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Join Club Grunt Style and get a chance to Win a Rifle!

Do you want to win a rifle?  Sure we all do.

Do you want to wear some bad ass shirts?  You should.

How about both?

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Join Club Grunt Style and get a new exclusive t-shirt every month and a chance to win a new rifle.

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SilencerCo’s SPEQ (Service Proven Equipment) Program Now Open

SilencerCo’s SPEQ® (Service Proven Equipment) program is our way to say thanks to the first responders, law enforcement, and members of the military who serve and protect our country.

speqIn observance of Veteran’s Day, SilencerCo will be opening up the SPEQ program to all who have served – both past and present – for the rest of 2016.  If you are currently serving or are a veteran with a DD214 who was Honorably Discharged, you can take advantage of the SPEQ program not just for the month of November, but until December 31 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Through their partnership with B&H Police Supply, SilencerCo is showing their appreciation for the silent heroes and helping them to #FightTheNoise.

For more information and to find out how to place an order, visit www.silencerco.com/speq.

NRH PD Sound of Silence “Blue Version” Video

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The North Richland Hills (Texas) Police Department put their own video spin on the song Sound of Silence as performed by Disturbed.  The video was originally uploaded in March, but now more than ever, this video and many more like it need to be watched and shared.

Being a member of the blue family, this video was especially moving for me.  It is definitely worth four minutes of your day.

#BACKTHEBLUE #THINBLUELINE

Press Release: Safariland Acquires VIEVU

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For Immediate Release

June 29, 2015

Safariland Acquires VIEVU, a Leader in Body Worn Video Cameras for Law Enforcement Officers

 Highly Complementary Addition to Safariland’s Suite of World-Class Safety and Survivability Product Brands

 ONTARIO, California – June 29, 2015 – The Safariland Group (“Safariland”), a leading provider of a diverse range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, today announced that it has acquired VIEVU, a leader in body worn video and data management solutions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

VIEVU, founded in 2007, is an industry leader in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of wearable video cameras and data management software for law enforcement and private security professionals. VIEVU body worn video cameras are already used by more than 4,000 law enforcement agencies in 17 countries, including the United States. VIEVU was founded by its President, Steve Ward, who drew upon his 13-year career in the Seattle Police Department, including six years on the SWAT team, to build VIEVU into a leading body worn camera and data management solutions provider. Law enforcement agencies are increasingly equipping officers with body worn cameras, and the acquisition of VIEVU by Safariland will ensure that VIEVU has additional scale, financial and human resources and distribution capabilities to meet rapidly rising demand.

“We are excited to add VIEVU to the Safariland family in order to help VIEVU to unlock its full potential and capitalize on the significant and growing demand for body worn video,” said Warren B. Kanders, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Safariland Group. “After thoroughly studying the sector and its participants, it is clear that VIEVU’s industry-leading platform is superior and ideally suited to meet the needs of Safariland’s law enforcement customer base. Moreover, from a cultural perspective, Safariland and VIEVU are well aligned, as both companies are built around creating products that save lives and keep law enforcement officers safe. I am thrilled to welcome Steve, an industry-veteran, and the rest of his team to Safariland, and we look forward to a bright future together.”

Scott O’Brien, President of The Safariland Group, commented, “VIEVU – with its outstanding technology platform and track record of growth – is an ideal fit within Safariland’s suite of leading brands. We are committed to meaningfully investing in VIEVU to help the company achieve its full potential. Additionally, VIEVU will have access to Safariland’s robust distribution network and extensive relationships with police departments. This transaction will accelerate VIEVU’s growth and the adoption of its technology, and I am confident that it will also further solidify Safariland’s leadership position in the industry and extend our offering of safety and survivability products for the law enforcement community.”

Steve Ward, Founder and President of VIEVU commented, “I am extremely pleased about this partnership and excited to join the Safariland family. Over the last eight years, our team has worked tirelessly to develop reliable, high-quality, wearable video cameras and software. As a result of our hard work, VIEVU is a leading body worn camera manufacturer for law enforcement. As VIEVU enters its next phase of growth, particularly as demand for body worn cameras continues to increase, this strategic partnership with Safariland will provide us with the resources and deep industry experience to support the expansion of our platform. I have long admired Safariland’s leadership in the safety and survivability market and look forward to working with our new partners to capture the significant opportunity in front of us.”

VIEVU will remain headquartered in Seattle, Washington under the leadership of Steve Ward and the current management team. VIEVU will continue to operate as a standalone company within Safariland’s suite of brands and will have access to Safariland’s extensive distribution network and relationships to expand its sales, marketing and customer support activities.

