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If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Friday, September 07, 2007

So much ammo.

Qualifications today.

My department, like most, is fine with me carrying backup guns or off-duty guns, but doesn't provide the ammunition for them.

I have to qualify with them.

I have to provide my carry ammo, and duty ammo for qualification.

The duty ammo has to be quality commercial ammo.

Ammo prices have gone up lately.

I may have to just do one backup gun, and come back later to qualify with the rest.

(I do try to keep my backup/off-duty qualification list down to 3 or 4, but those take time.)

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At Friday, September 07, 2007 9:05:00 AM, Blogger Tam said...

Ah, the trials and tribulations of the gun nut cop. ;)

At Friday, September 07, 2007 2:23:00 PM, Blogger Murphy said...

A back up gun I can understand the dept wanting you to qualify with, but y'all have to qual with off-duty carry weapons as well?

I suppose hanging out at the town stoplight and showing a little leg is outta the question to raise the needed funds?

At Friday, September 07, 2007 3:03:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

There was a time when these legs would've generated...

...well, it's not worth getting into, is it? There may have been a time when unicorns roamed the land, too.

At Friday, September 07, 2007 9:41:00 PM, Blogger Carteach said...

I understand the qualifications, but I think if they are going to demand certain ammunition they should pay for it.

Just my .02 worth....

Just to poke the bear a bit..... As a civilian I can carry anything I darn well please, without qualifications, using any darn ammo I please.

Then again, If I get involved in a defensive shooting nobody is going to pay for a lawyer to cover my butt, and the color of law will not protect me in the least.

Fair trade, I guess.

Curious... how much ammunition do they require for qualifications?

I burn up a few hundred a month in my regular carry pistol now, and another few hundred in pistols I carry sometimes. All hand loads of course... I are just a po teacher.

At Saturday, September 08, 2007 5:37:00 AM, Blogger Matt G said...

"Then again, If I get involved in a defensive shooting nobody is going to pay for a lawyer to cover my butt, and the color of law will not protect me in the least."

Uh, CarTeach?

That ain't necessarily so. I pay hundreds a year to maintain my membership to a police association whose main function is to provide legal defense to cops against all comers, including their agencies. Sometimes the chief doesn't even get a say in the matter-- the City Attorney will decide that keeping a cop on after he's become a "shooter' is a liability, even if it was a good shoot.

The ammo thing is something I'm mixed about. No one besides me and the lieutenant carry .38s at my department. We're both gun enthrusiasts (ahem, Tamara). None of the department pistols are .38s. (Well... there is an old M28, truth be told, but it's not issued to anyone.)

On the other hand, the Chief and the Lieutenant carry 1911s while working at the office, so the PD does provide Gold Dot .45 acp. Thus, at qualifications, I draw myself some of that while shooting my Kimber 1911.

They don't provide .380, as it's not a real duty caliber. Strangely, they do still have stores of 9mm, even though no one carries one. I strongly considered qualifying with one yesterday, just 'cause.

There's no .40.

There's no 10m.

There's no .44 of any kind.

There's no .357.

But there's lots of .357 Sig.


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