[Ed. – Sobering]
People expect the police to understand firearms. After all, they use firearms on a regular basis, right? They carry them on their hips every day and usually have access to something larger in their vehicles. They should know guns.
The reality, however, is that many police officers have little interest in guns. They carry them and, if they’re diligent, practice with them. However, many just don’t know a whole lot about firearms.
For example, take this post from the Chicago Police Department where they brag about taking a deadly weapon off the street.
It’s impressive in its wrongness.
Let’s break it down piece by piece, shall we?
First, yes, that’s an AK-47 style rifle. I’m going to give them that one because they pretty much get everything else wrong from there on.
While the AK platform is 7.62, not all 7.62 weapons are created equal. The AK is 7.62×39, that’s as opposed to 7.62×51 NATO, or 7.62×54, or 7.62×25. There’s a difference, and the fact that there’s not one listed suggests that whoever the brainiac behind this post didn’t know that.