Several years ago I ran across some stats and numbers  about shootings in New York City with the focus on the NYPD.  I recently ran across it again and thought I would share it here as a lesson. It should impress those who think the police will always be there to save the day and doubt the need for proper defensive skills.

The numbers are from Combat Tactics magazine 2008  compiled by NYPD statisticians.  Not all of the number are included, just what I felt was interesting or relevant. And, those that make a point for those whose goal is to train to protect themselves.


Shooting Statistics  NYPD  2005

123 Shootings.

166 officer involved

616 rounds fired total

17.3 shots fired per incident



The four types of shooting

Gunfights : when officers exchanged fire with non LE.  16 incidents, 13 percent

Other shootings vs subjects : when police fired at subjects who did not return fire.  43 incidents, 35 percent

Dog shots: when the LE shot at dogs. 32 incidents,26 percent

Accidental:  just like like it sounds, when the LE accidentally fires his gun.  24 incidents, 19.5 percent


Other: misc.  5 incidents, 4.1 percent





The Accuracy of the shots fired at engagement ranges.

Apparently the NYPD’s skill drops off considerably beyond arms reach.

0 to 7 Yards 

officers involved 7

number of shots fired 127

Hits  65

percentage of hits 51


3 to 7 Yards

officer involved 44

shots fired  155

number of hits 68

hit percentage 44


8 to 15 yards

officers involved 40

shots fired 205

number of hits 14

percentage of hits 7



16 to 25

officer involved 7

shots fired 93

number of hits 5

percentage of hits 5


Over 25 yards

officers involved 0

fired 0

hits  0

percentage of hits 0


Shots in incidents.


In Gunfights

total number fired 276

number of hits 23

percentage of hits 8 percent


Shooting vs. Subjects

total fired 196

number of hits 59

hit percentage 30


Against Dogs

shots fired 93

total hits 57

hit percentage 61


Accidental Discharges

Total number fired 25

total of hits 10

percentage of hits 40



total fired 22

total of hits 2

hit  percentage 9



Accidental Shooting Stats

Accidental shooting incidents 24

Total of officers who fired 24

total of shots fired 25

Total number of hits 10

Percentage of hits 42 percent

Shots fired per incidents 1.04

shots fired per officer per incident 1.04


Number of rounds fired in gunfights  276

Rounds fired in one sided gunfights 196

Rounds fired at Dogs 93

Accidental Discharges  25


other ( including suicide) 26



Percentage of hits in (2004)  20 percent       percentage of shots fired in (2004) 352

percentage of hits in (2005)   8 percent        percentage of shots fired in  92005) 616







Training with Roger Phillips

Submitted by Mark Hatfield.

Training with Roger Phillips

Two courses back to back. Fight Focused Handgun III and V.

Ahh, Pennsylvania, green, rolling, rocky, cowfull, wheaty, roads on sharp little hills which make driving just like going over the peak on a roller coaster, climbing up facing the sky then going over the top not seeing what is to come then diving seemingly straight down. There, was held two back to back courses by Roger Phillips who usually teaches in and near Nevada.

Fight Focused Concepts is the name of his organization, he was also affiliated with Suarez International where he taught his methods of shooting while moving as well as teaching through his own school. He became well known for creating ways to do what others thought could not be done and he still continues research. His background, energy, and drive, carried over from his youth as a serious athlete, shows in the development he did for what he teaches.

The courses dealt with the alternatives to the use of the sights, not just that there are alternatives, but how to transition between the alternatives and ‘standard’ sighting for whatever is best for a situation. There is the old saying that ‘The fight will be what the fight will be’, so it is quite possible that for a situation involving more than a couple of shots it can easily be necessary to have to change how you align your gun on the target to get the results you need. In some drills I used several different methods of sighting or aligning the gun as the dynamic situation changed and this was in drills which lasted only a few seconds. Attempting to use just one method would have been noticeably less effective.

Movement was also a very large part of the program, moving and shooting at the same time. Much of that I have done before but never in such depth. He made it clear why some methods work better for some people than others and the ‘whys’ of doing certain things in certain ways. He had us push the limits of what could be done with this material so that we could understand its effectiveness as well as our own. Many times something went ‘click’ for me in this class when something was settling into place in my mind and my body, other students related the same happening to them.

Roger was firm that what he was teaching was not to replace what we already know, it was to add to it and it certainly did. There were things, important things which I thought I knew (though not really well), now they are clear and my own function has taken a big jump forward. I was one of the two ‘old guys’ in the class and was mildly ill the whole time, the other fellow somewhere in his previous experiences had left a leg somewhere. Among the students were noticeable variations in equipment and physical ability, everyone adapted the material for their own situation and what they could do. Roger expected that.

These two courses were not for the beginning shooter, but for those who want to take their defensive shooting skills to a higher level, Rogers courses are a ‘must’. Not just a ‘draw faster, shoot faster’ thing, these are serious survival skills. For those who have never touched upon this type of material ‘You don’t how much there is that you don’t know’. It’s not kidding to say that Roger teaches how to do what many think cannot be done. For me, it was a substantial trip just to attend these classes, it was worth it.

