Police Marksmen Test Mettle At N.C. Sniper Shoot

GASTONIA, N.C. -- Police snipers don't usually like crowds around as they do their jobs, but they're making an exception in one North Carolina city.

More than three dozen police and military SWAT teams are competing in the third annual Gastonia Police Department sniper conference.

Their shooting skills will be on exhibit Saturday for the last day of the four-day exercise.

Organizers saved the best for last with the sniper obstacle course, which challenges marksmen to climb a tower, scale chain-link fences and fire at targets that simulate hostage situations.

Spectators can also test their shooting skills.

Events are planned for children and adults on Saturday, with weapons, ammunition and protective gear provided.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 7, 2009 at 05:06 PM
    Well, NC Police Officer, we will all sleep safer tonite knowing this.
  • by NC Police Officer Location: S. Baghdad, IRAQ on Sep 6, 2009 at 05:16 AM
    WOW, Would Love to be there, Yet I am stuck here in IRAQ. I'm a Full time Officer Serving my home State, And a PT Soldier serving my Country.
  • by C on Sep 5, 2009 at 05:28 PM
    To Chris:Very well said!Anonymous:Chris nailed it.There's nothing wrong with kids learning the safe,responsible handling of firearms.So long as there is competent adult guidance,it's perfectly natural.Here's the way I went about "gun-proofing" my kids.First,when they were old enough to be curious about guns,I took them shooting.I demonstrated for them the destructive power of guns [.44 Magnum vs. an over-ripe watermelon],and the lesson was obvious and immediate.Afterward,they helped me with the chore of cleaning the guns,which served to remove the glamor and mystery aspect of guns that kids have.They were told that they can look at any gun that I have anytime,they only have to come ask me.Of course,they were also schooled on the 4 basic firearms safety rules.So far,it seems to have worked [of course,I hedge my bets;the guns and ammo are stored separately and are locked up].Anyhow,there's my 2 cents. Regards,C
  • by Mike on Sep 5, 2009 at 05:20 PM
    Well said Chris!!!
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Sep 5, 2009 at 03:04 PM
    Anonymous, "they" as in the police did not let a child shoot and blow his face off. The child you are reffering to was allowed to shoot a fully automatic uzi without any adult guidance and the recoil caused the child to shoot himself in the head. I can assure you that this will not be the case here. Allowing children to learn proper marksmanship and gun handling skills is not the worse thing in the world. Just because some moron decides to allow a child to use a fully automatic weapon without any guidance does not mean every gun show or gun range will allow it.
  • by JD Location: ENC on Sep 5, 2009 at 01:24 PM
    Mettle= demonstrate your true character
  • by Anonymous Location: new bern on Sep 5, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    please say they are not letting children shoot, not to long ago they let children shoot at a gun show and the child blew his face off dont let the children do only adults children shouldnt even be allowed to attend
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