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Lowering Standards
Your magazine published a very in-
sightful article researched and penned by
Dave Grossi (Lowering Standards, Nov/
Dec 2008). It was well written and gave the
reader clear warnings about the dangers of
lowering hiring and training standards. My
department and I do not have a problem
with any of the opinions and data presented
in this cautionary piece; however we did
seriously question the illustration that ac-
companied the article.
A two-page photo spread accompanied
Mr. Grossis article showing numerous law
enforcement badges. All the badges were
out of focus, except for one single gold
badge the badge our police offcers in
Chesterfeld County proudly display every
day as they place themselves in harms way
to protect our citizens.
Using our badge and relating it to an
article about lowering hiring and training
standards was sure to give most readers the
impression our police department was as-
sociated with this hazardous trend. Nothing
could be further from the truth.
Chesterfeld County, located in central
Virginia, has a very professional, commu-
nity oriented and dynamic Police Depart-
ment. Its a Department with a long tradi-
tion of excellence, both in the caliber of our
personnel we hire and our training stan-
dards. This tradition has enabled us to be
one of the safest communities in the Com-
monwealth of Virginia and a leader within
the regional law enforcement community.
Thank you for allowing us to set the re-
cord straight.
Colonel Thierry G. Dupuis, MBA
Chief of Police
Chesterfeld County Police Department
Chief, Im going to fall on my sword
on this one. Its our fault and theres
You printed a story on a pair of SIG pistols
customized by TJs Gunworks (Super SIGS,
Nov/Dec 2008). It appears TJ truly is a
master, as they looked gorgeous.
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no getting around it. As a retired cop,
I should have known better. We showed
poor judgment in choosing to use that
picture showing your agencys badge in
clear focus. Our attempt to illustrate how
the problem of lowering standards can
affect agencies everywhere by showing a
collection of badges was sound, however
by focusing on just one the illustration
set the wrong tone. I know your agency
maintains extremely high standards and
would not tolerate anything but the best.
Please accept our sincere apology for
this oversight. I appreciate your fair and
honest letter to us.
Roy Huntington
Publisher
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You printed a story on a pair of
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of gray. In reduced light we no longer
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philosophy? Just kidding, and you are
absolutely right in pointing out the rea-
son behind the design. Its important for
our readers to understand that theres
a great deal of thought and testing that
goes into refning a the design of a great
sight system.
I am a huge fan and proponent of the
XS Sight system. A number of times I
have written that the Big Dot sights are
the fastest and best gun fghting sights
available today and cops need a gun
fghting sight. When your life depends on
getting that shot off frst and accurately,
nothing compares to the pure white Big
Dot. Dave
More Lowering Standards
Dave, Dave Grossi made many good
points in his article (Lowering Stan-
dards, Nov/Dec 2008). I would like to
offer a few points regarding recruiting
standards for law enforcement offcers.
In the 2000 election candidate George
W. Bush refused to answer questions
about whether he had used drugs in col-
lege. Candidate Barack Obama has pub-
lished his account of his drug use. The
electorate does not see drug abuse as ex-
cluding either from attaining the highest
offce in the land.
In the 1960s the typical police acad-
emy here in Kansas was four weeks. To-
day, its 16 to 18 weeks. Its not unusual
to fnd recruits in todays academies with
graduate or undergraduate degrees. Re-
cruits are much better educated today
than ever before. Police use of force is
much less today than in decades past and
fewer offcers are killed or injured today.
Voters in statewide referendums have
indicated approval for relaxing drug
laws involving medical uses of drugs.
This seems to be part of a more liberal
view emerging regarding drug laws.
Homosexuality, drug use, bankruptcy
and infdelity were all considered dis-
qualifers for a career in law enforcement
at one time, but not today. Nevertheless,
there is widespread agreement police of-
fcers today are much better educated,
trained, and professional than their coun-
terparts in the 1950s or 1960s. Today,
many veterans of the frst and second
gulf wars have chosen law enforcement
as a career and this has proven a great
asset to the profession as a source for re-
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cruits. In the 1960s and 1970s many re-
turning veterans chose law enforcement
as a career as well.
I join with Dave Grossi in lamenting
the declining standards but I cannot con-
clude the law enforcement profession
has suffered as a result.
Michael Lee Kobe
The drug use issue, homosexuality,
infidelity and bankruptcy issues can
be argued until were all dead and
gone. I would feel more than a bit un-
easy with a bankrupt, cheating, drug
user as my partner. And I could care
less if he or she had a PhD in Astro-
physics. What we really need to con-
centrate on is the individual.
Years ago DC police lowered stan-
dards to the point where known gang
members were recruited and look at
some of the former recruiting practices of
New Orleans PD. The good-guy cops in
those cities (and they far outnumber the
bad guy cops) were saddled with working
with some of these bottom dwellers all in
the name of meeting recruiting quotas.
Thats one for the Toro Caca section.
Lets make decisions based on
whether the applicant will make a
good cop. If drug use by this person
shows a significant lack of judgment,
then they shouldnt be a cop. Con-
versely, if it was a typical experimen-
tation by a curious but temporarily
stupid kid, maybe they would make a
good officer.
A recruiter once told me, Angels
dont make good cops, but neither do idi-
ots. I agree with her. Dave
Border Patrol
Regarding Mr. Grossis article in
American COP about the U.S. Border
Patrol Academy lowering its standards
(Lowering Standards, Nov/Dec 2008),
Id like to clear up a few things. The ba-
sic academy has gone from 19 weeks to
12 not 17 weeks. The reason for this
is Spanish Language Training has been
removed from the core curriculum so
trainees who already speak Spanish can
be moved to the feld faster.
Theres still the same amount of class
hours in Law, Firearms, Driving, Physi-
cal Techniques, etc. But those who dont
speak Spanish must stay behind for eight
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additional weeks to learn the language
that makes 20 weeks for them.
As for the lower physical standards,
its a good program. You get out what
you put in; if youre lazy, youll get
nothing out of it. But if you work hard at
it, you can get pretty good results.
There are still several weeks of Con-
stitutional Law, and as for plans to get rid
of it, I dont know but wouldnt think so.
And lowering the bar for those com-
ing in? I agree with you completely,
its just not right to shoot for anything
but perfection.
I sir, am a product of the new academy.
And I must say it was still tough aca-
demically and physically. Was it compa-
rable to the old program? Again, same
amount of class time, physical training
may have been easier because the In-
structors had to follow a curriculum
but still challenging.
I understand these were not your words
but the BP, but I just wanted to give you
what I know through experience.
Mike S.
Thanks for the clarifcation on the BP
Academy and thank you for joining their
ranks. I wish you all the best in your
new job. It is by far and away one of the
toughest in law enforcement. Dave
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C
ameras are everywhere. Too often, the unblinking eye of the camera puts
police actions in a horrible public relations light. Who cares? Im just
doing my job, doing what I was trained to do. What I did was within policy
and acceptable standards of conduct. Well, thats not enough, not any-
more. Not if you want to survive.
Darwin said, Its not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most
intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Make no mistake, were
talking Offcer Survival your survival. We need to include surviving changes
that have already occurred and proactively driving other changes, especially in
the political environment.
The other day I watched footage of an offcer using his less-lethal baton to
attempt to overcome active resistance from a guy resisting a lawful arrest. The
problem was that the camera lens caught a cop beatn down a man of color.
Continued on page 62
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CORRECTIONS BRIAN DAWE
BEhIND thE FENCE.
Brian Dawe is the Executive Director for The American Correctional Ofcer (www.americanco.org) and the American Correctional Ofcers Intelligence Network (www.COIntel.net). He can be reached at ACOIN1@aol.com or by calling him at 307-883-9707.
OFFICER DOWN
I
n June I watched as 22-year old Federal Correctional
Offcer, Jose Rivera, was laid to rest in California. Offcer
Rivera had been on the job a mere 10 months. Offcers
from across the nation gathered to mourn the tragic loss of
yet another CO. His murder, at the hands of an inmate wielding
a home made shank, ended this young mans life far too early.
Sadly, it was a very preventable death.
This is the second time in a few short years I traveled to
Bad Decisions
O
ffcer Gonzalez vest was sitting
in the departments warehouse.
California DOC failed to issue
it. In the case of Offcer Rivera,
the Federal Bureau of Prisons doesnt
issue protective vests to staff. Incredi-
bly, they refuse to allow offcers to wear
one even if they purchase it themselves!
Who thought that was a good idea?
Stab proof vests wont stop every
attack, nor do they guarantee survival
from a vicious assault by an inmate
with a weapon. But, survival is greatly
enhanced when we are so equipped.
PEOPLE PROBLEMS
V
iolence in our prisons, jails and juvenile facilities is a daily occurrence.
With fewer staff available to respond and the resultant increase in re-
sponse times to these assaults, injuries are far more serious. According
to the American Federation of Government Employees, the union rep-
resenting Federal Correctional Offcers, staffng in the federal system is down
by 15 percent while their prisons are 25 percent over design capacity. Thats a
situation destined for tragedy. In some state systems such as Oklahoma, staffng
is down by nearly 30 percent. They are so short staffed on some shifts theres
no one available for the emergency response teams. How many more deaths
will it take before these issues are addressed?
United States Representative Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) has sponsored HR
6462 the Jose Rivera Correctional Offcer Protection Act. Its imperative we
California to honor a fallen brother. On January 10, 2005
California State Correctional Offcer Manny Gonzalez met
the same avoidable fate at that states Chino facility.
Annually, over 40,000 assaults on staff occur in our nations
prisons and jails and we bury nearly a dozen offcers as a
result. Many correction departments do not provide the neces-
sary equipment to survive behind the walls. Neither Gonzalez
nor Rivera were wearing stab proof vests.
Continued on page 67
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HIGH tECh BOB DAVIs
CUttING EDGE WIDGEts AND OthER NEW stUFF.
Of Crime
The Sound
H
ave you ever noticed the sounds of crime? We all
know the obvious one: the loud report of gunshot,
the crash of a glass pane shattered by an intruder,
or the unmistakable sound of tires sliding on
asphalt just before the thud as it collides with a pedestrian. But
what about the sounds made by taggers? Not the whispers in
the darkness the sounds of graffti being applied for
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M
erlin, a new anti-
graffti detection system
made by BDS, a
Scotts Valley,
California company, easily rec-
ognizes this sound along with
others. Its an acoustic based
sensor using sophisticated algo-
rithms to detect sounds emitted
by aerosol containers sounds
in the ultrasonic range humans
cannot hear. Combine this
technology with an automated
and programmable notifcation
system and you now have the
means to catch taggers in the
act. If theres always an if
your agency is willing to
have the police offcer resources
necessary for a rapid response.
How
Does It
Work?
S
imply put, Merlin comes in
a rugged-ized black box
designed to look like any non-
descript service box. It doesnt
rate a second glance let alone closer
inspection. Merlin should be mounted
about 15 feet above the ground and
near the area requiring surveillance.
Merlins coverage area is shaped like a
cone covering about 160

degrees and a
range of about 70'. Multiple Merlins can
increase coverage area. Proper place-
ment is crucial for success and with any
technology such as this, theres always
the 12
th
time this month on that wall by the park. Youre think-
ing, what sound? The sound of paint escaping from an aerosol
container, a unique sound and
one thats called an ultrasonic
fngerprint by Cory Stepha-
nson, PhD and CEO of
Broadband Discovery
Systems (BDS). Its
a sound you may have
never noticed.
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OFFICER sURVIVAL sAMMY REEsE
GEttING hOME IN thE sAME CONDItION YOU WENt tO WORk IN.
I
ts 0-dark thirty; youre the frst offcer on
scene at a large noisy party in one of the
nicer neighborhoods on your beat. While
admiring the nice cars lining the street
and avoiding turning your ankle on empty beer
bottles, you make it to the open front door of
the house. You hear, Oh shit, its the cops.
The homeowner comes to the door and im-
mediately apologizes for the noise. The celebra-
tion for a new promotion got a little out of hand.
Behind the homeowner you see what looks like a hot-pink
revolver in someones hand What do you do?
Whats
Your Plan?
I
know what Id do I made up my
mind a long time ago if someone
has a gun regardless of color
or paint scheme I was going to
treat it like a real gun. The toy industry
started painting guns very bright colors
so kids or adults wouldnt get shot by
cops. The new very realistic looking air
soft guns have the tips painted orange.
