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It's not only marksmanship and combat shooting

The most serious lack of training is in the area of immediate action drills to clear malfunctions.

Twenty years ago every department went absolutely nuts dumping revolvers for wonder-nines, then .40 S&W (short & weak), but I'm not sure we thought everything through clearly. Look at the average number of shots fired when police carried revolvers and compare it to the nearly quadrupled number of shots fired since automatics came in. When you've got thirty-six or forty-five rounds with you, "pray-n-spray" comes easy. When you had eighteen rounds in the revolver and two speedloaders, accuracy seemed to count more. Plus you had a better assortment of calibers to choose from. To this day, nothing beats the .357 Magnum 125 gr JHP for stopping a fire-fight on the first score.

I'm not anti-auto, per se. I carry an automatic myself, but it's been worked over and tuned up to the point that I KNOW it's going to chamber and fire that second round. I also have the training and experience to clear a malfunction immediately.

However, our officers aren't being issued $3500 weapons and they don't get nearly enough time working immediate action drills, so I'm waiting for one big department, somewhere, to say, "We're going back to wheelguns" after they find a dead officer with a stovepipe or a magazine that's not fully seated....and it has happened.

I'm a big fan of every LEO spending every spare minute he can increasing his weapons proficiency and physical conditioning.


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