People with guns

Los Angeles — WHO SAID “WEAKER SEX” — Whenever anyone mentions burglars to Mabel Dee Stevens, she simply laughs with unmitigated delight, and waves her gun. For Mrs. Stevens is the only woman in the Los Angeles Police Department ever to qualify in marksmanship with a .45 caliber pistol. She scored a total of 303 points recently at the Elysian Park range, and as a result will receive $2 a month extra pay. 11/24/33

People with guns

Members of the “Guardettes” at the Hudson Motor Company plant in Detroit congratulate Guardette Virginia Westlauf on her aim with a revolver, as shown by bullseyes in target. Other Guardettes are her sister, Lucille, and Kathleen Villerot. And it was Guardette Westlauf’s first try at revolver shooting. October 4th 1942

People with guns

DISABLED ARE ABLE SHOOTERS – Cincinnati, Ohio: Despite the loss of an arm and leg in the war, Charles Girard is an expert marksman and a crack member of the Disabled American Veterans National Headquarters Pistol Team. Girard is a DAV national service officer. The team has won numerous honors in local and national competition. 10/3/50

American History in Photos

ACROSS THE NATION POLICE STEP UP THE FIREPOWER – In the last few years a growing trend among U.S. law enforcement agencies has been to trade their old service revolvers in for newer semi-automatic pistols. The main reason given is to keep pace with the criminal element that increasingly uses modern weaponry in crimes. This new generation of semi-automatic pistols are not only more reliable than those of old, but hold more ammunition, as many as 15 rounds. Police revolvers typically hold 6 rounds. Pistols are also much quicker to reload, especially in the high-stress situations that police officers are likely to encounter.

SHOWN – Fox Point Police Officer Ralph Beck displayed the 9mm pistol that his department chose because it holds more cartridges than a revolver and is faster and easier to reload. TU SEP 26 1989