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The BlueSheepDog Crew is always evaluating the site to see how we can make things better. As we have stated many times already, our primary purpose is to provide America’s law enforcement officers an outstanding resource for:

  • Officer safety concerns
  • Training on key aspects of police work
  • Information on the latest firearms, ammunition, and LE duty gear available
  • Tactics for the modern police officer
  • Trauma treatment and the essentials of TCCC and a good Kit
  • Legal updates from the Federal Courts
  • Firearm and equipment reviews
  • And more …

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Speer Gold Dot Ammunition Additions

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At SHOT Show this year, Speer Ammunition announced several additions to their quality Gold Dot G2 line of handgun ammunition. Speer Ammunition is not new to the law enforcement market, and the Gold Dot G2 line is specifically targeted for police users. In fact, Speer claims their Gold Dot ammunition is the #1 law enforcement duty round on the market. The Speer Gold Dot ammunition is designed for duty use, while the Lawman line is designed for training and practice.

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Gerber Ding-Dong Breaching Tool

Gerber has been famous for producing some very impressive knives for nearly . The company continues to make great knife options, but in recent years Gerber has been increasingly branching off into survival and specialty tools. At SHOT Show this year, Gerber was showing their “Ding-Dong” breaching tool, released mid-2014. The Gerber Ding-Dong is a multi-purpose Halligan Tool (H-Tool), combining the standard H-Tool pry bar function with a heavy-duty sledge-hammer and battering ram.

The Gerber Ding-Dong

The Gerber Ding-Dong breaching tool is compact but capable.

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Sons Trauma Kits

The Sons Trauma Kits

Phokus Research Group, a part of the Safariland group, has created an incredible Trauma Kit targeted specifically for law enforcement and first responder use. Named the Sons Trauma Kit, there are several versions targeted for specific uses. The kits contain the most important medical tools to life saving trauma care in the field, and are directly related to the concepts of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC).

Phokus Research Group is a part of Safariland, and designed and distributes the Sons Trauma Kits.

Phokus Research Group is a component of Safariland.

The Sons Trauma Kits are great trauma kits, but each officer should investigate the options and specific needs before making a decision or purchasing trauma care supplies.

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Crash at SHOT Show 2015

Well if you’ve been diligently coming back to BlueSheepDog this week, looking for the latest and greatest offerings from the SHOT Show, you might have been wondering, “what the heck”. The BlueSheepDog crew extends our most sincere apologies that the news feed went down yesterday, but apparently the overwhelming response to both BlueSheepDog and our sister site GunsHolstersandGear.com, pushed our server beyond its capable means. Yep, we crashed!

Though not intentional, we were a train wreck, like the government archives photo!

Though not intentional, we were a train wreck, like this government archives photo!

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U.S. v. Molsbarger – Hotels & 4th Amendment

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This case is from the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and therefore establishes strong precedence, even with other Circuits. However, the staff at BlueSheepDog are not legal advisors, and strongly recommend that readers refer to their State Statutes and confer with local Prosecutors before taking action in regards to this decision.   

Grand Forks Police Cruiser (Photo courtesy of GFPD)

Grand Forks Police Cruiser (Photo courtesy of GFPD)

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Happy New Year Sheepdogs!

 

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We here at BlueSheepDog.com want to wish all of our followers the best of wishes for a peaceful and safe new year.  Here is hoping that the holiday season was a pleasant and peaceful time shared and enjoyed with your families and loved ones.  We also hope that all of our sworn sheepdogs stay sharp with their skills, and safe with their tactics to continue providing your communities with protection.

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NIJ Death Investigation Course

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The University of North Dakota has partnered with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to create and offer a Death Investigation Course to professionals in the field.  The course aims to provide the variety of professionals who are commonly involved in investigating deaths with the technical and investigative skills necessary to successfully get through one of the most difficult calls one can receive.

The great thing about this course is that it is grant funded by the NIJ.  That means that qualified students can take the course for FREE until September 30, 2015.  The course is specifically designed to meet State continuing education requirements for police officers, investigators, coroners or medical examiners, and physicians.

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Remington 887 Shotgun Recall

The Remington 887 is under recall.

The Remington 887 is under recall.

Remington Arms has announced a recall on ALL Model 887 shotguns manufactured between December 1, 2013 and November 24, 2014.  Remington engineers have determined that some of these 887 shotguns could unintentionally discharge, therefore a general recall is necessary to ensure an inspection and correction of defective parts is completed.

The identified problem involves the firing pin binding up in the forward position within the bolt assembly.  This problem can potentially cause the firing pin to protrude outward from the bolt face, allowing an unintentional discharge of a newly chambered live round.

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The Open Carry Dilemma – Part I

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is Part I of a 2-part series on the complicated issue of open carry of firearms.  In Part I the laws and actions of lawful gun owners in general will open 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.

Openly Carried Firearms

It is not news that today’s law enforcement officer has an increasingly difficult job. Packed with all manner of new digital and computerized equipment, changing laws that sometimes contradict decades of precedent, and the ever-present video from in-car cameras, lapel cameras, or citizens, today’s officer is put in the spotlight every time they hit the road.

One of those challenges centers around citizens‘ right to carry firearms. A constant thought and concern of law enforcement officers is a confrontation with an armed person. However, the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution specifically guarantees the citizen’s personal ownership, possession, and carrying of firearms in most circumstances. So the job becomes an even more difficult challenge as an officer must consider individual rights while at the same time discerning if a legitimate threat may exist.

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