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  1. In a shocking revelation, a Burlington, Vermont City Counselor recently suggested communities should disarm law enforcement to better protect the public. RELATED STORY VIDEO: Georgia Police Face Intense Knife Attack, Kill Suspect Citing foreign examples and alleging law enforcement goes too far too often when employing lethal force, City Counselor Perri Freeman says its time to think about taking guns away from cops. Though she acknowledged awful mass shootings like Dayton and El Paso show law enforcement do in fact need their weapons, she suggested “the day in and day out of police work is not engaging with that,” reported myncbc5.com. “How much is the lethal force – is it really causing at the end of the day, more harm that benefit?,” said Perri Freeman, a Democrat representing the city’s Central District, reported mynbc5.com. City Counselor Calls to Disarm Law Enforcement Freeman first introduced the idea during a recent council. Then in a Facebook post she doubled down on her proposed change to how law enforcement operates, citing law enforcement examples in Europe: In Burlington, we have had numerous incidences over the last years that have called into question our police department’s use of force and firearm use. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I learned that some countries do not require their police on regular duty to carry firearms: including the UK, New Zealand, and Iceland. Of these countries, Iceland stood out. Unlike the UK and New Zealand, Iceland has a high rate of gun ownership– on par with Vermont. Yet their law enforcement officers do not carry firearms and have shot and killed one person in 72 years. In Burlington, two people were shot and killed by police in the last six years. Iceland utilizes a policing philosophy based on a culture of consent, respect and trust. In the US, firearms as a regular policing tool can enable a policing philosophy built on violence and forced compliance. These kind of cultural shifts often don’t happen overnight– I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of these conversations and work toward solutions. Officer Reaction However, local law enforcement leaders objected to Freeman’s radical proposal. In a world where officers routinely go into harm’s way, one local leader clearly found Freeman’s proposal absurd. “There are a lot of guns around, and we as the police try to put ourselves in the position of advantage all the time, and to show up to an armed incident unarmed? I can’t think of anything more disadvantaged than that,” said Dan Gilligan, president of the Burlington Police Officer’s Association, reported mynbc5.com. Above all, this stands as a shocking, irresponsible comment by an elected official. Freeman’s reaction to emotion and public sentiment to singular events, combined with an ignorance of law enforcement policies, procedures and tactics, suggests she is unfit to hold a leadership position in any community. The post Vermont City Counselor Calls to Disarm Law Enforcement appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  2. Louisville Metro Police officers shot and killed a man who pointed a gun directly at them during a call recently. Anthony Wayne French met officers at the door, immediately pointing a pistol at officers, prompting the officer response. RELATED STORY An LEO Examines Whether the Greenville Homeowner Shooting Was Justified Anthony Wayne French Points Gun at Officers The incident began when officers responded to a call of domestic abuse. Officials said officers heard an altercation when they arrived, before finding French in the doorway armed with a semi-automatic pistol, according to wlky.com. Recently released officer body cam footage shows the entire deadly scene play out. Immediately upon officers arriving, French steps into the doorway and says “I got a gun.” As the first officer asks him to put it down, French defiantly orders the officers to “Back up,” as he turns the pistol toward them. That’s when both officers opened fire, sending several rounds into the suspect, dropping him immediately. After shooting French, the officers, Lenert Elzy and Carlyn Alexander, move to clear the remaining portion of the house. Additional responding officers begin rendering first aid to the suspect. According to officials, French held two adults at gunpoint prior to police arrival on the scene. The victims are French’s ex-wife and an adult son. Both told police the suspect had been drinking and had beaten them. The son said he was glad the officers arrived because he feared French would kill them both, according to wave3.com. French and his two victims were all transported to a local hospital. The suspect later succumbed to his wounds, while the victims are expected to survive, according to wlky.com. The post WATCH: Man Answers Door With Gun, Points It at Police, Gets Lit Up appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  3. A Colorado community is up in arms over the recent police shooting of 19-year-old De’Von Bailey. Now recently released officer body cam footage shows the teenager run from police following commands to remain still. Video footage further showed the suspect carried a firearm as well. RELATED STORY WATCH: Convicted Woman Sues Police for Excessive Force in Arrest De’Von Bailey Shooting Footage shows Bailey ignore commands and attempt to flee from officers. Officers claimed Bailey reached for a gun during the chase. Bailey died from gun shot wounds received during the incident, as shown in the video. The incident is playing differently in two different communities. For law enforcement supporters, footage shows the man first act suspicious, then run from police. Above all, the footage clearly shows Bailey armed, and one could argue the suspect looked to be going for the gun while he fled. On the other side, the black community responded with outrage following the shooting. The video and released autopsy findings did little to curb the rage. Bailey took four shots from officers, three to the back and one in his right elbow. “He did not have a weapon in his hand and had not shown any weapon when he was shot in the back and killed,” said family attorney Darold Killmer, as reported by apnews.com. “The police appear to argue that