I almost shot a guy who had an airsoft
with the tip painted to match the gun.
The fake gun painted to look like a real
gun got me thinking about what if a bad
guy took a real gun and painted the tip
orange to get the drop on us.
To make matters more confusing
gun manufactures are now making
guns in toy colors pink, orange,
blue, yellow and red to name a few.
Blue and red have been long used
colors for training guns. These plastic
colored training guns have likely
saved countless offcers lives and I
use them when I teach. By removing
real guns from role-play and non-live
fre training, we greatly reduce the
possibility of killing someone with an
unloaded gun.
I
know the colored guns
are a marketing scheme
to target women shoot-
ers. New shooters are
good for all of us. So, I fnd
myself conficted on this issue. I want
the gun industry to grow and prosper, but I
dont want good guys to get shot because they
cant differentiate between a real or toy gun.
I dont work a beat anymore, but I am an
armed citizen and I still have the same mindset as
when I worked the streets. I dont want any of us
to get shot before deciding if the car-jackers gun is
real or not just because its pink.
The time to make a life and death decision may be measured in hundredths
of a second. Attorneys and juries will have days, maybe weeks, to tear that
decision apart. Send us an e-mail about what you think. Is it a big deal or am I
just being nit-picky?
Lastly, this is my fnal offcer safety column. My passion for keeping cops
alive is still the same; unfortunately, my time is being taken up more and more
by my editor duties with the Special Editions. Its been an honor to be a part
of American COP since the premier issue. Ill be gone from the columns, but
youll see features from me from time to time. I pass the torch to the capable
hands of Sgt. John Russo. His passion for offcer safety is equal to mine. Its
probably why we were partners and friends for so long.
Never forget rule number one: We all go home at the end of
the shift. Semper Fi.
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EVOC ANthONY RICCI
sURVIVING IN YOUR MOBILE OFFICE.
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.
Y
ears ago, I started my lectures with the famous state-
ment please ask questions and remember there are
no stupid questions. Now I start, whoever came
up with the statement there are no stupid questions
is really stupid, there are a ton of them. That doesnt mean
you cant ask them and it doesnt mean I wont laugh at you
I probably will. This is said in my friendliest voice but
its true, my students have come up with some crazy stuff.
Highly paid engineers conduct major studies to im-
prove vehicle safety technology, yet I still hear things
like ABS doesnt work. Recently, I had a female
MORE AWARD WINNERS
I can brake better without the
ABS system.
H
ow impressive. Think
about how fast
the ABS system
calculates the
speed of the vehicle
against the rotation
speed of the tires. Then
think of an exact speed
calculation fguring when
to unlock the sliding tire,
providing better steering trac-
tion and then relocking to provide
braking. This happens up to 15 times
per second independently on each tire.
I ask everyone to simulate pumping the brakes with their
foot, 15 times in a second some of them actually try to
pump as I count. No one got to 15 pumps in a second yet.
Ant-Lock braking systems are getting so advanced theyre
starting to sense threshold instead of lock up thereby allow-
ing much more steering control under braking, especially in
wet conditions.
Ill admit, in some ABS vehicles, it feels like its not going to
stop. However, passing threshold in a non-ABS vehicle
is much less fun. The results are much worse and
infnitely more dramatic. Humans cant beat
computers unless the computer malfunc-
tions. Sorry folks, computers malfunction
a hell of a lot less than we do.
I may have to get out
of the car quickly so I
dont use my seat belt
I love this one. What about if you
dont get to the call safely you wont be
able to perform your job? Did you think about
that? Cops have to get out of the car quickly. You
should practice unhooking the seatbelt and deploying
more productively after you safely arrive at your destination.
We need to think about how this seatbelt thing
works. Is each vehicle system different? Does one un-
lock by pushing in the front rather than the top or side?
How quickly does the belt retract to the holder or is it
old and stretched out? If so, know itll get caught on
your head, shoulder or knee when bailing out adapt
officer tell me she wishes theyd take airbags out
of all cars. She said, Now they have airbags surrounding
the car for a side impact crash. Im afraid of getting hit
by them. Youd rather perform a high-speed chew of the
steering wheel or smash the side window and roof post
with your ear? Good thinking.
We never think of how many injuries and fatalities are
saved by these technologies, yet we speak out without any
real knowledge or supporting research. Just because we
dont understand a change or advancement doesnt mean it
isnt good. I wonder what she does when theres an eclipse?
THINGS
THAT
PISS ME OFF
Continued on page 70
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T
he compact size and feather-like weight im-
pressed me, but I wondered about its ability to
take a hit. There are numerous mounting systems
for the magical little dot sights but most are sim-
ply bases allowing you to stick it on a gun. Most provide
little or no added protection.
Then I came across the Mini Red Dot Bases section
HARD tOOLs PAUL MARkEL
EssENtIAL tOOLs FOR thE JOB.
PROTECTING
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R
ed dots, lasers, four power
scopes? Hell, I just got to
the point where all of my
people are using iron sights
correctly. Now they want to use dots and
lasers. Such was the exasperation of one
frearms instructor I spoke to recently.
I understood his frustration and his
point is valid. For many shooting instruc-
tors, just getting their people to use their
sights correctly is challenging enough.
Introduce 21
st
century gadgetry to the
equation and things get really confusing.
OFFICER
GADGET?
Y
ou might consider red dot
sights to be just another cool
guy gadget and Id agree if
there wasnt a mountain of
evidence to the contrary. Dead bad guys,
terrorists and insurgents sent home to
meet Allah by American GIs and their
red dot sights construct that mountain.
I recently picked up a mini red dot sight to try out. Com-
pact red dot sights are relatively uncomplicated and work
on the refex principle. The red aiming dot is projected
from the base and refected off of the specially designed
clear lens. They generally operate off a single fat battery
and will run constantly for better than a year.
Most of you are probably familiar with the Docter Optic
minired dot sights. There are also Trijicon branded mini
RedDot optics as well as those from Burris and JPoint.
Sure the mini-dot sights are cool, but theyre kind of frag-
ile, so commented a friend of mine. I had to admit from
practical/tactical standpoint, he was right.
Rhino-Tough
Performance
LaRue Tacticals IronDot sight base
for the Docter Optic red dot provides
substantial protection fpr the optic.
LaRues Quick
Detach (QD) lever
with locking tab
solidly secures the
optic to the gun.
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on the LaRue Tactical Web site. Just
one additional click of the mouse
and I discovered a mounting system
providing serious protection for the
little sights.
LaRue calls them the IronDot
bases. If you are familiar at all with
LaRue Tactical products youll know
theyre rhino-tough. IronDot bases
are available for the Docter Optic
sights as well as for the JPoint,
Pride-Fowler, and Burris FastFire
mini-red dot sights.
The IronDot bases are constructed
with AR/M4 shooters in mind. The
base sits just high enough to align
with the standard A-frame front
sight housing. The mount I worked
with was designed for the Docter
Optic and had a fold-down back-up
rear sight.
As youd expect, the IronDot has
a quick-detach lever with the LaRue
locking design. The base mounts to
any M1913 Picatinny or Weaver-style
rail system.
The locking lever is adjustable and
comes with an adjustment wrench.
Installing it onto my personal M4 was
a simple process. Zeroing is the next
chore and then you are off and running.
Gadgetry Marksmanship
While gadgetry is never a fx for poor
marksmanship, the truth is red dot optics
offer a genuine advantage in
dynamic shooting situations.
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RESERVES PERRY W. hORNBARGER
DEDICAtION AND PROFEssIONALIsM thAt GOEs BEYOND PAY.
KSA MAINTENANCE
AKA
TRAINING
H
uh? What the heck is a KSA?
Its the Knowledge, Skills and
Abilities you need to know
to do your job effectively. As
Reserve/Auxiliary offcers who do not
practice routine police work on a daily
basis, we need to constantly train to
maintain our KSAs.
A reader recently wrote in the Re-
turn Fire section that he was a frearms
instructor, and the reserve component
in his organization didnt do one-tenth
that of training regular offcers. Assum-
ing this is an accurate statement, I was
a little ashamed when I read it. I was
ashamed that a department would think
so little of their volunteer cops to not of-
fer more training than that, and ashamed
of the members for allowing it. Weve
discussed training previously, but after
reading that response, I felt inclined to
revisit this area.
T
hats the $64,000 question. In our department, we make every at-
tempt at maintaining the KSAs our officers need to be effective.
Were required by state code and department policy to attend
the same Mandatory In-Service Training (MIST) all our officers
must attend, which equates to about 40 hrs. of instruction and range time per
year. In addition to the MIST training, we also meet monthly and provide
some type of class each meeting night. The department is very responsive to
our training needs and they understand the adult learning and retention issues.
At the beginning of each calendar year, my command staff sits down with the
Academy staff and we put together a monthly training schedule. Then In-
Service provides qualified instructors. They also bring in and offer various
classes throughout the year (anywhere from half-day to week long classes,
depending on the topic) for all officers. Our Auxiliary officers are welcome to
attend those as well.
Put Some
Thought In It
E
ach department, based on unit
expectations, will have differ-
ent training needs. If your de-
partment uses you to do simple
tasks such as directing traffc or only
working large events and your mem-
bers are unarmed, the list of KSAs
will be a short one. On the other end
of the spectrum, if your department
expects you to go out and do virtu-
ally the same job a regular cop does,
your list will be much longer. Know
whats expected of you and make
sure you have the KSA to do your
job effectively. Remember each and
every time you go out there youre
putting your life and the lives of oth-
ers in jeopardy if youre
not properly trained.
How MUCH Is ENOUGH?
I believe it
would be accu-
rate to say most
Reserve/Aux-
iliary offcers
work mainly
weekends
when theyre
not bound by their normal jobs and can
stay out later into the night. If youre like
me, I may only work two or three week-
end nights each month its less than a
regular cop works in a week. Many of the
things he does are learned and retained by
sheer repetition. If we do a given task one
time during our shifts each month, is it
enough to retain it in our little pea brains?
As an example, I process people that I
have arrested on warrants almost every
time I go out. But each time I do, it seems
I have to learn or relearn some new piece
of paperwork or process, or maybe I just
forgot since the last time. Maybe Im a
little thicker than most, but it seems as if
its a never-ending battle. If we dont do the
job or train constantly we risk losing those
KSAs we once learned.
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you can out of it, and refne it down to
as simple a lesson as possible. Then, for
Petes sake, get over it and move on!
I never lost a moments sleep over
getting rid of the ethically, morally or
behaviorally unft, but it killed me to
see a supervisor with great potential go
wrong because they couldnt handle be-
ing supervised themselves.
Take note of this though: the bet-
ter a cop and sergeant you are, the
more delight some people will take
in reminding you of a mistake or
STREET LEVEL JOhN MORRIsON
stRAIGht tALk ON sUPERVIsION & LEADERshIP ON thE FRONt LINEs thE stREEts.
LAYING LAND MINES
WRITING HISTORY
STARTING THE NEW YEAR RIGHT
I

dont believe in New Years resolutions. People
generally make them because theyre taking fak from
someone else. Usually its over personal habits they
enjoy, or even more personally, characteristics of be-
havior which some other party fnds irritating or inconve-
nient. Either way, resolutions springing from those sources
are recipes for failure and you wind up feeling even
worse about yourself.
So lets assume youre already a fairly squared-away
sergeant and youve earned the right to feel pretty damn
good about yourself. Still, the best three-striper can use
some suggestions and reminders now and then. The ap-
pearance of a new calendar just happens to be an appropri-
ate time for it right? So let me offer these with the best
intentions, and my best wishes for a memorable 2009.
First, think of every pos-
sible error, misstep,
screw-up and
No Peeing In The Soup Allowed
T
ry to understand exactly
why you were corrected or
disciplined, in detail, but
dont expect it to always
make sense, or even well-motivated
on the part of the lieutenant or captain
who laid it on you. You cant expect
everything done by a superior to be,
well, superior, in conception or execu-
tion. That includes discipline meted out.
Sometimes all you may glean out of a
reprimand is one grain of understanding
from a boulder of bullshit. Get whatever
failure. If this happens, shrug it off;
smile and say, Yeah, I screwed the
pooch on that one. If they cant pick
at your scab because youve already
healed, theyll wander away and find
a weaker victim. If they persist, try
observing with a steady gaze, Yeah,
people who actually do things some-
times make mistakes.
