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PoliceMag.com 49 simplifying t h e d u t y h o l s t e r made in the u.s.a. X - C A L I B U R TM The X-Calibur works with your body's natural mechanics, incorporating the Science of Human Factors to produce a secure, fast, and intuitive duty holster. p o i n t b l a n k e n t e r p r i s e s . c o m e biggest problem with pistol caliber firearms when responding to a terror at- tack or active shooter is that the rounds they fire can be defeated by soft body ar- mor, which is readily available from a va- riety of sources. Powerful rifle rounds such as the 5.56mm NATO and .223 Remington can penetrate soft armor. And many weap- ons that fire these rounds such as the side folding SIG MCX with 11.5-inch barrel fit sling bags and backpacks very well so that they can be deployed discreetly in public. AR-15 variant rifles modified with a Law Tactical Gen M3 folding stock joint also fold up to a similar length of 20 inches or less. But to fit in concealment bags, most AR-style rifles need to be SBR designs with 7.5-inch to 11.5-inch barrels. Bullpups can also offer advantages with their longer barrels in compact pack- ages. e Steyr AUG, with its quick-release barrel available in 16, 20, or 24 inches, is an excellent option as a takedown rifle that can be quickly assembled, and it of- fers the full ballistic potential of 5.56mm NATO cartridges. A full-size patrol rifle with a 16-inch barrel can be disassembled into two parts and stored in a 5.11 COVERT M4 Shorty bag, but reassembly takes a bit longer than the Steyr AUG. Another solution my agency has found useful is the FN P90. is innovative fire- arm is available in select fire and semi- auto versions (PS90). Both versions are chambered in FN's 5.7x28mm round, a high-velocity pistol bullet that can defeat soft body armor and offers a flatter tra- jectory out to 200 yards than other pistol calibers. e P90's design also offers the advantages of a bullpup with its 10.4-inch barrel and an overall length of about 22 inches. Additional benefits are the mini- mal recoil and 50-round magazine that loads on top of the weapon and does not interfere with the user's ability to shoot prone. Adding a variable power optic such as a Vortex Strike Eagle, Primary Arms Rap- tor, or Trijicon Accupower 1-8x, or VCOG can significantly improve the capabilities of your rifles at large events and help sup- port the counter-sniper role. I recommend carrying the rifle in your agency's "cruiser ready" condition. For us, this is chamber empty, safety on, and full magazine inserted. NECESSARY TRAINING Drawing a long gun from a bag is not an action that most officers have experience performing. And you don't want your first time making this draw to be under stress in a critical incident or under fire. So I rec- ommend you spend time practicing mul- tiple repetitions of deploying the long gun from the concealment bag. Some of this practice should be on the range practicing the draw and firing the weapon. It is important to understand the best zero ranges for these weapons. Most offi- cers will not have the time or presence of mind to do calculations other than put- ting a red-dot dot on the target and being able to pull the trigger. For pistol caliber long guns, a 25-yard zero will probably give the best trajecto- ries for targets out to 100 yards. With the high-velocity rifle calibers, a 50-yard zero will give operators a trajectory that mini- mizes the need for hold-over calculations out to 200 yards. Long guns are now critical tools for law enforcement assigned to perform event security and school protection. In a criti- cal incident, officers need more than a handgun. But the public is not always ac- cepting of officers carrying long guns in public, so in order to do so, we need meth- ods for discreetly deploying them such as sling bags and backpacks. Discreet deployment of long guns in pub- lic gives the security coordinator more flex- ibility with his unit resources and the types of actions they can take. At some events an overt rifle team moving quickly to contact a suspicious person or get into position to observe their behavior, or just jogging to a medical issue, may cause unnecessary public alarm. In contrast, teams with con- cealed rifles in sling bags can move and observe potential threats and respond to smaller issues without causing the alarm of a bunch of police running through a crowd with AR-15s. Major Brian Marshall is a 22-year veteran of law enforcement who currently oversees the Firearms Training Unit and armory for the Marietta (GA) Police Department. He is an adjunct instructor for IALEFI and ALERRT.

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