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Old 07-27-2012, 12:57 PM   #11
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Shelby County Sheriffs Dept(Memphis,TN) deputies are issued Sig Sauer P226 with the DAK trigger in 40cal.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:25 PM   #12
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Here in Colorado Springs they all have M&P40s or XDs.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:45 PM   #13
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My best advice as a former military police. The gun is almost irrelevant to police duty. To get through the academy you need to be physically fit. Get in shape. You need good study habits pay attention take notes etc. You need critical thinking skills.

As a police officer 99.99999999% of your duties will be interacting with the public while they are distraught upset or afraid or injured. Gunplay is so minor a part of police work its a non factor in most officer's lives.

Officers that do pull their guns and shoot at another person can likely tell you verbatim every single detail because its a rare and traumatic experience. Ask the officer what occured during a traffic stop 3 weeks ago without refering to notes you will get a blank look. Ask the same officer what occured the last time he pulled his duty weapon on someone you will get a long story.

Concentrate on being a good student and staying fit it will serve you far better than buying a gun like the officers in any given dept use.
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Glock in .40 or 9MM.
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What do the majority of police agencies carry. Do you think they would tell you what their service weapon is if I were to ask. The main reason I ask is I'm looking into become an officer and would like to purchase a gun that I would be carrying if I were to join the force.
I couldn't tell you what the majority carry, but around here the issue sidearm is a Glock .40. The officers that are allowed to choose their own weapons are for the most part using either Springfield Armory XD 40's or Sig 1911 in 45 ACP.
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Ask the agencies that you've applied to.
Glock may have the largest share of the market, but that's by no means a guarantee that they have exclusive coverage in your area. I have read that S&W M&Ps have made some inroads into the LE market. Sig & H&K are out there too. Beretta has some agencies as well. Then you have agencies that will allow varying degrees of personal weapons.
That said, I wouldn't let it keep you up at night. Concentrate on getting hired.
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You're putting the cart before the horse, no offense.

Many LE agencies assign a specific "duty gun" to an officer

from their own stock. Many are also "compromise calibers",

like the .40 S&W.

It would probably be better to get your training, and when you become a LEO,

see what that department uses, and go with the flow.


As stated previously, gun usage is a very small percentage of

police work...
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You're putting the cart before the horse, no offense.

Many LE agencies assign a specific "duty gun" to an officer

from their own stock. Many are also "compromise calibers",

like the .40 S&W.

It would probably be better to get your training, and when you become a LEO,

see what that department uses, and go with the flow.

As stated previously, gun usage is a very small percentage of

police work...
He is doing the same as I did. I found out all the departments in the area I wanted to work in use G22 do I bought one to get even more practice with it. Then even when the academy issued ours I still hade mine to shoot before we where allowed to shoot the academies.
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5222,

When I retired we were carrying the Glock Model 22 & 23 the officers had their choice. I carry a Glock Model 27 Compact for CCW in normal weather.

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When I retired we were carrying the Glock Model 22 & 23 the officers had their choice. I carry a Glock Model 27 Compact for CCW in normal weather.

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I have the same carry weapon. I was carrying my G22 but i did not like it with some shorts. I picked up a used G27 at a gun show and love it for a carry weapon.
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