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Then what?

I recall the ‘old days’, wherein the meme was tap…rack…BANG!

(a clearance drill – tap the magazine to make certain it’s properly seated, rack the slide to remove any miss-fed ammunition or poorly-ejected cases, then reengage)

The problem with that was.  People revert to their training.  They were discharging their weapons as a matter of course, 1…2…3!

(The story goes some folks were unnecessarily shot due to following this training!)

Now, when applied to Modern Policing…

Utterly Useless: Armored vehicles and SWAT team waited outside the Orlando club for nearly three hours.
As long as they come home at night……………
Danny Banks, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s special agent in charge, said at a news conference, “In that time, we need to set up, re-evaluate, reassess what’s happening and make sure that all the pieces were in place.” Unbelievable
At approximately 5 a.m., the SWAT team made the decision to rescue the hostages, officials said.
Police set off controlled explosions inside the club to distract the gunman. An armored vehicle smashed through a wall of the club, and officers swarmed in behind. Eleven Orlando Police officers exchanged gunfire with the shooter, according to Mina.
“We made a decision to do an explosive entry on the outside of the club to get to those people, and our SWAT team at that time encountered the suspect somewhere in that area, near one of the doorway entrances, and shot and killed him,” Mina said.
More @ ABC
Now, I understand prudence in both an interpersonal encounter wherein one needs to tap, rack and assess, and a team of police outside a violent crime scene also needing to assess the situation


(And, now for something completely different – as promised)
I would ask all of you bloggers out there to at least make the effort to post a link to


Even ONE of these heroes making this choice is unacceptable! (Day #14 of 22)

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


5 thoughts on “Tap…Rack…Assess…

  1. Three. Hours.

    And they claim they “learned” from Columbine.

    Meanwhile, the shooter could have killed just as many people with a Boy Scout knife as he did with whatever firearm he had. After all, they gave him all that time …

    I weep for what’s left of our nation.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | June 16, 2016, 8:56 am
  2. Hard call. Terrorist tells dispatch he’s an isis groupie so that can bring IEDs and explosive attire into the mix.
    Meanwhile back at the ranch….this scum could have been leisurely beheading people.
    Go fast and it turns to $#!+, command gets keel hauled. Go slow and it turns to worse $#!+ than it already was, same thing.

    I’m glad it wasn’t me that had to make that decision.

    Posted by KM | June 16, 2016, 11:41 am
  3. I’ve been puzzled about the 3 hours, too. As he merrily shot fish in a barrel.

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | June 16, 2016, 7:38 pm

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