The Safariland Group Blog

How to Choose a Fighting PIstol

May 30, 2012 at 18:54
Posted in Hard Armor
Many have weighed in on the topic of the fighting pistol, yet the debate and search for the “one” still continues today. The questions go round as to make, model, caliber and more. The definition of the fighting pistol is a full-size pistol with the primary mission of being openly carried in a duty holster or leg holster by the person who goes armed into harm’s way on a daily basis. Based on my experience, I believe the following factors should be considered when choosing the best fighting... Read More »

Are You Wearing Your Body Armor Backwards?

August 3, 2010 at 08:15
Posted in Body Armor
As strange as it may sound, there is a very good chance that you, or one of your fellow officers, will go on duty tonight wearing body armor that may provide far less ballistic protection than expected. Modern body armor is designed to protect the wearer from deadly high-velocity handgun rounds using a sophisticated combination of bullet-stopping materials, strategies and tactics. Unfortunately, these highly sophisticated panel structures are usually directional in nature. That means if they... Read More »

Holsters Need Love Too - How to Clean and Care for your Safariland Holster

July 26, 2010 at 14:42
Posted in Duty Gear
There are not many shooters among us who neglect their firearms after a hard day’s shooting. Whether they get cleaned that day (best case scenario) or a few weeks after they’ve been used, the fact remains that they eventually get the care and attention they deserve. For many of us, there’s always that tinge of guilt hiding in the back of the brain that keeps reminding us, “Your guns are dirty…you’re neglecting them…why exactly do you hate your guns so much, what have they ever done to you…”... Read More »

OC Spray Training - To Be or Not to Be Sprayed

July 20, 2010 at 06:00
Posted in Less Lethal
Few, if any, officers are overjoyed when coming into contact with OC Spray (oleoresin capsicum). The taste and intense burning sensation in the eyes or face is unpleasant to say the least. Regardless, in essentially every training course on OC Spray, students are regularly exposed to OC or worse. Read More »

Debate Reigns in Supreme Court Hearing for Chicago’s Handgun Ban

March 10, 2010 at 08:29
Posted in Duty Gear | General
For those following my blog posts regarding firearms rights or to anyone closely following the news at all, last week was a big week for those involved on either side of the gun rights argument, with the recent arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago. However, it only appeared to be a good day for one side… Read More »

12 Steps for Better Drug Testing Results

March 4, 2010 at 13:50
Posted in Forensics
Chemical presumptive narcotics identification systems, such as the NIK® Polytesting System and the ODV NarcoPouch® and NarcoTest® lines are some of the most widely-used field drug testing systems used in law enforcement today. Law enforcement officers are expected to combine their investigative skills and experience, knowledge of the characteristics of suspected narcotics and familiarity with the expected color reactions from field tests to correctly identify suspected narcotics. Read More »

Why Training is Even More Important in a Down Economy

January 19, 2010 at 12:52
Posted in General
The economic crisis is taking a toll on just about every aspect of American business. As well, many of our state and local Agencies are undergoing budget cuts for 2010 that may force them to cut officers at a time when some cities are experiencing crime rates that are higher than ever. So, the question is, how can we be better or at least “as efficient” with a reduction in force? Read More »

Chicago Handgun Ban: Date Set for Supreme Court Hearing of McDonald vs. City of Chicago

December 17, 2009 at 06:00
Posted in Duty Gear | General
A date has been set for the McDonald v. City of Chicago Supreme Court case. On March 2nd, 2010 the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments addressing whether the city of Chicago is in violation of the Constitution in banning handguns, the annual taxation of firearms, and other items. Although the SC’s previous Heller decision would seem to clearly oppose those regulations, since the case involved Washington D.C., it only applies to that location for the time being. Read More »

Selecting an OC Aerosol Delivery System

December 15, 2009 at 09:15
Posted in Less Lethal
To get the most effect out of your OC aerosol, you need to be aware and trained on how it should be deployed. Is the aerosol in a Foam, Stream, or Fog delivery system? With this information, a subject or assailant can be targeted appropriately and the best effect will be achieved from the aerosol. Each form has great advantages, but also individual disadvantages. Read More »

Selecting a Ballistic Guard Shack – Part I: Bullet Resistance

December 3, 2009 at 08:00
Posted in Armor Systems
What makes a guard booth “ballistic”? What one may visualize as a metal “box”, can actually be much more involved. Especially when it comes to a bullet resistant “box”, which is intended to be a potential live saving device. There are essentially two factors to consider when selecting a bullet resistance structure: Bullet Resistance and Points of Vulnerability. We’ll be focusing exclusively on bullet resistance in this post. There are three main elements to consider when discussing the bullet... Read More »