Update: Omaha K9 killed 1/25/2016. The year 2016 is not starting out well for police K9 dogs in the U.S. Since the beginning of January, three four K9’s have already been killed by hostile gunfire. In all of 2015, a total of four working dogs died by gunfire, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. Of the 26 K9’s killed in 2015, one was poisoned and one was stabbed, in addition to the others who died from shootings or accidental causes. The average number of police dogs shot to death during the last decade was 3.2 annually.
Sometimes we take for granted the indispensable role these trained animals play in law enforcement. K9 dogs perform a function that cannot be duplicated by man or machinery. Their keen olfactory senses, coupled with above-average intelligence and physical stamina, make it possible for them to locate and indicate hidden persons and contraband. K9’s protect handlers and citizens alike. Their mere presence can be a deterrent to Continue reading →
First Tactical™ makes products for Law Enforcement and Fire Rescue. Their products are conceived in concert with professionals who work in these fields. The Diamondback Tanto folding knife is designed and tested by end users to make it functional.
A 3.43 inch AUS8 blade comes in a modified tanto or spearpoint shape. Unique to the Diamondback Tanto is their Thumb Bridge over the blade opening hole. It adds a lot of real estate for the thumb to open the knife. It also provides a large shelf upon which the thumb can place pressure to cut materials that are hesitant to yield to the edge.
The G10 handle scales are shaped to comfortably fill the hand for heavy duty cutting chores. The liners are stout, as the 5.61 Continue reading →
Not the Compact Carry, just a standard PX4 Storm Compact, sorry
Beretta has a makeover for the PX4 Storm Compact. Competitive shooter and Marine Earnest Langdon worked up some fixes for the platform that increase the gun’s ergonomics and shootability. Is that a word? The result is the PX4 Compact Carry.
Langdon started with lower profile safety and slide release levers. Next came a larger magazine release button and refined trigger pull. Rounding out the tactile refinements is the Talon wrap textured grips that increase traction in the hand.
Other upgrades include tritium night sights and a gray Cerakoted slide. This is more a factory custom mod than an actual new gun, so expect it to price higher than a Beretta PX4 Storm Compact, which has an MSRP of $650.00.
Beretta is stingy with photos of the Compact Carry so far. I will post them when available.
Now we are talkin’! Kimber is set to release a brand new DAO revolver to the market in March of this year. The Kimber K6s is a six-shot, stainless steel .357 Magnum wheelgun with a 2 inch barrel and internal hammer. This one is aimed center-of-mass at the concealed carry crowd.
The Kimber K6s has material milled from the revolver’s cylinder, resulting in an interesting series of alternating flats and curves. Like a Ruger LCR, the cylinder release is a push button affair. K6s’ action rotates counter-clockwise, like S&W, but unlike Colt.
With pinned front and dovetailed rear sights, I am certain the aftermarket will already be tooling up for replacement dots, tubes, and trits. Likewise for aftermarket grips. Wood, G10, and other materials should be in the works.
Caliber .357 Mag/.38 Special
Satin-Finished Stainless Steel
Barrel Length: 2 inches
Trigger Pull: 9.5-10.5 Pounds
6 Round Capacity
Weight: 23 Ounces Empty
Height: 4.46 Inches
Length: 6.62 Inches
Width: 1.39 Inches
This is burly all-stainless revolver that may muscle a few aging Colt Detective Specials back into an honored place in the safe. MSRP will be $899.00.
Today, Glock introduced two new MOS (Modular Optics System) pistols at the SHOT Show. Here is their press release:
Las Vegas, Nev. – Jan. 18, 2016 Today, GLOCK, Inc., announced the release of two new pistols to join the Modular Optic System (MOS) series, the G17 Gen4 in MOS and the G19 Gen4 in MOS.
Now, two of GLOCK’s best selling pistols are available with milled slides designed specifically to be adaptable to multiple optic systems without costly customization. The G17 Gen4 MOS and G19 Gen4 MOS are the ideal addition to the series as the market continues to trend toward optic-ready everyday carry and defense.
It would appear that Maxpedition is ascending to the next level of carryalls with their Advanced Gear Research products for 2016. There are six new bags and six accompanying pouches from the company. The imbedded link has the press release info, detailed photos, and product features.
Los Angeles, CA, January 11, 2016 – Maxpedition corporation debuts the Advanced Gear Research (AGR) line with 12 new styles at SHOT Show 2016, providing a glimpse into the future of the Maxpedition brand and its products. While the Maxpedition brand DNA of uncompromising durability is preserved, modernized aesthetics and a broadened palette of custom materials and components, elevate Maxpedition equipment to a new level of quality, innovation, and sophistication.
“For AGR, we drilled down to every minute detail and developed many of the components and materials from scratch with world-class suppliers. It was extremely rewarding to create a set of finely crafted products with a combination of features & benefits not found anywhere else in the industry. I feel we are carving out a new niche of higher end carry equipment in the shooting/hunting/outdoor space similar to what we did once before in 2003 when I started the company,” says Tim C. Tang, President and Founder.
Here are three of the bags. All the items will be available in Black, Gray, and Continue reading →
FLIR Systems, Inc. introduced their latest handheld thermal imaging monocular at this month’s Consumer Electronics Show 2016. The FLIR Scout TK entry-level device is the company’s smallest and least expensive model yet. At an MSRP of $599.00, the Scout TK is more than a thousand bucks less than their Scout II model, which sells at about $1,900.
