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									         FIREARMS TACTICS
        By Lindsey Bertomen

The LE carbine: A class act

                                                                                                                             Photos courtesy of Sierra County (California) Sheriff’s Office.
                                            The carbine is an easily

                                         mastered tool that can be
       he law enforcement carbine         deployed for a variety of
       is one of the most versatile    applications. Officers should
                                        practice dynamic shooting
tools an officer possesses. With        and movement techniques
its original purpose of bridging           in various environments.
the gap between a handgun and
the long rifle, the carbine not            The 223 isn’t the only
only bridged the physical gap, but         cartridge out there, but
resolved some of the training and          it is the one most com-
deployment inadequacies as well.           mon to the industry.
    Agencies that would have                   Depending on the round, it may      desirable, as bullet flipping in tissue
deployed an officer with a handgun         have reduced effectiveness or may       tends to expand the wound cavity.
to active shooter incidents in the         not even penetrate a pair of exterior      When departments are select-
past now issue the carbine (and            walls. The downside to this is the      ing carbine cartridges, they should
often body bunkers) across the             fact that the best after-barrier per-   consider where they will be
board. These agencies recognize            formers are the highest penetrating     employed. Selecting an easily frag-
that it is essential to have a carbine     in urban environments. That is, the     mented, light bullet for city use and
in every patrol car, and overlapping       best performers may over-perform        a high penetration combination for
training/deployment plans have             when we don’t want them to.             rural use is a good start. Agencies
become more realistic as a result.                                                 should always perform their own
    There is evidence that suggests           Perceiving the body                  tests with their own firearms when
some law enforcement rifle and bul-                                                selecting ammo.
let combinations, specifically light        as divided into mobility
223 bullets, are safer to use in urban                                             Think tank
environments than most handguns.
                                                and fire control                      The carbine-equipped officer
Several agencies have reported                    is essential.                    should operate like a tank. Imagine
independent studies of 223 bullets                                                 the body divided at the hip, separat-
failing to penetrate interior and             The 223 bullet tends to yaw, or      ing the mobility mechanism from
exterior wall combinations where           deviate from its point of stabiliza-    the turret mechanism. The mobility
handgun bullets just keep going.           tion, quickly in soft tissue. This is   mechanism is the way a tank gets to

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the battle, maneuvers to a position             feet in charge. The moving stance
of advantage and maximizes use                  should be narrower than shoulder
of the main gun. Although a tank                width and the shooter should take
driver makes individual decisions               advantage of the natural shock
about the terrain, such as not to               absorption of bent knees.
depress the main gun on steep ter-
rain, he does not make tactical deci-           Side to side
sions. The command and control                     Moving while shooting is not as
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