Safariland GLS Pro-Fit Holster Review

The Safariland Model 578 GLS Pro-Fit Holster with the Author's Glock 23.

The Safariland Model 578 GLS Pro-Fit Holster with the Author’s Glock 23.

At the 2015 SHOT Show Safariland introduced the GLS Pro-Fit Holster. This holster is designed by famed Safariland holster designer, Bill Rodgers, and is an amazing advancement in polymer nylon holster designs. The GLS Pro-Fit holster will likely set the standard by which all polymer holsters will be gauged in the future. Richard and I had the opportunity to attend an invitation-only media event sponsored by Safariland to get introduced to the 578 GLS Pro-Fit holster by designer Bill Rogers.

The most incredible feature of the GLS Pro-Fit holster is the ability of the user to manually adjust the holster to fit dozens of different handguns. Until now, most polymer holsters were specifically tailored to the design specifications of a particular handgun. At best, a holster could fit handguns in the same line, such as the Glock 22/23/27. With the GLS Pro-Fit holster those options open up dramatically.

In a project that has been over a year in the making, Safariland has developed a single holster that can be sized to fit up to 177 different handguns. In essence, the Safariland GLS holster is as close to a universal holster that is available on the market today.

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Ruger LC380 Review

Ruger LC380 Review

The Ruger LC380 (Light Carry) handgun is chambered in .380ACP and is made for deep concealment or pocket carry, as is its predecessor, the Ruger LC9 in 9x19mm (introduced in 2011). A side-by-side comparison shows the two, the LC9 and the LC380, to be identical. From the accompanying insert to the owner’s manual: “…the Ruger LC380 has the same basic operational characteristics as the LC9 pistol.” This is correct – to a point.

Five changes were made to accommodate the new caliber: the slide, the barrel, a complete magazine and the pistol’s two recoil springs which I think (not having an LC9 on hand) are of lesser strength than that used for the 9x19mm cartridge. These parts are listed as factory installation only. (I also don’t foresee Ruger offering any sort of conversion service to change calibers from one to the other with either model.)

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Blackhawk Legacy L-6V Flashlight Review

Blackhawk Legacy LV6 Flashlight review

Blackhawk has produced another high output flashlight to their family of quality tactical flashlights.  The Legacy L-6V flashlight is the newest addition to Blackhawk’s Night-Ops line of illumination tools.  I happened to be in the market for a new flashlight recently and purchased the Legacy for available features and its incredible brightness.  This is my Blackhawk Legacy L-6V flashlight review.

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TKL Outdoors Diamond Black Rifle Case Review

TKL gun case

Storing and transporting a rifle is an important aspect of a police department’s overall firearms program, yet it is often addressed as an afterthought by many agencies. When a department spends thousands of dollars for a rifle, optic and accessories, it only makes sense to protect that investment with something more than a cheap padded case bought at the local discount department store.

The TKL Outdoors Diamond Black DM1000 Carbon Fiber Silhouette M4 rifle case is a product aimed at the public safety community’s need for high quality patrol rifle cases. TKL Outdoors has been making quality gun cases for the law enforcement and military communities since 1984.

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Colt LE6940P Review – The Next Generation AR-15

Colt LE6940P Review

The Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR), as the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle is now identified, is the most popular rifle in the United States. In its original configuration as the M16 with semi- and full-auto capability, it is now the longest serving rifle in our armed forces. In military use, it has undergone, and continues to undergo, refinements as dictated by battlefield experiences.

The Colt LE6940 rifle (LE for Law Enforcement) has some of the most wanted modifications, including a choice of operating systems, as it can be had in either the original Direct Gas Impingement (DGI) system or Colt’s Piston Impingement System (PIS) which is a variation of a long established and well tested operating system in military rifles – the AK being the most proven of all. Choosing either system from Colt Firearms is a safe bet – with Colt being the only producer for decades of the DGI operated M16 in numerous configurations, along with the historic success of Colt’s piston system.

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Streamlight Stinger DS LED HP Review

Streamlight DS LED HP review

Looking for a handheld flashlight that can reach out across a backyard and illuminate a suspect?  Want to keep it affordable and compatible with your existing charging system?  Take a look at the Streamlight Stinger DS LED HP.  I know the name is cumbersome, but the flashlight it much handier.