The new Scout TK measures just 4″ x 1.5″ x 1.5″ and weighs only 6 ounces, so it really is pocket-sized. I got to play with their older PS24 monocular back in 2012 at SHOT. It was like a handful of science fiction! Even in the lit show area, looking at the heat signatures coming off people was faaaascinating.
FLIR states the Scout TK can detect a man-sized target at 100 yards. This would, of course, be in optimal conditions. From using a FLIR in our sheriff’s office helicopter, I can tell you that painting humans becomes Continue reading →
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a ruling of 8-1, struck down Florida’s death penalty system, saying in their majority opinion that Florida judges play too great a role in sentencing while juries can only give recommendations.
The court majority decided in Hurst v. Florida that, “The Sixth Amendment protects a defendant’s right to an impartial jury. This right required Florida to base Timothy Hurst’s death sentence on a jury’s verdict, not a judge’s fact finding. Florida’s sentencing scheme, which required the judge alone to find the existence of an aggravating circumstance, is therefore unconstitutional.” Continue reading →
I think these numbers show how serious Americans are about exercising and maintaining their Second Amendment rights. In 2014, handgun sales exceeded long gun sales for the first time in the U.S. To me, this is indicative of people purchasing personal self-defense firearms rather than sporting arms. The trends speak to our citizens’ waning sense of safety and security.
Gun sales spiked in late 2008 and late 2012, both years when Obama was elected. The most recent increase began when the President said he would take unilateral executive action on gun control. I expect we will see another buying surge later this year when there will undoubtedly be more talk of gun control from both parties prior to the general election.
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.)
On January 9th, 2016, partnering organizations in support of law enforcement officers nationwide will promote National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, there is a need to show law enforcement officers that our citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen, in public service to us all.
On January 9th of each year we will call our nation’s citizens to action in support of law enforcement. Those citizens who appreciate law enforcement and are discouraged about the negative attention being given to law enforcement are encouraged to take time on January 9, to show their support. Our citizens can show their support in a number of ways:
• Change your profile picture on social media to the .jpg image provided at www.facebook.com/nationalcops.
• Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement.
• Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency.
• Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media.
• Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement.
• Participate in Project Blue Light – Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement.
• Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers.
• Advertise your support through local media outlets/billboards.
• Post the public service announcement supplied by C.O.P.S. to your organization’s webpage or social media pages.
Most importantly, if you see a police officer, thank a police officer.
I think I will be doing at least two things off the list above. My thanks to all the men and women of law enforcement who do a tough job every day and keep our communities safe.
Walther Arms has released a variation of the PPS to the market, the PPS M2. The new PPS M2 has rounded looks that are more sleek than its blocky Teutonic predecessor, which is now called the PPS Classic. The 9mm M2 is shipping to local gun stores now. A .40 cal. version will come in the Spring of this year.
The PPS M2 retains the same dimensions and basic functionality of the Classic, but the M2 has had its ambidextrous paddle mag release and Weaver rail eliminated. The magazine release is now a left side button.
The PPS, or Polizei-Pistole Schmal, was introduced in 2007 and has been wearing the same dress to the dance ever since. The M2 is gussied up with ergonomic Continue reading →
In 2016, SCCY Industries will be coming out with their first .380 ACP pistol, the CPX-3. The Daytona Beach manufacturer’s new handgun will utilize SCCY founder Joe Roebuck’s patent-pending Quad-Lock system to stabilize the barrel and improve accuracy over their previous DAO guns. The Roebuck Quad-Lock will likely be featured on future SCCY’s.
While maintaining the general looks of their 9mm Parabellum CPX-2 pistol, the CPX-3 will be just slightly smaller. A CPX-3 holds 10 rounds in its double-stacked magazine, so it will not be a micro-380. Pre-production photos show the “Dash 3” obviously bigger than a Ruger LCP or Kel-Tec P3AT. For those who feel those latter guns are tough to grip and control, the CPX-3 will be a palatable addition to the .380 market.
When I reviewed the SCCY CPX-2, I had a bit of concern over the quality of a then-sub-three-hundred-dollar blaster. My fears were unfounded and my CPX-2 has performed without quarrel in igniting over 600 primers. I hope the new gun functions with this exceptional reliability. MSRP for the SCCY CPX-3 is expected to be $339.00. More to come.
About sixty retired police officers in The Villages turned out at their Rialto Theater this morning to protest the opening of Quentin Tarantino’s new film. You may remember Tarantino infuriated cops with his statements at a Black Lives Matter rally in New York City last October.
Said the film director, “When I see murders, I do not stand by. I have to call a murder a murder, and I have to call the murderers the murderers.” The NYPD Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association urged people to boycott Tarantino movies. I do not stand by. Well, thanks Q for being there and putting your life on the line for all of us.
Protesting retirees in The Villages held signs that said Support Your Local Police and Blue Lives Matter. It is nice to see the old timers getting out and exercising the First Amendment rights they lacked when on the job. Thank you, guys!
Sturm, Ruger & Co. has announced the debut of their newest striker-fired pistol–the American. This is a full-sized handgun with all the latest amenities: adjustable grips, 1913 accessory rail, ambidextrous controls, three dot sights, and a black nitride slide coating.
I can’t help but like the name and I am surprised it has not been used before on a semi-auto. Bill Ruger’s company seems to have a winning touch and the American will likely continue their streak. Here’s the press release:
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce a new line of full-size duty pistols. Designed with the latest U.S. Military standards in mind, the Ruger American Pistol™ is built to perform in the harshest conditions. A true American innovation, this new pistol is a revolutionary platform for Ruger.