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‘Live Fire’ Test To Be Conducted at the Pentagon

by ARLnow.com December 7, 2011 at 10:00 am 2,996 22 Comments

Don’t be surprised if you hear what sounds like gunshots near the Pentagon this weekend. The Pentagon’s police agency is planning to conduct a “live fire calibration test” between 6:00 a.m. and noon on Sunday.

From a Pentagon Force Protection Agency press release:

On Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, a live fire calibration test will be conducted by the Pentagon Force Protection Agency between 6 a.m. and noon. If severe weather is predicted, the test will be conducted during the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 10.

Pedestrians near the area during the testing may hear firearm discharges and see testing facilitators with yellow safety vests. All activities have been coordinated with the Pentagon building safety office, security personnel, and neighboring jurisdictions. Safety during the test is a priority, and the Pentagon Force Protection Agency will be restricting vehicle and pedestrian access to certain locations around the South Parking Lot during this time.

If any individual or activity looks suspicious, please call 703-697-5555 immediately.

  • Stillwell

    Living right across the street from the Pentagon, in Pentagon City, this article was definitely quite useful. Not sure what I would’ve thought had I randomly heard gunshots come Sunday.

    • drax

      Yeah, I still remember how the Bush White House decided to surprise Mexico’s president, who was visiting, with unannounced fireworks. It caused a minor panic. Of course, that was before 9/11 and they’d never be so stupid to do that now.

      • Greg

        I remember when that happened Charles Krauthammer was on TV saying people needed to lay off Bush and get a life. Did they really think there would be an attack on Washington DC?

        Of course, 9/11 was a few months later….

        • Josh S

          This seems to be one of his favorite sayings. Too bad he has no shame and apparently no memory to recall all of the times he has reflexively defended Republican politicians only for it to be shown later that they really were guilty/stupid/lying/ etc.

        • Hattie McDaniel

          Krauthammer is a twit, although I like him on the “Walking Dead”.

          • Quoth the Raven

            If you don’t like him, and you don’t agree with him, then why do you read his articles?

          • Justin Russo

            Yeah, don’t you know you should only read/listen to people who reinforce the opinions you already have?

          • drax


          • Quoth the Raven

            Not my point at all. My point is that if you know that a certain columnist expouses views that you never agree with, and that you in fact find him “a twit”, then it seems like a waste of time to read his articles. It’s like saying, “Boy, I really hate that Keith Olbermann. I watch him every night, and I just hate everything he says!”

          • Clarendon

            If you always know what they are going to say, regardless of agreeing or not – then it might be a waste of time. If you almost always agree or disagree with someone but they sometimes formulate new arguments then it’s probably not a waste of time.

          • Josh S

            Also, it is useful to know what the other side thinks sometimes. There is always the chance that it might lead to finding common ground. I subscribed to the National Review once for just that reason. Drove my roommate absolutely bonkers to see it arrive in the mail every month.

            Not that any politicians are interested in finding common ground these days….

      • Andrew

        Yeah, it was like that time the Obama administration thought it would be a good idea to fly Airforce One low over NY city so they could get some press shots…

        • Jim Peters

          Jim Peters, an F.A.A. spokesman, said “the photo op was approved and coordinated with everyone.” Notification was made in advance to the mayor’s office, “including its 911 and 311 operation centers,” the New York City Police Department, the New Jersey State Police, the United States Park Police and other agencies, he said.

          • Andrew

            I did not realize that, thank you, Jim Peters. So apparently the PD and other local agencies did not do a good enough job getting the word out as there were many reports of people freaking out…which I guess is not unexpected.

  • justaguyinnova

    Speaking of “Live Fire”, here in an interesting article.


    • Stillwell87


    • Garden City

      That’s a crazy story. That cannonball was unstoppable.

  • dss10

    I guess they are installing or testing a gun shot location system.

    I hope they don’t have to use it in the future….

    • formerbristow

      Excellent comment, I agree this is likely it after the recent random shots fired at it.

    • Nick

      That makes sense. I was trying to figure out what kind of weapon system needed to be tested AT THE PENTAGON itself. Any (or almost any) firearm would be test-fired somewhere else, at a range.

  • roquer

    They have to test their guns to make sure they work?

    • Nick

      The only way to ensure, beyond a doubt, that a firearm works is to actually fire it.

      You can do dry-fire function tests on a weapon, but that doesn’t cover all possible factors in the weapon and ammunition.


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