BlueSheepDog has received a few requests from our readers asking about what firearms different police agencies have selected for their officers. These requests have not gone unheard, and we have been diligently researching the answers to your questions. In this new series, “Police Firearms”, BSD will examine what America’s law enforcement officers are carrying on duty and perhaps why those firearms were selected.
The selection of a firearm is no small decision. The size, weight, capacity, and accuracy are all serious considerations to make when your life and the life of others are on the line. In the early years it was not uncommon for officers to have to purchase their own firearms, so the type and model carried varied widely.
By around the mid 20th century many major police agencies had determined it was safer, more cost-effective, and generally easier to purchase and issue officers a specific (or narrow list) of firearms to carry on duty. This allowed Department Armorers and Firearms Trainers to master only a few firearms. It also allowed Departments to select calibers to meet their needs and reduce the cost of trying to provide multiple types of ammunition to its officers.