Good news ladies and gents! My favorite law enforcement training magazine is back in production, and now it is free! A hearty welcome back to The Police Marksman!
When I landed my first (paid) law enforcement job in the 1990’s the internet was barely an infant and the Police Marksman was one of the best sources of information for a fresh new street cop to learn about shooting, combat and officer survival. It was published six times a year if my memory is to be relied on, and I read every issue cover-to-cover.
Some of the early explorations into the bullet “stopping power” were found in these pages as well as regular examinations of body alarm response, realistic combat shooting, retention holsters, safety equipment and more. One of the more popular series was the Officer Down columns that examined real life events and tried to use horrific incidents to teach us what to do, and not do, in our own enforcement encounters.
Oh, and there weren’t any administration focused articles. This magazine was focused squarely on the street cop and his/her needs.
Well, the good news is that it is back. And did I mention it is free?
Unlike when I first subscribed in the ’95-96 time frame, the internet is much more advanced and a lot faster. The Police Marksman is now an online magazine that can be viewed on the website or downloaded in PDF form for reading on your tablet later. Without the material and distribution costs, the magazine can reach more officers at a lower cost.
This month’s issue includes the return of Brian McKenna’s Officer Down series plus articles on a Colt pistol, patrol rifle optics, response to spree killers, a real-word qualification course, and more. Next month’s issue promises to have information on back up guns, quality training vs CYA and more.