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Third Degree: Aeromedix's RSK Mk1 Folding Knife

I've long said that if you have a reason to carry a gun, you should probably carry a knife. Anyone who needs a gun for personal security will likely face challenges requiring a blade, either as a cutting or extrication tool or as a secondary weapon. Law enforcement personnel certainly fall within this category of high-risk persons. During the last 30 years, I ve used my folding knife far more often than my sidearm.

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Get the Lead Out

Potentially dangerous exposures to lead can occur in both indoor and outdoor gun ranges. Lead originates from unjacketed lead bullets, primer compound, discharge of a firearm, and fragmentation of the bullet against the target and backdrop. Lead dust from these activities hangs in the air, and then is partially taken up by the range s exhaust system, or in outdoor settings, by wind currents and waterways. The remaining airborne lead dust settles on the ceiling, walls, floor, ground and other surfaces.

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The 2006 5.11 Challenge Winners

The 5.11 Challenge is one of the most popular and widely known organized law enforcement competitions in the country. Yearly, more than 22,000 officers throw their names in the hat hoping to get a chance to participate in the event. Every summer, 32 two-officer teams make the trek to compete by the Bighorn River in eastern Montana. The three top-scoring teams, along with their families, are flown back out to the 5.11 lodge for a final shootout to determine the winner.

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Safety Tip: Training for Effect

You wouldn't be here if you weren't interested in getting better at your job. In that vein, you probably train as much as you can. Because, for most of us, training time is precious and we don't have enough of it, we should maximize the practical effect of the training time we do get. That means starting from the reality of the situations we're most likely to find ourselves in, and concentrating our precious training time there until we have either mastered our skills in those most likely areas or we re so bored we need a break.

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Handcuffing Survival

Statistics indicate roughly 70 percent of suspects resist arrest after the first handcuff is applied. Indeed, one of my old training officers bears the scars on his cheek from the ratchets of a loose single strand, evidence of a female who decided she didn t want to go to jail that day.

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