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First Colorado Agency Implements Viridian Gun Cameras

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – May 11, 2020 – The Kit Carson County Sheriff’s Office has deployed the FACT Duty™ Weapon-Mounted Camera (WMC™). Sheriff Tom Ridnour has been working to equip his force for modern policing over the last year. Every sworn deputy of the Eastern Colorado county now has a Weapon-Mounted Camera in the field to compliment body cameras.

The rural force is responsible for patrolling over 2,000 square miles that includes the border with Kansas. Sheriff Ridnour has been working to implement Viridian gun cameras, and was able to get them deployed on March 1 of this year. That timing coincided with the first time footage from Viridian’s gun camera was used in an officer-involved shooting (OIS) trial in Texas. A jury quickly convicted the defendant of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a public official. The WMC provided the critical evidence in the case by showing the defendant pointing a sawed-off shotgun at Vernon, Texas Police Corporal T.J. Session.

“The Weapon-Mounted Cameras provide a new layer of visibility and perspective for our deputies,” said Sheriff Ridnour. “As a rural force, we cover a huge area with a limited number of personnel. The range of responsibilities our deputies have is equally as great—and knowing we now have the FACT Duty gun cameras in the field gives us even more coverage and awareness.”

Viridian has created an important category for law enforcement with the introduction of the Weapon-Mounted Camera. This distinctive camera provides an unobstructed view of critical use-of-force events from the end of the firearm, addressing limitations officers can face with body cameras.

“Sheriff Ridnour has been dedicated to bringing the latest technologies to his department, and we’re thrilled he added the FACT Duty,” Viridian President and CEO, Brian Hedeen, said.  “Our technology can be a supplement or alternative to body cameras as a mandatory evidentiary tool to provide the critical evidence in an officer involved shooting. We commend Sheriff Ridnour for being the first to deploy in Colorado and wish him and his deputies the best during these unprecedented and challenging times for all first responders.”

The highly advanced WMC employs a 1080p full-HD digital camera with a microphone and 500 lumen tactical light. Viridian’s proprietary INSTANT-ON® technology automatically activates the camera and microphone whenever the officer draws the firearm from its holster. Not only does this eliminate risk of failure to manually turn on the camera during a critical event, but it also keeps the officer from fumbling with cumbersome equipment.

More information on the FACT Duty can be found here or by contacting Viridian directly at sales@ViridianWeaponTech.com.

5.11 and SIG SAUER Team Up for “Inside the Blue Line” Documentary

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

IRVINE, C.A., (May 7, 2020) – 5.11, Inc. and SIG SAUER, Inc. are pleased to announce the launch of Inside the Blue Line, an original content series that presents the reality and evolving demands on law enforcement today. In this series the Manchester, New Hampshire Police Department granted unprecedented access to a film crew from Ironclad Media to follow officers on the front line and into the line of duty.  

“The goal of our project was to give the public a greater appreciation for life behind the badge today,” said 5.11’s Chief Marketing Officer, Debra Radcliff. “Watching these officers in action and learning about the challenges they face was a life-changing experience. We are honored to bring their stories to life.”

The official series is now live at insideblueline.com, and will be launched across 5.11 and SIG SAUER social media next week at the commencement of National Police Week on Monday, May 11, 2020.  Additionally, the Inside the Blue Line video series is part of a robust campaign 5.11 is launching to commemorate National Police Week. Next week, 5.11 will start to sell the Honoring Those Who Serve patch with proceeds from the sale being donated to The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

“We are honored and excited to have partnered with 5.11 and the Manchester Police Department on this project,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “SIG SAUER and 5.11 are aligned in our core mission – to serve and support law enforcement and the defense community with our products – which unites us as brands. This was an extraordinary project, and in these unprecedented times, we have a heightened awareness for the sacrifices that are being made by the law enforcement community and thank them for their service.”

New Zealand Police Recruitment Video

Monday, November 27th, 2017

The New Zealand Police released an amusing new recruitment video, that kind of reminds me of Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz. Unfortunately, it’s been taken down via a copyright claim on YouTube, so you’ll have to click the image above to view it on the official NZ Police Facebook page.


Spoiler: Cops and Zombies

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

The job of coroner has changed substantially. (One must assume this will change all the CSI/NCIS type shows of the day…)

Follow it on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Spoiler.Movie.

