MADISON, NE — Proficiency in firearms training is a critical skill that law enforcement officers depend on. When put in situations where they need to defend themselves or others, the margin for error is small.
Master Firearms Instructor, Bill Rusk says that precision shooting is important. Every hit must be accounted for.
“They focus on one point on the target and they try and get five shots that are touching…We need to make sure our guys are doing precision shooting. If you look at national statistic as far as firearms involved cases you’re looking at a 16% or 20% hit rate. That’s not acceptable.”
And it certainly isn’t as easy as you think.
“Down in the academy the students go through 40 hours of handgun alone, which is day shooting night shooting precision shooting and more of your faster more point type shooting…”
When you become a police officer, you aren’t handed a loaded gun, you have to walk before you can run.
Officers in training are put in situations that simulate stress, Deputy Joe Greenough says you need to be able to handle the fundamentals of shooting under stress such as the grip, the stance and trigger control are expected.
“You practice skills in isolation so that you can fundamentally do all those things when time comes so you can manipulate your weapon and shot accurate so that when you are under stress you revert to that training, malfunction drills and different things like that are going to come into play.”
Unfortunately it seems these days, for police, there image has suffered nationwide, even when they continue to risk the most for people who seem to care so little.
“Nobody goes to work wanting to shoot somebody.” says Greenough.
For those who protect us in big cities or small towns, the job is still the same.
Greenough says, “I want to help people.”