K9 and Air Operations: Law Enforcement’s Teeth and Wings

Our K9 teams got the description of a murder suspect reportedly hiding in a desolate, brushy area near the Colorado River Bridge in southeast Austin, Texas. An Austin Police Homicide Detective had briefed us via cell phone that he’d received a tip that the suspect was awaiting a ride to Mexico to flee the murder charges.

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Rimfire Training Tips: to Improve Service Carbine Performance

AR-type .22 rimfire conversions and trainers have flown off dealers’ shelves by the thousands, with shooters looking to mimic the appearance, form or function of their service carbines. Some of these shooters didn’t grow up on a steady regimen of rimfire shooting, while others are now shooting the .22 in volumes not encountered before.

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AR Superhero: Alexander Arms .50 Beowulf

Beowulf is the oldest literary work in the English language. It was written in the 11th century and details the exploits of Beowulf, a 6th century Danish hero who comes to the rescue of his country and in the process battles and defeats various monsters and other villains. Beowulf was probably the first superhero. He

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Fire-Breathing Monster: Tactical Rifles Chimera

“You clean your rifle from the left side?” asked Tactical Rifles (TR) President David Rooney. “Yes. How did you know?” came the startled response from the customer on the phone. “When you pull your cleaning rod back through the barrel, the jag is consistently striking the same point on the crown,” explained Rooney. “Use your

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Long Guns: Russian RPK-74 Light Machine Gun

The RPK-74 has the odd distinction in the United States of its magazine being better known than the gun itself. That’s because so many photos of Osama Bin Laden show him with an RPK-74 45-round magazine in his AKSU, a choice I should note that does not bespeak a “pro,” since it may look aggressive,

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Offbeat: Bushnell Stealthview II

Digital night vision is a direct result of advances in video imaging technology. A digital night vision monocular is essentially a video camera. Existing light collected through the object lens is processed though a highly sensitive image sensor. The image sensor converts light into electronic signals. The processed signal is then displayed as an image

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The Cutting Edge: Pro-Tech Autos

I had planned to write this column on Pro-Tech Knives six months ago, but decided to give one of my Pro-Techs another half-year of testing to see if I could overcome one of my prejudices first. I have always felt that Pro-Tech makes quality automatic knives, however, their knives do not have a secondary lock.

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