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Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by my762buzz, Aug 3, 2012.
Is this Glock Corporate statement still accurate in 2012?
I first carried a 17 on duty. Transitioned to a 35, now carry a 22.
Yes, they are correct about this statement. Most cops in my state carry a Glock in the .40 or .45 caliber, haven't been seeing much of the 9mm lately....
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I'd guess that 9mm is the least used of all major service calibers. I think even 357Sig and 45GAP outpass 9mm.
NYPD is one of the few orgs that still uses 9mm. I doubt they ever switched to another caliber when most orgs were ditching 9mm and revolvers for 40SW.
Washington DC uses the 9mm too, and they're also talking about globally.
9x19 is just sort of the global pistol round. The G17 is kind of the global pistol.
Here in the US, the G22 and the .40 have basically taken that spot.
Still a few Glock 17's in use in California I've heard.
I agree with the statement that:
Glock 22 is the most popular in the US
Glock 17 in the world.
I just got back from a trip with the wife and daughters to Ireland and Scotland. Both the Irish and Scottish police were unarmed in true UK fashion. But we traveled through Belfast Northern Ireland for two days on the way north, and I saw my first G17s carried by Belfast Police Service. They were all kitted up for the opening night of the Olympics and appeared to be on higher alert than usual. N. Ireland is part of the UK (unlike Ireland) and I was surprised to see that this was the ONLY part of the UK where officers were armed. The guards and canine officer at the ferry terminal to Scotland were carrying G17s also, and at least one was armed with a H&K G36. Then, sadly, we passed into gun-free Scotland again.
We landed at 2350 in San Fransisco. My first order of business? Load and holster the G29SF that had been locked in my truck safe for two weeks. Times are good.
I would guess that there are way more officers carrying a 9mm pistol than .357Sig or .45GAP. I believe there are several major cities departments that issue 9mm pistols; some allow other calibers, some do not. NYPD, Philadelphia, and as said DC. Others do not issue a pistol but require the officer to buy their own and include 9mm as allowed. Chicago comes to mind along with Las Vegas. LAPD I believe are issued a Glock but are allowed other pistols in 9mm .40 or .45. LASD I believe authorizes only 9mm and .45.
Globally, 9mm is probably THE single most popular pistol round. Seems that everyone uses it outside the US, so Glock's statement about the G17 is probably true. In the US, the .40 round is probably more popular with police, though.