The Vanishing Revolver In The NYPD

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    The Vanishing Revolver In The NYPD

    There's still a few left "on patrol" in the Big Apple.

    (It's an old article from 2004, so the numbers are even fewer now).

    The New York Times > New York Region > In New York, Old-School Officers Swear By the Vanishing .38


    When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
    And go to your God like a soldier.

    Rudyard Kipling


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    Don't laugh, they still work.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by edr9x23super View Post
    Don't laugh, they still work.....
    They may be a dying breed. Perhaps "I" am too. I like them and continue to own and carry them. That's not likely to change.

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    I bought a NYPD reconditioned gun through the shotgun news several years ago (1983 or so). It was a .357 and stamped with NYPD on the frame. It was a reliable shooter and I gifted it to my brother for his birthday and have never seen it since.

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    About 4 years ago I had the pleasure of meeting an Irish NYPD officer somewhere off the highway into NY. My wife and I were on vacation and driving from Boston to NY, when we stopped at a 7-11 for something to drink. That's where we met the officer, who turned out to be a really great guy. He told us all about how his father had immigrated from Ireland and became NYPD, and how he shares his fathers badge number.

    I asked him how long he'd been on the force after checking out his old looking revolver in what appeared to be a completely open and insecure leather holster. He said 17 years.

    The guy was so cool, he cracked my back and rubbed my sore muscles after finding out I'd been driving for hours.

    You can see his rig in this photo:


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    I've read the article before, but enjoyed it again.

    It's no secret that I prefer Revolvers, as that's what I started with and would carry on duty if the powers that be let me. I do carry my "wheelguns" off duty however, and that's not likely to change. It warms my heart every time I go to Chicago's O'Hare Airport and see all the oldtimers and their sixguns.

    Yes, Revolvers are cool and they "work".

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    Just put my father Dectives Special .38 onto my Lic last week, My father purchased in 1983/84 ish.

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    Good article. Good, but bittersweet. I like revolvers too.

    Seems to me that everyone on the Forum ought to own a Colt Official Police or a Smith & Wesson Model 10 just to keep things in perspective. If they tried one they'd like it.

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    I took my Model 10 to the gun club a few months ago for our combat shoot. I hadn't fired it in years, all of my newer prettier guns got more range time. I took the M10 to blow the dust out of the barrel for fun. I won the revolver division of the shoot. Now I like that old gun even more.
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    Hmmmm....I wonder if old Blooming Idiot will allow any of them to be sold?????


    I'd love to have one that is still in good shape.....
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    I'd love one of the Service 6's
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    The guns are personal property of the Officer ( you had to buy your revolver). The 9's were issued because of politics. Oh yeah each Oficer had to pay $100 for night sights . Most cops just kept the revolver they had to pay $200+ for (1984 price) When the semiautos were issued Dealers were offering $50 for a M10 maybe $75 for one in really good shape

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    I remember being in NY in 1978 and all the cops had like a 1 1/2 inch belt with a holster cuff case and spare bullet pouches on it and a baton ring,holsters looked just like that officers rig,no straps no nothing just a leather holster
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    yeah I really was checking out his holster. Thats what prompted me to ask him how long he'd been a cop. Looked like it could just lift right out or even fall out Haha. But, he looked pretty damn tough. Not like most of the kids I see as cops around here. much respect. Officer Cotter I believe was his name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goawayfarm View Post
    Hmmmm....I wonder if old Blooming Idiot will allow any of them to be sold?????


    I'd love to have one that is still in good shape.....
    Shame to say but a lot of retired police sell them. I bought a used one in a gun store for $125. A bargain. Great trigger...very little use and just a bit of wear on the barrel. They are out there..........
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