I first saw this on pdb a few days ago and shook my head at the cluelessness.
Sadly, cluelessness from even the “elite” happens more often than you would expect, and while stupidity isn’t often this obvious, I’m certain tactical officers around the nation roll-out with firearms that they are not familiar with, that they haven’t personally zeroed (or haven’t re-verified in months) on a routine basis. It could be one of the reasons police officers are such notoriously piss-poor shots with a far higher rate of hitting innocent bystanders than criminals.
What stuns me about this particular story is that it actually made the mainstream media, even if was the MSM from across The Pond.
A SWAT team in upstate New York is being mocked as an example of the difference between military and police training after an officer was captured peering through a backwards sight on his combat rifle.
As users on the military Reddit were quick to point out when the image was posted, the reverse sight makes it effectively useless.
Users mocked the SWAT officers training and some went so far as to question the motives of some of the men serving in local law enforcement.
The officer is using a ‘military style’ assault weapon with a close quarters combat sight that costs roughly $500.
‘It’s disturbing to think that 1) none of his buddies corrected it, and 2) he’s in a real-life situation with his optic on backwards, which means he’s never fired that rifle with the optic on it, which means it isn’t zeroed and he thought it was OK to show up to a gunfight with an unzeroed weapon,’ wrote one Reddit user.
You’re far less likely to find such a story originating from the U.S. mainstream media, as they are actively working to con the American people to give up their constitutional rights, insisting these “professionals” are the only people with the training to have firearms.
If American citizens understood just how poorly trained most police officers are with their increasingly militaristic weapons, they’d immediately demand cops be re-armed with revolvers only, and those preferably in rimfire.