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If you were this officer, what changes would YOU have made?

This is a discussion on If you were this officer, what changes would YOU have made? within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by G-man* ^^^^^This! And to add, if the 45 was deemed insufficient, Iíd sure as hell go up the scale in power and ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-man* View Post
    ^^^^^This!

    And to add, if the 45 was deemed insufficient, Iíd sure as hell go up the scale in power and not down....thatís just stupid thinking, which, makes me question his decision making and skill level before​ the fight.
    Do police departments typically allow officers to carry any caliber they want?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Havok View Post
    Do police departments typically allow officers to carry any caliber they want?
    It depends on the size of the department. There are some very small ones that as long as you're carrying a service caliber they don't care.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChap View Post
    ^^^^This It is so easy for us to sit here with no other threat than a battery going dead and try to second guess someone in a life threatening situation.

    Handguns are not terribly effective at stopping threats who come from the far end of the crazy scale. Sometimes not even long guns work.

    If I have a choice in the matter, in order of importance: I want a good 12 gauge or a carbine. I want the most effective ammunition I can provide and I want enough ammunition to see me through the fight without worrying about getting killed because I'm left helpless and at the mercy of a killer because my gun is empty.

    This is another of those personal decisions that only I can make for myself.
    When I took my first carry class from a credible instructor, he told us a crazed attacker wasn't stopped by a well placed 12 ga slug. Still, my home defense is a 20 ga Shockwave with #3 buck. I also many times carry my P226 40 on my hip around the house.
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    I can't blame the officer in that instance, after suffering that kind of an experience. I can see where he's coming from. I'd like to think I'd still tote a .45 with fewer rounds though, being all rational and stuff, but ... the assailant just kept coming ...
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    Comments are similar to the ones I remember from this story about 6 years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    It depends on the size of the department. There are some very small ones that as long as you're carrying a service caliber they don't care.


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    Makes sense. Without going into a huge caliber debate, Iím just curious to know if that could have played a role in his decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Havok View Post
    Makes sense. Without going into a huge caliber debate, Iím just curious to know if that could have played a role in his decision.
    Dunno. A lot of departments have moved back to the 9mm and reporting being reporting, who's to know if was a department mandated or personally motivated change.

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    I'd have switched to 185 grain carbon dpx +p hollow points instead of 9mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    I'd want a shotgun or carbine.
    In this case the guy needed grenades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rotorhead1026 View Post
    In this case the guy needed grenades.
    Excellent point.
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    Thanks for the reply jmf552. The Gold Dots are among the most trusted pistol ammo. It is amazing the subject could continue the assault after being hit 14 times.

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    In my opinion, I hope that in a similar situation, I would think to use the largest-caliber weapon at my disposal: The car.

    I believe that the officer did mention that he should have rammed the suspect as soon as he began shooting.
    I hope that I would have the presence-of-mind to do exactly that.
    (But I bet that I panic, and that I won't.)
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    Note to self: get a cattle guard for the truck.
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    Have an MP5? No, Tommygun, thatís it.
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    I've read this encounter a couple of times. At this time, due to the resurgence in 10mm, I'd go with that over a 9mm. When I first read the article, I would have gone with the .40 S&W over the 9mm.

    Realistically though, he should have had a long conversation with the Doctor that made the stupid comment about him shooting the criminal up like he did. As he said, the guy was trying to kill him.
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