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July 07, 2005


Midland SWAT: I have shot at local practical pistol competitions with a couple of MPD SWAT guys, and they are weirdly good. Fast and accurate. Which is comforting, I would hate to think a duffer like myself would be anywhere near the skill level of SWAT teamers, and I'm not. And I ain't half bad.

I suppose this is good news for the people who want to commit "suicide by police."

Greg, the SWAT team members are required to undergo a lot more training than the regular officers. And yes, it's good that they are faster and more accurate than the recreational shooters, many of whom are quite good themselves.

In fact, I have a sneaking suspicion that one of the reason more regular patrol officers don't participate in those civilian practical pistol competitions is the possibility of being trounced by civilians.

Redman, that's an interesting scenario. Someone tries suicide by cop and the cops miss. It's a toss up of who would be more humiliated.

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