Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Watch Out

Last week my squad spent our shift down at the academy for our annual shooting qualification. I am happy to report I scored a 240 out of 250 points which was enough to earn the designation 'expert shooter'.

When I was a police recruit in the academy, I became a certified user of the expandable baton. This small telescoping metal rod is carried in a pouch on the belt and extends into 21 inches of terrifying automobile radio antenna. Once in the open position, you're lucky if it's not bent by the soft tissue of the target being struck. These things are notoriously ineffective and but are heralded for their portability and low cost.

Time to bring out the big boy equipment. After qualifying on the shooting range, my squad attended a side-handle baton certification class. The main difference between this and the fencing foil above is that it actually works. Not only is it physically powerful but psychologically intimidating. After a few hours learning the proper protocal (try not to smash skulls, puncture groins, sever spines, or pulverize kidneys), we put these things to work on the padded punching bags. After seeing the damage these things inflicted on the dummy bags, I could only think of one thing to say to would-be actively aggressive criminals:

Watch out....


At April 26, 2007 6:27 AM, Blogger Thomas said...

No tasers?
What is the Phoenix pd up to?

Here in Houston the cops are in trouble for a)Shooting suspects because shooting perps is racist.
b)tasering suspects because tasing perps is racist.
c)engaging in pursuits because perps drive into other people and kill them because the racist police are chasing them

I say they unleash the one handed batons on them. See how they like that.

Are the cool whip things really that sucky?

I always wanted one, but if it doesn't work I will stick with pepper spray or my guns.


At April 26, 2007 9:02 AM, Blogger Officer Gary said...

TV -
We do carry Tasers but they don't have the same intimidation level as the baton. Officers never use pepper spray since it always ends up in the cops' faces. The expandable batons rarely do any damage and are notorious for getting stuck (both in the open and closed position).

At April 26, 2007 8:04 PM, Blogger whimsicalnbrainpan said...

240 out of 250!!! That is awesome!

At April 26, 2007 9:32 PM, Anonymous gamma said...

A chip off the ol' block. Good going, Gary.

At April 27, 2007 8:35 AM, Anonymous pdb said...

try not to smash skulls, puncture groins, severe spines, or pulverize kidneys


What's the fun in that?

At April 27, 2007 10:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've used them all. Our department just moved from the ASP to the "RCB." Its simular to the ASP except all the weight is in the tip and not the hand grip like the ASP. It extends and it hits like a baseball batt. I like it much better than the side handle batton.

Down fall. It doesn't always lock out.Just takes practice.

Oh, and I carry a X26 Taser, Pepperball gun, bean bag shot gun, shot gun, AR-15, pepperspray and I don't carry it but we just got the 40cal. less lethal gun. And this is all in patrol.

At April 13, 2008 11:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just can't fathom that you only re-qual once a year! We have to shoot 4 times a year.


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