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Old 07-17-2013, 12:40 AM   #21
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S&W Model 57, .41 magnum. You asked......
If I could atach a light to my 657, I would still carry it on duty. That was my daily carry gun for a number of years.
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What are you considering the firearm for? A duty weapon? Most departments issues the weapon, or allow the officer to buy his own firearm and reimburse the cost . . . but they have specific requirements as to what can be carried. It is also not uncommon for police departments to have requirements relating to an off-duty sidearm.

The 1911 is a great gun, and my personal favorite, but you will search long and hard looking for a city police force that authorizes it for carry -- it has to do with potential legal liability in a shooting, based up on the myth at a single action semi auto is more subject to an accidential discharge.

Try a different model .40. Most .40's shouldn't have a troublesome recoil at all.

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One of the reasons for issue only policies is the pistols are all the same so they can share ammo and mags. Also makes the armorers and trainers job easier.

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A duty sidearm must have ALL of these features

3. Have duty holster available to carry the gun with the light installed
THIS one is a tough one to fill with any pistol other than Glock, isn't it? It seems that light-bearing duty holsters have a very small list of possible firearm choices.

I would bet M&P would fulfill that requirement pretty easily, too...
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IMO, i wouldn't worry too much about it until you were hired as it's a pretty moot point. most departments will have certain guidelines and regualtions concerning what firearms you will or can carry. they may even have a department issued firearm that they require you to carry.

i would worry about getting the job first, before worrying about what firearm to carry.

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IMO, i wouldn't worry too much about it until you were hired as it's a pretty moot point. most departments will have certain guidelines and regualtions concerning what firearms you will or can carry. they may even have a department issued firearm that they require you to carry.

i would worry about getting the job first, before worrying about what firearm to carry.
Agreed. Get hired first, then let the department/academy train you how to shoot. Or take some classes and learn the proper fundamentals.

There's nothing wrong with being prepared for the job, but you've mentioned you're new to shooting... The guys that go out and learn to shoot on their own often develop bad habits (poor grip, stance, sight picture, etc) that trainers have to correct later.

Of the recruits I've trained the ones with the least shooting experience usually wound up doing the best. My best guess is because they have little or no bad habits to correct and because they still have an open mind.

So, are you hired or do you think you're going to get hired? Buying a gun because you think you might be hired could turn out to be a waste of money if the department passes on you.
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I want to try everything out there and find what works best for me. I have been learning how to shoot but I have not had much time to practice. I am not yet hired but will be going through the academy soon. I would like to "be ahead of the game" by knowing what I am good and not good at shooting.

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Reason i posted what i did was to illustrate that firearms shouldnt be the focus if yoir trying to get a police job. Contrary to popular media presentation of police firearms is the least thing a officer uses.

Instead of focusing on the smallest thing any police academy or school does you should focus on getting to a high degree of physical fitness. Being fit allows you to perform well on tests, be mentally alert, and function at a level that allows you to absorb information being presented.

Spending a ton of money on guns and ammo to prep for police training is a sure way to go in completely unprepaired.

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Just curious why departments here don't look at CZ?

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Just curious why departments here don't look at CZ?
I carried a CZ75 B as a backup for a while.
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