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Old June 14, 2009, 12:36 PM   #26
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As far as the general public having a negative reaction to security guards with rifles, on my last visit (As a tourist of course) to the Whitehouse the presence of guards with both shotguns AND AR-15's was very obvious. There seemed to be no negative responses from anyone near me. I believe that people realize that this world we live in has changed dramatically and that what we have accepted in the past for security is simply no longer valid.

Europe, as well as most of the "Civilized World", has had police and security guards armed with military styled rifles or submachine guns for decades and th populace seems to have adapted to that well enough. frankly, it isn't as if most Americans know that the police have either shotguns or rifles in their squad car. Or in some cases both. It is simply getting used to the visibility factor more than anything.
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Old June 14, 2009, 02:27 PM   #27
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...on my last visit (As a tourist of course) to the Whitehouse the presence of guards with both shotguns AND AR-15's was very obvious.
Well this is not the same situation as guards at a museum. We expect the leader of the free world (whether you voted for him or not) to have the best security money can buy. I would be disappointed if the POTUS was being guarded by anything less!

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Old June 14, 2009, 02:51 PM   #28
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Daisey, you are correct in your view that the M1 carbine would allow much more precise shooting than will a handgun. In fact, that is the very reason that it was designed, and 6 million were manufactured and distributed during WWII.
Errr, no, it was not designed for the premise of being more accurate than a handgun. The criterion at the time wasn't to find a platform more accurate than a handgun with which to arm troops as there was no consideration of arming troops with just handguns.

The military wanted a rifle less powerful than a Garand but more powerful than a handgun to issue to troops that needed a weapon but not necessarily a M1 Rifle.
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Old June 14, 2009, 03:00 PM   #29
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...on my last visit (As a tourist of course) to the Whitehouse the presence of guards with both shotguns AND AR-15's was very obvious.
Well this is not the same situation as guards at a museum. We expect the leader of the free world (whether you voted for him or not) to have the best security money can buy. I would be disappointed if the POTUS was being guarded by anything less!

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Umm, nice job of taking a part of my comment out of context to prove your point. Let me repost the entire paragraph so that maybe you will reread it and understand my point.

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As far as the general public having a negative reaction to security guards with rifles, on my last visit (As a tourist of course) to the Whitehouse the presence of guards with both shotguns AND AR-15's was very obvious. There seemed to be no negative responses from anyone near me. I believe that people realize that this world we live in has changed dramatically and that what we have accepted in the past for security is simply no longer valid.
It seems rather obvious when you read the ENTIRE comment what I was trying to say. Please, in the future if you plan on quoting me try to use the entire sentence instead of cutting and pasting out of context.

As far as the President having the best security I won't argue that he needs it. But I refuse to devalue the life of any citizen as an excuse for a lower level of security in public buildings. This is what you seem to be advocating.

As for me, I have no problem with security gaurds, at high risk level public buildings or areas, being armed with something more than a side arm. I believe citizens would accept it in today's world.
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Old June 14, 2009, 09:47 PM   #30
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The M1 carbine was intended for use by non-front line troops as a substitute for the currently issued .45 ACP 1911 handgun. The major reason for that was the fact that few support troops were capable of accurately firing the .45 auto. The carbine was not intended to be an intermediate power long gun. The fact that it became widely used by front line troops, especially airborne, was an unintended benefit.
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Old June 14, 2009, 10:29 PM   #31
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Umm, nice job of taking a part of my comment out of context to prove your point.
Whoa! Someone needs to switch to decaf! I wasn't disagreeing with you in the least. My only point was that it should not come as a surprise to anyone to see the president being guarded with such weaponry.

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Old June 14, 2009, 10:37 PM   #32
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Anyone know what weapon/caliber James von Brunn was shot with?
Yes, per Wackenhut G4S policy, the Holocaust Museum officers were armed with .38spl. I believe, but am not certain, that they are S&W's of some breed...

