Why a Weapon-Mounted Light: Illuminating the Reasons

During daylight—when 99.9% of training is conducted—targets are pretty easy to see. And identification is easy, as you are most often shooting at the same target you have been shooting at for however long you have been shooting. Discriminating between shoots and no shoots isn’t normally your problem on the square range because the rangemaster will tell you who to shoot, when to shoot, and how many times to shoot.

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Defaulting to Zero: What’s Your Mindset?

How we fight has always been a complicated series of events, and the training required to accomplish the goal of winning the fight has mostly been wanting. This has become obvious in police agencies’ and the military’s preoccupation with annual qualification, confusing it with training. It has always been disturbing how little effort is spent

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From Dusk Till Dawn: LMS Defense Low Light/No Light Course

Advances in night vision were slow in the beginning. I can remember the first time I saw a Starlight scope on top of the CP Bunker on Hill 22, 45 years ago. We have come a long way since then. Night vision is of course expensive, and its primary users are the military. However, the technology is slowly spilling over into the LE community. Very slowly.

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Filthy 14: Bravo Company Carbine Goes 31,165 Rounds

The M16 was first promoted as a gun that needed no maintenance. While that statement proved false, a number of factors, including propellant powder and a lack of cleaning supplies and training, led to failures on the battlefield that are still being ballyhooed by muckrakers and the unknowing. They ignore the fact that the M16

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Surgical Shooting: Mastering Mechanical Offset

For our purposes, mechanical offset relates to the difference between the line of bore and the line of sight. This distance will vary from one gun to another. Additionally, the sight and mounting system will also influence the difference. All handheld firearms have a certain amount of mechanical offset. It may be negligible in the case of a pistol, or significant in the case of certain rifles/carbines.

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