Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Guns of The United States Border Patrol

The United States Border Patrol (USBP) is a unique division of Homeland Security. It stands to reason that the USBP have some of the best tools made to protect themselves and defend our borders. The USBP issue guns are:

H&K P2000 .40 cal. 12 round mags. Remington 870. By Wilson Combat. Colt M4 (M16)

Bill Jordan asst chief patrol inspector. (1911- 1997)S&W model 19 .357 Marine Corps vet of WWII and Korea retired Col. Using a double action revolver, Bill Jordan was recorded drawing, firing and hitting his target in .27 of a second.

The first of the many recent additions to the Heckler & Koch handgun line, the P2000 and incorporate features of the successful HK USP Compact pistol with the latest innovations of HK engineers. A refinement of a design created for several European police agencies, the P2000 is available with a traditional double-action/single-action trigger mode and the LEM/CDA (Law Enforcement Modification, also known as Combat Defense Action) trigger system first introduced in 2001 on the USP Compact "LEM" model.
The HK Law Enforcement Modification trigger system combines the advantages of a cocked striker component (constant level of trigger pull from first to last round fired) with a double-action hammer system.

Developed especially for a U.S. government agency, the Law Enforcement Modification (or LEM for short), is a unique trigger mechanism created specifically to improve the trigger performance and reduce the weight of the Double-Action Only (DAO) trigger pull on HK pistols.

With this mechanism, HK pistols can be fired like a standard DAO semi-automatic pistol where every round is fired by simply pulling the trigger fully rearward with the hammer starting at the forward rest position. The design of the proprietary HK LEM system allows the weight of the DAO trigger pull to be reduced to a smooth and constant 6.18 - 8.5 pounds because the two-part hammer is pre-cocked every time the slide moves rearward. Trigger pull on conventional double action pistols is 12 - 15 pounds.

The unique LEM pre-cocked hammer system combines the advantages of a cocked striker component (constant level of trigger pull and short trigger travel from first to last round fired) with a double action hammer system. Optional adjustment (by HK certified armorer) can bring the trigger pull into the 5.5 pound range.

Using such an enhanced trigger system consolidates ease of use and safety into a convenient, innovative trigger operation — one that prevents unintended firing. And in case of an ammunition-related failure to fire, all that is needed is an additional second or third pull of the trigger without the need of first pulling the slide back to re-cock the P2000. The enhanced LEM trigger system combines the reliability of a double action revolver trigger with the crisp, precise trigger of a single action pistol.  I had the opportunity to fire this weapon through the graciousness of BP agent and I can say, I love the action.

The reputation of the Remington 870 speaks for itself.  It has been used by law enforcement and military since 1950.

If the Model 870™ were introduced today, it would be hailed as a major advance in pump-action shotgun design - the ultimate in strength, durability, silky-smooth bind-free action, and  classical lines.

Yet this remarkable shotgun has been around for almost half a century, and has become the best-selling shotgun of any type in history, with over ten million made.

The Colt M4 name speaks for itself.

Throughout the world today, the Colt M4’s reliability, performance, and accuracy provide joint coalition forces with the confidence required to accomplish any mission.

Designed specifically for lightweight mobility, speed of target acquisition, and potent firepower capability - the M4 delivers. The M4 can be comfortably carried, yet be instantly available to provide the level of firepower, dependability and accuracy of a 5.56mm rifle. Proven in military combat operations all over the world, it is in a class by itself as a first rate combat weapon system. The Colt M4 Carbine serves as the United States Armed Forces’ weapon of choice and the weapon of the 21st century warfighter.

The Colt M4 is the ONLY 5.56mm carbine in the world today that is manufactured to meet or exceed the stringent performance specifications (MILSPEC) required for acceptance and use by the U.S. Armed Forces.

I have known personally many Border Patrol agents. They are exemplary in their defense of this country and in protecting our borders. The worst thing is they work for a government that constantly betrays them and ties their hands in their work. They have the most dangerous job in law enforcement and they discharge their duties with integrity. Having lived on the border I have had to go through many BP checkpoints. I feel the professionalism of these agents is shown in that thankless job daily. Most agents are top notch and respect US citizens.

Pres. Obama's plan, carried out by Attorney General Eric Holder, "Fast and Furious", ended with a dead Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry. Brian gave his life in defense of this country and was killed with a gun from our very own United States government.

I hope that we never will forget Brian Terry and the way our government, including the White House, betrayed Brian and an organization that assists in the defense of this country.

Remember Brian Terry and the brave agents of the Border Patrol.

Semper Paratus

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