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History of the NYPD and Glocks

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 007, Jan 26, 2006.

  1. 007

    007 New Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    What year did NYPD transition to Glock Handguns.?

    What holsters did they originally come equiped with?

    Its my understanding that NYPD made thier officers use 10 round magazines in the guns at first.Anyone know what the reason was for this???
  2. Trebor

    Trebor Senior Member

    Feb 15, 2003
    I can't give you the date the NYCPD switched to Glocks. If no one here answers, go to www.smith-wessonforum.com and ask there. RM Vivas on that forum is a NYCPD gun collector and he'd know the complete history of the switch.

    As far as the 10 round mags go, that was ordered by the NYCPD Police Chief in charge at the time of the switch. He said it was to avoid "excessive force" by the officers. He believed officers would tend to empty their weapons in a gun fight. If it carried six (revolver), they'd shoot six. If it carried 15 (Glock), they'd shoot 15. He wanted to reduce the number of rounds fired by reducing the mag capacity in the gun. Officers still had to carry extra mags.

    This policy was changed when the next administrator took over. As could be expected, it was never popular with the troops and the police union lobbied for the change.

    Btw, the specified load at that time was a FMJ load. Massad Ayoob told us in LFI 1 that the load used in the famous Diallo shooting (multiple shots against an unarmed man who made a "furtive movement" to reach for his walleted) was Winchester White Box 115 FMJ.

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