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The Other Side of the Bullet

Friday, December 23rd, 2022

Who picks your duty ammunition? The short answer is YOU. You should at least have a say in what your department or range staff chooses. You will be the one carrying the ammunition for either self-defense or in defense of others. This article will highlight the major components of the right ammunition and what you should look for when choosing your duty ammo.  

There’s a lot that goes into selecting duty ammunition: performance, penetration, accuracy, wound cavity, cost, and even politics. To be honest, most officers probably don’t pay attention to all of them, I know I didn’t when I first started. My goal is to give you the details you need to make an informed decision so you can have the confidence that if the trigger must be pulled, you can be damn sure the ammunition coming out of the muzzle is going to do its job.

After sitting on the other side of the rounds for 25 years as a Police Officer in California, I think I’ve earned a seat at the table for this discussion. Now I offer my expertise as a member of the G9 Defense team where we develop, test and manufacture very specialized ammunition specifically engineered to provide lethal and accurate defense for highly concentrated human environments. Pull up a chair and let’s get into it. Don’t take your department or range staff’s word for it—here’s your due diligence.  

I may be dating myself here, but when I began my law enforcement career back in 1992, I only had one choice for duty ammunition. Upon graduating from the academy, the police department issued .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolvers plus 18 rounds to new recruits—I know, crazy right? The department was always budget conscious if you know what I mean. Semi-automatics were just starting to become popular with our department, but they were costly to purchase. If you wanted to carry a semi-auto, you had to buy your own duty weapon and ammunition, then take an eight-hour transition course to get signed off by the range staff. After taking the course, I picked my duty ammunition from the pre-approved list provided by management and loaded up my magazines. I never really gave too much thought about the projectile’s performance, ballistics, or cost. I trusted the range staff that tested and evaluated the ammunition we were going to use. I had to put into practice what I learned from the academy and use that knowledge in real world scenarios as a police officer where every trigger pull could save or take a life.

As I moved through my law enforcement career, going from Field Training Officer (seven years), Tactical Flight Officer and Pilot (four years) and then a K-9 Officer (fourteen years), I still never really investigated ammunition performance. Thinking back now I tell myself, shame on me. I should have pushed back a little to influence arguably the most important equipment in my daily carry. Simply, I always trusted the range staff that was doing the testing and evaluating of duty ammunition to have the best ammunition selected. At that time, the industry standard was using hollow points. All the big manufacturers were making them and for the most part, they worked. One thing you need to remember is that ammunition has not drastically changed since WWII. The design and concept have remained pretty much the same. Kind of like that adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” So why consider new or different ammunition? Well, just like with most things, technology changes, new ideas come out, and maybe those advancements can have a substantial impact on your job and safety.

So, what should you consider when evaluating your choice of ammunition?

Performance  

One of the first things I’d encourage you to consider when evaluating which ammunition to use is performance. How does your ammunition actually work? G9 Defense is a fairly new ammunition company with an innovative design in bullet technology and have most duty calibers readily available with the EHP (External Hollow Point) design. Let’s look at the G9 Defense 9 mm 80 grain EHP for example:

• muzzle velocity of 1480 fps

• design has a controlled penetration based on fluid dynamics

• the projectile is made of solid copper with three angled parabolic flutes

• projectile will stop at approximately 18 inches of depth in 10% ordnance gel with or without barriers

• EHP projectile does not need to expand for terminal effect like traditional hollow points

• 100% reliability in contrast to traditional hollow points

With G9’s improved barrier penetration, high velocity, and the low frontal surface area allows the projectile to penetrate barriers, such as windshields, with very limited deflection or deformation while remaining on target, which leads me to the next topic, penetration.

Penetration

G9’s 9 mm EHP design will not over penetrate on the target like a traditional hollow point if the round fails to deform or open. Traditional hollow points need to expand or “open up” for maximum effect. If the hollow point gets clogged with some sort of barrier or clothing, it basically becomes a Full Metal Jacket (FMJ), and over penetrates. In most reports I’ve read, traditional hollow points fail to deform or open 30% of the time and over 50% of the time when encountering domestic, soft, or hard armor. Don’t take my word for it, there are several third-party reports and tests for you to review and decide for yourself.

