You can’t fix a software problem with hardware. By Mike Wood In a recent LA Times op-ed piece (Why The Police Shouldn’t Use Glocks, May 7, 2015, www.latimes.com, a respected member of the gun community caused a firestorm when he argued that law enforcement officers shouldn’t carry modern, striker-fired pistols (such as the popular Glock) [...]
BULLSEYE: Off-Duty Carry By Warren Wilson Trouble doesn’t take a day off. Cops carry a bunch of emergency equipment on duty: sidearm, extra magazines, OC, Taser, flashlight, etc. However, I would guess only about 25 percent of the officers I know consistently carry a gun off duty. As someone who has always carried a gun [...]
Cops aren’t machines, even though most of our training treats us like we are. By George T. Williams “Discipline must be a habit so ingrained that it is stronger than the excitement of battle or the fear of death.” —George S. Patton, General, US Army The late Louis Awerbuck taught that surviving a gunfight is [...]
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GLOCK, Inc. announced the release of the new GLOCK single-stack slimline 9mm pistol, the GLOCK 43. Designed to be the answer to everyday concealed carry needs, the G43 is ultra-concealable, accurate, and comfortable for all shooters, regardless of hand size. A true slimline pistol, the frame width of the G43 is just over 1 inch and the slide width measures only 0.87-inch. The overall length is 6.26 inches. For those who have smaller hands, the trigger distance is only 2.6 inches, making it ideal for functionality. The single-stack magazine holds six rounds and is the perfect concealed carry pistol for both duty and civilian use. The G43 is engineered to the same superior standards as all GLOCK pistols and the reliability instills confidence for all lifestyles.
SIG SAUER Inc. expanded its popular Elite Performance Ammunition line with the introduction of full-metal jacket (FMJ) centerfire pistol cartridges for practice and competition shooting. The perfect combination of affordability and performance, the new SIG FMJ ball ammunition is designed to approximate the performance of corresponding jacketed hollowpoint (JHP) loads, making the transition from target ammo to carry ammo seamless. The SIG FMJ pistol ammunition is now available in the following calibers and bullet weights: 100gr .380Auto, 115gr 9mm Luger, 124gr .357SIG, 180gr .40S&W, 180gr 10mm and 230gr .45Auto.
Manufactured to meet or exceed SAAMI specifications, the SIG FMJ centerfire pistol cartridges feature solid brass cases and durable copper jacketed bullets that stay with the lead at impact. Dependable primers and clean-burning powders are used for reduced barrel fouling with more reliable functioning. Like all Elite Performance Ammunition, the SIG FMJ is manufactured in the United States by SIG SAUER to the same exacting standards as the company’s premium pistols and rifles.
TCI™, a brand of The Safariland Group, released the new Two-Wire Patrol Kit, a lightweight communications kit for law enforcement officers. As a manufacturer of high-performance tactical audio solutions, TCI now offers the same military-grade quality to police officers. This economically priced unit is an ideal replacement for the bulky shoulder-worn speaker microphone handset officers may have.
Designed for patrol, security and surveillance communications, the Two-Wire Patrol Kit is made with high-quality acoustic tubing and a small, high-gain in-line microphone that keeps the unit lightweight while still providing excellent sound quality. A Hirose connector is also included and allows an officer to quickly disconnect the radio without having to twist the headset jack, which can potentially degrade the wiring connection over time.
The Two-Wire Patrol Kit is sure to catch the eye of officers looking to upgrade their standard-issue microphone handset for a nimbler unit that allows constant clear communication.
Laser Ammo announced the new Recoil Enabled Airsoft Laser (R.E.A.L) conversion kit for KWA ATP Airsoft pistols for full blow-back laser training, and the LA FLASH—a flash suppressor adapter for Airsoft rifles.
After releasing the Firefly laser system for real and mockup guns geared toward large organizations and the military market, Laser Ammo is looking to conquer the simulator, law enforcement and civilian markets as well. With the release of cost-effective conversion kits together with the new SureStrike™ laser vibration cartridge, their kits will convert any Airsoft rifle and KWA ATP pistol to a laser-emitting full blow-back training pistol simulating a real firearm.
The Recoil Enabled Airsoft Laser (R.E.A.L) conversion kit includes a replacement drop-in barrel that currently fits the KWA ATP Airsoft pistols. Installation of the R.E.A.L kit is done simply by replacing the stock barrel with their kit assembly. Also, the LA FLASH is a high-end CNC machined flash suppressor adapter that replaces the stock flash guard on any “off the shelf” Airsoft rifle.
Together with the new for 2015 vibration activated SureStrike™ cartridge (sold separately), both the R.E.A.L. and the LA FLASH will turn your Airsoft rifle/KWA ATP pistol to a laser-emitting full blow-back training pistol simulating a real firearm.
Fobus Holsters introduced the new Inside the Waistband (IWB) series of holsters from Fobus International. The Fobus IWBL and IWBS offer an innovative approach to a popular and tested system of concealed carry; an approach that goes further and improves on an existing concept to allow degrees of comfort and efficiency not possible before. The new Fobus IWB holsters are similar to “hybrid” holsters currently on the market, in that they are built from a flexible backing that buffers between the pistol and the body where the holster shell covers the pistol and two belt clips encircle the belt, positioning the holster at waistband height.
