Springfield Armory is releasing several tease announcements revealing a new ergonomic grip for their XD polymer pistols. When the XD pistols came to the market in 2001 they quickly found favor by many shooters for their features, reasonable price, and unique grip ergonomics and texture.
Though some may find the XD grips too aggressive, many shooters appreciate the feature for stabilizing the shooter’s hand during firing. Having a fairly standard mild texture on the sides, the XD front and back straps stand out for their bold square textures. Those aggressive squares take up even more space on the smaller XDm and XDs series grips.
Target Vision has just announced a new addition to their wireless target camera systems – the Short Range Wireless Spotting Scope. Target Vision is a Texas company with a mission to produce 21st Century target tracking tools, especially for precision rifle applications.
With the Target Vision Wireless Spotting Camera the shooter can receive real-time shot placement images on their laptop, tablet, or smart phone. The Short Range scope is designed for recording and transmitting images from short ranges out to 300 yards, meeting the operational and training range needs of most police snipers.
The camera is placed around 10-15 feet from the target, and slightly off set from the shot angle to reduce the risk of shot or ricochet damage. The shooter then logs into the WiFi network to open the Target Vision app. Once in the app is open the shooter is able to aim the camera for the perfect view. That’s it! You’re ready to shoot and receive.
The shooter and up to 9 more device users can then wirelessly receive video feedback to their electronic device of choice. This allows the shooter to remain in a fairly consistent shooting position, and make real-time adjustments from the data received on their device screen.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is part 2 of a 2-part series on the increasingly difficult phenomenon of open carry by law-abiding citizens. In Part I the laws and actions of lawful gun owners in general opened the discussion into a hotly debated arena of gun ownership today. Part II will look at the legal responsibilities of law enforcement, and provide suggestions to law enforcement’s response to lawful citizens who open carry.
The Law Enforcement Response
So where do the current laws leave today’s law enforcement officers? In a very difficult situation full of legal land mines, that’s where. The law enforcement officer’s job is already difficult, but understanding how to properly handle citizens lawfully carrying firearms is really a newer phenomenon in the numbers we are seeing today. It is also a situation that officers must master in order to maintain officer safety and not infringe on a civil right.
The Legal Responsibility of Law Enforcement Officers
At one time or another every law enforcement officer swore an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, and the Constitution of the State they work in. The iconic ‘to protect and serve” is heavily influenced by this oath, and provides the foundation that all officers should work from in deciding how to handle any situation. Sometimes the application of laws can be somewhat cloudy, but the beacon of correct decision-making always goes back to the Constitution.
The most legally dangerous decisions law enforcement is faced with making are those that require decisions in a fraction of time. Thankfully the U.S. Supreme Court has consistently sided with officers faced with dangerous situations that evolve very rapidly to determine if the officer’s actions remain within Constitutional guidelines. The landmark case of Graham v. Conner laid out the legal standard judging whether an officer’s actions were “objectively reasonable”, even if ultimately they were wrong in their initial observations or decisions. An even stronger admonition by the Supreme Court is that officers must be judged by what a reasonable officer would have done given the same set of circumstances. Officers cannot be judged by the micro-analyzed view of 20/20 hindsight that is often the measure used by the media and attorneys.
The Columbia River Knife & Tool Company (CRKT) Picatinny Tool is a multi-purpose multi-tool that developed in collaboration with Crimson Trace Corporation (CRC). Both Oregon companies have experienced incredible growth over the last 10-15 years, and when Crimson Trace asked CRKT to develop a multi-tool that would be useful to their laser light system owners, CRKT responded with a very nice multi-tool.
The CRKT Picatinny Tool combines the necessary tools to work on Crimson Trace lasers with the tools required to work on the very popular Picatinny rail mounting system found on many AR-15’s. In addition, the Picatinny Tool has a very nice serrated folding knife rounding out the overall package.
Desert Tech has released a sneak-peak video of their prototype MDR bull-pup .308 rifle. The MDR prototype is capable of firing both semi-auto and fully automatic, though it is likely that a semi-auto only version would be marketed. Desert Tech has promised to release more information in the lead up to SHOT Show 2015. We’re hoping they will have a finalized version ready for the Media Day at the Range event at SHOT Show 2015, or at least one we can lay our hands on at the showroom floor.