As far as the OP, I work in the private security industry much like this brave man who I will refer to as a hero from here on out. At some posts, rifles/shotguns are a practical piece of equipment. For example, working in a 'rough' post in town would be a great place for a long gun. However, in an area with so many people that become incredibly crowded, a rifle is neither prudent nor practical. You have to take penetration risks into account as well as issues with manueverability of a long gun. I have never been to the Golocaust Museum, but I doubt that there is much room, especially with a lobby full of visitors, for an S/O (in this case an SPO) to bring a long gun to bear. A handgun is the primary weapon of so many armed officers for a reason.

Also, the security industry is plagued by profit. Companies have to do everything in their power to appease uneducated "sheeple" (I hate this word, but it fits) This includes using substandard weaponry and having "soft" uniforms. For example, I used to secure a bank and we were issued Taurus 65's in 357with .38 ball ammo. No speedloaders, no other "excessive" means of force (i.e. Taser, OC, ASP, etc:barf:) I also caught a ton of flak from my opsmgr for wearing BDU's (I carry a FAK with me, I think it should be req'd of any armed S/O) All because the clients think that anything more looks too "military/tactical/scary/guygoingonakillingspree-ish" Totally foolish, but these standards must be adhered to in order to keep a business afloat. With this in mind, long guns would probably be frowned upon greatly...What a shame...
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Old June 15, 2009, 04:10 PM   #33
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penetration

Doug makes a good point. The M1 carbine has much more penetration than does the 38spcl or 9mm handgun rounds. The carbine was a military weapon for which limiting penetration is not high on the list of desirable characteristics.
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Old June 19, 2009, 09:02 AM   #34
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Security guards also play other roles besides armed security. They assist the public, help with injuries and incidents, and may have to detain troublemakers. A rifle would get in the way of their daily duties.
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Old June 19, 2009, 12:52 PM   #35
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Right. Generally speaking, to have a rifle at the ready for such an incident, you would likely need a dedicated rifleguard(s) whose job it was NOT to do any of those other activities.

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Doug makes a good point. The M1 carbine has much more penetration than does the 38spcl or 9mm handgun rounds.
Actually, M1 carbines have excessively poor penetration. .30 cal carbine rounds have better penetration than .38 spl or 9mm rounds maybe, but then again, under penetration isn't usually a major issue with 9mm rounds is it?

Then again 9mm rounds fired from a carbine have better velocity and if using ball ammo, better penetration than 9mm rounds fired from a pistol.
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Old June 19, 2009, 01:02 PM   #36
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Security guards also play other roles besides armed security. They assist the public, help with injuries and incidents, and may have to detain troublemakers. A rifle would get in the way of their daily duties.
Sorry, not buying this logic.

First of all, it is not necessary for every security gaurd to carry a rifle. I would say one at each entrance of these high risk facilities. Or perhaps 1 out of every 4 guards could carry a rifle.

Secondly, as I stated previously, there are very visible gaurds outside of the Whitehouse armed with shotguns and automatic weapons and the crowds seem to take it in stride. I think we sell the general public short when we dismiss out of hand their ability to understand why heavier armed guards are needed at high risk facilities. I would wager that those wishing to see the Holocaust Museum would totally understand the need. The lunatic fringe will do whatever they deem necessary to further their agenda, no matter how delusional it is.

Thirdly, I would easily trade off the discomfort of a few visitors at the site of more heavily armed guards for the increased protection of ALL of the vistors.
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Old June 24, 2009, 11:38 PM   #37
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You need a DA/Sa ( or DAO) set up for most security personell.

A carbnine would not be effective with out a round in the caimber, and it would be unsafe with a round in and safety on...even compared to a series 80 model 1911.

Most domestic security companies use a revolver for this reason...simplicity and saftey.
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Old June 25, 2009, 03:54 PM   #38
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"Actually, M1 cardines have poor penetration..."

Compared to what? They have much more penetration than any of the commonly used handgun rounds. If you believe the carbine round has poor penetration go to the Box O' Truth website and see their penetration tests, or go to the ballistics gelatin tests on http//www.brassfetcher.com

Why would you expect poor penetration with a 110 gr bullet at 1950 fps?
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