Spring brought to the Midwest an event known as the National Patrol Rifle Conference. Several hundred armed professionals from around the United States converged on the Detroit, MI metro area to sharpen their minds, bodies and skills as modern gun fighters. These modern gun fighters are professional, ethical, caring, self sacrificing and dedicated individuals who have sworn to serve and protect the innocent to the best of their ability, and to do the right things for the correct reasons. These modern gun fighters are better known as the dedicated men and women of American law enforcement.
This three-day event focused on testing and equipping law enforcement in the relevant skills, use and policy of the patrol rifle. The participants were given an opportunity to test their gun-fighting skills on day one, during five different evolutions of fire. Each of these events was based on real-world incidents where the patrol rifle had been employed. Most of the equipment used was either an AR-15/M4 platform or variant, in .223 caliber.
In every conference the rules are simple: You must use the equipment that is issued and used on the street. You must wear your soft body-armor, service side arms, gun belts and carry your gear as you would during a normal shift. All of the rifles and equipment are inspected and checked by staff for authenticity and safety, since the event disallows competition-style weapons. The gunfighters are then separated into three categories: iron sights; non-magnified optics, such as red dots and holographic sights; and, finally, magnified optics, which is limited to 5X magnification.