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Barnes Named HIVIZ® Director of LE/MIL & Airsoft Sales

  In its 25th year, HIVIZ® Shooting Systems is not only expanding its workforce, but also its focus into the government and airsoft sectors. This is an important advancement in the future of the company and HIVIZ is excited to announce the promotion of Lanny Barnes as the Director of LE/MIL & Airsoft Sales to help spearhead these new programs. Barnes joined HIVIZ in 2019 as the Director of Commercial Sales and has helped the [...]

By |June 3rd, 2021|


By |May 18th, 2021|

  PROLOGUE Recently Lt. Chuck Smith and I were sitting on my front deck watching Oregon’s Umpqua River flow by, shooting suppressed weapons, killing some brain cells and generally swapping lies when one of us said, in best ‘Harry Callahan’ fashion: “So...tell us about your best felony arrest.” Since neither [...]


By |January 18th, 2021|

  The broken windows theory states that ignoring signs of crime, anti-social behavior and civil disorder creates an environment that encourages further crime and disorder, including serious crimes. Mute testimony to the theory was exhibited throughout most of 2020. Protests bought crowds to the area which did then either joined [...]

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Angles on Patrol Raffle: Help Your Community Today

By |December 15th, 2020|

Win a package worth over $3,000 while helping your community and law enforcement. The raffle will end December 24, 2020 but the help you give by buying a raffle ticket to Angels on Patrol will last forever.


By |December 4th, 2020|

Sometimes at the range, the old saying “A penny saved is a penny earned” proves not to be true—at least when it comes to buying defensive products. I attend any training class that I can, believing I can get something from every instructor, even if it’s what not to do. [...]

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Get Some Skin in the Game

By |October 2nd, 2020|

Trap shooters describe people taking tactical carbine courses as “Tactical Timmys” or “Tacticool.” Those taking carbine courses say that standing in one spot to shoot a clay bird is a huge waste of time. Precision rifle shooter believe cowboy action shooters have not grown up and are still playing “cowboys [...]

After Action Report: Nightmare On Sesame Street

By |September 29th, 2020|

Back in 2012 I received an email from a friend that said he had been asked to see if I would like to attend a three-day carbine class and would it be OK to forward my contact information to the instructor. My friend admitted up front that he had not [...]

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We’re at a Turning Point

By |September 17th, 2020|

On May 25, 2020 Derek Chauvin a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis, Minnesota PD knelt on the neck of George Floyd for eight minutes. Chauvin’s actions may have contributed to Floyd’s death, but his autopsy showed he had methamphetamines and four times the lethal amount of fentanyl in his system [...]

Doing The Right Thing

By |June 5th, 2014|

I was watching a short lecture video on TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design, and it really got me thinking about my career. More importantly, it got me taking a hard look at the bigger picture of life. The lecture — or as they’re called on TED, “TED Talks” — is entitled “Should you live for your résumé … or your eulogy?” The talk is presented by New York Times columnist David Brooks and is only five minutes long.

Too Much Stuff?

By |June 4th, 2014|

A previous column (“Can Something Be Too Good?”, December 2013) prompted a lot of e-mails, most of which were in agreement with my opinion. My concern was that the amount of equipment carried by officers, particularly if carried in external vest carriers, could make it difficult and time-consuming (if not [...]

Surplus Extravaganza?

By |June 4th, 2014|

The wars are deescalating and one of the byproducts is a flood of military surplus equipment into the civilian market. While some of it may reach regular folks, I doubt we’ll be buying anti-tank missiles at the local gun show. Although I confess there’s a tiny part of me thinking [...]

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