Jay G of MArooned tells us about the following…
The Tucson Police Department says one of its guns is missing.
Police say an officer who helped locate a purse-snatching and shoplifting suspect following a foot chase on the city’s west side Monday discovered that his service weapon had been dislodged from his holster.
I’m so old, I remember when LAPD had those nifty S&W 6″ Combat Masterpieces in a duty rig which were of a clamshell design! One placed one’s finger in the trigger guard (!), depressed a button, and the holster flew open, leaving the K-Frame revolver in your hand – finger on the trigger!
Of course, mechanical contrivances being as they are, more than one revolver was lost by a patrolman scurrying over a wall whilst in foot pursuit and inadvertently depressing the release button! Weapon retention eventually evolved into high-ride duty holsters with steel linings, thumb snaps and specific presentation angles, said holster being held in place on the Sam Browne belt by Chicago (tension) screws.
And, Aikido – Jiu Jitsu – like training simultaneously developed to teach officers how to maintain control and possession of their weapons during physical encounters with suspects interested in obtaining their own control.
Civilian training? SOME is out there. Of course, making certain no miscreant even sees you have a gun until it’s leveled at him is a good idea, too.
I do remember one time when I was a security guard/graveyard shift in an urgent care facility, when an accident victim and his entourage arrived. They were all drunk.
And I was escorting them to the even more crowded clinic when I felt a firm tug on my sidearm! Reflexively, I used my elbow to pin the hand to the stocks, and rapidly turned and stepped away, to break the offending wrist or hand. The guy yelled, let go and complained I’d tried to hurt him. Then he explained he “just wanted to see what I had”! He was drunk, of course. I kept my cool and told him forcefully if he wanted to stay in the clinic with his friend he’d keep his hands to himself. He complied.
I’ve never had any problem of this nature carrying concealed. Perhaps there’s a message here?
I can’t speak for you, but, I’m no Bruce Lee.
Hell, I’m not even Pinky Lee!
RETAIN AND CONTROL YOUR WEAPONS AND ACCESS, PEOPLE!
One of the ‘quaint’ training drills of yore is the Bill Drill.
Back in the dark ages when I was a serious IPSC competitor (once on the gold team and twice on the silver team) Robbie and Brian shot WC pistols and we all got together quite a bit for serious practice sessions. On one of these sessions I suggested a drill to work on front sight tracking during recoil and Robbie being the “funny man” he usually is coined the term “Bill Drill” and it has obviously stuck. Keep in mind this was the early 80s and we were all top level IPSC competitors shooting state of the art race guns/gear for the day. At the time we were all shooting .38 super comp guns out of Safariland holsters (we were all on team Safariland).
What it is:
1 IPSC Item target 7 yds downrange
Start position: Facing target, surrender hand position
Drill: Draw and fire 6 shots
Object: All “A” hits in under 2 seconds, if you get a shot out of the A zone the run doesn’t count
Remember this was top shooters using race gear. I personally can’t do a sub 2 second run with a real carry gun from a honest carry holster, more like 2.6 sec would be the norm. (Bill Wilson, pistol-forum.com)
Seems Mr. Wilson has developed an evolution of the ‘Bill Drill’. As follows:
Bill Drill 2
designed by Bill Wilson
Range: 7 yd
Target: standard IDPA target 8″ -0 zone
Start position: gun in holster, hands at sides
Rounds fired: 15
This is a new version of the classic Bill Drill developed by Bill Wilson with a goal toward working the draw and different numbers of shots on target. Scoring is standard Vickers with a half second penalty per point down.
There are five strings of fire, each for time:
- Draw and fire 1 shot.
- Draw and fire 2 shots.
- Draw and fire 3 shots.
- Draw and fire 4 shots.
- Draw and fire 5 shots.
Bill Wilson suggests a 10-second total score as a goal.
Gotta love the old-timers teaching the young turks a trick or two!
Or just in need of further education?
Sarah Shahi plays Sameen Shaw in the CBS drama “Person of Interest” and has also appeared in shows like “Fairly Legal” and “The L Word.” The 34 year old Texan native is descended from Persian royalty, an ex-Dallas cheerleader and a pretty good shot, too. The married mom of a three year old son spoke to FOX411 about the show, being a cheerleader and gun ownership. (…)
(…)If you own a gun you need to educate yourself. It can’t fall into the wrong hands. There should be mental checks. More background checks go into adopting a dog then someone walking into a store and being able to buy a gun. I think that’s not right. (Fox 411)
Obviously, she needs to be educated at the very least. I love the show Person of Interest. And her’s is an interesting character. But comments as above show a lack of knowledge of the issues. Of course, they don’t interview and quote unknown, anonymous, disabled, old man bloggers. Just beautiful people.
