Thursday, June 30, 2011

TSA to build firing range in Tampa Florida. I guess they want to be able to shoot 95-year-old grandmas who refuse to surrender their Depends.

Thanks to Irregular Steve for forwarding this link.

Firing Range - Tampa, FL
Solicitation Number: HSTS07-11-R-00071
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Office: Transportation Security Administration
Location: Contracts and Procurement . . .

This combined solicitation/synopsis is for the purchase of range services on an established/existing range in accordance with the following requirements.

Services anticipated July 2011.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a requirement for a firearms range to conduct mandatory quarterly qualifications and other firearms training. The range shall be within a 25 mile radius of Tampa International Airport.

The proposed range must meet the following standards to qualify for consideration:

DHS personnel will use the range an estimated 1600 hours per one year term. DHS requires exclusive use of the range in 2 or 4 hour blocks per each training session. The range will be closed to the public during the hours that DHS uses the range. DHS will provide all ammunition, targets, and firearms instructors. DHS firearms instructors will act as safety officers and call all courses of fire on the range without oversight from range staff. Additionally, a mat room is required for usage approximately 400 hours per one year term to train for defensive measures. The mat shall be approximately 400 square feet of matted area, have ventilation, air conditioning, classroom, locker room facility in close proximity.

The range shall be indoors. The range must possess air conditioning, heating, and an approved ventilation system that conforms to existing OSHA regulations. The range must possess a minimum of 12 firing points and must be able to accommodate a qualification course distance minimum of 1.5 yards and maximum of 25 yards. The range must possess and maintain all target retention devices. The range will have a designated firearms cleaning area. The range operator will be responsible for all lead recovery at the range, and removal of all waste materials from the range and the weapons cleaning area. Spent brass casings will be cleaned up at the end of each day by range personnel. The range shall be equipped with men's and women's restroom facilities with running water for DHS use. The range shall provide adequate parking to accommodate at least 15 vehicles.

The range must be able to accommodate .380, 9mm, .40 S&W, and .357 SIG caliber duty and training (frangible) ammunition. The range rules must allow movement between firing points and will not restrict movement-oriented firearms training by students (e.g. standing to kneeling transitions, stepping behind cover). The range rules will allow students to draw and fire from the holster. The range rules will not disallow a student from moving in front of the firing points with an instructor present, including conducting lateral movements between target points. Range rules will not disallow students from performing multiple and rapid-fire drills.


hellferbreakfast said...

"The range shall be indoors". Indoor training is perfect for these retards. What?, no video games, drinks, snacks, or child porn movies? Who's running the tattoo concession? If there ever was an unprofessional, amateurish, joke of a govt. agency, this one qualifies.

Anonymous said...

Thats all we need, A TSA pervertwith a gun.

Anonymous said...

It's coming folks, armed TSA agents. You think the checkpoints at the airports were bad already, wait until the morons have guns. You will soon see an incident where the government will claim that "only if the TSA agent was armed, we could have prevented this". This will allow the arming of TSA agents. Be afraid, be VERY afraid.

John Smith. said...

So they plan to arm those little pricks... Guess they expect that people are not going to take this much longer unless they can threaten them with death....

Ken said...

A moral people would refuse TSA's custom.

Anonymous said...

Pretty definite set of specs there.

How many ranges do you figure meet them all? One? Two?

What's the chance some range owner buddy-buddy with the guy who wrote the specs?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Anonymous said...

Sorry guys BUT: RIF*

There was nothing in the article relative to TSA - in case you are not aware there are 22 separate agencies that comprise DHS. Previously (read existing) built indoor ranges with a specific set of capabilities - nothing in the article regarding actually building a new range. And - yes - indoors - so that specific tactics can be practiced (think Air Marshals) without interference or observation - think closed practice session for football.
Comments like the previous posters are what give the antis the ability to point out how - well - stupid us gun people are.
Not meant to be confrontational but we must be well aware of what we do/say/post.

*Reading Is Fundamental.

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, just what we need. The continuing militarization of government law enforcement agencies.

Are they going to have TSA SWAT teams now also?

DC Wright said...

Dear Anonymous @ 11:24 a.m.

Reading IS fundamental, for sure. Reading the very top of the link, AS IS ALSO POSTED, shows the agency to be DHS and the next line shows the OFFICE to be TSA.

Your rather snarky comments should be redirected to the individual who faces you in the mirror each day.

I eagerly await your retraction an apology.

D.C. Wright
USMC Retired and
Budding Columnist

Anonymous said...

The man is right. It doesn't say anything about the TSA, though it doesn't specifically include or EXclude any particular department.

DC Wright said...

Read Mike's post. Then click the link and read the top of the page where it gives information such as proposal number, AGENCY (DHS) and OFFICE (TSA). There are four lines of information as to who put forth this request for bid, which I cannot paste here because my allegedly smart phone won't let me. But read it for yourself, it's right there.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps now is the time for all US citizens to buy and learn how to use a gun and train in some kind of defensive martial arts.

Anonymous said...

They can do to us whatever we let them do. No TSA agent, perverted or not, armed or not, will ever fondle my crotch. I have not boarded an aircraft since they started this nonsense and have no intention of doing so until they stop. I guarantee if Americans stopped boarding aircraft the airlines would make TSA find some other way.

There is no justice.
Just Us!

Anonymous said...

OK - DC Wright - you want an apology - ME CULPA - MEA MAXIMA CULPA - there are you happy now?

TSA is not a law enforcement agency - they do NOT have sworn commissioned agents (ie no gun carriers).
Now as to 'snarky' - perhaps you need to rethink how we (gun people) are perceived by the media in particular - why give them any openings?

Won't post my bona fides. From what you posted I expect you wouldn't believe them anyway.

DC Wright said...

Anonymous @ 4:52 pm
My issue with your post was the strong implication that Mike was lying in that post, talking about TSA's request for a bid. I agree, accuracy on OUR part is an absolute MUST. We can't afford to be caught stretching the truth one iota. And yes, your comment seemed somewhat "snarky," as I understand the term. It was surprising to me, as there are very few who post responses here are that way, and the general tenor of your post showed you to be one of the good guys.

I realize that TSA is not a L.E. organization; rather it's a collection of perverts and pedophiles masquerading as a government security organization. However, the implication that they may start ARMING these pervs is both newsworthy and more than a little frightening. For that reason, I felt it important to correct your apparent misapprehension about who was requesting range time.

Don't need your bona fides, you come here and Mike tolerates your presence, as he does mine; that's good enough for me just now.

Anonymous said...

Its for Federal Air Marshalls, not TSA security officers. Geez, wake up out there.

Anonymous said...

Show of hands... would anyone here patronize an establishment that took that contract?

DC Wright said...

Anonymous 12:05... you know it's for sky marshals and not TSA, AS IT CLEARLY STATES, because...???