they shot Mr. Bailey because they feared he was going for a gun at the time. We think the video shows otherwise.” While the optics on shooting a young black man in the back clearly aren’t good, the suspect ignored commands, acted suspicious, and potentially reached for a weapon while evading pursuit. Officials stated the case remains under investigation. The post WATCH: Footage of De’Von Bailey Shooting Shows He Ran, Had Gun appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  4. Ed Brown Products recently announced its newest addition to the Evo Series, the E9-LW. The E9-LW adds a Vortex Venom red dot sight to the popular lightweight, aluminum frame Evo platform. RELATED STORY Ed Brown KC9 Lightweight Packs Features, Reduces Weight and Cost Ed Brown says the Evo Series was intended from its inception to evolve. In today’s market you’ll find more and more handguns equipped with electronic sights, while the requirement for smaller and lighter also increases. The E9-LW meets both of theses demands, with its lightweight frame and shortened and thinned four-inch slide topped with a red dot. Ed Brown E9-LW Features The E9-LW becomes the first model in the Evo Series equipped with a red dot sight. The 6 MOA dot promotes rapid target acquisition, while providing a precise point of aim. Featuring 25 LPI checkering, the pistol also utilizes a Chen Gen2 magwell. The pistol is finished out with the exclusive Labyrinth grips. It also features seven top slide and special front and rear cocking serrations. Ultimately, the E9-LW continues the striking appeal of the Evo Series. The pistol exhibits the fit and finish one would expect from Ed Brown. As such, gunsmiths hand-build the pistol utilizing fully machined components. Ed Brown builds all Evo pistols in small, custom, identical batches. The process features the latest in machining equipment and techniques to get every last bit of efficiency from the build process, according to Ed Brown. The company claims this enables a 30-percent price reduction for all Evo Series pistols. “As promised he EVO Series will continue to evolve showing that we listen to our customers and we do our best to stay on the edge of technology to offer our customers the very best,” said John May, Sales and Marketing Director, Ed Brown Products. “We are embracing our position of being the leader in our sector and will continue to strive for excellence and improving the Ed Brown experience. If you haven’t looked at Ed Brown in a while, it’s time to see all the new and exciting things happening here!” For more information, visit edbrown.com. The post Ed Brown Releases 9mm E9-LW Pistol to Evo Series appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  5. Connecticut police recently pulled over New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman with weapons drawn. The incident occurred after Cashman’s white Jeep Wrangler was reported stolen, according to multiple sources. RELATED STORY WATCH: Felon Arrested After Gun Drops Out of Pants in Front of Officers at Dunkin NY Yankees GM Brian Cashman Pulled Over Officer body cam footage captured the stop that looks anything but routine. Officers clearly demonstrate a high level of alertness. The officers approach Cashman’s vehicle with weapons drawn. They clearly aren’t messing around. Commands come loud and clear, demanding Cashman exit the vehicle and walk backwards toward the officer. It’s a tense moment. “I picked it up …” Cashman begins. “Understood sir, we’ll talk to you in a second,” an officer cuts him off. “I know but it was taken off by the NYPD a few days ago,” Cashman says. “And we all know how they are, OK?” the officer replies, a slight dig on the NYPD. “Cashman told the New York Post last week the police were already ‘responding to someone in a white Jeep that was brandishing a gun in a local doctor’s office.’ He added that when Darien police ran his plates, the vehicle came up stolen because the “NYPD never took me off the stolen car list,” reported foxnews.com. Cashman Remained Calm The Yanks GM seemingly took it in stride, despite facing an officer’s muzzle. “I had a welcoming committee descend up on me as I pulled out of the gas station,” Cashman said to nypost.com. “They executed a very tactful interception” Officers later escorted Cashman to the station where his vehicle could finally undergo processing for evidence. At the end of the day, Cashman followed all commands and remained calm, despite the mistaken stop. And then nothing bad happened, despite the high alert situation. “The public should take encouragement when someone is in a stolen vehicle they’re not going to get very far,” Cashman said, as reported by foxnews.com. “I have high respect for all law enforcement. They do an amazing job whether you’re in Connecticut and New York City — and sometimes unique circumstances can occur.” The post WATCH: Yankees GM Brian Cashman Pulled Over by Police With Guns Drawn appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  6. The following is an op-ed from Donald Mihalek, the Executive VP of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation. We first reported on the Greenville shooting back on Aug. 2 when body cam footage became available. Watch the entire incident play out above. Warning: The video contains graphic content; viewer discretion advised. RELATED STORY An LEO Examines the Shooting of Vaughn Denham, Who Ignored 30 Commands Every law enforcement-involved use of force incident is a dynamic situation where seconds matter and observations are key. In the landmark 1989 unanimous U.S. Supreme Court case Graham v. Connor, the Supreme Court laid out the overarching criteria for a law enforcement officers regarding use of force. In sum, the court found that in any situation, use of force must be based on a totality of circumstances; this means that all the indicators leading up to and including what the officer knew, saw and was trained to do are taken into account. Additionally, the court ruled that those actions are to be viewed from the officer’s perspective without 20/20 hindsight. This leads us to the recent Greenville shooting. The Call By releasing the body camera video, the Greenville Sheriff’s Department wanted to show the responding deputy’s perspective. Effectively, the department walks the viewer