South Korean SWAT PEACEMAKER Tactical BELT( Guest Review )

Today we have another guest Post from Janet Chan.  Janet  did a review of the South Korean SWAT team LBE/Tactical vest a few weeks ago. Today she is writing about the 1st line belt made by the same company and used by the same South Korean SWAT units.








I got another PeaceMaker Tactical Belt from my South  Korean fellow friend Mr. Bin Chang”. He gave me this belt and told me that Korean S.W.A.T team are using the same Belt as regular gear. I’ve made a detail review for this product. The Belt is made by Cordura 500D water repellent material with Anti Slide material underneath.
Adjustable waist fit fo rMen and Women users. Belt surface provides MOLLE  for adding different pouches etc. (I put on one utility pouch and a foldable dump pouch this time) The opening buckle is one of the key poinst that I like would like  to introduce to everyone, the buckle is has a safety lock button on surface which make it even more functional. It is the same system of buckle seen on the BlackHawk brand duty and MOLLE war belts  that are fairly common. The belt snaps into each in and the extra tab locks into place and must be pressed before the buckle can be undone.
I like this Belt and I think it looks smart and professional. It is low profile with comfort and support with enough room for most of what you need on your 1st line.
Product : PeaceMaker Tactical Molle Belt (Black)
Brand name : PEACE MAKER (Korea)
Outer Material : Cordura 500D (WaterProof)
Material underneath : Anti Slide Synthetic
Where to Buy :
Belt http://m.soltachk.com/product/PeaceMaker-Tactical-Molle-Belt–Black-/378/?cate_no=176&display_group=2
Pouch http://soltachk.com/product/Small-Utility-Pouch/57/?cate_no=155&display_group=1
Utility Pouch
Utility Pouch with Zipper opening (Appx 21 cm, 11cm, 8cm)
Fit for different Magazine like M4, AK etc etc..
Foldable dump pouch :
Dump Pouch with Velcro Strap closure
18cm diameter (opening) x 23cm (Height) x 8cm x17cm (bottom) – Opened
Appx 12cm x 8cm x 8cm – Folded
Fit for Mask / Helmet etc
On Front :
Plasitc Buckle Closure with Security lock plastic buckle



Houlding Precision Firearms Muzzle Brakes

Believe it or not, despite all the challenges we have to face as firearms owners in this beautiful yet crazy state of ours, some truly great firearm companies are in the Golden State, such as Houlding Precision Firearms located in Madera, California.

While chatting with these folks about their family run business on social media and at SHOT Show, I learned that they were very likeable and like-minded people.

I finally had the chance to mount a couple of their muzzle devices to a couple of my rifles and give them whirl. First let me quickly cover the specs on the two brakes they offer.


HPF-15 Curse Muzzle Brake

  • Dual Chamber
  • 60 degree, off-set porting to prevent muzzle from rising
  • Smaller Ports to prevent muzzle blast on firing line
  • CNC Machined for precision
  • 1/2-28 RH
  • Melonite finish
  • Laser Engraved
  • Designed for competition shooting
  • Very effective muzzle brake and flash reduction
  • Bottom side of brake has 60 degree arc with no porting to prevent dust signature when shooting prone


HPF-15 Irish Curse Muzzle Brake

  • Identical to Curse EXCEPT shorter
  • Additional top port to compensate for smaller size
  • Single Chamber



Upon mounting the first thing I noticed aesthetically was the full size Curse brake was a little longer than I typically like, but I would later learn that attribute does give it better recoil mitigation. Otherwise the thing just looks badass especially with its claws on the muzzle crown.


The Curse is designed to not only mitigate muzzle climb and felt recoil, but to also suppress flash signature, which many brakes on the market fail dramatically to do. We noticed while shooting that there was far less concussion to a shooting partner or bystanders than many other competition focused muzzle brakes out there.


The Irish Curse, which is the shortened single chamber version of the Curse, also performed very well and made shooting a more enjoyable experience over a standard flash hider. While it didn’t mitigate muzzle climb quite as much as the standard size device, it was a barely noticeable difference. Plus I like the shorter profile of the Irish Curse for my personal taste.


*Quick video I took on my phone.

All in all these muzzle devices made it a much more enjoyable experience over shooting with the standard A2 flash hider on and more importantly made followup shots much faster. It’s nice to your reticle stay relatively on target as opposed to jumping off target completely and having to reacquire with every shot. And at just over $100 for the Curse and only $80 for the Irish curse, they are far more competitively priced than most devices out there that perform similar.


Houlding Precision Firearms also offers handguards, billet uppers and lowers, and high quality complete rifles as well. I’ll put a link to their website and contact info below, and if you get a chance to contact them, be sure to ask Todd the story behind their awesome Bee logo. I can’t wait to see what they have in the works for 2015!


Houlding Precision Firearms2980 Falcon Drive Madera, CA. 93637