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That's all most of us have available unless we're willing to spend a small fortune to attend training classes.


I like your idea of setting up your own range.
One good training class is well worth the $$$. Then. You can practice what you have learned. Why I belong to a private club, I can shoot what & how I like. Idpa competitions are also a very good practice routine. Guns & gear you would carry, shoot from concealement using various forms of cover, pdiff positions, while moving, sometimes both you & the target moving.
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When a cop draws a gun it is to shoot to kill! That is standard operating procedure and taught in every police academy! Police are permitted to use one level of force above of what is being demonstrating against him or her! There is no secret to that open forum or not!
This is a 100% false statement. Someone should ban you for your BS. Retired leo my azzz.
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Let me interject this too...What Old Cop's opinion is is his..He can adhere to anything he wishes too...It's just not the opinion of MOST anyone else, LEO or not.

If one says they drive while drunk, then that's them, just give that person a wide birth when on the road.

As I see it...its just a matter of credibility being established.


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That would be fine if he stated it was his ridiculous opinion. No, he claims "all le academies teach this. That is not opinion but BS.
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This is a 100% false statement. Someone should ban you for your BS. Retired leo my azzz.
What do you base your opinion upon? Are you or were you ever a police academy student or instructor?

While not defending the poster's statements, there is a reason we call the use of a firearm "deadly force."

Let's not play semantic games. It is fairly obvious that the poster is "dumbing down" his explanations for you.

Also, don't comment on the use of force continuum unless you understand and can define it. I don't know where you're from, but around here, police can use superior force to overcome a resister.
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Maybe I'm just a little suspicious (OK - I'm a lot suspicious), but does anyone else look at some of the more outlandish statements made on here, note that the posters have just joined the forum, and wonder if they are actually who they say they are? Their use of the English language is pretty decent, but there is just something "off" about their posts.

See "Retired Cop" post (#36 in) the "Why are 9mm pistols more reliable" thread......... Troll????

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What do you base your opinion upon? Are you or were you ever a police academy student or instructor?

While not defending the poster's statements, there is a reason we call the use of a firearm "deadly force."

Let's not play semantic games. It is fairly obvious that the poster is "dumbing down" his explanations for you.

Also, don't comment on the use of force continuum unless you understand and can define it. I don't know where you're from, but around here, police can use superior force to overcome a resister.
Yes I am post cert trained. No the poster is not dumbing down anything, just posting false statements. All LE academies do NOT say/teach "shoot to kill". HE or you may think it is semantics to say shoot to stop or shoot to kill, but I assure you in court it is NOT. Intent. If your intent is to kill, you will have a serious problem with your very first defensive shooting in a court of law.
Superior force, yes to a point. No where is LEO allowed to shoot someone just for physically resisting arrest or disobeying a command. Deadly force has to be used in response to deadly force. That is what is taught in police academies. Guy puts up fist you don't get to shoot him, though some LEO do get away with such things.
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RE-LEARNING to shoot lefty then back to my original righty. For a time, I had to work the trigger with my middle finger, braces on each hand/wrist & have the index finger along the side of the firearm pointing towards the target. I have heard of people point shooting this way, ON PURPOSE. It may or may not be something you are willing to try???

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I make it a habit to point the gun at everything I intend to shoot.
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Okay, back to topic!

I'm thankful that my shooting range allows any type of fire. It's at the end of a logging road, about 40 minutes away. Well worth the drive. In 12 years shooting there, I can count on 2 hands the number of other shooters I've encountered at "my" spot.

I set up my target stands, which consist of big cardboard boxes (we have a home business that uses them) taped shut, and stack them neatly in front of a small hill. My targets for point shooting are plain computer paper, I figure that is about the size of the stopping (not kill) zone, and I place them chest-high. I usually shoot at about 3-5 yards, and I generally hit the paper.

One of the handguns I practice with is a Model 39-2. I like to practice drawing, fire one shot DA, then the next SA. I found it to be kinda tricky at first, but I'm much better at it now.

