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Minewaska, have you had any formal firearms training?
"there is absolutely NO excuse for an unrequested boarding with weapons drawn short of a drug raid with a warrant. "
The usual advice about firearms is that YOU DON'T DRAW IT UNLESS YOU PLAN TO USE IT and if you follow that advice, you are less likely to have an expensive and embarassing unjustifiable shooting.
Honest, find your local PD's safety or training officer, ask them what the official policy is about drawing a weapon.
Now, if there's no want or warrant out for that boat, no direct observation of some criminal activity, there's no reason to draw weapons for a vessel safety check, is there? And as more than one cop has found out the hard way, if you surprise someone with your weapon drawn--you're likely to get shot if they can grab one first.
Those are just dumb cops, giving all the honest and professional ones a bad name.
If you're afraid of who or what might be below, you stop with the man on deck and say "Call your crew topside, now." And you don't draw and go below until you've been assured everyone is on deck--so you KNOW there are no innocents below.