I got to fire an "official" FBI pistol


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Dad-Gummit
December 27, 2002, 09:33 AM
First off-Good morning and thanks for this new sight.

My step-father is retired FBI 1948-1978 (yes, he does have some stories),so yesterday I finally talked him into going to the range with me for the first time. He broke out his genuine FBI issued sidearms-a Smith model 99 and a Colt detective both in 38special. Then he used his official "man stoppers" plain jane 148g Remington Peters lead tips and hollowpoints. My have times changed. I did feel a little nostalgic firing these weapons,but good gosh that Smith's d.a. trigger pull was l-o-n-g. I now know why they switched after that shootout in Miami.
He did get a little misty eyed when he fired my Garand(once) and M1Carbine,since he is a WWII vet and has a Bronze and Silver star-this was his first time since he was in Germany that he fired a Garand-he forgot how heavy it was(I told him it's because he's 80). Then, when the carbine jammed he told me thats why he carried one only once. Great day at the range with a great man.

P.S. he was quoted twice for the Color of War series

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Jeff OTMG
December 27, 2002, 10:04 AM
My father was in the Bureau from 1955 to 1976 (Air Force OSI 1945-1955). The only issue handgun the FBI had during that time was the S&W mod 10 M&P with a 4" barrel and all of those that I ever saw were tapered. In 1982 it became a 3" mod 13. My father began carrying a 4" mod 19 in 1966 that he bought himself. There were other guns 'approved' for carry and some that could be checked out of the firearms vault for special purposes (I saw S&W mod 49's and Walther PPK's), but not issued at Quantico.

Kamicosmos
December 27, 2002, 10:15 AM
I took my dad to a range a while back to shoot a friends AR and AK. Similar situation, my dad not having seen or fired either since Vietnam. He didn't say much about the AK, just fired a few rounds and went back to the AR. He was able to break it all down still! He was rather impressed with the forward assist and the fact that it didn't jam once the whole day!

I have an old German Luger my granddad brought back from the war. He fired it some in the 40's. But it jammed alot because it had a P38 mainspring in it, and the trigger return spring was broken and the grips were broken, so it would hurt pretty bad to shoot, so it just sat in a drawer next to his 1911. When he died, the 1911 got claimed by another WWII vet, but I got to inherit the Luger. I have since replaced the two springs and the grips. I took it to the range and fired a mag full of 9mm through it in honor of Grandad and all the other men who were in all the wars. I probably won't shoot it again, but wanted to return it to working order.

Kamicosmos

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