Archive for September, 2010

It works!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 30, 2010 by Jay

Finished up Patrol Practicals this week at Cedar Park.

This was a lot of real world application stuff, like traffic stops and room/building clearing. We used simunitions and sim guns, so we would be able to react appropriately.

I got in a couple of gun fights, but no extended firefights. Nothing cools the blood like hearing a sim round whiz by you and splat on the wall, or feeling the spray from the paint on your face as it hits your piece of cover.

I will say this, the stuff I learned at KR Training really does work. If you ever doubted it, don’t. Every time my instincts kicked in, it was stuff I’d picked up from KR and his training staff. When I reflected upon the situation after each debrief, I realized that most of the situations I faced I had gone through and practiced at KR in one form or another. Even if it wasn’t even roughly the same, the base skills I developed still applied to the scenarios I went through.

There were several situations where stuff I learned (like search and assess and how to react to another threat during the S.A.A.) saved my butt from getting shot. It turns out a wife gets pretty pissed when you shoot her husband (even if it is a justifiable shooting).

I plan to post some AARs from the scenarios I went through, to help me highlight and learn from some of the mistakes I made, and for you to critique and see if there was a mistake I made that the instructors or myself missed.

Duty gun decisions

Posted in Uncategorized on September 26, 2010 by Jay

Parents and I went shooting yesterday morning. I didn’t feel like shooting my Beretta anymore, yet I didn’t want to take the USP out of the safe. I wanted to take something, so I took my Glock 23. As you can tell, I did rather well with it, considering I haven’t shot it since I started the Academy.

Now my thought is, why not use it for my duty gun?

The only problem I have is the fact that it is a compact, as opposed to the full size 22. I did do some distance shooting, from 20 to 25 yards, and it really wasn’t as accurate as I would like.

So, the question I have, is what would you do and why? Stick with the full size Beretta or switch to the compact Glock 23?

Games & Guns

Posted in Uncategorized on September 25, 2010 by Jay

Back when I didn’t have a job (oh so many moons ago), I used to read a lot of gun blogs. One topic I found consistently discussed was the use of the firearms in video games, like the Call of Duty series or Counter Strike: Source. Most of the blog articles I seemed to find were negative in nature, mocking the gamers. The same goes for the video comments I read on YouTube, such as “go back to playing Call of Duty/Counter Strike punk”.

This should be no surprise, but I grew up playing video games. I enjoy the Medal of Honor series, Call of Duty series, Rainbow Six series, Counter Strike, etc. I’m sure if I started to rattle off Call of Duty perks and the Counter Strike names for guns (like Deagle, Duelies, or FN), many would be quick to dismiss me as just another gamer. If you didn’t know me, and know my love of firearms, wouldn’t you do the same? The point is, this leads to debate between the gunnies and the gamers, like 9mm vs .45, Glock vs 1911, or AK vs AR.

And the thing is, which is what makes it sad for me when I read the debate, is there are quite a few gamers who would love to actually shoot the guns they use in-game. When some of my gaming friends found out I owned an H&K USP, several wanted to go shoot it simply because they loved to use in-game. Did I dismiss them? Nope, I told them let me run you by the store so you can buy a box of ammo, and I’d be more than happy to show you how to shoot it.

However, the stigma runs deeper than just online debate. Many professionals believe that gamers who play a lot of violent video games (see Call of Duty, Counter Strike) well grow up to become warp, twisted individuals, such as Lt Col Dave Grossman, author of On Combat. They believe that because there is no punishment for injuring or killing people in video games, gamers will come to believe that they can kill in the real world without punishment. I’m sure many of you have read the news articles years ago about the Grand Theft Auto series, where you can have relations with a prostitute then beat her to death (or cut her up with a chainsaw, or run her over with a car, or set her on fire, etc) to steal your money back. They claim that series is one of the worst games out there, that gamers would be killing people left and right, much like the antis said about CHLs back in the 90s.

However, this simply isn’t ringing true. I mean sure, you do have the occasional person who goes off the deep end, but gamers as a whole aren’t that way. We understand right and wrong,  and the concept of morality. We have feelings just like everyone else.

Anyway, I believe we need to educate gamers, not scoff at them for calling a Desert Eagle a Deagle or talking about the ACR in Call of Duty. A vast majority of them are honest, law-abiding people who love to play video games, and are just simply wrapped in the shroud of the video game culture. They have been negatively stereotyped by gun owners, just like us gunnies have been stereotyped as back woods rednecks (though this is changing). I think taking that extra minute or two to explain things can go a long way, maybe enough to visit a local gun range and rent a handgun/rifle or two, which may lead into buying and ownership.

One can hope.

Now if you excuse me, I’m going back to playing Counter Strike: Source. ;)

stats

Posted in Uncategorized on September 24, 2010 by Jay

Some interesting statistics for the Academy, based on the last 18 cadet classes…

1. The average cadet class loses 6-8 cadets during the academy. My class has currently lost 7.

2. The average cadet class has 2 people that are aren’t hired within a year of graduation from the Academy.

3. The average cadet class sees 3 people leave L.E. during their FTO phase, either through getting fired or losing interest.

4. At the 5 year mark, the average cadet class only has 10 of their class still in L.E.

5. The average cadet class will have 1 of their class killed in the line of duty.

Firearm Thoughts

Posted in Uncategorized on September 24, 2010 by Jay

So, finished up with Firearms yesterday and qualified.