G9 Defense’s Website

Defensive Handgun Ammunition Characteristics and Bullet Types 2022 report conducted by Viper Weapons

.308 APX Steel Tip Through Windshield

136 gr 308 Armor Penetrating Round

9mm 77 gr Armor Penetrating Cavitator in Level 3-A Armor

Kimble County, Texas Sheriff’s Office

Wound Cavity

The design of the G9 Defense EHP enables maximum wound cavities. With the shape of the parabolic flutes, it uses Solid Metal Fluid Transfer (SMFT) to move blood, tissue, and organs out away from the projectiles path at a high velocity. Think about a boat propeller in the water, as the propeller spins it pushes the water out away from physical propeller and uses that force to move the boat. In short, it takes the kinetic energy from the projectile and transfers it to the target causing a wider wound channel. If you could stop a threat with less rounds, would you? Being more effective with your ammunition is better than overcompensation for poor performance. View our gel block photos here. In the photos you can see that the G9 projectiles all stop around eighteen inches of penetration and don’t deviate through armor or other mediums while wreaking havoc on its acquired threat.

Accuracy

This comes down to practice, practice, practice. I can’t over state this enough. You need to keep up on your training and drills with your weapon system. Train with the ammunition that you are going to carry. I know some of you are going to say, “Why would I use duty ammunition when I can just use ball ammunition and get the same training? It will cost me too much money to train all the time.” You need to train like you fight. Make sure the ammunition you use will feed and cycle through your handgun. Trust in your ammunition comes with time and that time covers hundreds of trigger pulls. You need to be accurate with the duty ammunition that you carry. Create that muscle memory so when or if you get into that situation when you need to fire your weapon, it becomes a natural movement. Train on failures with your weapon so you know what they feel like and how to clear them quickly. Enhance your time on the range and don’t be afraid to ask someone for pointers if you’re not proficient with your handgun or rifle skills. Get with someone who can teach enhanced shooting techniques.

Cost

You’ve probably heard it said before, but you can’t put a price on your life. If your department is unwilling to accommodate higher quality ammunition for the sake of your safety and effectiveness, it may be worth investing in yourself. You can find more information on the cost of our patented ammunition on our website.

Politics

Lastly, there are a few questions that need to be looked at from a management perspective. If you are in management or plan to present this information to your management, numbers are the most important thing. The more numbers the better.

• How many Officer Involved Shootings are my officers getting involved in on average in a year?

• What is the hit vs. miss percentage?

• Are the suspects starting to wear body armor?

If you knew your standard hollow point ammunition has up to a 50% failure rate when passing through a hardened media, why are you still issuing it? This is something the range staff and management should have a conversation about at least a couple of times a year. Police work has a very fluid dynamic to it that constantly evolves and changes. The evolution is something we have all seen over the last few years. Police work is not the same as it was when I was working. Over the last several years, you can see how the political environment has played a major part in police work, and likely duty ammunition selection. I could probably write another article on the political impact of modern policing, but I am not sure my blood pressure could handle it.

Like I said at the beginning, it is up to you to decide or at least have input into what you carry on duty. The next time you go to the range, talk to the range staff about their selection process for duty ammunition. Do they evaluate performance, penetration, and wound cavity? See if there is a committee made up of different ranks within the department. Ask to be a part of how ammunition is selected for duty. Do your research and have information in your back pocket to back up your opinion. Look at third party reports and videos. If you’re able get a few buddies together and buy some different ammunition, go test it yourself. It doesn’t have to be a huge scientific experiment but look at those points I mentioned above. How does your ammunition stack up when it comes to performance, penetration, wound cavity, and accuracy. Shoot some different types of mediums, like clothing, lightweight and heavy jackets, drywall, and plywood. Ask the range staff about how they test through automobile glass. Your life is on the line—help select the best ammunition available to keep you in the fight another day.

Written by Retired Police Officer, Michael Wooldridge

Long Beach Police Department, Long Beach, CA

RCMP Seeks New Sidearm

Thursday, December 22nd, 2022

This week the Royal Canadian Mounted Police issued an RFI for Pistol Modernization to industry regarding a new sidearm to replace the currently issued Smith & Wesson 5946.

General Requirements

Determining that the current weapon has exceeded its life expectancy, they are looking for a modern design offering reduced trigger pull weight, various frame sizes, and a reduction in overall weight as well as the ability mount both a weapon light and Red Dot Sight (RDS).

