New job - Looking for weapon advice.

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    New job - Looking for weapon advice.

    I'll be starting a new job as an armed security officer for a Gov. facility.


    1) Should I carry a concealed "backup" weapon in addition to my standard sidearm?


    2) What are some of the preferred handguns of police/security officers?


    This will be my first handgun, so I will be listening to your opinions and weighing them.


    I also have to go through a baton and pepper spray tactics course and carry both, along with a sidearm.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by EB31 View Post
    1) Should I carry a concealed "backup" weapon in addition to my standard sidearm?
    On this one, at least, I think it will depend most likely upon the rules of your employer.

    Good luck, and stay safe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by falcon1 View Post
    On this one, at least, I think it will depend most likely upon the rules of your employer.

    Good luck, and stay safe!


    I asked during the interview, was told it was up to me.


    Thanks

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    Lots of good options, as a starting point what caliber is your main sidearm? May be nice if your BUG is the same caliber, essentially providing back up ammo if you need it and one of the two is hung up.

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    The Glock is pretty much the standard now, I suggest going with a G17 and if you feel the need for a bug, the G26 will fill that role perfectly.

    Whatever you do, dont buy something odd ball, you will be sorry you did.
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    Having been in that type of position, the type of weapon is usually determined by the contract. As far as back ups go that is usually a no-no where a federal contract goes. When I did the job we were limited to 38 Special owned by the company. We could not carry our personally owned 38's. My partner and I got around that by leasing our revolvers to company while retaining ownership. Find out who the contract monitor is and find out what is allowed by contract. Good luck and stay safe.

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    Well then. If I was told it would be up to me by my employer.
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    Thanks for the advice.


    Sixto, I will look into those. I've had my eye on a G23 as a primary sidearm. I will look at the G17.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EB31 View Post
    Thanks for the advice.


    Sixto, I will look into those. I've had my eye on a G23 as a primary sidearm. I will look at the G17.
    The G23 is a great gun, but if it to be worn on a duty belt, why limit yourself with a compact gun? If you really want a 40, the G22 and G27 combo is a good one too.
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    If you really want a 40, the G22 and G27 combo is a good one too.
    I'll second that notion. Conceal both while carrying your AR-15.

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    Glock 22 and 27 with night sights in case you on duty after dusk. Fox Labs makes about the best pepper spray on the market if you are allowed to choose that too.
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    Since itís your first sidearm, Iíd carry a Glock 17 loaded with +P+ 127 grain Winchester Tís.

    Instead of a backup pistol, Iíd carry the normal two extra magazines.

    With all the other stuff you stated youíll have on your belt, Iíd forgo the extra weight. After all Glockís NEVER fail, and after getting to know your Glock by firing it 500+ times, youíll feel like itís the only protection youíll need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tns0038 View Post
    Since itís your first sidearm, Iíd carry a Glock 17 loaded with +P+ 127 grain Winchester Tís.

    Instead of a backup pistol, Iíd carry the normal two extra magazines.

    With all the other stuff you stated youíll have on your belt, Iíd forgo the extra weight. After all Glockís NEVER fail, and after getting to know your Glock by firing it 500+ times, youíll feel like itís the only protection youíll need.


    I think that's what I'm leaning towards...the 2 extra mags.

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    What are the pros/cons on a G17 -vs- a G23? I've been looking at the G23.

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    Well, one of my best friends just traded his 40 caliber in on a 9mm, and Iíll list the reason below:

    Ammo is cheep and therefore you can practice allot, thus improves your skill level rapidly. Box of 100 at Wal-mart under $15 bucks.

    Recoil is less therefore you can get the double tap down quickly.

    While I donít feel that the recoil of a 40 cal is bad, my friend just could not be accurate with it. So he traded it in for a 9 mm. And guess what, after a couple hundred rounds he is scoring over an 85 on the drills.

    And lastly, I love my Glock 17. I use it for home defense, and itís my go to gun when where having mini drill clinics at the range.


    BTW: I love the Blackhawk Carbon-Fiber Composite holster for mine

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