In my earlier post, I stated I practice point shooting every time I go shooting. After I posted that, it occurred to me that I have gone shooting and skipped my point shooting exercise a couple of times, so I will need to clarify, ALMOST every time I go shooting.

The photo is "my" shooting range. (Yes, there is a hill behind it!) The only down-side is that I can only get about 80 yards of distance, so when shooting my longer range firearms, I need to go elsewhere.
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Absolutely. Back when I was in the army I used to do a lot of urban combat stuff. I noticed that the closer the "enemy" got the less likely I was to use the sights. I decided point shooting was a good idea.

People assume point shooting and aimed fire are mutually exclusive terms and they're really not. If I get my grip and presentation right the sights should only be a witness. Point shooting obliges me to do that.
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Often times, when I am home alone, using an unloaded pistol, I will hurriedly pick out an object at the edge of my peripheral vision. I will quickly point the pistol at the object and then shift my focus towards it.

I have done this for decades and am rarely off target.

As I've said before, for years my daily pocket carry is an LCP with barely discernible sights. I am quite at home point shooting.
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Intent. Implication aside shoot until the threat stops is just that. Shoot to kill implies malice & a deliberate head shot or multiple body shots on a down target. 2+1 is a stop tactic, body armor, hyped up on drugs, viable tactic. No where in any training have I hade is the word kill used, but possibly in the military, which again, totally diff mission statement. All head shots may even be a viable stopping tactic if the threat is wearing a bomb vest. Again, live or die, not my concern, as long as the threat is eliminated.
Actually the military philosophy is not to kill but to wound. Every wounded soldier on the battlefield ties up three more in removing the wounded and treating the wounds. Thatís four less enemies that you are facing for one shot.

Well, thatís what I was told once by a former military officer.
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When a cop draws a gun it is to shoot to kill! That is standard operating procedure and taught in every police academy! Police are permitted to use one level of force above of what is being demonstrating against him or her! There is no secret to that open forum or not!
Not what I was taught and am still taught.

Not what the Aussie and British cops (I work with a lot of ex UK cops who were firearms qualified) were taught.

Not what the US cops I know and have known through the years were taught.
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Actually the military philosophy is not to kill but to wound. Every wounded soldier on the battlefield ties up three more in removing the wounded and treating the wounds. Thatís four less enemies that you are facing for one shot.

Well, thatís what I was told once by a former military officer.
Pretty sure in boot camp the theme is kill the enemy. Wounding is fine but killing means they are out of the fight never to return.
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Pretty sure in boot camp the theme is kill the enemy. Wounding is fine but killing means they are out of the fight never to return.
Don’t know about boot camp (Marines), but when I was in Basic Training (Army) at the very end of Vietnam, the idea that wounding takes four out of the fight was brought up. Not as a goal, just a fact.

In basic marksmanship training, I don’t recall the cadre ever talking about either killing or wounding. Just hit the damn silhouette and knock it down. I always thought it was amazing that in a couple weeks they could teach you to reliably hit man-sized silhouettes at 400 meters using iron sights with an M-16.

In bayonet/pugel training we probably screamed something about closing with and killing the enemy. Been a long time.

That was at Fort Polk. Maybe the other Basic Training locations did things differently.
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I was an Air Force Security Policman guarding nuclear weapons, they taught us to aim for center mass and shoot twice with an M-16 but the intent was to wound not kill. Figure that one out.

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This is a 100% false statement. Someone should ban you for your BS. Retired leo my azzz.
You are being very rude! Just because you don't know what I know does not make it BS as you imply!

I also have 3 active duty relatives on 3 different departments all over the country. Please refrain from your animosity and derogatory remarks.

This just happened in the last few days:

Minneapolis police release footage of fatal shooting of armed man; officers won't face charges | Fox News

When you shoot as a cop, you shoot to kill as demonstrated. The bad guy did in fact die......That's how it works in today's war on cops that is going on right now.

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Superior force, yes to a point.
Right, just like I said.


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No where is LEO allowed to shoot someone just for physically resisting arrest or disobeying a command. Deadly force has to be used in response to deadly force. That is what is taught in police academies. Guy puts up fist you don't get to shoot him, though some LEO do get away with such things.
Neither he nor I said that, now you are being as obtuse as he is.

