashion statement. Terrys
magic is combining the two disciplines
and coming up with something artfully
beautiful you can trust with your life.
His modications to my P-14 were all
with reliability in mind cop necessary
reliability. First the stock, curved Para
rear sight and front sight came off to be
replaced with Novak adjustables, for a
perfect zero no matter what load youre
shooting. He added a match bushing pro-
viding consistent 1" groups at 25 yards.
The Para shot very well before, but now
its a laser beam. Terry also tted an Ed
Brown steel mag catch, grip safety and
mainspring housing. He replaced the
firing pin stop and the trigger Terry
selected is from Kings Gun Works,
especially made for the wide-bodied Para
frame. He tuned it to a crisp 4 lbs. break
just right for a duty 1911.
Make I t Go Bang
The reliability package is critical on
an LE gun, especially a 1911. Terry pays
special attention to chamber specs, the
link t and the cut, angle and surface t
of the full-length guide rod. He polishes
the ramp, barrel throat and the bolt face.
He also checks and adjusts the extractor.
Terry works
with a lot of cops
to get their
sidearms up-to-
snuff. He has a true understanding of
what happens when you carry a gun
in your Sam Browne every day. Its
evident when he makes suggestions
for 1911 carriers. I cant count how
many wide-eyed stares came my way
due to a cocked-and-locked 1911 in
my duty holster. Trying to explain to
a California-raised and insulated,
Oprah and Rosie watching soccer
mom its the safest way to carry a
1911 pistol is like trying to explain
Quantum Entanglement Theory to a
class of second graders. Actually the
second graders are easier.
Safety Fast Shooting
In order to save me from further
frustration with the ill-informed,
Dave Douglas
Photos: Ichiro Nagata
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BE AND LOOK RIGHT
W
hen I worked for Mr. Hoover, he admon-
ished us to not only be right, but to look
right as well. In other words, form (com-
mand presence) was as equally as impor-
tant as substance. Preferring life in the eld to the
chicken shit requirements of garrisons I didnt neces-
sarily agree with his dress requirements (no pun
intended), because you could make an agent from
the proverbial mile away. Nevertheless, everyone
complied; such was the iron-clad
discipline of his reign.
It wasnt until the
exigencies of the
COINTELPRO era,
drug investiga-
tions and after
his passing
that agents
dressing for
infiltration of
more casual crim-
inal environments
began to accelerate.
Today, jacket and ties
are the official uni-
form, but relaxed
fashions and opera-
tional garb are accepted
for their inherent efficiency
and durability under vigorous
arrest conditions. Privately,
the Bureau got tired of paying for claimed Brooks Brother
suits when in actuality a JC Penny outfit was destroyed
during a knockdown drag out.
Practical, Presentable Dress
The FBIs Hostage Rescue Team was created in the late
1980s after much personal career risk and struggle with the
Bureaus cologne impregnated princes at headquarters. But,
thats another interesting story. The teams plank owners opted
for Levis and denim wear for admin dress, but it vio-
lated Academy dress code. The desire to not look
like Darth Vader when not training and the need to
comply with their landlords led them to adopt a new
trouser on the market designed for rock climbing
and general outdoor activities. After several months
of envied display by the team the good looking
Royal Robbins pant was eagerly adopted by the
Bureaus unconventional Special Operations and
Research Unit, the New Agents Training Unit and
also the police attendees at the National Academy.
I have dozens of 10-15 year old pairs in my inven-
tory that refuse to attrite. I didnt think the utili-
tarian design and comfort could be improved upon
until now.
As police SWAT teams proliferated and the
demand for independent contractors for the Global
War on Terrorism skyrocketed, clothing companies
were almost driven into the business of creating
non-military appearing Warrior
Wardrobes. As a result of
healthy and exten-
sive contemporary
competition, these
gunmans gar-
ments have improved
dramatically in
almost every respect,
especially in discreetness
so operators can blend in
while maintaining opera-
tional tempos.
