To a large extent, a police officer’s sense of safety and competence in the field depends on the sort of weapon they carry.
Image of Sig Sauer P226. Image Credit: Creative Commons.
Top 5 Weapons for Police Forces In 2021, sixty-two police officers were killed in the line of duty due to gun violence. That amounts to almost one death every six days. In 2020, there will be 60,105 assaults against police officers.
Police officers are aware that they are taking on a potentially life-threatening profession, and they place a great deal of stock in the quality of the weapon they carry. The best police weapons of 1945 have been compiled. It needs to be more conclusive and can be debated. Here are five police-preferred firearms, including four handguns and a shotgun.
The Glock 19 is the standard-bearer of handguns.
Glock occasionally discounts law enforcement agencies, which is likely why they are so popular. The officers appreciate how comfortable it is in their hands and how light it is (only 30 ounces with ammunition). This handgun has a polymer frame, making it lightweight, strong, small, and reliable. The typical 9mm magazine can carry 15 bullets. The Glock-19 is protected from misfires by three internal safeties.
When it comes time to clean your Glock-19, you’ll appreciate how simple it is to put together and take apart.
When it comes to halting criminals, specific departments and police agencies favor the extra-stopping capability of
40 mm Smith & Wesson cartridge. The Glock 22 is perfect for this purpose. It features Glock’s trademark polymer frame, which is lightweight and ergonomic. The dimensions of the Glock 22 are identical to those of its predecessor, the Glock 17. The United States Marshals Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation all prefer it.
In reality, a 1986 gunfight in Miami between FBI agents and two bank robbers armed with long guns was primarily responsible for developing handguns that employed the.40 Smith & Wesson bullet. In the ensuing gunfight, killed two special agents. It prompted the creation of the—40 S&W cartridge.
The standard magazine capacity of the Glock 22 is 15 rounds, and a 17-round magazine is available as an upgrade.
The X-Ray Day/Night front sight is a hallmark of the Sig Sauer P226, widely regarded as one of the most accurate handguns available. Target acquisition is facilitated by the bright green front sight, even in broad daylight. A tritium insert in the fiber optic ring makes shooting in the dark much more accessible. The pistol’s balanced design makes for better ergonomics. It has withstood the test of time, having been used by Navy SEALs. The U.S. Secret Service uses it as well. The police force has various cartridge options, including the 9x19mm Parabellum, the 40 Smith & Wesson, and the 357 SIG.
Even though its inclusion here might come as a shock to some, the HK45 is a fantastic pistol. U.S. Customs and Border Protection use Heckler & Koch, models. The rail system allows for the attachment of various accessories, making this pistol one of the most flexible options. The weapon uses.45 ACP cartridges. A wide range of special operations professionals contributed to the development of the HK-45. A ten-round magazine can be inserted into the pistol’s 4.5-inch barrel, weighing 31 ounces unloaded. The magazine can be released with either hand. Numerous shoulder straps make for a more comfortable and ergonomic fit.
Your 12-gauge pump-action Remington 870 is likely the only shotgun you own. Since its release in 1950, the general public has purchased an estimated ten million copies and considered it a workhorse, a weapon kept as a backup by the police in case of gunfights. The gun is capable of firing both lead slugs and shotshells. While standard shotgun shells are best used up close, slugs range from 75 to 100 yards. When the moment comes for a SWAT team to break a door, they can use this tool.
The demands on the police force are constantly changing. Several pistols are tested and bid on frequently by departments and are tested and bid on often. While making financial decisions, it’s essential to consider things like bulk discount prices. Central departments in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago are outfitting thousands of officers, so they must make difficult decisions. These major agencies often enable officers to choose their pistols from numerous types and models.
I hope this list sparks a conversation about common firearms among law enforcement. You should expect a flurry of activity in the comments section as people suggest alternative makes and models of handguns.
The Colt M4 carbine, which was not included on the list but is now commonplace, could have been more present. In addition to the Smith & Wesson M&P40 and the Beretta 92F, the Glock 21 and the Springfield Armory XD-40 are common choices for police handguns.
Glock 19 Gen5. Image Credit: Creative Commons.
Glock 22. Image Credit – Creative Commons.
SIG Sauer P226. Image: Creative Commons.
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Remington 870 Police pump action shotgun. Image: Creative Commons.