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NRA Honors Sergeant Michael Parsons as 2018 NRA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association proudly recognizes Sergeant Michael Parsons, of the Tulsa (Oklahoma) Police Department for his courage under fire, unwavering leadership and sound judgement by naming him the 2018 NRA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

“I am privileged to join the millions of members of the National Rifle Association in honoring Sergeant Parsons as the NRA’s 2018 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year,” said NRA President Lt. Col. Oliver North. “Sergeant Parsons’ outstanding tactical decisions in the heat of battle, his leadership and bravery in response to a serious threat to his fellow officers and innocent lives are a testament to his valor. Indeed, his heroic actions, in spite of being wounded, epitomize the selfless dedication of our men and women of law enforcement to public safety and to the communities they serve.”

At 1:23 p.m. on the afternoon of July 3, 2018, officers of the Tulsa Police Department’s Gang Unit initiated a traffic stop for an improper license plate display on a van parked at a gas pump at a local convenience store. When the officers approached the vehicle, they noticed that the driver had moved from behind the wheel to the second row of seats in the van. The driver was uncooperative with the officers, refusing to provide identification or to follow commands to exit the vehicle. Gang Unit officers negotiated unsuccessfully for several minutes with the suspect before they requested additional officers, including one with less-lethal munition capabilities.

Shortly after Sergeant Michael Parsons arrived at the scene to answer the request for backup, the suspect was advised he was under arrest for obstruction and the improper tag display on the vehicle. The suspect refused to comply with the officers and was warned of pepper ball deployment of O.C. spray if he did not comply with the orders given. As Sgt. Parsons began to deliver the pepper-balls, the suspect drew a weapon and fired multiple rounds at Sgt. Parsons and the other officers at the scene.

Sgt. Parsons was struck in his right thigh by one of the suspect’s rounds and fell to the ground nearby, while another officer at the scene returned fire, striking the suspect in his chest and neck area. Though he was suffering from a gunshot wound, Sgt. Parsons maintained his composure, continuing to direct officers at the scene and to cover the suspect vehicle with his service pistol. Even while being dragged to safety by fellow officers, Sgt. Parsons maintained coverage on the vehicle as the suspect was still actively moving inside.

Once behind cover, Sgt. Parsons re-assessed his wounds with the assistance of a police medic. With the presence of mind to quickly establish specific roles for different officers, he then began forming an arrest team to apprehend the suspect who still posed a threat to anyone in the area. Sgt. Parsons exercised outstanding judgment, sound tactics and determination in leading the arrest team to take the suspect into custody. Only after the suspect was in custody and no longer a threat to the public did Sgt. Parsons allow himself to be medically treated at the scene and transported to the hospital.

Despite being wounded, Sgt. Parsons continued to show leadership by remaining in command of the incident and ensuring the safety of the other officers and citizens on the scene. As such, it is with great honor and pride the National Rifle Association names Sergeant Michael Parsons as the 2018 NRA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

The NRA will present the 2018 NRA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award to Sergeant Parsons at the NRA Board of Directors Meeting during the 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, scheduled for April 25-28, 2019, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Support for the NRA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award is provided by TRU-SPEC. For more information about NRA’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award and the NRA Law Enforcement Division, call (703) 267-1632 or e-mail LE@nrahq.org

Indiana State Police Adds SIG SAUER P365 as their Back-Up Duty Firearm

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

NEWINGTON, N.H., (April 22, 2019) –SIG SAUER, Inc. is proud to announce the Indiana State Police have adopted the SIG SAUER P365 as their back-up duty firearm for their full complement of troopers. The Indiana State Police is a statewide law enforcement agency comprised of more than 1,250 troopers across fourteen districts throughout the state of Indiana.

“The SIG SAUER P365 gives Indiana State Police Troopers primary carry capabilities in a sub-compact configuration,” began Matt Bilkey, Lt. Colonel, Assistant Chief of Staff Operations, Indiana State Police, “Its high level of accuracy, small size, and high round capacity make it a perfect firearm for our officers, both on and off duty, and is a great counterpart to our primary duty firearm the SIG SAUER P227.”

The award-winning SIG SAUER P365 is an everyday, concealed carry pistol.  This high capacity micro-compact pistol is smaller and lighter than other pistols in its class. The P365 features a high-capacity, patented modified double-stack magazine for a 10+1 full-size capacity, with 12-round factory made magazines available for 13-round capacity.

“It’s a tremendous honor for SIG SAUER to continue to support the Indiana State Police with the addition of the P365 pistol as their back-up duty firearm.” added Tom Jankiewicz, Executive Vice President, Law Enforcement Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc.  “The micro-compact P365 pistol gives the Indiana State Troopers full-size capacity with little additional weight or bulk added to their patrol equipment, allowing them to easily maneuver as they carry out their duties to protect and serve the citizens of Indiana.”

Sheriff Jim Wilson, Writer, Singer, Gunslinger, Appears in Documentary About His Life and Career on Amazon Prime Instant Video

Sunday, April 21st, 2019

Columbia, SC – Panteao Productions, LLC, in conjunction with Nighthawk Custom, is proud to announce a short film on Amazon PrimeUp Close with Sheriff Jim Wilson. This 37-minute documentary features writer, singer, gunslinger, Sheriff Jim Wilson, who is a legend of the great American southwest. In a sit-down jam session with gun writer Richard Mann, Sheriff Jim Wilson plays and sings, talks about growing up in Texas, becoming a peace officer, and writing for gun magazines, while sharing some of his best tales about southwestern lawmen.

