MAY 18, 2023

The 2023 Bass Pro Shops/ Cabela’s Texas Team Trail presented by Progressive is headed to Choke Canyon Reservoir for the 2023 Championship and to determine the winner of the 2023 Progressive Team of the Year race.
With the competition shooting season officially underway, shooters from Taurus USA have already wrapped up major wins in USPSA, Steel Challenge, and IDPA.
Henry Repeating Arms announced donations totaling $200,000 to Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at Nebraska Medicine.

Primary Arms Government now carries Avon Protection’s innovative portfolio of life-critical protection solutions of full-face respirators, ballistic helmets, escape hoods, SCBA systems, and modular PAPR units for Law Enforcement and Military customers.
NSSF highlights a partnership with Taurus Holdings, Inc., in support of the “Partner with a Payer” initiative by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. In the video, titled “Building Our Partnerships,” the world-class manufacturing facilities at Taurus are showcased, which have been vital to assisting the state of Georgia and the Department of Natural Resources in their economic development of creating and maintaining resources for the public to utilize for outdoor activities.
MidwayUSA is looking for a talented Database Engineer excited to build fast, secure, and scalable data solutions to support a customer-first experience.

A federal judge in New Jersey on Tuesday granted a preliminary injunction in part against certain tenets in the Garden State’s revised gun permit law, Chapter 131, chalking up a win for the Second Amendment Foundation and its lawsuit partners.
Freedom Munitions continues to expand the X-DEF defense line with the addition of the 38 Special caliber. This cartridge utilizes a brass case with X-Treme Bullets’ copper plated, 158 grain X-DEF hollow point expanding bullet and is loaded with premium, low-flash powder.
RITON Optics announced their new First Focal Plane Low Variable Power Optic, the 5 TACTIX 1-10x24. The 5 TACTIX 1-10x24 has red dot capabilities with 1x power and precision on 10x power for those long distance shots.

Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. unveiled the new Performance Center M&P10mm M2.0 pistol. Chambered in 10mm Auto, this new full-size polymer handgun is built with enhanced features that include a ported 5.6-inch barrel, optic-height tritium night sights, and a Performance Center tuned flat M2.0 trigger with a crisp break and audible reset.
REVIC, a division of Gunwerks, announced the new Acura BLR10b Binocular Laser Rangefinder with Ballistics. The 10x42 Ballistic Rangefinding Binocular combines an integrated laser rangefinder, a weather station, and a powerful ballistic solver using the proprietary Revic Ballistic Engine.
Meprolight designed the tritium enhanced Mepro Tru-Dot Adjustable Pistol Sights for those who demand greater accuracy. Windage and elevation adjustments on the rear sight allows shooters to zero in to compensate for bullet weight and distance.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation proudly accepted a $25,000 check from Henry Repeating Arms, a long-time partner and supporter.
Whether you're just beginning to reload or you're a seasoned veteran, Hornady offers a full line of reloading equipment to suit your needs. Their wide range of presses includes the AP, Classic, Iron Press, and 366 Auto.


Today’s feature is from a long-time instructor- new contributor, John Hearne

On May 9, 2023, the FBI released its preliminary Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKAA) data for 2022. This annual release of data typically generates a few news stories, most frequently highlighting changes in the overall number of officers murdered in the last year. This year, expect to hear that felonious deaths of officers are down by 18%. While the numbers fluctuate year to year, the causes of death have remained fairly constant, until this year. The unprecedented change in the 2022 data seems to confirm growing fears among longer serving officers and has scary implications for the armed citizen.

The LEOKAA reports track the number of officers murdered by so-called “personal weapons.” “Personal weapons” are defined as hands, feet, fists, or teeth. If an officer is murdered with “personal weapons” they are beaten to death by an “unarmed person.” For years, very few officers were murdered with personal weapons. For the time period between 2003-2020, only six officers or an average of 0.33 per year were murdered with “personal weapons.” In the highest single year, 2012, only 4.1% of officers were murdered with personal weapons.

Starting in 2021, the number of murders with personal weapons increased significantly from an average of less than 1% to 5.5%. In 2022, the increase is even more dramatic. In 2022, 13.6% of officers were murdered with personal weapons. If we exclude 2021, the likely start of the trend, this is a 2100% increase in such deaths. If there was a 2100% increase in the use of so-called “assault weapons” this would be headline-worthy news.

When someone promises you violence by word or deed, believe them….

Besides being utterly shocking as a trend, we need to ask what this means. While the exact circumstances of the deaths are not yet available, it seems to indicate a policing community that has utterly caved into societal pressure to solve nonexistent problems. Ever since 2014, the shootings of “unarmed criminals” have been a major topic. While the actual evidence shows that any use of force by police is rare, let alone deadly force, and even more rare, the use of deadly force against an “unarmed” person, the media and social justice activists have repeated this lie until it is now accepted as truth. The myth that it is impossible for unarmed suspects to pose a deadly threat is now part of that same “truth.” The police have tried to revise their tactics to minimize the risk of injury to suspects but the hard evidence from the last two years is that it isn’t working and it’s getting good people killed. To say it plainly, most policing reforms are demands that officers play Russian Roulette in tense, rapidly evolving situations and the police are now losing at extraordinary levels.

Those of us who have been in the policing profession for some time have noticed certain trends such as the difficulty of recruiting qualified candidates, the elimination of proactive policing, and the desire to increase standards for the use of force beyond those required by both statutory and case law. This dramatic increase in the murder of officers at the hands of “unarmed people” seems to be clear evidence that these trends are ill founded and/or not desirable. It seems inevitable that American police will confront and arrest even fewer criminals in the near future and that our criminal justice system will incarcerate fewer as well. If you’re paying attention, the need for basic awareness and the ability to deliver competent, pro-social violence* will be increasing.

It is an ugly truth but if the police cannot be trusted to protect themselves from criminals armed only with hands and feet, they cannot be trusted to protect you or your loved ones. This is just tragic reinforcement of the ugly reality that responsibility for your personal safety rests solely on your shoulders.

* “Lawful moral violence in the service of good; as opposed to anti-social violence.”

John Hearne is a currently serving law enforcement officer who started his career in 1992. He is an agency and academy instructor in several areas including firearms, use of force, and tactics. He has been a staff instructor for Tom Givens of Rangemaster since 2001 and has his own training company - Two Pillars Training.

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