Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Officers should carry at least two duty magazines on the belt in addition to the one in the handgun.  My preference is four duty magazines on the belt.  Officers should be able to fire off at least ten round in six seconds, from the holster.

That means a magazine can be empty in only ten to twelve seconds.  Even with two extras, that's not even a minute of sustained fire.  While that seems like a huge amount of ammo, in many situations, that much ammo may be needed.

In a hostage situation, or active shooter where the officer may need to shoot to provide cover to other officers or to suppress the suspects for some reason, it can take up fifty rounds very fast.  Sometimes subsequent officers may need to provide their partners with ammo; that's what the SGT Says.

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