AND, she already HAS her gun!
h/t Maddened Fowl
…says it’s March 6.
This means Guffaw in AZ has been annoying you daily for THREE YEARS, TODAY!
Some never thought it would make it this far. Especially me! And, while I don’t have the blog following of my blogmothers like Brigid or Tam, I’m still very happy with the results.
236 followers in 125 countries and an average viewing of 150 views per day with a single day high of 379.
For those new to my humble blog, I write about my life, my careers, my experiences and my relationships. I am on medical disability, but I used to investigate credit card fraud. I’ve also been a private investigator, CCW trainer and firearms collector. I also
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Hope to see you all around for at least another year! – Guffaw
The Top Ten
Below are links to my top ten favorite blog posts of the past three years. In no particular order. Based on what I like – it IS my blog!
See ya around – hopefully? And thank you for stopping by. I’m still surprised by the following and support - your obedient servant, Guffaw
What is the most dangerous sport in the Olympics?
For the uninitiated, the Biathlon involves cross-country skiing, coupled with rifle shooting!
WHAT? GUNS, and it’s not lethal or damaging?
(stolen from my friend Borepatch)
Ninety Miles From Tyranny brings us the story…
How girl ELEVEN grabbed gun and shot dead cougar that was stalking her brother, 13, outside their house (link)
Of course, these kids would have been much safer had they no firearm or safety or shooting instruction or access to firearms. After all, the cougars were here first.
Picking on a poor, defenseless animal like that, how dare they!
It’s for the children…
PS – I took my first shot at age 6. When did you start?
Lagniappe’s Lair (Murphy’s Law) posted about one of his favorite eateries posting a ‘no open carry of weapons’ sign.
Regarding the restaurant’s decision to limit the patronage of their establishment, and his decision to not eat there, henceforth.
One of his commenters, Papa Bear, posted the following:
Huh, I wonder what would happen if I owned a business and posted a sign “No openly gay or closet individuals allowed”?
An interesting twist on the rights of business to refuse service, and the rights of individuals to be let alone with their proclivities. Got me thinking of this flap on AZ Governor Jan Brewer’s desk, the ‘right to refuse service’ bill – which the media is soundly trouncing, lest she sign it.
I still believe in the businesses right to refuse service, and the individual’s right to vote with their feet, and take their stomachs and money elsewhere.
Of course, as another of Murphy’s commenters said (in part):
They do have that right, and they are allowed to make that business decision. We, however, also have a right to take our business there or elsewhere. Well, we did until Obamacare came about, anyhow.
As my dear departed Father used to say, “ANOTHER country heard from!”
Is this Republic’s goal to support the rights of individuals, or is this democracy’s goal to enforce the will of the majority, ignoring minority rights. Or the will of the elite?
I fear that decision has already been made…
THIS JUST IN. ARIZONA GOVERNOR JAN BREWER VETOED THE BILL. Was it her choice as governor, or ‘the will of the
vocal ‘majority’? Who knows?
My favorite firearms photographer Oleg Volk, posted about these innovative laser devices for dry practice pistol training!
Not all IRS agents are armed, of course. It’s only the Criminal Investigation Division, and they arguably need them. Yet even within that group there’s been some criticism. According to one government audit, IRS Agents ‘Accidentally’ Discharged Guns 11 Times between 2009 and 2011.
Some resulted in property damage or personal injury, claimed the report. What’s more, agents accidentally fired their guns more times than they did intentionally, said the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. That would be a worry for any law enforcement agency.
Again, look at the statistics for armed civilians versus civilian law enforcement officers. Generally, the civilian populus is safer, and more accurate than all of the sworn agencies out there (when taken as a whole).
But the government keeps pushing to make it more difficult to legally own, possess, carry or use a firearm. Is that because they are so bad at it?
is here to remind you, as it’s been another orbit of the Earth…
If there isn’t a gun within arms reach as you read this, you missed the point of API 250 !