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Police History: L.A. County Sheriff's Pistol Team

This vintage early color footage shows the LASD Pistol Team at Biscailuz Range during a shooting skills exhibition in 1938. It features legendary marksman and LASD Aero Bureau aviation pioneer Sgt. Sewell Griggers.

May 10, 2013

Tags: Police History, Firearms Training, L.A. County Sheriff

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LLC98 @ 5/14/2013 12:28 PM

Please someone tell me this is not for real!!!!

HAL ADLEMAN @ 5/14/2013 3:51 PM

When did the idiocy of one-handed point shooting end?
When did they start using eyes, unlike what we see in the video?
There also seems to be a lack of ear protection.

LEONARD @ 5/14/2013 5:44 PM

I joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1970 and have a little knowledge of what the film was about.

Remember it was taken in 1938 and:

1) “Please someone tell me this is not for real!!!!”

Yes, to use a famous quote, "And that's the way it was!"

In those days when you were hired as a deputy, they gave you a badge and a gun. Any “training” came after the fact. The film is just an “example” of what the training was like and the skill involved by the “expert marksmen”

2) “When did the idiocy of one-handed point shooting end?”

The revolver was “double action” which meant you had to “cock the hammer” and then pull the trigger to fire the weapon. Having the “weak” hand also holding the weapon would just interfere with the process.

That pretty much changed in 1988 when we switched to the Beretta 9mm semi-automatic

3) “When did they start using eyes, unlike what we see in the video?”

I cannot answer that one but I know it was mandatory when I came on.

4) “There also seems to be a lack of ear protection.”

I guess you missed the part where the “trainee” is given a “wad of cotton” by the instructor to put in his ears. The concept of “hearing damage” was not like it is today. Even when I first started, the methods of “ear protection” included, tearing off the ends of a “filtered” cigarettes to use or even taking a used/fired cartridge and putting the “base end” of it in your ear.

5) A lot has changed in the 70 plus years since the movie was made. Cops needed to train with their weapons and it was based on the knowledge at the time.

I hope you find this information useful.

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