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Viewpoint: ‘The line is hot’ on the gun range

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Seven yards, 15 rounds, one target.

The police-issued .40 caliber Glock 23 carried some solid weight, but it wasn’t enough to unsteady my aim. I gripped the handle and pointed down range at the rounded ‘A’ section of my target. This was the first time I have held a loaded weapon.


“Ears on, the line is hot,” Cottage Grove police officer and longtime firearms instructor Matt Foucault shouted. “Fire at will.”

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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