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JUL 2019

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POLICEMAG.COM 19 But when he saw the laser dots, it be- came "real" for him and he changed his mind." PISTOL OPTICS e newest tool for law enforcement duty weapons is the pistol optic. ese reflex sights are gaining acceptance in the consumer handgun market, as shown by the fact that nearly 50% of re- spondents in our survey said they have experience shooting handguns with optics. But it may be some time before red dot optics for pistols become common on duty guns. Nearly 60% of respon- dents said their agencies do not permit officers to use optics on duty pistols. Once again, agencies may want to reconsider that policy. Some 39% of re- spondents said they believed an optic on their duty pistol would make them a better shot in a gunfight. Currently, however, there are two major factors slowing the adoption of handgun optics in law enforcement: holster options are not plentiful and officers will need to be trained to properly shoot with the optic. Our last weapon accessory question in the survey asked the respondents what they would like to see improved about optics, weapon lights, and laser sights. Of course, reducing the price was a very popular answer. One respondent even asked for special law enforcement pricing. But officers also mentioned a desire to make the devices more dura- ble and upgradeable. For pistol optics, several respondents wanted to see more models with enclosed emitters because that would make them rugged enough to survive hard duty. 87% 6% 4% 3% 29% Yes 60% No 11% I Don't Know Do you use laser sights on duty? Have you ever used a laser sight to deter an attack, de-escalate a confrontation, or persuade a suspect to surrender? Does your agency permit optics on duty pistols? Yes on Rifle and Pistol Yes on Rifle Only Yes on Pistol Only No Yes No 16% 84%

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