Legion Firearms bringing Dark Angel to Texas

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Legion Firearms is hosting Kerry Davis and his Sig Sauer Academy “Bullets & Bandages” course towards the end of March. There are a few slots remaining in the course, and Legion is offering a free billet in the class to the first person who enrolls three people in the course (class cost is normally $500 per billet) as well as a free Direct Action Response Kit (D.A.R.K.) in coyote tan. (Kit Up recently ran a brief overview of the D.A.R.K. if you’re interested.)

Contact Legion at info@legionfirearms.com regarding your entries and their names to take advantage of the contest offer.

Kerry Davis, the progenitor of the D.A.R.K. and the chief Bullets and Bandages instructor has 21 years in trauma medicine and is a seasoned firearms instructor. He started out in the Air Force, was assigned to a specialty medic unit that worked with the 82ND ABN, went on to become a civilian paramedic and then to nursing school. He’s been a trauma/ER for approximately the last decade (tonight he talked to Soldier Systems Daily after a 14 hour day at the ER).


The next incarnation of Modern Warfare 3, or DLC?

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Note: it’s just a joke, but it’s a very elaborate and well done fan spoof.

Read the story of Modern Warfare: Call of Duty SWAT on BOLO Report.

Call of Duty Police Warfare, via BOLO Report

Police “Brutality”: Why the Unwarranted Motorcycle Stop? LOL

Thursday, December 29th, 2011
Motorcycle cop pulls over another motorcyle with hot biker chick on the back.

Tactical Fanboy: We respect LEOs and support them, but this sort of police brutality is untenable. Why could he possibly be pulling them over?

Stickman’s new site is live.

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Stickman, a professional “tactical photographer” has a new website up, as you undoubtedly now know (unless you’re in

Stickman gear shot, http://www.flickr.com/photos/stickgunner/6352096793/sizes/z/in/photostream/.

Stickman showcases some of what is in his gear bag, from his FLICKR page.

some ass-end-of-nowhere valley in Afghanistan or have been living under a rock). Though a majority of his work recently has been done for Magpul, he has actually photographed or reviewed kit and weaponry from something like fifty different big name manufacturers. In short, he’s a camera- and rifle-shooting rock star of the industry. It’s just that most of his fans have no idea wh

at he looks like (he still works as a city copy, and is careful to separate his home/work life from his Stickman identity).

There’s not much on there yet, so you’re still probably better off following him on his Facebook page.

There are a number of places where you can view his photography, like here on Rainier Arms or this example on Gear Scout, or of course the Stickman Flickr pages.

The BOLO Report has reported they’re hoping to interview Stickman informally, maybe at SHOT. It’ll be interested to hear more about him.

Chris Costa on the range.

One of Stickman's shots of Costa on the range. http://www.flickr.com/photos/stickgunner/6324207433/in/photostream/

Stickman wallpaper for Praetor Defense.

Some of Stickman's other professional work.

Zombie Targets and Real Steel Training for Cops and Military

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

There are a lot of different zombie targets out there, as we’ve reported before. The ones from Zero Heavy are really good too.

Some of our favorites come from the same place as Zombie Ammo, mostly because the female victims on the hostage “shoot-don’t shoot” targets all have big boobs. Granted, some of the actual zombie targets are lush and buxom too…but since they’re rotting and trying to eat you, it’s not as appealing.

Zombie Targets are good for training for the zombie apocalypse and any TEOTWAWKI and SHTF type scenario.

The poor, hapless victim on this target definitely deserves saving.

















Busty female zombie shoot/no-shoot targets for the zombie apocalypse and TEOTWAWKI/SHTF training are a Good Thing.

Sexual harassment is bad enough. Being groped and possibly eaten by a zombie is entirely worse.





















In any case, the point of this is that some police agencies and (so we hear) military units with a sense of humor are using zombie scenarios for training (like in this story over on BOLO Report). If you are doing anything similar, or are part of an “official” organization doing something similar, we’d love to hear from you and see some pictures.