from the call for service through the final moments of the incident. It does an excellent job of placing the viewer in the officer’s position. The video shows what they officer knew, heard and saw prior to the shooting. During the video we hear the 9-1-1 call for service from an alarm company. It calls for an active intruder alarm at a residence. That 9-1-1 call was relayed to the responding officer via dispatch. Of course, this call comes in during a midnight shift when lighting is low and an officer’s alert status is usually higher due to the propensity for the calls for service to involve some type of criminal activity. In this case, an intruder alarm with no contact of a homeowner automatically tells the officer that something isn’t right at the incident location. Arriving on Scene As the deputy arrives on scene, he attempts to make contact with the homeowner and is unsuccessful. The residence has lights on, but no one answers the door. The deputy then leaves the front porch in an attempt to check the home’s surroundings. As he does, he sees someone appear in the sidelight of the front door. The deputy then approaches the front door and, using standard law enforcement tactics, attempts to illuminate the individual on the other side of the door. Initially, that individual walks away from the front door. However, as the deputy approaches the porch again and keeps illuminating the sidelight and individual, the individual turns toward the deputy and points a firearm in the deputy’s direction. All law enforcement officer training teaches officers that if a gun is pointed at you, it is a deadly threat. Studies by the Force Science Institute show that a firearm in a suspect’s waistband can be drawn and fired in 0.6 seconds. A gun already presented only takes fractions of a second to fire. The same studies show that an officer, even with their gun drawn, can take a second or more to aim and fire an accurate shot. Those studies document that when a suspect points a gun at an officer, the officer literally have milliseconds to respond before being shot. Based on the totality of circumstances and with the firearm pointed in his direction, the deputy perceived a deadly threat and fired at that threat. The body camera footage clearly shows the deputy, according to greenvilleonline.com, firing at least two rounds through the side window adjacent to a closed front door. The Greenville Shooting Tragically in the aftermath, the deputy established that the individual was indeed the homeowner. Also, the homeowner did in fact point a loaded weapon at the deputy. The body cam footage shows the homeowner’s weapon lying next to him on the floor. The homeowner likely did this in an attempt to protect his home, not knowing the deputy was outside; this points to a fundamental safety issue for gun owners. Most gun owners often lack the training or experience to have tactical situational awareness or the ability to understand that communication is always key in tactical situations. Most also don’t realize that for a law enforcement officer, a gun in the hands of anyone that isn’t wearing a uniform is a potential threat. Even in law enforcement, one of the basic tenants of undercover work is that the uniform is in charge. Otherwise, for undercover officers, the very real possibility of a “blue on blue” shooting is always present. So, if confronted by a uniformed officer, most undercover officers are told to obey the officer’s commands. They should talk to the uniformed officer and have a form of identification readily available. Gun owners, however, usually don’t get that level of training. They often use guns without the requisite realization that, to an LEO, they are a threat until determined otherwise. In this situation, it seems the homeowner suffered from that training and communication gap. As tragic as the Greenville shooting is, the deputy’s use of force via Graham v. Connor appears justified. While the full investigation is ongoing, greenvilleonline.com reported that the Greenville Sheriff’s Office placed the deputy on administrative leave pending the investigation’s outcome. The post An LEO Examines Whether the Greenville Homeowner Shooting Was Justified appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  7. Our favorite angry police officer is at it again, with the latest post from YouTuber Angry Cops. In this video, our hero falls subject to the one force of nature no one want to come home to: a drill instructor. To make matter’s worse, in this parody, it’s a drill sergeant wife. RELATED STORY WATCH: ‘Angry Cops’ Demonstrates How You Get Shot by Police We have veterans on staff here at Tactical Life. And without hesitation, just about every veteran would tell you they thought their drill instructor harnessed a special kind of crazy. In fact, if there was a close circuit camera constantly filming drill instructors at boot camp, it would be the most popular show on television. That show would not be family friendly, however. Drill Sergeant Wife Smokes Angry Cops In this video, the drill instructor wife gives us a sense of what it’s like for the DI to come home to an “unsat” husband. She immediately rips into him for being late, for not having dinner ready. “Are you f’n kidding me!” she yells, an explosion of rage and fury as she bursts through the door. Yeah, that took us back. “Chicken,” Angry Cop frontman Richard Hy, an Army veteran, replied. “Chicken,” the only feeble word the “recruit” could muster. Think that’s ridiculous? We once watched a recruit so struck with terror fail to give his Marine Corps drill instructor his own name. When asked repeatedly, “This recruit don’t know,” remained his only reply. Yep, those drill instructors can melt your mind into butter. This drill sergeant wife expertly bum rushes the recruit by invading his personal space. Her use of knife hands were expertly delivered like a kung fu master. And her coup de grace, the most dreaded words in any recruits life, the backwards countdown. “Ten, nine, eight, seven …” You do not want her to finish counting before you complete that task. You do not. Poor Angry Cop, hang in there little buddy. And remember, drink water and stay motivated. The post WATCH: Angry Cops on What It’s Be Like Living With a Drill Sergeant Wife appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  8. When we think of the guns of the Old West, we tend to picture the big-bore revolvers like the Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army, Smith & Wesson’s top-break sixguns and perhaps the Remington Model 1875. Nevertheless, citizens packed a myriad of small, concealable, single- and multiple-shot derringers and revolvers as well. In fact, in an 1872 issue of the Rocky Mountain News, one writer noted that a gun store in Denver was “filled with pistols—revolvers, single-barrel, Derringers and others.” Regardless of the size of the firearm, a surprising number of men and women felt that going about their daily business without being armed was downright foolhardy. RELATED STORY Pietta 1873 SA Series Delivers Authentic Western Replicas Concealed Carry With Old West Guns In the early days of the frontier, there were few laws restricting the carrying of firearms. Most recognized it necessary to pack a weapon for personal defense in this wild, unsettled region. Many frontiersmen wore their guns openly. Yet, ironically, despite the popularly held myths about the West being “wild and woolly,” there were far fewer cases of firearms-related crimes per capita in the Wild West than in today’s more regulated big cities. But as soon as civilization found its way onto the frontier, a number of Western communities began prohibiting the carrying of guns in public. Regardless of such local statutes, peace officers, gamblers and those who lived on the fuzzy edge of law and order—along with respectable folks—still found it advisable to pack iron. But in an effort to maintain decorum, the practice of carrying their hardware concealed from public view became de rigueur. No Holsters Needed for Old West Guns Carrying a small firearm in one’s pocket or simply tucked in the waistband (perhaps covered by a vest or coat) was among the most commonly employed method of secretly “going heeled” in the Old West. Bear in mind that the 19th century was a time when trouser belts were seldom worn and pants were held up by either the use of galluses (suspenders) or a natural fit. Oftentimes, frontiersmen would have the barrels of their long-barreled, larger-caliber sixguns lopped short for easier concealment. Besides openly packing his 8-inch-barreled Smith & Wesson American .44 revolver, El Paso Marshal Dallas Stoudenmire kept a Colt Model 1860 cartridge conversion with its barrel shortened to 2½ inches as a “hideout” gun. Porter Rockwell, known as Mormon leader Brigham Young’s “Avenging Angel,” was known to carry a similar cap-and-ball Colt .44 as his concealed dealer of vengeance. Bass Outlaw, the former Texas Ranger turned deputy U.S. marshal, modified his Colt Single Action by shortening the barrel and removing the trigger. The rear portion of the triggerguard remained intact to allow for a firm grip, since the gun could only fire by thumb cocking or by “fanning” it. Hitting the Fan Unfortunately for Outlaw, this proved to be his undoing in a gunfight with El Paso Constable John Selman on February 5, 1894. In a drunken stupor after killing a Texas Ranger, Outlaw rapidly fired this sixgun several times at Selman. But he only succeeded in wounding the lawman in the leg. Selman fired an accurate shot that proved fatal to Outlaw. On the other hand, smaller pistols like derringers could be worn discreetly by just slipping them into one’s pocket without producing any more of a bulge than a pocket watch. Without a doubt, the most successful of these pocket-type handguns was the Remington Model 95, also known as the Double Derringer, of which an estimated 150,000 were produced between 1866 and 1935. However, when it came to the big-bore six-shooters, most pockets just didn’t work. Texas shootist John Wesley Hardin was captured in Pensacola, Florida, on July 23, 1877, after he was unable to draw his Colt Model 1860 Army cap-and-ball revolver because it was strapped to his galluses—much to the relief of the arresting officers. Wyatt Earp reportedly had a heavy canvas pocket sewn to the inside of his coat that was spacious enough to carry a Colt Single Action Army revolver without detection. Another means of secretly carrying weaponry was inside a high-topped boot. Besides knives, small- to medium-sized handguns—especially the widely sold single-shot boot pistols of the early to mid 19th century—could easily be hidden in these tall stovepipe affairs. Unusual Methods for Carry Old West Guns Perhaps the most unusual mode of packing a sixgun was that practiced by Hardin in his later El Paso years. Eyewitness accounts state that on occasion Hardin carried a pair of double-action Colt Model 1877s in his trouser pockets—with the muzzles pointing up! In an interview appearing in the August 23, 1895 edition of the El Paso Daily Times (just four days after Hardin’s death), his landlady said, “Yes, Mr. Hardin was certainly a quick man with his guns…He would place his [unloaded] guns inside his breeches in front with the muzzle out. Then he would jerk them out by the muzzle and with a toss as quick as lightning, grasp them by the handle and have them clicking in unison.” A unique mode of packing the Peacemaker sans holster was to thrust it into one’s waistband, then open the loading gate. The opened gate prevented the Colt from sliding down into the pants and kept it at waist level for a fast draw. Generally speaking, the system worked well, despite one frontier sheriff’s misadventure while relying on this method. He later stated that in one gunfight he drew his Colt in such haste that he forgot to close the loading gate. He got his first shot off without a hitch, but as the revolver was cocked for a follow-up shot, a cartridge slipped rearward, out of its chamber into the loading gate area, jamming the gun. Fortunately for the lawman, his first shot settled the dispute and further gunplay was unnecessary. Donning Leather For those who did carry small-framed revolvers or slab-sided semi-auto pocket pistols at the turn of the 20th century, leather “hip pocket” holsters often filled the bill. There were many variations of these holsters, ranging from simple folded and sewn leather sheaths—perhaps with a button or spring metal clip for attaching to the waistband or pocket wall—to more complex designs incorporating