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Washington State Patrol Converts to Smith & Wesson M&P Pistols
The Washington State Patrol (WSP) has selected the Smith & Wesson Military & Police (M&P) Pistol Series for duty use. The American-made, Smith & Wesson M&P40 will be issued to each officer of the Washington State Patrol to replace firearms supplied by a European-based manufacturer that had previously served as the primary duty sidearm. The Washington State Patrol has ordered 1,400 M&P40 pistols.
Trijicon Selects Driftwood Media
Trijicon, Inc. manufacturer of high quality, innovative sighting systems for law enforcement, military, hunting and the shooting sports, has selected Driftwood Media, Inc. to carry out its media relations and communications efforts.

Insight Tech-Gear
Insight Technology Sponsors Night Match at Day-Night-Day
Insight Technology, the world's leading provider of tactical lasers, illuminators and thermal imaging equipment, will be the title sponsor of the evening portion of the Day-Night-Day match being held December 12-13 at The Range in Oxford, N.C. The Day-Night-Day match is comprised of three separate events and competitors compete in one, two or all three events. The Insight Technology Night Championship will be held on the evening of Saturday, December 12 and limited to 80 shooters.
Brownells Awarded Pistolsmith Guild Seal for 21 Products
Brownells, the Montezuma, Iowa-based gunsmith supply business proudly announces that 21 of its products have been selected by the American Pistolsmiths Guild to receive their coveted Seal of Approval.
GunBroker.com Hosts Charity Auction
In support of the fight against breast cancer, GunBroker.com® is hosting a charity auction of an unusual pink rifle. The auction, which can be viewed at http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=139806438, ends October 25.
Wilson Combat 6.8 Project
After a tremendous amount of research and testing by Bill Wilson and the Wilson Combat team we are excited to announce the availability of our custom AR platform rifles chambered in 6.8 SPC caliber.
News in Brief
Streamlight Announces New VP, Sales & Marketing: Streamlight, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-performance lighting equipment for professional and consumer applications, announced the appointment of Michael F. Dineen to the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Federal Approval:
BLACKHAWK! Products Group™, the world leader in manufacturing tactical gear for the military, law enforcement, industrial security and outdoor markets announced the selection of the BLACKHAWK! SERPA retention holster system along with select accessory components for the Elite Warriors of the United States Joint Special Operations Community.

Del-Ton, Inc., a successful online dealer of AR-15 parts, accessories, and rifle kits, as well as makers of their own line of customizable rifles, has added lower receivers to their already impressive line of AR products.

American Tactical Imports (ATI) announced a settlement of litigation between German Sport Guns GmbH and Heckler & Koch over German Sport Guns' GSG-5, a .22 caliber semiautomatic replica of the H&K MP5 submachine gun.
Around the Water Cooler: 2008 LEOKA
by Rich Grassi

That term "LEOKA" looks strange to people outside my world. It's something I study annually. An unpleasant task, we examine the previous year's LEOKA because ignoring history causes one to make old mistakes over and over. While I haven't gotten the book, 2008 Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, FBI announced yesterday the report is available.

The number of officers feloniously killed in 2009, at 41, is "a significant decline from 2007, when 58 officers were feloniously killed" and it's the lowest such statistic in at least 10 years. Fewer officers feloniously killed over the last ten years?

How could that be? The number of states implementing "shall issue" concealed carry increased during that time. Also, the Clinton Gun Ban of 1994 sunset - with no accompanying bloodbath.

Losing 41 is far too many for all that. Thirty-five of 41 were killed with firearms. Out of that number, only 29 were wearing armor. Of the 42 alleged offenders, 36 had prior criminal arrests. Rehabilitation, anyone?

Nearly 59,000 officers were assaulted in the line of duty last year, with over a quarter of those sustaining injuries. Almost a third of assaults occurred while responding to domestics. Fifteen percent occurred during arrests.

Accidents killed 68 officers in 25 states. Of that number, 39 died in traffic related circumstances. Here's a message to the troops I left behind: slow down, look. Getting killed in a traffic collision gets you to the call no quicker.

The FBI blurb notes that officers who were feloniously killed represent all of us: ". . . men and women, black, white, and American Indian, in 19 states." They died conducting our business, executing warrants of search and arrest, traffic pursuits, during surveillances, in ambushes and on domestics.

Take a moment, please, and consider those officers, their families and coworkers. Consider their sacrifice and be glad they lived.
Skill Set: Training, Part II - Gear
by Tiger McKee

Every class I've ever attended had an equipment list. If it's on the list bring it. You don't want to be "that" guy in the class that everyone remembers for the wrong reasons. I normally start gathering and packing gear at least two weeks before a class. This insures you have everything you need, and that it packs up compact enough to fit your travel plans.

Part of training is about evaluating your equipment, discovering how to operate it properly, and its advantages and disadvantages. But don't go to class with new equipment that hasn't been tested. With a new weapon you need to fire it enough to insure it's functioning properly, which means at least two or three hundred rounds. At the same time you're also confirming your ammunition and magazines are working properly. I've seen people come to class with ammo they never tested, and they didn't discover it wouldn't function in their weapon until the class started. With anything that can break or fail, carry a spare.

Don't try to do a two-day course with three different weapons. You'll have plenty to think about without trying to remember which pistol you're shooting. Using one type weapon allows you to focus on the important lessons, plus it cuts way down on the amount of gear you have to carry.

I use two range bags to pack my gear. I have a large bag that holds gear I may need. This is where I carry my rain/cold weather gear, elbow and kneepads, spare mags, cleaning gear, batteries, and small tools. I also keep a little snack in this bag. You tend to work up an appetite shootin' bad guys. A spare holster, belt, pouches and notebook with pens also go in the big bag. Anything that might be affected by rain goes into plastic zip-lock bags.

I have a small range bag that I actually carry with me on the range which fits into the big bag. The small bag holds stuff I know I'll need such as eye/ear protection, flashlights, sight tools, lights, and a first aid and trauma kit.

If you're a regular guy or gal training to defend your family don't show up for class decked out in yards of Velcro and black tactical gear. When you're attacked in a dark parking lot you won't have that tactical vest and thigh-rig holster. Armed professionals should train with the gear you normally operate with. During class don't hesitate to ask other students about their gear. This is an opportunity to get opinions from people actually using the gear before you buy something.

Electronic earmuffs should be considered mandatory. Earplugs don't really protect your hearing; the area right behind the ear is where a lot of damage can occur. Regular muffs protect this, but you can't hear commands. The electronic earmuffs are affordable and recommended.

In part III of this series we'll discuss the class itself and post-class actions, where the learning really starts.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama, author of The Book of Two Guns, a staff member of several firearms/tactical publications, and an adjunct instructor for the F.B.I. (256) 582-4777 www.shootrite.org

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