Any LEOs Currnetly Being Issued Revolvers?


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rc135
May 13, 2007, 09:08 PM
I was wondering whether there are any Sheriffs/Police/ Highway Patrol departments CURRENTLY either issuing revolvers to their troops, or allowing them to carry a wheelgun as their PRIMARY weapon? Thanx in advance for your comments.

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kmrcstintn
May 13, 2007, 09:53 PM
I thought that the NYPD undercover officers were still using S&W 640's (older ones that are .38 spl +p), hence the request from them to Speer to develop the 135 gr .38 spl +p load when Federal decided to stop producing the 158 gr Nyclad hollowpoint load

A few years ago I read somewhere that some department was considering buying some S&W 8 shot .357 N-framed revolvers for their 'riot control' unit in case the violence escalated beyond the use of tear gas; I cannot confirm nor deny this one

smokeater201
May 13, 2007, 11:12 PM
I believe that I recently read somewhere that Corpus Christie, Texas still issues a 357 wheel gun to their officers.

armoredman
May 13, 2007, 11:57 PM
I believe many offer it as an alternative, but very very few use them. Nothing wrong with a good wheelgun.

GRIZ22
May 14, 2007, 12:19 AM
I thought that the NYPD undercover officers were still using S&W 640's (older ones that are .38 spl +p), hence the request from them to Speer to develop the 135 gr .38 spl +p load when Federal decided to stop producing the 158 gr Nyclad hollowpoint load


I believe NYPD doesn't allow anyone hired since about 1992 to carry a revolver. Anyone carrying revolver at that time can continue to carry it. The Kahr is authoruzed by NYPD and I guess they figure that will replace the J frame for newer hires. There may be exceptions but that is the rule as I know it.

I agree there's nothing wrong with a revolver and since I retired and carry what I want it's usually a revolver more than an auto.

Rexster
May 14, 2007, 03:00 PM
Uniformed Houston PD officers who carried revolvers as primary duty sidearms in 1997, and have continued their annual quals on schedule, can continue to carry those revolvers. Plainclothes HPD officers can carry certain K and L frame S&W revolvers as primary duty weapons, with no requirement that the weapons have been grandfathered since 1997. Revolvers can still be carried by HPD officers as back-up and off-duty weapons. Other agencies in the area seem to still have numerous officers carrying revolvers, and in this region it is common policy for officers to be required to purchase their own duty weapons.

TallPine
May 14, 2007, 05:18 PM
I know of a livestock detective/brand inspector here in Montana that carries a revolver, along with two speed loaders. Nice brown leather gear, too. :)

I assume it was some flavor of .357, but I didn't ask.

OnDuty
May 15, 2007, 01:07 PM
Know of a few LEO's that carry 3in wheelguns off duty but not while on duty.

islander
May 16, 2007, 07:06 PM
U.S. State Department uniformed Diplomatic Security officers guarding the main building in Washington, DC carry S&W revolvers - apparently Model 686 .357 Magnums - in stainless steel. I have not asked to examine one...

45Guy
May 16, 2007, 07:16 PM
I've seen guards at government buildings carrying what appeared to be S&W .357, but I'm not sure. Around here it seems every cop has a GLOCK. Probably because they're proffesional enough:D

Pilgrim
May 16, 2007, 09:54 PM
A number of writers in the officer survival field, perhaps Massad Ayoob one of them, used to comment that crooks used to evaluate an officer's tactical savvy by the pistol he carried. Back when revolvers were the norm, crooks thought that an officer who carried a semi-auto was a cut above the norm, and one who carried a Model 1911 in Condition One was a real gunfighter and one to be avoided.

It will be interesting to see if perceptions change and the crooks look upon a wheel gun carrying officer as someone who is a master of the gunfighting arts because he is confident that six rounds is all it takes to get the job done.

Pilgrim

sargenv
May 17, 2007, 03:04 AM
I work in a federal building and was shocked to note that Federal Protective Service officers carry what appear to be either 686's or GP100's. I say GP100's since the grip looks just like the grip on MY GP100. I thought it odd but *shrug*.. They are nice enough people.. I've yet to strike up a conversation with any of them for fear that they may think of me as a threat (that guy shoots guns for fun, he's one of them unstable wack jobs!).. I've thought about asking them out to the range so we can compare notes on 6-shooters.. :D

RON in PA
May 17, 2007, 03:26 AM
Since I retired last year I've had to visit my local Social Security office on two occassions. Both times the Fed. Protective Service guard carried a Ruger GP 100.

Geister
May 17, 2007, 05:21 AM
Massad Ayoob one of them, used to comment that crooks used to evaluate an officer's tactical savvy by the pistol he carried. Back when revolvers were the norm, crooks thought that an officer who carried a semi-auto was a cut above the norm, and one who carried a Model 1911 in Condition One was a real gunfighter and one to be avoided.


Sounds like pure speculation to me. It's a bit easier to shoot well with a 1911 than a revolver.

It will be interesting to see if perceptions change and the crooks look upon a wheel gun carrying officer as someone who is a master of the gunfighting arts because he is confident that six rounds is all it takes to get the job done.

This is how I feel.

MTS Cop
May 17, 2007, 07:27 AM
The NYPD stopped issuing the Model 10 in 1987, after 87 the Model 64 NY1 was the service gun until the switch to 9mm in 1993. The 640 was authorized as an off duty gun until 2000. The current authorized off duties are the Glock 26, Sig 239 and S&W 3914 and 3953.

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