True adaptability in a long-range rifle By Warren Wilson “It helps when the rifle is pointed in the right direction.” That was Charlie Sisk’s response to my first question as we were driving after he picked me up from the airport. I’d asked what he thought was the most important principle to successful long-range rifle [...]
Test your equipment by itself and with its additional accouterments. By Warren Wilson For a full month in 1998, I was in fear when I left the house. There had been three attempts in just a month and I wasn’t about to take any unnecessary chances. I was a police chief and a heavily armed [...]
Jan/Feb 2015 Police Marksman OFFICER DOWN Verbal Warnings and Action vs. Reaction: The Adam Thomas/Scott Caldwell Incident By Brian McKenna DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT Officer Adam Thomas looked past his partner to get a look at the adult bookstore on their left as they cruised past it. The store, situated just one door down from the [...]
Events Calendar / Jan 2014
New Product Info
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.
Aimpoint announced the introduction of a new sight designed specifically for modern sporting rifles such as the AR-15. This new product, known as the Aimpoint Carbine Optic (ACO), expands upon the company’s already proven designs and focuses these features into a high-quality, entry priced optic. This new sight is ready to mount and shoot directly out of the box. A full suite of branded accessories, such as front and rear flip covers, an anti-reflection filter, and spare battery holders are available from dealers, and allow users to customize the sight to fit their specific requirements. The ACO pairs a 30mm aluminum alloy sight tube with an extremely rugged fixed height mount designed to provide absolute co-witness with AR-15 backup iron sights. A two-minute of angle (2 MOA) red dot is utilized to allow maximum target acquisition speed and accuracy at all distances. The ACO is completely waterproof, and offers one year of constant-on use from a single 1/3N battery. The Aimpoint Carbine Optic has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $393.
American Technologies Network Corp. (ATN) announced that the long-awaited ATN X-Sight 3-12x and 5-18x HD Day/Night rifle scopes have begun shipping to distributors. The X-Sight rifle scopes utilize the newest in electro-optical technologies with an advanced HD sensor, providing superb image quality with high resolution at an affordable price. Now hunters can capture their expeditions in stunning 1080p high definition both day and night.
Each riflescope features ATN’s Smart HD optics suite that allows the user to choose from a variety of options and features, customizing the system to a specific application. Features include record HD video, WiFi, GPS, E-Compass, and Geotag to name a few. Plus, as new firmware is created and more features added, the X-sight can be upgraded by the customer with a simple do-it-yourself firmware upgrade.
The X-Sight Day/Night Rifle Scope has a high-resolution day/night sensor that can be switched between modes so during the day the user can look through the HD scope like any other daytime scope, while at night or in darkness, the sensor can be turned on and the scope can be used like a night vision scope. A new, more powerful IR illuminator allows the user to see in total darkness. The ATN X-Sight Day/Night rifle scopes also feature high-power digital zoom capabilities from 3x magnification to 12 x or 5x to 18x.
The ATN X-Sight Day/Night Rifle Scopes are available in two models: the ATN X-Sight 3-12x and the ATN X-Sight 5-18x. MSRP is $629.00 for the 3-12x and $749.00 for the 5-18x scope.
Colt’s Manufacturing Company evolved its highly popular LE901®-16S modular carbine design by introducing the new M.A.R.C. 901™ (modular AR carbine) product family. This family of modular and customizable carbines features four new models: LE901®-16SE, LE901®FDE-16SE, LE901®-18SE and AR901™-16S. All-new “SE” models in the M.A.R.C. 901 family feature a monolithic upper receiver with a fixed rail at the 12 o’clock position and provisions to mount rails at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions. The AR901 features a flat-top upper receiver and a tubular forend, with provisions to mount rails at various positions. Three SE models, the LE901-16SE, LE901FDE-16SE and LE901-18SE, all also feature ambidextrous operating controls for the magazine release and bolt catch, and a single-side reversible fire selector. All three of these models are designed with a free-float barrel, VLTOR™ buttstock and locking folding sights. Unique to the LE901FDE-16SE is the flat dark earth finish on the upper and lower receiver, along with FDE furniture. For users who prefer a longer barrel, the LE901-18SE with its 18-inch barrel is the optimal choice. The LE901-16SE and LE901FDE-16SE models weigh 8.42 pounds and all models have a 1/12 RH twist. The fifth model in the M.A.R.C. 901 family, the AR901-16S, is the perfect balance between LE901 quality and affordability. It features a free-floated barrel and user-configurable tubular handguard with rail mounting provisions beyond the standard 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions to include rail mounting positions on 16 different planes. The AR901-16S has a B5 Bravo buttstock and measures 34.24 inches with the stock retracted, or 37.5 inches with the stock extended. It has a 1/12 RH twist and weighs 8.24 pounds.
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. The 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. Users can immediately start training with any of Laser Ammo electronic targets, training software or Smokeless Range® simulators with 100% safety. With the LA FLASH and R.E.A.L. conversion kits, shooters can develop and maintain their shooting skills, practice stance, enhance gun presentation. Also shooters can improve sight alignment, sight picture, breath control, trigger pull, and follow through – all with weapon full cycle and blow back. Without a doubt, the closest training to a real live ammo training and within the convenience of your own home.