Sunday, September 7, 2014

Machine Guns

American police have used fully automatic weapons for at least 100 years.  These police are riding an Indian motorcycle and it has a Colt or Marlin "potato digger" machine gun mounted on the front.  These machine guns were used by the US Army as early as 1898.

Today many agencies are using patrol rifles and some are even fielding fully automatic versions.  I think that fully automatic weapons for civilian police patrol officers is not appropriate.  Most patrol officers won't practice frequently enough to stay properly proficient as  an officer.

SWAT and special teams may find automatic weapons have some value.  When a suspect is very dangerous and is very likely to have to be killed to be stopped, the employment of fully automatic weapons can be helpful.  SWAT team members should be well trained enough with their weapons to be able to deploy fully automatic weapons; that's what the SGT Says.

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