Frontline Debriefs: The Active Shooter

In late September and early October there were three separate school shootings within the span of a week. These tragic incidents are not about to go away any time soon and, as a point of fact, they may increase. During the 26 years I spent in the Metropolitan Division of the LAPD, one of its

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Enemy at the Gate: When Government Steals Our Stuff

Emeliano Gomez Gonzolez was speeding on the freeway. He lied to the Nebraska state trooper who stopped him. He was evasive. All true. But should the punishment for those sins be a $124,700 fine? On 18 August 18 2006, the Eighth District Court of Appeals said yes. The honorable judges ruled that the U.S. Justice

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Lawful Carry: Spec-Ops Over-Armor Vest

In recent years it has become necessary to carry more gear—ammo, magazines, medical kits, etc.—because bad guys tend to hunt like wild dogs in packs. The average cop will carry two reloads on his duty belt, a SWAT cop will carry more on a load-bearing vest, and military personnel will carry much more as mission

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What to Do After a Shooting: Practical and Prudent Courses of Action

Obviously, you want to do whatever you reasonably can to avoid using deadly force. But if you are forced to shoot someone in self-defense, you need to know what to do after the shooting. Let’s look at some legally and tactically sound suggestions for what to do after a shooting if you’re an off-duty/plainclothes police officer or civilian firearm licensee.

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Against All Odds: Easy Disaster Preparations

Back in the early 1980s, a buddy of mine who was “connected” started telling stories out of school. Stories about nukes being hijacked by terrorists, tales of bombs already sighted in American cities, hints about the existence of a “fifth column” of terrorists who infiltrated through our porous Southern border. I did what checking I could and began to become nervous—very nervous.

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SWAT K9 Officer Down: Now What?

Since its initial concept in the 1970s, SWAT teams and tactics have evolved dramatically, due to the explosive rise in technology to assist operators in safely bringing crisis situations to a close. With the improvements in night vision, optics, ballistics, ballistic protection, weapons and hardware, SWAT teams can call upon these numerous platforms…

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Situational Handgun Ready Positions: Another Perspective

Ready gun positions are separated into two broad areas, high and low. Anything at chest level or above is high and those oriented below the sternum are considered low. There are preferred RG positions for stronghold clearing and room combat, and there are those that work best when maneuvering in extremely confined quarters, as well as others most suitable for “tube fighting” scenarios.

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Training and Tactics: Fighting Shotgun Stock Length

“Beware of the man, not the weapon.” This adage has held true since time immemorial, and will predominantly decide who will be the victor and who will be the vanquished in a rencounter. This having been said, however, there is no question that the right equipment for the right job is a huge bonus. Even

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Thumper TG 6 Non-Pyrotechnic: A Bang Without The Boom

After early uses by the Israelis at Entebbe, the West Germans in Mogadishu and the British at Princes Gate, the idea of using a very bright and loud noise to distract the Bad Guys before coming through their door spread to American law enforcement tactical teams.

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