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US Customs and Border Protection Releases Solicitation for New Pistol

Friday, July 6th, 2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the parent agency of the United States Border Patrol, has issued a solicitation for a family of lightweight, striker-fired, semi-automatic handguns chambered in 9mm.  With a 10-year period of performance and a contract ceiling listed at $85M, this is likely to be the largest handgun contract in the history of US law enforcement.

What We Know So Far

Unlike other agencies in recent contracts, CBP is looking for a family of firearms.  In their own words, the contract “shall include three distinct variations of sizes”.  This sounds like it will leave CBP the option of purchasing full-size, mid-size, or compact handguns for their agents.  Of particular note is that the full and mid-size handguns are required to include an optics ready slide cut, allowing the firearm to be compatible with both the Trijicon RMR and Delta Point Pro Mircro Red Dot Sights (MRDS).

Testing protocols are also unique for this solicitation.  The government is requiring manufacturers to foot the bill for all testing at a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) laboratory, prior to the close of the solicitation.  While it is not readily apparent what CBP’s motivation is for this, it certainly seems to make the process more fair and transparent than some of the typical closed-door government testing done in secret.

The performance testing standards seem to cover all the standard procedures we are used to seeing, but CBP takes things a step further by adding tests like rough handling, “Linear Guided” drop tests, and extreme sand and salt-water exposure tests.  The handguns will be tested to over 10,000 rounds each using two types of ammunition (Winchester Ranger 147gr. JHP, and Speer Gold Dot 124gr.+P JHP), and nearly half of those rounds will be fired with a SureFire X300U-A attached to the pistol.

To make things even more interesting, it seems as though CBP will be allowing actual field agents to rate the handguns as part of what they’re calling an Operational Personnel Handgun Evaluation.  The solicitation shows law enforcement personnel rating the guns on: Ease of Disassembly; General Ergonomics; Vehicle Entry and Obstacle Clearance exercises; Perceived Accuracy; Trigger Pull; Fast Fire Control; Ease of Reloading; and Slick Grip Firing.  By the look of the solicitation, this portion of the evaluation will happen only after CBP narrows down the submissions to the top four highest scoring vendors.

Who Meets The Requirements?

At first glance, no one currentky meets all of the requiremenes, at least with what we know is on the market.  CBP effectively rules out everyone at some point in the requirements, while leaving the door open for any manufacturer who is willing to put in a little effort.  As it stands right now, there doesn’t seem to be a single manufacturer with handguns meeting every specification.  While the biggest limitation may be the requirement of three sizes of the same type of gun (as well as red-inert and blue-marking variants), most others would only require simple modifications to an existing line of guns.  With a contract this size, it seems reasonable that most companies would be willing to make a few small changes for a chance to wind up in the holsters of the county’s largest law enforcement agency.


·         Three sizes of handguns, with 70% overall interchangeability
·         Preferred that a trigger pull is not required for disassembly, and shall not require the use of tools
·         Matte black or dark grey finish (FDE and Ranger Green should be available as an option)
·         Polished internal components
·         No external safety (trigger safety OK)
·         Consistent trigger pull between 4.5 and 8 pounds
·         Aggressively textured polymer frame capable of accepting Streamlight and SureFire weapon lights
·         Multiple grip sizes for each pistol
·         Beveled magazine well, which is equal in height across the front edge
·         Integral magazine well flare is preferred
·         Magazine floor plate “toe” must extend past the front of the grip
·         Low Bore Axis
·         Full front and rear slide serrations
·         Optics ready with cover plate, compatible with Trijicon RMR and Delta Point Pro
·         Full ambidextrous controls
·         Trijicon HD style sights

CBP is also requiring extended magazines and suppressor-height sights to be available on contract.

All in all, this sounds like it could be an interesting duty handgun designed to include all the best features a shooter could ask for in a single package.  The solicitation closes on September 19, 2018, so before long we may be seeing some new guns on the market.

To read the solicitation in full, check it out at

Tripwire Operations Group Launches F.I.R.S.T. Division

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

New Division Challenges the Status Quo of Current Homicide Investigation Practices, Teaches Outdoor Crime Scene Reconstruction
Gettysburg, PA – June 28, 2018 – Tripwire Operations Group announces the launch of its all-new F.I.R.S.T. Division. F.I.R.S.T. – Forensic. Investigation. Research. Services. Training. – offers a variety of short courses in the areas of forensic anthropology, outdoor crime scene reconstruction, forensic scene mapping, mass disaster scene processing, disaster morgue protocols, cold case reviews, and scene mapping of actual forensic scenes. F.I.R.S.T. courses challenge the current crime scene investigation status quo and instead teach the importance of crime scene reconstruction to fully understand how a death event occurred. The Division is run by forensic anthropology and archaeology consultants for Tripwire Operations Group, Dennis Dirkmaat, Ph.D., D-ABFA, and FBI Special Agent Michael Hochrein (ret).

