Citizens Police Academy: The Firing Range

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This week’s academy consisted of a longish bus ride and a lot of standing around to accomplish one thing – to fire a typical police officer’s service weapon. My city police department uses the Glock 22, which fires .40 caliber rounds.

We went in pairs (there are 48 people in the class, so it took a while) to the target area, where the training officers showed us how to hold the gun, made sure we were in the correct position, then allowed us to fire five shots into the target. The gun itself was light but I was surprised how much kick it had.

And that was it. A couple of the criminal justice college students in the class got to fire semiautomatics (M-16) but I didn’t need to do that.

Next week is our last meeting – we get a certificate, have our group picture taken, and eat pizza. There will also be an active shooter simulation, which I’ve taken part in before.

This has been a fascinating experience. I’m so glad I did it. If you have a similar opportunity in your city or county, I’d definitely recommend taking it.

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