New Firepower For Greenville Police

As part of a new police program to help fight violent crime, 21-new patrol rifles are hitting the streets of Greenville.

The rifle is called an A-R 15. Officials say it is more accurate and can be fired from a greater distance, which gives officers leeway in a critical situation.

In 2009 Greenville Police say they recovered 180 weapons from encounters like traffic stops and search warrants. In some cases those weapons were as powerful as the ones the officers had---officials say this new rifle is a big step forward for the department.

Drug and property seizure money paid for the new rifles.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2010 at 02:52 AM
    there will be blood.
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Mar 28, 2010 at 12:52 PM
    Hey guys! Even after carrying a similar rifle (the M16 A2) around for years in the service, I am getting a crash course in ballistics here! LOL!
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Mar 27, 2010 at 08:10 PM
    I have something else to say about the .223/5.56x45MM to those who claim it is ineffective and weak.Just look at the damage caused by the DC sniper using a .223.Everyone he shot was shot once and several died, and survivors were severely wounded.The .223 didn't look too weak.The most important thing is how well you shoot and can put your shot in the right place. The average police officer(which may include females,small statured males,etc)normally will shoot a AR-15 type rifle better than they will a M1A,M-14,M-1 Garand or any other heavy .30 caliber rifle that has a heavy recoil(at least relative to the AR-15).As for the Mini 14, it is a nice rifle, but not as accurate or as rugged as a AR-15, and not as easy to take down in the field either.Also, one more detail. Only COLT manufactured rifles are technically AR-15s.AR-15 is a registered trademark of Colt's.All others may be AR-15 pattern rifles, but will have a different name like M-15,EA-15,LAR-15,etc.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Mar 27, 2010 at 07:59 PM
    Big Al, you sarcastically call Steve and to Steve ballistic experts, then you turn around and get it wrong too!The .223/5.56x45MM does not hold 55 grains of powder.It normally has about 25-28 grains of powder depending on the specific load.I think what you were trying to say is the .223 has 55 grains of BULLET weight.But that is not entirely true anymore.No loads with anywhere from 55 grains up to 77 grains of bullet weights are common.And while its true that a 5.56x45MM is not as powerful as a 7.62x51MM(.308) or a .30-06, it is much safer to use in a urban situation(most police situations).Believe it or not, a .223 with a softpoint or hollowpoint bullet will not overpenetrate in ballistic gelatin as quickly as a .22 Long Rifle with a solid point bullet..223 will usually penetrate about 12 inches, whereas a .308 or .30-06 will easily penetrate 20 inches.The 7.62x39(AK-47 round) overpenetrates also(30 )inches.So the safety of what is beyond your target has to be considered.
  • by C on Mar 27, 2010 at 07:23 PM
    Sgt.Slaughter: I cannot argue with you there. If I absolutely must have a .223,I'd prefer a Mini-14,as I said...but there's just something about an M1. If they were'nt so darn expensive,I would'nt mind an M-14..or,as they're known in civilian guise,an M1A. Thanks for serving.
  • by Sgt. Slaughter Location: Semper Fi on Mar 27, 2010 at 05:07 PM
    I'll see your AR-15 and raise you a M1 Garand ... LOL. The .223 is a man-WOUNDER, and was intended to be. Get educated on military weapons.
  • by Dave on Mar 27, 2010 at 12:41 PM
    Who cares? The GPD are probably too scared to use these weapons. It's bad enough that GPD is scared to patrol West Greenville.
  • by wife of a cop on Mar 27, 2010 at 12:20 PM
    Boy all news is not news!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's not give the criminal a heads up!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Fed Up Location: Greenville on Mar 27, 2010 at 11:31 AM
    Jack: it is better for those to think that you are an idiot than to say ot type something to prove it. This is an excellent use of funds. LEO MUST be heavily armed to counter the thugs that have heavy firepower. Good for you GPD!
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Mar 27, 2010 at 10:51 AM
    Now I'm concerned that otherwise diffusable situations will turn into opportunities to put these rifles through their paces.
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