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any PD's or cops still using revolvers?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by .380awsome, Sep 13, 2008.

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  1. .380awsome

    .380awsome Member

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    does anyone know a police department that still uses the revolver?
     
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    There are a couple around here that don't issue revolvers, but do have them on the approved list for carry if privately purchased.
     
  3. Dave Markowitz

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    Every so often I'll see an older Philly cop with a revolver.
     
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    I was watching COPS on TV last week and it appeared to me the Ft. Worth police are still carrying S&W's.

    At least the ones that were doing the arresting were.

    rcmodel
     
  5. cottonmouth

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    My department issues Glock 22's but if I could I'd be glad to carry a S&W wheel gun. The younger officers feel they need the high cap magazines and most of them will load 15 in the magazine, chamber a round and then add the 16th round. I'll admit it's good to have the extra rounds but six .357's and a couple speed loaders would suit me.

    J.B.
     
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    Ive seen some of the bigger cities having streetcops w/ revolvers still, Chicago being one I saw recently
     
  7. PRM

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    Wheelguns

    There are a few departments that I know of that give the option for uniformed officers. You still see some detectives carrying snubs. Quite a few officers carry them as back-up and off duty weapons especially the lightweight and shrouded hammer models.

    They are still there but more and more are going with semi-autos.

    I'm one of the lucky ones who have the option. I've carried semi-autos and they are an excellent choice. But, I am more used to the wheel gun and as long as I have an option, I will carry one.
     
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    I too saw a Chicago Cop with a revolver as his primary. Either a 686 or something similar (hard to tell in the holster).
     
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    Chicago PD old-timers still do - i saw one at Jazzfest & Navy Pier last week

    I have a hilarious photo of CPD officer "Sugar Cookie" wearing his 686 that i'll share with y'all when i locate it :p


    I thought it had his revolver:
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  10. AMBASSADOR

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    When I retired back in 03,there were still some old time cops wearing revolvers in N.Y.C.
     
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    The Cal. DOC all use 686's. I talked to several of these guys this last weekend and I asked if the department would ever be switching over. One guy smiled and said 'why'? He said, 'we don't have problems with accidental discharges and the guns have more power than anything short of a .44 magnum.' I asked about only having six, and he said 'in our jobs we only have to worry about one, maybe two bad guys--often with cuffs or leg chains on'.
     
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    About 2 years ago I was driving through Southwestern Arkansas and I saw a work crew clearing brush along the highway. They were obviously inmates and the 2 mounted officers supervising looked like they were wearing sheriff's office uniforms although maybe they were state prison guards. I could see one of the sidearms and it was a blued 4" S&W N frame revolver.
     
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    DOC and Detectives still use revolvers a lot.

    That and it is still VERY common for them to use it at as a backup.
     
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    Not P.D. but NYS corrections carries model 10's. We should finally get the trooper hand me down glock 17's w/in the next few years.

    Really lets ya know where ya stand in the scheme of things huh?
     
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    Revolvers are pretty standard in corrections mostly because there not issued to individual officers just checked out daily.
     
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    Haven't seen any officers with them, but in '05 I the security at MEPS in Milwaukee, WI were carrying revolvers. No clue what kind as I wasn't as into revolvers as I am now.
     
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    I still see an occasional NYPD copper carrying one.
     
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    DMV police in Virginia still use them.

    I think the individual officers have to furnish their own firearm.

    I recently saw one with a Rossi.
     
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    Here In Lubbock, TX, A lot of the Local Independent School District Police Depts. carry revolvers.
     
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    One of my friends fathers is a cop in Chicago and he still carries a S&W .357magnum. He said the older guys still get the option of what they carry and many of them still carry wheel guns.
     
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    I was stopped by an Austin PD officer the otherday. He had a plaque on his uniform that gave his name and said, "23 years of service". He was carrying a 4" Smith and Wesson 686, two speed loaders, and two dump pouches on his belt.

    -Rob
     
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    Uh? Thought Leon was Belgian...

    Mike
     
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    I still see the older cops that actually "walk the beat" in the tourist areas wearing very old revolvers.
     
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    There are still a couple thousand officers (approximately) with the New York City Police Department who carry revolvers. They were employed before the NYPD transitioned to semi-autos in 1994 and were given the option of going to autos or retaining their revolvers. When they retire the revolvers are phased out. Eventually there will be no revolvers in service with the NYPD.
     
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    I recall that, for the longest time, GIGN (the elite French anti-terrorism unit) used Manurhin .357 magnums as their duty weapons... I wonder if they still do? From what I hear, collectively, the GIGN may have been the finest revolver-shooting unit in the world (with apologies to Border Patrol, Texas Rangers, etc.).
     
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