While they are sticking with 9mm, the RCMP desires a mechanically locked, recoil-operated, striker-fired semi-automatic pistol with polymer frame which can accommodate at least three grip sizes. The pistol must also be matte black, corrosion resistant, and equipped with iron backup sights in addition to the RDS.

While the pistol must have no external manual safety levers, grip safeties, and push-button safeties, it must fireable without a magazine installed.

This requirement is fairly unique, each pistol must come with a ceremonial lanyard loop that can be attached to the pistol magazine’s base plate. Additionally, the slide must be steel.

Ancillaries

a) Red Dot Sight (RDS)

b) Weapon Light

c) Carrying Case

d) Holsters (Regular and Plain Clothes)

e) Three magazines per pistol

Dimensions

Dimension requirements are a maximum length of 190.5 mm and a maximum overall height of 140 mm with the magazine and any MRDS removed along with a maximum length of 190.5 mm (7.50 inches) when measured from the muzzle to the rear of the beavertail. The pistol barrel must have a minimum length of 99 mm (3.9 inches) and a maximum length of 108 mm (4.25 inches). It must not weigh more than a maximum of 808 grams (28.5 oz) when the magazine is empty, and no accessories are attached.

Accuracy

As far as accuracy goes, the requirement stipulates that the pistol must be capable of shooting a 15.25 cm (6 inch) grouping from 25 m (27.34 yards) away.

Reliability

The service life on major components (i.e. frame, slide and barrel) that exceeds 20,000 rounds and the RDS must have a minimum warranty period of two (2) years. Additionally, the LED weapon light must have a minimum warranty period of two (2) years on switches and electronic components and the holster must have a minimum warranty period of five (5) years.

https://canadabuys.canada.ca/en/tender-opportunities/tender-notice/pw-bm-039-28894

FirstSpear Friday Focus: Florida SWAT Round-Up International 2022

Friday, October 28th, 2022

FirstSpear sets up shop at SWAT Round-Up International 2022

Check out the FirstSpear booth, 6-11 November in Orlando Florida. The Florida SWAT Round-Up International is a competitive training event organized by the Florida SWAT Association.

Training events cover SWAT and ERT courses lead by nationally renowned instructors for US and international participants.

To learn more about SWAT Round-Up International and Florida SWAT Association, visit www.floridaswat.org.

Visit FirstSpear to find all the gear and apparel for the modern day operator.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Selects Geissele Automatics for Rifle and Spare Parts

Thursday, October 27th, 2022

The United States Customs and Border Protection has awarded Geissele Automatics a 5 Year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity Contract valued at $21,000,000.00.

This IDIQ will provide complete rifles, in a variety of configurations along with spare parts and accessories to sustain these rifles in the field.

Furthermore, Weapons Maintenance training is a part of this IDIQ.

This contract will permit, upon Contracting Officer approval, other Federal agencies to request placement of delivery orders.

RTS Tactical Releases New Level III+ Rifle Special Threat Rated “Mini Shield” for School and Law Enforcement Safety

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022

Oct 19, 2022 – MIAMI – RTS Tactical launches their new Level III+ Rifle Special Threat Rated Mini Shield™. Starting at 11 pounds, the RTS Tactical Mini Shield™ offers quick deployment for protection against Brutal Special Threat rounds sought out in the DEA Body Armor Testing Protocols.

Currently, the majority of armored ballistic shields deployed in the field of service by the United States law enforcement agencies are missing Rifle Rated Protection. Departments are purchasing high-level Polyethylene Level III Rifle Rated Shields leaving personnel vulnerable to common street threats.

The RTS Tactical Mini Shield™ stops rounds like 5.56x45mm 62 gr. M855 (Green Tip), Russian 7.62x39mm 123 gr. MSC (M43), and 7.62x51mm NATO M80 FMJ used in short barrel rifles and commonly found in active shooter situations. The Mini Shield is equipped with a heavy-duty handle, oversized trauma pad system, and quick release buckle for maximum effectiveness in the field.

Mendel Berns, Marketing Director at RTS Tactical, shares, “After consulting with departments across America, we received feedback that most departments are in need of Ballistic Shields. However, due to their cost and availability, they are difficult to procure for every patrol vehicle. With the new RTS Tactical Mini Shield™ we are enabling every officer to have Special Threat Rifle Rated Protection when they need it most. We believe that the RTS Tactical Mini Shield™ is a game changer for Law Enforcement, and their ability to respond to fast in the moment active shooter situations.”