About VIEVU

Made for Cops by Cops! VIEVU is a leader in body worn video (BWV), providing secure, high-resolution video cameras for law enforcement, security, emergency medical services and retailers. Built on police experience, VIEVU body worn video cameras are used by more than 4,000 law enforcement agencies in 17 countries. VIEVU received the highest score in an evaluation of body worn video by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. For information please visit www.vievu.com.

About The Safariland Group

The Safariland Group is a leading global provider of a diverse range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets. The Safariland Group offers a number of recognized brand names in these markets including Safariland®, ABA®, Second Chance®, Bianchi®, Break Free®, Protech® Tactical, Defense Technology®, Hatch®, Monadnock®, Identicator®, NIK®, Mustang Survival® and Med-Eng®. The Safariland Group’s mission, “Together, We Save Lives”, is inherent in the lifesaving and protective products it delivers. The Safariland Group is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

For more information about The Safariland Group and these products, please visit www.safariland.com.

The Safariland Group is a trade name of Safariland, LLC.

Law Enforcement Support and Lack Thereof

After 17 years of service in the Military (7) and Law Enforcement (10), I have come to learn a few things about cultures, society, and the general evilness of human beings.  As Lieutenant Colonel David Grossman has explained, there are Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs.   I am not going to try to explain it better than LTC Grossman, but if you have not read the article, click the link to get a gist of society as a whole.

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I am a Sheepdog, a protector of the flock.  I defend the sheep against the evil wolf that intends on preying on those who cannot or will not protect themselves.  Most of the sheep do not like the Sheepdog because he keeps the flock in order and guards against chaos.  The Sheepdog does not seek out violence, but will resort to violence when the wolf intends on doing the flock harm.

In today’s society there are many who intend to do the flock harm.  This does not always come in the form of physical violence, but sometimes in the form of propaganda, race baiting, political agendas, and grossly misinforming the flock of non-truths for the furtherance of their ideals or agendas.  Preying on emotions and feeding off of misinformation is a wolf-like tactic.  You do not have to be physically harmed by the wolf to fall victim to one.

What does all of this have to do with whether you support Law Enforcement or not?  As President Bush stated in 2001 in response to the fight against terror; “You’re either with us or against us….

The same is true with Law Enforcement.  You are either with us or against us.  Now I am not so naive to know that there are not times where Law Enforcement officers are wrong or do something that is illegal.  In those instances, they should face the same court systems as the rest of the citizens we are sworn to protect.  There are bad apples in Law Enforcement as there are bad teachers, bad doctors, bad clergymen, bad judges, bad media reporters, and bad ________ (fill in the blank).  But grouping all of Law Enforcement by the actions of an extremely small number is like saying that all Muslims are bad because of 9-11 or all professional athletes are doping.  It is ridiculous to think this way, so why does Law Enforcement get such a bad wrap?

Is it possible that a lot of the hate and anger stems from a lack of understanding of the Law Enforcement culture?  Is it possible that the world that we live in and the rules we live by are different in a way?  A typical citizen has the option of running away from a bad situation to avoid violence.  Law Enforcement officers have a duty to fight evil, not run from it.

There is almost always a lot of criticism after a Law Enforcement officer is involved in a shooting.  Things are said like; “Why didn’t they shoot the gun out of their hand?”  “Why don’t they shoot to wound?”  “Why did they shoot him in the back?”  “Cops are racist.  If the suspect were white, he’d still be alive.”

The ignorance of the general public, at least the one’s who post comments like this blow my mind.  Then again, I live in the Law Enforcement world where we live by a set of rule and policies that some will not understand.  And then there are some people have never even spoken to a Law Enforcement officer in their life.  These people typically only get their opinions from the media or from a friend or family member that “got a ticket once” and how they were wronged without taking responsibility for their own actions.

However, even with all of the negative media that Law Enforcement has received recently, there are still plenty of great people that fully support Law Enforcement.  But why don’t we hear from them?   Is it because they have not been wronged?  Is it because they think that we are just doing our jobs?

I genuinely appreciate the support from those who believe in what we do.  Somewhere, somehow, these people were educated that Law Enforcement is around to protect the flock while defending against the wolf.  They probably were not told by their parents at a young age; “You better behave or I’ll have this officer arrest you.”  They were raised by a family that taught them what was right and wrong, how to learn from their mistakes, and to take responsibility for their actions.

So, what is the problem between citizens and Law Enforcement?  I do not believe that it is a race issue.  Though the likes of certain “race baiters” who shall not be named would like you to believe that is the case.

