MAY 9, 2023

The CMP has decided to move the annual Western CMP Games back to its original October timeslot. The new Western Games is set for Oct. 10-15, 2023 at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility.
Bushnell congratulates pro shooter KC Eusebio for winning his 10th World Speed Shooting Championship title. Eusebio accomplished his record setting win using a Bushnell RXM-300 reflex sight and continued his streak as the only shooter to have earned ten overall world speed shooting titles.
Federal Ammunition congratulates sponsored shooters Gregg Wolf and Cameron Hicks on their strong performances at the American Grand Prix and Trident Cup. The event was held May 4-7 at Meadows Clay Sports in Forsyth, Georgia.

This versatile concealment hydration belt performs both the duties of a runner’s belt and concealment pack well. This CCW fanny pack gun holster is available in two sizes to fit compact, subcompact or micro pistols.
Tactical Gear Distributors is now stocking Bond Arms products. TGD ensures fast and accurate delivery to your store.
Beretta USA, a member of the BDT - Beretta Defense Technologies – alliance, alongside sister companies Sako, Benelli, Steiner, Centanex, and Norma, will be attending the SOF Week conference held at the Tampa Convention Center, in Florida, from May 8-11.  

The Headrest Safe Company, LLC announced that they have hired Kenny Sinnett as their e-Commerce Manager. In his role, Stinnett will formulate strategies that concern the design and practicality of the company’s online shops and adjacent platforms.
Liberty Ammunition has offered to donate ammunition for executions done by the Idaho Corrections Department firing squads, assisting them in a time of budget constraints and increased violence in the nation.
Armscor and Rock Island Armory will host the first of their monthly live online dealer training sessions on Monday, May 8th at 11:00 AM EST.

Maxim Defense announced that its DSX Suppressor and SDX:510 Suppressed Upper Receiver Group (SURG) have received top honors in a comprehensive, independent review conducted by Pew Science.
MidwayUSA is actively interviewing candidates for the position of Senior UX Developer. If you have a passion for UX Development, MidwayUSA, a three-time Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner and industry-leading internet retailer of shooting, hunting, and outdoor products could be a perfect fit.
Knife Rights has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the City of Philadelphia's ban on "use or possess(ion of) any cutting weapon upon the public streets or upon any public property at any time," as well as within 100 ft. of any school.

The Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro 9mm pistol is now available with a frame-mounted ambidextrous manual safety. The new Hellcat Pro is a compact pistol chambered in 9mm that offers 15+1 capacity in a smaller footprint than any other gun in its class. And the addition of the low-profile yet easily engageable ambidextrous safety further enhances its capabilities.
Just in time for the summer shooting season, Fiocchi is offering a Range Dynamics bulk pack of its new 40-grain FMJ 5.7x28mm.Offered in 150-round boxes, the Range Dynamics 5.7x28mm bulk pack ammo is the perfect choice for defensive pistol and carbine practice.
Luth-AR introduced the latest addition to its product lineup, the 308 24" Fluted Bull Barrel Complete Upper. This complete upper is made from high-quality 4150 Chrome Moly and features a 1-10 twist, threaded barrel with flash hider.

Just in time for the summer shooting season, Fiocchi is offering a Range Dynamics bulk pack of its new 40-grain FMJ 5.7x28mm.Offered in 150-round boxes, the Range Dynamics 5.7x28mm bulk pack ammo is the perfect choice for defensive pistol and carbine practice.
Telum Tactical announced the launch of its new push button automatic knife, the Titan Series. Telum Tactical’s largest automatic design, the Titan Series features a 4-inch D2 stonewashed tanto blade with a flat grind and black titanium finish.
Designed for wear underneath garments or load carriage platforms, the Slick is light and comfortable. The soft material can be folded up and stashed on your cargo pocket when not needed. The Deceptor will discretely hold a pair of special threat plates and two 6” x 6” rifle side plates.

