August Class Photos!

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Rampart Division Grand Re-Opening

During my time in Metro, the Metropolitan Division was housed at 5th and Wall in downtown Los Angeles – second floor, Central Facilities. Metro dates back to 1933 and was originally housed in Parker Center in Room 114. It was a reserve unit hence the derivation of “R’ preceding a unit’s assignment. It was initially a mobile strike crime fighting unit which has expanded to present manpower of over 500 Officer’s (During my time, Metro held at about 240 Officer’s).
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Metro recently moved to the old Rampart (aka “Rampage”) Division on Temple Street just due west of the Music Center. The station was refurbished and painted (don’t know who chose the color but I digress) and re-equipped. I was invited to attend the grand opening and did so along with Jordan. So… some Martini trivia for you:

LAPD Rampart Division

LAPD Rampart Division


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Objectively Reasonable Examination of a Shooting

Police application of deadly force has come under more intensive scrutiny than ever before. Objective reasoning should be applied when examining an Officer’s actions in the field especially with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight. It is an objectively reasonable examination based on the facts of the case and those specific facts known to the Officer at the time the event transpires. (What is discovered ‘after the fact’ cannot and should not be applied in determining if an Officer’s actions were objectively reasonable in light of the circumstances at the time.) There is a reason that in some cases, what appears to be an unreasonable application of force at ‘first blush’ is found to reasonable when all the facts of the case are brought into play. What can be revealed in a 3 second news sound bite may not encompass all that is known to the Officer(s) at the time.
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July Class Photos!

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Looking Back: Police Abuse

I did my probation on the LAPD in Wilshire. It is predominately African American. Almost all of my training Officers were, African American. Some of them had grown up in the division. I gained a real appreciation for what they endured not only in society but on the department as well in the 50’s and 60’s and perhaps some of the 70’s. The one thing I never experienced was a racial attitude on behalf of the LAPD Officers towards any ethnic group. We simply did not like bad guys. If you were a bad guy then we went after you regardless of your ethnicity, gender, sexuality or religious preference. A bad guy was simply…a bad guy. I have been accused by arrestees of ‘planting’ things (guns, dope, money etc.) on suspects we arrested. It’s the oldest game in town. No… I did not run around with pockets full of rock cocaine, vials of PCP, balloons of heroin and stolen guns on the off-chance that I could ‘plant’ them on a suspect.

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Why I Pay for Quality

Equipment well-made, will endure far longer than that which is constructed cheaply. The enclosed example is well-made, precisely engineered and most definitively ‘old school’ craftsmanship. The bore guides depicted are made by T.K. Nollan (http://benchrest.com/barrelsaver/). I came across Mr. Nollan when searching for the best bore guides out there. They are constructed from stainless steel hand crafted, beveled and precise fitting. The heavy duty outer sleeves, and ‘radiused’ ends allow for easy manipulation. In essence they are the Ferrari’s of bore guides.They are for bolt guns only (did not think to ask if he makes them for AR type rifles). They are not cheap as they run about $150.00 or so but they will last a lifetime. Two rod sleeves accompany the main bore guide itself – one for bore brushes and one for patch pushing. If one spends upwards of 5 grand for a rifle it would seem sensible to utilize equipment which will ensure its proper maintenance. He only accepts postal money orders which leads one to surmise that Mr. Nollan is a definitive example of ‘old school’ tradesmanship. The rods came back in one week from my mailing in the payment and I had two sets made…one for 7.62 and the other for 5.56 for the Remington 700 sniper rifles.FullSizeRender

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Police Response to Mass Shootings

Within 48 hours of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, I was interviewed by multiple news outlets regarding my take on the police response. Whenever there is a widely covered shooting I field a variety of questions, often critical in nature, so Id like to address one of them for you. One individual criticized the police response as being too long (Approximately 3 hours) relative to SWAT entry. So I want to share the following considerations. Note that this is predicated on the limited information available to me as I write this.
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Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend

A few weeks ago an old friend passed away in his sleep. He wasn’t a celebrity so you didn’t hear about it on the news. But those of you who have frequented local Los Angeles gun stores have probably come across him at one time or another. Don Baroni was a fixture in the Los Angeles gun community. Over the course of our acquaintance he had probably worked at every one of the major gun stores in the valley and helped so many people, from customers to friends, navigate the often complex industry we find our selves in.

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June Class Photos!

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Storage Wars comes to ITTS!

Uncle Scotty and Jordan were asked to appraise a training pistol that Jarrod and Brandi found.  They also get to try their hand at our indoor sims course!

Watch the ITTS portion of the episode here!

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