spring-loaded triggerguard retainers for added security. A much-emulated style involved the use of a flat, rectangular piece of leather (sometimes utilizing two layers stitched together to form a stiff backing) that conformed to the general shape and size of a pocket. A sheath, sewn to the backing, followed the general contours of the revolver. This holster kept the gun in position for quick, easy retrieval. One example, patented by inventor R.G.M. Phillips in July of 1900, included a spring-loaded safety shroud over the triggerguard as well as a metal tubular magazine for extra ammunition. A holster type that did see fair usage in the Old West was the shoulder holster. Contrary to popular belief, shoulder rigs were not products of the gangster era of the Roaring Twenties. Rather, their roots lie with the gunfighters of the Old West—on both sides of the law. Shoulder holsters allowed Western shooters going “well heeled” without attracting unwanted attention. Shoulder Rigs The most common type of shoulder rig used on the frontier, believed to be the earliest style, was the “Texas pattern,” which made its debut sometime during the late 1870s. Texas gunman Ben Thompson packed his pistol in such a manner. This style of shoulder holster consisted of a contoured and pliable, half-pouch, single-ply leather scabbard sewn (sometimes also riveted) to a heavier, two-ply back panel. The rig relied on a looped shoulder strap, and often a narrower strap affixed to the lower portion of both sides of the harness to secure it in place. Most trousers lacked belt loops, so the rig featured no securing strap connected to the toe of the holster. This made drawing a slower, two-hand proposition. A savvy gunman could carry his revolver partially withdrawn if trouble appeared forthcoming. By the late 1890s, a much-improved “clip spring” or “skeleton” model was available. It is believed that this shoulder holster type may be the collaboration of two Montana saddlers—Al Furstnow of Miles City and E.D. Zimmerman of nearby Custer County—who began producing the model at about the same time. This holster style consisted of stiff, two-ply contoured backing. It featured a single, leather-covered steel spring band, or strap. That strap supported the frame of the weapon. Meanwhile, a small socket at the base of the backing held the muzzle in place. RELATED STORY Hidden Defenders: 5 Concealed Weapons Carried in the Old West What About Women and Old West Guns? Men weren’t the only ones packing iron in the Old West. General Custer’s wife, Elizabeth, described a woman at a U.S. Army post who had carried a tiny Remington pistol and “promised to teach us to put in the cartridge and discharge the piece … It was not much larger than a lead-pencil, and we could not help doubting its power to damage.” She also said, “We had to laugh at the vehement manner in which she declared that she could disable the leg of an enemy.” The bulky clothing worn by women of that era afforded a multitude of hiding places. It was a simple matter for a woman to rig a small holster to her stocking garter or attach a tiny derringer to a string and tuck it safely out of sight in her apparel. For that matter, almost any sized handgun concealed well within the folds of a Victorian-era skirt or bustle. In colder climes, women often wore fur muffs to keep their hands warm. Some companies advertised muff pistols. While using this garment, a small pistol could easily be kept out of sight and at the ready. Interestingly, Continental Arms Company manufactured a small five-shot, .22-caliber pepperbox invented by Charles Converse and Samuel Hopkins in August, 1866. Manufactured in small quantity (about 1,000 pistols), the pistols sold under the trade name “Ladies Companion”. Only a few reached the Western market, as they lacked wide favor. Regardless of the method of carry, many folks considered themselves undressed, or “not properly heeled,” when not packing iron. You just wouldn’t see it. This article is from the Summer 2019 issue of Guns of the Old West magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. For digital editions, visit Amazon. The post How People Use to Practice Concealed Carry With Old West Guns appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  9. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) recently selected Federal Premium ammunition for multiple firearms platforms. The new contract calls for .45 ACP, .308 Win. and 12-gauge buckshot. The LAPD contract runs for up to seven years and begins delivery immediately. RELATED STORY Federal Syntech Training Match Loads Replicate Defense, Duty Loads LAPD Contract for Federal Premium “Federal Premium is proud to provide the men and women of the LAPD with the highest quality duty ammunition,” said Jason Vanderbrink, president of Federal. “At Federal Premium Law Enforcement, we understand that officer safety is paramount, and that’s why we have developed a full line of LE ammunition, with options for every department and every situation.” The contract addresses multiple platform needs, utilizing Federal Premium Law Enforcement products. Tactical HST offers consistent expansion and optimum penetration for terminal performance in .45 ACP. Meanwhile, Federal Gold Medal .308 Win. will serve marksmen. Finally, 12-gauge Tactical Buckshot turns a basic police shotgun into a precision shooting tool, according to Federal. The LAPD comprises approximately 13,000 sworn and civilian employees. The City of Los Angeles sprawls for 468 square miles, and LAPD serves as the third-largest municipal police department in the county. It serves more than an estimated 4 million people. For more information, visit federalpremium.com. The post Federal’s Latest LAPD Contract Calls for .45 ACP, .308, & 12-Ga Buckshot appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  10. A Burke County Sheriff’s Deputy shot and killed an armed kidnapper durning a wild gun fight in Georgia recently. The suspect shot his female hostage twice, and hit the squad car once, before the deputy returned fire. RELATED STORY WATCH: San Diego Police Face Intense Shootout, 2 Officers Down Officer body cam footage shows the scene unfold. Footage shows the deputy come under fire immediately upon pulling up to the scene, where he quickly returned fire. The graphic