Galco's Royal Guard 2.0 is now available for the Glock 43X with and without pistol mounted optics. Constructed of premium horsehide, the Royal Guard 2.0 has the rough side of the leather out for greater stability in the pants, with the smooth side of the leather against the handgun for a slicker draw.
Silencer Shop announced a new firearm in collaboration with Ruger, the Ruger Mark IV 22/45 Silencer Shop Host (SSH). Available exclusively at Silencer Shop, the SSH builds on the famous Ruger Mark IV platform and is optimized for use with a suppressor.
RSR Group’s 2023 E-Vault Virtual Show featuring Smith & Wesson starts Tuesday, May 9th at 11:00 a.m. ET, and concludes on Friday, May 12, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ET. This unique online event allows dealers to take advantage of savings on Smith & Wesson products available only at
Pulsar’s new Stream Vision Ballistics mobile application is now available for download on the AppStore and Google Play. The first Pulsar device to support Stream Vision Ballistics is Thermion 2 LRF XP50 Pro with the upcoming new firmware update 3.1 which will be available May 4.
The U.S. Concealed Carry Association has launched its newest firearms safety course, Children’s Firearms and Safety Fundamentals. This educator-created curriculum equips families with the knowledge to effectively teach children about firearms safety.
Range USA’s Lady Sure Shots program encourages women of all experience levels to join the “Socialize. Shop. Shoot.” fun while supporting the Project ChildSafe firearm safety education program of NSSF.
“Brownsville was just the latest outrage which proves people intent on mass murder and mayhem don’t always use firearms,” says CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “but in none of these cases has anyone ever tried to blame, and then ban, motor vehicles. Yet, the victims are just as dead.”
Bear Creek Arsenal announced a limited-run sale on select 6.5 Grendel, .450 Bushmaster, and .350 Legend guns, as well as 5.56 Nato and .223 Wylde options.
While some retailers still struggle to get ammo on the shelves, it’s far cry from what things looked like 24 months ago, as Shooting Industry’s May feature, “The Ammunition Market In 2023,” shows.
Silencer Shop announced an extension to their tax-exempt amnesty eForm 1 service until May 16th, 2023. This service is designed to assist firearms owners across the country to convert their firearm into a short-barreled rifle (SBR) in response to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) recent pistol brace rule (2021R-08F).
Hornady Security's RAPiD Safe Keypad Vault is a budget-friendly option for securing up to two handguns, ammo and other valuables and provides the advanced features included in all Hornady Security RAPiD products.
Pulsar’s 3.1 firmware update for the Pulsar flagship riflescope – Thermion 2 LRF XP50 Pro is now available After updating, you’ll be able to use integrated ballistic calculations for accurate long-distance shooting and pair your device with the new Stream Vision Ballistics mobile application.

While perusing social media last week, I saw that a fellow former member of service posted a graphic, shown here, covering preliminary data on law enforcement officers shot from 1 January 2023 through 30 April 2023. These are preliminary figures and may not match FBI LEOKA data.

Source: National FOP website.

In fact, the data appears to be taken from media accounts and not agency-submitted information. That may appropriately be of concern, but I’d also seen it reported that a number of agencies – including some of the largest – haven’t been submitting offense report data to FBI. Whether that includes “officers killed and assaulted” data, I don’t know.

In any event, I thought it fitting that we take a look at the FOP’s numbers and try to make some sense of it.

The report from National FOP shows that, as of midnight, 30 April, 135 officers were shot in the line of duty thus far in 2023. That’s up 48% from 2021 and 52% from 2020 (both year-to-date figures). Of 135 officers shot, fifteen died from their injuries.

That’s 11% -- too many if it’s even one, but that shows that the overwhelming number survived the injuries. While gunshot wounds can be disabling and disfiguring, it’s not an automatic death sentence. There is a lesson there.

The percentage killed is down from 2020 and 2021 – those January-April periods were more deadly.

Of the officers shot, 43 were shot in 38 ambush-style attacks. That’s 32% of the total. Of the officers shot from ambush, six were killed – forty percent of the total fatalities.

Ambush shootings have been more deadly.

When you know something's going to happen, you can team up, gear up and make a plan - advantages not available in ambush. Below, any location can be like this one - where an aggrieved party invaded the building during night shift years ago. It doesn't look dangerous, does it?.

Where did these shootings happen? They’re spread out. The majority occurred in eleven states. The most incidents occurred in individual states as follows: 11 in California and Pennsylvania, 9 in Missouri, 8 in Florida, 7 in Washington, Tennessee, Texas and Minnesota, 6 in Alabama, Indiana and Kansas.

Meanwhile, the FBI LEOKA report for 2022 was issued. “According to statistics reported to the FBI by March 1, 2023, 118 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2022. Of these, 60 officers died as a result of felonious acts, and 58 officers died in accidents.”

The number killed feloniously was down from 2021. 20% were killed from ambush attacks.

Potential lessons?

First, all gunshot injuries aren’t fatal. We did a training segment during in-service one year in which there was a force-on-force component. Before we deployed to the training site, the participants saw a training film on fighting through gunshot injuries done by the feds. The people in the video were officers who had been shot but continued the fight and prevailed. The lesson was clear: don’t give up.

Our objective was to ensure that anyone hit during the force-on-force continue the fight and not simply stop. Fortunately, as of the time I retired nearly 10 years later, none of our people needed that training.

The ambush segment is trickier. They define ambush as being attacked without any warning or opportunity to defend against the attack. According to the National FOP site, “Premeditated ambush-style attacks are particularly disturbing and pernicious. These types of attacks are carried out with an element of surprise and intended to deprive officers of their ability to defend against the attack.”

And where does this happen? You could be on a meal break (in public), responding to a call for service that turns out to be phony, it could be when stopping a traffic violator – about anywhere, any time.

It’s best not to form a schedule habit; in the old days, it was referred to as being “predictably unpredictable.” Show up where expected, but not when. Come in from an unexpected direction.

Stop and listen before arriving at a case address. Or do a drive-by.

If you have non-uniform personnel in mixed fleet (non-marked vehicles) available, perhaps one could do a drive-by of the case address. In any event, be skeptical, suspicious – and anticipate trouble. Never stroll into any situation with your head on something else.

It doesn’t matter if you had trouble at home or if the shift supervisor is giving you a hard time or if you’re worried about bills. Keep a look-out for something or someone who doesn’t belong.

Be wary.

It’s a tough way to live, but it’s living. And it’s a good way to keep on living.

Be careful out there.

-- Rich Grassi

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