The RTS Tactical “Mini Shield™” is available in three sizes:

Small: 12 X 18 inches
Medium: 14 X 24 inches
Large : 16 X 30 inches

Weight:

Small: 11 lbs
Medium: 16.9 lbs
Large : 23.3 lbs

For more information, visit: rtstactical.com/products/rts-tactical-level-iii-rifle-special-threats-mini-shield

Leader of a Conspiracy to Manufacture, Import, and Sell Counterfeit Military Clothing and Gear Sentenced

Friday, October 14th, 2022

Tens of thousands of unsafe counterfeit pieces of apparel and gear were sold to the U.S. military to be issued to active duty airmen

PROVIDENCE – A Brooklyn, NY, clothing and goods wholesaler who directed the development, manufacture, and importation of $20 million worth of Chinese-made counterfeit U.S. military uniforms and gear that were passed off as genuine American-made products has been sentenced to forty months in federal prison and ordered to forfeit the $20 million in proceeds that he obtained from the sale of the counterfeit goods, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha.

Ultimately, substandard, counterfeit goods manufactured in China were sold to the U.S. government to be worn or carried by Airmen in the U.S. Airforce. Some of these products lacked crucial safety features or failed to meet safety specifications, endangering the health and safety of the military personnel who wore them.  At least 13,332 counterfeit jackets not resistant to enemies’ night vision goggles and 18,597 non-flame resistant hoods were among the counterfeit products that entered the military supply chain destined for U.S. Air Force bases around the world.

Ramin Kohanbash, 52, sentenced on Wednesday to forty months in federal prison, pleaded guilty in June 2019 to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and trafficking in counterfeit goods. Kohanbash will also be required to make restitution to the individual companies victimized by his conduct, including a Rhode Island company that reported a loss of more than $639,000 in profits and significant damage to its relationships with long-standing military clients due to the distribution of counterfeit products distributed by Kohanbash.  The specifics of his restitution obligations will be determined at a later date.

“American servicemen and women risk their lives every day in defense of the nation,” said U.S. Attorney Cunha. “But the risks they face should never come from the uniforms they wear, and the equipment they carry.  In this case, Defendants’ actions did exactly that, substituting substandard, foreign-made knockoffs for American products.  I am tremendously pleased that the defendants charged in this matter are being held accountable for their actions.”

“The Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), the law enforcement arm of the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Inspector General, is fully committed to protecting the integrity of the DoD supply chain,” said Patrick J. Hegarty, Special Agent in Charge of the DCIS Northeast Field Office.  “Supplying counterfeit products to the DoD endangers the lives of American service members and betrays the public’s trust. This investigation and subsequent prosecution demonstrate DCIS’ ongoing commitment to working with its law enforcement partners to hold individuals who defraud the DoD accountable.”

A co-defendant in this matter, Bernard Klein, 41, of Brooklyn, was sentenced in April 2021 to eighteen months of incarceration to be followed by three years of federal supervised release; ordered to pay a fine of $15,000; and to pay restitution in the amount of $400,000. In tandem with the criminal case, Klein also entered into a civil settlement agreement under which he has paid $348,000 to resolve liability to the United States under the federal False Claims Act for goods sold to certain government purchasers. 

A third defendant, Terry Roe, 49, of Burlington, North Dakota, is scheduled to be sentenced on October 20, 2022. He pleaded guilty in February 2022 to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and traffic in counterfeit goods. 

According to information provided to the court, Kohanbash worked collaboratively with Roe and Klein to provide samples of actual military uniforms and gear to manufacturers in China, including sample tags and labels that depicted trademarks of fifteen companies who make products for the military in the United States. The Chinese manufacturers then counterfeited the products, tags, and trademarks.  The counterfeit products were shipped to Kohanbash’s New Jersey warehouse and sold to the United States military and its suppliers, including a North Dakota supplier where Roe was employed.

According to court filings, Kohanbash and Klein strategized on how to subvert Chinese and American customs to ensure that the counterfeit military uniforms and gear were successfully imported from China into the United States and received at Kohanbash’s New Jersey warehouse. The bogus goods were then sold to the United States military and its suppliers. Additionally, Kohanbash and Roe deceived personnel at military Base Supply Centers by including false certification letters claiming that the goods were manufactured in the United States. U.S. laws  require that products sold to the U.S. military and certain other government buyers be manufactured in the United States or certain other designated countries; China is not one of those countries. 