video further shows the suspect take rounds after falling to the ground. The incident began when Deputy Eric Madison spotted a vehicle matching a BOLO. Officials warned officers of a potential female hostage taken at gunpoint. Madison spotted that vehicle and followed it into a driveway, whereupon the victim immediately attempted to flee. Mason observed the suspect, identified as 45-year-old Freddrick Andrews Hadden, Jr., fire two shots, striking the victim, as she attempted to hide behind the squad car. That’s when Madison responded, firing multiple shots at the suspects, ultimately stopping the threat, according to a Burke County Sheriff’s Office statement. Responding deputies rendered first aid to the victim and suspect upon arrival. While the suspect died at the scene, while authorities took the victim to a local hospital where she remained in stable condition, according to a Burke County Sheriff’s report. “Deputy Eric Madison did an amazing job in an extremely difficult and tense situation,” said a Burke County Sheriff’s Office statement. “We ask that you keep him and everyone involved in your prayers.” The post WATCH: Burke County Deputy Takes Out Armed Kidnapper in Gun Fight appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  11. There’s an old saying, “with big money comes big problems. Such was the case apparently for 16-year-old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, who recently won $3 million playing a video game. But the Fortnite Champion fell victim to “Swatting,” a dangerous prank played on unsuspecting citizens. RELATED STORY WATCH: Hostage-Based Seattle Swatting Incident Caught on Body Cam Fortnite Champion Swatted We first reported about swatting in 2014 when we found law enforcement agencies describing the dangerous stunts that date back to as early as 2008. Swatting involves calling 911 and reporting a dangerous crime in process, such as an active shooter. The false report typically involves potential high casualties and imminent danger. The prank revolves around prompting a SWAT team to respond to the scene. Famous celebrities such as Justin Timberlake and Ashton Kutcher reportedly already fell victim to a swatting prank. Now someone swatted the Fortnite Champion as well, as Bugha joins a growing list. “Someone pretended to be the 16-year-old Bugha and called the police, claiming he had killed his father and tied his mother up in the garage, TMZ reports. The cops surrounded his home. ‘I’ve been swatted,’ Bugha said on the livestream, adding, ‘They came in with guns, bro. They literally pulled up,'” reported complex.com. Luckily for Bugha and the Giersdorf family, one of the responding officers happens to live in the neighborhood. That officer reportedly immediately recognized the teenager. “That’s scary. What if I had just got popped? Jesus Christ, the internet’s f*$&#*@ crazy,” Bugha said on Twitch, according to complex.com. The post $3 Million Fortnite Champion Swatted During Livestream appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  12. SIG Sauer recently announced its newest ammunition line, the Elite Hunter Tipped. The company bills the new Elite Hunter Tipped ammo as delivering both long-range accuracy and devastating on-target performance. RELATED STORY SIG Releases Patent-Pending Tungsten-Infused P320 TXG Grip Module Designed for massive expansion and deep penetration, SIG’s newest ammunition delivers instant knockdown capability and maximum terminal performance at extended ranges, according to SIG. The cartridges feature a yellow-tipped, lead-alloy bullet. It utilizes an enhanced boat tail design for superior flight characteristics over a wide range of velocities. The design of the concentric, blackened jacket ensures reliable, controlled expansion of the bullet with maximum weight retention. The translucent yellow tip increases the ballistic coefficient. It further improves terminal performance and aiding in consistent, reliable chambering, according to SIG. “Our new Elite Hunter Tipped line of premium rifle ammunition is designed and engineered to be a devastating game load with exceptional long-range accuracy and performance,” said Brad Criner, Senior Director, Brand Management and Business Development, SIG SAUER Ammunition. “SIG Elite Hunter Tipped ammunition delivers superior downrange energy and massive expansion for a clean kill whether you are hunting whitetail, mule deer, antelope, elk, predators or a variety of other game species.” Elite Hunter Tipped Ammunition 90-grain 243 Win Muzzle Velocity = 3115 fps; Muzzle Energy = 1939 ft-lbs; G1 BC = 0.490 100-grain 6mm Creedmoor Muzzle Velocity = 2970 fps; Muzzle Energy = 1958 ft-lbs; G1 BC = 0.515 130-grain 6.5 Creedmoor Muzzle Velocity = 2850 fps; Muzzle Energy = 2344 ft-lbs; G1 BC = 0.510 130-grain 260 Rem Muzzle Velocity = 2820 fps; Muzzle Energy = 2995 ft-lbs; G1 BC = 0.510 140-grain 270 Win Muzzle Velocity = 2950 fps; Muzzle Energy = 2705 ft-lbs; G1 BC = 0.508 165-grain 308 Win Muzzle Velocity = 2840 fps; Muzzle Energy = 2956 ft-lbs; G1 BC = 0.530 165-grain 30-06 Springfield Muzzle Velocity = 2950 fps; Muzzle Energy = 3188 ft-lbs; G1 BC = 0.530 180-grain 300 Win Mag Muzzle Velocity = 2960 fps; Muzzle Energy = 3502 ft-lbs; G1 BC = 0.515 All Elite Hunter Tipped ammunition features nickel-plated cases that aid in extraction while providing significant anti-corrosion qualities. The custom formulated and precision loaded powders deliver consistent velocities regardless of atmospheric conditions. Meanwhile, industry-leading primers matched to proprietary powder blends ensures dependable ignition, according to SIG. For more information, visit sigsauer.com. The post Sig Sauer Releases Elite Hunter Tipped Ammunition Line appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  13. A Gilbert, Arizona woman filed a federal complaint against a police officer who arrested her last year. The claim says the officer used excessive force during the arrest. Recently released body cam footage shows the entire incident go down. RELATED STORY WATCH: Greenville Deputy Shoots Legal Concealed Carrier in His Home Convicted Woman Sues Police Footage shows an extremely inebriated 36-year-old Samantha Glass struggle with the officer’s questions. She curses repeatedly at the officer, fails to comply with demands and