Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Some officers train with their firearms frequently, but seldom train with their other weapons. The duty handgun is one of the tools that we carry that has some off the greatest liability. It is the tool most likely to cause death or great bodily injury, but not the only one. The patrol rifle, the shotgun, the baton can all cause death. OC spray has been implicated in some deaths too.
Officers should train with their other weapons on a regular basis too. That includes transition from one to the other. If you run out of shotgun rounds, can your smoothly move to your handgun? What do you do with the shotgun? Do you drop it on the ground? Do you have a sling so you can leave it dangling from your neck? Have you shot the handgun while the shotgun dangles from your neck? Do you hold the shotgun with one hand and shoot with the other?
Can you move from OC spray to handgun? Do you drop the OC spray and go to the handgun? Can you transition from OC spray to baton to handgun? The selection of weapons is an important decision. One you need to practice in your training. In the field is not the first time you need to practice these skills; that's what the SGT Says.