A few weeks ago we posted Miculek dual wielding .45 caliber 1911ish pistols. He may have out done that with fire.  Check local laws, you may be able to own one.

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We share a large amount of videos pertaining to our study of violence.  Violence isn’t the only thing we can learn from.  The courage displayed in this video is outstanding should be commended.

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This week I taught Law Enforcement Carbine Vitals I and II at the Ohio Tactical Officers Association Annual Conference in Sandusky Ohio.   The conference had over 1,000 officers Numerous US states and many officers from Canada in attendance.  I was there to teach, but I was able to sit in on lectures the day before my class.  There were many notable speakers dropping knowledge bombs all day, but the one that stood to me the most was by Lt. Brian Murphy.

Lt. Murphy was the first responding officer to the Sikh Temple shooting that took place on August 5th 2012.

Lt. Murphy was shot through the face and neck almost immediately upon arrival at the scene. He was shot a total of 17 times during the engagement, but continued to fight.  His fellow officers arrived and took down the gunman.  One of those officers was a seasoned medic who was able to stabilize Murphy.

In a gravely whisper, Murphy explained the events as they unfolded and provided information on lessons learned from the event.

I wasn’t able to find the exact video and radio traffic that Murphy used in his lecture, but I urge you to read up on the event and lessons learned, especially if your lifestyle involves the use of force in any way.

Read a Police One Article about previous lecture here.

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An Off-Duty Kentucky Officer accidentally shoots himself fumbling with his pistol.

For one reason or another, the officer is seen removing his pistol from his holster and attempting to put it in his pocket.  Why you would take your gun out, a) in public – although he was alone with his spouse; you never draw your weapon anywhere but a designated area, or in a safe place and b) attempt to store it in a pocket is completely beyond me.

As the Officer attempts to place the gun into his pocket, he discharges the weapon and ends up shooting himself.  This Officer unfortunately used up his two strikes, and the third pitch put a round into his side.

“He was transitioning the holster and transitioning the gun out of his holster. He was going to carry it in his hand as they walked to the car,” Cincinnati Capt. Michael John told WLWT. “As he was pulling the gun from the holster, a round discharged, ricocheted in the elevator, struck him in the stomach.”[From The Huffington Post]

The above quote, referenced from an article on the incident by the Huffington Post has me completely baffled.  Firstly, there was no ricochet, at least that I could see, it looked like he point blank shot himself.  Secondly, I have seen some terrible transitions on the range, but this by far must be the worst.  If he had intended to transition to his pocket, and again why do this when you have a holster designed to house the gun, after struggling so much, put the cake down and do it properly.

This incident leaves me scratching my head truly, and thankfully the Officer will recover, his pride, probably long after his physical wounds have healed though.

This may be an example of how complacency or over-comfortability can lead to serious injury.

Train well, train often

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In this footage, a fire-team is compromised by a sniper.  Thankfully, the Marine is perfectly fine (despite his ears ringing) and they continue to maneuver.