Guns in Schools: Arming the School Resource Officer
The Pistol-Based Carbine
By basing a carbine on a pistol, the officer has the concealment and ease of carry of a pistol combined with the stability and accuracy of a carbine. This is ideal for a school resource officer. A pistol placed in a KPOS carbine conversion gives the SRO a very concealable, easily carried carbine that can have an optic mounted. Why is this an advantage over a pistol? If you think about how schools are laid out, you will immediately think about long hallways, large cafeterias, and gymnasiums. Outside the school building you will find wide parking lots, soccer and football fields, running tracks, and playgrounds. Every one of these areas presents the possibility that an SRO will be faced with an active shooter at distance, in many cases over 100 meters, with children between them or beyond the shooter. Very few officers are skilled enough with a pistol to take a 100 or 150 meter shot with complete confidence in a hit on a human-sized target. On the other hand, it is unlikely that a SRO, presented with such a situation, would return to an office somewhere, recover a carbine, and then go searching for the shooter again. A pistol installed in a KPOS system will give an SRO the ability to make shots at 150 meters with confidence. The combination of the stable firing stance the officer can achieve with a carbine and the use of an optic will make the officer both faster and more accurate, especially at ranges outside of practical pistol range.