Skip to comments.Indianapolis police train to use M-16 rifles
Posted on 12/03/2004 1:54:14 PM PST by 4.1O dana super trac pak
Twenty Indianapolis police officers were training to use M-16 rifles, with the weapons expected to be available to patrol officers by the end of the week, officials said.
"There are specific situations where they are going to be used," Deputy Chief James Reno said. "It gives us other options. This may be something they can have in their arsenal."
Indianapolis police have faced the same types of weapons several times in recent years, The Indianapolis Star reported Wednesday.
In August, a man fired an SKS-style rifle in a southside neighborhood and killed Patrolman Timothy "Jake" Laird from more than 150 yards away.
"I think it's a great weapon," said Marlon Douglas, one of the officers being trained to carry the M-16. "After the Jake Laird incident, we just want to make sure we're ready for anything."
The department is using the Colt M-16, A1, the same rifle used by American troops during the Vietnam War. The department bought the 218 surplus weapons from a federal armory in Illinois, the Star reported.
The rifles were modified to remove the automatic firing capability. The original rifle can keep firing for as long as the shooter holds the trigger, while these rifles fire just one shot for each squeeze, officials said.
Police officials said they will distribute the M-16s to officers who work different shifts and districts so the weapons will always be available.
No offense to any law enforcement types here, but after some spray-and-pray shootouts by cops in the past, I say 'thank God.'
Cool, now the Indy police will at least have a fair fight in the next shootout!
Good for them.
Then I got to carry the M-205, an M-16 with a grenade launcher attached, in permanent party.
Will cops get to use the fully automatic M-60 next?
Hope they spend some time at the range.
Every cop should have and M16 and an Uzi.
I'm sure the US Border Patrol could find a use for full auto.
It's actually become quite passe, and I got tired of the bother, so it's just me, my Sig .45 and the .12 gauge.
Uh... wouldn't that make them AR15s? Not that there's anything wrong with that but wouldn't you rather have a new AR15 than a stripped down or modified M16A1?
You ain't kidding. The very last thing you need in a shootout with some nutjob is a trigger happy cop spraying bullets in a 30 degree arc.
With respect to your background and what you do, IMHO the US-Mexican border situation should be considered a military situation--
They might have been better off with the M-14. It fires a a .308 round instead of a 7.62x39 and has a lot more range and a lot more penetrating power. Partucularly useful if the enemy is wearing body armor.
Good point, but if they are still running around with the .38/9mm and a 12ga. ANYTHING would be better, the M-14 would be outstanding.
I wouldn't buy the Colt version. Give me a Bushmaster.
If they don't have a H&K MP5 in every vehicle, then they're not up to par with Dalworthington Gardens, Texas.
No there is not, but there are times that a rifle is needed.
Cops have carried rifles throughout the years, this is not a new thing. It's news worthy because they are "ugly guns"
They have carried anything from 22's for stray, injured animals in the country to M-1 Carbines and 30-30 lever actions for things that a shotgun is not appropriate for
As an aside to this , I know of a county where a Mini-14 was available in the trunk of a squad car. By whatever means , it became so rusted as to be unusable. The solution--replace it with a stainless steel model!
Stainless steel is good, but they still need to maintain it Oil does wonders. The great thing about the Mini 14 is that they would only need to wipe it down every once in a while
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