“We’re proud to have Dennis and Mike as a part of the team at Tripwire. They’re the best at what they do and are giving medical examiners and first responders a more accurate way to conduct an outdoor homicide investigation,” said Ryan J. Morris, owner, Tripwire Operations Group. “There’s no one else out there bringing this type and level of training to first responders. The F.I.R.S.T. Division is a natural expansion for us as we continue to set the standard for high-quality training for first responders across the country and internationally.”

Dirkmaat and Hochrein take a different approach to outdoor crime scene reconstruction and homicide investigation, going beyond standard law enforcement procedures to put crime scenes into context.

“There are simply too many ‘agents,’ such as animals, weather, water, snow, and humans, at an outdoor crime scene that can alter evidence after a death event takes place. And each manipulation of that evidence, be it from animals or weather or other factors, can have a profound effect on the types of conclusions we can draw, and further, may impact our understanding of how that individual died,” explained Dirkmaat. “We’re here to educate and inform law enforcement officers and medical examiners as to the importance of reconstructing, and thereby fully understanding, an outdoor crime scene.”

A recently completed F.I.R.S.T. Division course taught to a group of medical examiners from Kazakhstan is currently featured on the Tripwire blog. Visit the blog to learn more about this group of students and the best practices they’re returning home to implement.

F.I.R.S.T Division courses are scheduling now for Fall 2018. For more information and to register, visit:

Follow Tripwire Operations Group on Instagram @tripwire_operations_group and on Facebook @TripwireOperationsGroup to learn more about available classes and how to register.

Texas Department of Public Safety Selects SIG SAUER P320

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

NEWINGTON, N.H., (June 20, 2018) – Today, SIG SAUER, Inc., announced the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) has integrated the SIG SAUER P320 as its official service firearm throughout its divisions.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is the statewide agency responsible for law enforcement and vehicle registration headquartered in Austin, Texas. The TXDPS is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the country and is comprised of thirteen divisions including the Texas Highway Patrol, and the Texas Rangers.

“We are proud to continue our long-standing relationship with the Texas Department of Public Safety and honored that they have chosen the SIG SAUER P320 as their official service firearm,” began Tom Jankiewicz, Executive Vice President, Law Enforcement Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “The modularity and ability to customize the P320 pistol, combined with the ultimate in reliability and accuracy, made it the right choice for the diverse needs, across all divisions, for the Texas Department of Safety.”

The P320 is a modular, striker-fired pistol available in full-size, carry, compact, and subcompact sizing. The serialized trigger group makes the P320 adaptable to multiple caliber, size, and grip options. The P320 is available in 9mm, .357SIG, 40S&W, and .45ACP, with a choice of contrast, or SIGLITE Night Sights. The intuitive 3-point takedown requires no trigger pull for disassembly, and safety features include a striker safety, disconnect safety, and optional manual safety.

The Texas Department of Public Safety will acquire 4,000 SIG SAUER P320 pistols for official service use throughout the TXDPS Highway Patrol, Criminal Investigations Divisions (CID), Aircraft Division, Executive Protection Bureau, Intelligence and Counterterrorism, Texas Rangers, SWAT, and Special Operations Group.

“To earn the confidence of such a highly revered law enforcement agency is truly a privilege for all of us within the SIG SAUER organization. We value and appreciate the opportunity to assist the men and women of the Texas Department of Public Safety in carrying out its mission – to protect and serve the citizens of Texas,” concluded Jankiewicz.

SKD Tactical – Ultralight Law Enforcement Velcro Patches

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Weighing a scant .020 lb (less than 1/3 of 1 ounce), these SKD Ultralight POLICE Velcro Patches are less than half the weight of comparable embroidered patches.

Made with a high-tech thermal sublimation process, these POLICE ID patches are Printed in the USA, backed with hook fastener and have a merrowed edge finish. Measuring 3” x 8”, these full-color patches will not fade, and feature POLICE & SHERIFF ID options that were custom made for SKD.

Available options include:






Custom patch options available for quantities over 50.

Tampa Police Department Replaces Official Duty Pistol with SIG SAUER P320

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Newington, N.H. (June 11, 2018) – SIG SAUER, Inc., is pleased to announce the Tampa Police Department will replace their official duty pistol from the Smith & Wesson M&P, to the SIG SAUER P320. The Tampa Police Department has over 1,000 sworn officers, covering three districts that encompass the entire municipality of Tampa, Florida.

“SIG SAUER is honored to earn the trust of the men and women of the Tampa Police Department through their selection of the P320 pistol as their official duty pistol,” began Tom Jankiewicz, Executive Vice president, Law Enforcement Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “The modularity of the P320, with its ability to select grip size, combined with the proven reliability, accuracy, and safety of the firearm made it the right choice for this diverse group of officers.”

