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    Does anyone know what the current duty weapon is for the CHP (make/model/caliber)? Also, does anyone know what wheelgun the CHP carried during the '70s (again, make/model/ caliber)? Thanks in advance, hopefully someone will help me end an on-going discussion with a co-worker.

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    The Smith and Wesson 5906 in .40 S&W <---its awesome

    as for their 1970s gun, i have no clue, probably the Model 10 Smith and Wesson .38 special

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    • #3
      That would be a 4006.. 5906 is a 9mm
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      • #4
        Originally posted by dannmann1050
        That would be a 4006.. 5906 is a 9mm
        Thanks for the info!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 132nBush
          Does anyone know what the current duty weapon is for the CHP (make/model/caliber)? Also, does anyone know what wheelgun the CHP carried during the '70s (again, make/model/ caliber)? Thanks in advance, hopefully someone will help me end an on-going discussion with a co-worker.
          I think it was a SW Model 27 - "Highway Patrolman" N Frame 41 mag. Nice piece.
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          • #6
            The "Highway Patrolman" was in .357 MAG., not .41.

            IIRC, the issue in the 70's was the Model 66 .357 MAG.
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            • #7
              Also note they are changing to the 4006 TSW (which has also been discontinued)...

              Best thing I could ever say about S&W Autos is that, Smith and Wesson makes great revolvers!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by 23queen5
                The Smith and Wesson 5906 in .40 S&W <---its awesome

                as for their 1970s gun, i have no clue, probably the Model 10 Smith and Wesson .38 special
                I don't really care for the gun personally. The Troopers up here used to use it. As a municipal cop I went to the same acadmey with the Troopers and I saw a lot of malfunctions when the Glocks, HK's and Sigs kept working. They also were nicked named the meatgrinder because when practicing malfunction drills the recruits would get their hands cut up on the decocking levers when working the slide.

                They work reasonably well if their kept clean and well maintained. But they don't handle abuse or neglect like most standard service pistols. They are also not all that great in the accuracy department.

                There is a reason your seeing a lot of Smiths for sale used as police trade ins. Their not all that popular with most of us.
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                • #9
                  Our experience with the S&W 6906 was excellent. The guns would fire when they had not been cleaned in a year, and were bone dry. They were not target guns, but accurate enough for service guns. They would not have been my first choice, but they were reliable, accurate, and easy to teach with.
                  (The in-service guns for our East Coast people tended to be dry - not much of a gun culture.Yet they would reliably fire the first 2 mags. A few drops of lube, and they would run all day. It would not have mattered what make of gun these folks were issued, they just did not maintain them.)
                  As always, your results may vary
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 132nBush
                    Does anyone know what the current duty weapon is for the CHP (make/model/caliber)? Also, does anyone know what wheelgun the CHP carried during the '70s (again, make/model/ caliber)? Thanks in advance, hopefully someone will help me end an on-going discussion with a co-worker.
                    Current: S&W 4006, .40S&W Caliber, 180gr Winchester Ranger

                    1970's: S&W Model 19 (K frame), .357mag, (don't know what load)

                    There's nothing wrong with S&W autos. A lot of the LAPD guys I know love their 4506's and 4566's.

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                    • #11
                      California Highway Patrol Issue Handgun

                      The thing that I find amazing is that neither the S&W 4006 models they've had nor the 9,700 S&W 4006TSW models they've just ordered to replace them have night-sights.

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                      • #12
                        Maybe they only work during the day?




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                        • #13
                          Do you need night sights to change a tire?





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                          • #14
                            I have proof that a mesquite branch through a sidewall:
                            a) finishes off a 8 ply truck tire.
                            b) Can be changed in the dark in the desert
                            c) Provides endless entertainment for the rest of the guys.

                            I never saw a CHP change his/her own tire - they used their headlights for the PR tire changes on the side of the road.
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