Monday, January 26, 2015

Shotgun vs Patrol Rifle

Is it time to retire the trusty old shotgun?  I think just about every police agency should have patrol rifles in the patrol cars.  The patrol rifle has a very long range.  It is very accurate.  It is easy to train people to a high level of skill with the patrol rifle.

The patrol rifle is an excellent and precise weapon.  It is durable and gaining more an more acceptance with the public.  The shotgun is being used less and less.  Many officers dislike the shotgun.  It's heavy, it has a harsh recoil and only carries a few rounds.

The shotgun does not have the precision of the rifle.  At may agency we train less and less frequently with the shotgun and that time is being used for the rifle.  I suggest it might be time to withdraw the shotgun from general police service, it may be past it's prime; that's what the SGT Says.

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