Among the leaders in
this flourishing market is
Woolrich, one of the oldest
and most respected names
in quality tactical, rustic
and outerwear. Established
in the 1800s and although
specically designated by
AWarriors W
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Bob
Pilgrim
President Lincoln as a tactical purveyor
to the Norths military, its founder John
Rich provided blankets and uniforms
directly to the government or indirectly
through merchants to both sides
in the Civil War. This com-
plimentary association
with the military has
continued throughout
both world wars and is
manifested today in
the Sandbox of
Iraq, the mountains
of Afghanistan and
other less known hotspots.
Fast forward to today and
this privately owned 175
year old survivor of the great
woolen mills era has
demonstrated its forward
thinking and corporate
agility by developing a
strategic partnership with
former operators at Backyard Outtters.
Relying on end user feedback and rec-
ommendations, the Woolrich Elite
Series of mission oriented, operationally
ready clothing is designed from the
ground up to provide cutting edge capa-
bilities for those involved in
SWAT/ESU, law enforcement and
emergency response, executive protec-
tion, lower profile military operations
and civilian concealed carry. All items
are Beta tested by platoons of end
users to ensure the clothing in the Elite
line is truly practical as well as fashion-
able for our troubled times.
Bottom To Top Coverage
Woolrich offers 22 items of Elite
clothing to meet and exceed your
requirements. If theyve missed some-
thing or youve identified an area for
improvement the company wants to
hear from you. And, they wont blow
you off just call when youre sober.
For grunts in general your legs
and feet must be in A1 con-
dition. My most chal-
lenging obstacle
during Ranger
School was the
pain of blisters
and a previ-
ously dislo-
cated ankle so I
appreciate the value
of superior foot cladding.
Elite socks are a combi-
nation of lightweight
CoolMax Extreme sup-
plemented with stretch
nylon and spandex to
provide a snug,
no slip fit.
Stretch fibers,
Lin-toe seams and elastic arch
support ensure a custom like
fit, blister prevention and
increased foot circulation.
Skivvies, long johns or
more politely referred to by
Woolrich as Elite Bottoms
combined with a long or short
sleeved anti microbial 100 per-
cent Merino Wool undershirt
work well for layered protection
in cold weather even when wet.
Conversely, its reported theyre
comfortable in hot weather too.
Two types of either mid-
weight or lightweight gloves
protect hands. No, theyre not
constructed for fast roping or
barbed wire handling, but
will protect your mitts
during wicked weather
extremes. Hand function is critical,
because you can still ght even when an
AK round or IED temporarily interrupts
other mobility systems. The windproof,
goatskin leather palms or exclusive
Control Trax grip offer breathable,
water resistance with excellent dexterity
and an uncompromised grip. Finger cir-
cumference permits trigger nger place-
ment within most triggerguards and the
lightweight skins retain sensitivity.
Gird Thy Loins
In the Corps it was a grave sin to
refer to our long legged battle dress wear
as pants. Women wore pants and men
attired themselves in trousers. And, even
though the highly respected French For-
eign Legion often wore shorts in the
sweaty armpits of the world, shorts were
for boys. Nevertheless, Woolrich
fields four variants of their
very popular Tactical Pants
and yes, an Elite Short. Fit is
fantastic and when wearing
the proper size they almost
look like they were tailored
for the individual yet
theyre flexible enough to
facilitate the most vigorous
movement.
The main difference
between this lineup is fabric
weight and the number and
locations of gear accommo-
dating pockets. Two 8.5 oz.
cotton canvas Tactical pants
are designed for more overt
carry and feature a host of
strategically located pockets and
pouches, while a lightweight, 7
oz. ripstop cotton version pro-
vides a reduced number of orices
s Wardrobe
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the switch in a tactical situation. Most
tail-cap switches used to be momen-
tary-on switches only; constant-on
was accomplished by twisting the
tail-cap. However, many new tail-cap
operated models are using two-stage
switches; you depress them partway
for momentary-on, and all the way
for constant-on. I really dont like
this new setup, since under stress you
do everything more forcefully than
normal, and you are thus very likely
t o make t he l i ght go const ant -on
when you only wanted a short blip of
light in the middle of a fight or a
search. This can lead to a very dan-
gerous situation.
Some manufacturers are trying to
mitigate this danger from their two-stage
tail-cap switches by housing the switch
in a hollow, leaving the partway depres-
sion of it with your thumb easy, but
requiring extra effort to fully depress the
switch. Youll have to experiment to see
if a particular model set up like this
works for you and if you trust it!
