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Scott Reitz

Scott Reitz is a 30-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and director of the highly acclaimed International Tactical Training Seminars. Course information and schedules are available at their website at www.internationaltactical.com.

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Throwin’ Lead on the Frontier

Gunfighting is pretty much an American phenomenon. The trans-Mississippi West conjures up dust-blown streets, fixed gazes, and worn steel drawn from weathered leather. No other country has a gunfighting history equal to ours. Today, the equipment has evolved far beyond anything those Old West leadslingers could have...

Due Diligence

AT this stage of my life, I’m no longer surprised at the hokum spread out there—and brother, is it thicker than ever! First of all, if someone tells you they were a covert assassin for the CIA, do you think they were ever supposed to tell you? Doesn’t...

Training-Above and Beyond

I long ago ceased to be amazed at what police officers consider adequate training for the streets. A recurrent theme among many is that a department should pay for accelerated courses of firearms and tactics instruction, and this should naturally be conducted on duty. The theory is, if the department does not see fit...

Firearms Safety

According to the news, a member of the Navy recently went to a bar, met a female and brought her back to his domicile. He proceeded to place what was ostensibly an unloaded gun to his head and pulled the trigger. It was not unloaded. Not too long ago, I had a case...

A Straightforward 1911

Over the years I’ve lost count of the hundreds of individuals who have asked me how I would set up the ideal 1911 .45 ACP. So after years of personal requests from students, my wife Brett and I have decided to build two versions of our own 1911. These are customized pistols built...

Deadly Distractions

I was talking to an officer the other day and he related the following: The officer was dispatched to a 415 (man with a gun) call. This officer is very seasoned and has a lot of street time under his belt. In fact, some might term him an O.G. (Original Gangster), but in...

Remembrance

Any of us can be taken away at any moment for a number of reasons. This is something I have learned over the years. When I was younger, I felt invincible. There was nothing that could touch me, there were no risks that I would not take, and only through fortuitous circumstances did I ever...

Breast Implants Save Lives!

OK, sports fans, this could only happen in Los Angeles Yours truly was at home working on a court case when L.A. Times reporter Ching-Ching Ni contacted me. After introducing herself, she went on to explain that an L.A.- based woman had been shot in the chest. The woman who was shot was the victim...

FAMILY AWARENESS

Recently in Los Angeles, a young girl was kidnapped from the streets in broad daylight in her own vehicle and forced to drive around to various ATMs while the male, ex-con suspect attempted to access her bank account as he physically maintained control of her. This is...