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), 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) because [...]
Lead-Free, All Copper, High Speed By Steve Tracy Liberty Ammunition boldly states that its high-performance, lead-free ammo is the world’s fastest handgun round. The Bradenton, Fla. manufacturer holds multiple small-arms ammunition patents and claims to have developed cartridges that are exceptional in both accuracy and performance. Their Civil Defense ammunition consists of a monolithic hollowpoint [...]
Overwhelming Physical Force: The Carl Everett/Linda Mason Incident By Brian McKenna Description of Incident Officer Linda Mason, just 19 years old with only three months on the job, was still in field training. Her department, a large suburban agency near a major northern city, did not have a formal FTO program at the time; instead, [...]
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American Built Arms Company (A*B Arms), a veteran-owned, Type 07 U.S. manufacturer of firearms and firearms parts and accessories to the civilian, law enforcement and defense industry, introduced the A*B Arms AR Essential Kit™.
The A*B Arms AR Essential Kit™ includes genuine, Mil-Spec quality parts for those AR-15/M-16 small parts that wear down, break or simply get lost. This convenient kit contains all the parts needed to keep your 5.56 AR-15/M-16 rifle like new. These high-quality parts are manufactured to precise tolerances to ensure a correct fit with your AR-15 rifle. MSRP is $49.99. For more information, visit www.abarms.com.
The Glock 43 training pistol from Ring’s Manufacturing is molded from solid blue polyurethane to differentiate it from a live weapon. On the weapon, twhe G43 is a pocket-sized single stacked 9mm pistol, weighing 16.19 ounces (empty). It has a slide length of 6.06 inches with a 3.39-inch barrel length. This makes it only slightly larger than the 13.76-ounce Glock 42, which fires the .380 Auto. Both have slide widths of .87, but the Glock 43’s slide is longer. All Blueguns are 100% manufactured in the USA. For more information, visit www.blueguns.com
Mission First Tactical, LLC (MFT), developer of select rifle/carbine accessories specifically for the military, law enforcement and civilian sport shooting markets, introduced the Tekko Metal KeyMod™ 3-inch and 6-inch Rails and the Quick Detach Sling Mount. The 3-inch and 6-inch rails are MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny Rails that will mount to any KeyMod™ mounting surface. The rails are made out of high-quality Type 3 hard-coat anodized 6061 aluminum. The rails are easy to attach and remove and include a self-contained assembly that eliminates the common problem of losing the mounting hardware. These Picatinny rails allow for the mounting of mission-specific accessories that wouldn’t be possible with the stock handguard.
The Tekko Metal KeyMod™ Quick Detach Sling Mounts are designed for use with the standard push-button quick-detach sling swivel. The sling mount can attach to any KeyMod™ surface. The sling mounts are made out of lightweight Type 3 hard-coat anodized 6061 aluminum. They are low-profile, snag resistant and feature a braked, 4-position (360 degree) non-rotating, locking surface. Like the rails, the sling mounts also include a self-contained assembly. For more information, visit www.missionfirsttactical.com
Morgan Advanced Materials’ Composites and Defense Systems business announced the availability of its buoyant, lightweight rifle plates, capable of stopping 7.62mm rifle ammunition. Extensive testing has proven that the plates perform well, even under extreme temperature conditions, and are capable of withstanding close multi-hit shot spacing. The new rifle plates from Composites and Defense Systems weigh less than 1 kg (2.2 lb) and are just 20mm thick. They feature an ergonomic, multi-curve design. For more information, visit www.morgancomposites.com
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. announced the introduction of an all-new Ruger® Redhawk® revolver chambered to shoot both .45 Auto and .45 Colt cartridges. This new Redhawk features a very distinctive look and is built with the rugged reliability customers have come to expect from Ruger. The Ruger Redhawk revolver was Ruger’s first double-action revolver specifically designed for the powerful .44 Magnum cartridge. It embodies many advanced features such as a triple-locking cylinder, a unique single-spring mechanism for a smooth, light trigger pull, and all stainless-steel construction.
