Monday, March 18, 2013

The Best Recap of the NY EoTech Debacle...

About a week ago, a NY officer was spotted with his EOTech sight mounted to his rifle backwards. At the time, I decided not to blog about it, but have since reconsidered...

I have had the honor and experience teaching and helping at some law enforcement conferences. I'd say that 50% of the guys we instruct are there to make a difference, learn the craft, and learn the applications. Another 30% of the guys are willing, but not able: their skills are sorely lacking and they need intervention at a fundamental level. The last 20% of the people don't give a shit, are there to collect a paycheck and don't know jack - worse, it seems that they've got the worst attitude about it.

When it comes to firearms, I won't say that the way I was taught is the way - there are many paths to the truth - however, engagement with the concepts and steady familiarization are of utmost importance. This, I do know.

This isn't meant to disparage those who show up, looking to make a difference - guys like Nick D, Krupa, etc. - rather it is an illustration that a "gun culture" is almost necessary if we, as a people, expect our police to be able to make a difference. Just remember that when some politician makes the statement that police or military should be the only ones with access to firearms...

Anyway, enough of my yakking... Read the article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2294225/SWAT-officer-attracts-ridicule-s-pictured-rifle-sight-backwards.html

Money quote:
'It's disturbing to think that 1) none of his buddies corrected it, and 2) he's in a real-life situation with his optic on backwards, which means he's never fired that rifle with the optic on it, which means it isn't zeroed and he thought it was OK to show up to a gunfight with an unzeroed weapon,'