Check your Fire! Operating in a 360 Degree World

First and foremost we will accept that a life or death gunfight the most dynamic and dangerous situation in which a law enforcement officer can be involved, high speed pursuits being a close second. Unlike the square range where we all train, in the...

No Shooting Robots

We all know the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result.   When we talk about LE firearms training, we often fall into that category.  We do it the same way over and over and act surprised when we don’t get the end results we desire.  When you live and die by the qualification course all you are doing is creating robots that shoot.

The answer isn’t magic bullets or heavier triggers.  The answer is better training and more of it.  If you have officers who can barely pass the state qualification course you might consider finding them a job that doesn’t require a gun.

Finally, don’t tell me it can’t be done.  I just re-watched a helicopter video of a Huntington Beach (CA) PD shooting.  A crazed felon with a knife is running around trying to stab officers.  The felon, surrounded 360 degrees by officers on a public street, was successfully put down with gunfire.  No officers or innocents were struck.   Huntington Beach PD has a very forward thinking and active firearms training program.

Again, the choice is yours.  Keep doing things the way you always have or put a greater emphasis on improving training and preparing officers for the dangers they face each day.


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Mr. Markel is a former United States Marine, Police Officer, and has worked as a professional bodyguard both in the U.S. and overseas. A Subject Matter Expert on Small Arms and Tactics, Markel has provided instruction to law enforcement and U.S. Military troops.

As a recognized author and writer, Paul has penned several hundred articles published in numerous professional journals and trade periodicals. Topics include firearms training, use of force, marksmanship, less-than-lethal force options, product reviews and evaluations, emergency medical care, and much more. Sought after as a public speaker, Mr. Markel is at home in front of an audience large or small.

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