And finally to address the not so polite comments! Being that of Wannabe!
Not that I need to cater to anyone's unreasonable comments! But to clarify the issue which you can make your own decision regarding the comment! . If the below makes me a Wannabe then so be it! Who gives a Flying ____! I surely do not!
I have had respect for the individual even after the unreasonable comments due to the fact I consider them very knowledgeable in many areas. But definitely wrong and unreasonable in this area with the comments. The motive for the unreasonable comments is unknown! To disagree on an issue here on the FTF is one thing. But to slam members is another and especially when the slams are not valid.
So here is some facts to be revealed:
It is pretty hard to be a wannabe when you in fact were an LE Observer/Sniper for16+ years on a City Metro Police Department SWAT Team. And actually witnessed the positive use of Observer/Snipers as well as the Stockholm Syndrome, hostage situations and call outs for many years. I have spent a lot of my life also learning and being proficient with the rifle. And I was fortunate that the Army and the Metro PD invested a lot in me being able to train and do that! And I thank them! From the Ranges at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO., Ft. Benning GA., Marine Corp. Ranges at Quantico, VA. competing and attempting to be as proficient as I could be. Teaching State Academy Sniper Schools as one of the Staff Instructors for well over 10 years, and being involved with some of the East Coast Navy Seal Sniper Team classes and attending a few of their Sniper Team Graduations and Graduation Parties and presentations. (Guys from Teams 2-4-6-8) Super Guys they are! "Oh did I say "6" who does no longer exist!. Now known as the DEV Group! Even as late as two years ago attending a Long Range LE Rifle School in Texas where we shot up to 1400 yards in the school. "Not practical but a H of a lot of fun!" And attending my M-14/M-1A LE Instructor Re-Certification in Indiana in 2013. But some personal experiences for the "Real Deal"
To share some LE Sniper ops issues! On one occasion we had 35 hostages in a bank. In the end the Perp knew we were coming for him and finally done us and the City a favor by done himself! "Unfortunately" he had already shot and killed one person in the bank. On another, a crazy had a bad day and had the Assistant Fire Chief in the fire bays of the HQ Fire Station in the middle of the night brandishing, pointing at the hostage and waving two handguns around. It was cold that knight I remember it well. I still can visualize most all major incidents over the years while on the rifle. The Fire HQ Perp finally gave up when I was in the position to observe and ready for a shot. Even had the Green Light at the time from Command. I ordered the Entry Team to "GO" "GO" "GO"as 4 of the Team had snuck into the Bay came out from underneath a Fire Truck and smashed the Perp against the wall as he took the guns off the AFC and looked in another direction! I have personally witnessed the "Stockholm Syndrome" while on target, with a perp surrendering weapons to the hostage as convinced by the SWAT Negotiators, only later to observe the hostage giving them back to hostage taker before my very eyes! Believe it or not? I remember not believing it and maybe not being professional! I got on the Command Channel and stated! "Holly S--- you are not going to believe what I just observed! And advised them the Hostage just handed the guns back to the Hostage Taker. In the debrief with the hostage advised he advised (since I personally attended it) "I could tell he was not going to hurt me well I got to know him and he would not have hurt anyone!". And I did not want to upset or fluster him anymore! So I felt comfortable with him taking them back! I knew he was gong to surrender soon! I have had hypothermia while out on operations and we unfortunately have had to naturalize an individual. Bottom line, I took my assignment seriously being LE Sniper and also as a Army small arms weapons trainer, Combat Engineer and Army Rifle Team member. God has blessed and protected me regarding the experiences I have had. But all was the real deal! So say what you please, but some here on the FTF are the "Real Deal" and not wannabe BS'rs as some might think. When you have walked the walk and talked the talk.
On to a better note, if anyone would like to see my SWAT Retirement Knife I would be glad to provide a picture of it. However one side of it is engraved with a little too much information to reveal on the Internet. I could block some of it out I guess if anyone wants to see it or photo the opposite side. I was presented it at my retirement bash. It is a tradition on the Team at the Metro that if anyone serves 10 years on the SWAT Team they get a Case XXX Bowie Knife and a wood wall Display Rack upon retirement! She is a beauty! I can put the picture in the appropriate Thread if someone want to see it! In fact I also received my Remington 40X Observer/Sniper Rifle that I used in the last few years as well, as a memento. If you would like to see it I can post it in the appropriate Thread. She still can put them down range today! So say what you please but fortunately or not some here on the FTF are the "Real Deal" and not wannabe BS'rs as some might think.
The Team consisted of two Teams 20 Officers in total who were very disciplined and skilled at what they did.
The old 40X was used for the final scoring shot in the World Police and Fire Games for the Team to win first place SWAT Team and the Gold Medal that year competing against Dallas TX PD, Belfast Ireland, Champaign Urbana IL and many other teams from the USA and a few from Europe. 40X Remington Sniper Rifle custom built by Paul in the Remington Custom Shop! *Took 6 months to get her!
So some are the real deal and I am sure some may "dream" or wannabe a little! That is OK with me as well! I enjoy the Forum and all the good folks here just the same!