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I can understand a new shooter, who has no knowledge of guns, and has no one to guide them in picking their first weapon, going with what LEO use in their area. However, once a person has experience/knowledge of weapons. Go with what suits your needs, not what suits the LEO/military needs. Rarely will they be the same.
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I admit that I haven't read all the responses in the thread so if someone has already said this I apologize in advance. I think the primary reason some shooters (and carriers) base their decisions on firearms off of military and LEO is that those guns tend to have a lot more real world "on the street" or "In the battle field" data behind them. For example. How many times have you heard "Well, the snub nosed .38 was put a lot of bad guys down in the hand's of police detectives in the 60s, 70s and 80s?" Or "US Special forces still choose the 1911 platform because they prefer the .45 acp and amazing accuracy". There is truth in both of those statements. There is a good deal of data on a lot of weapons because they are used by the military and LE. I think like others have said that it's just one piece of information to add to the overall pool of information when making your choice.
-It is a seriously scary thought that there are subsets of American society that think being intellectual is a BAD thing...
I don't carry a Glock because 65% of LE carry it. I carry a Glock because the Gunny told me to. :D
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guess we shouldn't choose our ammo based on what LEO (FBI) or military personnel say/use either.
I personally choose the guns based on what I like and not what is used by others. I choose my ammo based somewhat on what others say, but mainly on which ones blow stuff up the best and go the deepest.
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Just a thought, aren't the Miltary weaponry selected by Politicans? They gave us the 5.56mm and took away our 7.62? The only 5.56 round that I would ever consider is the new Green Tip and that came 40 years after the intro!
They also recommend retiring the most beautiful aircraft in the Air Force! The A10 Warthog!
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I've already seen it in some "real crime" stories. Someone sees .45ACP casings at a crime scene and says, "Wow! That's a big caliber. Whoever this was wanted to kill."
Well, no crap! You don't shoot at someone you want to tickle. The caliber doesn't make a difference as far as intent is concerned. WE know this but your average lay person does not. They think big bullet/big gun = big chip on shoulder and a desire to mow down the masses. They see movies like Dirty Harry and think, "All they want to do is blow peoples' heads clean off! Oh My!"
Even gun people who are still slightly ignorant look at people who carry bigger bore firearms to be a bit off. My own father has questioned why I would want to carry a beast like a .45.
Generally, in good shoot self defense cases you won't even get to trial much less have to worry about defending your gun or caliber but in the off chance that it does go to trial I've read several cases where prosecutors have dragged out more than just the caliber and type of gun as a cheap shot to paint the defendant as a murderer but also downright misinformed the jury about how firearms work to make the shooter look deliberate and blood thirsty.
Massad Ayoob has written that if you are new to carry and looking for a place to start a very defensible firearm is one which local or state law enforcement carry. That way a prosecutor cannot try to slander your choice of either caliber or firearm. I've also read this recommended by other reputable gun writers.
Now, as someone who has worked in a couple of gun stores I can attest that the most annoying words I heard out of a customers mouth were always, "My XYZ, who is a Cop," or "My xyz, who is in the military, told me to get THIS!"
And, yes, usually it ended up being a duty weapon like the M9 or a Glock 17, etc.
What has been said by others is very true. There is usually a selection process that needs to be gone through before departments or the military will choose a particular firearm for duty and both the M9 and the entire line of Glocks have proven to be fine firearms indeed, BUT that doesn't mean they are a perfect fit for everyone.. especially considering they are both full-frame firearms not really intended to be concealed and generally not concealed by law enforcement or military.
So, typically, before just bowing down to the customers wish I would usually question their motives behind purchasing said firearm, try to get a little more information (like what the intended purpose of the firearm will be, previous experience, etc) and advice accordingly. More often than not I would try to steer them away from what XYZ military/LEO guy told them to get.
But, as stated, that doesn't make those firearm selections invalid.
I'm not necessarily one of those people who says you should or should not carry what local/state LE carries but I won't say it's a bad idea or one shouldn't do it if that's what they really want.
Some people just want to have what their Marine Corps brother was issued or their police officer uncle has.. there's nothing wrong with that.
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The recruits are allowed to carry any striker fired pistol such as the Glock,the S&W M&P and the XD. All must be in 9mm. When they get off probation they can then carry a 40 or 45.
