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Seattle PD Officers leave AR Pattern Rifle on trunk


It looks like Seattle PD is making us all proud again this time by leaving a rifle on the back of a police cruiser and then driving away with it on the trunk lid, parking at a hotel, and driving away again with it still on there. Of course all the local news stations are having a field day with it and getting lots of love out of the “OMG the assault rifle is going to come and get you”

While this looks bad and I feel pretty bad for the gun because had it fallen off it would have gotten scratched and possibly damaged, I think the officers should get hardily laughed at and mocked but if they loose their job I would be might pissed. Of course I feel that Seattle PD might act differently if I drove around with an AR on my trunk. I do love the quote on the bottom of the article

“Whitcomb said such rifles are assigned only to officers who have additional training. They’re usually kept in the trunk or between the driver and passenger seats. He added leaving a rifle unattended is a policy violation, but not a violation of the law.”

I hope that if a “civilian” ever leaves a rifle alone that SPD remembers this quote.

FULL STORY

I wanted to add one very important note, THE STRANGER who is our liberal alternative news paper is the only one who did a good job on this story. They correctly called the gun an AR-15 and did not use the word assault rifle at all. Everybody else has failed on this so I wanted to give them the props they deserve for getting something right.

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Interesting issues arise when guns and geeks run into each other


Its no secret to anybody that there is a pretty strong presence of tech-heads, geeks and nerds in the gun community. Honestly I cant fully explain this but I like it a lot. I think this correlation helps bring in more shooters and helps our community all around.

Today I read an article By Caleb over at Gun Nuts Media basically one of the local IDPA clubs here in Washington passed a rule saying no video at the event, Caleb views himself as a journalist first and a shooter second and this pulled his support from the event. Initially I had mixed feelings because Caleb has an interesting reputation however we can all agree he posts great videos and does some pretty cool work. The way I see this issue as I understand it is that the powers at be at this specific club are pretty opposed to new media and don’t want to welcome us bloggers, or at least not blogger who rely heavily on video at their club.

I view this much as the same as the Fudds in the hunting community who don’t see a reason for me to own and AR-15 a modern capacity pistol or a shotgun that is useful for more than duck hunting. I have no love for Fudds and think they are dangerous to our cause. As I wrote HERE. So on this issue I am standing with Caleb and Gun Nuts Media. If this club doesn’t want us then fine we have plenty of other clubs. One thing that western Washington is blessed with is a ton of good gun clubs, so no real loss here.

 

Fiocchi 12gauge Tracers finally available.


I first became aware of these in late March when they were getting publicity around the net. According to Fiocchi they were suppose to be available at Cabela’s in early April, well in Mid-April I went to the Cabela’s in Olympia and they still didn’t have them. Off and on since then I have looked around on the net for them. Well this week was the first time I actually found them and while I have not been looking as hard as recently for them I still think they are damm cool.

I not only think they would make a great training tool but I think they would be a lot of fun at the trap range. It would be interesting to me if any of the sporting clays or trap clubs have a prohibition on them since I am not sure how the glow stick portion would break down like a shotgun shot cup.

Available at cheaper than Dirt

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2011 in Gun stuff, TactiCOOL stuff

 

The case for Mall Ninja’s


Ok first in the interest of full disclosure let me be clear here. I have worked in the private security field for about 6 years. I have worked for several different security companies and worked in many different roles. I have done roles that essentially required me to have a heartbeat and be able to operate a cell phone in case of emergency, and I have worked in situations that an unarmed and under trained “college student with a badge” had no business being. I do not believe in the thoughts of Gecko45 or any other idiot who feels that we are here to save the world.

There are vastly different types of jobs that get classified as security and while a person may be good in one they could be down right dangerous or get somebody hurt if put into a different role.

The Concierge: This is the guy or girl who is parked at a front desk of an apartment building, corporate office or whatever but instead of wearing a traditional security uniform many times they wear a suit and tie or when they do wear a security uniform the focus is still on looking clean and professional. They most likely are not wearing a duty belt or if they are its essentially empty. I have done this kind of work I hate it because its pretty slow speed and if I wanted to do that kind of work, I would go find myself at a hotel front desk and make far better money.

Loss Prevention: One area of security where although I have done it I have probably the least amount of experience in it. These are guys who are dressed in plain clothes and carry a pair of cuffs. They work in your grocery stores, malls and whatever. These guys in my experience are loved by store management because they do drastically reduce loss and are normally pretty well trained on how to make their busts stand up in court. The one thing that I have seen far too many times is that these are the guys who are most likely to be total assholes when they come in contact with somebody. When I did this kind of work in Oregon the rules pretty clearly stated that as soon as you cuffed somebody you became responsible for them and you were to call the cops ASAP. I often saw LP agents tell suspects that they were not going to call the cops until they felt like it or until they decided if it was worth it. I also saw some pretty bad handcuffing skills but most of these were in methods of approach where they were risking the safety of the officer rather than the suspect. These guys also almost always work in teams of 2-3 and this sometimes causes individuals to feed off each other. While I never worked for a company who did exclusively loss prevention I did work as uniformed security in stores that had plain clothes LP and I did some plain clothes LP while working for a traditional contract firm.

