Sep 14, 2008

In bursts

The paper targets turned, pivoting into view. The line of guns, firing "pop-pop," put .40-caliber holes in the paper, and then the silhouette-shaped targets pulled back, ducking down behind the railroad-tie wall.

As the SWAT team stood at the newly renovated firing range, legs spread and guns up, three lines of training targets moved, mechanized and orchestrated. The targets moved together and separately, confusingly and unexpectedly, but the SWAT officers kept their feet firmly planted, their guns going off in bursts.