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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Street Smarts: One Plus One Equals Trouble

The idea of killing people is not funny. Therefore, please know that I am not giggling while writing this column. OK, maybe a little. Our topic of the moment is the “1+1” rule. This principle reminds us that when searching for bad guys or weapons, there is always one above and beyond what you have

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Terrorist Snipers: What Are They Really Capable Of?

Watching TV footage from Iraq and Afghanistan, you are led to believe that “Haji the terrorist” has an interesting concept of the basic fundamentals of rifle marksmanship. We see insurgents firing their AK-47s with one or two hands, waving the weapon casually in the direction of coalition forces and firing full automatic. Other pictures show

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Urban Combat: Beyond the Basics

Gunsite. That single name means so much to so many: The beginning of modern firearms training, incredible facilities and the experience of attending this historic place. I traveled to Gunsite recently to attend a new class that has its genesis in our current operations in the Middle East. Urban Combat is a course for those

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