How many still use revolvers for primary sidearm?

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  1. cherokeewarrior

    cherokeewarrior NRA Life Member

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    Question prompted by the thread about approved revolvers for Chicago:


    When I was a Reserve Deputy, 1975-1984ish, I was the only LEO in our mostly rural county that used an auto loader for duty. Towards the end of that time, a few city and county officers began to get acquainted with the 1911, one or two actually made the switch from revolvers.

    Now, I am again a Reserve Deputy and very few officers, city or county, even know how to shoot/load a revolver....

    Do any of you know of any agency that still uses/issues revolvers?
     
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    None that I have seen in the last 15 years. Even our oldest retirees are switching. At our last LEOSA qual, I ran the course of fire designed around compact revolvers with reloads every five rounds. Out of 33 people who shot, I think three had revolvers.
     

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    There are still some out there

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    Until a couple of years ago, our "facilities security" officers (guard state facilities) used S&W 686's and our corrections officers used Ruger GP 100's. I believe everybody has switched to Glock now.
     
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    Haven't seen one in quite a while. Maybe a few admin types still carrying one when the are in uniform, but I don't know of any agencies still issuing one for patrol use. Maybe some corrections agencies still using them.
     
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    Thankfully haven't seen one in uniform in well over a decade.
     
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    I am carrying a S&W 627 Pro 4 inch 8 shot 357. If I switched to an auto loader, it would be a 1911 so I would only be gaining one round. I would carry 10 round magazines for reloads so that would give me two extra rounds after a reload. We do have a new administration that may or may not specify auto loaders in the near future. One big advantage of the 1911 platform over the revolver is the availability of duty gear. There is less and less duty gear offered for the revolver every year. Another advantage to the auto loader is you can reload without having to look down at the gun. Easier to reload one handed also if you are trying to drive and talk on the radio and shoot at the same time or if one arm is injured. The other advantage to carrying the 1911 is showing off to the Austin PD guys that can't carry theirs anymore (TXLEAPD) since they went to the S&W M&P 40s. I guess I could force myself to carry my Ed Brown Special Forces if I had too. Would that make me Tacticool or would i still just be a geezer?
     
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    NY State DOC officers still carry the 686 when transporting prisoners off-site. In think that their CERT guys and officers assigned to the fugitive task force are issues Glock 19s but I'm not sure on that.
     
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    I believe Ocean City seasonal officers are still issued wheel guns.
     
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    Why thankfully?
     
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    I'm still authorized to carry one and have the leather gear, but I haven't in a while. Maybe on my last day of work...
     
  12. Panzergrenadier1979

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    During my trip to Chicago in February, 2013, I saw one crusty ol' copper carrying a S&W revolver.
     
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    I think you'll only find them in places with pretty liberal duty gun carry options. Where I was, we had 72 Inv. total and out of that, I remember qualifying 4 of them. They were all older guys that had retired from other agencies before coming to work for the D.A.

    I'm not against them but think the semi-autos offer a definite advantage especially in today's encounters. When I first started, the Glock was just coming onscene and I asked to carry a G17 and was told that wasn't on the approved list so I carried a Springfield Govt. 1911 for about 5 years. :supergrin:
     
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    In this day and age all most any LEO that even knows how to use a wheel gun is an old fart.:wow:

    The last year that I worked as a LEO I did carry a Glock 17 and/or a 1911.:supergrin:

    I still pocket carry an auto 'cause my Dan Wesson .357 won't fit in my pocket:rofl:

    A revolver will still serve well IF you know how to use it:supergrin:

    Just my opinion:dunno: I am an "old fart":rofl:
     
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    Many of our senior officers carry them. A few still carry 1911s, too.

    The revolvers are 686s.
     
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    Where I'm at, some older investigators still have revolvers as backups and will carry that instead of their duty gun while working. But it seems each year more and more backup guns are semi-autos.
     
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    Because I believe there are much better tools for the job available.
     
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    Fair enough, everyone is entitled to their opinion.....:thumbsup:
     
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    When I flew into Chicago last year I saw at least one revolver on a CPD officer. Looked like he was interacting with a local scrote so I didn't get a chance to Ask him about it.
     
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    Ohio Corrections Officers carry revolvers on prisoner transports, however the last one I saw had an M&P, so they may be making the switch.