This new model features a round butt frame for a more compact feel and hardwood grips that are checkered and textured, resulting in a solid grip and great control. The 4.2-inch, half-lug barrel offers reduced weight and excellent balance. A fully adjustable black blade rear sight and red ramp front sight provide quick target acquisition. Additionally, the revolver ships with three (3) full moon clips that act as both a speed loader for the .45 Auto rounds and aid in the ejection of the spent cartridges. For more information, visit www.ruger.com
Crimson Trace is now offering the newest GLOCK compatible laser sight products. These products include the recently released LG-443 with a red laser diode for the compact GLOCK 42 pistol. That Laserguard®—LG-443 (red) laser sight—also serves double duty by fitting onto GLOCK’s newer Model 43 pistols. Even better news is that the new LG-443G (Green) Laserguard will soon be shipping to dealers across America and also fits onto those GLOCK pistols.
For GLOCK owners seeking green laser sights, Crimson Trace also offers the Lasergrips® LG-639G and the Laserguard LG-452 that fits numerous Gen 4 and Third Generation GLOCK pistol models. Many of those GLOCK owners will also discover that Crimson Trace’s Lightguard® LTG-736 with a 100-lumen LED bright white light provides the ability to light up a dark night while also being compatible on the pistol with nearly another dozen Crimson Trace laser sight systems. This dual system of light-and-laser is popular with many gun owners who carry for personal protection.
Crimson Trace laser sights for GLOCK pistols are available with Instinctive Activation in the rear or in the front. Battery life can last for up to four hours of continuous use. Most of these laser sight models also incorporate master on/off switches to help conserve battery life. For more information, visit www.crimsontrace.com
Tacprogear announced the new GEN 2 designs for the Tactical Rifle Case (TRC) line are now available for purchase. Each of the TRC cases is a great solution for transporting sporting rifles or carbines of all shapes and sizes. The TRC line includes several new features for Gen 2, including a loop for ID patches, an embroidered logo, and redesigned TPG zipper pulls. GEN 2 improvements for the TRC line came from end-user feedback over the past years. The Tactical Rifle Case, Gen 2 is available in 32 inches and 40 inches in Black, Coyote Tan and OD Green. The 32-inch case measures 3 inches D x 33 inches W x 12 inches H, while the 40-inch case measures 3 inches D x 41 inches W x 12 inches H. MSRP starts at $148. For more information, visit www.tacprogear.com
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Selects Sig Sauer P320
NEWINGTON, N.H. — SIG SAUER, Inc., has been selected by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to deliver more than 800 P320® Full-Size pistols in 9mm. An exhaustive test and evaluation found the P320 to meet or exceed the Highway Patrol’s expectations. Over a two-week span, P320 pistols were evaluated by cadets and firearms instructors of the 63rd Academy class. After more than 78,000 rounds of assorted brands of ammunition, the P320 continued to perform “without any mechanical issues,” according to a letter from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. “All of us here at SIG are proud to have the Oklahoma Highway Patrol be the first state police agency to adopt the P320,” said Tom Jankiewicz, Vice President of Law Enforcement Sales for SIG SAUER, Inc. “The pistol’s safety, accuracy and reliability are what our law enforcement customers expect in a striker-fired pistol worthy of the SIG SAUER name.”
Designed with the input of law enforcement officers, the P320 offers enhanced ergonomics, a short, crisp trigger pull with a tactile reset and the ability to take down the pistol with no tools and without the need to press the trigger. Instructors also found that inexperienced shooters saw a reduced learning curve with the P320 and they progressed more quickly through training. The ability to switch interchangeable grip modules allows each officer to have a pistol that is fit to their hand, helping them more quickly find success on the range. “We have observed the pistol to be accurate, reliable and operator friendly,” noted Lt. Todd Fenimore of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. “We are looking forward to the statewide pistol transition.” For more information, visit www.sigsauer.com
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.