Originally Posted by John_Deer
Here is one point that no one thought to cover. Most revolvers make a damn good club. Not every self defense situation requires the use of deadly force, unless you happen to be NYPD. I have knocked some 300 lb football players cold with a roll of dimes. I am an old freak now. I need a little more help. I can take my old charter and knock a young buck to his knees. If he wants to get back up we can play whack a mole. Between being blinded with his own blood and the knot on his head the odds are good he will stay down.
1) Glocks work just fine for pistol whipping people. They can also be fired after being dropped out of an airplane. The old Sigs have even more weight to them and I personally know of several people who used them to pistol whip someone and had no issues with them firing afterwards. The Sigs were infamous for this at one of the offices I worked for.
2) If I draw my firearm its to meet an immediate threat of loss of life or grave bodily injury. It is because deadly force is imminently necessary. If deadly force isn't necessary you should NEVER display your unholstered firearm on the street for ANY reason including pistol whipping someone. Just because it looked good in a movie or some knucklehead I know did it off the record doesn't mean its a good idea. In fact in some states thats enough for an attempted murder charge.
3) NYPD does not resort to deadly force in all situations. They have a use of force continuum that moves from officer presence up through different levels of control to deadly force just like every other police department in America. And when another gun or any weapon capable of causing grave bodily harm or death is involved, the situation for the LEO is almost always at deadly force right from the start. Not just in New York, but everywhere in the US.