A New Deputy says: Thanks, THR


November 15, 2008, 02:05 PM
In two days I graduate from four months at the WA State police academy as a Deputy Sheriff of my county of residence; and while I'm not usually one who uses the board for socializing and such, I want to break form and say thank you to the staff and members of THR for offering a resource that's been truly instrumental for me.

I started reading THR before there was a THR (i.e., when there was TFL) in 2002, when I inherited my great-grandfather's police service revolver. People here helped me do some research on that gun and, starting from there, helped me develop a long-latent interest in shooting. I became a shooter, then a competitive shooter and reloader. I mourned the passing of TFL and celebrated when THR came along. It's been my primary go-to gun-board (though I've used lots of others) since its inception.

In 2006, I began pursuing a new career in Law Enforcement. This would never have happened without the firearms background I gained through THR, and the LE friends I made in the competitive shooting arenas THR allowed me to enter. Yesterday, I finished as top shooter in my Academy class, and, more importantly, was able to serve as a resource to help classmates without significant shooting experience. It has been a rugged but very exciting journey.

So, thank you to those who work and pay to make THR happen, and all those who've shared their knowledge and experience here. You've helped me to develop a set of experiences I wouldn't have ever expected to have. And, though I know some people have ambiguous or even very suspicious feelings about the work of Law Enforcement, you've helped enable me to do something I consider a vital contribution to my community and world. I'll certainly do my best to be a High Road Deputy, and know I'll do it better for the many things I've learned here.


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November 15, 2008, 02:21 PM
Congratulations, stay safe out there.

November 15, 2008, 03:01 PM
Most excellent - congratulations! :D

November 15, 2008, 05:00 PM
it's a great resource and network here, congratualtions on your new career and thank you for passing on your knowledge. Your willingness to do so helps many such as myself learn what we never knew.

STAY SAFE!!!!!!!!!

November 15, 2008, 05:02 PM
Congratulations...can I do some ride-alongs?! Pleeeeeeease. :o I haven't done a ride-along since my BIL was a deputy. Be safe.


November 15, 2008, 05:03 PM
To keep this on track, whats your duty sidearm? :D

November 15, 2008, 08:05 PM
Thank you, everyone, for the congrats and well-wishes.

Mike, my sidearm right now is a Glock 35 with Heinie Straight Eight night-sights. It's not a bad gun, but I'm thinking about going to a 21SF; giving up just two rounds capacity for .45acp is a good trade in my mind. Backup can be a long way off in the county, and I'd prefer to have a handgun that's going to give me my best chance of fighting my way back to my rifle. I'll probly just buy the 21SF (I've handled one but not shot it much) and put a few hundred rounds down it to see if I think it will shoot as well for me as the 35.

I could go to a 1911 if I wanted, but I cut my teeth on double-action revolvers and Glocks, and just don't see the need to learn a whole new system if the one I'm working with is doing the job well for me.

November 15, 2008, 08:41 PM
Huh thats interesting. Can you get almost anything approved or are there certain guidelines?

November 15, 2008, 08:47 PM
Well done, and congrats, sir.

4v50 Gary
November 15, 2008, 08:51 PM
Congratulations on finishing the academy. Listen to the older guys. You can learn a lot from those senior deputies.

November 15, 2008, 08:55 PM
Hey, thanks for the thread. Great to hear from someone who's a SHOOTER and in law enforcement too. Wear your kevlar, buy yourself the best t-shirts for comfort under that stuff, and stay safe!

November 15, 2008, 09:18 PM
Thank you for taking on a tough job.

As they used to say 0n tv..

be careful out there.

2nd 41
November 15, 2008, 09:21 PM
Congrats. Be safe. Put the bad guys away. And thank you.

November 15, 2008, 11:26 PM
Congrats Christopher, stay safe, and have a little fun with it ;)

November 15, 2008, 11:31 PM
Congratulations Christopher.
If you're in Yakima county can you fix a parking ticket for me? :D

Stay safe and thanks for serving.

November 15, 2008, 11:40 PM
Welcome to the profession.


November 15, 2008, 11:43 PM
Way to go on getting through the acadamy. Now the real training begins. Dont let the hard days on FTO get you down. Just remind yourself of how important this job is to you and those you serve. When you get off FTO and are ready to show your stuff to the world, remember this: ALWAYS treat others with respect. It doesn't matter if they respect you back or not, you will at least be able to go home with your head held up.

ALWAYS carry a backup pistol and a knife. Never leave your vest at home(they slow down all sorts of things besides just bullets >steering wheels, knives, a cold breeze) And the most important piece of advice I learned from an old school, old timer was this: Always keep your eyes open and make sure you are aware of everything going on around you. That will get you home at night!

Congrats man - Good luck!!

Kind of Blued
November 15, 2008, 11:43 PM
Way to go. You sound like you've got a good head on your shoulders and will make a fine LEO. My interest in firearms (also fueled by THR) helped me decide to go the LE route as well. :) It'll be a couple years, but I'm excited about it.

Take care of yourself (and others I guess, since they're paying you for it).

Mal H
November 15, 2008, 11:46 PM
Excellent work, ChristopherG! Congratulations!

November 16, 2008, 12:02 AM
My 4yo son looks up to police and firefighters as good guys. I think he's well within his rights. Your responsiblity is a heavy one, but please don't forget that there are many who look up to, and admire you. Good work, be safe out there.

November 16, 2008, 01:08 AM
Good on you young man. Always be thinking. Never get careless.

Gun 4 Fun
November 16, 2008, 03:26 AM
I know there is a lot of meth in the north west and some of those people aren't to happy to ever see a lawman so please be careful, thanks for doing a thankless job, and never forget there are people here who are willing to listen if you ever need to vent. And most of all, never ever loose your situational awareness. Godspeed son.

November 16, 2008, 06:44 AM
Congratulations and I know that you will do a good job. Thank you for serving your community. :cool:

Brian Williams
November 16, 2008, 07:51 AM
Excellent, Thank you for your service.

November 16, 2008, 08:44 AM
Congratulations, be careful and stay safe out there.

November 16, 2008, 09:21 AM

And don't forget to bring a sense of humor to the job as well - you'll have plenty of "you won't believe what happened to me!" stories in no time...

Byron Quick
November 16, 2008, 01:41 PM

November 16, 2008, 01:47 PM
Congrats! Now go take care of those bad guys!:D

November 16, 2008, 05:22 PM
Congrats and welcome to the brotherhood. Stay sharp and keep your eyes and ears open. Expect the unexpected cause it will happen. Always give a 100% no matter what, and when you go off duty at the end of the shift leave it there, don't take it home. Find and keep friends outside of law enforcement along with your L.E. brothers, cause they will help keep you grounded. Its a great career.

November 16, 2008, 05:40 PM

Stay safe out there!

Brian Dale
November 16, 2008, 06:15 PM
Well done. Take good care of yourself, your colleagues and your community.

November 16, 2008, 09:46 PM

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