ultimately resists arrest. That’s when Officer Christopher Robinson takes her down, with force. The result is an absolute mess. Whether Robinson’s use of force is ruled excessive remains to be seen. After all, the suspect was extremely intoxicated, which leads to poor balance and more. Regardless, the officer now faces a complaint of “unnecessary and unreasonable force.” And the video does little for the officer’s case. Footage shows Glass’ head smack on the pavement, a pool of blood forming under her. “Glass ‘panicked and attempted to free her arm,’ when Robinson tried to handcuff her, the complaint states. ‘The officer, while still holding Plaintiff’s right arm, put his left hand on her back, pushed her down face-first, causing her face to violently slam onto concrete,'” reported phoenixnewtimes.com. Glass reportedly suffered a mild traumatic brain injury during the incident. J. Scott Halverson, her attorney, alleges she suffers cognitive deficits, including short-term memory problems, pain and severe headaches, according to phoenixnewtimes.com. “Police officers are responsible for taking care and not harming people,” Halverson said, reported phoenixnewtimes.com. “If a person is intoxicated, officers clearly know that their balance and their judgment is impaired. And instead of maybe walking behind her and following her down the stairs, he forces her down in that intoxicated state and forces her down on the concrete. That was excessive force.” Authorities charged Glass with interfering with a police officer and extreme DUI. Courts convicted Glass of both misdemeanors in May 2018. The convicted woman still owes nearly $3,000 to the court, according to phoenixnewtimes.com. The post WATCH: Convicted Woman Sues Police for Excessive Force in Arrest appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  14. Savage Arms recently announced its newest addition to the 110 family of rifles, the 110 Prairie Hunter chambered in .224 Valkyrie. Savage bills the new variant as one built for target shooting and hunting alike. RELATED STORY Savage Arms Releases 125th Anniversary Edition Model 110 “This new configuration, built on our time-tested 110 bolt action, is our first 224 Valkyrie rifle and its features are specifically designed for long distance shooting,” said Savage Senior Brand Manager Jessica Treglia. “The wide variety of bullet options available in the 224 Valkyrie cartridge makes Savage’s 110 Prairie Hunter ideal for long-distance target shooters, hunters targeting medium-sized game such as pronghorn, varmint hunters or backyard plinkers.” The 110 Prairie Hunter utilizes the full ballistics of the .224 Valkyrie cartridge. The rifle’s AccuFit system makes it easy to customize comb height and length-of-pull to any hunter. It also comes with a user-adjustable AccuTrigger, 22-inch button-rifled barrel and target crown. The combination helps the rifle deliver consistent accuracy at extreme ranges. The 110 Prairie Hunter features a threaded muzzle, synthetic stock with a beavertail fore-end, three QD studs and a detachable box magazine. Savage 110 Prairie Hunter Features Bolt-action 224 Valkyrie Cartridge offers the least wind drift and drop in its class and less than half the recoil of cartridges with similar ballistics AccuFit system: Ergonomic synthetic stock with adjustable length-of-pull and comb height 22-inch carbon steel threaded barrel (1/2-28) with cap Drilled and tapped with one-piece 20 MOA rail Detachable box magazine User-adjustable AccuTrigger Gray synthetic stock with beavertail fore-end and three QD studs Target crown Prairie Hunter Specifications Action Type: Bolt Action Finish: Matte Black Rifling: 1:7 Sights: None Tripper Pull Weight: 1.5-6 pounds, adjustable AccuTrigger Stock: Gray Synthetic Overall Length: 42.25 inches Overall Weight: 8.75 pounds MSRP: $759 For more information, visit savagearms.com. The post Savage Releases Model 110 Prairie Hunter in .224 Valkyrie appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  15. Life is all about balance, and nowhere is that more evident than in hunting. From the earliest times, people have struggled to find a balance between having “enough gun” and overdoing it. Things like a firearm’s weight and recoil are two of the biggest factors that get discussed around campfires. Another interesting angle that I enjoy engaging in is simply the challenge of the hunt. With advances in guns and optics, just about anyone can whack an animal with little effort. Many genuine hunters have turned to large-caliber handguns as a way of bringing back the thrill of the hunt. RELATED STORY An Inside Look at Kimber’s Rarely Talked About Custom Covert II Pistol The challenge has been finding a handgun with sufficient power to take deer-sized game without breaking your wrists with hand-cannon recoil. While there are a wide variety of cartridges to try out in this arena, the 10mm seems to offer the perfect balance of power and recoil. With all of this in mind, the good folks at Kimber developed what might just be the ultimate 10mm hunting pistol—the Super Jägare. In Theory The Super Jägare is a dedicated hunting pistol chambered for the powerful 10mm round. It’s built on a 1911 frame and comes stock with a Leupold DeltaPoint Pro reflex sight. And Kimber committed completely to the optic style and did not include any other traditional sights on the gun. While some in the gun world prefer a more “utilitarian” gun, Kimber has gone full hunting with the Super Jägare. The gun has a 6-inch barrel which gives us an extra inch in which to gain a breath more muzzle velocity. The barrel and slide are also ported to help reduce muzzle rise from 10mm rounds, which isn’t as much of an issue as it may seem. The gun is pure Kimber, and it’s easy to shoot. Coming in at a comfortable 42 ounces unloaded, it absorbs recoil very well. Containing this powerful round is a stainless steel slide and frame. This not only makes it beefy and strong, but it also helps it withstand harsh weather. Built for the Field This gun wasn’t built to simply occupy space in a safe. Kimber wants it to stand up to conditions hunters will face in the field. That’s why the slide has a diamond-like carbon (DLC) finish, which helps resist corrosion. The frame has Kimber’s popular KimPro finish, with a gray color here