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IIRC I think their Carrying SIG 229's in .40. I might have them confused but I think thats what their using.
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Yep, switched/switching from Berrettas to the HK. Customs carries the LEM p2000's as well.
I guess they have changed. Probably 5 or 6 years ago they used, here in NM, the Beretta .40. The officer I talked to did not like it, and it was not as reliable as the 9mm.
My understanding was that the Department of Homeland Security and ICE solicited bids to produce a sidearm for issue to US Border Patrol and ICE agents/officers.
A number of manufacturers submitted pistols for review. This included, but was not limited to, accuracy, down-range performance, reliability, durability and size (to fit a wider range of personnel with different sized hands).
It was the H&K P2000 that won.
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Looks like everybody could be right on this one. I only posted a portion of the info on the links. Your search might turn up more.
Industry arms Homeland Security | Shooting Industry | Find Articles at BNET
Shooting Industry, Nov, 2004
The firearm industry continues to receive a significant number of firearm and ammunition contracts from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The department recently awarded handgun contracts to Heckler & Koch (HK) and Sigarms worth nearly $50 million dollars. Each company received contracts for a maximum of 65,000 pistols that agencies within DHS may purchase over the next five years.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
ICE agents and officers carry the Sig Sauer P229R pistol with the DAK trigger chambered in .40 S&W, the Heckler & Koch USP Compact with LEM trigger in .40 S&W, or the Glock 19 pistol chambered in 9mm. Eventually, all ICE special agents and officers will transition to the Sig Sauer P229R-DAK as their primary sidearm.
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I met some recruiters in my home town that carried .40 H&K P2000s.
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