Waterproong
Almost all good quality lights are
water-resistant to deeper than you will go
without special equipment. This is usu-
ally accomplished with rubber O-rings
on the threads of the head and tail-cap
and a seal around the window. Water-
resistance is a necessity, since your light
like you will get wet in this job.
Overall Quality
There are two kinds of quality that
affect us. The first is quality related
to integrity or how likely the unit is
to break or fail. This type of quality is
obviously vital. The second type of
quality relates to the technical good-
ness of t he component s or l i ght
beam. How vital to you is it that the
bulb filament or LED is of the utmost
quality, and thus pumps out a few
more lumens or lasts a bit longer? Or
how important to you is a perfectly
distributed light beam with no irregu-
larities? This second type of quality is
subjective and each of us will have
different needs.
Recommendations
Start by deciding on a size thats
good for you (length and diameter). A
light thats uncomfortable to carry
wont be carried. A tail-cap operated
momentary-on switch is a must.
Get a light with at least 60 lumens
of output. More if you want to see
details across more than two residential
yards (or about 200 feet) on a regular
basis. In some cases you can get more
light from the same model by going to
a higher-output lamp assembly, which
are sometimes available, but at the cost
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lumens most of the time.
Dont worry too much about incan-
descent vs. LED unless you have a
tendency to drop stuff a lot. For some
reason, LED lights often come with a
wider focused beam than incandes-
cents. This isnt usually an issue and
can sometimes be an advantage. You
will, however, get a longer run-time
from LEDs given the same number of
batteries and lumens.
Decide the other issues based on
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each units feel, its price, and per-
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Finally, purchase a second light! If
you dont carry it on you, at least have
it in your gear bag. If you stow it
there size isnt an issue, so consider
choosing a more powerful light for
your second light youll be glad
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Terry installed a Safety Fast Shooting
(SFS) kit to the P-14. Cylinder & Slide
offers the SFS for 1911 pistols and
Browning Hi Powers. The system can be
installed in a Series 70 or Series 80
1911. When its installed in a Series 80
gun, the ring pin lockout system is still
fully functional. The SFS allows the
hammer to be cocked and then manually
pushed forward giving the appearance of
the hammer being in the down position.
A metal bar prevents ring if dropped.
When this is done the ambidextrous
safety control moves into the safe
position. The safeties are deactivated
and the hammer pops back into the
cocked position by simply pressing the
safety lever to the off-safe position
with the thumb. The trigger pull remains
light and crisp, allowing a very fast rst
shot. It takes a little getting used to, but
after about a hundred draws and shots
its as easy as breathing.
Make I t Pretty
Lifes too short to shoot an ugly
gun. I dont know who said it but that
line is something to live by. Terry
decided on matte hard chrome for the
nish on the Para. And its not one of
those beauty is only skin-deep issues.
Hard chrome not only is mighty pretty
to look at but its also practically
impossible to mar or wear off even
when you use a Kydex holster. It pro-
vides great rust resistance too. The gun
was dehorned stem to stern in what
Terry calls his Carry Bevel. It makes
shooting easier on the hands and its
also much easier on your holster.
Terrys nishing touch to the Para P-
14*45 is the installation of double-dia-
mond checkered rosewood grips from
Smith and Alexander. Aftermarket Para
grips can be difcult to nd but Smith
and Alexander provides a number of
choices and these are a stunning example.
Perfectionist
This is a perfect example of taking a
serviceable but worn duty gun and with a
few parts and imagination, you come
away with a gun better than new. You just
need an artistic-perfectionist-craftsman-
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do it for you thats all. Its a pretty
daunting task to nd that fellow but now
you know who fits the bill.
Terry Tusseys that guy.
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One pair of pockets deserves special
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degree of thought that has gone into
this clothing line. The Elite Cargo pant
has 12 multi-use pockets, with two of
them located at the ankle. Large
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situated little blaster, access to an
immediate action piece while driving or
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even with the lightest Titanium snubby
cuff rotation and ankle slap must at the
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Defensive Discreetness
In Phase II of the Elite series develop-
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Without the port and starboard cargo
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Double wall construction at seat and
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points. Belt loops are large enough to
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A unique cargo pocket organizer
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Six styles of long and short sleeve
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series of false buttons hides a zipper clo-
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The technology has been used suc-
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appear and disappear.
