BRIEFING ROOM Dangerous Trends

Lately I have seen some dangerous trends developing. The first is not maintaining control of your firearm, and the second is carrying a pistol with an empty chamber. Let’s address the latter first. Rule 1 states, “All guns are always loaded.” I like training on a “hot” range, where everyone’s guns are always loaded. The

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ENEMY AT THE GATE “Smart Guns” Still Dumb

The newest push to replace reliably useful guns with so-called “smart guns” came in June, courtesy of U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D-CT). Himes’ H.R. 6109, the “Start Advancing Firearms Enhancements and Technology (SAFETY)” Act of 2018 would provide significant tax relief for gun manufacturers’ efforts to design, produce, and market “smart guns”—guns that are specifically

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FRONTLINE DEBRIEFS Police Habits Die Hard

Brett, my wife, is a saint. Anyone who knows us comprehends what she has to put up with. My mother viewed her as saintly simply due to the fact that, as sophisticated and well educated as she is, through some obtuse rationale, she saw fit to associate with me. She’s a nice girl from Minnesota,

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GOOD GUYS WIN! Second Amendment in Action

Third Time’s the Harm After midnight on a Friday in July, a would-be burglar attempted to force his way into two homes in the Bay Area city of Richmond, California. He succeeded in breaking a window and gaining entry into the third home he tried. The sound of breaking glass alerted the homeowner, who armed

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STREET SMARTS Ten Major Tactical Mistakes

Want a quick and easy read that doesn’t tax your brainpower with monotonous things like storyline, plot development, and resolution? Here’s our quick-n-dirty guide to ten major tactical mistakes that too many people make … yes, maybe even you. 1. They don’t carry a gun. This is actually a bit of a misnomer: I’m not

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FRONTLINE DEBRIEFS Reliance on SWAT

Many years ago a great friend of mine, Ray Coffman of Albuquerque, made the prescient comment that our reliance on SWAT would be omnipresent. In other words, evolutions that normal field-grade officers might have addressed in the past would automatically be placed under the purview of SWAT. Ray was an instructor for the Department of

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ENEMY AT THE GATE Say No to Gun “Buy Backs”!

We knew it was coming. The gun-ban zealots in Congress have danced around it for decades, but have almost never dared to come right out and say it in public: that banning so-called “assault weapons” will never be enough while existing owners are permitted to keep them. That reticence is now over. The current, toxically

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BRIEFING ROOM War on Law Enforcement

Since the beginning of 2018, at least 45 law enforcement officers across the U.S. have been killed while on duty. This works out to slightly less than two officers killed per week. While not on track to match the horrendous numbers of 2017 (129 officers killed) and 2016 (135 officers killed), as this is written,

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Members of Coffee County (Alabama) Sheriff's Department apprehend “suspect” during active-shooter exercise conducted at Lucas Stagefield. In active-shooter or terrorist event, EMS won’t render aid until scene has been secured. Photo: U.S. Army by Nathan Pfau

AGAINST ALL ODDS Dark Angel Medical Ankle Trauma Kit

S.W.A.T. Magazine is all about preparedness and individual responsibility. Preparedness requires the proper mindset, training, and tools. It doesn’t just happen. It’s a way of life and takes some effort. And it’s about preparing for possibilities, not just probabilities. Everyone should carry a med kit. If you have made the choice to responsibly carry a

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