Writing Your History
Second, try thinking of every day
you work as a sergeant as a page in a
&
honest mistake you make as little land mines dropping behind
you. Some will detonate on impact; some wont. Most will just
lie there waiting to be stepped on. As long as you keep your
eyes on your goals and every aspect of your character moving
ahead, theyre BEHIND YOU! If you never fall back and never
back up, you might take some frags in the butt, but the smoke
and noise fades quicker the faster you forge onward.
This is one of the worst problems Ive seen sergeants deal
with. My observation has been that it affects honest, altruistic,
well-intended supervisors far more than it bothers some of the
scumbags-with-stripes in our vocation. They make errors, they
sometimes fail, and they occasionally merit and need strong,
even severe, correction to get back on the right track. Because
they mean well and try hard, when they get whacked for being
wrong, they take it too personally and for far too long. They
stew in the juice and wind up
pissing in the soup.
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history book. Its not an autobiogra-
phy. Its written by a staff of observ-
ers: your officers, your boss, your
peers, the citizens you deal with and
the extra-agency contacts you make.
And lets assume unlike many history
books, its true to the Greek root,
blood truth: the objective and dis-
passionate record of you; your words
and actions or failures to speak and
act. How do you want it to read?
By Your Boss
Today I tried to talk to Sgt. X
about an apparent slump in self-
initiated activity by the officers on
his squad. Although his activity levels
are still higher than most others in
the division, the raw data suggested
an unexplained drop last month. I
assumed there was a good reason: in-
service training schedules or a special
area-enforcement project they were
working on but I never even got
the chance to explain. He immediate-
ly went on the defensive, as though I
was head-hunting, looking for fault
rather than an explanation, cutting
me off in mid-sentence and launching
an attack on the performance of other
squads. I had to abruptly remind him
who the boss is. Later, I overheard
him complaining to another sergeant
about me being on some kind of
witch hunt. I had to revise my opinion
of his maturity.
By An Ofcer
Today Sgt. X came to line-up in
a uniform he would reprimand me
for wearing. He was obviously pissed
about something, and hey, Im not a
prude, but he was dropping F-bombs
left and right and in the middle of
briefing he went off about blood-
sucking divorce lawyers. Man, I
hope we dont have to count on him
in an emergency today. I used to
think he was rock-solid, but
Im out of space, and were out of
time in 2008. I could fll a book with
more examples, but your book your
history book is more important.
I hope the volume labeled
2009 is a best seller.
STARTING THE NEW YEAR RIGHT
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REALITY ChECk II CLINt sMIth
COUNsEL, WIsDOM, GUIDANCE AND tEAChING.
You Cant Do It All!
N
ot all departments have a range and not all depart-
ments have a frearms training budget. Some depart-
ments dont even have an ammunition budget. In that
case, individual offcers or small departments might
look for ways to train or practice that costs less.
For example, vehicle defense drills: seat belt use, drawing
frearms inside the vehicle, dismounting with frearms and
basic tactics can be addressed without huge money expendi-
tures by the use of dry practice exercises.
DRY PRACTICE
D
ry practice is the physical manipulation of fre-
arms when unloaded and in a safe condition.
This doesnt mean offcers should point these
guns at each other during training exercises.
Dry practice is also a wonderful example of a theory
that can be mugged by the simple facts of stupidity or
carelessness. Cops have been killed by unloaded,
real guns in training exercises that just plain werent
unloaded. Its happened and will continue to do so.
P
rob-
ably one
of the biggest
shortcomings of
law enforcement is the lack
of training or time in the area of
frearms. Mainly, its due to budgets,
manpower and lack of range facilities.
Here, I wont address the lack of interest
from management or offcers reticence for train-
ing on their own time. Im well aware of the if the
department wanted me to have it theyd issue it to me,
pay me for it, or pay me over time mind set.
I admit I did hear a good one the other day as an offcer
said he didnt want to attend frearms training because he
thought he would embarrass himself. I think Ill let you
draw your own conclusions on that one.
Personally, Im pretty much tired of all the lame excuses
as to why cops wouldnt want to be profcient with the tools
of their trade. Lets face it, real cops carry guns and if I were
still a cop today and couldnt carry a gun I wouldnt be a cop
tomorrow! Another way to look at this is if youre a cop and
dont want to maintain some level of skill with the frearms
you carry, maybe you should get in another line of work.
Plastic Practice
Vehicle drills to include
drawing, dismounts and
gun handling can be con-
ducted with plastic guns
successfully even if you
do not have a range to
live re on.
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Y
oure a problem solver, so heres a suggestion to
solve some problems (lack of training funds, facili-
ties or maybe stupidity). Consider the use of plastic,
fake, dummy you choose the word guns. They
could be used to practice drawing, basic tactics, weapons
mounted or hand held illumination tool techniques.
Over the last several months Ive been using (with good
results) BLACKHAWK! gray polymer made renditions of
the 1911 and Glock pistols in my tutorial blocks on tactics
and vehicle defense exercises. This concept deserves con-
sideration when dealing with funding or training site issues.
Not BS
REAL PRACTICE
A
guy was dry practicing with his revolver in a jail control room and with his
empty gun blew the lock out of the towel rack hell of a shot, but thats not
dry practice.
I know an offcer who practiced by drawing at images as they fashed on the
TV. Its a good concept when properly executed, except one night he and his unload-
ed gun were drawn into a gunfght of sorts when the image of Matt Dillon drawing
fashed on the TV. Who won is still in question as the TV sort of exploded when hit
with the unloaded .357 Magnum.
On the West Coast, a new cop attending a party was answering what he would do
in some kind of a bad guy scenario. Drawing his gun, he racked the slide to remove
the chambered round and then withdrew the magazine from the gun (yup, wrong
sequence). Then after pointing the gun at his head, at the dry snap which wasnt
our new cop became unable to get any old cop awards.
In the northwest, a newly hired soon to be a cop was practicing his fast drawing
technique to include pointing his pistol at his wife who just entered the room. Upon the
press, the dry gun discharged killing his wife.
At a Southeastern police academy a few years back, the instructor, while pointing
his unloaded pistol at a recruit, had the pistol discharge placing a bullet in the chest
of the recruit seems the pistol was in fact, loaded.
In the Southwest, two guys working a suggested dry practice routine with unloaded guns
in a motel room managed to point the unloaded guns at one another long enough to have one
of the unloaded 1911 pistols go off killing one of them. That pistol wasnt unloaded either.
A guy, under supervision, was practicing drawing fast and re-holstering fast (I
dont get the re-holster fast) While holstering, he missed the holster grabbed for the
pistol to keep it from dropping to the ground and with his fnger on the trigger dis-
charged the gun striking himself in the leg.
A
bout now someone is in the I call bullshit
mode about using plastic guns for training.
I didnt say, nor do I think, using plastic
weapons for practice takes the place of real
live fire firearms training. And yes, the weight is
different and theres no recoil, noise or muzzle flash.
Plastic weapons are not intended to be a replacement
just a supplement or a cost effective tool when
theres a limited or nonexistent budget. Plastic guns
for training is a concept, but listed below are some
reasons plastic guns are not BS.
SO WHAT?
PLASTIC PRACTICE
Y
ou may not like the plastic gun
idea, you may disagree as to the
value and or even the concept
of a plastic gun, but one thing
it isnt bullshit. Especially when
placed in context to the incidents I
listed above. Every one of them could
have been prevented by the simple use
of a plastic gun. Dry practice is good;
its even better when done
with an empty gun.
For More Info: www.blackhawk.com.
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The BLACKHAWK! Tacti-
cal leg rig works with the
plastic guns allowing
for drawing or transi-
tion drills practice
and training.
safely.
This is the BLACKHAWK!
1911 version plastic with a
working Xiphos NT light system that
could be used to learn basic light use
skills and for tactical training.
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S
ince Im talking about Blade-Tech, there is
another thing they make you should know about.
Molle-Loks. Molle-Loks are compatible with
any Molle type web gear and are a major up-
grade from Molle-clips and other attachment systems for
pouches and holsters to all types of vests, packs, belts and
other load bearing gear. Molle-Loks are constructed of
a hard proprietary polymer, which is strong and rugged.
Their simple design allows them to be manipulated with-
out tools, yet theyre strong enough to be considered per-
manent when locked in place. They come in two sizes to
accommodate large and small accessory pouches. These
little gizmos, in conjunction with Blade-Techs Tek-Lok
system, are just about all you could ever need to attach a
huge assortment of pouches, holsters, sheaths, and other
gear. Talk about getting your shit together
For More Info: www.blade-tech.com.
CARRY OPtIONs MARk hANtEN
FROM hOLstERs tO hAVERsACks.
Blade-Techs
IDPA COMPETITION PAK
B
lade-Tech continues to put out excellent products and
their recent introduction of the Bobbie McGee IDPA
Competition Pak is no exception. Before you go off
with, I dont need no stinking competition holster,
just hear me out. This set-up is an ideal training holster, and
Options
T
he attachment options for the IDPA Pak are practical
and allow several carry options. The holster comes
attached to the wide Sting Ray belt attachment. The
width of this belt loop attachment spreads the load across a
nice wide (3.75") area. The belt loop hole size is adjustable to
accommodate 1.25", 1.5", and 1.75" belt sizes too, further in-
suring a secure holster and preventing movement which could
bind the gun. Incidentally, I recommend a good gunbelt to go
along with any holster setup, and Wilderness Tactical Products
Five Stitch Instructors Belt is an ideal match for this combo.
If you opt for concealed carry, a paddle attachment is
included in the pak. The paddle is nice and wide, with air
vents cut into it to allow circulation. Like the Sting Ray belt
attachment, the paddle can be adjusted for two to three angles
its personal preference. Similarly, the paddle hook can
be adjusted for a range of belt widths.
The double mag pouch is injection molded and it comes
with the nice wide Sting Ray belt attachment. As with the
holster attachments, this attachment can be adjusted for
belt width too.
So, there you have it. A well thought out combo pack that
will accommodate several needs, from range use to concealed
carry. Oh yeah, you can use it for IDPA competition too.
Molle-Loks Too
*
for many applications, its an ideal carry holster. Plus, its
packaged to give you what you need: a holster with attach-
ment options and a double mag pouch.
The holster is Blade-Techs Sting Ray Belt Holster. Its
molded Kydex, and its also their most popular. Accord-
ing to your needs, two tension screws allow precise reten-
tion adjustment. The top front area is cut out in a speed-cut
confguration. This allows an increase in speed when bringing
the muzzle up on target, which provides ease of re-holstering.
This is an incredibly fast holster. All the edges are nicely fn-
ished too, giving it a high quality look and feel not normally
associated with a plastic holster.
The IDPA Competition Pak includes an excellent holster,
double mag pouch and a paddle attachment system.
Its not just for competition shooters
Molle-Loks dont require any tools for attachment to
molle gear, yet they are rock solid.
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PRIVATE sECURItY ED PALUMBO
B
ecause of accelerated
privatization efforts post-
9/11, these companies are
participating in covert
operations and intelligence-gath-
ering activities previously consid-
ered inherently governmental
functions reserved just a few short
years ago for agencies like the
CIA. Whether America is ruled by
an intelligence-industrial com-
plex, as Shorrock and others on
the left ascribe, whose allegiance
is not to the taxpaying public
but to a cabal of private-sector
contractors, is a matter of opinion.
But the fact that such intelligence-
gathering is done by so many
NGO entities with offcial sanc-
tion, can be unsettling at times.
And what of the internal process-
IssUEs AND tRENDs ON thE PRIVAtE sIDE OF LAW ENFORCEMENt.
I
ntelligence-gathering as both a phrase and a discipline can be misleading
to many. That may be intentional, since many practitioners and profes-
sionals within the intelligence community would rather obfuscate than
clarify; its in the nature of what they do and who they are. Were it that
easy and simply navigable for anyone, there wouldnt be much point in having
dedicated agencies and institutions to oversee collection and analysis.
The larger question, faced by public and private sector security is what
intelligence should be gathered, and why. Another way of looking at it, from a
senior executives vantage point, is to what purpose are we expending dollars to
collect intelligence? Where is the return on investment? We live or die by this
mentality on the private side.
