My 357 Magnum Revolver
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.