This world-class facility is located a
few miles outside the original capitol
of the Arizona Territory, Prescott, and
just 30 miles south of Interstate 40,
within two hours of Phoenix Sky
Harbor International Airport.
Owen Buzz Mills owns Gunsite
and over the past few years hes put
around $4 million into refurbishing the
facility and building new ranges. I had
previously been to Gunsite and the dif-
ference is astounding.
Ed Head is the Operations Manager.
In his previous career, Ed was with the
Border Patrol in the San Diego area. He
was a longtime Gunsite instructor so
his transition to Ops Manager was an
obvious good fit. He brings an out-
standing knowledge of the civilian side
of the instruction offered and an exten-
sive knowledge of law enforcements
needs to the job.
The Training
Gunsite offers a number of begin-
ni ng, i nt ermedi at e and advanced
courses in both pistol and rifle. Any of
t hese cl asses wi l l benefi t a l aw
enforcement firearms instructor. You
get to see and practice techniques as
Gunsite teaches them. Perhaps even
more valuable is the exposure to top
instructors, to see what teaching tech-
niques they use on classes including
novices who never handled a gun in
their life up to and including expert
shooters there for a brush-up on
skills. Sounds like a normal day at the
police range to me.
Gunsite has the ability to custom
design a course just for you and your
instructors. I was fortunate prior to
retiring to take my entire range staff
along with two friends and firearms
instructors from Queensland, Australia,
to Gunsite for one of those custom
designed Instructors Workshops.
Ops Manager Ed Head, knowing
how cops can be especially full-
time firearms instructors, felt it pru-
dent to put two of his strongest LE
experienced staff with my group
good move. Ed and Giles Stock are
Gunsites longest tenured instructors.
Ed recent l y ret i red from Ari zona
Depart ment of Publ i c Safet y and
Giles is retired from Phoenix PD.
When they walk on a Gunsite range
theres no question whos in charge
they own the ground.
The week started with a classroom
session for paperwork, introductions
and a safety brief. But after those for-
malities were handled we were on the
range in a half hour. A second safety
brief was conducted and Giles started
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Once youve completed a course,
bring the lessons learned back to your
agency, evaluate them, determine if
they violate department policy and then
put the ones that dont to good use.
For the firearms instructors: we
owe it to our students to stay abreast
of the latest techniques, tactics and
methods available.
For the students: demand from
your teachers that they keep current
and have an open but eval uat i ve
mi nd. Alvin Toffler, an American
writer and futurist said, The illiterate
of the 21st century will not be those
who cannot read and write, but those
who cannot learn, unlearn,
and relearn.
with a portion of their beginners class
and interlaced Gunsites philosophy
into the instruction. I suspected and it
was later confirmed this exercise was
to determine the level of expertise of
the students a good technique when
starting with students unknown to you.
After all there are quite a few LE
instructors who only attended their
state mandated range officer course
and many of those concentrate just on
general techniques of teaching.
Once Ed and Giles developed a
comfort level with the crew the real
learning began. There was a lot of
shooting a whole lot but there
was a great deal of discussion as well.
Techniques that work with different
types of shooters at any given skill
level, trigger control drills, sight align-
ment-sight picture drills, the need for
speed drills, close in followed by dis-
tance shooting followed by close in
again to relieve boredom and target
evaluation were all demonstrated and
discussed at length. The course was a
hands-on, nuts and bolts, what every
rearms instructor needs to know class
that proved invaluable when applied
back at our range.
A portion of the week was also
devoted to the .223 Remington rifle
caliber carbine and its use by patrol
cops. A great deal of discussion cen-
tered around ammunition selection
drawing on Giles expertise and
interest in the subject. Discussion and
drill demonstrations followed
including deploying the carbines in one
of Gunsites outdoor live fire simula-
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shooting was challenging for both the
shooters and the equipment. Most of
the lessons learned were later incorpo-
rated in our departments rifle caliber
carbine transition course from the
pistol caliber carbine. The rie instruc-
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Sergeant Greg Martin and Sergeant
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also know this is costly in a number of
ways. Yet we dont train for this and
what to do when it happens.