Its not an easy question. Even more diffcult is trying to explain to that
executive assuming for a moment we are private sector security profession-
als demanding budget increases to beef up our current spend numbers why
we need to gather intelligence in the frst place and how such activity makes
us a smarter, better, more nimble corporate actor than our primary challengers
in the marketplace.
ILLEGAL OR ILLICIT NO
S
o, who gathers corporate intelligence, and why? Traditionally the typecasting
of business intelligence was a rather bland way of describing or not de-
scribing corporate espionage, a great subject for a different column but
truly not the same as intelligencegathering: Legitimate intelligence col-
lection and analysis is something all forward-thinking companies must engage in,
and there is nothing illegal or illicit in these endeavors. (Easy to assume, so long
as the practitioner is not a criminal to begin with, and understands the mission,
based on a clearly delineated and distributed corporate legal and ethics policy.)
Where do companies fnd intelligence? Although Google is the easy an-
swer or YouTube, or FaceBook, depending on your individual age and relative
intelligence there are many sources, but still unanswered is why. Why look?
What are you looking for? The plain answer is anything that makes you smarter
and better able to quickly adapt or respond to changes in the marketplace. Thats
right, marketplace. In the private sector there should be no doubt that all efforts
are expended on one thing building and implementing new ways to sustain and
increase profts.
And to make it more obtuse for the lay reader, some companies develop intelli-
gence for internal use and others for sale. For example, according to many sources,
including a recent book by Tim Shorrock, Spies for Hire: The Secret World of In-
telligence Outsourcing (Simon & Schuster), our government out-sources as much
as 70% of its intelligence budget, or more than $42 billion a year, to a plethora of
corporate vendors.
Black Ops
INTELLIGENCE-
GATHERING
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A
lthough I cannot predict what tomorrow will bring, I feel safe in stat-
ing the Black Rife is currently in its hayday. At no other time in
history have there been so many companies producing AR platform
rifes and accessories. The American gun buyer has so many choices
available that the decision as to what type of self-loading 5.56mm
rife to purchase can be a bit daunting. Well folks, Im not going to make your life
any easier because I have two more models to report on.
Several years ago I was attending a shooting school with a friend. We
were discussing black rifles and he recommended Rock River Arms. At the
time they were just starting to make waves in the market. About a year or
so later I finally got around to working with one of their 5.56 rifles and was
impressed by what I found.
LAR-15 Elite Comp
There are several reasons why black rife sales are booming; one is the growing
popularity of the Three Gun matches. Shooters compete with pistols, shotguns,
and fast-cycling rifes. The AR platform is hands down the rife of choice by these
competitors.
Appreciating the market for such a long gun, the folks at RRA put together
a factory model with several of the features that gunners were adding to their
rifes as after-market accessories. Lets take a closer look by starting with the
heart of any frearm.
The Action
The Elite Comp is built upon Rock Rivers LAR-15 lower receiver. The LAR-
15 is a standard AR as itll accept original magazines and parts. It is semi-auto-
matic and operates with the traditional gas-impingement design. Into the lower
receiver RRA has installed one of their excellent trigger mechanisms. Of the many
black rifes Ive had the opportunity to work with, Rock River seldom disappoints
when it comes to the trigger.
Controls
The bolt-catch and magazine release button are standard. The safety switch is
RRAs Star design. It offers a more positive feel than the norm. Ambidextrous
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safety levers can be ordered as well. Pro-
tecting the trigger is an over-sized win-
ter trigger guard. While you may not be
planning to shoot your rife in the snow,
many shooters do wear gloves and this
gives you a bit more room.
The Upper
Moving to the upper receiver, we
have a fat-top rail. The model I had to
test out included a standard charging
handle/latch combination. The larger
Badger and Gas Buster charging
handle latches are available and recom-
mended as options.
Surrounding the barrel is one of the
most unique features of this rife. RRA
has installed a Half Quad Free Float
Mid-length handguard. This compo-
nent is machined aluminum and has four
accessory rails up front and a smooth
grip area to the rear.
Sights for the rife include a PADS
fip up rear sight and an RRA fip up
front sight. The rear sight has windage
adjustments and offers multiple aper-
tures including large peep, small peep,
and notch. The front sight is quarter
click adjustable for elevation like most
modern ARs.
Naturally, one of the most important
parts is the barrel. As this is an Elite
rife, RRA has spared no expense and
installed a 16" Wilson chrome-lined
barrel with a 1:9 twist. Out at the muz-
zle they mounted an interesting com-
pensator. This muzzle device vents pro-
pellant gases out of the sides but also
directs them forward at an angle, thus
pushing the rife straight back into the
shooters shoulder.
Wrapping up our look at the outside,
we have some cool guy furniture on
the butt-stock and the grip. The stock
is a MagPul CTR retractable version
and the grip is black Ergo grip. If you
so desire you can order either or both
in OD green.
LAR-15 A4 Pistol
While it is hard to argue, the design
is not a novelty. The AR-pistol has be-
come very popular with the American
gun buying public. These are not rifes
cut down in size. Theyre manufactured
from the ground up as pistols. Rock Riv-
er has several models available and the
one well look at here is the A4 with a
7" barrel.
Again, at the heart of the gun is an
AR-style lower receiver. The controls
are basically identical to its big brother
carbine. The major difference is that
instead of a fxed or retractable stock
theres simply a buffer tube attached to
the rear of the lower receiver.
Regarding unique features, the A4
pistol has a very comfortable Hogue pis-
tol grip. Up front surrounding the barrel
is an aluminum Quad Rail for accesso-
ries. The muzzle brake is a NATO spec
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the new 20 round mags from Brownells
for the pistol.
My tac vest holds eight mags and so
with it loaded down, and mag number
nine in my hand, I started my function
test with the Elite Comp. In a period of
about ffteen minutes the Rock River
carbine consumed a bit more than 250
rounds of ammo. The barrel was hot and
the factory lubricant was smoking off of
the gun. Not once did the weapon fail to
feed, fre or cycle improperly.
For one last magazine I stood back
about ten yards and drilled holes in the
silhouette as fast as I could get back on
target. Function was again fawless.
The tactical muzzle brake, plus the fact
the carbine weighs eight pounds, tamed
felt recoil and I was able to get back on
target very quickly. The only real issue I
had with the gun was that after about fve
magazines the aluminum forend was too
hot to hold with a bare hand.
Personally I wear gloves for most
all of my rapid shooting. The BLACK-
HAWK! SOLAG gloves I had on were
leather and Kevlar mix so my hands
were protected. If the gun were mine, Id
order the Badger extended charging han-
dle latch. Other than that Id take it as is.
The A4 pistol was a hoot to fre. The
muzzle blast is an attention getter. I had
guys from two bays over peeking around
the berm to see just what was making all
that racket.
It comes as no surprise that the muzzle
fip was considerably more than with the
carbine, however, it wasnt too severe.
Jarrad and I fred a few magazines worth
at varied distances. The addition of the
EOTech sight was a bonus. As soon as
the red dot was in the silhouette, you fred
and were rewarded with a solid hit.
Right Time
I dont have to tell you the time is right
to purchase an AR-style rife. The market
is flled with excellent choices and the
guns from Rock River Arms are right up
there. The Elite Comp is a solid carbine
for any use. If you are a fan of the Three
Gun sport, it should serve you well.
There is no doubt the AR pistols are
unique. Theyre fun to shoot and the
LAR-15 A4 proved accurate
and reliable.
For More Info: www.rockriverarms.
com, www.birchwoodcasey.com, www.
brownells.com, www.blackhawk.com.
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birdcage design similar to those found
on the Government M4 carbine. The for-
ward gas block has a rail but no sights.
Range Time
My frst chore was to zero in both
weapons. Benching the Elite Comp, I set
to fring at 100 yards on a Dirty Bird Tar-
get. I love these targets for zeroing as you
can see the shot holes so clearly. Spotting
with a set of binoculars, it took me about a
dozen rounds before I was shooting com-
fortably within the ten-ring.
The Elite Comps barrel is relatively
heavy for a carbine and it held consis-
tently tight groups. Using the included
iron sights there was no trouble making
100 yard head shots on a paper silhou-
ette. Rock River guarantees the gun to
shoot 1.5 MOA. Should you decide to
mount an optic this carbine will shoot as
advertised or better.
For the A4 pistol I mounted my own
EOTech Holosight on the forward por-
tion of the fattop receiver. This time I
decided to zero at 50 yds. With my son,
Jarrad, spotting for me I was able to get
the red dot optic hitting center mass in
twelve rounds. Resting the pistol on my
range pack, keeping shots clustered in
tight X ring groups proved effortless.
Time For Fun
With the sights set it was time for the
fun stuff. One of the benefts of having
my son on the range with me was that
he could help me fll magazines. I took
a dozen thirty rounders and a couple of
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O
ur job requires many tools and we all know some
tools are better suited for specifc jobs. So when it
comes to your feet dont scrimp. We dont wear
tennis shoes, loafers or sandals cops wear
boots. We jump fences, scale high objects,
chase suspects, walk beats, stand for extended periods
of time and sometimes, we fght. Were carrying around
an extra 30 lbs of gear all day and need support for our
ankles and feet. We need excellent traction for every
terrain; boots are the right tool for the job.
In the dead of night, the only people on the streets
are cops, crooks and donut makers. Your job is
to catch those who would harm or steal
from others. Boots need to be silent.
When its raining cats and dogs and
youre chasing down some parolee, your boots should be light-
weight and provide traction. Also, we are our governments
most visible representatives, youll be in front of cameras
and around the chief so your boots should take a hell
of a shine.
Were fortunate enough to have a job that
changes from day to day. My department
employs over 2,000 offcers. We have Patrol,
K9, SWAT, Harbor, Recruitment, Mounted,
and Beach offcers. Our region encompasses
desert, mountains, beaches, and everything in
between. One boot isnt the answer for our of-
fcers, nor is there one boot thatll handle ev-
ery environment. We have different feet and
different needs based on our assignments.
BOOTS
ROUND-UP
GET THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB
BEN DouglAs
Redback YPBFSE 8".
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Thankfully, theres no shortage of boots
to choose from.
From the traditional and updated
Danners and Australias Redback
boots, to high tech examples
from Ridge, Magnum, 5.11,
BLACKHAWK!, Original
Swat and Oakley, there are
literally hundreds of boots
to choose from. Each one
has a special purpose.
BLACKHAWK!
As one of the most diverse
and successful law enforce-
ment focused companies out
there, BLACKHAWK! prod-
ucts never disappoint. Their
Warrior Wear ZW-7 Side
Zip boots are no exception.
These were the standard
issue for all range staff
at the Shooting Industry
Masters Tournament.
Each of the staff laced up
a brand new pair on day
one and went to work. Most of us never
tried these boots before but we all loved
them. The ZW-7s are constructed with a
Vibram sole and utilize water resistant
Codura and leather in
the uppers. Codura
helps with weight,
breath-ability, and
water resistance.
The Vibram sole
serves a dual
role with large
lugs for grip-
ping tricky ter-
rain while maintaining silence under
conditions necessary for stealth.
The side zipper makes putting the
boots on a snap. Notice the waterproof
barrier. The ZW-7 are well thought out
and built to last.
Magnum
Magnums Elite Spider is a super
boot. It comes with a side zipper sys-
tem, which incorporates a lining to keep
it watertight. Its extremely lightweight
and grips well. If you can call a boot
athletic, this is it. I feel like I could do
a long run in this pair and just keep go-
ing. Perfect for the SWAT academy. I
wore them while working the beach
team and walked the 3 mile boardwalk
for 4 months, the mesh webbing helped
keep my feet cool and comfortable.
Magnum calls the leather on this boot
full grain action leather whatever
that is, I like it. At the end of the day I
wipe them down, shine them up and am
ready for court.
Danner
Everyone knows Danner for its plain
toe dress boot a longtime mainstay
for military and police alike theyve
served the LE community well. What
you might not know is Danner makes
some really impressive tactical boots
too. The Pursuit XCR 8" boot
is a phenomenal example
of what a company like
Danner can do with their
years of experience.
Among the litany of
high performance materi-
BLACKHAWK!
Warrior wear
ZW7 7".
Danner Pursuit
XCR 8".
Magnum Elite
Spider 8".
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als used in its construction, Danner pulls
out all the stops and uses GOR-TEX
to build the upper; this helps tre-
mendously with breath-ability.
