The Importance of the...

The coming of dashcams and later, bodycams gave us a treasure trove of visually recorded gunfights for study.
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Shot In The Back

From the mid-1980s to 2019, as an expert witness I’ve had to explain — in court — how the suspect managed to get shot from behind, yet it was still...
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The “High Sabrina” ...

In 2003 a core group of experienced master trainers including six-time shootout survivor and founder Ed Nowicki, formed the International Law Enforcement...
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Off Duty Carry

When they first pinned a badge on me in 1972, carrying a gun off duty was pretty much part of the law enforcement culture. Some departments mandated it,...
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Will Competition Get You...

Sgt. Matt Little has won many “combat pistol” matches, and feels competition is a stone on which to hone real-world survival skills.
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Learning From History:

Karl Rehn near Austin, Texas has become one of today’s most valuable and credible trainers in the areas of firearms and lethal force. He was, for example,...
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Lessons From A Cop-Killer

We can’t expect to defeat enemies we don’t understand. It’s why LAPD’s officer survival guru Rich Wemmer interviewed cop-killers in prison, and why...
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The Lessons of Special...

In this issue’s Ayoob Files we share the memories of Ed Mireles, the hero of the notorious 1986 FBI firefight in Miami. Ed agrees with the FBI Firearms...
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Do Cops Want Armed Teachers?

ILEETA, the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, is the leading organization for advanced multi-dimensional training in the...
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The Current Rise Of The 9mm

Every year, I chair the panel of experts on firearms/deadly force training at the conference of ILEETA, the International Law Enforcement Educators and...
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A Police Handgun

Some LE agencies, such as NYPD and Las Vegas Metro, no longer issue handguns at all and require their officers to buy their own. Most departments issue a...
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When "Anti-Gun" Equals...

I recently had occasion to re-read The Saturday Night Special, an anti-gun polemic thinly disguised as investigative journalism by Robert Sherrill...
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Seamless Light:

The object in my hand is shaped like a stylized small Remy Martin cognac bottle, only heavier. I point its wide end at a pickup truck I can barely see in...
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Fingers & Triggers

In the printed guidelines NYPD gives each MOS (Member Of the Service), one explicit line appears in bold letters when explaining the proper draw: IMPORTANT:...
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Smorgasbord Training

Going back in history, American police training used to be a lot more parochial than it is now. “Not invented here” syndrome. “We’ve always done it...
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One More Safety Net: "The...

There are few more humiliating things which can happen to a police officer than to shoot himself while holstering his duty pistol. For decades, duty...
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The Pin Shoot

I was a 20-something patrolman when I shot the Second Chance match for the first time. Richard Davis, the inventor of Second Chance Body Armor, had created...
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Learning From Lawyers

I’m writing this just after returning from the Texas Bar Association’s annual CLE (Continuing Legal Education) conference on Texas Firearms Law. There...
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The Service Target Handgun

American cops today carry mostly striker-fired duty pistols or hammer-fired SIG or HK double actions, and unless they’ve been customized they always seem...
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