We know post-traumatic stress is a
very real and dangerous threat to
anyone forced to kill on the job. We
dont teach that our family, friends,
and community will probably treat us
differently after weve killed another
person. Yet we do almost nothing to
psychologically armor ourselves
against this eventuality. We dont
train that this is acceptable, indeed
moral l y requi red, for us t o do so
under the correct circumstances. We
dont teach how to fight these battles
based on our collective past experi-
ence as a profession.
So Smart Hes Dumb
I had this conversation with a police
chief a few weeks ago. Hes a nice guy
and ridiculously smart, but often a bit
too cerebral if you get my drift. He
brought up the point that if we give all
this information to cops from the
outset, well be pointing out just how
serious and dangerous a job this can be
and in turn it could lead to highly quali-
ed candidates choosing not to be cops
at all like that was a bad thing.
The choice to become a cop is a
friggin serious one. It should there-
fore be made from a well-informed
position. If arming candidates with
this information runs the risk that
some otherwise very capable, nice
people will opt out of this profession
thats their right. We all know
people who are great folks but have
absolutely no business being cops.
Better they get out in the Academy
rather than having them or someone
depending on them get hurt, killed or
psychologically maimed in a roadside
ditch because theyre not completely
prepared to defend themselves with
deadly force.
Its incumbent on all of us in law
enforcement, especially those in the
training realm, to provide officers
with the information they need to
make the decision to be a cop and to
survive as long as they stay with it.
Its ridiculous to place the responsi-
bility of taking a life on someone,
knowing critical information has been
omitted from their entire decision
making process.
Firearms instructors generally give
what little dedicated deadly force
training thats provided to recruits.
This tends to be done while teaching
rookies the basics of how to use their
firearms. More forward thinking cur-
riculums add in some instruction on
the psychological mindset necessary to
employ deadly force and the potential
DEADLY FORCE
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ment al and emot i onal i mpact of
having done so.
Say No To Free Coffee
Legal instruction usually centers on
when to employ deadly force, but is
typically wedged into instruction cen-
tering mostly on 4th Amendment
search and seizure concerns. Police
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pletely on the need for honesty and
integrity. (If I have to be told one more
time by some suit that I should never
accept a damn free cup of coffee, I am
going to stroke out.) Ive never heard
of, let alone had, a block of instruction
on the ethics of the application of
deadly force. Yet Id submit that killing
someone is a greater ethical dilemma
than a free warm beverage.
As a result of our current approach,
each ofcer forced to use deadly force
in the course of their job is doomed to
go through the same process so many of
their brothers and sisters before them
have with the same individual
chances of success and failure. Thats
not to say we havent improved over the
years far from it. However, theres
plenty of room left for advancement.
It Aint Easy
Lets face it: Changing how cops are
trained to kill is a much larger order
than it may appear at first blush. You
cant just change a couple of lesson
plans and drive on. There are a ton of
things that bear upon any kind of
training change at all levels of law
enforcement. We may not like it, but
its true nonetheless.
People from all over the societal
map have a stake in how cops are
trained and this subject is going to be a
particularly testy one. Deadly force is
the subject of numerous regulative fac-
tors. You know, stuff like laws, court
rulings and agency policy. Federal law,
state law, local ordinance, community
standards and even the perspective of
the various police administrators and
individual trainers all have bearing on
how this training is conducted.
Therefore, any change to deadly
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and down the line. Its a very sticky
wicket. Of course, the fact that such
an evolution of training pedagogy
(now theres a word for you) is a tall
order must be recognized. However, it
must not keep us from making the
effort, an effort that starts by talking
about it. The subject is just
too important.