If you work in a hot environ-
ment or just need the extra air
circulation around your foot,
this is your boot.
Danner is very well known
for their quality, comfort and du-
rability. My frst pair of Danners per-
formed above my already high expec-
tations. What surprised me most was
how much shock absorption was built
into it. After jumping a few fences, and
choosing the quick way down from
some high places, I was glad I was
wearing Danners at the bottom.
Redback
Sometimes we need a traditional
looking, plain style and all around good
boot. I found it in the Redback. Their
speed lace system really works.
Footwear can cause or exacerbate
back problems. Redback has devel-
oped an anatomic insole that supports
the foot in all situations. I didnt wear
this boot on patrol, but I wore it at
Shot Show 2008. I walked all three
separate, enormous halls 10 hours
each day. Then when the day was
over, I wore them at night. I walked
from meetings, to res-
taurants, to casi-
nos, to the ho-
tel room. No
p r o b l e ms .
When oth-
ers gave up
and put on
their favorite pair to tennis shoes to
walk the show, the Redbacks still
kept my feet feeling great. Semi
dressy or blue jeans and a tee shirt
they looked great. Simple, styl-
ish, and quick to get on and off, this
is one of my favorite boots.
Original SWAT
My departments SWAT
team allows members to
wear shoes aimed directly
at tactical application. Origi-
nal SWAT covers those
offcers well. The frst
thing I noticed when
the SEK 9000 came out of the box was
the lack of a full grain leather toe area for
shining. Instead, the upper toe is coated
with a high grip and dull black surface
great for low crawling.
It provides grip
where and when
you really need
it. Developed by
a former Ger-
man GSG9 team
member, the SEK
9000 provides
every advantage.
You might just
call the tactical laces non-fray but we
dont work in marketing. A Vibram
multi-tread sole assures stability in any
terrain and the built in arch reinforce-
ments aid in rappelling. These boots
were stiff when I frst put them on
and took about 2 days to prop-
erly break in. Once they were
ready they felt great for all
day wear.
5.11
5.11 is one of those
brands that doesnt sit on
its laurels. They continu-
ally develop new and bet-
ter products and the ATAC
side zip boot is no excep-
tion. This is another boot
you could wear running
a race. Its honestly the
closest thing to a run-
ning shoe because of its
extra-light, cushy, agile
and overall excellent
grip. Fortunately, the
grip doesnt come at
the cost of squeaks on
Original
SWAT
SEK
9000.
Ridge Ghost Zipper.
5.11 ATAC.
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smooth surfaces. The side zipper on
the ATAC doesnt just loosen the boot
to allow you to wedge your foot in.
Even if you have ridiculously shaped
feet, like mine, youll be able to get
into this boot and be ready for business
ricky-ticky. The hidden pocket is an-
other nice touch; I put a small pocket-
knife in there.
Oakley
When Oakley frst introduced
their SI Assault Boot a
few years back the
reception was luke-
warm. Most people
thought the boot
would be all show
and no go. Wow,
were they wrong.
Oakley is famous
for cool design,
but they dont
forget the sci-
ence. The As-
sault boot does look extremely cool,
but underneath its a formidable boot.
Oakley uses a vulcanized rubber sole
for excellent traction providing excel-
lent grip and resistance to squeaking
on slick surfaces. The upper is con-
structed entirely of supple, high-grade
leather. Using such great materials
pays off in spades when you put the
boot on for the frst time; its almost
as if someone has broken it in
for you. With great looks
and stellar performance,
Oakley has, once
again, done it right.
Ridge
Ridge boots are
a newcomer to
the duty boot
arena, but
their designers come with signifcant
background in LE boot design. After
ten years in business Ridge has many
innovative designs that push the enve-
lope of what we are used to seeing. The
Ghost boot is a prime example. When
you take these boots out of the box you
might wonder where the laces go. Ex-
cept for at the very top, there are no
metal eyelets where youd tradition-
ally put laces. In their place are double
stitched Xs and if you look toward
the tongue youll see the nylon loops
where the laces go. These loops are si-
lent, extremely tough and aid in speedy
lacing. Lacing the Ghost is a onetime
job it has one of the best zipper
designs out there. The zipper curves
toward the toe ending just a couple
inches from the toe. If you need to get
your boots on and off fast, this is for
you. At the end of the day you may not
be all that interested in getting the boot
off fast, as they are exceptionally com-
fortable due, in large part,
to their air soles and
tru-ft insoles. All
around great boots
are rare. From ex-
cellent materials
to tough construc-
tion, these boots
pull it all off well and
keep your feet
happy at the same time.
For More Info: www.blackhawk.
com; www.danner.com; www.
magnumboots.com; www.oakley.com;
www.originalswat.com; www.redback-
boots.com; www.ridgeoutdoors.com.
*
Ridge.
Oakley S.I.
Assault 6".
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SHOOTING WITH
X-RAY VISION
GUNFIGHT REALITIES
Dr. James S. Williams, M.D.
A
few years ago a cop I trained was involved in a shoot-
ing. He shot his opponent twice, center of mass,
then lowered his muzzle to assess the effect as his
department had trained him to do. Surprisingly, his
adversarys reaction to the 9mm JHP bullets that had
shredded his chest was to charge. The cop, an IDPA cham-
pion shooter, executed a Bill Drill, placing 6 shots into his
opponents mediastinum as fast as he could hit. His attacker
staggered, but continued to offer violence. The cop raised his
sights and, 3D-visualizing the brainstem deep inside his at-
tackers head, fred one last bullet fnishing the fght.
His shooting was exemplary: a 100 percent hit ratio nine
out of nine shots in vital zones. Yet, by following his depart-
ments protocol to shoot two then assess, he almost lost the
fght. When asked why he fred nine times, he replied, Eight
shots werent enough, and ten would have been too many.
Cops training on two-dimensional targets on a square range
may not have fared so well. Since this cop had learned to visu-
alize target anatomy from any presentation, he had hard-wired
his learning through quality reality-based training and had
trained to fght through unexpected reactions. Therefore, he
was able to go home to his family at the end of his shift.
Im a doctor. Im a shooter. Im a trainer. But Ive never
been in a gunfght. Ive been shot, and although a valuable les-
son in survival, its not the same as winning a gunfght.
From the earliest days of development of Tactical Anatomy
training, Ive sought input from cops whove won gunfghts. One
of the things Ive heard time and again is that the experience stirs
a deep hunger for more better and realistic training. Each cop has
an element of luck in his victories and he doesnt want to leave
anything to chance if he fnds himself in another fght.
Their experiences led to the incorporation of the most realistic
gunfghting simulations into Tactical Anatomy training. We can
discuss anatomically correct hit zones forever, but until students
actually put their sights on a humanoid target under realistic con-
ditions and place shots where they count, the job isnt fnished.
Winners Win
If you read the history of fghter airplanes and pilots, youll
fnd a common thread from WWI to WWII and beyond. From
Manfred von Richthofen to Chuck Yeager, high-scoring aces
repeated the observation that most pilots that got shot down
were rookies. The German air force determined in WWI that if
a pilot survived three aerial combats, he was likely to become
an ace. The trick was surviving those frst three dogfghts.
Cops whove learned gunfghting the hard way, such as
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Charles Askins, Bill Jordan, and Jim Ciril-
lo, similarly noted cops who win two or
three gunfghts invariably go on to more
victories. Their experience in the crucible
of combat gives them an edge on less ex-
perienced opponents.
Cops whove come out on top in two or
more gunfghts in todays politically cor-
rect world are often yanked from patrol
duty. No department wants to be accused
of allowing killer cops on the streets,
even though that might be exactly whats
needed. So how is a cop supposed to expe-
rience winning the two or three gunfghts
hell need to survive the next one?
Reality Based Training
Reality based training allows rookies
to win their frst three gunfghts without
the real risk of being killed. Using realis-
tic scenarios where a video projection or
real person role-plays an offender, we can
teach recognition of cues and appropriate
reaction to a deadly threat. The computer
operator or role player can branch his
behavior depending on the trainees ac-
tions, which effectively simulates the dy-
namic nature of these encounters.
Tactical Anatomy training uses
two levels: computer simulations,
and force-on-force exercises. Unlike
most RBT training, which is designed
to train and test the full spectrum of
police behavior and intervention, our
scenarios are all deadly force scenari-
os this is graduate school, not basic
training. Tactical Anatomy RBT is like
batting practice for baseball players.
We focus on one aspect of police re-
sponse only: effective shot placement.
Computer Bad Guys
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman convinc-
ingly argues violent video games have
taught todays youth how to kill. Armed
forces and police trainers have found us-
ing computer simulations does indeed
help personnel learn to
effectively fght.
Computer simulators
provide highly realistic
learning opportunities.
Ive used a variety of
simulators including
FATS among others.
I prefer IESs Range
3000 and MILO simu-
lators due to fexibil-
ity of programming and
particularly the live-fre
versions, allowing train-
ees to use duty sidearms
for maximum realism.
IES developed scenar-
ios with anatomically
appropriate target zones
for my classes.
Computer simula-
tors allow you to run
more students through
a greater number of re-
alistic targeting situations in three hours
than any training modality. This translates
into faster, more easily retained learning
due to the compressed timeframe.
It also allows you to discover weak-
nesses in your frearms training. At a
2006 Instructor class composed of expe-
rienced trainers, students were directed
to shoot two, then assess. They did
so. These skilled marksmen were sur-
prised when many didnt hit a vital tar-
get zone until their third, fourth, or ffth
shot. What lesson could be drawn from
this? I asked. A seasoned veteran in the
back row growled, Teaching our people
to shoot two, then assess is gonna get
them killed.
Force-On-Force Training
Simulator training is great, but it
pales in comparison to whats accom-
plished in a second training day uti-
lizing force-on-force. Taking lessons
learned, we put them to the penulti-
mate test: fghting real guys with real
guns. The training is modifed, fring
non-lethal training ammo along with
protective equipment. But, its close to
the real thing.
Increasingly diffcult targeting angles
are employed: up a fight of stairs, down
from a window and a role-player charg-
ing with a knife. The objective is to hit
vital target zones from any angle. By in-
corporating varying angles, movement,
Bob Pilgrim
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A
s an FBI agent, I
was fortunate to
be loaned to
the DEA for
three years
in a training capacity. My
tactical training and sur-
vival unit was supervised
and populated by some of
the fnest agents Ive ever
known. Three of its mem-
bers, Chuck Franklin, Vic-
tor Cortez and Frank White
were legends.
Not Invented Here
Syndrome
The Bureaus Firearms Training Unit
(FTU) consisted of many talented and dedicated
agents, but was plagued with a stagnating attitude of the
not invented here syndrome. They were reluctant to even
consider outside ideas especially from the private weapons
training sector. Fortunately the DEA believed in training and
frequently sought knowledge outside of the organization, re-
sulting in the discovery of a lot of good ideas out there. As a
result, DEAs tactical and frearms programs were enriched
and moved into the 21
st
century.
Where The Action Is
As a Marine returning from Vietnam, a veteran federal in-
vestigator told me, If you want action on regular basis, join
DEA. They get into more gun battles with desperate dopers
than any other agency and they have some of the toughest
agents in the business. They kick butt all over the world.
After two infantry tours and an extended advisory billet in
SE Asia I wasnt interested in more run and gun. After becom-
ing an FBI agent instead, I discovered the DEA admonition
was true. Its even refected in the differences for new agent
Academy dress. DEA candidates dress like Darth Vader, with
black BDU trousers, black combat boots and gray golf shirts.
FBI agents look like models for the Lands End catalog. The
NARCO hunters approach training with a military mindset.
Students double time everywhere and stand when an instruc-
tor enters the classroom. Theyre told its not a question of
if, but only when you will exchange rounds in anger with a
criminal some within weeks of a feld offce assignment.
Fiftyone federal agents have been killed in the line of duty.
International Battles And Terrorism
DEA Unit Chief Frank White, a Silver Star awarded air-
borne veteran of Vietnam, had six gun battles to his credit be-
fore arriving at Quantico. He also took over Operation Snow-
cap, which sent Special Operations trained DEA agents to fght
cocaine production and shipment in Latin America.