I was intending to blog every day, but, as usual, time and other factors worked against me.

Overall, I enjoyed it. It was like a week-long KR Training session, just without the fun atmosphere that Karl and his instructors provide. Everything I learned at KR was applicable there, however, there was some nuances to it. Then again, every instructor is going to do things a little differently.

Mostly everything we covered was from 10 yards and in. We did do some shooting at 15 and 25 yards, but it was much compared to 10 yards and in. The only special thing we did past 10 yards was kneeling and prone shooting at 15 yards.

Truth be told, there were only a handful of things that we covered that I hadn’t learned at KR, like prone shooting and knife attacks. The body armor drills, malfunction clearing, reloads, etc I had already learned from KR. The cool thing too, was they had a pneumatic target turning system. When the targets turned, you would shoot, when they turned away, you stopped shooting.

One thing we did do, was time everyone’s draw time. You start on the 5 yard line, weapon holstered, all retention features on. When they buzzed the shot timer, you had to draw and fire one round. A round in the blue (kill zone) meant that draw time was counted. My fastest draw time was 1.33 seconds, with a level 4 Safariland Raptor holster and my Beretta 92F. I placed in the top quarter of the class. The fastest draw time was .96 seconds with a Blackhawk level 3 holster and a Glock 17.

I don’t remember the qualification course exactly, but it was a total of 60 rounds, and everything was timed.

This was the target we used:

Hits in the blue were ‘kill shots’ worth 5 points, hits anywhere in the white were ‘wound shots’ worth 3 points.

In the qual course, we had to do some offhand shooting, did a kneeling-slide lock reload-prone drill, and then the final one.

The final drill was this. You have one round in the chamber and an empty magazine in the gun. Your reload magazine has 11 rounds in it. You stand at the target line, targets turned away. When given the signal, you would sprint from the target line, touch the 25 yard line, sprint back and touch your target, then sprint back to the 25 yard line, then sprint to the 7 yard line. When everyone was on the line, the targets would turn, then you had 15 seconds to fire one round, slide lock reload, then the final 11 rounds.

Now, that doesn’t seem too bad right? Well, we were wearing our full duty rig (handcuffs, baton, etc) and soft body armor, like cops wear. You’d be amazed at how tiring that run can be when you’ve got all that crap on.

On Wednesday afternoon, we ran a pre-qualification. If you passed the pre-qualification, you didn’t have to come back on Thursday until 1:00 p.m. If you failed the pre-qual, you had to be there at 7:30 a.m. for extra training, until you could pre-qual’d. Well, just putting this out there, I failed the first pre-qual by 5 points. Minimum to pass was 210, I shot a 205. What happened was, I had a malfunction on the final drill. I had a magazine double feed. The 2 top rounds in the magazine nose-dived and got stuck, the primer ends sticking out of the top of the magazine. Out of the 12 rounds, I only fired 1. Because I didn’t fire the other 11 rounds, those counted as complete misses. I tried to clear it as best as I could, but there simply wasn’t enough time.

So, I reported first thing Thursday morning, went through an hour or so of extra training, then passed the pre-qual with a score of 239, shooting Speer Lawman 115grn TMJ.

I went through the last qualification Thursday afternoon. My final qualification score (the one that actually counts) was 268, shooting Winchester 124 grn 9mm NATO.

All the instructors were amazed that I managed to do so well with my ‘antiquated’ Beretta.

Firearms week!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 19, 2010 by Jay

You guessed it, I start Firearms tomorrow at the Academy.

The problem I fear is that KR Training stuff I learn will kick in and I’ll get yelled at for not doing it ‘their way’. I’m going to try what Hsoi suggested, which is file away what I learned at KR Training and do what they want me to, whether I think it is right or not. Then, once this week is complete, look at what they taught me and what I learned at KR and mesh the 2 together with what I think is best, and practice that way. If something is grossly wrong (i.e. use the slide release when reloading), just tell myself: ‘Self, this is wrong, you know it’s wrong, and I’m doing this because they are making me do it.’

Oh, and the firearms instructors do weapon inspections every morning, and they expect your pistol to be ‘spick and span’.

So I guess KR’s philosophy of  ‘it’s a battle implement, you don’t have to spend an entire afternoon cleaning it’ is going out the window for this week.

Trigger Reset Practice

Posted in Uncategorized on September 17, 2010 by Jay

A reader emailed me asking how I learned the DA/SA transition for my Beretta.

It actually wasn’t too hard, using this drill.

Check the chamber, make sure it is empty. Make sure your hammer is decocked and all the way forward. Aligning your sights, slowly press the trigger to the rear and hold it there. The hammer should cock then fall. Keeping the trigger pressed to the rear, rack the slide on your pistol. The hammer should stay back in single action. Still keeping the trigger pressed to the rear, align the sights again. This time, slowly ride the trigger forward until it resets, which it should reset to the shorter single action pull. Now pull the trigger again. The hammer should fall forward. If you want to keep ‘shooting’ in single action, rack the slide again keeping the trigger still pressed to the rear. If you want to ‘shoot’ in double action, keep the hammer in double action and let the trigger reset all the way forward.

Thats what I did to work on the DA/SA transition with my Beretta. 

This also worked on my Glock 23 which obviously doesn’t have a hammer. Just pull the trigger, rack the slide, and ride the trigger forward until it resets. After every pull, just keep racking the slide.

Hope this helps!