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Interacting with Law Enforcement While Armed

police traffic stop

You’re late to work and rushing down the highway when you notice a state trooper pull in behind you.

Maybe you witnessed a traffic crash and are getting ready to give the investigating officer a statement.

Perhaps you’ve been attacked, had to defend yourself and hear the sirens of responding deputies coming your way.

In all of these cases you are going to interact with a law enforcement officer. As a armed citizen, how do you handle it?

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Gun News

Wednesday’s gun news…

Colt Mustang XSP

Announced at the NRA Annual Meetings and Expo earlier this month, the new Mustang XSP is a polymer-framed version of the single-action .380 ACP pistol.  Do not think that this is the same pistol just with a plastic frame.  Colt made a number of changes in the frame that many shooters will like.  For example, there is a relief cut into the frame, behind the trigger guard, which allows the shooter to get a grip higher up on the gun.

gun newsOther enhancements on the new Mustang XSP include an ambidextrous safety, dovetailed front sight and short accessory rail.  Total weight of the pistol is less than 12 ounces (unloaded) and the MSRP is $649.  For now the frame is black, but polymer frames allow for relatively easy color additions to the handgun line.  Don’t be surprised to see an OD green, FDE or even pink Mustang XSP in the future.

The AR-15: Practical, Tactical or TACTI-COOL!

The American Gunsmithing Institute released a new gunsmithing DVD on customizing the AR-15 rifle.  The video course starts with an overview of different customization options that are available for the rifles, and then launches into a number of project builds for different needs.  The course is taught by a master gunsmith with decades of experience with the AR platform.  The DVD retails for $79.95.

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LaserLyte Training Pistol

LaserLyte Trigger Tyme

LaserLyte has a new training pistol:  the Trigger Tyme.  If you read the marketing materials on the training gun, it would seem to be an ideal tool, especially for Glock shooters.  But does it live up to that description?

Trigger Tyme

The LaserLyte training pistol is a blue plastic training gun that approximates the size and trigger pull of a Glock 19/23 pistol.  Unlike a Glock, the Trigger Tyme resets the trigger automatically after each pull.

The pistol does not contain a laser on its own.  The user must purchase a LaserLyte LT-PRO separately, which inserts into the end of the Trigger Tyme’s “barrel.”  While the separate purchase may be a bit of a pain for some people, the LT-PRO can still be used with normal firearms allowing for a greater degree of training flexibility.

LaserLyte LT-PRO
The LaserLyte LT-PRO inserted into the barrel of a handgun. The same training unit works with the Trigger Tyme.

The Trigger Tyme does not have a working slide and it is impossible to insert ammo into it.  So, other than a laser beam in the eye, the gun is very safe to use.  There cannot be any accidental or negligent discharges with this training gun.

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Military

Marines: Hey Lets Train with Our Actual Weapons!

Marines Firearms TrainingThe US Marine Corps has decided to train as it fights.  At weapon qualifications, Marines will be allowed to use the weapons and approved optics they carry into battle.

“The intent is to ensure Marines train with the weapon system with which they will fight, ” wrote Lt. Gen. Richard Mills in an administrative message.

Not being a Marine, I didn’t realize this, but it seems that firearms qualification scores are part of how promotions are calculated.  Therefore, in an effort to ensure “fairness” in the promotional process, it appears the Marines have not allowed their personnel to qualify with what they carry.

For example, the free-floated barrel on the Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR) could provide an accuracy advantage to the shooter as compared to a Marine shooting a standard M16 or M4, and therefore could have been removed from qualifications to promote the concept of fairness.

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Ruger Tactical Tips by Dave Spaulding

Ruger teamed up with firearm trainer Dave Spaulding to produce a series of videos called Ruger Tactical Tips.  These training videos are completely free and available on the Ruger website.  The Ruger Tactical Tips videos are several minutes in length, and will be published during the coming weeks and months.  The first video on mental preparation is already available on the Ruger site.

Dave Spaulding is a retired law enforcement officer with more than 28 years of experience in patrol, investigations, SWAT, undercover operations and training.  Spaulding takes a no-nonsense approach to firearms training, which I appreciate a great deal.