Got Ammo? You Better Stock Up!

An armory from Southwest Solutions.

An armory from Southwest Solutions.

Have you checked your department’s armory lately? If not, you had better convince the people in charge to start stocking up like a modern-day Prepper! How many hollow point duty rounds do you have? If you think you have enough, you might want to think again! Those agencies caught by surprise when the civilian ammunition market was choked dry during the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, would do well to pay attention to the military’s latest move that could have significant impact on civilian and law enforcement ammunition supplies.

The United States Army has been in the process of defining the bidding process to prospective manufacturers for the Army’s new “XM-17″ Modular Handgun System. The official move towards the XM-17 have been years in the making, but in recent months the decision has been solidified, and the bidding process has already begun. This new handgun system has been talked about for years, as the decision to replace the 30-year old M9 (Beretta 9mm) has been on the table for several years now. However, one particular comment about the proceedings should have every civilian law enforcement agency at full attention, and preparing for a new crunch in the availability of duty ammunition.

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Vievu Joins Safariland Group

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On June 29, 2015 Safariland Group announced that they had acquired VIEVU, one of the leading companies in the development of body worn video cameras for law enforcement officers. Founded by a former Seattle SWAT cop, VIEVU has gained enormous momentum as the entire country debates the viability of body worn cameras for law enforcement officers. BlueSheepDog is working on an in-depth article covering the benefits and drawbacks of body worn cameras that we plan to reveal in the upcoming weeks.

Safariland is one of the largest law enforcement supply companies in the world, and rightly so. Safariland started in a garage when Neale Perkins made a custom holster for his father. Just a few years later Safariland was acquired by Armor Holdings, whose flagship company, American Body Armor, had set industry standards for soft and concealable body armor. Years later the conglomerate once again chose Safariland as the name of the group, representing a wide variety of outstanding products serving law enforcement, and first responders.

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Houston Cop On the Job for 63 Years!

Officer Thomas nearing the end of his amazing 63-year career.

Senior Officer Thomas nearing the end of his amazing 63-year career.

Just a couple of years ago Senior Police Officer Edward “Mister” Thomas retired from the Houston, Texas Police Department. Normally retirements are only news for the fellow officers of the department, and maybe some close associates from nearby departments that have been made throughout their career. In a department with 5300 officers, like Houston, retirements can come and go with many not even really knowing the retiree. What makes Officer Thomas’ retirement so amazing, and newsworthy, is the fact that he worked as a uniformed police officer for over six decades!

The typical police career spans three decades, or around 30 years. In some lucky places, officers can retire with a smaller pension after only 20 years of service. Usually there is an age requirement as well, such as, at least 50 or 55 years of age. Most officers are more than ready to go when the time comes, as the long hours and shift work have taken their toll. For someone to work for the same department for 63 years is an incredible level of dedication and loyalty and one worth mentioning here. The fact that the service was done in uniform is an even more amazing feat.

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Colt Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

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For years firearms commentators have been pondering how long Colt could maintain their course of action in the firearms community. For instance, there are many who believe that Colt has operated as if there was no true competition to their products, simply because of their name.

However, Colt’s insistence in overcharging consumers on name brand only, without offering significantly improved products, has led them down the path of destruction in a market full of. Well the Reaper has finally caught up with Colt. The only option the company had was to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy to avoid being shredded by its creditors, and likely the competition.

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Remembering the Price of Freedom

It's not about a 3-day weekend. Photo by the U.S. Army.

Memorial Day – It’s not about a 3-day weekend! Photo by the U.S. Army.

The first Memorial Day was actually called Decoration Day in 1866, and was set aside to recognize the contributions and sacrifices of America’s military personnel during the Civil War. It would not be until 1966 that President Johnson would sign into law declaring the last Monday in May would be named Memorial Day, combining four different dates being celebrated across the nation.

In the course of our Nation’s history, millions of men and women have served this country in the armed forces, and hundreds of thousands have given the ultimate sacrifice and full measure of service to their fellow countrymen. Memorial Day is especially set aside for those who have died in the service of this Country, while Veteran’s Day is the day to celebrate those who are still serving, retired, or formerly active members that are still living.

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National Police Week, May 10-16

A surviving wife and son pay homage, while two police honor guards stand watch for the fallen

A surviving wife and son pay homage, while two police honor guards stand watch over the fallen.

In 1962, then President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation making May 15th the National Police Officer’s Memorial Day. Since that time the week surrounding May 15th has been designated National Police Week – a week of remembrance of those officers that have paid the ultimate price, and a week of celebration for those officers still walking the thin blue line.

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Defend Police Officers – STAND UP, SPEAK OUT!

Police are the Good Guys - we need to show that to the public.

Police are the “Good Guys” – we need to show that to the public even more nowadays.

In the last several years there has been a palpable change in the image of police officers in the media. A change in opinion, that if left unattended, will fester into a dangerous rift between the public servant and the public. No officer should think that this rift can simply be left alone and will blow over.

Every police officer in America needs to recognize their own personal responsibility to meet this challenge head-on, just like they have sworn an oath to meet the wolves of society head-on. Whether you are in the police academy, a veteran officer, or a Chief or Sheriff, the response that is needed should be loud and clear – “STAND UP, SPEAK OUT!”

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Atlanta S.W.A.T. Choose Bergara Rifles

The customized Bergara "Heavy Tactical" sniper rifle selected by Altanta Police.

The customized Bergara “Heavy Tactical” sniper rifle selected by Atlanta Police.

The Atlanta, Georgia Police Department has recently announced the selection of new sniper rifles made entirely by Bergara. Over the last several years Bergara has developed a barrel manufacturing process that has become well-known in the industry for some of the finest rifle barrels on the market. Bergara barrels are made in Spain using the latest manufacturing technology, but their American headquarters is located in Diluth, Georgia, an Atlanta suburb.

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The Glock 43 Single Stack 9mm Has Arrived!

The new Glock 43. A sub-compact, single stack 9mm.

The new Glock 43. A sub-compact, single stack 9mm – it’s officially here! (Photo courtesy of The Firearm Blog – TFB)

Preparing for SHOT Show this year a wealth of media releases about new products, and upgrades were released. Conspicuously missing was an announcement from Glock about the handgun everyone has been seeking for a long time.

Well, the BlueSheepDog Crew can finally share with our readers that Glock has produced that long-awaited pistol – the single stack, compact Glock 43 in 9mm.

Much thanks, and full credit, goes to our friend Phil White at The Firearm Blog for breaking this announcement and providing us the confirmation that the Glock 43 is coming! For a look at Phil’s article and his Glock 43 shooting experience check out the link below:

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PA Bill Would Reduce Knife Restrictions

Legislators in the State of Pennsylvania have just introduced a bill that would reduce or eliminate several legal restrictions on knives as “Prohibited Weapons”. The act was strongly supported by the American Knife and Tool Institute (AKTI), and would delete “dagger, knife, razor or cutting instrument razor which is exposed in an automatic way by switch, push button, spring mechanism, or otherwise” from current Pennsylvania law (Title 18, Section 908 (c), Section 2).

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