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F IR E A R M S TA C T I C S 30 LAW ENFORCEMENT TECHNOLOGY NOVEMBER 2016 www.officer.com when using projectiles that fire a pattern, like buckshot. Now think about distances in a high risk traffic stop. If the suspects are in the passenger compartment front seats, they are 3 to 4 yards from the back bumper of a suspect vehicle. Now add the standoff distance from the rear of the suspect vehicle to the front bumper of the patrol car, a minimum of one car length, or 5.5 yards. If the officer is in the open door of the patrol car, with the engine block between the officer and the suspects, add 2 yards. That doesn't leave much margin for error, does it? Slugs produced a different result. My 870 has ghost ring sights that are sighted for 100 yards. I can consistently make a 100-yard shot with it. Since it can fire a one-ounce slug, wind deflection is really not a big factor. A 25-yard shot is easy. Pump guns are cost effective solutions This year Remington Firearms celebrated its 200 th anniversary. They produce several firearm products, but the two that epito- mize the term "iconic" when it comes to firearms are the 700 and 870. Both have served in law enforcement and military units for decades and probably will for decades to come. My long gun of choice on patrol was a 870 12-gauge shotgun. The 870 I car- ried on patrol in the 1990s was originally built in the 1950s. The receiver is made from a single block of steel. They last forever and I was trained by the company to fix them. The Mossberg 590A1 Tactical is a MilSpec 3443E pump action shotgun specifically made for military service in the U.S. Armed Forces. It has been battle tested, and those in uniform who have used this tool in the desert have attested to its reli- ability. Many tactical users select the 590 for service, simply because they have one thing in common: any Mossberg shotgun is ambidextrous. The 590 series of shotguns (really, the 500 series for that matter) all have the safety on the top of the receiver, not on one side. Both Remington and Mossberg make cost effective shotguns of outstanding quality. The shotgun is an exception to the rule, "Jack of all trades, master of none." The truth is, the law enforcement shotgun is so incredibly versatile, it belongs in just about every toolbox. Access Live Interpreters in More Than 180 Languages & Dialects ELSA Lite TM • For iOS and Android • Emulates ELSA V1 without enhanced audio capabilities • Designed for use in low ambient noise environments • Embedded language identification feature • Includes cultural communication tips • Optional recording feature www.rttmobile.com / 952-479-6180 / info@rttmobile.com ELSA TM V1 • Hands-free wireless • One-touch access • Designed for high-traf fic environments • Simple volume control • Optional recording feature Circle 60 on Reader Ser vice Card Mossberg ......................................................................................................................... 61 Remington Arms Co. Inc. ............................................................................................ 62 Trident Firearms Academy ........................................................................................ 63 For more information, circle the number on the Reader Service Card. Mossberg just released its 590 A1 and 500 Compaq Cruiser (shown) AOWs. Built on the proven 500 action, the 500 has a 7.5-inch cylinder bore barrel and a 2+1 capacity. At close ranges, all 9 of the pellets from 00 buckshot are concentrated in an intuitional pattern. This is a tremendous amount of energy transfer, provided ever y thing stays in the intended target. The smaller holes in this wall are from buffering material, which is usually granulated plastic that is poured in with the shot. Buffered loads often pattern more consistently. The larger hole in the center is the wadding; a pad placed under the shot that prevents distortion.

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