that looks great and offers a nice contrast. The grip panels are made of Micarta, another tough material. The Super Jägare is also designed so it’s easy to use and run during a hunt, especially in terms of its controls. It has a good-sized ambidextrous thumb safety as well as a checkered magazine release. The slide’s fish-scale-like serrations provide plenty of surface area for easy racking and press-checks, and the beavertail grip safety is smooth yet easy to activate. So, as you can see, from barrel to backstrap, the gun is well designed and built. Shooting the Kimber Super Jägare Shooting the Super Jägare was quite enjoyable. I have always been a fan of the 10mm round and was excited to see Kimber building a gun for it. And it goes without saying that the fit and finish on my test pistol were great. The tolerances on the gun were tight as well, but not absurd in that regard. The gun is designed to be carried by people trekking across fields, mountains and swamps. It is not a delicate beauty queen that will only run in perfect conditions. In fact, range day proved to be a good test of that. I shot the gun here in central Arizona in very dusty, windy conditions. In just a short time, the gun was covered in the kind of fine dust that tries to permeate everything it touches. While I did lube the gun, I did not take any special steps to keep it running. This same relentless dust and dirt has claimed the life of more than one gun on the range in the past, and I was pleased to see that the Super Jägare was unaffected. As the shooting tests began, the Super Jägare demonstrated all the traditional Kimber trademarks. It is a 1911, so it immediately had an advantage in the trigger area. The test gun’s trigger pull was smooth and weighed just over 4 pounds. A point to remember is that this is a hunting gun and not a competition pistol, so for those of you who may already be scheming to lighten the trigger, I believe it is great just where it is. Kimber Super Jägare Speed Control The barrel porting is a nice feature because it allowed me to get back on target very quickly. It’s much more than just an aesthetic feature, as it effectively reduces muzzle rise. Winslow Potter, Kimber’s director of product marketing, described the Super Jägare as “a well-balanced 10mm powerhouse that points quickly on target and has a lightning-fast recovery time due to the extremely effective barrel porting. The stepped porting of the slide not only allows the gases to escape from the barrel, but efficiently lightens the slide to reduce felt recoil and promote faster lock times for the longer 6-inch slide.” The gun was also comfortable to shoot and manipulate. The round-heel frame and undercut triggerguard made it comfortable to shoot and carry. The gun was also free of harsh edges that would be easily discovered by anyone carrying it for any decent amount of time. Carry Optics I really liked the addition of the Leupold DeltaPoint Pro because it gave me a great field of view and was exceptionally clear. One very nice feature of the optic is its “auto-on” capability. The sight features Leupold’s motion-sensor technology that activates the dot reticle as soon as the unit moves. This is nice to have when your target appears out of nowhere and you only have a short window of time to make the shot. I did experience some dust issues on the glass, but that’s pretty easy to deal with. Kimber includes a rubberized cover for the optic that peels off quickly and easily, and I would absolutely use it in the field. Performance-wise, the gun was a shooter. I was easily able to punch quarter-sized groups at 25 yards. On a deer or other similarly sized game, this kind of accuracy would be more than sufficient to make the hunt successful. For this test, my targets were 12-inch steel plates set from 25 to 100 yards. Is the 10mm capable to hitting at longer distances? You bet, but I have found most deer and other similarly sized game is taken inside that distance. The gun produced nothing but continuous, small, gray impact marks on the steel as the rounds hit exceptionally close to each other. I liked the fact that muzzle rise was minimal, as I am a firm believer in being ready to deliver follow-up shots. While the gun ran everything well, it seemed to really like the Hornady Custom 180-grain XTPs. These are good general-purpose rounds that I would use regularly in the Super Jägare. For those who might see a dual use for this gun, it also ran the Hornady 175-grain Critical Defense rounds well, too. Super Versatile After some consideration, I think this gun would also be a pretty solid weapon for self-defense. One thing I have heard more and more from hunters is a desire not only to have a successful hunt, but a safe one as well. This is especially true for those who hunt in areas along the Southern border. The 10mm round is no joke and would serve you well against four-legged threats as well as those of the two-legged variety. Remember, the 10mm was originally developed for gunfighting and personal protection. The FBI even used the 10mm for some time following the infamous Miami shootout in 1986. As for game application, I would happily hunt whitetails with this great pistol. Being a hog-hunting addict, I would also bring this out to Texas and run it against the biggest and baddest of the bunch. In the end, I really like the Kimber Super Jägare. The pistol ran well and felt great in my hands. It provides me with excellent ballistics in a smaller package that still isn’t punishing. It was accurate, fast and reliable, which are my primary criteria for a hunting weapon. Now, granted, a price tag of over $2,600 might make some people flinch, but it is worth every penny. Kimber has really hit a home run with the Super Jägare. It is a unique 10mm 1911 designed by serious hunters for serious hunters. For more information, visit kimberamerica.com. Kimber Super Jägare Specifications Caliber: 10mm Barrel: 6 inches Overall Length: 9.7 inches Overall Weight: 42 ounces (empty) Grips: Micarta Sights: Leupold DeltaPoint Pro Action: SA Finish: Black DLC, gray KimPro Capacity: 8+1 MSRP: $2,688 The post The Kimber Super Jägare Combines 10mm Power With a Leupold Sight appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
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