12 Tactical Days of Christmas are Coming!

Monday, December 12th, 2011

What It Is
Everybody knows the popular Christmas Carol, “The 12 Days of Christmas” but what many people don’t know is that it actually starts on the day after Christmas and ends on the 6th of January. Well this year, Tactical Fanboy will be working with The BOLO Report and Soldier Systems Daily to bring you the 12 Days of Tactical Christmas.

How It Works
We have lined up a seriously cool (and tacti-cool) list of sponsors and, just like in the song, each day we will give away the requisite number of items. For example on the fist day we will give away a single item to a single winner. On the second day we will give away two of the same item, one each to two different winners. On the third day, three winners will each receive an item and so on, and so on until 78 total prizes have been awarded.

12 Tactical Days of Christmas

















How To Enter
Each day, we will post the days giveaway on one of the three websites. The rules for that day will be included in the post. To enter, you will have to follow the instructions which will consist of responding to a question in the comments section of THAT post. There will be a limited period of time to respond and then the comments will be closed. Once the comments are closed the day’s winners will be randomly selected and contacted via the email provided in the comments. This is why it is imperative that you provide a valid email address. If you don’t, we can’t contact you to tell you you’ve won.

It probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to be a fan of one or two or all three on Facebook…you know, just in case…Soldier Systems, BOLO Report and of course Tactical Fanboy.

Look for a special surprise at the end of the 12 days. It’s going to blow you away!

No purchase necessary.

Void where prohibited.

Unclaimed prizes will be forfeit.

If there’s nothing in the prize list you want or need, then you’re probably a hippie, a peace protester or the greatest and most accomplished geardo in the history of guys that collect Gucci kit.

Tactical Concealment Offering Free Shipping

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Tactical Concealment, an Arizona based company that makes sniper apparel, tactical gear and other kit for military, LE and other personnel, is offering free shipping until December 25th to any shipping address in the greater 28 states. (Sorry Alaska, Hawaii and assorted territories.) You can check them out on line or visit their Facebook page.


Tactical Fanboy Gift Idea #7: RE Factor Loot

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Yes, #7. Why 7? Because their swag is just cool as hell. RE Factor Tactical.RE Factor, if you ask (and you will) means Relative Effectiveness as it pertains to TNT (which has an RE of 1). Other explosives are measured from there (in simple terms; there’s actually more to it than that).


Tactical Fanboy Gift Suggestion #1121: C.A.T. M4

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Gotcha a little carbon build-up? Rather be hunting for Vladimir Makarov or Solomon? Better things to do than spending hours cleaning your bolt carrier group the good old fashioned way? Think about telling the Residential Sergeant Major, your girlfriend (not both at the same time) or your mom to get you a Combat Application Tools M-4 tool. You can’t go wrong throwing one of these in your kit or your range bag.


Female Doorkickers in China?

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Here’s something you don’t see every day, especially if you’re from Chengdu. Okay, that’s a lie. We have no idea what you would see ever day in Chengdu, but we’ll bet it’s not this. Still…are they really “special forces” or are they a police tactical unit, or is this just some kind of cool photo opportunity? In fairness, they might be very professional and very well trained, and just as unhappy about parading about in a dog and pony show as a lot of people will be happy to mock them.

Read more about China’s lady doorkickers. There’s a video in there too, which might make more sense if you speak Chinese.

They’re like…an Asian shield maiden unit.

Tactical Facepalm

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Doesn’t matter how good you are. How smooth, how well rehearsed, how fast your mag changes are or how far you can throw the frag. Your mental acuity under stress can be awesome, your ability to analyze a emergent threat within the context of any particular operating environment or condition. You can ninja your way through the chokepoints assaulting the Grand Bazaar like it’s cool, and nothing comes near you. You can clear Interchange by yourself with one revolver, two pocket knives and bottle of moisturizing lotion.

Doesn’t matter how good you are. Sometimes you bollock it up. Sometimes some jackass kills Soap and ruins the game for you. Sometimes you need…the tactical facepalm.

Something a little more serious: huge FBI cybercrime arrest

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Four million computers involved. Whoa.