Touting features that include 350 lumens of total light output and 56,000 candela, the rechargeable DS LED HP is clearly a serious flashlight.

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iRobot 110 First Look Review

A couple of months ago I got the chance to review the iRobot 110 FirstLook robot.  (Ed. note:  Yes, this is the same iRobot company that builds the Roomba.) Bruce Archambault, the Army Business Manager for iRobot, was in the area and good enough to bring a couple of options to our police department for testing and evaluation.

iRobot 110 FirstLook

Although he also brought some larger options, it was the FirstLook robot that really piqued my interest for uses by Tactical Teams.  Perhaps a better name for this mobile device would be “ThrowBot”, because that is exactly what this robot was designed to do, and it does it well.

Robots for Tactical Teams

The concept of using robots for tactical purposes has really taken off over the last decade.  The enormous growth and demand in both the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of operation, has led many civilian tactical teams to see the advantages that can be obtained from their use.  Unlike military robots that often search out IED’s, the civilian tactical teams have realized that a robot can provide an incredible amount of intelligence without exposing team members to hostile threats.

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Streamlight Night Com UV Flashlight Review

The new Streamlight Night Com UV is a specialty light for law enforcement that incorporates six UV emitting LED lights into a white light flashlight.  The UV lights allow a police or security officer to verify the authenticity of a driver’s license, bank card, currency or other document.

Streamlight Night Com review

The flashlight is about the same length as the company’s Strion flashlight, meaning it can be easily carried on a duty belt or inside a jacket pocket.  It uses CR123A lithium batteries, which allows the flashlight to work even after sitting unused for weeks or months.  Batteries are included.

The Streamlight Night Com UV has a single white-light emitting LED, which throws 115 lumens and 4200 candela in the “high” mode.  In the “low” mode, white light output drops to 50 lumens and 1600 candela.  I found that the white light was very bright, but was better for close up work than for illuminating things at a distance.  It would not be my first choice for conducting a building search for a criminal, but it would certainly fill the roll as a backup light for this purpose.

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Walther PPQ M2 Review: Excellent Handgun On- or Off-Duty

If the new polymer frame Walther PPQ M2 (Police Pistol Quick Defense) looks familiar, it should. Its form, fit, function and finish is an outgrowth from the Walther P99.

Walther PPQ M2 review

The PPQ M2 differs from the modern PP in trigger function in that, after the chamber is loaded, it has a “constant trigger pull” (Walther’s terminology). Translated, this means its striker is fully cocked. The PPQ M2 lacks a double-action mode.

As to how this trigger pull performs, Walther certainly is understating the effect of it, saying it “….make(s) it very easy to shoot accurately.” The trigger movement is short after the initial take-up, as is the reset of the striker for the next shot. After the initial shot, the “press to bang” movement is really short! In my range work, with three other shooters also on the gun, the PPQ M2 is simply a pleasure to shoot. Using a Chatillon trigger pull gauge, my sample’s trigger pull weight measures a shade over five pounds, close to what the Walther specifications call for at 5.6 pounds.

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Comparing the Beretta PX4C Storm and Nano Subcompact Pistols

Beretta Nano Storm Review

Beretta now has two polymer and steel subcompact pistols – the Px4C Storm Subcompact and the Nano. The Px4C is the subcompact version of the Px Storm (now the Px4), introduced in 2005, which was followed by a compact and, now, this subcompact version. Both the Px4C and the Nano are offered in 9x19mm or .40S&W chambering. The samples discussed here are in 9x19mm. The Nano is the new kid on the block. Both are purpose-built to address the needs and wants of particular handgun audiences. The larger Px4C holds 13 rounds, while the Nano holds six rounds.

The smaller Nano has only one external control – a magazine release. If you count the trigger drop safety, the total rises to all of two. The Nano also comes in with a lower MSRP of $475, compared to the $550 MSRP of the Px4C Storm.

Beretta Model Px4C Storm Subcompact Handgun

The Px4C follows on the Px4 Storm, as noted above, which was a first for Beretta, as the Storm was the company’s first polymer framed, centerfire handgun. At the time, I reviewed the pistol for P&SN and, looking back and comparing the new Px4C Storm to the original, there have been some changes made.

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