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American COP May/June 2011 Digital Edition - Page 20

CARRY OPTIONs FROM HOlsTERs TO HAvERsACks. sAMMY REEsE One Is None uring mytime workingthe streetsIwasnever awardedthenicest officeroftheyear No matprize.Itreated ter how everyonewith hard I respect—badguy tried, orgood—butwas I just hardonmypeers whenIsawholesin couldn’t shake theirofficersafety my gun practices;Iremain from the thesametoday. holster. TheCarry Editor’s OptionscolumnI note: Nice writeforAmerican chicken Handgunnerisone leg. ofmyfavoritesto do.Imaynotwork themeanstreetsanymore,butIstillcarryaguneverydayand IteachontherangeattheagencyfromwhichIretired.Imay beout,butnotalltheway.SowhenMrs.Suzicalledtoask ifI’dbeinterestedinwritingtheCarryOptionscolumnfor COP,Ijumpedalloverit. D Alessi Holsters Using this Alessi Pocket Holster looks like you’re carrying your wallet in your front pocket — and you won’t run the risk of a negligent discharge. D uringarecenttrainingshoot,Iwitnessedacatastrophicfailure—anexpendedshellcasingwouldn’t extract,duetotherimbeingrippedoff.Nomatter howmanytimestheofficer“tappedandracked,”it wouldnotclear.Whentheofficerputhishandintheairand statedhisgunwasbroken,Inotsonicelyinformedhimhewas inthemiddleofagunfight,andlethimknowifhecouldn’tfix theproblemhimselfheshouldtransitiontohisbackupweapon tofinishthefight.“Well…uh,Idon’thaveabackup.”My reactionwassomethingalongthelinesof,“Don’ttellme…go homeandtellyourfamilyyoudon’thaveaPlanBtosaveyour life.Letthemknowyoujustmightgetkilledbecauseyoudecidedtospendyourmoneyonjet-skiesandgolfclubsinstead.” Hisnextfeebleexcusewashehadnowheretoputabackup gun.IsimplypulledmyS&W340PDoutofmypocket— pocketholsterincluded—andaskedhimtotryiton.Iallowedhimtokeepituntil hecouldaffordoneofhisown.ItoldyouIwouldn’tbewinninganynicest-guy awards.Idon’twanttoattendanymorefuneralsso,yes,I’mhardontheguyswho needmetobe. ThegreatLouAlessimaybegone,butthecompanyhestartedisstillrunning strong.WhiletalkingwithTomKulwicki,PresidentofAlessiHolsters,aboutoptionsfortotingbackups,hetoldmetheiranklerigandpocketholsterswerethe mostrequestedbycops,andhe’dsendmesamplesformy340PD.Afewweeks later,thepackagearrived.Myveryfirstimpressionwhileexaminingthecontents wasLouwouldbeproud.ThequalityofcraftsmanshipisjustasitwaswhenLou wasatthehelm—outstanding. Ankle Rig O neofthebiggestconcerns withanklerigsisusuallythe comfortfactor.Ifitfeelslike aball-and-chainandleaves thesamemarksonyourlegasiron shackles,youwon’twearit.Theother bigconcernissecurity—willthegun stayinplacewhilerunning,jumping fencesandfightingbadguys. 20 WWW.AMERICANCOPMAGAZINE.COM • MAY/JUNE 2011

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