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By Jim Weiss
It is the bullet design -- not the caliber -- that determines bullet effectiveness in most police scenarios. Here are the best designs for handguns, shotguns, patrol rifles and sniper rifles from the top ammo makers.
(This article was originally published in Law and Order May 2012)
By Mike Boyle
Firearms training with marker cartridges is an integral way to sharpen your skills safely. Marker rounds now offer improved ballistics over the initial offerings. Here’s a look at one company’s advances. The Force-on-Force training system from Speer LE can take your interactive training to the highest level.
(This article was originally published in Law and Order Jan 2011)
By Steve Tracy
When it comes to .45-caliber duty pistols, the FNX from Fabrique Nationale Herstal trumps its competition by providing the highest factory magazine capacity at 15 rounds. The grip is tall to accommodate all those fat cartridges, but it’s not too wide for the average police officer.
(This article was originally published in Law and Order Dec 2013)
By Steve Tracy
The XD(M) 5.25 offers a 1.45-inch longer barrel and slide length compared to Springfield Armory’s standard 3.8-inch-long duty pistol. The XD(M) 5.25 also comes with a target rear sight, a fiber-optic front sight, and a lightened slide.
(This article was originally published in Tactical Response Jul/Aug 2014)
Both the Federal Premium line and the Speer LE line of ammo include bonded duty bullets, conventional hollowpoints, low-cost training ammo, and lead-free training ammo. A line of Force-on-Force marking ammo completes the one-stop shop for law enforcement. Here is a sampling of it all.
(This article was originally published in Law and Order Jan 2015)
By Ed Sanow
At just 200 ft-lbs of energy, the 380 Auto should not be judged by today’s police-duty-load wound ballistics standards. Instead, it should be judged by the performance needed for off-duty and backup scenarios. With the 380 Auto, you cannot have it all. You must pick what you want, and then be sure those loads cycle your pistol.
(This article was originally published in Law and Order Jan 2016)