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I am the bullet—and I have no conscience.

You will treat me with respect because, once I leave, you have no control over my actions. Once I’m gone, I will do as I please, governed only by the laws of physics. And the next time you see me, I will have done my work, bringing on your life a potential gamut of emotions ranging from pleasure, satisfaction and exhilaration to anger, pain, grief and regret.

Use me wisely and with…

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I was taken to task on the internet some time ago for advocating the low ready position. To paraphrase: “I would not listen to anyone who advocates the low ready position….” Wow! I love these guys.

First, this was posted under a pseudonym. On the internet you are cloaked in anonymity, which is pretty much like yelling at someone and then hiding behind your mother’s skirt. Low ready is both viable and eminently applicable in field settings. If you’ve simply…

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I own guns. I’ve had some decent training, but it was a while back. I don’t practice frequently. When I do, it tends to be with a favored few firearms. I haven’t rehearsed clearing a room or firing while “moving in a highly dynamic manner” in ages. Nor do I regularly practice things like shooting with partially obscured vision or slippery hands.

According to certain persons (self-styled experts), this makes me an “irresponsible and incompetent” gun owner.

Now, don’t get…

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It took a long time spent carrying a gun and a badge for me to figure out the secret of reaching that state of “conscious competence” regarding tactical operations: admit your mistakes.

This came to mind today when another officer wanted to meet me immediately following a burglary-in-progress run. I had arrived within a minute of the call and took up a position to wait for backup. As the previous shift had started with a serious stabbing on what was…

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