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OF ADVERTISERS
COLLECTORS
5.11 Challenge 71
Action Target 14
Action Target Academy 63
Advanced Technology, Inc. 11
Aimpoint 25
Al Mar Knives 29
AmChar Wholesale, Inc. 3
ArmaLite, Inc. 39
Benchmade 10
Bianchi Int'l. 6
Black Hills Ammunition 67
BlackHawk Products Group 63
C.O.P.S. West 60
Caspian Arms 60
Cobra Enterprises of Utah 64
Command Arms Accessories 12
CrossBreed Holsters 66
Cylinder & Slide 70
DeSantis Holster 58
Diamond Machining Technology 58
Diamond Sentry Distributors 60
DPMS 35
Elite Sports Express 80
Enidine, Inc. 10
First-Light USA 65
Glock 7
Gripmaster 21
Gun Vault/Cannon Safe 13
Gun Video 61
Heckler & Koch 65
Hi-Viz 29
Iosso Products 70
Kimber 9,11,19,31,84
LaserMax, Inc. 2
Lewis Machine & Tool Co. 14
Mec-Gar USA, Inc. 66
Midway USA 64
New Mexico State Police 73
OfcerStore.com 12
Rock River Arms 23
Samson Mfg. 23
Santa Fe Police Department 72
Savage Arms 69
Sigarms 21,27,35
Smith & Wesson 33
Springeld 83
STI International 53
SureFire 17
Taurus 59
TOPS Knives 68
Trijicon 8-9
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VisuaLock 15
Wilson Combat 62
Wilson Tactical 68
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Bomb Squad
You may have noticed American COP doesnt do book reviews. After a day
of reading and editing articles the last thing on my mind when I get home is
more reading. I get at least one a sent to me each week.
The 450 page Art Of Handcufng missive or Law Enforcement Workers Com-
pensation Mitigation Strategies for Dummies just dont hold much appeal to me.
So when Richard Esposito e-mailed about his new book I shunned it just like the
others. I wrote back, even though Bomb Squad operations holds a special place in
my heart from being trained and having served as a bomb-tech myself, we dont
do reviews. He sent it anyway with a nice personal note. I dont know what got
into me I started reading it. Then, damn him, I couldnt put it down.
Richard Esposito and Ted Gerstein spent an entire year with NYPDs Bomb
Squad. They crafted a book thats really worth reading about a handful of cops
doing one of law enforcements most hazardous jobs in a way, which gives you
almost a voyeuristic insight of the people involved.
Ive read a lot of cop books over the years. Most were good representa-
tions although they reminded me of watching a black and white rerun of
Outer Limits or, in some cases, The Lucy Show. This book brings the reader
the subject not only in living color but
its in High Definition.
The writers access to the unit, the
training and their operations is
unprecedented. They handle it in a
riveting style lacking the hyperbole
many others use as a ruse to disguise a lack of writing skill. And they dont
reveal operational and confidential procedures another testament to their
professionalism. Youve got to get this book.
For More Info: www.bombsquadbook.com
Eagle Grips
I used a Beretta 92FS as my duty gun for years. At the time, I was working the
beach area and due to the salt spray and daily sand blasting I had it hard chromed
for protection. I have to admit; it was a damn pretty gun. The one thing that really
bugged me about it was you just couldnt nd a set of decent looking wood grips.
Boring black plastic was all I was left with.
Now Eagle Grips of Carol Stream, Ill., is offering fantastic rosewood grips for
the 92 series pistol. Its about 10 years too late for me but maybe not for you. The
grips are available smooth or hand checkered. Theyre slightly relieved at the for-
ward end of the grip and ride a little smaller on the frontstrap. That makes for a
much better feel for those of us without gorilla-size mitts.
My 92FS now dutifully guards the inside of my gun safe, but at least
its doing it in style with a new set of Eagles rosewood grips.
For More Info: www.eaglegrips.com
I NSI DERRUMINATIONS Continued from page 82
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ts time to adopt a no Toro Caca
stance on illegal immigration. I
propose the following be imme-
diately adopted.
There will be no special bilingual
programs in the schools.
There will be no special ballots for
elections and all government business
will be conducted in our language.
Foreigners will not have the right
to vote no matter how long
theyve been here.
Foreigners will never be able to
hold political ofce.
Foreigners will not be a burden to
the taxpayers, therefore, they are not
eligible for welfare, food stamps,
health care or any other government
assistance programs.
Foreigners may invest in this country,
but it must be an amount equal to
40,000 times the daily minimum wage.
