What is the most common caliber used by law enforcement?

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    What is the most common caliber used by law enforcement?

    I just read a news release that said that Winchester was recently awarded FBI contracts to supply .40 S&W and 9mm ammunition.

    I was wondering if there are statistics out there that lists what caliber is used most frequently by law enforcement. Does each branch have their favorite? For example, I recall somewhere that the Secret Service prefers the .357 Sig.
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    They are all over the place. Here locally, the primary issue gun is a .40 cal. Glock.
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    I dont know if there is one favorite caliber. As deadeye says, its all over the place. Here, the city uses 9mm's, the country uses .45's, the State Police use .40's.
    Some of the towns in the county use 9mm's and .40's. Seems like most of the County Sheriffs are migrating back to the .45's.

    Whatever the case, its going to be .9mm,.40 or .45.
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    I saw a chart a year or so ago that listed what different state and federal agencies used. It listed firearm make and caliber. I will try to track it down.
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    I would halfway educated guess that the .40 Smith&Wesson is the most widely used LEO caliber these days.

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    .40 S&W Glock for the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office(city and county combined). and Florida State Troopers carry .40 S&W Berettas

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    I read once, that the most common LEO round in the world was 9 mm. But here in the states, for the most part it’s up to that particular department.

    Some even allow the officer to carry there own weapon of choice, so long as they can “qualify” with it and it’s at least 9 mm or larger.

    Deadeye, if you happen to find that chart I would love to see it.

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    I would guess .40 followed closely by 9mm.
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    Almost every agency in Dade County uses the Glock .40

    Miami-dade county poilce have the Sig P226 DAO in 9mm, but they are converting to Glock .40 aswell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadeye72 View Post
    I saw a chart a year or so ago that listed what different state and federal agencies used. It listed firearm make and caliber. I will try to track it down.
    I can't vouch for the accuracy of this guy's data but he's worked at it for a few years trying to keep it up to date.
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    In the Northeast the Glock is predominant. The majority are of the .40 variety. We use Glock 23's with Speer 180gr. GDHP.
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    County here uses .40 as do the state police. City Police here use .45 though..

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    Going through that list I was very surprised at the number that issue the FN FiveseveN, especially the number in SC. I know it has some advantages but did not think of it as a LEO round.

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    When I bought my 9mm, I asked my local LEO's what they carried.
    .40 cal is what they have around here. I believe they're Glocks, too, if that matters.

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    I'm not a cop, but I talk with a lot of them. The typical caliber appears to be .40, usually...
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