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Red Dot Sight Systems on Handguns

Technology oftentimes drives an advancement of tactics and application of weapons platforms. One of the most innovative sighting systems I have ever read about was once employed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in the 1930’s or 1940’s. While engaging… Continue reading →

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Looking Back: Learning to Shoot with a Winchester .22 LR

My first rifle was given to me by my father after I had been on the Fort Meade Junior rifle team for about a year. It was a Winchester model 56 in .22 Long Rifle. I still have it (pictured… Continue reading →

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Working in the Cold

Cold weather will cause certain body parts to work more slowly than usual so…I would advise that you keep this in mind when you try to go to speed as you would on a balmy sunny day when in fact,… Continue reading →

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LAPD Qual Course Focus Group

I recently was invited by the LAPD firearms training unit to participate in a focus study group with the goal of improving LAPD’s existing firearms qualification course. In addition to myself, four former SWAT officers that I worked with also… Continue reading →

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Firearms Safety – By Brett McQueen

Some of you may have heard about a firearms mishap at a Riverside range a few weeks ago during a concealed carry class. Apparently the civilian instructor shot a student in the leg. This was what we consider to be… Continue reading →

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Looking Back: Retirements – By Scott Reitz

I recently had a long conversation with a fellow SWAT officer who retired some years ago. We discussed life after the LAPD and our retirements. Now there are retirements and there are retirements. Some individuals are immensely popular with their… Continue reading →

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Reliance on SWAT – By Scott Reitz

(Reprinted from 2018 Frontline Debriefs – SWAT Magazine) (Note: The majority of our instructors are full time SWAT officers- most from LAPD SWAT. This past weekend, one of our students asked me what functions SWAT performs and how it differs… Continue reading →

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Looking Back: Proud Times in the LAPD Academy – By Scott Reitz

Young Officers often find it amusing when I tell them of the LAPD Academy back many years ago when I came on the department and what was expected of you. So with this thought in mind I thought I’d take… Continue reading →

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Hostage Resolution

Years ago when I was still on LAPD, a hostage situation developed in a large metropolitan city. The suspect held the hostage in the typical configuration of a controlling arm about the neck of the victim while positioning himself behind… Continue reading →

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Looking Back: Our Family Trip to Normandy

Brett and I and two of our sons were in Europe this year combining training and vacation. During a break we spent two days in Normandy, France. It was a humbling experience. The day we visited Omaha Beach the sky… Continue reading →

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