If you really understood the use of force continuum, you would understand the escalation of force - ie if suspect is non compliant - first you use verbal commands, then soft hands, next take downs. He she raises hands to you, you can use impact or aerosol/taser, etc.
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Neither he nor I said that, now you are being as obtuse as he is.

If you really understood the use of force continuum, you would understand the escalation of force - ie if suspect is non compliant - first you use verbal commands, then soft hands, next take downs. He she raises hands to you, you can use impact or aerosol/taser, etc.
Try that on a pilled up or drug hopped up suspect. Let me know how it works out for you okay????

As depicted in the video the officer made no physical contact with the suspect at anytime what so ever. He shot to kill him for lack of compliance of verbal commands. Police work is very dirty, filthy, and dangerous work. This country is in a silent, slow motion civil war. The war on cops is more than apparent!

Permit me to reiterate, the first point and click device was made by Samuel Colt, vastly improved by Gaston Glock and now S&W is offering some dandy modern guns. 1911 stopped in 1912 and was junked in the 1940's.

Now back to the subject at hand, You can practice point and shoot defensive methods in the comfort of your own home with the simple method I taught to new recruits.

Lesson One:
First make sure your firearm is unloaded. Triple check it! Now holster your unloaded weapon. Pick out some object as a target. It can be a picture on the wall, a lamp a light switch etc.

Now you are looking at the object of choice, close your eyes, draw you weapon and dry fire. with a snap cap under the firing pin of course, as you open your eyes!

When you can open your eyes and look down your sights and see some thing as small as a wall switch, you are getting there.

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Take your over priced I-Phone and set the alarm timer for 20 seconds. Set the phone up against a lamp or some other object to hold it up. Stand 10 feet away from the phone and close your eyes and turn is a circle. When the alarm on the phone goes off draw and point you weapon to where you heard the alarm sound from and squeeze the trigger as you open your eyes to see how far you are off! This one will take time to master but could save your bacon if you master it.

Us old cops carried Model 36 2 inch revolvers for detectives and Model 15 and then 19 Combat Masterpieces if you were in the bag. Usually it was a 4 in Model 10 as a duty weapon and night sights were not even invented yet! We had to learn this method. We were also issued those yellow Brite Star, 2 "D" cell plastic flashlights, they never worked either. Forget about using them as an impact weapon. The bad guys got the barrel of that model 10 across the nose when the got frisky!

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Neither he nor I said that, now you are being as obtuse as he is.

If you really understood the use of force continuum, you would understand the escalation of force - ie if suspect is non compliant - first you use verbal commands, then soft hands, next take downs. He she raises hands to you, you can use impact or aerosol/taser, etc.
I do understand that, why I call bs on any dept teaching or even stating that you shoot to kill. Retired cop is Out to lunch, prior service or not. A shoot to kill policy would set every agency & leo up for massive lawsuits. There are enough active leo here to confirm that. Rude, no, just calling bs when I see it.
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Try that on a pilled up or drug hopped up suspect. Let me know how it works out for you okay????

As depicted in the video the officer made no physical contact with the suspect at anytime what so ever. He shot to kill him for lack of compliance of verbal commands. Police work is very dirty, filthy, and dangerous work. This country is in a silent, slow motion civil war. The war on cops is more than apparent!

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Perhaps you should introduce yourself to the forum and detail your background, location and history in law enforcement. Maybe then your posts would be a little more accepted than as just your opinion.

Firstly, I have read the story and watched the video you refer to. The complaint was “man firing a gun in the air”. When the responding officers got there it appears one saw the gun in the suspects hands.

That straight away escalates the situation to one of a “deadly force” component. The only appropriate response is one of preparing to use a similar level of force. After voice compliance empty hand techniques, O/C Spray, impact weapons, taser, all have been surpassed as a response unless that is the only responce you have available, before the initial contact.

