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Special LEN Supplement A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY April 30, 2002

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    Weapons / Equipment

    Forte, Matthew G. (2000) AMERICAN POLICE EQUIPMENT: A GUIDE TO EARLY RESTRAINTS, CLUBS AND LANTERNS. Upper Montclair, N.J.: Turn of the Century Publishers, ISBN: 0966593855
         A fascinating look at the nuts and bolts of policing—the invention and manufacture of early handcuffs, nippers, batons and lanterns. There are great photos not only of the equipment but of ads, some of the inventors, and of police in their dress uniforms. A find for police historians and collectors alike. (From barnesandnoble.com)

    Jones, Tony L. (2000). SPECIALTY POLICE MUNITIONS: THE HOTTEST NEW SPECIALTY AMMUNITIONS, WEAPONS PLATFORMS, DEVICES, AND CHEMICAL AGENTS FOR REAL-WORLD LAW ENFORCEMENT. Boulder, Colo.: Paladin Press, ISBN: 1581600879
         Being a police officer is tough enough without having to worry about whether your munitions will perform in the line of fire or whether you will be reprimanded or sued for using the wrong one. In this book, veteran SWAT officer and police trainer Tony Jones looks at the latest lethal and “less lethal” police specialty munitions and tools being fielded, tested and researched by major ammo manufacturers, including: specialty impact munitions (electrical stun devices, stun shields, Tasers and antiterrorist rounds) specialty lethal munitions (detonating tip, enhanced expanding and frangible rounds); chemical agent munitions (tactical aerosol devices, chemical agent launchers); and specialty training munitions (marking ammo, blank rounds, nontoxic ammo). (Editors of amazon.com)

    Weapons & Equipment

    Marshall, Evan P. and Sanow, Edwin J. (2002). HANDGUN STOPPING POWER: THE DEFINITIVE STUDY. Boulder, Colo.: Paladin Press, ISBN: 0873646533 Marshall, Evan P. and Sanow, Edwin J. (2002).
    STOPPING POWER: A PRACTICAL ANALYSIS OF THE LATEST HANDGUN AMMUNITION. Boulder, Colo.: Paladin Press, ISBN: 158160128X
         Both books predict the effectiveness of all types of ammunition by studying the results of real-life shootings rather than relying on laboratory tests that ignored the dynamics of an actual gunfight. Stopping Power provides the very latest street results of all the major handgun calibers, from .22 LR to .45 ACP, as well as popular rifle and shotgun loads. It also contains chapters on short-barrel ballistics, the emergence of the hot new .357 SIG caliber, the continued success of the .40 S&W, the development of the latest exotic ammo, the effectiveness of black powder firearms and a brand-new ammo test protocol based on the results of the many gunfights of U.S. Border Patrol officers. (From the publisher)

    Sanow, Edwin J (2001). POLICE CARS: RESTORING, COLLECTING, & SHOWING AMERICA’S FINEST SEDANS. Hudson, Wis.: Iconografix, ISBN: 1583880461
         This book gives great recommendations on what cars are worth restoring and what it will take to make a great show car. It covers topics from body work/painting to preparing your car for show day. There are also several Chapters written by notable Police Car experts from across the United States. (Editors of amazon.com)

    Stange, Mary Zeiss and Oyster, Carol K. (2000). GUN WOMEN: FIREARMS AND FEMINISM IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA. New York: New York University Press, ISBN: 0814797601
         Women are hunting, using firearms in their work as policewomen and in the military, shooting for sport, and arming themselves for personal security in ever-increasing numbers. Women’s growing tendency to arm themselves has in recent years been political fodder for both the right and the left. Female gun owners are frequently painted as “trying to be like men” (the conservative perspective) or “capitulating to patriarchal ideas about power” (the liberal critique). Eschewing the polar extremes in the heated debate over gun ownership and gun control, and linking firearms and feminism in novel fashion, Mary Zeiss Stange and Carol K. Oyster here cut through the rhetoric to paint a precise and unflinching account of America’s gun women. (From the publisher)

    Sugarmann, Josh (2001). EVERY HANDGUN IS AIMED AT YOU: THE CASE FOR BANNING HANDGUNS. New York: The New Press, ISBN: 156584629X
         Sugarmann, who heads the Violence Policy Center, argues forcefully here that handguns, with or without licenses or safety features, have and will continue to have an extremely dangerous impact on United States society. While handguns represent only about 32 percent of guns in the United States, they account for most of the gun deaths and injuries. Thousands of suicides, homicides, and accidents each year result from their easy availability, yet the use of handguns in self-defense is rare. Interesting portions of this book deal with the promotion of gun sales to children and women, and the author’s analysis of the impact of more stringent licensing, enforcement, and safety features. Other chapters cover facts and history, the use of handguns in crime and self-defense, handguns and minorities, and handguns in public. (From Library Journal)