Many times law enforcement, especially tactical teams, is required to respond to what are known as “critical incidents.” Although all law enforcement work can be stressful, critical incidents are different in that they generally are outside the responding officers’ experience and, possibly, training. Although most tactical teams are specifically trained to deal with critical incidents, training and reality are in many cases just not the same. Any soldier, Marine or police officer that has been in a combat situation will acknowledge that while training helps prepare, the reality places far more stress on the individual.

lauer2.gifCritical law enforcement incidents are characterized by being sudden and unexpected and may disrupt basic assumptions about our society, the people in it and may also involve loss of life. Typical critical incidents include, but are not limited to, hostage situations, snipers and active shooters. In any of these, the final solution might be the employment of a police precision tactical marksman to eliminate the threat before he can take the life of an innocent victim. For these situations, a rifle capable of match grade accuracy is required with the accepted norm being under 1-MOA, the extreme distance at which most law enforcement engagements will occur. In fact, FBI data show that the average law enforcement precision tactical engagements are at 51 yards. Most rifles capable of the accuracy necessary are bolt action rifles, but there are a very few semi-automatic rifles that can achieve bolt action accuracy. Part of the reason for this is that it is far more difficult to manufacture a semi-automatic rifle that will achieve bolt action accuracy levels, although it can be done, as is evidenced by our test Lauer Critical Incident Response (CIR) Rifle.

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