The Kohanbash, Klein, and Roe prosecutions are part of a group of parallel criminal and civil enforcement actions undertaken by the United States Attorney’s Office to bring to justice individuals and companies involved in the production, marketing, and sale of counterfeit goods to military and government purchasers.  

As part of this effort, the United States has also reached three separate settlements under the federal False Claims Act in connection with this conduct.  These civil settlements, with Klein, Kohanbash, and the Dakota Outerwear Company of Minot, ND, have recovered a total of $2,042,398 for these defendants’ roles in a scheme to procure and sell counterfeit, and in some cases, defective and nonconforming goods, to federal purchasers.              

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sandra R. Hebert, Richard B. Myrus, and Lee H. Vilker.

The matter was investigated by the U.S. Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Northeast Field Office; General Services Administration Office of Inspector General, New England Regional Investigations Office; Army Criminal Investigation Division, Major Procurement Fraud Field Office; the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Office of Procurement Fraud Detachment 6, Joint Base Andrews, MD; Homeland Security Investigations, Newark, NJ; and Customs and Border Protection, New York Field Office.

North Idaho Law Enforcement Industry Day This Sunday

Thursday, October 6th, 2022

Vertac Training / G9 Defense North Idaho Law Enforcement Industry Day 10/09/2022

Restricted to Law Enforcement and Military Personnel only

• Barrier Blind G9 Defense Pistol and Rifle ammunition testing on Windshields, Drywall & Vehicles

• Terminal Ballistic Gel testing in conjunction with the various barriers

• Body Armor Demos, Precision Rifle & Surveillance Tripod Kits

Genesis Arms GEN-12 Live Fire Demo

• FREE FOOD!

For location and time please contact U.S. Tactical Supply @ 208-457-7320 or email [email protected]  

Mission Ready’s Innovation Division Awarded US$1.4MM R&D Contract from DHS

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

Protect the Force to Develop Next Generation Law Enforcement Uniform

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA – SEPTEMBER 20, 2022 – Mission Ready Solutions Inc (Mission Ready or the Company) (TSX-V: MRS) (OTCQX: MSNVF) (FSE: 2R4), a provider of comprehensive government contracting solutions, is pleased to announce that, Protect the Force Inc. (PTF), the Company’s innovation and manufacturing division, has been awarded a Research and Development (R&D) contract for the development of an Updated Law Enforcement Duty Uniform (ULEDU).

The award follows a Broad Agency Announcement solicitation (70RSAT21R00000005) by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responder Group (FRG). As a result of the award, DHS S&T has obligated US$1,391,697.32 in funding for the 18-month project, payable on a pre-defined set of milestones.

PTF will work on developing and testing a duty uniform for Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) that provides increased protection against a range of common hazards, including weapon attacks, burn injuries, blood-borne pathogens, and extreme weather. PTF will work alongside North Carolina State University – Textile Protection and Comfort Center (NCSU-TPACC) and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service – Institute for Law Enforcement & Protective Services Excellence (TEEX – ILEPSE). NCSU-TPACC will provide expert services and perform testing of the materials and the uniform systems, while TEEX-ILEPSE will provide feedback on system integration features and user acceptability.

“Law Enforcement Officers work in environments that are unpredictable by nature,” said Francisco Martinez, Chief Technology Officer at Protect the Force and Unifire, Inc. “Mitigating the exposure to increased threats and reducing the risk of injuries are well-established needs within the First Responder community. By evaluating and selecting the latest commercial-off-the-shelf technologies available, we will be able to identify and demonstrate an increase in the levels of protection that uniforms offer in response to threats LEOs may encounter. PTF is proud to work again with the dedicated professionals at DHS-First Responder Group, and our experienced academic partners at NC State and Texas A&M universities.”

“We are exceptionally proud to have our innovation division pioneer the next generation of law enforcement duty uniforms and help shape a safer future for Law Enforcement Officers across the country while influencing the design of law enforcement uniforms around the world,” said Buck Marshall, President and CEO of Mission Ready. “One of DHS-FRG’s key requirements for this effort was to ensure that the final deliverables have commercial viability in the LEO marketplace. With PTF’s rapidly growing domestic manufacturing network along with Unifire’s distribution and sales capabilities, we believe that we will be able to fulfill this requirement.”

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