Secondly, the suspect had reportedly fired his gun, he was fleeing into who knows what type of situation. Innocent civilians were at risk. Then he turned towards the officers putting them at risk too. That is why he was shot, not because he didn’t comply with voice requests. Read the story, particularly where it says:

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday in a press release that charges will not be filed against officers Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kelly in the June 23 shooting, saying 31-year-old Thurman Blevins was a danger to them and the community.

“When Mr. Blevins fled from the officers with a loaded handgun, refused to follow their commands for him to stop and show his hands and then took the gun out of his pocket and turned toward the officers, Mr. Blevins represented a danger to the lives of Officer Schmidt and Officer Kelly, “ Freeman said in a statement.
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Thirdly, using selective parts of a story to “prove” a point is a tactic employed usually by those of a particular persuasion. And no Police Officer I have ever encountered will do that. They look at the entirity of a situation before making a judgement. Even in the few seconds that a deadly force encounter takes Police are trained to respond proportionately.

Yes, there is a war on Police as the 2016 and other shootings of police officers demonstrated. And as the almost automatic “He was (insert your racial or social profile here) therefore the police murdered him and should be punished” brigade show us.

But the only country where it is “authorised” to shoot suspected offenders to “kill” them is the Phillipines. Everywhere else force used or intended to be used by police must be proportional to the force being faced, and the responsive force intent must only be to stop an offenders actions. So unless the Phillienes is where you live and served, your lone voice has the echoes of cloven hooves on a bridge in it.

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Kiwi cop; civilly and rationally presented. Well done, mate.
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I do understand that, why I call bs on any dept teaching or even stating that you shoot to kill. Retired cop is Out to lunch, prior service or not. A shoot to kill policy would set every agency & leo up for massive lawsuits. There are enough active leo here to confirm that. Rude, no, just calling bs when I see it.
I am not defending that poster, and I'm not inclined to do so. I have met many like him.

Historically, in the early 1970's I can tell you the application of physical force was presented much differently that it is today. Firearms weren't emphasized as prominently as they came to be in later years (ie we did PPC starting at 60 yards, single and double action, strong and weak hand. We never saw a silhouette target until years later).

Liability, law suits and public perception were not on the radar yet. No one said "shoot to stop" it was understood that if you actually got to the point of using your revolver, then TSHTF, and serious injury or death of your actor was imminent.

You can believe it or not, but while the BLA was conducting their attacks on cops across the country, police training was far behind the curve, and many a rookie took credence from the FTO who said, forget all that **** they told you in the academy, I'll show you how we really do it.

I don't doubt that our errant poster hales back to those days or even earlier, and while he is an embarrassment, he most likely is who he says he is.
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I tried point shooting for the first time in 5 yrs. today. Started at 7 yds. with my 640 Centennial loaded with full house .357 mag.

Hit rate was a dismal 10%. 30 rds. shot and only 3 holes on the target.The last time I point shot I was 50 for 50 at that distance,(which is why I haven't done this in so long, it was easy...then) using B-27 Q targets (half-size man silhouette) Moved up to 5 yds. and 30 more rds. and hit rate jumped to a tick under 50%. Not even close to acceptable.

Moved up to 3 yds. and was better than 90%. Still needs work!!

I was drawing from my pocket and on the timer. Hands at the side, as if I were walking naturally. Draws were in the 1.70- 2.0 second range. I could empty the gun in 1.8 secs. or less on .35-.40 splits @ 3 yds.

I will work this into my training from now on. Was a real eye opener.

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I like to use a laser-cartridge for point shooting. Mostly dryer. It works great in the house with point or snap shooting at pictures, statues or other items on the wall. When the weather here is less than 114- 90 outside, in the dark or semi-dark, posting small paper plates at various locations around the yard. Just be extra careful you have inserted a laser-cartridge in the chamber not a live round. Also out of sight from nosy neighbors. You can even practice your concealed draw and fire. I've been using the laser-cartridge for about 3 years, same battery.
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I wear bifocals and for me at least, the only way I would ever have a chance with a gun is by using something like the system in that old FBI film posted above. You have to work out a system that is effective for YOU.
Yep, I wear progressive lenses, and if I waited for a clear front site I would be dead. I practice a lot at draw, point, and shoot. Dry fire helps me a lot.
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