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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Patrol Rifle

Think of the patrol rifle as a big pistol.  Hold the pistol grip in the same hand as you hold your pistol.  Then operate the controls as you would operate them on your handgun.  Index your trigger finger along the frame of the rifle.  That way every time you move your hand to another direction, your finger will keep you aware of the muzzle direction.

When you change magazines, keep your hand in position in the shooting position.  Once your magazine has been changed you are ready to shoot.  Work the charging handle or slide with your non-shooting hand.  Just as you would work the slide of your handgun with your non-shooting hand.

Doing this allows non-rifle shooters to adapt quickly to the patrol rifle.  It allows pistol shooting skills to more readily carry over to the rifle.  It makes the training of both systems similar so that they are easier to learn; that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, September 1, 2014



An officer from Puerto Rico was killed by drug dealers.  Drugs are a terrible stain on our nation.  Making drugs legal will not help the problems either.  Drugs destroy the moral fiber of a people.  Those who are on drugs don't care about anyone, not relatives, not police, not anyone, even themselves.

Police need to be drug free.  They need to be drug tested before they are hired and they need to need to have a near zero tolerance standard for those with a drug history.  Officers who have problems with substance abuse can't work as police anymore.  It destroys their credibility.

Officers should be drug tested after a host of events.  After a major use of force, after a work injury, after a traffic collision.  Other industries drug test their employees under similar circumstances.  A clean drug test is important because it will enhance the credibility of the officer; that's what the SGT Says.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Knife Attack


An officer was being attacked by man with a knife.  A second officer shot the man with the knife.  The man was seriously injured but not killed.  Neither officer was injured.  No civilians were hurt.  The man was homeless.

A man with a knife is a deadly threat.  Using less lethal weapons is not a good idea against a man with a knife.  A knife attack can happen very quickly and one knife slash can kill.  One major knife slash can create a non-survivable wound if it's made in the right place.

When possible, create distance and barriers between yourself and the man with a knife.  One of the few advantages you have is the short range of a knife weapon.  Few people can throw a knife well and having a car, table, or other obstacle between you and the knife armed assailant can be very helpful to buy you time; that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cops & Guns

Recently I read a remark that said police in the US should not carry guns.  I live for the day that unarmed police would be a reasonable alternative in American law enforcement.  The levels of violence in that nation are so great that disarming the police would be a terrible idea.

Police use of force is reactive.  Police respond to the stimulus generated by others.  An officer encounters a man.  The officer tells the man to put his hands up.  Rather than comply, the man reaches into his pocket or into his waistband.  The officer can pull his gun or not pull his gun.  If the man IS reaching for a gun and IF the man intends to shooter the officer, then the officer is already at a distinct disadvantage.

The vast majority of people will put their hands up.  The man did not put his hands up.  Maybe he misunderstood the command.  Maybe he does not speak English.  Maybe he is going for a cell phone, wallet, garage door opener, or maybe he is going for a gun.  If the officer makes a mistake an innocent person could end up dead; that man or the officer; that what the SGT Says.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Firearms Safety

Jeff Coopers rules of firearms safety:

RULE 1: All guns are always loaded.

RULE 2: Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.

RULE 3: Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.

RULE 4: Be sure of your target.

We need to remember these rules and practice them all the time; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Firearms Safety


I have been a firearms instructor for over 40 years. I have taught people how to shoot automatic weapons and I have taught children younger than 9 years old how to shoot. The Uzi is a difficult weapon to shoot well on full auto and is an advanced weapon, not something to teach to a nine year old girl. 

You could teach a nine year old how to drive a Ford Fusion or a Toyota Camry, but teaching them to drive a Lotus or Ferrari is a poor idea. A single shot bolt action 22 rifle or a six shot revolver with one round in the cylinder would be perfectly appropriate for a young or inexperienced person. 

Only a much older person who has extensive experience or much more training should be shooting an automatic weapon.  As police we need to practice safe firearms handling practices.  We need to make sure our weapons are properly secured around our families.  Firearms safety is an important part of police work; that's what the SGT Says.