Photo: The LAPD pistol team puts on a demonstration at the Auto Club headquarters in 1934. Credit: “Three Cars in Every Garage: A Motorist’s History of the Automobile and the Automobile Club of Southern California,” Page 164.
Did they really do this? Yes, they really did.
Photo: LAPD pistol team puts on a demonstration about 1950. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department.
[Update: Oh, lovely. Now they’re holding chalk in their mouths. This photo is from "Los Angeles Police Department" by Thomas G. Hays, Arthur W. Sjoquist and William J. Bratton.]
[Update: Despite the caption in the book, I’m a bit skeptical that these are LAPD officers. The LAPD motorcycle officers wore soft caps like this, but the uniforms don’t seem right. Unfortunately, the scan is from a book, so it’s not sharp enough to show more detail.]
I found this history of the Auto Club in my favorite downtown haunt, the Last Bookstore. It has lots of Auto Club photos of horseless carriages with jaunty captions about the old days. This image caught my attention, however. I almost can’t believe they used to do this (I assume they’re shooting .22s as I imagine anything larger might go through the plywood backstop) but they obviously did. Chief James Davis was a noted marksman and these unidentified officers were certainly good shots. It still makes me uncomfortable.