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Hey, a few years back (4?) my department went to Beretta Px4's. A totally unproven system. Politics had alot to do with it. Suffice it to say we had major issues and I just got issued a Glock 22. I'm just curious to any professional gun carrier or retiree, what are/were you issued. Trying to get a feel out there for who's with what. Esp. considering we were just told 70% of American law enforcement carry Glock. And yes, I'm also interested in military, so post away. I'll get it started.

Maryland State Police- Currently Glock 22. Previously Beretta 92F, then Beretta 96D, then Beretta Px4 in .40. Optional Colt Ar-15 in 5.56 and Remington 870 in 12.
 

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Back in the day!..It was a S&W, Model 10, 4 inch barrel, M&P, 38 Special...Off duty a S&W Chief....Jim
 

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Over a 41 year career: Frist, a Model 15 S&W, 4". Next in plain clothes a Model 36 S&W 3" heavy barrel. Then a Model 19 S&W 4". Next a Model 27 S&W 5". Carried a borrowed 6" Python for a while while my M27 was in the shop (couldn't afford one even back then). Then a Model 64 S&W 4". Back to plain clothes and a S&W Model 19 2.5". Then a Model 669/6906 S&W, 9mm. Then a chopped Colt 1911. Then a Sig Sauer Model 228 9mm. Then a Sig Model 229 .40 cal. There were several off duty guns in there in the meanwhile. In retirement I carry a Sig P220 Carry Elite in .45.
 

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When I started as a patrolman I was issued a S&W model 10 4 inch. When I moved up to the detective division it was a 2 inch model 10(back then detectives could carry what they wanted, as long as we qualified with it) so I carried a Colt .45 ACP, and a Browning Hi-Power for a while, and various other handguns. When I made sergeant I was issued a S&W 64 heavy barrel. When I joined the Prosecutors office I was issued a 469 smith .9mm(piece of crap),we changed to 6906s(stainless version of a piece of crap). When I took over firearms for the office, we went to SIG P220s. I carried a P220 as a det/sgt, and then a P245 as I moved up the ranks to Dep/chief. In additon to the P245 I also carried at times a p235, and a smith alloy frame 640.

Now that I am retired I carry a SIG .45 Carry Elite, a model 60 smith and various other guns depending on what I am doing.
 

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The first department I was with had a pretty liberal "if you can qualify with it you can carry it" policy, so my first duty gun was a New Service in .45 Colt that had been converted from a .455 Eley.

On the next department, it was a S&W 581 in uniform or a 3" Model 65 (a very early one, with a pinned barrel and recessed cylinder) for search & rescue/boat duty. Around the time the military went to the Beretta 92, the Sheriff, being retired military and still high ranking in the National Guard at the time, bought them for issue to each Deputy, so that was my first issued sidearm.

When I went on the railroad, it was back to a`revolver, the 3" Model 65, until we transitioned to semi-autos, but all privately purchased. Went through a bunch and settled on a 9mm Sig P-226 until .45 ACP was authorized around 1996, when I went to a P-220.

At times I have qualified with and carried others, but the P-220 and Model 65 have pretty much always been on the qualified with list.

I recently added a 9mm P-239 for plain-clothes carry.
 

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Over 36 years (and counting) from first to last on-duty carry:
S & W Model 19 4" then 6",
S & W Model 59,
S & W Model 66,
Beretta Model 92 (the overall department then transitioned to Glocks - grandfathered in so didn't have to and stayed with the Beretta)
Colt Govt Model .45 (for 11 years while assigned to SWAT, when transferred to patrol the choice was the dept Glock or previously issued Beretta)
Beretta 92FS...and still carrying.
 

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City police officer 12 years as of a couple weeks ago. Started with a Sig 226 in 2000. Went to the Glock 19 in 2006. Still carrying the G19.
 

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Currently a Gen4 Glock 35 and a Bushmaster M4.

Over the last 30 years:
Issued: S&W 4046, S&W 4053, SIG P230, SIG P226, S&W 669.
Provided by myself: S&W 659, Colt Python 4", S&W 66 6".
Back ups provided by me: Colt Det. Spl., Colt Agent, Colt Gov't. .380, S&W 37, Charter Arms Police Undercover .32 Mag.
 

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ALL cops should be forced to carry 6" blued Pythons, then they'd feel cool like Hutch and we'd all get along better. This would also eliminate the expense of issuing tasers since a slap upside the head with a three vent Python was the original "stun gun". When I read the paper or watch the news and see dozens of rounds fired and suspects hit once in the elbow I wonder what the hell's going on with these autos. None are as powerful as the 357 and they don't seem to hit anything. And before all you LEO's jump on me I would sign a petition requiring all officers to exit their vehicles with a short 12ga pump in their right hand like I know you want to, then you'd feel all cozy and safe and we can relax and shoot the s***T and sign some tickets and everyone goes home for a cold beer. I also see nothing wrong with an AR15 in the trunk.


 

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When I started we carried pretty much what we wanted to carry. I even carried a 4" mod. 29 for awhile. Then we went to .357s but carried .38 Special ammo. Next we went to a DA auto 9mm or .45 Beretta, S&W,& Sig. were the primary choices. Later we were issued Glock .40s, & we had our choice of the G22 or G23.
I got to like the Glock before I retired & still carry one a lot now.
Frank
 

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Over 31 years service I carried a .45 Gold Cup, .45 Gov'T, an assortment of S&Ws including a model 19 6" depending upon who the Chief was at the the time and then when we were merged into the CHP we carried the S&W 4006. They are still carrying a variation of the S&W 4006 now... I think my all time favorite was the Gold Cup ... Bob
 

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In 1974 I had a Smith & Wesson Model 15-2 with a 4" barrel in .38 Special w/Bull Barrel.

It never failed, and was nice and light, and a terrific little shooter as well.

Our guys had to qualify only once per year with 64 rounds, using whatever current target the F.B.I. were training with at the time.

Bud
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Hey there Holdin'

I could live with that. Every little bit of it.

Bud
 

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20 years in "the business" this month.
1. Glock Model 22 in .40 cal.
2. Dept. began issuing Sig 226 in .40.
3. Promoted to Det. and went to a 1911.
4. Promoted to Sgt. and went back to the Sig 226.
5. Changed agency's and have carried a Sig 229 in .357 Sig since 2002.
 

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i was 'only' paid as an Air Force Law Enforcement Specialist Augmentee and then a part-time patrolman in Oklahoma...

issued side arm was a Smith 4" M-15 then the Beretta M-9 (both Air Force) and the police department was pretty easy going in that any non-single action auto or any revolver was acceptable so i made mine a Colt 4" stainless King Cobra...
 

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Hi, Jim. Nothing fancy or flamboyent. Military issue very early on was the M-16, of course. Sidearms were the Gov't Model M1911 .45 ACP and M9 Berreta 9mm. All Vets will relate to this. No LE experience here, but Brinks issues the S&W M&P .40 cal. Long gun is the Remington 870 12 gauge pump.

Ed
 
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