The Chinese authorities have chosen a rather unusual firearm with which to arm their police forces, a revolver that shoots 9mm. The Wall Street Journal says that several readers contacted them with doubts about the accuracy of the story due to the unusual configuration (and because journalists aren’t known for accuracy regarding firearms), but the WSJ says that the unusual design is purposeful. The move to beat cops carrying guns is a recent one, and the choice of a revolver is to minimize risks associated with introducing handguns into a society that has little experience with firearms. Also, they chose nonstandard ammunition so in the event a police weapon falls into the wrong hands, it will be more difficult to feed it. Chinese authorities are going to great lengths . . .
to make sure that the revolvers aren’t misplaced, including extensive training, signing guns in and out at the beginning and end of each shift, and even (as above) retention chains that keep the gun tethered to the officer’s belt. Officers are even trained to walk their beat with a hand rested on the weapon.
Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes from my hometown, Fort Pierce, Florida. Forest Grove Middle School and Fort Pierce Central High School were both briefly locked down and surrounded by deputies Friday after an observer spotted two boys with what was believed to be a rifle. According to the Miami Herald, deputies flooded the area, sent in a K-9 team, and flew in police aircraft overhead. A 15-year-old boy and an 18-year-old boy were found, and reportedly dropped a BB gun in the woods. The older boy faces unspecified misdemeanor charges, and the younger one will be placed in a juvenile diversion program, also for unspecified reasons.
Here’s a protip: If you’re going to attempt to get rid of evidence, make sure you get rid of all the evidence. Boston police apprehended a man Wednesday night who was seen glancing “furtively” at passing cars and periodically adjusting his waistband. When he saw an unmarked drive into the area, he took off running, discarding a pistol along the way. When officers caught up to him, he was holding a magazine loaded with 10 rounds of 9mm. Officers retraced their steps and found a S&W 9mm handgun without a magazine. Kinda hard to deny it was his at that point. I know ammunition is still somewhat scarce in some areas, but be smart about it.
A 19-year-old Milwaukee man trying to buy ammunition from a seller he met online was shot Wednesday night when he went to complete the transaction. The seller turned out to be a would-be robber, and demanded money at gunpoint when he arrived. The buyer fled, and the seller fired multiple shots that struck the buyer, causing non-life threatening injury. The victim ran home and called police. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Milwaukee police recommend anyone wanting to buy ammunition from a stranger to make those transactions at their neighborhood police station.” Mmkay.
Eric & Chad from Moss Pawn & Gun dropped this yesterday, their “Top 5 Guns For The Ladies.” They say “In this video we discuss some of the best options for the ladies in our opinion. We based our choices on our experience here in the store and what our female customers are most interested in.”