It is well documented that I love me some cop drama shows. I’m a Third Watch, NYPD Blue, Cop Rock aficionado. Okay, not so much that last one. SouthLAnd, smartly picked up and saved by TNT, is back for another season.
I won’t belabor the coolness of this show. Lots of you watch it, otherwise, TNT wouldn’t have picked it up. What you may not know, however, is the training behind the show. As a cop, I nitpick every. aspect. of. these. shows. Drives the Wife crazy, but she knew what she was getting into. SouthLAnd is not a perfect cop show. There is no such thing. Cop shows take the ten minutes of excitement us real cops feel in a week’s time and embellish because it’s bloody good TV.
That notwithstanding, the cast has to look like they moderately know how to handle themselves. The tactics have to pass a certain muster. Check out the following behind the scenes video and watch a couple minutes of the cast training on the range with live ammo.
As I cautioned above, I nitpick. One of the things that stood out was the reload. No one leaves their weapon hanging out in open space. Too much real estate to fumble the out of battery reload or tac reload. You drop a mag, you’re screwed. Get that gun up and in, dig that elbow into your belly button. Stay tight, get bullets in the gun, and get back in the fight.
See, fun right?
Check out SouthLAnd tonight (and every Tuesday) at 2200 hrs on TNT! For more cool behind the scenes and show info, check this out.
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