Interview of Bob Stasch, Chicago PD Veteran Of 14 Gunfights

Nicholas C
by Nicholas C

Here is a 52 minute interview with Chicago PD Lieutenant Bob Stasch. He has been in 14 gunfights. There are some very interesting things in his recollection. His second story is of particular interest for me. Many people have a false faith in “stopping power”. Having read a few LEO examples it seems that there is a possibility that people have a stronger will to survive beyond rational belief. I tell customers at work, that people will surprise you. They can defy physics and rationality and Bob Stasch’s example is a good one.

He goes on to talk shop about his progression of firearms on and off duty as well as details the change in ammunition choices for the Police.

He shares his personal retort to “why did you fire?”. “I fired to live” as opposed to “I fired because i was in immediate danger of death or serious bodily harm”. It is a subtle change that still conveys the same amount of information in a short and concise method.

His preferred practice target is a 6″ paper plate. From his experience in gunfights, he has progressed to aim for the head. If he can hit the plate, he is confident he cant hit a head at combat distances.

Bob also discusses Chicago’s Toughest Cop: Frank Pape.

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  • Gail Pepin Gail Pepin on Feb 18, 2015

    While we do have a Creative Commons License and allow reposting if the whole Show is kept intact. It would have been nice to give credit and maybe a link back to the ProArms Podcast for creating this interview.

    • Elmer Elmer on Feb 18, 2015

      @Gail Pepin I agree. No mention of ProArms Podcast in the post. Maybe next time Nicholas.....

  • Walt Walt on Feb 23, 2015

    Frank Pape retired around 1972 Stash did not come on the job till the 80s.