I have a challenge for everyone who has a negative opinion of Law Enforcement.  Do a ride-along or participate in a citizens academy.  Learn for yourself, not from the media.  Gain your own opinions from your own experiences.  There is a huge difference in the real Law Enforcement than what you will see on a TV drama or from some “reality TV show”.

I do my best to take some extra time and talk with the “good citizens” in the area where I work.  It is not because I think that they deserve more attention or to get more service from me.  It is for me.  It is for my sanity.  It is for me to realize that there are good people out there and they are the reason I put on the uniform each day.  I did not become a Police Officer solely to fight the wolf.  I did it to protect the flock.  However, fighting the wolf is part of the job and I am ready.

I’ll leave you with some numbers to ponder.  As of the writing of this article, per the Officer Down Memorial Page, Law Enforcement Officer’s killed in the line of duty for 2014 is up 10% from last year for a total of 114.

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Here is a break-down of the causes of these line of duty deaths:

Assault: 2
Automobile accident: 26
Drowned: 1
Fire: 1
Gunfire: 46
Gunfire (Accidental): 2
Heart attack: 15
Motorcycle accident: 3
Struck by vehicle: 3
Vehicle pursuit: 5
Vehicular assault: 10

Safariland Model 6360 ALS Holster Review

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I recently changed my duty holster over from a Safariland SSIII to the Safariland Model 6360-832 Holster.   After almost a decade of drawing a handgun from a SSIII holster and defeating the retention mechanisms one way, it took a few hundred drawing repetitions  to change my “muscle memory”.  The end result was well worth the efforts.  Unlike some other holsters that require the draw to take on varying angles and twists, the ALS holster’s draw is straight up after retention devices have been defeated.

Additionally, the draw from a seated position, especially in a patrol car, is much more effortless than with the SSIII, which requires the handgun being rocked to the rear a fraction of an inch to defeat a level of retention, which usually means pressing it into the seat back.

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A few of the benefits to note are the increased speed of the draw with the ALS compared to the SSIII as well as the security of conducting an immediate re-holster of the handgun.  With the SSIII I had to get at least one of the snaps fastened to semi-secure the handgun, while with the ALS all I was required to do was to “drop” the handgun back into the holster until it “clicked” or locked into a secure position, or as some would consider the first level of retention.

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The ALS holster is considered a Level III holster, though it is also available in a Level IV with the addition of an optional sentry installed.  As viewed in the photo above, the first level of retention is underneath the hood with a “thumb break”, the second level being the hood, and the third being the hood guard, which looks like a shield to the left of the hood as pictured.  The purpose of the hood guard is to help prevent a gun grab from the front of the individual wearing the holster.  Not all body shapes are the same and some officers have found the hood guard to be uncomfortable.  For them, we have installed a sentry as their third level of retention in lieu of the guard.

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The finish that I chose was the STX Plain Black and has held up fairly well over months of use and abuse.  There is one blemish that you can see on the bottom of the holster (pictured above), though in my honest opinion, it is just part of doing business.  The STX Plain Black finish has held up better than the previously issued SSIII holster’s finish from the holster that was initially issued to me a decade ago.

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Though in the above photo, the holster looks huge, I have not had any issues with the size of the holster.  Additionally, I know that some will make mention about the HSGI Extended Pistol Taco Pouch holding the ASP Baton being too close to the handgun, effecting the draw.  When worn, the holster and the baton pouch are spread out enough due to the curvature of my body and they do not interfere with one another.

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As seen from below, the light is not covered and the bottom of the holster is not sealed off.  I have had no problems with the light being damaged or even exposed to any hazards, however, with the opening, water and other minor debris cannot build up as it will drain out of the bottom of the holster.

For those who participate in NLTA (Non-Lethal Training Ammunition) Training (aka “Simunitions”), be mindful that the bottom of the interior of this holster has a “guide rod” that inserts into the barrel.  This “guide rod” is to maintain the handguns proper positioning and security inside the  holster when the light is not installed.  With the majority, if not all of the available “Sim Guns”, the barrel’s opening is off-set as not to allow live “real world” ammunition inadvertently being chambered and having the firing pin strike the primer of a live round.  That being said, the “guide rod” will not fit into the barrel of the “Sim Gun” and will not allow for a proper “seating” of the handgun in the holster.  This has never proven to be a deal breaker, but something to be mindful of when you cannot completely holster and secure your handgun during training.

Overall, I am extremely pleased with this holster and would highly recommend it to any Law Enforcement / Military / Security personnel that require a secure and fast means of carrying their handgun in hazardous environments.  The holster retails between $147-$217 depending on options.  This is a fair price to pay considering the value of being able to retain your handgun when it truly matters.

For more information, check out the Safariland webpage.