The FBI has taken down a huge botnet, it’s being called the biggest cybercriminal takedown in history. Four million computers involved. Basically a botnet from Estonia (which may have the dubious distinction of being the first country attacked in cyberwarfare a few years back) was highjacking the DNS settings of victim computers so it could control where victim computers would be sent to. DNS, aka: Domain Name System, is what tells your computer where Internet and network resources are. You type in www.google.com and through DNS, your computer finds out the IP address that is used by www.google.com. So if you control what location information is sent to computers then you can direct them where you actually want them to go e.g. porn sites, sites selling malicious software posing as security applications, phishing websites, etc.

More information on the takedown.

Gilboa Assault Pistol Rifle

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

The production model Gilboa APR (Assault Pistol Rifle, whatever that means) is out and about. Great new PDW or not…unsure, though the Israelis certainly have some good stuff. Anyway, the original article is over on BOLO Report. The picture below is courtesy of Doubletapper.

Review of the Flashbang Bra Holster

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Back in May we featured a video that showed a female shooter deploying a concealed pistol from a holster carried in her bra.

Remember the Flashbang Bra Holster? Well, Natalie of Girls Guide to Guns wrote a very nice, very candid review of said holster, hitting about every point we could think of that might count against it (being serious here, not making obligatory boob jokes yet). If you are a female shooter that carries concealed, you might very well want to look into this. We like this girl. She has a great sense of humor and obviously knows what she’s talking about.

To get this out of the way: no, you will not see any delightfully jiggly naughty bits if a girl goes to drag iron on you. Frankly, it that happens you may have something else entirely to worry about.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Another concern I had was whether the Flashbang would work with tight shirts.  Before using the holster I thought the expectation that I could hide a gun between the bazooms was completely unrealistic. There would have to be some give away, right? So I tested it. Boldly. After receiving a total of zero awkward comments from friends about that thing hiding in my rack, I concluded that I was in the clear. Boyfriend later confirmed that fact when I asked him specifically if he had noticed anything odd in the aforementioned location…Now that I had the visibility question answered, it was time for the trickiest of the concealed tests. I wanted to know if the gun would reveal it’s placement when I hugged someone. After eating lunch one day with my friend, Scott, I decided it was time to find out. As we said goodbye I intentionally gave him a big old full-frontal hug. “Did you feel it?” I asked. “Feel what?” he responded. Question answered. Thanks, Scott. Bless his heart, he’s probably still scratching his head about that one.

Some of our readers have inquired as to how these things work for my sidearm sisters who are a bit smaller chested than myself.  I wanted to be sure that my A and B cup friends don’t feel left out so I asked a B cup friend of mine to try it on and see what she thought. She had on a pretty fitted top and we were both impressed by the fact that the Flashbang was just as discreet on her as it is on me. Incidentally, who ever thought a firearms product test would include staring at eachother’s boobs? I can’t help but think that somewhere out there Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are finding this hilarious…”

Read the rest of the review.

Flashbang Bra Holster with a Ruger LCP

NTOA – Applied Research Associates

Sunday, September 18th, 2011


Pointman is a tactical robot currently in use with over 20 US Gov’t and LE agencies as well as Marines deployed in Afghanistan. Pointman takes almost no setup time, roughly one minute, and is extremely intuitive to operate. It can scale obstacles up to 11 inches high, including stairs, and is very durable; tossing it through windows and doors has no effect on its operational capacity. In addition, Pointman is compatible with tools including disruptor and radio equipment, features visible and IR lighting, and includes a microphone and headset, making it an excellent choice for reconnaissance missions.


NTOA – Tactical Distributors

Sunday, September 18th, 2011


Tactical Distributors is running a booth here at NTOA using a custom iPad app as the vehicle for some nice giveaways. Attendees simply put in their contact info then a prize wheel a spin, netting some TD logo’d swag or even some retail items if luck’s on their side.


NTOA – On the Ground

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

I’m on the ground with SSD to cover the NTOA Annual Conference & Exposition.

The Crown Vic Retires

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

One of the most iconic police cars in the US, the Crown Victoria, is finally being retired by Ford. Although the Crown Vic wasn’t available from licensed dealers since 2008, Ford continued to sell to police departments until this year. The cars Ford is replacing the Crown Vic with? A Tarus variant and the Explorer SUV. Commence laughing at any time; the Tarus sucks. Some good news comes from this though, since I’ll no longer have to wonder if any old dudes rocking Crown Vics on the highway are just playing cop or really driving an unmarked car.

Hat Tip: freep.com