Last night was fun. Joyous, I dare say. Last night, as part of the Lewisville Citizens Police Academy, we went out to the training range and got some good demonstrations from our local SWAT team.
Let me just say emphatically that you do NOT want to start a war with the police in Lewisville, because these guys can damn sure finish it. They have an arsenal that would probably out-match that of many small countries.
My two favorite parts of last night's activities were the explosions and the machine gun demonstrations.
The "distraction devices" that LPD uses are louder than any firework you could imagine, and I think would make you lose control of all bodily functions. I saw the team use a shaped-charge explosive made of det-cord and styrofoam to cut a man-sized hole in a 2-inch thick solid wood door. The concussion just about took the breath out of me. It threw the chunk of door against the back of the hallway on the other side.
Then there were demonstrations of the department's H&K MP5 sub-machine guns on full-auto - both with and without a suppressor.
Afterwards, I went for a couple of beers, and that made for a perfect evening.