However, the shell and holster backing on the new Fobus IWB holsters are totally unique. The holster shell, while having a degree of flexibility, is non-collapsing and allows for one-handed re-holstering. Fobus is currently offering two new models: the IWBL for large frame pistols and the IWBS for small frame pistols. Both are universal IWB holsters that do not require replacement of shells when used with different similar sized pistols. The holster’s unique flexible backing is impervious to moisture and features numerous ventilation openings. It also provides a mild, non-slip surface on both sides that serves to prevent lateral movement of the holster around the user’s waist, as well as a retention surface against the pistol. The holster firmly grips the pistol between the belt tension on the holster shell on one side, and the flexible backing that conforms to the wearer’s body contour on the opposite side. The new Fobus IWBs are a perfect combination of flexibility and retention that allow a variety of pistols to be securely carried in the same holster. The IWBs are offered in both large (IWBL) and small (IWBS) styles to accommodate the most popular full-size and compact pistols without compromising retention or comfort.
Crimson Trace offers two Laserguard® laser sight systems for the Smith & Wesson M&P BODYGUARD 380 pistol: the LG-454 with a red laser diode and the LG-454G with a green laser diode. Both laser sight products are now widely available in retail outlets across America that sell Crimson Trace products.
These new Laserguards fit onto the trigger guard of the compact and lightweight S&W M&P BODYGUARD 380 semi-auto pistols. Both of these Crimson Trace Laserguard models feature: Instinctive Front Activation; are adjustable for windage and elevation; and are covered under Crimson Trace’s “Free Batteries for Life” program.
After fitting onto the pistol’s trigger guard, the unit is easily and securely locked into place to create a seamless from-the-factory appearance. This laser sighting system aids with quick aiming in low-light conditions when the smaller compact sights found on most pistols can be difficult to distinguish.
Smith & Wesson will also continue to offer the M&P BODYGUARDS already pre-equipped with Crimson Trace laser sights. That special manufacturing partnership began earlier this year.
The new LG-454G with a green diode is part of a growing line of Crimson Trace green laser products. The Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices for the LG-454 (red) is $229 and $299 for the LG-454G.
The Taurus PT709 Slim Compact 9mm Pocket replica from Ring’s Manufacturing is molded from solid blue polyurethane to differentiate it from a live weapon. The Taurus PT709 Slim Compact 9mm is often used by officers as a concealed carry off-duty weapon. “Slim” is the name of this new entry into the Taurus line for a reason. Available in both blue and two-tone stainless, this small pistol can easily fit into places that are not normally concealment locations. Due to the slim lines, there are no revealing bumps, which makes concealed carry easier than ever before regardless of your needs. The Model 709 is available only in 9mm, features a striker-fired single-action trigger with a very short reset for a factory-built pistol. With a 7 + 1 shot capacity (9 + 1 with extended magazine), this little “slim-line nine” will handle just about any situation that an off-duty or backup officer might face.
Again, the PT709 holds seven rounds in the magazine, and it comes with two mags. It offers a safety (thumb-operated for right-handed shooters) that blocks the trigger and locks the slide. Its polymer (plastic) grip frame is attractive and comfortable. The slide is of blued steel, and a stainless-steel version is available. The PT709 is a convenient size for concealed carry, and it’s a lot lighter than many other 9mm pistols. One can easily carry the PT709 in their waistband as it rides there fairly well.
Safariland® announced the debut of the Model 578 GLS™ Pro-Fit™ Holster, bringing its unique GLS (Grip Locking System) to fit a wide variety of guns with a single holster.
Designed to fit more than 60 firearms based on barrel length and be customizable for a perfect fit, the 578 GLS Pro-Fit features an innovative technology that automatically secures the weapon when holstered and releases it upon application of the middle finger with a standard shooting grip for a more intuitive and safer release. It’s the only holster on the market that can fit a wide variety of handguns with a secure and easy-to-use GLS lock up.
The 578 Pro-Fit holster body is constructed with SafariSeven™ material featured in the 7TS line of holsters. This lightweight, state-of-the-art nylon blend is completely non-abrasive to a gun’s finish, tolerant of extreme high and low temperatures, and easy to maintain.
The low-cut and compact 578 Pro-Fit holster rides close to the user’s body for concealment while still providing easy access for a quick draw. The holster includes an injection-molded paddle and an injection-molded belt loop that is adjustable for maximum comfort and allows the holster to be worn cross-draw.
The 578 GLS Pro-Fit is available in SafariSeven Plain Black and FDE Brown finishes with an MSRP of $55.00. Four fits are available that fit a wide array of Glock and S&W handguns.
Introducing the SIG SAUER® P227R replica from Ring’s Manufacturing. The SIG SAUER® P227R is molded from solid blue polyurethane to differentiate it from a live weapon. The P227R is SIG’s latest addition to their “classic” P-series pistols and their first double-stack .45 ACP handgun. Patterned off the P220 and P226, the pistol has a capacity of 10+1 rounds of the large-caliber cartridge with flush-fit magazines and 14+1 with extended factory magazines.
Blueguns’ SIG SAUER® P227R is a 1:1 exact replica of the original Sig P227R, allowing officers to train in safe, realistic tactical scenarios without the need to use their duty firearms. All Blueguns are 100 percent manufactured in the USA.
#001, Thumb Break Scabbard: The firearm rides high and is presented at an optimum draw angle with this holster. Its thumb break and exact molding, together with a tension device, allow for a secure and highly concealable carry. Belt slots are 1 ¾ inches wide. Available in black or tan leather, with or without suede lining, plain or basket-weave finish. Retail price is $72.99.
#002, Speed Scabbard: The holster is designed to meet the needs of plainclothes professionals preferring a holster without a thumb break while still providing firearm retention. This is accomplished with precise molding and tension screw device on most models. Available in black or tan unlined leather. Belt slots are 1 ¾ inches wide. Retail price is $72.99.