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WA – Military – Washington Guard trains for combat with Strykers

SPOKESMAN REVIEW.COM June 23, 2018 – YAKIMA FIRING RANGE – Standing at his station behind the mount for a .50-caliber machine gun, head through a hatch of the Stryker rolling along dry hillsides, Sgt. Robert Brooks allowed that there are pluses and minuses to the Washington National Guard’s new combat vehicles. A veteran of two tours in Iraq with the Washington National Guard’s 81st Brigade Combat Team, Brooks spent…

Int’l – Military – ‘Hunting ISIS’ highlights American ‘volunteers’ who fought terror group (VIDEO)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Whether current or former military, or citizen militia, this story is a sample of the feature, Weapons of War, in the upcoming July issue of our companion publication, Firepower,  which profiles the courage of, among others, the first retaliatory force of a dozen Special Forces members that, though outnumbered, fought 50,000 Al Qaeda in Afghanistan just a month after the collapse of the World Trade Center on…

IL – LE – 1 suspect dead, another in custody after ATF agent ambushed, shot during undercover operation, officials say

ABC NEWS.COM June 8, 2018 – One suspect is dead and another is in custody after a federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was shot multiple times when he and other agents were ambushed during an undercover operation, officials tell ABC News. 

NYC – LE – NYPD officially phases out revolvers as 25-year vets transition to 9-mm.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS May 30, 2018 – It’s the end of an era, but a necessary one. The last crop of cops transitioning from the old-school revolver to the modern semi-automatic handguns reported to the NYPD shooting range in the Bronx for training Wednesday. 


Desert Rose Memorial Day Rendezvous

LIVE 5 NEWS.COM (SC)  May 24, 2018 –Each May, American come together to remember the fallen soldiers from throughout our country’s history.  The American Battlefield Trust – a national nonprofit organization that preserves our nation’s hallowed battlegrounds – recommends eight family-friendly events you may want to consider for Memorial Day Weekend 2018.   

MI – LE – May 16, 2018 – Melvindale police to start training officers in real-life active shooter scenarios

NEWS HERALD.COM May 16, 2018 – The Melvindale Police Department will be training officers in real-life active shooter scenarios with the help of a local college. Melvindale police Lt. Robert Kennaley said simunition equipment and scenario-based training is the most lifelike for police officers today. In an active shooter training scenario, for example, officers would have to enter a room with a barricaded gunman, civilians screaming and gunfire. 

The Gun-Law Loophole That Entices Tycoons and Criminals to Play Cop

BLOOMBERG.COM  May 15, 2018 – James “J.D.” Smith is a former Navy SEAL who worked as a CIA trainer and bodyguard for billionaire Charles Koch. But when he got pulled over in Arkansas a few years ago with what drug agents say was a vehicle full of marijuana, another credential helped him out of the jam: a police badge from the tiny town of Lake Arthur, New Mexico. Among…

Nat’l – Military – Why Submachine Guns Fell Out of Favor With the U.S. Military

WE ARE THE MIGHTY.COM May 14, 2018 –Submachine guns were a staple of combat in the early 20th century. Their light weight and sleek profiles meant that they could be used in many close-quarters situations and their high rate of fire gave them a stopping power to be feared. By the 1980s, however, submachine guns were rarely seen in regular line units. 

Nat’l – Military – 5 Military Guns That Revolutionized Modern Infantry Combat (VIDEO)

TASK AND PURPOSE.COM May 13, 2018 – The field of military small arms is an underappreciated but important one. Although not as sexy as nuclear weapons, fighter jets or tanks, battle rifles, assault rifles, and machine guns have killed far more people and been involved in the forced transfer of more real estate than any other weapon—particularly in the so-called Third World. 

Nat’l – Military – Special Operators Getting A New Round For Their Precision Rifles And An ‘Assault’ Machine Gun

THE DRIVE.COM May 10, 2018 – U. S. Special Operations Command has revealed plans to replace a number of precision rifles across its components that use NATO-standard 7.62mm ammunition with new guns chambered for a smaller cartridge, the 6.5mm Creedmoor. It has also disclosed that it is developing a new “assault” machine gun that fires the same round, which is part of broader efforts to provide longer range, but still relatively lightweight…

IN – Military – Could you soon carry a submachine gun on mission? The Army is interested

ARMY TIMES.COM May 9, 2018 – The Army is asking industry to showcase what kind of fully automatic, 9 mm subcompact weapons it has in its stocks through a recent posting on the fedbizopps website, a site for government contract postings. According to the Request For Information posting, the “(Sub Compact Weapon) will be a full/semi-automatic selectable variant.” It must also have the Picatinny rail, familiar to soldiers on their existing M4 carbine. …

AL – LE – Off-duty officer told he was not allowed to carry gun at VBC (VIDEO)

FOX 19.COM April 30, 2018 – An off-duty Madison city police officer went to the Von Braun Center with his family Friday to watch the Havoc play Friday, but he said something “strange” happened. He was pulled aside near the metal detectors at the entrance and told he couldn’t bring his gun inside the VBC. Detective Wesley Grigsby said he had his credentials, but VBC staffers told him only Madison County…

Nat’l – Military/LE – US Military Bringing a Switchblade to A Gun Fight

DEFENSE INDUSTRY DAILY.COM April 25, 2018 – The US Army has contracted AeroVironment to provide upgraded hardware and parts for the Switchblade precision strike munition. Valued at $44.6 million, the agreement  will task the firm, based out of Simi Valley, California, with providing Block10C inert training vehicles and Block10C all up rounds, multi pack launchers and modular battery payloads to the service, with a scheduled completion date set for September 19, 2019. 

IN – LE – How Trump’s federal prosecutor is bringing the ‘hammer’ against Indianapolis gun violence

INDY STAR.COM  April 19, 2018 – In February, with the news cameras rolling outside an Indianapolis police district headquarters, U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler stepped to the podium for two reasons. He announced the results of a multi-agency investigation called Operation Little Dipper. Members of a violent gang who trafficked guns and drugs, he said, were now off the streets. 

Law Enforcement Supporter ‘The Gunny’ Dies

OFFICER.COM April 16, 2018 –  R. Lee Ermey, the real-life military veteran who turned maggots into Marines in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” died Sunday morning from complications from pneumonia, according to a statement from his longtime manager posted to the actor’s official Twitter account. He was 74. Ermey carved his place into cinema history with his memorable portrayal of foul-mouthed Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam War…

WA – LE – ‘Absolutely insane’: Wash. law enforcement agencies selling assault rifles

KATU.COM Undated – When law enforcement agencies in Washington and other states sell guns they’ve confiscated during criminal investigations, they’re not just selling pistols and hunting rifles, they’re also putting assault weapons, including AR-15s, back on the street. Sheriff’s offices and police departments across Washington state have sold dozens of AR-15s, AK47s and other assault weapons since 2010, an Associated Press investigation found.

Nat’l – LE – When a College Employee Shoots a Student

THE ATLANTIC.COM  April 9, 2018 – “Twenty-one, mental. He’s a mental,” a university police officer said into his radio as his car approached Charles Thomas, a fourth-year student at the University of Chicago, on Tuesday night after reports of possible burglary and damage to buildings. Three campus police officers had responded to the call. Thomas, who according to police was holding a metal object, began walking toward the officer, as body-cam footage…

CA – LE – Proposal Would Limit When California Police Can Shoot Guns

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT April 3, 2018 – Several lawmakers and the family of a 22-year-old unarmed black man who was fatally shot by police are proposing Tuesday that California become the first state to significantly restrict when officers can open fire. Some in law enforcement called the proposal “irresponsible and unworkable.”

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