DEA agents are also wearing body armor, helmets and car-
rying assault rifes into the jungles of SE Asia and poppy felds
of Afghanistan to take Americas war on drugs to the sources of
production. Drugs and terrorism go hand in hand and DEA is in-
timately involved in fghting entities fnancing logistics and op-
erations through drug sales. DEA agents have developed some
of our most outstanding counter terrorism informants.
The Data
I thought it might be interesting to compare DEAs stats
with NYPDs experiences in 2005. In 2005, NYPD had 35,000
members. While some may accuse me of comparing apples to
oranges, I thought it would be an engaging exercise if only for
academic purposes.
Time Of Week
As the week ends, Thursday saw the most shootings for
DEA with 13 and Sunday was a close second with 12. So much
for those critics that claim government workers shut down for
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L
aw enforcement is a challenging and rewarding ca-
reer. It doesnt matter if you work in Mayberry or
Gotham; the challenges are remarkably similar
just on a different scale. Ive worked as a cop for a
municipal agency in Southern California for the past
18 years. Im also a solider in the Army Reserve and working
for the US Armys Criminal Investigation Division (CID) as a
Special Agent. Currently I am deployed in Afghanistan and we
are the principal investigative agency.
Our duties vary from protection details for the high-ranking
members of the Department of Defense to investigating all fel-
onies with a nexus to the US Military. While the fundamentals
of Law Enforcement remain the same, the combat zone cre-
ates unique challenges. I fnd myself enjoying these challenges
and this type of police work.
The best way to describe what we do is to take one part
Major Crimes Unit detective, one part CSI, one part SWAT and
then do the job while camping.
Everyones Armed
One of the frst things I realized is everyone is armed
the enemy, the soldiers, most civilian contractors and the local
population everyone. Good cops always believe the person
they are dealing with is armed here its reality. It would be
unusual to see someone walking around without a gun. For the
Afghans, its the AK-47 and derivatives. For the Americans,
Mike Lazarus
Military Law Enforcement
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its a M-16 or M-4. Almost everyone
who comes to my offce is armed, typi-
cally with a rife. Ive had suspects come
to my offce for interrogation carrying a
light machine gun. And I wouldnt want
them to travel to the offce without it. Its
simply too dangerous to travel unarmed
while in theater.
Response
This brings me to the next big differ-
ence. Responding to calls in the States, I
can get in a car and drive. Fifteen min-
utes would be a long response time.
Here, I travel mostly by air, with a he-
licopter being my preferred method. So
far Ive fown on eight different types
of aircrafts and this month alone I took
three trips requiring air travel to get to a
crime scene. Ive convoyed in armored
SUVs and HMMWVs as well.
My personal record for getting to the
scene of a fatal shooting is three hours.
That was accomplished by hitching
a ride with the Quick Reaction Force
helicopters on standby for response to
troops under fre. Other times its taken
days. In large part it depends on weath-
er and threat level. As a street cop, Id
never consider the notion I cant re-
spond to a serious crime because the
weather is bad. Here thats not at all
uncommon. Many times I have gone to
catch a helo or plane someplace only to
learn the aircrafts are grounded due to
incoming storms. And of course, once
you get to the crime scene, theres no
guarantee of getting back anytime soon.
Again, if fights are unavailable or di-
The best way to describe what we do is to take one part Major Crimes Unit
detective, one part CSI, one part SWAT and then do the job while camping.
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verted youre stuck. Ive slept on
more than a couple of foors cradling
neatly wrapped up evidence, waiting
for a fight back to the offce so it can
be booked into the evidence locker. If
thats not bad enough, people are plot-
ting to shoot down the aircraft or blow
up the vehicle youre riding in.
Who You Gonna Call
Forget about backup or specialty
units. There are only a small number of
CID Special Agents in country. We cant
get to a crime scene and request back up
or help with forensics. Its not going to
happen. Once on scene, youre on your
own and have to do it all. I consider my-
self fortunate when I can simply commu-
nicate back to the offce to provide up-
dates or get advice on an investigation.
A Different World
We work with a variety of different
nationalities but predominantly with the
Afghans. Cultural differences abound.
What wed consider a serious crime
in America is the norm and part of the
culture here. One of our agents recently
interviewed a middle aged Afghan man
who unashamedly admitted he was mar-
ried to and having sex with a twelve-
year-old girl.
Opium and hashish are the areas
largest cash crops and are grown in
abundance. True, the offcial word from
the Afghan government is they want to
stop this, but, because its such a large
part of the culture, its nearly impossi-
ble. Afghan police offcers have shown
up for major operations under the in-
fuence of these drugs. Ive personally
walked into a guard tower, where the
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Afghan security guard was smoking
hash. Its just that prevalent and a part
of the culture. Many people do not see it
as being wrong or detrimental.
Another cultural oddity to get used
to quickly is wide spread corruption
among the Afghan offcials. From the
cops to the courts, it seems almost ev-
eryone has a price. It was suggested if
the Americans wanted to get convictions
on more crimes, we could pay the courts.
Likewise, if an Afghan is charged with
a crime, he can often pay his way to re-
lease. Its diffcult to know who to trust
and who might sell you out to the Tal-
iban. The Afghan national government
is working on these issues but because
its so culturally ingrained, its going to
take years and possibly a full generation,
before these behaviors are considered ta-
boo instead of the norm.
Stay On Your Toes
We live and work in austere condi-
tions. Your quarters might be a tent, a
wooden hut, or simply a clear space on
the foor. It depends on whats avail-
able at the scene. Back in the States,
when you get off work, youd have a
reasonable expectation that youre saf-
er at home than on the job. Theres no
off-duty here. The base I am stationed
at has come under rocket attack, mor-
tar attack, small arms fre, and ground
assault. I certainly wont leave the
base without full body armor, helmet
and M-4 rife. While some places in
country are obviously safer than oth-
ers, there are no locations in the coun-
try immune to attack by enemy forces.
I guess thats why they call
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A SEMI-AUTOMATIC SHOTGUN FOR COPS
A SEMI-AUTOMATIC SHOTGUN FOR COPS
FNS
SELF-LOADING POLICE MK1
FNS
SELF-LOADING POLICE MK1
A
s an LAPD Academy recruit in 1963, one of
my instructors was Jim Doerghty. Jim was one
of the most memorable men I ever knew. He
just happened to be the frst husband of Nor-
ma Jean Baker Marilyn Monroe, as you no
doubt know her. Much more important to me was that he
was a gun guy. His specialty: the police shotgun.
Jim was fond of the old politically incorrect LAPD
slogan, If someone was worth shooting, they were
worth shooting good! He also stressed if a cop expected
trouble on a call, he should always take the shotgun.
Back then, the LAPD issued the 12 gauge Reming-
ton Model 10 riot gun, a slide action repeater, later
replaced by the Ithaca Model 37 and more recently the
Remington Model 870 or pump action guns. Why?
Virtually all agencies felt semi-automatic shotguns were
too unreliable or too complicated. That rule has changed.
Today there are a number of self-loading shotguns that
are at least as reliable as pump guns. One of them is
FNs Self Loading Police MK 1.
Bad History
One reason self-loading shotguns got a bad name regard-
ing reliability was they were ammunition sensitive. Differ-
ent ammo makers make 2.75" 12 gauge that arent actually
2.75" long. Combined with the way many agencies have tra-
ditionally treated their shotguns and ammo semi-auto shot-
gun reliability was an oxymoron. While these problems are
still very real, self-loaders have come a long way.
I tested a prototype of the FN Self Loading Police MK1
in 2001 at Gunsite Academy; Im fairly familiar with it.
That early gun was made by Winchester, which as everyone
knows, is owned by FN and like many Winchester designs,
FN now makes its version.
This new shotgun can be had with an 18" smooth bore
barrel or a 22" rifed barrel. The smooth bore comes with an
improved cylinder choke tube and another thats half-modi-
fed. It also has a wrench to remove and replace the chokes,
and a pair of sling swivels and a second gas piston. One
piston has a black ring in the front denoting use with heavy
loads, and the other a red ring for use with light loads.
The catalog shows a M1913 rail atop the receiver with a set
of LPA Sights. Our sample came with a cantilever rail perma-
nently mounted on the rear of the barrel and extending back
over the receiver. The rail clears the top of the receiver by a few
thousandths of an inch and can be pushed down to return to its
original position when released. At the front of this rails base
is a folding rear sight aligned with a red fber optic front sight.
Piston Powered
The FN Self Loading Police MK1s piston is of the short
stroke type, transferring energy to a round operating rod
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A SEMI-AUTOMATIC SHOTGUN FOR COPS
A SEMI-AUTOMATIC SHOTGUN FOR COPS
FNS
SELF-LOADING POLICE MK1
FNS
SELF-LOADING POLICE MK1
Gary Paul Johnston
Photos: Robbie Barrkman
BUILT-IN RELIABILITY
AND MUCH,
MUCH MORE
BUILT-IN RELIABILITY
AND MUCH,
MUCH MORE
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called the gas sleeve. On the rear end
of this sleeve is a protrusion FN calls the
positioning rod. This makes contact
with and drives the bolt carrier to the
rear. Its very well designed to positively
lock the bolt when in battery. For those
interested in locking systems, the bolt is
of the tilting type much like that of the
FN-FAL rife, but this one tilts up to lock
into the extension of the barrel.
FNs MK 1 comes with a one length
magazine tube wed normally call extend-
ed. It holds six rounds in the case of the
smooth 18" barrel well, sort of. You see,
this model holds six rounds of 2.75" shells
and fve rounds of 3" Magnum shells. With
the 22" rife barrel version, it holds eight
rounds of 2.75" and seven rounds of 3"
Magnum ammo. The guns weigh in at 7.7
and 8.2 pounds, respectively.
Chokes And Piston Tubes
Heres a CAUTION: Never fre full
power loads with the piston tube with the
RED ring for use with light loads.
Unless you intend to do a lot of shoot-
ing with only light loads, leave the standard
piston in the gun. If you mix light loads in,
use the occasion to practice malfunction
drills (should they occur) such as a failure
to feed, eject or fully close the bolt.
As far as screw-in chokes go in po-
lice shotguns, Im not a big fan. First,
anything thats screwed in can unscrew.
Second, whos doing the screwing? Will
they know which choke to use for what
purpose? Then again, maybe Im just
stupid, but my rule is the KISS principle
Keep It Super Simple. Id establish
which choke tube works best for lead
buckshot and slugs, or whatever ammu-
nition the gun will use for general duty,
and Loc-Tite it in the muzzle.
Loading
On the right front side of the receiver
below the cocking handle is the bolt re-
lease. If the bolt group is pulled back
when the gun is empty, it will lock in this
position and only by depressing the bolt
release will it unlock to slam into battery.
To load the gun with the bolt to the rear,
frst make sure the safety is ON by push-
ing it all the way to the right. Then simply
drop a round into the ejection port and de-
press the bolt release. The gun will auto-
matically feed the round into the chamber.
To load the magazine tube the bolt
must frst be closed. Then simply push
each round up into the bottom of the
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only perform fairly in smooth bores at
close range when nothing else is available.
If youre one who likes optics on
shotguns, any of the refex sights should
work fne on the FNs cantilever rail. I
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For a sling I used a simple strap, as the
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tube where each one will lock in place.
If the chamber was not loaded frst, pull
back the cocking handle and release it to
feed and chamber the frst round from
the magazine. The bolt will never lock
to the rear when there are rounds in the
magazine. After the frst round is fed
from the magazine into the chamber,
another round may be loaded into the
magazine from below to give the gun a
maximum compliment of rounds.
Shots Fired
As with most self-loading shotguns,
this one is quite pleasant to shoot even
with full power 2.75" loads. This is be-
cause the action is locked only for a mil-
lisecond and the cycling of the bolt group
soaks up much of the felt recoil, even
with slugs, but the recoil pad also helped
here. Where 3" loads were fred, the recoil
was naturally more, but this gives the user
the option of which ammunition to use to
meet specifc needs or preferences.
The MK 1 is also pleasant to carry,
thanks to its aircraft alloy receiver. Its just
7.7 pounds empty and about 8.4 pounds
loaded. Since the bolt locks into the steel
barrel extension, the alloy receiver is an
excellent idea. But being aircraft alloy,
its almost as tough as steel anyway.
My sample proved totally reliable and
produced good spreads with buckshot out
to 25 yards with all ammunition tested.