The P320 is a modular, striker-fired pistol available in full-size, carry, compact, and subcompact sizing. The serialized trigger group makes the P320 adaptable to multiple caliber, size, and grip options. The P320 is available in 9mm, .357SIG, 40S&W, and .45ACP, with a choice of contrast, or SIGLITE Night Sights. The intuitive 3-point takedown requires no trigger pull for disassembly, and safety features include a striker safety, disconnect safety, and optional manual safety.

The Tampa Police Department will acquire 1,375, P320 pistols to replace their current Smith & Wesson M&P’s as the approved official duty pistol.

“We here at SIG SAUER are very proud to gain the confidence of the Tampa PD and assist them in safely carrying out their department’s mission – to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life through a cooperative partnership with all citizens,” concluded Jankiewicz.

ADS Federal Range Day 18 – Drifire Foretrex Combat Ensemble in Black

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Drifire displayed their Combat Ensemble in Black for LE use. It’s made from their Foretrex fabric, a comfortable FR blend which also features odor control and moisture wicking properties.

Seen here is the Combat Shirt. Also available are Combat Pants.

Chester Police Department Receives Tourniquet Grant From The Spirit of Blue Foundation

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – May 31, 2018 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced that it has awarded a Safety Equipment Grant to the Chester Police Department (CPD) to outfit its entire force of 37 officers with tourniquets.  CPD requested the tourniquet grant from Spirit of Blue following an officer involved shooting in which Patrol Captain Alan Davis was severely injured.  One of his officers on the call had a personal tourniquet and used it to stabilize Captain Davis until he was able to be transported to a local medical facility.  Captain Davis survived the shooting but was forced to medically retire due to his injuries.  That incident demonstrated the need for tourniquets to be carried by each officer and led CPD to submit their grant request to the Spirit of Blue Foundation.  The tourniquets were purchased through North American Rescue and the grant was funded by a partnership with Law Enforcement United.  The tourniquets have already been put into use and the grant is valued at $1,125.

“Unfortunately, the Chester Police Department can personally attest to the usefulness of the Combat Application Tourniquet,” commented Commissioner Otis Blair of the CPD.  “This device has kept both members of the public and our department from tragedies.  Instead of having to make heartbreaking notifications to families and attending funeral services we are saving lives, building friendships, and strengthening bonds within our community – an investment far greater than any monetary expense.”

Chief James Nolan, IV (left) formally accepted the tourniquet grant from Spirit of Blue Executive Director Ryan T. Smith (right) at the Police Headquarters building in Chester, PA.


Tourniquets are vital pieces of medical equipment that officers require on the road in the event of a traumatic injury to an extremity. When only precious minutes exist to treat such an injury, tourniquets are able to be applied individually or on a co-worker to prevent excessive blood loss until that individual can be placed into medical care.  As a secondary benefit, officers who carry a tourniquet are also able to use them to rescue a member of the community who may have experienced a similar type injury.

CPD officers have already performed two community saves with the tourniquets they were granted.  One other documented community save was made with granted tourniquets by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Penfield, NY.  To date, Spirit of Blue has granted 996 tourniquets nationwide.

“Tourniquets should be thought of as a required piece of equipment for every officer in America,” explained Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue Foundation.  “The US Military has proven their effectiveness and now law enforcement agencies are beginning to roll them out.  Here, due to the overwhelming threats that the Chester Police face, we felt we should step in and make sure they had tourniquets as quickly as possible.”

Law Enforcement United (LEU), the grant’s sponsor, is an organization of 1,000 active and retired police officers who honor fallen officers and raise funds to assist charitable organizations that serve the law enforcement community.  Each year members of the organization ride 250 miles or more into Washington, DC to participate in National Police Week events and carry flags in honor of each fallen officer which are given to the surviving families upon their arrival.  Since its founding in 2009, LEU has raised over $5,750,000 for law enforcement causes.

Statistics released by the Officer Down Memorial Page show that 65 law enforcement officers have already lost their lives in 2018 – a 12% increase over the same period in the previous year.  29 of those deaths were firearm related, a 36% increase over the same period in 2017.  The reality of these statistics, and the increasing number of underfunded law enforcement agencies across the country, fuel the Spirit of Blue safety grant initiative.

The Spirit of Blue Foundation actively encourages the public at large to honor and appreciate law enforcement officers who serve and protect our communities. By supporting the Spirit of Blue Foundation, the public can make an impact in the lives of law enforcement officers every day. To learn more about the Spirit of Blue, or make a donation, visit

FirstSpear Friday Focus – National Police Week

Friday, May 18th, 2018

In honor of National Police Week FirstSpear would like to say thank you to all LEOs for their selfless dedication to their communities. FirstSpear is donating $10 for every Thin Blue Line shirt sold through the weekend to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Help us honor their mission statement to Respect, Honor and Remember those Heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice.