Geissele's Border Patrol Rifles Coming To Civilian Market

Geissele won a contract to supply new rifles to the US Border Patrol back in 2022. Well, those models are now available for purchase directly from Geissele. Let’s take a look at the various models and their features.

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TFB Review: Glock 45 MOS Reporting For Duty?

Since the original Glock 17 was produced in 1982, there has been about nine different configurations of barrel lengths and grip sizes, but today, we’ll take a look at the curious “crossover” Glock 45 MOS. For those new to Glock pistols, the G45 is chambered in 9mm and features a full-size grip that accommodates the standard 17-round magazine, yet has a compact (4.02 inches) barrel. The “MOS” stands for Modular Optic System and MOS pistols come ready from the factory for a red dot sight of your choosing. Last year, I heard of police departments near me that had decided to issue the Glock 45 MOS as their standard-issue pistol, which made me pause to think “Why?”.

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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adopts Walther PDP

Walther’s PDP is the new duty handgun for the  Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). FDACS will use both the full-size and compact versions depending on the needs of the officer.

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Nova Submetralhadora: Brazil's Civil Police Select the B&T APC9-G PRO

Brazil’s Sal Paulo Civilian Police have just selected a new submachine gun along with all of its cool bells and whistles for its latest addition to the law enforcement agency’s arsenal. The B&T APC9-G PRO 9mm submachine gun will allow officers complete magazine compatibility between current service pistols as well as the 700 new submachine guns that the agency has purchased from B&T USA. This is B&T USA’s second contract in recent memory with the country of Brazil with B&T previously fulfilling a contract for the APC40 to the country’s Polícia Militar (military police).

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Geissele Wins Customs And Border Protection Contract

Geisslele Automatics won a contract to supply AR-15 rifles to Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This new contract includes both complete rifles and upper receiver groups. Let’s take a look at the specifics of this contract, and what it might mean for Geissele’s future civilian offerings.

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UK Police Raid Illegal Firearms Factory

The London Metropolitan Police Force announced last week that they had raided what they described as a ‘suspected makeshift 3D firearm factory’. The Metropolitan Police claimed that the raid led to one of the largest seizures of 3D-printed firearm components in the UK – ever. Craft-made firearms components were found during a raid at a home in North West London on Friday, 7 October. The raid was part of an operation involving officers from the Metropolitan Police Force’s ‘Operation Viper’ team. The Viper team take the lead on intelligence relating to illegal firearms use and manufacture.

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Steiner MPS (Micro Pistol Sight) Approved for Duty by Texas LE Departments

Steiner Optics have announced that a number of Texas law enforcement agencies have approved the Micro Pistol Sight or MPS for duty use. The departments include the Lubbock and Cross Roads police departments (which combined have around 500 officers). Steiner also note that the MPS is being evaluated by Dallas PD. The Steiner MPS sight was introduced back in November 2021 and has a 3.3 MOA reticle, 13,000-hour battery life and multiple mounting options – with an MSRP of $574.99.

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Hillsborough County FL Equips SROs with B&T APC9 PROs

The Hillsborough County Florida Sherriff’s Office has announced recently that they had made the decision to purchase and field new specialized equipment for their Student Resource Officers (SROs). The Hillsborough County Sherriff’s department will now equip its School Resource Officer Program deputies with new B&T APC9 PRO equipped with folding stocks, Aimpoint Micro T1 red dots, and a Vertx Ready Pack 2.0 carriage system for more discreet transportation.

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Botach Announces the Opening of Their First Retail Store in Las Vegas

Many of you will be familiar with the online retailer of law enforcement, military, and public safety gear, Botach. They sell everything from knives, ballistic gear, firearms, ammunition, and less lethal personal defense items. Botach was originally founded in the city of Los Angeles over 20 years ago and late in May of 2022, they announced that they had opened up their first retail store in the Las Vegas area that will also be open to the public.

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[SHOT 2022] Civilian Less-Lethal Products From Byrna Technologies

Byrna Technologies produces civilian less-lethal products that fire .68 caliber projectiles. The flagship of the lineup is the SD model, which is laid out like a handgun. Each magazine contains an 8 gram CO2 cartridge and five projectiles. Byrna claims a 60-foot effective range for the SD.

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Alec Baldwin: Hollywood Should Hire Police To Monitor Prop Guns On Scene

Following the tragic shooting death of the cinematographer of the movie “ Rust“, Alec Baldwin TweetedEvery film/TV set that uses guns, fake or otherwise, should have a police officer on set, hired by the production, to specifically monitor weapons safety.” On the surface, it’s easy to see why someone outside of the firearms community would suggest this, police officers carry guns every day, right? The required training and yearly qualifications should, “qualify” them as someone in the know, yes? It makes sense that Alec Baldwin, unintentional shooter of Halyna Hutchins would be looking for answers and remedies to his situation. Let’s explore his suggestion about hiring police officers to inspect on-set firearms in the film industry.

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FN 509 MRD-LE Selected As The New LAPD Duty Pistol

After a series of tests that included a 20,000 round endurance qualification, the FN 509 MRD-LE has been selected as the new LAPD Duty Pistol. All of the new pistols will feature FN’s MRD optics mounting system which will bring red dot capabilities to one of the largest police departments in the United States. Although the press release does not include information on a contract amount or the number of pistols to be provided, the award covers a five year period and provides guns to the entire 10,000 person department.

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Police Guns Of The World: South America – Part 2

Welcome to the second edition of the Police Guns Of The World series, where we’ll take stock of what law enforcement agencies are issuing to their officers. Just as a recap, I set some parameters to narrow the field to the top federal, national, or state agencies of each country, which should still give us roughly 193 results. I’m also narrowing the focus at present to police-issued pistols, but I’ve already seen some pretty unusual rifles and submachine guns that we’ll explore at a later time.

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Somerville TX PD Deploys FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Cameras

With the increasing scrutiny of Law Enforcement agencies, departments across the nation are attempting to find ways to keep the record straight. Viridian Weapon Technologies has stepped in for the Somerville Police Department in order to help them deploy the FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Camera. The FACT Duty weapon-mounted camera features not just video and audio recording equipment but also contains a weapon-mounted light and laser.

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Police Guns Of The World: South America – Part 1

Welcome to the first installment of the Police Guns Of The World series, in which we’ll explore the current state of police firearms around the globe. In the first and second editions, we’ll be taking a look at what’s currently riding in federal law enforcement holsters of South America. Seeing as how we’re almost a quarter of the way through the 21st Century, I figured now is a good time to update the history books. Most firearms enthusiasts are familiar with the age of revolvers, the “transition” years from revolvers to semi-automatics, and perhaps even what their local agency carries. However, it’s rare to find even a glimpse of what the rest of the world of law enforcement carries at present, in one place.

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