There are a lot of articles and discussion forum threads on barrel twist rate for AR-15s. So why am I writing one? Well, some of the information on the web is very wrong. Additionally, this closes out comment threads we've had here touching on this topic, EMail exchanges I've had with readers, and personal conversations I've had with shooters and friends about this subject. It's natural to put this down in case anyone else can benefit from the information. Or you may not benefit at [read more]
Continuing his efforts to champion law enforcement since five Dallas officers were shot to death in July, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Wednesday that he will press legislators to provide all 59,000 Texas patrol officers with a bulletproof vest capable of stopping high-caliber rifle rounds.
Early estimates place the cost at $15 million to $20 million, Patrick said, vowing to fight for the money in the 2017 legislative session despite a tight budget thanks to depressed oil and gas prices.
“First and foremost, we have to protect the lives of police officers,” Patrick said at a Capitol news conference. “It’s the least we can do for the families of these officers so when they leave home every day … at least they have the best protection possible.”
Oh my. Do you think he understands that he’s talking about sending every cop out every day with hard shell SAPI plates and tactical vest plate carriers? Wouldn’t that be a sight in Texas heat? Sort of like it was with Marines running around Fallujah in 120 degree weather with full body armor on. We’d have officers passing out everywhere, unable to get into and out of their patrol vehicles, knees crumbling from the stress, and unable to pass the physical with the additional weight of the vests.
Do you think someone needs to talk to him in private? Or perhaps not. Let’s see how this little experiment goes, shall we? Everyone in favor, say aye?