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Nag_max50

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Posted about 7 years ago

 

Do police departments limit the caliber of a gun an officer can carry? For example a .40 caliber or .45 caliber. If so what is the reasoning behind it. Just curious, since I did an internship at the pd and officers could only carry up to .40 caliber gun, no higher caliber. Thanks for the input.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Most modern larger departments require that all their officers carry the same weapon and even suggest or require off-duty weapons be of the same caliber so the ammo is compatible. Many city PD's will not allow officers to carry the .357 rd because of it's penetrating power which is highly understandable. You have to be aware of what damage your round will do if it misses your intended target. It is hardly idea to fire a .357 inside an apt where it will pass through a number of walls, just very poor planning.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Thanks for the info.

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And another reason for carrying the same type caliber on and off duty....,you may be able to give your buddy a few rounds in case he or she runs out if you are in a fire fight..

Coin_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

If they run out of ammo they either need to learn to shoot better or be able to become part of the pavement because they aren't getting any of mine. If I am dead, they are free to use my extra ammo then.

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i was going to say that but everone would have called me an asshole.

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Carring the same weapon & caliber is common. If there was not a departmental regulation, some officers "I have seen it!", will request to carry something like a " Desert Eagle .50 Cal." Over penetration should always be a concern. I like the Glock and in a .45 cal. We use the G-22 & G-23. (.40 Cal)

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I must admit..My first choice would be the S&W .44 maginum. But, its hard to fire more than 4 rounds and hear your radio for the next three hours. The ringing in your ears will last for about 3 days. Better stick with the 40 or 9mm.

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are you guys kidding? how many fire fights have you been in?

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sounds like someone is watching too many "Dirty Harry" Movies....lol

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I've fired my dad's .44 maginum(supervised by SEVERAL MATURE ADULTS) at an old broken down car and with that penetrating power I don't think it's safe to fire it anywhere but a shooting range. I would even say the bullet would pass through a body.

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I must have missed it when they made the 44 "magInum". I am familiar with the 44 Magnum, however if they have made a new weapon by the same caliber but a different name I am game to learn more about that one!...

Just curious ODIN, what are you carrying these days?

Our dept allows 9mm or .40, however most of our officers prefer the Sig Sauer to the Glock. I love both however I am of the opinion if you are on the street and you get in a shooting I would prefer to have another officer backing me up with the same weapon, just in case I need to utilize the other officers extra magazine. Standardizing a single weapon for the entire department to use is a very positive officer safety feature. If I roll up on a officer involver shooting where my partner needs extra ammo, I sure the hell dont think either of us have the time to have him or her shove rounds in a magazine. We could both be dumped by the time that happens.

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how many times in your long law enforcement career have you even heard of a shoot out that used up all the officers ammo and he needed another officers mags so he could stay in the battle ? are department carries glocks 40 but not for that reason alone. i carry a colt officer model 45.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

yeah just about everyone in my department has the G22. I am working on getting mine for the reason that Cowboycdm stated. You just never know when someone is going to walk through our doors with AK's blazing and if one of us drops in the heat of the battle, theres spare ammo right there.

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We carry the G22 on duty, and the only gun we can carry off duty is the G27. (both are .40 Cal for the people who don't know that)

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

thanks for all the answers.