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  • Is There Any U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies That Still Issue Revolvers?

    I was thinking about service weapons this evening and recalling that my first issue weapon was a Smith & Wesson Model 10. I pretty basic revolver. Somewhat later I bought my own Smith & Wesson Model 66. Anyway, while it certainly seems that everybody is carrying semi automatic pistols, is there any U. S. law enforcement agencies that still issue revolvers?

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    We can carry them, few do. Some of the older guys still have their issued revolvers, and I suppose if you begged enough (and had a convincing reason), they might dig one out of the safe for you (we don't seem to dispose of anything ever).
    Last edited by CACBAND; 12-03-2011, 09:47 PM.
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      I'd use one as a paperweight on my nightstand. Less is not always more, especially when it comes to firepower.
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      • #4
        The seasonal officers that the Ocean City, MD Police Department hires for the summer are required to carry them. They're .357, not sure of the exact model, however. The full timers get semi-automatics. Obviously not cops, but most (all?) armored truck companies still issue revolvers as well (guards do have the option of carrying their own semi-automatic at least).

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        • #5
          Garda gave my friend a Glock, guess it (as does everything) depends on the company.
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          • #6
            There are few agencies in NY (employing peace officers) still issues model 10s.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by CACBAND View Post
              Garda gave my friend a Glock, guess it (as does everything) depends on the company.
              Thanks for the correction, didn't know that. Too bad the other companies (I know Dunbar still issues S&W 629s) haven't modernized. Not that the .357 is a shabby round at all, but I personally would prefer a larger round capacity.

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              • #8
                I see regularly some armored car companies and a couple security companies who apparently issue revolvers to their guards. The condition of the weapons appears to be directly proportional to the condition of their uniforms. Sloppy dirty bunch they are. Can't beleive they give them guns let alone trust them with large amounts of money.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Interceptor View Post
                  I see regularly some armored car companies and a couple security companies who apparently issue revolvers to their guards. The condition of the weapons appears to be directly proportional to the condition of their uniforms. Sloppy dirty bunch they are. Can't beleive they give them guns let alone trust them with large amounts of money.
                  After I retired I worked for a armored car company for about 2 weeks.

                  The lower end companies never get rid of anything so what they have is revolvers...PLUS if they happen to be a company that has not welded the gun ports shut............you DON'T want to fire a semi out of a gun port and have the brass bouncing around the inside of the unit.

                  The small office I worked for had about 25 employees.............all of them were LEO rejects and/or people looking for a quick paycheck with no real responsibility. That office actually has one retired police officer working --------and I was the second with any type of formal security training.....the rest were slugs.

                  Interceptor----what is even worse is what they pay their employees................and trust them around HUGE amounts of money.

                  I couldn't handle the way the company dealt with their equipment and employees........

                  I have heard good things about Guarda.....................and an employer ----also their personnel usually look sharp and the equipment looks good.



                  To the OP-----------------a lot of Corrections agencies still issue revolvers...........

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Turner View Post
                    The seasonal officers that the Ocean City, MD Police Department hires for the summer are required to carry them.
                    Why do they have to carry revolvers?
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                    Just one would be stingy of me, I'd have to get two. For the children.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Turner View Post
                      The seasonal officers that the Ocean City, MD Police Department hires for the summer are required to carry them. They're .357, not sure of the exact model, however. The full timers get semi-automatics. Obviously not cops, but most (all?) armored truck companies still issue revolvers as well (guards do have the option of carrying their own semi-automatic at least).
                      Originally posted by dontknowwhy View Post
                      Why do they have to carry revolvers?
                      Sounds like a policy requirement.



                      Most "strange" policies have a root cause...................at some point someone screwed up and everyone has to pay for that screwup forever.

                      My guess is sometime in the past somebody (part time seasonal) did a no-no with a pistol due to improper or inadequate training. Rather than spend the $$$$ on training a 3 month employee they mandated revolvers ------------which "require" less intensive training in proper handling.

                      Just a guess
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                      • #12
                        I read an articled about using them as "Shield guns" meant to be first through a firing port in a ballistic shield ?? Specifically the 8 shot Smith and Wesson 357 magnum model 27's ?? And as I recall they were often carrying an extra "reload" clipped to the back side of the shield or on the body person using the shield ??

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dontknowwhy View Post
                          Why do they have to carry revolvers?
                          Unless it has changed, it is a policy requirement as Iowa stated. As far as the reasoning behind it, I am not sure. It seems like I remember reading somewhere that they felt seasonal officers carrying their own weapons raised a liability issue for the department. Thus the department felt safer issuing department weapons to them. As to why they chose revolvers, I have no idea. The seasonal academy is far shorter than a traditional academy; perhaps they felt there was not enough time to properly train the recruits on the more complex semi-automatic platform. This is all speculation on my part, however, so please take it with a grain of salt.
                          Last edited by Turner; 12-04-2011, 02:52 PM.

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                          • #14
                            The only ones that carry wheel guns at my dept are detectives and brass that haven't worked the streets in years. Every new hire is issued a G17.

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                            • #15
                              I believe the Riverside County Sheriff in CA still issues .38's. But Deputies can carry whatever they want. But if want a Dept issued gun, its a .38. At least it was when I was there circa 2004ish

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