However, some brands did hold better
than others, such as Hornady TAP buck-
shot with its controlled release wad. In the
slug department, I had no trouble hearing
the audible whack of these heavy lead
projectiles hitting my steel torso Action
Target at 100 yards with the gun rested on
my pickup truck.
At 50 yards, off-
hand standing, I
surprised myself
by putting fve
slugs into under
4". However, the
new sabot slugs
do much better in
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Continued from page 50
low light and time pressure, we more
closely approximate the four-dimension-
al dynamics of real gunfghts.
Grim Realities
I try to inject as much reality into my
training programs as I can. This in-
cludes exposure to the possibility of
being shot and injured in a gunfght,
and how to appropriately respond.
I give cops the straight goods on
medical realities. Studies show the
chance of dying from handgun GSWs
is about 20 percent and cops shot by
felons handguns face a mortality risk
of less than 10 percent. However, cops
who stop fghting when wounded are at
a very high risk of being murdered by
their adversaries.
In my training programs I show
graphic photos and video dramatiza-
tions of gunshot wounds. This isnt
optional. Its intended as psychologi-
cal innoculation against a future even-
tuality. If a cop is shocked into im-
mobility by the sight of a GSW in the
middle of his frst frefght, he may not
be able to continue the fght. Exposing
students to this material and training
them in dealing with GSWs may pre-
vent them having a lethal deer-in-the-
headlights experience.
This approach is used in hospi-
tal disaster simulations. Studies show
that frst responders, EMTs and hospi-
tal staff whove successfully managed
patients in stage makeup and bleeding
ketchup, perform superbly when the
real deal occurs. We should be training
cops for gunfght injuries the same way.
Goals
The goal of every deadly force
trainer should be to teach where to
shoot to win the fght, how to beat his
adversary by getting inside the bad
guys OODA loop, and how to fnish
the fght regardless of injury to himself
or his fellow offcers.
My friend Chief Jeff Chudwin says,
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I suspect the only reason the video
clips release in the media wasnt ac-
companied by screams for prison for the
cop was because the offcer and arrestee
were the same race. The fact remains, it
looked bad.
The public doesnt see the care-
fully delivered strikes, as was taught
in training: targeting the area on the
outside of the leg, around the major
muscle area. They dont see blows
aimed at spots that infict less damage
or chosen to lessen the force in an ef-
fort to protect the suspect. The down-
side of baton blows is that they dont
quickly overcome the active resistance
of a determined suspect. Often, strikes
to target areas require repeating to gain
compliance/overcome resistance.
Even though textbook approved,
perfectly delivered baton strikes look
bad to the eye of the camera and seem
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criminal trial. It becomes even more
volatile when a media seeks to exploit
a story rather than to educate or inform
and instead fan the fames of passion.
Working For Good Change
Americas police community has to
come together and get active. New
technologies such as TASER must be
adopted and used. Older and less ef-
fective techniques which are likely to
get cops brought up on charges need
to be phased out.
Law enforcement needs to demand
that politicians and legislators make
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safer, dont face prison for making a
simple mistake.
In this new year lets work to-
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the weekend. Friday was third with 10
incidents. Compared to NYPD with 123
incidents in 2005, Saturday was their
most active with 24 occurrences.
Time Of Year
The beginning of colder weather ush-
ered in the majority of armed encounters
with September accounting for ten gun-
fghts followed by eight in May. Decem-
ber grabbed the three spot with only six.
Obviously, in some parts of the world
where these battles took place our winter
is their summer.
NYPD experienced 16 shootings in
October and July was next with 13.
Time Of Day/Night
The vast majority of the gunplay, or
42 engagements, occurred during the day
while the remainder took place at night.
While most peoples work day was end-
ing, DEA was just getting started and
managed to contact violent suspects 17
times between 1601 and 2000 hrs. From
there on to midnight, another 11 were ac-
commodated, but 0801 to 1200 actually
garnered second spot with 12. The Big
Apples fnest got most of their trigger
time on the graveyard shift from 0400 to
midnight with 38.
Involved Weaponry
Handguns dominated as the agents
weapon of choice during emergency re-
sponse in 49 incidents. The 5.56x45mm
rife or carbine over-shadowed the 9mm
sub guns in 26 and six incidents respec-
tively. Shotguns still enjoy life in the DEA
and were broken out for six engagements.
However, long guns were used to fre
more rounds in anger than handguns
with 176 versus 157 respectively. Sub
guns came in a distant third with 64 di-
rected at hostiles and shotguns launched
the contents of 16 shells at suspects war-
ranting deadly force.
NYPD used pistols in 156 conficts,
revolvers in 4, and submachine guns and
shotguns in one each.
Bad Guys Armament
Conversely, the bad guys opted for
pistols or revolvers and peppered the
LEOs with 11 rounds, followed by some
type of rife/carbine with seven shots and
DEADLY DEA
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shotguns accounting for four.
Mans Best Friend?
Dogs fgure prominently in these
confrontations and when I was working
with the DEA, 25 percent of the shoot-
ings involved K-9s. In 2007 there were
31 encounters with dogs and 75 shots
were fred. Three years ago, NYPD of-
fcers fred 93 rounds at the land sharks.
Dreaded Search Warrant
DEA still encounters most of their re-
sistance during the execution of search
warrants followed by arrest situations
with 25 and 10 discharges respectively.
Careless Gun Handling
Unintentional discharges refect
poorly on the weapons discipline of
any agency. Unfortunately, they are
the second most prevalent cause of
weapons frings in DEA noting an
increase from 2006 to 2007 by a factor
of fve. DEA agents caused eight, and
four were attributed to other personnel
for a total of 12. Ten handguns and two
rifes were involved.
Most occurred during care and clean-
ing and unloading procedures prior to
frearms storage. Eight involved Glocks
and one each with a Colt Commander
and Smith and Wesson revolver. NYPD
had 25 accidental discharges.
Mobile Weapon
Vehicles were used by suspects in 10
assaults and the majority occurred dur-
ing buy/bust ops. Deadly force was em-
ployed primarily in cases where the sus-
pects were able to defeat the attempted
vehicle containment techniques.
Lessons Learned
We shoot at people not cars. The car
may be the target, but the person operating
it is the X - ring. With the small arms avail-
able to law enforcement, the automobile
is a virtual armored vehicle and the sus-
pect enjoys a substantial amount of pro-
jection. Except for bonded ammunition,
5.56x45mm is not effective on auto glass
and steel. A feeting target, vehicle glass
must be compromised frst before rounds
can be effective against suspects. The only
time the Israeli police use full automatic
fre from shoulder weapons is when they
encounter a hostile moving vehicle.
Gather intelligence and plan ahead
for K-9 avoidance and or humane neu-
tralization. Use non-lethal means if pos-
sible. Firing at a relatively small, rapidly
moving and highly determined threat in-
vites potential fratricide.
No matter how experienced you
are, no one is above safety and safe
weapons handling. Treat all guns as
if they are loaded all the time. Check
and recheck and keep your fnger off
the trigger unless you are preparing to
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in a safe direction or in the direction
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ammunition is present.
Search warrants are particularly
dangerous, because the fruits of the
crime must be seized to make the case
or culminate in an arrest. As a result,
speed is often essential after the ele-
ment of surprise is derogated. Speed
can sacrifce control and lead to tacti-
cal mistakes that are advantageous for
your adversary. Instead, try to gather
enough evidence by other means and
serve an arrest warrant in-
stead. Careful. Hurry.
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contact our Congressional Representa-
tives and ask they sign on in support of
this critical legislation. A one-minute
phone call may very well save a life.
Resolutions to these situations are often
out of the hands of line staff, this isnt
one of those instances. We can make a
difference by gaining support for this
legislation.
Unfortunately, not everyone agrees.
Heres an email received from a retired
Lieutenant on this very topic:
Have you ever had to wear one of
those vests for 8-16 hours? They are
hot and cumbersome and if the convicts
know youre wearing one they are smart
enough to know where to stick you other
than where the vest covers! These vests
should be worn as optional equipment
only! Yes, after Fred Baker was mur-
dered in NJ at Bayside, I had to wear a
vest for the rest of my career and hated
the damned thing! And, by the way, a
vest would not have saved Fred Baker
as he was shanked from his neck into
his chest cavity, which is not protected
by these vests! I would only support
vests as optional equipment, not manda-
tory equipment.
Aftermath
I disagree. First, we are not often
standing still giving inmates a clear
shot at our vital organs or the op-
portunity to pick and choose where
to stab us. Most of us are taught self-
defense and know how and where
to stand when in close proximity to
an inmate. Second, our prisons and
jails are war zones as evidenced by
the numbers of assaults and murders
occurring every year. Some out-
dated vests are hot and cumbersome,
however the newer versions are more
user friendly and light weight.
Id like to offer a compromise to
any offcer who agrees with our retired
friend; lets ask our spouses, our chil-
dren, our parents and our siblings if they
feel we should wear a protective vest on
the job. After all, theyll be the ones left
to deal with life once were gone.
Please call your member of Congress
and ask them to support HR 6462. Your
call may save the life of one
of our fellow offcers.
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a chance of false alarms. According to
Dr. Stephanson a few unexpected re-
sults were discovered during real world
beta testing with agencies in California.
One surprise was that the sound emitted
by certain water sprinklers triggers the
sensor, but thats been resolved. Others
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(I think we want to know about those
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tractor-trailers.
Cost Of Vandalism
Once Merlin recognizes the sound
of paint being sprayed, it immediately
notifes other devices such as phones
and pagers up to 10 of them. Within
a few seconds, usually less than fve,
you, your communications center and
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So, youve received a notifcation
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about it, youve got a suspect in custody
before you can spell V-A-N-D-A-L-I-S-
M on your report.
While its true were just talking
about vandalism when so-called
real crime is going on, consider this:
in the US alone, the annual cost of
graffti abatement is estimated between
$10 and $12 billion. Thats billion with
a B a very big B. The money
spent by the government to clean up
and repair the damage is diverted from
more worthwhile projects or maybe
pay raises. The connection between
tagging, gangs, claimed territory and
violent acts is well documented. For
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and overcome.
Every hand has a function and when
youre approaching your destination
our left hand is unbuckling as your right
hand is putting your car in park. Youre
getting out just as quickly as if your seat
belt was never on in the frst place time
it. Yes, the damn belt gets caught on your
duty rig. Okay, that can happen but if
you practice deploying, youll be ready
and able to deal with the occasional hook
up. Maybe even relocate whatever is get-
ting hooked up if possible.
Do not hook the belt around the back
of the seat. It wont protect anything
other than the back of your seat.
We worry about going home to our
families at night there may be a psy-
cho out there with a gun, but statistics
show many more offcers are killed
behind the wheel of a car than anywhere
else. Dont worry about getting out be-
fore you get there safely. As the sticker
says: arrive alive.
I Get Better Tire Grip With
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Sitting still, it does look like theres
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more adhesion theory. Properly infated
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vertical load, thereby keeping more rubber
on the road. With correct infation the tires
sidewalls will not roll as much and your
vehicle will feel much more stable.
Airbags Suck
Yes they do but bouncing your head
off the dashboard, steering wheel or wind-
shield sucks way more. Call me crazy but
I will take an airbag over gnawing on the
steering wheel any day. Remember Driv-
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three crashes: vehicle stops, body hits
the next hard object, and internal organs
smash up against your outer shell. The
airbags come out around 200 mph in or-
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physical spaces are not secure, staying
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gerous, endeavor on the global platform.
Managing Risk
Cisco, for example, has a division
within its corporate fnance structure
called Global Risk Management, en-
compassing everything from traditional
physical security operations to the
more esoteric Enterprise Risk Manage-
ment group, by far the more interesting
and compelling story for this discus-
sion. The emphasis for this conclave
made up of diverse representatives
from legal, engineering, communica-
tions, critical infrastructure, customer
advocacy and, of course, sales, is
on defning the risk atmosphere in
uncharted waters a Lewis and Clark
expedition if you will in advance
of the companys emerging markets
strategic development.
Is it a safe bet to develop a tech-
nology business in, say, Azerbaijan?
What are the risks, both physical and
institutional? Can Cisco do business
above board? What is the corruption
index for such a place (yes, there is
a corruption index, based on intelli-
gence gathered from our State Depart-
ment, other western multi-nationals,
as well as respected non-proft watch-
dog agencies)?
