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JUN 2019

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Officer.com JUNE/JULY 2019 LAW ENFORCEMENT TECHNOLOGY 13 the front sight, and so on. On the other side of the age spec- trum, new recruits are coming into the field who may never have handled a firearm in real life, but who grew up on video games that featured red dot or reflex sights (RDS). RDS attaches to a firearm, provides a 1:1 sight picture, and projects a vir- tual red dot onto the target without needing to place your eye close to and directly in line with the sight. I use the word virtual because, unlike a laser sight, only the shooter can see the dot on the target. No one else can see it, especially the suspect being targeted. In 1975, the Swedish optics com- pany Aimpoint AB marketed the first "electronic" RDS and in 2000, the U.S. military introduced an RDS into field use, the Aimpoint CompM2, designat- ed the "M68 Close Combat Optic." Noting the advantages of RDS on rifles, competition gunners started using miniaturized RDS around the 1990s. These competitors found some major benefits using red dots, growing. While RDS seems like the perfect answer for both young and old officers in law enforcement, like any bit of magic, you need to peek behind the curtain to get the rest of the story and before determining whether or not your agency should allow officers to mount RDS onto their sidearms. S Announced late April, the GLOCK G45 Modular Optic System (MOS) incorporates the company's popular "Crossover" design with a factor y- milled slide, making it modular-optic ready. GLOCK Inc. W Aimpoint Acro P-1 Sight was developed primarily for use on handguns but offers broad applications for other firearms as well. The Acro P-1 sight can also be used on rifles, shotguns, and carbines, or as a compact electronic backup sight. Aimpoint Inc, USA " Train-up is easier for younger shooters. For shooters over 35 years old, RDS really helps to resurrect their shooting careers. " — Scott Reidy, SIG Sauer Academy S The Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P Shield M2.0 are available in 9mm, 40 S&W and 45 AUTO. It comes available in multiple configurations with and without a 4 MOA RDS, as well as a 4" ported barrel version (far right). Smith & Wesson such as most-of-the-time viewability of the sight, target focus versus front sight focus, and binocular versus monocular vision. When it comes to law enforcement, RDS integration is

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