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    Deputy's Observations: Concealed Carry

    Deputy's Observations:  Concealed Carry
    There is much discussion in law enforcement circles and among civilians with concealed carry permits about the best way to carry their weapons and which weapons to carry. This is a subject that I’ve spent a lot of time experimenting with myself during my law enforcement career, and I’m going to attempt to share some of my own experiences with you, ...
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    Deputy's Observations: The First Rule of Gunfighting

    Deputy's Observations: The First Rule of Gunfighting
    The first rule of surviving a gunfight is to have a gun to fight with. As we discussed in the previous article that means not only having a weapon, but also having it accessible to you when you need it. That does not mean under the seat of your car or inside of a briefcase. It means where you can put ...
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    Deputy's Observations: How to Carry your Concealed Weapon

    Deputy's Observations:  How to Carry your Concealed Weapon
    In my last article we discussed choosing the right weapon for concealed carry, and that we should make that decision based on a worst-case scenario: If you are alone and confronted with an active shooter, or shooters, in a crowded environment you want to be prepared. Now we will address the method of carry. I break this down into two groups: ...
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    DEPUTY’S OBSERVATIONS: My Father’s Lessons

    DEPUTY’S OBSERVATIONS:  My Father’s Lessons
    My parents are members of the greatest generation, the ones who grew up during the Great Depression and were young adults during World War II. Like most young men of his generation my father quit high school to join the service to defend his nation against our enemies, following his two older brothers into the United States Navy. He scored highly ...
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    DEPUTY'S OBSERVATIONS: Remembering Colleagues Who Are No Longer With Us (Part 1)

    Memorial Day, the first Monday in May, is the traditional day for the remembrance of those Americans who have given their lives for our freedoms. When first created after the Civil War it was called Decoration Day and the traditional observance was to place flags or flowers on each grave of the countless Americans who had sacrificed so much for our ...
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    DEPUTY'S OBSERVATIONS: Remembering Colleagues Who Are No Longer With Us (Part 2)

    Good Afternoon friends of Eric Ramirez, family members, reservists, military personnel, members of the Sheriff’s Department, Tracy, Chase and Isis. My name is Terry Perley; I have been asked to represent the Sheriff’s Department and convey the feelings, hopes, and memories of the department’s members toward Eric Ramirez. It is truly an honor to stand here and speak to you today ...
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    Deputy's Observations: Selecting the Right Weapon

    Deputy's Observations: Selecting the Right Weapon
    A few years ago I stayed up late one night to watch a bad Arnold movie on TV. It didn’t finish until midnight. I closed up the house and put the dog out in the garage prior to going to bed. While I was in the garage I heard sounds coming from outside. I could have opened the garage door but ...
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    DEPUTY'S OBSERVATIONS: Tactics and Attitude

    DEPUTY'S OBSERVATIONS: Tactics and Attitude
    I recently read a historical novel by David Morrell entitled _Last Reveille_ (Warner Books, 1977.) It is the story of Poncho Villa’s attack on Columbus, New Mexico in 1916 and of the resulting punitive expedition after Villa into Mexico led by General “Black Jack” Pershing. World War I was already waging in Europe and the United States was soon to enter ...
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    Deputy's Observations: Size Does Matter

    Deputy's Observations: Size Does Matter
    I know that size does matter because an attractive waitress once told me so. At the time I think that we were talking about the size of the dinner plate that my meal was being served on, but I’m not sure. I do suspect that she was not talking about a peace officer trying to conceal a pistol under their clothing. ...
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    Deputy's Observations: Defining "Tactical" and Other Terms

    Deputy's Observations: Defining  "Tactical" and Other Terms
    About 20 years ago everyone who marketed items for sale to law enforcement officers began calling their items "tactical." Everything from boots and key chains to holsters and uniforms became known as "tactical gear." I was confused, but I’m confused a lot. Did I have to replace every piece of equipment and uniform item that I owned and purchase new "tactical" ...
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    DEPUTY'S OBSERVATIONS: The Code of the Pards

    DEPUTY'S OBSERVATIONS: The Code of the Pards
    One of the first deputies that I met when I was a young rookie deputy marshal was a gentleman named H. Philip Ford. “Phil” Ford was a senior deputy at our El Cajon Courthouse and to me he was ten feet tall and could do no wrong. He had been there and done that and some of it he had done ...
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    DEPUTY’S OBSERVATIONS: Why Do We Carry Handguns?

    DEPUTY’S OBSERVATIONS:  Why Do We Carry Handguns?
    Why do we carry handguns? It was a question asked of me many years ago while I had the honor to serve as the bailiff to a judge of the Superior Court. He was a remarkable man who spent most of his career as a top prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office, but for three-years he served as one of the ...
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    Deputy's Observations: Spreading Xmas Hijinks

    Deputy's Observations:  Spreading Xmas Hijinks
    From the first moment that you can smell the turkey roasting on Thanksgiving Day until the last of the leftovers are gone after New Years is my favorite time of the year. You might suspect that my interests are tied largely to food and its consumption, and you’d be right. But there is more to it than just the food; the ...
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