GUN Orange Sheriff's Office buys 14 elephant guns

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-newguns2807sep28,0,4356672.story?track=rss
    Orange Sheriff's Office buys 14 elephant guns
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    Kenneth Lewis of the Orange County Sheriff's Office displays a .499-caliber Alexander Arms Beowulf rifle Thursday. The Sheriff's Office is buying 14 elephant guns. (JACOB LANGSTON, ORLANDO SENTINEL / September 28, 2007)

    Henry Pierson Curtis | Sentinel Staff Writer
    September 28, 2007


    Each .499-caliber Alexander Arms Beowulf rifle has a laser sight to let shooters hit where they aim out to 300 yards -- a perfect tool to help the agriculture and marine unit deal with cattle that wander onto the BeachLine Expressway and Florida's Turnpike.

    But the Sheriff's Office also is thinking bigger.

    Orlando's theme parks are home to elephants, polar bears, lions, giraffes and hippos. Should any of them get loose, deputies need the right weapon to stop them if public safety is threatened, Solomons said.

    If the worst happens, the Beowulf can stop it.

    Essentially an assault rifle on steroids, the $800 weapon has "the power to kill anything that walks, swims or crawls!" according to a 2003 product review by gunblast.com. "Everyone who shot the gun was grinning like an idiot, and muttering phrases like, 'I gotta get me one of these.'"

    When considering whether to buy the rifles, the Sheriff's Office remembered that an elephant ran amok and killed its trainer in Honolulu in 1994.

    "They had to go through a whole lot of bullets, and all they did was aggravate the animal and put it through needless suffering before they were able to bring it down," Solomons said.

    In the 1960s, an elephant escaped from a circus in Winter Park. It rampaged along Cady Way into Winter Park Pines, leaving large mementos of its presence along the street, until it was subdued and recaptured.

    Orange County's toughest neighborhoods may not have elephants, but the deputies who work there are getting a shipment of 25-shot machine pistols.

    "Matching firepower," said sheriff's spokesman Capt. Mark Strobridge, when asked why.

    "Our tactical squads that are getting the weapons are dealing with the worst of the worst and those types of neighborhoods," Strobridge said of the new semiautomatic, .45-caliber Heckler & Koch machine pistols. "They're more accurate than their [regular] pistols, and they can stand back further from the bad guys."

    The agency intends to buy 49 of the weapons at $1,660 each.The arms race in law enforcement dates back to the 1980s, when cops across America complained they were outgunned by criminals. So they traded in their old six-shooters for 16-shot, 9 mm pistols.

    A couple of years back, Beary replaced those with more than 1,000 more-powerful .45-caliber pistols for his deputies. AR-15 assault rifles joined the 12-gauge shotguns in many patrol cars.

    And then killers behind the county's skyrocketing murder rate over the past two years increasingly armed themselves with AK-47s and other high-powered, high-capacity weapons.

    "When I started out, there was only a small SWAT team that had these nontraditional weapons," said Strobridge, a 26-year veteran. "Unfortunately, the criminals have evolved and the types of weapons they carry. And we should not be behind. We should be ahead."

    Henry Pierson Curtis can be reached at [email protected] or 407-420-5257.
     
  2. Platinum_Thunder

    Platinum_Thunder Reliability for life and liberty

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    zomg an elephant gun
     
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    So the armorer wanted a new toy and got "elephant guns" :rofl:

    edit: and it looks like that stupid round is not even that powerful, it's just marketing. If they wanted a real "elephant" round they would have gotten something in .300+ from Holland and Holland.
     
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    Yeah I wouldnt want to be standing in front of a charging elephant with one of them.

    Also they say accurate to 300 yards, does the eotech compensate for the 50-60" of bullet drop @ 300 yards with beowolf?
     
  6. GTslow88

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    Beowolf has like a 50 inch drop at 300 yards :ugh:

    Its good to 200 yards max really.
     
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    They should've gone with the .458 SOCOM.
     
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    .300 Holland is about equal to a .300 Win Mag. :hsugh: Hell, you can't even hunt most African game with anything smaller than a .375 and most will recommend a lot more gun than that.
     
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    :rofl: i was thinking the same thing
     
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    Last I heard, that round was basically a dead man walking :hsd:

    Seems like a good idea, but AA is really putting the .50 out there in quantity.
     
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    Came in expecting a side-lock .600 Nitro Express Double Rifle.
     
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    i say go with the M82, i dont belive its drop is nearly as bad :mamoru:

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    I don't memorize obscure calibers which is why I said ".300+" - I don't even know if there is such thing as a .300H&H :fawk:
     
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    Some genius in the main forum was boaning and mitching about the Blackwater contractors using those on civilians. :rolleyes:
     
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    Ditch the EOtech this is what they need for .50 beuwolf @ 300 yards

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    LOL at the police department for dropping 11k on rifles alone, not even considering the cost of training and ammo, etc necessary to get them efficient with them. For something that happened in Hawaii over 14 years ago that "could" happen. lol
     
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    well, something tells me they are going to use them more to disable drug boats :dunno:

    I know thats one of the original purposes of the .458 SOCOM vs .50 Beo competition :dunno:
     
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    On what.. Lake Eola? Orange county is landlocked. :rofl:
     

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