Friday, January 16, 2015


Practice, practice, practice.  Perfect practice makes perfect skills.  If you buy new guns, you gotta practice with them.  That means you buy some guns, and lots of ammo, and lots of extra magazines.  Then you have everyone come to the range and practice, and then demonstrate proficiency with the new gun before they are issued the new gun.  Once they are issued the new gun, they test fire the new gun with their new magazines. 

They have to know how to shoot it safely, how to draw if from the holster quickly and return it without looking at the holster.  They need to be able to disassemble the gun and clean the gun.  Then they have to put it back together. 

Those are a lot of skills to demonstrate and it takes time to learn them.  Both time in the classroom and time on the range.  You have to arrange overtime for training and field coverage for officers in the class.  All that costs money, so you need to factor that in when you buy a new gun.  Even a very similar gun requires familiarization training, that's what the SGT Says.

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