LAPD Commission Gives Officers More Stopping Power, Chooses Glock
AP - The Board of Police Commissioners today gave Los Angeles police officers the option to arm themselves with lighter weight, easier-to-shoot Glock pistols.
"Quite frankly, it's just a much better weapon" than the standard-issue Beretta 9 mm, Chief William Bratton told the five-member civilian panel that establishes policy for the Los Angeles Police Department.
While Glocks are used by some specialized LAPD units, Bratton asked that the futuristic plastic-and-metal weapon be made available to all officers.
Using an annual $850 equipment stipend, officers can buy the $500 Glock that is chambered for 9 mm, .40- and .45-caliber ammunition.
About 70 percent of law enforcement agencies nationwide use Glocks, including the FBI and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Bratton, no fan of the Beretta sidearm that gave him blisters during his Academy training in Los Angeles (no bias then, on his decision to abandon them, right? Because he, personally, couldn't fire one properly...
), was head of the New York Police Department when it switched to Glocks in the 1990s.
Glocks provide greater stopping power than Berettas and are lighter than .45-caliber handguns, the LAPD's alternate sidearm. (This, of course, is ludicrous. A 9mm from a Beretta will actually have a tiny bit MORE energy then from most Glocks, because the Beretta has a 4.9" barrel compared to the Glock 17s 4.5" and the 4.0" bbl of the Glock 19. I'll grant that Glocks are, in general, lighter than steel or alloy frame handguns of similar size, but saying that they're lighter than ".45 caliber handguns" is just stupid - one of the approved weapons is the .45 caliber Glock! How can it be lighter than itself?!
Its other advantages include less recoil (again, just wrong. A lighter weapon in the same caliber will, in almost all cases, have MORE felt recoil. Of course, if it is a lighter weapon in a more potent caliber - like the G23 to the Beretta 92, the INCREASE in recoil will be even larger. This is an out and out falsehood, one of many in this article
), larger magazine capacity (possibly, but unlikely. The Beretta 92 carries 15+1. The only "standard" Glock that carries more is the G17, with 17+1. All other models are the same or LESS then the Beretta 92. More outright lies.
), more uniform trigger press, simpler construction and a more ergonomic design (ergonomics are, of course, highly subjective. What feels good to me may not feel good to you. Additionally, the most often heard complaint about the Glock is that is has an odd grip angle, which translates to POOR ergonomics for many shooters
), allowing officers with smaller hands to easily handle the gun (obviously these officers aren't using the Glock 21...though the Beretta is admittedly thick with a long reach for that double-action trigger
), according to an LAPD report to the commission (obviously, the LAPD report LIED, straight to the face of the commission, and they - and this reporter, didn't know any better or didn't care
"It's an outstanding weapons system," said Commissioner Alan J. Skobin, a reserve Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy. (Can't argue with that...
But while the pistols are easier to use, bullets fired from Glocks are harder to identify in officer-involved shooting investigations. Only 10 percent of the bullets from a Glock can be traced back to the gun from which they were fired. (Damn CSI for creating a country of morons who think that every single detail is traceable, and immediately available with a computer stroke or two, for all things forensic.
Some law enforcement agencies use a modified barrel to try to mark the bullets. LAPD brass has not required officers to buy those barrels, however, saying the system is untested.(Untested? It's utter BS
Officers who want to use the Glocks must take a two-day training course.
First introduced in 1983 by Austrian Gaston Glock, the pistols were used by the Austrian military and quickly became popular.
Glock Inc. USA's headquarters are in Smyrna, Ga.