OFFICER DOWN Slowly Developing Threats: The Kyle Dinkheller Incident By Brian McKenna DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT Deputy Kyle Dinkheller was going to be a father again. Earlier in the day, his wife had learned she was pregnant with their second child but hadn’t had the chance to tell him yet. That would have to wait until [...]
GUN REVIEW: STI International Tactical 5.0 Look no further for superb quality than this tactical .45 handgun. By Warren Wilson The progressive thinker who said, “That which stills us, kills us” probably wasn’t a fan of the 1911 pistol platform. Most departments moved away from steel pistols a decade or two ago. But recently there [...]
SIGHTING IN ON: Understanding Bullet Performance Physics are scientific laws. You can’t break them to get a bullet to perform. By Duane Wolfe I had the opportunity to attend the Special Operations and Tactics Association (SOTA) Annual Conference. As part of the training, Johann Boden from ATK (parent company of Speer and Federal ammunition) was [...]
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The concept of TacView was originally envisioned by a Tactical Officer when he was assigned to his agency’s Narcotics Division and who was in charge of procuring and operating the unit’s electronic surveillance equipment, handling the narcotic detector dog, working undercover and writing search warrants. This particular project, built by that officer, which ultimately evolved into TacView, was a micro camera with 24 IR diodes attached to a telescopic pole. All TacView products are built in the U.S.A. For more information, visit www.tacview.com
The VP9 is Heckler & Koch’s latest handgun and the first striker fired HK since the renowned P7 series pistols were introduced in the 1980s. The VP9 breaks new ground with its integration of a unique striker firing system with an enhanced HK “light pull” trigger. The net result is trigger quality unequaled in any production striker fired handgun. The VP9 trigger has a short, light take-up with a solid, single-action type break followed by a short positive reset. The VP9 trigger has a consistent pre-travel pull with a positive wall/crisp break.
The VP9 uses HK’s ergonomic handgun grip design that includes three changeable backstraps and six side panels—accommodating all hand sizes. Molded finger grooves in the front of the pistol’s grip also instinctively position an operator’s hand for optimal shooting. Only HK handguns have such a customized grip. All controls are completely ambidextrous. Slide releases are present on both sides of the frame and the magazine release can be easily activated by left- or right-handed shooters.
A new feature is HK’s patented charging supports—simple components that are mounted on each side of the rear of the slide and provide better gripping leverage for racking the slide rearward. The charging supports speed reloading and make operating the VP9 easier for shooters with reduced hand strength. The VP pistols use the proven P30 steel magazine; 15 and 10-round capacity available. The VP9 has an extended Picatinny MIL-STD-1913 rail molded into its polymer frame for mounting lights and accessories. The rail has been tested and certified to handle mounted accessories up to 5.6 ounces.
The Rogers Magazine Coupler (MC) from HolsterOps is designed to provide users with the ability to quickly and efficiently reload their rifles with a second magazine without compromising the reliability of the weapon. Other devices that clamp or strap magazines together do not ensure that the proper staggering of the magazines will be maintained, nor do they protect the top round from the extra magazine from being dislodged forward during combat use. Both of these problems can cause malfunctions that would negate the advantage of having the spare magazine attached to the primary magazine. The Rogers MC uses fixed standoff points molded into the carrier to prevent the magazines from moving relative to each other. The strong molded Nylon case uses three bolt-through connectors to ensure that the magazines are locked in place, even after repeated aggressive loadings or dropping of the magazines to the ground. For more information, visit www.rogersshootingschool.com.
The Rogers Tri-Rail Kit from HolsterOps allows the user to quickly and easily add accessory mounting rails to their AR-15/M4 style rifle. The Rogers Tri-Rail kit can be added to any standard AR-15/M4 plastic forearm grip without the need to remove the forearm grip, or purchase and install expensive metal forearms with integrated picatinny rails. The Rogers Tri-Rail allows the user to add any accessory that utilizes the picatinny mounting system for his/her rifle, and still be able to use the original forearm grip for stabilization. For more information, visit www.rogersshootingschool.com
The TRT was developed at the Rogers Shooting School to provide a safer and more efficient way to practice certain dry-fire drills. The TRT allows the operator to practice the drills without using dummy rounds and eliminates the possibility of accidentally loading a live round during the exercise. When loaded into an empty magazine, the TRT will position the follower so that it will not engage the slide stop. Its low profile allows the slide to pass over it without stripping it from the magazine.
For practicing reloading, start with an unloaded magazine to lock the slide back. At the start signal, release the empty magazine and insert the magazine with TRT. Drop the slide and complete the dry-fire snap on target. With immediate action drills, start with the TRT magazine not completely seated. Dry fire the action and upon the “click” of the hammer or striker, seat the magazine, rack the slide, and complete the dry-fire action.
For standard dry-fire practice with magazine seated, simply insert magazine with TRT and operate the slide to cock the action before each presentation and dry fire. To remove the TRT from the magazine, use a pencil or any small tool and engage the small port molded in the top of the TRT. For more information, visit www.rogersshootingschool.com
Safariland®’s GLS™ (Grip Locking System) series of holsters features a patent-pending retention device that securely holds the firearm in place once holstered. The innovative retention mechanism is quickly and intuitively deactivated with the middle finger during the draw. Holsters with the all-new GLS retention provide weapon security with a very low-profile and ride close to the body, making them ideal for concealment.
Similar to the proven ALS® design, the GLS automatically locks the weapon in place once holstered. When drawing with a proper shooting grip, the middle finger is placed in the exact location of the locking mechanism, allowing it to sweep over the GLS releasing the firearm with a simple, straight-up draw out of the holster. GLS models also feature low-cut sides, aiding in concealment, speed and re-holstering. For more information, visit www.safariland.com.
The challenge of providing realistic training safety for armed police officers has been addressed by Ring’s Manufacturing by producing over 400 models of “Blueguns” and accessories. These firearms training aids are molded from solid blue polyurethane to differentiate them from live weapons. New this year, Ring’s offers the M4 Carbine with Movable Stock Flat Top with forward rails and ACOG sight. This is the same stock as used on the real M4 and can be moved from a closed to an open stock configuration. All long guns have added steel reinforcement rods, preventing bending and flexing while maintaining the handle and balance of the actual weapon they represent. Blueguns are made of solid polyurethane and are 100 percent manufactured in the USA. For more information, visit www.blueguns.com.
The Simple Slide™ works in conjunction with your belt to provide a low-profile, tight-fitting and inexpensive holster for concealed (OWB) carry. This design allows for all barrel lengths and two sizes fit most concealable autos. The Simple Slide™ holster can be folded flat on the belt when it is not being used. It fits belts up to 1 ½”. It is available in black lined leather. Retail price is $15.99. For more information, visit www.desantisholster.com.
The Caldwell CrossWind Professional Wind Meter was designed to be the best wind meter on the market for ballistic application. Knowing wind speed gives the shooter the ability to more accurately judge shot placement in varying wind conditions. The 90ï‚° rotating anemometer head allows you to measure exactly how much CrossWind will be applied on the side of your bullet without ever having to move the wind meter or do angle calculations. Both compact and portable, this wind meter reads Current Wind Speed, Average Wind Speed, Max Wind Gust, Temperature and even Density Altitude, Altitude or Barometric Pressure. The included holster protects the wind meter and makes it easy to keep handy. The Caldwell CrossWind Professional Wind Meter is the ultimate tool for indicating wind speed and calculating a reliable firing solution. Operates on one CR2032 battery (included). For more information, visit www.BattenfeldTechnologies.com.