The Professional Cop Caller: This is pretty much what it sounds like this is your stereotypical guy who works graveyard shift at a construction site, parking lot shopping mall or whatever and basically just travels around looking for anything out of the ordinary. While this person may deal with an occasional meth head wanting to run off with a truckload full of copper wire more likely his incidents involved a water pipe that busts, or a fire hazard. This job is the simplest of the security jobs and where most officers (myself included) started. Its also very common for this to be someones second or third job for some extra cash.

The customer service agent: This is what is becoming more and more common. Here is a security guard who although they are dressed to stop a crime they spend 90% of their time helping somebody find something or giving them directions. Most of security in grocery stores, shopping malls and big box retail would fall into this category. These guys are actually pretty effective at making people who don’t know any better feel more safe and are pretty good at providing the calming allusion of safety. I would classify most of these roles as mostly harmless.

The corporate guard: Pretty simple this is the guy at work who sits in a camera room or at an entrance checks to make sure that everybody behaves and wears their ID cards, may check in vehicles as they pull in and may or may not be responsible for escorting out employees who are being terminated for whatever reason. I would also say that there job may end up looking a lot like the concierge but they are probably a little more focused on security than customer service.

The high speed- low drag guy: Of the ones mentioned this is likely the only guy who is going to be working with any sort of “tools” he is going to at least have handcuffs and a baton he may or may not be armed and his primary focus is security. He does very little customer service and he generally only deals with a situation when something is wrong. This can take the face of alarm response for a corporate account, it could be an in-house security team for a high profile piece of infrastructure such as power plants/ dam/ rail yard. This is what I am currently doing (or at least the closest thing to what I am doing). These guys many times come from a background in law enforcement/ military or have just been doing this junk for an extended period of time. This is probably the job that requires the most careful screening of employees if there is one role that would encourage somebody to get uppity and become a professional asshole this would be it. The tone of management can create or destroy the effectiveness of this role. Some managers will be very good at finding the balance others wont.

This is not a fully extensive list and I purposely did not include things like bouncers and celebrity escort because those are fields I have no personal experience in and don’t feel qualified to speak on.

In general I feel that private security is a real job and and can extremely useful however it is a classic role where bad apples not only make everybody look bad but they spread like cancer. If you have a bad apple he will influence the people he works with and god forbid he is allowed to train somebody we could have a real big issue. I also feel that from my experience in 2 different states the idea of state licensing while it may be a good idea for the most part is done wrong. In both Oregon and Washington the unarmed course takes about 8hrs and is mostly focused on how not to get sued and how to be a good witness. While some companies are great about providing on going and continuing training in everything from conflict de-escalation to defensive tactics courses others just plain suck at it.

 

 
 

Wounded Warrior still kicking butt.


The  NRA Bianchi Cup. has never been categorized as an easy event or something to laugh at. It takes an amazing amount of shooting skill as well as total determination.  Trevor Baucom from team Smith and Wesson is doing it and doing it from a wheel chair. He was wounded in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan but he isn’t letting that stop him. I applaud his determination and hope his recovery continues quickly.

 

FROM THE NRA BLOG

As shots crack at the Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club near Hallsville, where the Midway USA/NRA Bianchi Cup is under way, cardboard targets are peppered with holes as some of the best marksmen from all over the world fire from behind 6-foot-tall, 2-foot-wide barricades.

Lined up next to competitors from Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and the United States, Trevor Baucom takes aim from a seated position while the others stand. Trevor is one of two competitors this year who are shooting from a wheelchair.

 

Well apparently I need to buy Kevlar for my Gnomes


So some real hot shot cops in Idependence Mo, were faced with a pretty interesting challenge an alligator in the suburbs. So of course they shot it with a rifle but there was a slight catch……

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Police responding to a rare alligator sighting in suburban Kansas City took quick action to kill the beast, shooting it in the head while it lurked menacingly in the weeds leading to a pond.

It wasn’t until a second rifle shot bounced off the reptile’s head that the officers realized they had mortally wounded a concrete lawn ornament

Full Story HERE

Now don’t get me wrong I am sure they were caught up in the moment and didnt really have any training on what to expect when you shoot a gator. But still one would think that since only about 99% of cops carry a good bright flashlight with them they would have been able to get enough light on the target to know what the hell they were shooting at.

 

Another stolen blog post but this one is just for the video


Let me start by saying although I don’t see any safety issues here, shotguns are one thing I know VERY little about so if you try this you do so at your own risk and if you screw up your gun then well its your own damm fault.

This video as found on Weer’d World shows you how to turn a regular #8 bird shot shell into a pretty cool slug. I will also note that the video comes from Frontsight who I disagree with on about 10,000 things but that doesn’t mean that the video isn’t cool and cant be used for enjoyment and maybe a little bit of education.