Category Archives: Articles Written by Scott Reitz

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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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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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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Police Pursuits

A number of people have approached me concerning an LAPD pursuit, which took place last Friday. They heard me narrate (in real time on KCAL News) the pursuit, commenting on police policies and procedures. The following is an article I… Continue reading →

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The Importance of Low Level Light Training

Daylight training and low level light training are two very different evolutions. Low-level light training brings to the table a much different set of problems to overcome than that of bright, ambient light training. The simple fact that targets and… Continue reading →

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Old School P.I.R. (Preliminary Investigation Reports)

LAPD Circa 1976 Academy; Class on P.I.R. (Preliminary Investigation Report.) The absolute high art of Police writing… Third person narrative. Just the facts Ma’am! Dragnet, Sgt. Friday style. Police report writing demands a succinct, straight to the facts, narration style…. Continue reading →

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Can You Shoot in the Rain?

We often get asked that question in the days leading up to a weekend that’s forecasted for a downpour. You know what, for those who don’t have much experience with firearms it’s actually a very fair question. Southern California… sand,… Continue reading →

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