good afternoon, its bright and sunny here in new york , whats it like where you are??
well todays research what revolvers did the LAPD issue ??
as always your help is greatly appreciated , thank-you rj
Hello RJ: The weather is beautiful here in Florida. Thanks for asking.
As to your question on the LAPD, frankly my knowledge extends no further than the reruns of "Dragnet" I was once addicted to. In the immortal words of Sgt. Joe Friday, "This is the city, Los Angeles, California. I work here, I carry a badge." He also carried a Colt Detective Special.
What the real cops carried probably varied widely over time. In my collection I have a S&W Military & Police pre-Victory 4", .38 Special that was shipped from the factory to the LAPD in the spring of 1942. HTH.
For several decades LAPD was big on using .38 revolvers with six inch barrels and adjustable sights. I have seen photos from the 1940's and 1950's of uniform cops carrying Officer's Model Targets and Officers Model Specials in swivel holsters. That did not preclude some officers from carrying 4 inch guns as mentioned by the above post. Check out the quote taken directly from LAPDs homepage history section:
When James E. Davis became Chief in 1926, he formed a 50-man "gun squad" announcing that "the gun-toting element and the rum smugglers are going to learn that murder and gun-toting are most inimical to their best interest." He added that he would "hold court on gunmen in the Los Angeles streets; I want them brought in dead, not alive and will reprimand any officer who shows the least mercy to a criminal."
Sounds like my kind of boss.
By the '60's the Smith K-38 was gaining popularity (checkout the old episodes of Adam-12) Again 6 inch .38 in a swivel or clamshell holster. In the '70's and '80's they went to Model 15's and 67's (4 inch K-38's). Then on to the 9mm and 45 autos of today.
[This message has been edited by CFPython (edited 04-10-2005).]