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My 357 Magnum Revolver

Updated on December 15, 2015

To tell you the truth I liked law enforcement . Other deputies said I was , and excellent officer. I enjoyed the honor , and privledge of working with professional law enforcement officers.

I carried the 357 magnum revolver. My hand gun was made of stainless steel ,and was a bicentennial model magnum , and was made in the year of 1976 . Collectors wanted to buy it, but it will never be for sale. Maybe some day I will give it to another officer, or maybe even donate it to the Smithsonian so it will be displayed with the dinosaurs . Today the police use automatics weapons. They do look good . Long ago I was told by police instructors that revolvers were regulation weapons because they were less likely to jam in dangerous situations . The last thing a officer needs is a jammed side arm when his, or her life depends on it. Automatics pistols were not allowed in my days. Maybe the automatic Glocks are dependable. Anyway , a revolver, or automatic must be cleaned, and lubricated so that it will have less of, and opportunity of jamming during a gun battle, or on a firing range.

To be a commissioned deputy sheriff in the mobile enforcement division of criminal law enforcement , in order to apprehend , and take into custody , suspects, or criminals I had to at least qualified as a marksman on the firing range . I qualified as , and expert. I was better than a sharpshooter.

I practiced often. I would stand in front of a mirror , and practice loading, and unloading bullets. I made fake ones from empty shell casings. Quickly loading the cylinder, and aiming fast, and firing fast , pretending to take out at least three, or four armed robbers in seconds was my goal.

In a gun battle you're gun is you're life. I carried two guns. One was a magnum, and the other was a 25 automatic Bauer with a nine shot clip.

I do not recall how many times I had to draw my guns in bad situations, but it became necessary. I never looked forward to it , and I never thought much about it, but when I did have to do it, I did so to halt violence.

One day a partner, and I had to use our guns to apprehend an assailant that stabbed someone in the back. We were in a high speed chase. My partner pulled up quickly behind the assailants vehicle, and we bailed out of our police car with guns drawn.

We had our suspect in a boxed in crossfire situation. My partner was on the left ,and I was on the right . Our guns were drawn, we told the driver to step out of his car with his hands above his head ,with his fingers locked together. There was nothing he could do but surrender. We arrested him, and charged him with attempted murder,and aggravated battery. It was a good arrest.

I am glad the call was not worst, but if I would have had to fire my revolver I would have done so at a carefully aligned angle so that my gun fire would have taken out only the suspect in a downward trajectory, and away from my partner who was on the other side of me . Our guns were visible , and were intended to shock our suspect into surrendering on the spot, and he did exactly that.

It was a psychological method we used to secure arrests , and to scare ,and individual so that our suspects would not dare touch a weapon. Oh I felt bad about raising my voice, but if that is what it takes to see a gun fall to the ground , then I did not mind doing it. Our purpose was never to have a shooting unless it was absolutely necessary. There is no joy in shooting a person. I never shot anyone in law enforcement. Someone who did do that said it was a sickening feeling .

We were never taught to yell. Yelling just comes natural. It is simply common since to avoid dangerous situations .

Once I rode with a deputy to a bar room brawl. Our radio dispatcher advised us of reports involving gun fire, and fighting.

We responded . There were a lot of men and women in a fight outside the bar room. .One man pulled a 25 automatic pistol on my partner, and aimed right at my partner's chest , but my partner knocked the gun out of his hand with a night stick. In the nick of time my partner struck the weapon in self defense with his baton. I immediately grabbed hold of the 12 gauge pump shotgun in the police car because I knew that wou bring peace. I fired two rounds of buckshot in the air, and reloaded the two rounds quickly in the magazine ,and cranked another shell in the firing chamber, and yelled my brains out as loud as my mouth possibly could

At that particular point in time everything stopped to a standstill . Backup started comming in shortly after that, as the local city police, and state troopers came in. We brought a couple men to jail, especially the one who drew a gun on my partner.