After graduating college, Sheriff Jim Wilson started his law enforcement career as a patrolman in Denton, Texas. From there he moved to southwest Texas as a Chief Deputy and later became Sheriff of Crocket County, Texas. After serving two terms in Crocket County, Sheriff Jim Wilson became a regular contributor to several magazines, and has since written for most all of the major gun magazines. He also has three country western albums.

An Amazon Prime feature documentary on one of the iconic members of the gun world is a first for the firearms industry. Gun writer Richard Mann who hosts Up Close with Sheriff Jim Wilson, said, “It was an honor to produce this project and spend time playing music and visiting with a dear friend.”

According to Panteao Productions president Fernando Coelho, “In a day and age of people being famous for their social media prowess, it is rare to have the opportunity to sit with someone with the history and knowledge that someone like Sheriff Jim Wilson has amassed in all his years. It was a no brainer to film Sheriff Wilson telling his stories and hearing his music.”

You can watch Up Close with Sheriff Jim Wilson on Amazon Prime and order a boxed set containing the DVD and Sheriff Jim Wilson’s three music CDs at: www.sheriffjimwilson.com.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – TTPOA

Friday, April 19th, 2019

The TTPOA SWAT Conference is a massive exchange of ideas and information within the field of tactics and operations in Police work, complete with a vendor range day on Wednesday the 24th, a Trade Show on the 25th and 26th, combined with training courses and live range demos. Check out FirstSpear Law Enforcement offerings at booth B12/13 next week in San Marcos, Texas.


See Ops-Core at TTPOA SWAT Conference

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

B&T USA Awarded Contract to Supply the Lake County, Indiana Sheriff’s Dept with MP9 SMGs

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Tampa, FL – The Lake County Indiana Sheriff’s Department has chosen B&T USA to provide a compact concealable submachine gun platform to equip a group of its officers. The Department selected the B&T MP9 9mm SMG due to its flexibility to fulfill all mission requirements from uniformed warrant service to plain clothes undercover operations. 

“The MP9 met Lake County’s requirements through a combination of its compact size, accurate high rate of fire, reliability, and configurability. The MP9 can be deployed from a variety of drop leg, belt, and shoulder holsters and has the ability to accept a suppressor.,” stated Jon Scott, Vice President of Sales, B&T USA.

For more information on these products and other B&T products please visit our website www.bt-ag.ch/eng.

For information on becoming a B&T USA dealer please contact Jon Scott at B&T USA, +1 (813) 653-1200. Or email sales@bt-arms.com.

US Customs and Border Protection Adopt 9mm Glock Handguns

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Today, US Customs and Border Protection announced an $85 million contract over 10 years, to Glock, Inc for new duty handguns. This contract also facilitates CBP’s transition from .40 to 9mm by 2021.


Rumor has it that the contract includes the G19, G26 and a new pistol which has not yet been made public, but often referred to as the G47. However, it may well be the rumored Glock variant which mates a G17 slide to a G19 frame. Sights are said to be Ameriglo. Both large frame guns are also anticipated to be MOS variants for red dot sights.

These are said to be the pistols selected.

Below is CBP’s announcement:

CBP Awards Contract for Duty Handguns

WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection awarded a contract to Glock Inc. today to provide CBP law enforcement personnel the next generation standard duty handgun.
The contract is for up to $85 million over 10 years, which includes other DHS law enforcement components that have the option to purchase duty handguns through the contract.

CBP’s Law Enforcement Safety and Compliance Directorate led the extensive solicitation process to replace CBP’s current duty handgun.
“This contract provides CBP law enforcement personnel the latest in handgun technology and represents our commitment to providing the highest quality use-of-force tools and equipment to our law enforcement personnel who defend America’s frontline every day,” said Deputy Commissioner Robert E. Perez.

The solicitation process included independent performance testing by the National Institute of Justice laboratories, direct input from over 16,000 CBP law enforcement personnel and extensive field evaluations.

With the award of this contract, CBP intends to transition all law enforcement personnel from the current .40 pistol to a 9mm pistol by the end of Fiscal Year 2021.

As a component of CBP Operations Support, LESC’s mission is to optimize the safety and readiness, accountability, and operational performance of CBP law enforcement personnel by articulating use of force policy, establishing appropriate controls and standards and supplying the highest quality education and training, weapons and other tactical equipment.

Century Arms, Canik Showcasing Products At ILEETA Conference

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

DELRAY BEACH, Florida – (MARCH 13, 2019) – Century Arms, North America’s premier AK manufacturer and the exclusive importer for Canik pistols and accessories, will be exhibiting at the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) Conference and Expo in St. Louis, Missouri, March 18-23, 2019. Attendees should plan on visiting booth #249 to visit with our LE/Mil Sales Specialist about the full lineup from these brands.

Century Arms and Canik will also have a range of Law Enforcement/Military Only Canik pistols and select-Fire AK SBRs at the range session for attendees to gain hands-on experience with these products.

Century Arms is proud to support the ILEETA Scholarship Fund with a prize package donation to the conference raffle & auction event of a Canik TP9SF pistol and Safariland 6360 ALS®/SLS Level III Holster.

Attendees may contact Ross Botha, LE/Mil Sales Specialist to schedule a meeting at [rbotha@centuryarms.com]or visit him at the Century Arms / Canik booth #249.