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NCJ Number: 94056 Find in a Library
Title: Police Firearms Training - The Need For Change, Part 2 - Where We Need To Go
Journal: Police Marksman  Volume:9  Issue:3  Dated:(May/June 1984)  Pages:7-12
Author(s): R Fairburn
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 6
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Specific suggestions to improve firearms training for police officers consider the qualifications of training officers, shooting stance, the 'hot range' concept, mental conditioning, periodic requalification, targets, and qualifying courses.
Abstract: The firearms training officer should be chosen both for shooting skills and teaching ability. While the Weaver shooting stance is growing in popularity, many officers think it should be given after basic instruction in the triangle stance. The bulk of firing in training should take place at distances of 15 meters and less, and sights should be used at all times except when the target is at arms reach. A 'hot range' is an important training concept which builds confidence and hones reloading skills. Officers will be told to load only for the first time they step to the firing line and then are on their own for the rest of the session. Mental conditioning can be taught through audiovisual presentations, role playing, and construction of a 'Hogan's Alley' or 'Fun House' where live ammunition can be used. Many departments have a regular qualifying program, but do not offer ongoing firearms training. Actual shooting statistics suggest some courses of training, such as fast, coarse shooting practice using the Milpark target. Speedloaders also offer tremendous advantages, although many departments do not use them. An excellent course for training and qualification is a modification of the Advance Military Combat Course designed by H.R. Taft and Jeff Cooper. A description of this course is followed by a discussion of the Weaver stance, the Harries flashlight method which allows the flashlight to be used for actual shooting illumination, and the advantages of semi-automatics versus revolvers.
Index Term(s): Firearm training; Police education; Police weapons use
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