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Week-439-May-29-2009

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Week 439
May 29, 2009
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Editor's Note:

After we posted a news article about a training session held for a cadre of snipers from a Virginia sheriff's department, we received a letter written by Paul Castle, a sworn Tennessee sheriff's deputy and the instructor at the center of the controversy. Today, we present that letter as a P1 First Person feature.

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P1 First PersonIn today's P1 First Person article, FBI firearms instructor Paul Castle explains his tactic of standing downrange during sniper training.

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