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Vintage, but . . .

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by Morris, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Sniff


    Nov 24, 2007
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Back before they discovered what those little lumps and notches on top of guns were for!

  2. I kind a like those old cars
  3. Thanks for posting! I always get a kick out of old videos like that.
  4. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    Some of the stances, tactics, etc that the video shows are outdated, but for the most part the points they make about use of cover, the dangers of ricochets, etc are still valid.
  5. Yes, which is why I emphasized somewhat. What is telling is the pronouncement back then of more cops being killed by gunfire.

    On a side note, at my first department, I was cleaning out a space and came across a box of those old brick radios, neck/shoulder strap and all.

    Fun to see the .38s in use and hear "some agencies are now allowing for shotguns to be carries in police cars."
  6. I could be wrong, but at the 11:47 mark in the video it shows a close up of what looks like a very early design "Rogers" holster. IIRC Bill Rogers was a FBI Agent first before going into the holster business then eventually collaborating with Safariland on his designs.
  7. I thought so too.

    I showed parts of the video to one of our younger officers. He was amazed at the drop/swivel holster, size of the radio, etc.
  8. captcurly


    Sep 14, 2008
    Southern Delaware
    Thanks for the trip back in time for me. I got on the job in July of 1964 and this video brings back some old time good memories. I was issued a S&W Mod.10 4" heavy barrel. Hey,guys this is the way it use to be and I think we did a good job with what we had. Now you can see how training was and how it is today. I will say that bouncing OO buck was a real nasty for the bad guy.Good Luck to you all and be safe out there. I am old school and proud of it.
  9. captcurly


    Sep 14, 2008
    Southern Delaware
    You are correct Bodyarmorguy about the Rodgers. I actually had one and it was a good holster. I started on a Mod.10 and then two years later the Dept. went with the S&W Mod.15 4inch. The Rodgers holster was a top end non leather rig. Thanks for memory.
  10. Thank you for leading the way! Your old school service is certainly appreciate by me and others in this field.

    In many ways, officers of the time were more gun saavy, actually had a higher hit percentage, had shooting leagues that were popular and so on.
  11. Yeah, I am kind of a vintage holster nut. I have a couple of Safety Speed Clamshell (pop-open) holsters for med-frame revolvers, a couple of Ted Blocker swivel holsters for 1911's and a few other goodies from Davis, Rodgers and others.

    I think some of those videos were still being shown when I was in the academy in 1984.
  12. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    Say what you want about capacity, but the feel of a .357mag revolver just seems right to me.

    I shoot a DA revolver better than anything else, 6 shots or not. I would definately carry a SW 686 7 shot at work.

    The video might seem corny at first, but the basics are the same. only thing I noticed is shooting over cover, I have always been taught to shoot to the side of cover, not over the top of it.
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2011
  13. MeefZah

    MeefZah Cover is Code 3

    Jan 2, 2008
    Lost Coast, Cali
    There is some good info in there...

    ..presented in a campy manner! :rofl: I guess it was the mid-60s.

    My random thoughts:

    Always amazed to see cops on the beat in what are, essentially, Class A uniforms, like the DC cop in the first scenario.

    I love the game warden, shaking his head in annoyance as he is pinned down by a shooter.

    Impressive turning radius on the old cruisers...

    I take it the way that shottys used to be carried was chamber empty, hammer cocked; as opposed to chamber empty, hammer forward which we currently use?

    Does anyone use shotgun hip shooting in a qualification course? We don't...

    I see some of the shooters on the range were pocketing their brass instead of letting it fall... tisk, tisk...
  14. Again, we evolved. Brass in pockets - What did The Onion Field teach us?

    For the time, that was training videos, without glitz and special effects. They were revolutionary in that training movies were even being created for a mass LE audience.

    Collim1, you aren't the first to say that about revolvers. There are a few at my agency who wish they could carry their 686s or 66s. They "grew up" on them and that is what they still fire best.
  15. MeefZah

    MeefZah Cover is Code 3

    Jan 2, 2008
    Lost Coast, Cali
    Was that an issue with the Onion Field, too?

    I was thinking Newhall. Although this article does not specifically mention it.
  16. The Onion Field was the story of Newhall. I remember the book vividly as it was required by my first chief (a former LASD major) to read it and give him a book report before I could get off FTO.

    A great idea, by the way. Wish we could incorporate a similar idea into our FTO program.
  17. ateamer

    ateamer NRA4EVR

    Newhall and the Onion Field were two different incidents. Newhall was the gunfight where four CHP officers were murdered. It led to changes in firearms training like not putting empty brass in your pockets. The Onion Field was two LAPD officers who were kidnapped, and one was murdered. That led to training to never give up your gun, etc.
  18. Sam Spade

    Sam Spade Staff Member Lifetime Member

    May 4, 2003
    Yes, and still is here. Reasoning is that anyone who grabs it knows to rack a shotgun, which you can do with the hammer forward. Some mutt might not know where the release is, and he can't just rack the gun if it's already cocked/chamber empty.
  19. captcurly


    Sep 14, 2008
    Southern Delaware
    Thanks for the kind words Morris. I am very proud of what I did and what you active guys are doing. You are correct about us being gunsters in the mid 60s. We did have shooting leagues and we were a close knit community. In those days we did not care were you were from or what dept. you were with. A cop was a cop and that is all that counted. I hope it is still this way. I retired 17 years ago after doing 30 but I still have the cop mentality. Now I am just an old retired guy that still likes hanging out with cops. God Bless all you guys.