As stated above, the FBI was, in fact, relatively slow to switch over to semi-autos for general issue. Many State and Local Police agencies adopted semi-autos well ahead of the FBI.Once the FBI adopted the 9mm, police departments around the country couldn't ditch their S&W revolvers fast enough. Civilian shooters followed suit, and the 9mm became all the rage in the 1980's.
In fact, 1076's were not offered until a few years after the Miami incident, and very few agents opted to have them issued. They proved troublesome, and were recalled.Then the 1986 Dade County shootout happened. The poorly designed Silver Tip bullet of the era, which had become popular because of the FBI's use of the ammo, was deemed a failure. The FBI had something of a knee jerk reaction and adopted the 10mm. There were factions within the FBI that wanted to keep the 9mm and use more effective ammo, and there were factions that wanted the .45 ACP. But they decided the magic caliber was .40 and set about adopting the 10mm. Of course the 10mm ammo that Norma loaded was hot stuff, and was too much gun for many agents.
The .40S&W is essentially the FBI's 10mm "Lite" packaged in a shorter case. Originally derided by some as the ".40 Short and Weak" it now seems to be derided here as too snappy!The FBI then adopted the "FBI Load" 10mm which was a 180gr JHP loaded to a more modest 950fps. The pistol they adopted was the 1076.
In fact, VERY few agencies ever issued 10mm's, especially S&W 1076'sOne again the race was on. Everyone had to own a 10mm. Companies started making more and more 10mm's of various designs and S&W sold a metric ton of 1006's, 1076's and every other model they devised in that chambering. Everyone follows the FBI.
In fact, the FBI was rather slow to adopt the .40S&W. That round was developed by S&W as the logical packaging of the FBI's "10mm lite" in a shorter case. The FBI had been issuing 9mm Sig/Sauers and some S&W's (and Federal Hydra-Shock ammunition) as an interim measure when 1076's proved unsatisfactory, but the FBI was slow to adopt a solution "Not Invented Here". The first .40 approved for personal purchase was the S&W Sigma (ugh!), but eventually Sig/Sauers P229's were approved, and finally Glock 9's and .40's. Later, Glock 22/23's were selected as the FBI's first general issue .40 caliber weapons after a competitive evaluation by Quantico of several .40's. The Glock 27 was also continued as a personally-owned option. Most previously-approved weapons were "grandfathered". More recently, Agents who had trouble with the .40's snappy recoil were allowed 9mm Glocks as an alternative.Then the FBI decided that the new S&W .40 was better as it allowed a more modest sized pistol to be used. The 10mm wasn't small gun friendly and required a larger framed handgun given the OAL of the cartridge. When the 10mm was dropped by the FBI in favor of the .40 S&W, the move away from 10mm by the gun buying public was swift... so swift that the fledgling nearly died completely. It still barely clings to life...
In fact, the .40S&W (and it's derivative .357SIG) are the most powerful rounds available in a weapons no larger than the very 9mm's which had been (and, despite the latest magic ammo hype, probably STILL are) inadequate stoppers for over a century. The .45 ACP and 10mm simply do not allow high-capacity pistols of reasonable overall size. These newer calibers' recoil requires some extra skill to master and are not the best choice for the unskilled casual shooter (i.e. "There's no such thing as a free lunch".).This is one of the reasons I refuse to adopt the .40 S&W. First, it's an answer to an non-existent problem.
Once again, the FBI was late to jump on the .40 bandwagon, and the "Fad" is going strong after two decades, but the many factual errors in your posting are not your fault as the FBI doesn't tend to publish much on this subject for public consumption, and there's a lot of erroneous speculation masquerading as fact out there. For a completely factual (if a bit sketchy in places) outline of the history of FBI weapons by someone who was actually there, see Bill Vanderpool's article in a recent American Rifleman.Secondly, I can't bring myself to follow the pack just because it's the taticool thing to do. Sure, if the .40 S&W actually offered something substantial over the 9mm or .45 ACP I would use it. But as it stands, the .40 S&W is little more than the latest FBI fad and it's popularity in the civilian shooting world is directly related to this.
And, just what do you think "we" need to do about it? If you don't like it, don't buy it!With that being said, the .40 is a fine cartridge.
Good luck getting the majority of the gun buying public to stop following the FBI, LEO's in general or even the military. The military, for example, has always influenced civilian shooting. There's a few reasons for this.
1) Surplus rifles
2) Surplus ammo
3) Millions of Americans serve in the military and get their first exposure to firearms there, they bond to their weapons and calibers
4) If you want an effective fighting rifle, most are of military design and hence use military calibers
There's not much we can do about it. :D