Once I wrestled a man that was fighting the police with a knife . I did not waste any time. I wrestled him down fast. I read him his rights, and he went straight to jail. Never fight anyone that has a knife unless you have too because you're going to get cut nine chances out of ten. Fortunately I was not cut. Drawing my magnum was not ,and option because the assailant was drunk. If I would have pulled a gun he would have kept coming at me with his knife . My intention was not to hurt anyone, but to stop the violence, protect myself, and to end the situation.

I never shot a human being in my life ,and I am glad of it. I came very close to using guns , but yelling my lungs out like a maniac seemed to work just fine. I met men that had to take lives to protect lives. Everyone of them told me that killing a person makes you sick. The worst I have ever had to do was to put suffering animals out of their misery that were struck by cars because they were injured too badly, and I hated doing that because I love animals.

On the farm in the old days I had no choice but to put sick animals out of their misery. We did not have a lot of money to pay veterinarians when we farmed. Still the vets would have had to do the same thing I did.

My experiences in law enforcement turned out to be purely, and primarily protective ones. Sure enough law breakers went to jail, but I am glad that was the most I had to do to anyone.

The most dangerous and complicated call I ever dealt with involved a suicidal shooter that shot his ex wife ,and her boyfriend with a shotgun. The shooter was heavily armed with about a dozen rifles, and shotguns ,and personally had a 38 revolver in his back pocket.

I was nothing more than a rookie volunteer deputy, but that man surrendered to me because I did not respond to the call with a closed mind. My intentions from the very beginning was to save as many lives as possible ,and I did what I intended to do.

The man handed me his 38 revolver. He had rifles ,and shotguns on his kitchen table. Thank God three children's lives were unharmed. No one was hurt, and no one had to be put in a body bag ,or had to go to a hospital. The shooter did not get shot ,and the police were unharmed.


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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear Knightheart : That was very brave of you. You only have to wear the badge once to get shot. It just takes the wrong moment. God was good to me, real good.

      As you well know , it is a good feeling to save lives. I think God likes public servants that help people. Otherwise they would get hurt doing things that are risky.

      The Smith And Wesson is and excellent choice. God Bless You, and thank you for the visit.

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      Knightheart 6 years ago from MIssouri, USA

      I always had the utmost respect for our police officers and firefighters. In today's world, there are just so many nutjobs out there that don't have respect for anyone of anything and aren't afraid of the authorities either.

      My hat is off to all of our men and women in uniform helping to protect us from these horrible people.

      I was a reserve officer for a time when younger and am glad I got to experience that. I never ran into a situation that caused me to decide whether to draw my weapon or not, but still were some really scary things I saw.

      God Bless you..(oh, and by the way, my weapon of choice was a S&W .357 magnum semi-auto. LOL

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear Big Brother : Yes, I do miss the old days when my life seemed to have many more purposes. I am happy that God helped me to do some decent things, and that I had the opportunity to work along side many heroic people that risked their lives at the drop of a hat. God really is real. I know that now. God Bless You Precious Brother, and always be sweet, and kind, and strong for the fragile souls of the world like you have always been.

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      Alex Valis 7 years ago from Earth

      I'm happy for you my friend. Great story. Thanks for sharing your story with us and I'm glad that you are Healthy - Strong and without violence any more. Did you feel nostalgia for this old days?


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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear Ben : I can imagine how unpleasant that job must have been. I am glad violence is not a part of my life anymore. God Bless You, and Happy New Year.

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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      And here all this time Stars I thought you just wrote about teddy bears and olive oil, lol. What an amazing story. I used to serve summons for a living, and had several people threaten my life. I am glad you never had to kill anyone.


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      stars439 8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Thank you thaninja: God Bless You always.

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      thaninja 8 years ago from America

      Great Stories! Love them!

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      stars439 8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Thank you for visiting, wolfpack. You are right. God is wonderful and great. God protects us all in many many ways that we really sometimes take for granted. God Bless You for being a good friend. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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      wolfpack5 8 years ago from Alberta Canada

      God was watching over you as always, isent he great :)

      have a nice day my friend