Sunday, June 20, 2010

Long Range At the Range

What Really Happens In A Gunfight?

One of the bits of information in this article is that officers who survived gunfights were frequently very far away from the suspect. An officer who is twenty feet away from the suspect has a great advantage. The officer is highly trained in shooting, where the suspect may have little or no training. While we can't count on meeting suspects without firearms training, certainly the officers are more likely to be well trained.

Officers need to be trained at the range to be able to fire at reasonable engagement distances. What do we do that can get us involved in a shootout? Traffic stops, certainly, approaching an unknown violator in a vehicle may get us into a shootout. The distance between two vehicles and the distance between the suspect driver and police driver position can be twenty feet or even more.

Response to a robbery alarm at a liquor store or bank could also result in a shootout. I think that the distance from the police car parked across the street to the front door of the bank is certainly a reasonable distance to train to shoot from. About fifty yards is a reasonable distance. We need to make sure that we train our officers at least annually to shoot at that range. While most shootouts still happen at close distance, we can't forget the longer ranges; that's what the SGT Says.

2 comments:

Bob G. said...

Sarge:
Here in Fort Wayne, our (Allen Cty) sheriff is trying to get funding for a NEW traning facility, and it includes a long gun range.
As it stands now, the local SWAT team has to drive uo to Auburn and PAY (discounted) to shoot outdoors w/ the tactical longs.

That just can't be right.

Protect_and_Serve said...

You should be very close (contact distance) or very far away from a bad guy with a gun.