Lewis Machine & Tool (LMT) has announced their new MARS-L AR-15 at SHOT Show this year. LMT has one of the finest reputations in the AR-15 market. Delivering high quality rifles made with outstanding materials, and outstanding fit and finish, LMT rifles are also tack drivers on the range. The MARS-L AR-15 stands for Modular Ambidextrous Rifle System – Light. Delivering fully ambidextrous controls, the rifle is perfect for professional shooters that have to shoot “off-hand” frequently, and obviously is a great benefit to our left-handed shooters.
Today is Veteran’s Day in America, and the BlueSheepDog Crew want to take time to thank all of our veterans who have sacrificed for their country, keeping us the land of the free and home of the brave. We want to take just a little time to reflect on all that has been done for the greatest country in the history of mankind.
The original Veteran’s Day in America was instituted in 1919 to remember to veterans of WWI, the war to end all wars. We selected November 11th because that was Armistice Day, the end of the first world-wide war. Of great significance is the number 11. Armistice Day, the end of hostilities for “The Great War”, was determined to be the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (11-11-11).
This weekend the United States of America celebrates its 239th birthday. On July 4, 1776 the Continental Congress, representing the 13 original American Colonies, declared independence from Great Britain and the dictatorial rule of King George III. However, at the time the fate of the American colonies was far from determined, as they faced the most formidable army and navy in the world.
Amazingly, hostilities between the Royal Army and the Colonists had been going on since the Boston Massacre in 1770. The “shot heard ’round the world” had occurred a full year before the signing of the Declaration, at the Battle of Concord. The American militia had surprised the Royal Army at the Battle of Lexington, pushing them back to Boston, bloodied all along the path with over 1000 casualties. A short time later the Americans made a bold and brave stand at Bunker Hill, overlooking Boston, where another 1500 British casualties were inflicted. However, the Americans had run out of ammunition, losing their cannons and suffering over 400 casualties themselves.
The United States Supreme Court has ruled on another use of K-9 units at traffic stops that will have significant impact on the way law enforcement can use this vital tool in the detection and apprehension of illegal drugs. Though the use of police canines has been legally acceptable for nearly 100 years, and has been recognized by the High Court in the use of drug detection for decades, the High Court has made a clear guideline for when their use is lawful and when it is not.
In the April Supreme Court ruling of Rodriguez v. United States, the Court decided the use of a K-9 at a traffic stop can violate the 4th Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. The decision is not a landmark case, like Arizona v. Gant (where search of vehicles incident to arrest was reversed after 100 years), but the decision solidifies a previously determined concept that traffic stops cannot be extended without additional lawful reasons.
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 …
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.
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 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).
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.
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!
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.