Such intelligence is the sum and
substance of risk analysis, or enterprise
risk if you like. Companies like Cisco,
Microsoft, Intel, and HP would be lost
without it. Business as usual in the
modern, post-9/11 age, has a decidedly
spooky sub-context, and the successful
private security practitioners many,
former spooks need to be able to
navigate above and below the line and
still be able to write a report
that has few dark connotations.
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the Condor II hydration backpack is the
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QUESTIONS
QUESTION 1
How much decision-making ability are you given
regarding your duty boots?
A) I have to buy one specic approved boot model
B) I can choose the brand as long as the boot ts
agency regulation
C) I have to buy one of several approved boot models
from a specic company
D) I have to buy boots from one of several approved
companies
E) I have free rein to choose any boot
QUESTION 2
How many pairs of boots do you currently own for
duty wear?
A) 1
B) 2
C) 3
D) 4+
QUESTION 3
What do you value most in a boot?
A) Comfort
B) Appearance
C) Low Cost
D) Protection from the elements
E) Quality
QUESTION 4
Where did you purchase your last pair
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A) On-line from a Manufacturers Web
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Boots)
B) On-line from a Dealers Web site
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C) Sporting Good Store/Retail Store
D) Catalog
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ylinder and slide takes the renowned .45 ACP sig sau-
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the world and puts their reliability package twist to it.
Directly from Master Gunsmith Bill Laughridge, own-
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I thought wed keep it simple as well as affordable for most cops.
Just do a nice little upgrade thatll make the pistol work more reliably
and a touch more accurately.
the 11-degree barrel muzzle crown always adds accuracy. An
improper crown allows gases pushing the bullet down the bore to
vent from under the bullet on the low side of the muzzle crown. this
tips the bullet and because its spinning, causes the bullet to wobble.
Youll be amazed just how much better the accuracy gets after we
re-crown.
Radius and polishing the breech face and center rail just lets the
pistol cycle more smoothly and easily. this cuts down on the energy
it takes to cycle the pistol thus making it more likely to function when
dirty or dry.
I radius the extractor to allow the rim of the cartridge to slide under
the extractor and to not allow a sharp edge to dig into the rim, slowing or
stopping the feed. setting the tension to the proper pressure on the case
rim assures of more reliable extraction and ejection of the fred case.
Polishing the feed ramp obviously makes the rounds feed more
reliably and with less energy loss to the slides forward motion.
smoothing the DA pull just allows the offcer to deliver a more
accurate frst shot. We didnt change out any of the factory springs or
reduce their power.
the improvement on the magazine well bevel just allows a larger,
smoother opening to speed up a reload during one of those extended
gun battles that you guys seem to get into once in a while. We test fre
the pistol to be sure it functions and shoots to point of aim.
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opener and a wire stripper.
the multi-function blade locks open with a frame-lock mecha-
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release lateral compression straps secure
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INDEX
OF ADVERTISERS
The companies listed have featured
advertisements in this issue. Look to them
rst when you are ready to make a purchase.
Action Target 70
ALS Technologies 12
ASP, Inc. 2
Al Mar Knives 64
Buffer Tech 67
Bushnell 13, 71
Bust a Cap 9
Benchmade 15
Brownells 71
Black Hills Ammunition 14
BLACKHAWK! 37
CrossBreed 6
Cylinder & Slide 68
Command Arms 60
DSA, Inc. 65
DeSantis Holsters 31
Elite Operator 6
FNH USA 3
Glock Inc. 19
Galco Int. 11
Iosso Products 68
Kahr Arms 15
Kimber 7, 80
Lifeline Armor 60
M4 Carbine, LLC 14
Magpul Industries 35
Maxpedition 23
Mossberg 9
MecGar USA 70
Original SWAT 25
Ofcerstore.com 8
Pearce Grip 27
Pro Mag Industries 64
Revision Eyewear 17
Rick Hinderer 13
Rock River Arms 27
Smith & Alexander 67
Smith & Wesson 21
Sturm, Ruger & Co. 29
Savage Arms 12
Springeld 79
Safariland 7
Tactical Design Labs 11
Tops Knives 31
XS Sights 62
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Who do we see in the aftermath of the
storm? Louisiana National Guard troops
patrolling all over the hurricane dam-
aged area. And just what do they have in
their hands? Colt M4 carbines.
Their weapons are fully dressed out
with Aimpoint red dot sights, vertical
fore-grips, retractable stocks, etc. Ex-
cept you guessed it: no magazine.
They didnt even insert an empty mag
to fake it. Highly trained U.S. military
personnel, the ones we look to for the
defense of the nation are patrolling the
streets with empty weapons.
Dont give me the they are only re-
servists excuse. These men and women
are serving in the Global War on Terrorism
every single day. I know many reservists
with combat records to rival any regular
Army trooper.
What message are we sending here?
PFC Jones can be trusted with a live,
loaded weapon on the streets of Ramadi
or Baghdad. But when it comes to stop-
ping looters and lawlessness in New
Orleans he cant be allowed a loaded
weapon, because its just too dangerous?
Why are these troops there? If its just
to pass out food and blankets then lock
the guns up in the armory, at least they
wont rust. If a man a soldier
can be trusted to carry a weapon,
surely he can be trusted with am-
munition for it. Would you put a cop
on the streets of Detroit, Chicago,
or more appropriately New Orleans
with an empty gun?
A Colt M4 carbine: $1500, an
Aimpoint Comp M2 sight: $450,
carrying an empty weapon on pa-
trol: Priceless, or more appropri-
ately Ridiculous. But even more
appropriately, its a load of steam-
ing Toro Caca only the government
could generate.
SIGHTMARK SCOPES
Sightmarks 8.5-25x50 and 3-9x40 tactical rifescopes are
two very fne scopes. I got to look at the 3-9x40, but I got to
use the 8.5-25x50. I was really impressed especially consid-
ering cost is as much as $1,000 less than some other tactical
optics out there.
They use cutting edge glass and lens coatings to as-
sure their product stacks up with any other tactical instru-
ment on the market.
Precision multicoated optics are the distinguishing fea-
ture of the Sightmark tactical rifescope line; these multicoated lenses offer an extremely clear view for easy target acquisition in
both bright and low light situations and theyre nitrogen flled for waterproof and fog proof operation.
Sightmarks tactical line features oversized windage, elevation and focusing adjustment knobs for easy adjustment in
the feld. But, for that additional level of accuracy the 8.5-25x50 comes with locking mechanisms on the windage and
elevation adjustments ensuring the scope stays zeroed. This along with the internally illuminated mil-dot reticle allows
highly accurate shots over a wide range of distance. The scope will do its job now its up to you.
WEATHERTECH FLOORLINER DIGITALFIT
After years in patrol working the beach and a stint in the backcountry foothill areas, I came to appreciate keeping the
foorboard of my black and white hooptie clear and clean. We get all sorts of ugly stuff on our boots. Tracking that crap
into our mobile offce is inevitable. MacNeil Automotives WeatherTech FloorLiners
DigitalFit are the answer and I wish I had them in my patrol days.
MacNeils talented designers and engineers have worked their butts off to devel-
op some of the most advanced foor protection systems available. The WeatherTech
FloorLiner DigitalFit

accurately and completely lines the interior carpet. Digital laser
measurements of the interior surface assure a perfect ft.
High-Density Tri-Extruded (HDTE) material provides a rigid core for strength and
a tactile feel to the surface. These liners have surfacing channels that carry fuids and
debris to a lower reservoir. Once fuids and other scum and skutt become trapped in the
reservoir, its kept away from your boots and uniform. Then all that stuff can be easily
removed from the liner

over the doorsill.
Now you can keep your mobile offce beautiful and smelling fresh as
a daisy yeah, right, but you will keep the fotsam off your uniform.
For More info: www.sightmark.com; www.weathertech.com
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t was with all the best intentions
I moved to Colorado. With a
high-speed Internet hook-up I
could easily do the magazine
remotely. That was the case
until I got here.
I failed to correctly evaluate the
time-management issues or take into
account some environmental con-
cerns. Editing this magazine takes a
great deal of time and concentration,
but all this hunting, fshing, hiking and
other extremely important tasks like
cleaning up after the elk and deer on my property along with
protracted ATV outings, I can no longer put the time in to keep
up the quality you expect.
My ability to concentrate here in Southwestern Colorado
is severely compromised. Its the damn quiet. Theres no con-
stant din of the freeway, construction projects or neighborhood
family squabbles thats truly unnerving.
Ive come to a decision; I am resigning as the editor of Amer-
ican COP Magazine.
It will now be in the
hands of my longtime
friend and partner,
Roy Huntington and
with my great friend
Sammy Reese.
When I retired
from San Diego PD
I had no intention of
taking another job.
That was over three
years ago. I retired,
took one day off and started at American COP the next day. Its
been fun and I do believe weve built a high quality magazine
for street cops something they can count on to provide criti-
cal information, to make their job easier and to better assure
they come home safely after every shift. Its by cops for cops.
I will, however, not go lightly into that great beyond where
former editors go; Ill continue to write for COP and other
magazines in our family, like Guns and American Handgun-
ner. Ill also keep taking photos for our magazines. So, keep
reading COP and the others, I need the money as I can use a
new more powerful ATV with a new gun carrier. Ill name it
Rocking Chair.
Guest Toro Caca by: Paul Markel
Priceless Or Ridiculous?
One has to wonder whether the Ad
Execs over at MasterCard knew what
they were starting years ago when
they introduced their Priceless
commercials to the world. The adver-
tisements tugged at the heartstrings
and touched the American consumer.
Like all good pop culture, the MC
Priceless ads spawned thousands of
parodies. For several years now, our
email inboxes have been flled with
spoofs passed on to us by friends, co-
workers, and family members.
However, unlike the MC ads that
were touching, the spoofs generally
depict strange, outrageous, or fat-out
stupid behavior. They arent so much
priceless as they are ridiculous.
Youd think as Americans wed grow
and learn from our experiences. Imme-
diately after Hurricane Katrina hit and
plunged New Orleans into urban chaos,
thousands of police and military person-
nel wrere dispatched to restore order. I
was there and saw it happen.
Posse Comitatus not withstanding, U.S.
Military units were on the streets and in the
air over the Crescent City. I was dismayed
to see squad formations from the 82
nd
Air-
borne Division walking around with emp-
ty (unloaded/no magazine) M4 carbines
in hand. When I asked why they were
unloaded a soldier told me, We arent al-
lowed to have any rounds on us. Our squad
leader has the security rounds.
The situation went from dumb to
dumber. A week later I encountered an-
other group of elite Airborne troopers.
They were on foot patrol but their M4s
were slung across their backs. What
gives? I asked. We arent allowed
to hold on to our weapons. It looks too
menacing. I was told.
So, troops of the elite 82
nd
Airborne
Division not only cant be trusted with
loaded weapons, they cant even be al-
lowed to hold on to them as they might
appear menacing. Menacing to whom,
the gang members and looters running
rampant in New Orleans?
That was 2005. Its now three years lat-
er and youd think we might have learned
a little something in that time. Nope, not
as far as the Army brass is concerned.
Nearly three years to the day Hur-
ricane Gustav came roaring ashore and
again tore up the Pelican State.
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SIS Detectives frequently stake out violent criminals and
depend on their pistols even more than tactical team
members. Based on LAPD SWATs satisfaction with their
Kimber pistols, SIS asked Kimber to create a family of
1911 .45 ACPs that met both their high standards and
unique requirements. SIS pistols are now available to the
public in limited numbers.
The choice of Americas best.
Use and store all frearms safely and lawfully. Kimber pistols and
rifes are shipped with a California approved cable lock. Proper use
of the cable lock is encouraged at all times. 2008 Kimber Mfg., Inc.
All rights reserved. Names of other companies, products or services
may be the property of their respective owners.
www.kimberamerica.com
For information on products and dealer locations
please send $2 to:
Kimber, Dept.151
One Lawton Street, Yonkers, NY 10705
Information is also available at (800) 880-2418
The full-size SIS Custom RL

(left) has an integral


Kimber Tactical Rail

for flashlight mounting.


The SIS Ultra

(center) has a rounded frame and


mainspring housing, and a 3-inch barrel makes it
ideal for backup or concealed carry. The SIS Pro

(right) combines a full-length grip with a 4-inch


barrel, perfect for duty or concealed carry in a
belt holster.
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