OFFICER SURVIVAL

Survival After A Shooting

Ron Barber’s In the Line of Duty training videos have been a tremendous asset to law enforcement for many years. One of his latest is, I submit, a “must see” for working cops. On September [...]

Phazzer Enforcer

By Ben Douglas Phiscally-Phriendly Conductive Electrical Weapons. Aagh!” was all I could get out as I seized up and fell to the mat. I had “enthusiastically” volunteered to experience a full 5-second TASER cycle back [...]

Lock It Up!

By Ben Douglas Responding to tragedies is a huge part of being in law enforcement, and our job is to handle the situation no matter how benign or catastrophic. At first we often ask “Why?” [...]

Project Triage

By Ben Douglas Life-Saving Tourniquets. On August 18, 2012, St. Croix Police Chief, Christopher Howell and his partner, Officer Elsworth Jones, an experienced SWAT officer, were working a recent armed robbery series when they responded [...]

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SOFT SKILLS

LIFE SKILLS | Mind-Eyes-Hands

The word “protection” is a term applied to “the activities and planning of any individual who may be seeking to protect themselves and their loved ones from harm.” Such harm comes from real-world threats which [...]

LIFE SKILLS | Better Judgement

A necessary skill to have on board should you find yourself in an exigent situation, is the ability to make sound tactical decisions and in a timely manner. In other words, use better judgement. Needing [...]

LIFE SKILLS | Attack Cycle

Home invasions, random muggings, peaceful protests, a mob of people attacking your vehicle when you and your family are in it, being subject to ‘the knockout game’ and the like are all undesired events. Such [...]

LIFE SKILLS | Normalcy Bias

Bad things happen to good people. Anything bad that can happen to you anywhere or anytime is referred to as an “active threat.” An active threat can be anything from an act of terrorism to [...]

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STREET TACTICS

CONCEALMENT GUT-CHECK

Carrying a gun off duty is a prudent practice, now more than ever. Cops should carry guns everywhere they are legally permitted to do so. Some thought, however, needs to go into executing the concept. [...]

BOOTLEG TURNS | Escaping The Kill Zone

  It’s not common for us to think of a vehicle as a defensive tool; at least it is far removed from mainstream thinking. We view our vehicles in many different ways, some utilitarian and [...]

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TAC-MED

SEAL THE BOX | Treating Sucking Chest Wounds

  With an open chest wound, the victim may develop tension pneumothorax. Tension pneumothorax is the second leading cause of preventable trauma deaths on the battlefield. It is the progressive build-up of air within the [...]

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WEAPONS

DRY FIRING DONE RIGHT

If you have been shooting for more than a day, chances are you already know, dry firing can improve one’s marksmanship and weapons manipulation. So just how much dry firing does it take? To effect [...]

S&W 3RD GEN DAO’S | Autos For Revolver Guys

Smith and Wesson introduced Double Action Only (DAO) variants of their 3rd generation semiautomatic pistols in the first few years of the 1990’s. They were envisioned as a solution for agencies struggling with transitioning officers [...]

AMERICAN COP | Through The Centuries

My first trip to the American Pistol Institute (now known as Gunsite) was in 1976, shortly after it was founded by Jeff Cooper. When asked how many times I have been there I honestly answer, [...]

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