I guess if I'm going to give my opinions I should give some qualifying background.
I've been a sworn police officer for 16 years. I've been an instructor for approximately 6, specializing in weapons, small unit/SWAt tactics and specifically chemical munitions such as OC and CS. I served for 4.5 years on one of the few full time law enforcement tactical teams in the country, attending every kind of tactical school I could have imagined during that time, taught by real deal guys like Paul Howe, a former Delta guy and Phil Singleton, a British SAS guy who took part in the hostage rescue operation at the Iranian embassy in London, just to name two. We averaged 50-75 callouts per year and because we had statewide jurisdiction I was gone from home alot. Probably a big factor in my divorce.
A lot of guys have lots of cool school certificates but no experience to back them up. I was fortunate to get both the certificates and the opportunity to use what I learned and in turn pass it on to guys on smaller, part time SWAT teams. What a lot of people don't know is that a large majority of tactical teams, even in large cities like Nashville, Detroit, etc., are part time teams. Their swat guys have normal patrol or traffic or detective jobs until there is a high risk call or high risk warrant to be served. My team did nothing but go on swat callouts or train for swat callouts year round, hence the term "full-time team". Like LAPD swat except LAPD is truly the top of the food chain in civilian tactical teams. I enjoyed instructing so much, and was so tired of being constantly on the road that I transferred to the academy in the spring of 2010, and now instructing new cadets is my full time job. I teach them firearms, OC, building clearing, TASER and any other tactics related to my job experience.
If you have a question about small arms, room clearing, why swat teams do certain things certain ways, why pepper spray burns so bad, etc., hit me up. I'm completely in my comfort zone in that arena.
I don't post all that to brag, it's just one area in which I feel very comfortable and experienced, and I want you to feel confident that I'm not just another keyboard commando when I offer an opinion. I'll trade knowledge that may help keep you alive for knowledge that may help me bag hot women.
I'm pretty humble about my work experiences so that's the only time you'll see me come close to running my mouth about what I've been fortunate to be involved in. But if you have a question fire away.