If foreigners wish to buy land their
options will be restricted. They will not
be allowed to own waterfront property as
its reserved for naturally born citizens.
Foreigners may not protest against
our government. There will be no
demonstrations, no waving a foreign
flag, no political organizing and no
bad-mouthing our president or his
policies. Violations will result in
immediate deportation with no appeal.
If a foreigner illegally enters the
country they will be hunted down and
sent directly to jail.
I know these new rules sound
harsh but they happen to be the immi-
gration laws of Mexico and if were
going to be good neighbors and have
consistent policies we need to more
closely align our immigration laws.
Toro Caca
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lthough this is a situation which could be prominently
featured in the Toro Caca section of Insider Rumina-
tions, I nd it has gone even further and reached a
level even a whole prairie full of Brahma bulls on
Exlax couldnt compare to. I regret being forced into
the position of issuing of an American COP Magazine Fatwa.
Thats right, I hereby call for a law enforcement Jihad on the US
Attorneys Ofce of the Western District of Texas speci-
cally, Johnny Sutton, the US Attorney down there. Now dont
get me wrong here, I in no way wish any harm come to the guy
but enough is enough. He needs to have the eas of a thousand
camels infest his crotch or maybe something worse like send
him to federal prison with a snitch ticket.
Sutton is the guy who decided to prosecute Border Patrol
Agent Ignacio Ramos and fellow agent, Jose Alonso Com-
pean, with what we now hear was urging from not only the
Bush Administration but the Mexican Government too. Now
we nd Sutton also pushed his minions into prosecuting
Edwards County Deputy Sheriff Gilmer Hernandez for viola-
tion of an illegal aliens civil rights. Now thatll make you
scratch your head wont it?
Sutton charged Hernandez with violating under the
color of law the civil rights of Maricela Rodriguez-Garcia,
a Mexican national.
On the night of April 14, 2005, Deputy Hernandez was on
routine patrol when he observed a speeding Suburban run a
red light. The deputy stopped the vehicle and made his
approach on the drivers side. The driver slammed the truck
back into drive and peeled away, almost running over the
deputys foot. Hernandez red several shots one of which
blew out the rear tire. Okay so maybe he watched too many
movies but you cant argue with success. The vehicle stopped,
and disgorged its cargo of illegals into the sagebrush. Marcela
Rodriguez-Garcia, one of the illegal aliens, stayed in the car.
Speculation was she was curled up over the wheel well. She
was hit by one of the bullets it shattered some of her teeth.
She was treated and released from a local hospital. According
to procedure, Deputy Hernandez reported the incident to his
supervisors and they called the state to investigate.
Afew days after-
wards, the Mexican
consulate sent a letter to
local and federal law
enforcement ofcials in
Texas demanding a full
investigation. The US
Attorneys ofce charged Deputy Her-
nandez with violating the civil rights of the woman noting
because the agents life wasnt in danger; he shouldnt have
shot at the vehicle. His defense attorneys argue he was doing
his job and believed his life was in danger. By the way, the
state cleared Deputy Hernandez of any wrongdoing.
The deputys boss, Sheriff Donald G. Letsinger said
Hernandez followed the letter of the law in defending
himself in the April 2005 incident and questioned why
the government brought charges. This is a ne young
man, and I just dont believe he committed the wrong of
which he was accused, he added.
Ajury from a pool notorious for its sympathy toward
undocumented workers rights convicted Hernandez.
Suttons goons asked for seven years, apparently still
drunk with success in getting Ramos and Compean 10 and
11 year sentences. The Judge sentenced Hernandez to one
year and one day far below the prosecutions request.
If I worked for the Border Patrol, Id be looking at
new employment options. The US Attorneys Ofce of
the Western District of Texas couldnt care less if Mex-
ican military units cross into our country and shoot at our
agents; they apparently dont care if our folks are shot at
by drug dealers and mules and they put every imaginable
obstacle in place to keep Border Patrol from pursuing just
short of issuing the drug dealers and illegals spike strips.
If it were up to me, Id indict Sutton for treason and
failing to register as an agent of a foreign government.
COP
JIHAD
INSIDER
RUMINATIONS
He needs to
have the fleas
of a thousand
camels infest
his crotch ...
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