This is a discussion on Glock 23 - standard issue for FBI? questions? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by OPFOR Many federal agencies have a very, very short approved list.... :) Does a 'list' of one even count as a list, ...
I just got back from FLETC a month ago. I too would advise you to buy what you want, not what is approved. It's like the old saying, "If the Marine Corps" wanted me to have a wife they would've issued me a wife."
They will issue you what they want you to have. Get ready to have your stance, grip and even how you carry your gun changed from what you do now. If you can't do it THEIR WAY you will go home.
Another word of free advice, take it for what it's worth, don't volunteer that you like to shoot or anything until after you get through the training. They do not want to hire a Rambobo, and some of them may think that's what you are if you bring up the subject before you get hired.
Most LE agencies will have firearms instructors who care about your proficiency with their issued weapon, and will get you up to speed on whatever that weapon happens to be. Your interest in the subject will undoubtedly make you a fast learner. You'd be suprised how many LE officers couldn't care less about firearms, and don't own any other than their issue and maybe one BUG!
Glocks and Sigs are very popular with many agencies, local, state and federal. You won't go wrong to buy either one.
Slow is smooth.....smooth is fast.
alright...i'm going to the store and buying a G23 today!
thanks for all the other advice everyone!
Just be aware that you most likely will NOT be able to use your Glock on the job if you become a Fed. Most agencies allow you to use your issue gun only, not even if you own the same gun already. And most agencies have a single sidearm approved for use...there is no "list" for most.
But they're great guns...happy shooting...
I'm not a LEO but I have owned a G23 since the early 90's and I keep going back to it as a carry weapon. You will enjoy it. Not too big and 13 +1 capacity is nice.
I thought it was FBI/ATF? The USSS uses the Sig P229 in .357Sig...even if the secret service plan doesn't pan out.
A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands - love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper - his hands remember the rifle.
Learning the Manual of Arms between a GLOCK & a Sig isn't the issue here. Shoot as much ammo as you can afford. Train with the best instruction you can find. And don't mention EITHER during the application/interview process. Just be in the (wonderful) position of, when the first Range Opportunity arrives, being able shoot whatever they put in your hand like you're the reincarnated love-child of Ed McGivern & Annie Oakley. It's NOT the arrow...it's the INDIAN!
There are only TWO kinds of people in this world; those that describe the world as filled with two kinds of people...and those who don't.
My main instructor is an ex Marine, detective, sniper, and NRA instructor. He's an awesome coach and an amazing shooter.
I also constantly train physically and mentally.
I'd be more concerned about my education. All the Federal Agencies have excellent firearms training programs. I believe that a Law Degree gives you an excellent shot along with a perfect back ground for the F.B.I.. Good luck.
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