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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Despite its fearsome reputation, the shotgun is not a death ray. Shot placement matters.

GOOD GUYS WIN! Second Amendment in Action

Dangerous Intervention In rural Park County, Colorado, just southwest of Denver, a teen fled an attempted carjacking, both dialing 911 and looking for someone to help. He came across a ranch hand from a nearby ranch and told his story, pointing out the direction of the incident. The ranch hand immediately set off to look

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STREET SMARTS: Suspect or Victim?

I was reading a post from a well-known trainer whom I don’t usually agree with, but I peruse his writing because of the provocative points it often raises. Recently he advanced a very interesting idea I had never considered: after a shooting, will the police look at you as a suspect or a victim? With

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When faced with multiple home invaders, what would you consider “enough gun”?

GOOD GUYS WIN! Second Amendment in Action

Antisocial Media What investigators later determined began as a feud on social media turned deadly in the predawn darkness of an April night. The residents of a mobile home in rural north Florida heard their front door kicked open with a shout of “Sheriff’s office!” Only it wasn’t the sheriff’s office, but rather seven young

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FRONTLINE DEBRIEFS: Overseas Police Work

The timeless adage, “The grass is always greener on the other side” may be appropriately applied to police work. Having trained in a number of overseas venues, I can unequivocally state that despite the many regulations we impose (and many rightly so) on ourselves in the U.S., they pale in comparison to regulations implemented in

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