This is a discussion on Just FWIW: What state troopers carry... within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by apvbguy don't even think of using the NYPD as an example, they have been way behind the curve for many years, they ...
I was surprised at the number of agencies issuing .357 Sig to their troopers. I was expecting more .40 S&W save for the .45 GAP and the 9mm being used by Indiana State Police.
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Certainly NJ wouldn't want their trooper over gunned..........9mm......and sorry for the differing opinion but the 45acp will penetrate a vehicle just fine.....and make a bigger hole too.
My native state(NY) and my new home(since '06)GA both with the 45GAP. Interesting choice....a solution(caliber)in search of a problem IMHO !
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Tangle just talked with a state trooper here in South Dakota. Thier regs state that they must carry a Sig Sauer either P 226 or P 229 in any caliver ranging from 9mm to .40 S&W. MOST do infact carry the .357 Sig.
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Why is there not a Springfield XD on this list?
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interesting Connecticut with Colt, Ruger, Connecticut corporations, and Smith and Springfield just over the boarder in Mass is issuing Sigs...must have been an incredable deal...
Maine State Police are phasing out USP and switching to the HK45.
As for how the list has "changed over the years" we need to take into account how the demographics of LE organizations have changed over the same period. I'm going to do some generalizing here, so please allow me the "notable exceptions".
Thirty years ago there were very, very few female officers. So average hand size, forearm strength & recoil sensitivity were substantially different considerations as related to issued handguns. Did you notice the relative absence of "thick-waisted" DA/SA autoloaders (re: Beretta 92) and 10mm offerings? Also, more modern recruits often have NEVER handled or shot ANY firearm before their time at The Academy, so issued sidearms that are designed with the simplest/easiest to teach "manual of arms" (striker-fired, no manual-safety GLOCK and M&P models) just make better sense. Teaching a rookie shooter how to safely & effectively run a G22 has GOT to be easier than with a 1911 variant.
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Interesting list to be sure! I too am surprised by the lack of 9mm and the number of .40S&W.
This list looks like it could have come from Massad Ayoob, he used to compile info like this.
Maryland Beretta Px4 (.40 S&W)...FYI, Maryland State Police recently switched to the Glock 22