The Cutting Edge: Wilson Tactical Cop Tool

Ask any cop what they use a knife for at work and you will get a variety of answers. Some will talk about how they used it to pry open a small window on a building search or some mope’s glove box during a car search. Maybe they scraped a license plate tag off to

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Eye of the Beholder: Search For The Perfect Carbine

Opinions fluctuate widely according to peer pressure. One forum (populated by those with little practical experience) believes that only a bare bones circa 1963 gun is acceptable. Another forum (populated by a few with real experience) attempts to hold in check a population that wants everything on their carbines—especially if the gear is new, and no matter that they have neither an idea how nor the training to use it.

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Combat Accuracy: What’s Your Goal?

How many rounds from your gun will it take to stop a lethal threat? Is it reasonable to expect a single round to stop the danger? What is the goal each time you press the trigger? When you ask these questions in a room full of “gun people,” they usually focus on the last question

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Enemy at the Gate: Habeas Corpus: A Tale Of Freedom

Habeas corpus. The term is ugly. Obscure. Like something only a lawyer could love. But nothing could be more wrong. Within those unattractive Latin words lies an age-old tale of evil kings and their dark dungeons, a tale of the common man battling tyranny. The story begins in England. It begins—as these things often do—with

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Frontline Debriefs: When You’re Hit

I’ve not yet been shot. Shot at? Yes. Hit? No. It’s not much of a party. On the first night of the L.A. riots in 1992, 11 other officers and I were engaged in a major gunfight with many suspects in the projects at 114th and Central. We were rescuing fire department personnel who had

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Against All Odds: Signaling & Self-Rescue

Maybe it’s just the media giving more airtime to stories about human tragedy, but this past year seems to have had more than its fair share of people getting lost and dying in the wilds. While some of these events had heroic efforts at self-rescue, others showed signs of the victim just giving up and dying without a fight.

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Realistic Field Medical Kits: What to Include and Why

Tactical medical care is a hot topic. The basic principles of this care were developed for the military but are equally useful in the tactical law enforcement environment. This care begins at the point of wounding and extends to definitive care or surgical intervention.

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Training and Tactics: I Know You

I know you. I mean I really know you. All your achievements and all the failures. All the peccadillos, all the bravado in front of your accomplices—and the fear and trepidation you feel when nobody else is around and you’re home alone late at night. You live your life of desperation, striving for success in

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Lawful Carry: G-Code GXS Xtreme Service Holster

Over the past decade, I have evaluated some good holsters. On the other hand, I have also seen some horrible holsters. One thing I consider when evaluating holsters is the fact that many (if not most) are task specific—a thigh drop holster may be needed by some operators, but is not suitable for everyday carry.

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Offbeat: Vang Comp Systems Shotgun Accessories

Like my clothing, shotguns seem to come back into fashion every six or seven years. And every time they do, there blossoms an attendant array of after-market gadgets and gizmos that aren’t worth a damn—and a few useful accoutrements that can actually improve your battle capability. It seems that the Firearms Law of Inverse Proportions

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