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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