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What sidearms do the LEOs in your area carry.

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by GunnyUSMC, Jul 5, 2019.

  1. lionking

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    I ask because I am thinking of starting a 10 shot challenge for " top 10 police handguns" and for instance I have a USP in fixed sight and another in adjustable sight which adjustable sight is more accurate for target shooting however a "police gun challenge" needs to be kept correct, as a adjustable sight would be a advantage over fixed sights target shooting wise.
     
  2. Jenrick

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    Almost universally they are fixed. Back in the days of wheel guns, it was probably never more than about 25% adjustable sights. Now that almost no manufactures offer adjustable sights as an OEM option it's probably less than 1%. I say that as a full time LEO, who just did 5 years on our range staff for one the largest metro departments in the country (top 15). We talked to lot of agencies on policy, authorized equipment etc.
     
  3. crestoncowboy

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    The older gen Smith's sometimes had adjustables. (With the protective side guards so they looked massive.) Some of our highway patrol 226s have meprolight adjustables. The neighboring county had USP many with adjustables until switching to Glock. I've never noticed a duty Glock or M&P with them. it's certainly safe to say vast majority are fixed but I'd guess smaller departments would be more likely to have more options simply due to the cost of buying 40k (NYPD) vs 1500 (NC Highway patrol) or 50 (or less) for a small town or even county department.

    I'd say 75 percent of the duty guns I've seen had trijicon, Meprolight etc rather than factory sights. Even the Duty Sig 226s have Tru- dots locally rather than siglite. I have no idea why that's the case. Of all the trade in guns I've bought only one had a factory sight on it. (USP 3 dot)
     
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  4. GunnyUSMC

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    All sidearms I have been issued in the last 19 years have been fixed night sights.
     
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  5. Jenrick

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    I should have phrased that better. Sights that are available from the manufacture as a standard LE option. We run Trijicons at work, and they are a standard option offered by the manufacturer. H&K is usually the only manufacturer that gets uppity about installing someones else sights, I guess they figure their precision German engineering should be good enough. Glock with the way their distributors work, have the distributor do the sight swap (which can lead to some issues as you can imagine) if it's not a Glock sight. We have an approved list of sights officers can use beyond the stock Trijicon's, and none are adjustable. Back when it was bring your own gun, we only allowed adjustable sights on revolvers. I think that was a holdover from us carrying S&W model 66's years ago.
     
  6. Flatbush Harry

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    My local PD requires officers to buy their own Glock Model 19s, a relatively recent change from allowing officers to choose what they carried. The issue ammo is Federal HST 124gr.
     
  7. Trey Veston

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    Patrol guys in my brother's department are starting to use red dot optics. Issued weapons were Sigs, but guys could buy their own if approved and at least a couple were doing Glocks with RMR-milled slides.
     
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    Yes, that's the best idea, if they are not busy and have the time to talk...
     
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    Spoke to a State Park Ranger recently who was carrying a Wilson tuned Colt Commander in .38 Super. The Rangers, and I believe the local Sheriff's deputies, can carry about anything they can qualify with. The SO has to be in .40 S&W though. I see Berettas, Glocks, and S&Ws.
     
  10. Flatbush Harry

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    When I moved to my current address in CO, I simply called my local PD and the County Sheriff's Dept to ask what sidearms they were issued or authorized to carry and what ammo they were issued or authorizing. They were both happy to tell me.

    My logic at the time was that LEOs used firearms to protect themselves of civilians in life-threatening situations. Were I to use an equivalent firearm and ammo for personal defense, I would not have to face a challenge of selecting "offensive weapons" or special "killer bullets" or loads. I have always found LEOs to be open about almost all issues if approached with civility and courtesy.
     
  11. JR24

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    Good plan.

    Unless the lefties decide to accuse you of being a "wannabe killer cop!"
     
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  12. P5 Guy

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    Remember old George Zimmerman? Wasn't he labeled a "wannabe cop"?
     
  13. GunnyUSMC

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    No. He was part of a neighborhood watch, and not a very smart guy.
     
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    The Utah Highway Patrol issues state troopers the Glock 17 Gen 4 9mm caliber or Glock 18 9mm machine pistol (The Glock 18 is issued to Section 18: Governor's Security Detail Troopers only). Troopers may also carry a personal weapon, provided it is chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W, or .45 auto.. Most of the older troopers carry 1911's while the younger ones are usually Glock guys in 40. Troopers are also issued the Remington 870 12 gauge shotgun and each patrol vehicle carries a Colt AR-15/M4 carbine rifle. Prior to issuing AR-15's, The Patrol began participating in a program with the US Government and purchased surplus M-14 rifles. Troopers also carry tasers, expandable batons, and pepper spray. The UHP continues to issue and utilize the M-14 rifle, especially in rural areas of the state. The carbines are primarily issued to Troopers in urban and densely populated areas.
    Our local city officers (small farming town in northern Utah) carry Glocks in .40 or 1911's in .45 ACP. Vehicles all have M4's and shotguns in 12 gauge.
    County Sheriffs carry Glocks in 40. Vehicles have either AR15's or shotguns, officer preference.
     
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  17. texgunner

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    Around here most LEO's carry Glock with Dogs running second.
     
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    Around here, the Hillsborough county sheriffs seem to use FN. I think 9mm, but I could be mistaken. Not sure if they're issued or chosen, but I notice them a lot.
    Pasco sheriffs and Tampa PD seem to get Sigs. .40, I believe.
    I used to notice Glocks all around, but again--not sure if they were issued or were on a list of allowed choices. If they get to choose, I'm sure they still are.
     
  20. Mr.Revolverguy

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    Glock 30
    Glock 21
    Federal HST -- In Gel Testing
     
  21. DDDWho

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    I've talked to two hired guns (uniformed security, not actual police) at events, one was a wedding reception at a county park in Wisconsin the other was a show at a retirement community. Both carried 40 S&W Rugers. Don't know the model, I do know they were not SR40s.
    ICE agents in S. Texas carry Glocks in 40 S&W. There are no city police in any town in the county where I live in the Missouri Ozarks. I've not seen the same gun twice among the 5-6 Sheriff deputies around here, revolvers, itty bitty stuff to hand held cannons. Quit possible the poorest county in the state.
     
  22. carsten1911

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    Howdy Offhand McFlan,
    there is no fully self-organized / independent municipal police...they are a sub-division of "Bayerische Landespolizei" (Bavarian State Police) and therefore also carry H&K SFP9 or H&K P7M8.

    Ah, Bischofsgrün is not that far away from my place!
    It is well known among ski-ers...especially ski-jumping is done a lot there.
    It is in the "Fichtelgebirge", a hill/ mountain region that borders to the Czech Republic and until 1990 was pretty close to "The Fence" that separated Germany, Europe and the world.

    Game wardens can carry if they are on the job...so your granddad probably did while on duty. Probably a Walther pistol and a K98 or a derivate of the famous rifle. (Poaching was a bigger topic back in the days, among other reasons.)

    Greetings from ole Germany
    Carsten
     
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  23. WestTexShooter

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    For a time the GSP was armed with .45 GAP.

    In my main home in the ATL burbs county PD carry G17.
     
  24. Meeks36

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    I keep my hands up so I don't have to see them! Jk mostly Glock 19. From what I've seen in North Ga.
     
  25. JoeHenry

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    Most carry either Glock 9 MM or 40.
     
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