Danner is introducing a new police duty boot in early 2013 called the Tachyon. The Tachyon is designed to be lightweight, yet durable, boot for both patrol and SWAT duties. The total weight of the pair of boots is only 26 ounces (that is both boots, not each boot.)
In recent weeks, the officers in my department have avoided very dangerous situations through sheer luck.
In one case, a relatively minor hit and run became a bit more serious when the at-fault driver fled from officers in a vehicle. Policy prohibited a pursuit in these circumstances, and officers followed up later in the shift. Only after approaching the suspect’s residence did they discover the suspect was inside and armed with at least a rifle, shotgun and pistol.
It seems the suspect, a combat veteran with no known prior criminal history, had intended on ambushing officers as they came up to his home. Without getting into the specifics, luck or the protection of divine providence prevented this from turning into a bloodbath.
During the past 40 years, video-based training for law enforcement has greatly evolved. Old videos were dry and boring – a “just the facts” presentation. In the ’80s, this began to change.
J.D. “Buck” Savage was a fictional cop created by officer and trainer Dave Smith. The Buck Savage series of videos were humorous demonstrations of what not to do as a cop. No one who survived the police academy in the ’80s or ’90s likely made it through without learning the key Buck Savage phrases, “Watch the hands, rookie” or “Saw drunk, arrested same.”
Editor’s note: Nearly two years after initially being announced, the EPOCH holsters are now available for sale. Some things have changed on them, so scroll down to the updated section for the latest information.
Blackhawk announced production plans for a new duty holster called the Epoch. The Epoch is a level 3 uniform holster that is designed for duty guns with mounted white lights.
Unlike the prior Blackhawk duty holsters, the Epoch works with Surefire and Streamlight weapon lights. Prior Blackhawk light-bearing gun holsters only worked with the company’s Night-Ops Xiphos light. The Epoch works with the Streamlight TLR-1 and TLR-2 plus the Surefire X300 and X400 lights.
A nice bonus to this holster is you can mount any of the above lights and use the same holster. So, if your department had a mix of Surefire and Streamlight, or if your agency transitioned from one to another, you do not need to buy new holsters. The one holster handles all of the lights.
Hornady released a new .45 ACP round in their Critical Duty line. The new cartridge is loaded to +P pressures, and pushes a 220 grain bullet to 975 fps from a 5″ barrel. Frankly, the load looks impressive on paper and in gel testing.
A more complete write up is over at GunsHolstersAndGear.com. Feel free to check it out there.
This week BlueSheepdog is going to be in Orlando for the 2012 National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers Expo and Meeting. Essentially, the NASGW is a distilled SHOT Show: many of the major gun and accessory manufacturers exhibiting and a smaller number of buyers and media.
I will be posting many of the things we find at the show on our sister site, GunsHolstersAndGear. However, as we come across things at the NASGW Expo that are geared toward law enforcement, you will find them here.
Be sure to check back often during the next few days. We will try to keep you entertained.
A few weeks ago, I asked all of you to fill out a short survey about who you are and what you would like to get out of BlueSheepdog. I was overwhelmed with the responses I got, and based on the feedback I received, I will try to better tailor the content to your needs.
I wanted to share a little of the information with you here, so that all of you have a better understanding of who makes up our community.
As you can see in the above chart, local law enforcement makes up the largest portion of our community. This makes sense, as local officers and deputies make up the bulk of law enforcement in the United States. I knew we had a significant number of retired LEOs on board, and according to the survey it looks like about 1 in 12 of us made it through this career.
Saving your butt in a gunfight may come down to how quickly to can properly apply a tourniquet to a wounded limb. Yes, shooting the suspect and putting them down is a component of your survival, but if you’ve taken rounds your fight for life may have just started.
The United States military developed a system for trauma care in the field called TCCC: Tactical Combat Casualty Care. The system has a lot going for it, including it is based on what you can to to help yourself in the most common, survivable injuries experienced in combat. While most officers are not encountering IEDs or jumping from helos in a hot LZ, we do experience some of the same injuries that TCCC is designed for.
I posted a very short survey seeking feedback on the BlueSheepdog.com website. If you would take a couple of minutes to fill it out, I would be grateful. Click here to access the survey.
Massad Ayoob is teaching a 40-hour course in Worcester County, MD in August of next year. The course is being hosted by the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and is open to all citizens and officers who legally carry/own a firearm for self defense.
Here are the key points:
- August 8 – August 11, 2013
- Massad Ayoob, lead instructor
- Worcester County SO (MD), host agency
- open to all law abiding citizens including LEOs (proof of no criminal history must be provided)
- cost: $800 tuition
- equipment needed: quality pistol, quality holster, 500 rounds of ammunition, safety equipment, good attitude (complete list of equipment here)
- point of contact: Detective Lou Esposito (443) 783-0393 or [email protected]
- additional class information can be found at the Massad Ayoob Group page
If you are not familiar with Mas Ayoob, he is a great firearms instructor with a great deal of experience in the law enforcement and “regular guy” realms. In addition to teaching you how to get on the trigger, he is a court recognized expert on when, and when not, to shoot.
Ayoob wrote the classic book In the Gravest Extreme, which I highly recommend to anyone who owns a firearm for personal protection.