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« on: June 18, 2006, 12:01:36 am »


Well, we seem to have covered the FIRST duty pistol subject pretty well and it looks like just about all of us have gone through several pistols during our various careers.  Now, out of all the different guns we have carried, which one(s) was your favorite?

For down and out tack-driving accuracy, I would have to go with the S&W 6" model 686 (at least the one I had).  Alway qualified as expert, but with that 686 I qualified distinguished.  I suppose I should mention that it wasn't quite an "out-of-the-box" gun.  I did have the action worked on a bit. 
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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2006, 11:24:37 am »

Yep, I loved my 686 too.  It handled very well, and functioned flawlessly.  As a detective I carry a Glcok 27, and its not bad at all.
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2006, 11:31:45 am »

i never had to carry a pistol but i thought i would post this. several year ago i bought a s&w mod. 10 that was made up for the hong kong police. i don't know what they did to those pistols but i can't miss with it. i own several other 38 pistols but this mod. 10 just doesn't miss. its my all around favorite plinker pistol. have put several thousand rounds threw it and it jst keeps going.  gotzguns
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2006, 06:43:54 pm »

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I shot better with several revolvers over the years; ( on the range) but I never stopped carrying my series 70 Gold Cup. It served me well , and I was very comfortable with it. Now it sits in the secure location waiting for my grandson when my wife decides he's mature enough... It was a fine gun.
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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2006, 01:28:27 am »

Gosh that's an easy question.  My 1978 production Colt SAA, .45 Colt 4-3/4".  Carried almost everytime I was mounted.  Never felt undergunned.  Probably was, but...
When on regular duty, I liked both my Model 65 S&W and Colt Combat Commander.  Would hate to make a choice between those two.
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2006, 09:50:11 am »

This is a little harder than remembering the first duty pistol -

I still have an affinity for the 1st revolver I carried - a nickeled, .357 Magnum, S&W Hwy Patrolman (backed up by a S&W Model 39 9mm).

My favorite "showy" duty guns were a consecutive serial number pair of nickeled, 9mm, S&W, Model  59. I wore these as a pair for the 9 years I was on motorcycle duty. My most accurate (for me) was a 9mm, Glock 17.

As I conlude my 30th year, I am carrying a stainless, .45 Colt, S&W 625 and a .40 S&W Glock Model 22 (I believe in the superior ballistics of the .40 S&W, I just wish I could shoot it with as tight a groups as I got with the 9mm)

Not part of this topic, but related: My favorite off-duty carry pistols were a Colt New Service, in .45 Colt with the barrel cut to 3" and a .38 Spl, S&W stainless Chief's Special totally engraved. Both these have been sold long ago. My current favorites are: a .45 Colt, stainless, Ruger Vaquero, 3.5" barrel, and Birdshead grip and ( my latest) a blue & case hardened, .45 Colt, Uberti 1873 SAA, with 3" barrel./color]
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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2006, 04:23:58 pm »

Four inch Model 19 S&W for the very short time I worked with the Sheriff's Dept.
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2006, 06:59:11 am »

My best first duty weapon was a First Series Model 66 Smith with a 4 inch Barrel. The Semi-autos included a Govt. Model 70 Series 45acp. A SIG P226, and a Glock Model 23. I was not a fan of Glocks until I bought my first one. I bought the Model 23 and took to the range for annual qualification, I shot the best score in over 32 years. That was 4 years ago and now I own a Model 21, a Model 22, a Model 23, a Model 27, and a Model 32. It took a long time for an Ol' Dog to come around.
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« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2006, 05:58:26 pm »

My favorite duty pistol is the one I'm currrently carrying--a Kimber Pro-Carry HD (stainless 1911 pattern .45).  The ones they issue us have ambi safeties and night sights.  This is one fine gun!  I was very pleased that our department made this gun an option for issue.  We can choose between stainless or alloy Kimbers or Glock 21, 22 or 23.  Most detectives went with the Glock 23 or the alloy Kimber, but I am willing to put up with the extra weight.  It's a great gun.
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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2006, 11:01:28 am »

My favorite duty pistol has to be my first semi auto duty pistol as well.. It was "old style" Sig P220 in .45 ACP. Two tone, nickled steel parts with the black frame. I shot this pistol so well, I thought I could never miss with it. Never qualified below "expert" (the highest score you could get), didn't matter if it was day or night. 

A few years later, I was forced to go to a Glock 22 in .40.. Never shot that gun nearly as well as the SIG. Still shot expert, but the groups looked like a shotgun pattern instead of the one ragged hole I was used to... In 2000 the department transitioned back to the SIG P220 and I was very happy. My "new" Sig is a shooter, but it does not shoot quite as tight as my first one.

My first one is now equiped with a beautiful set of presentation wood grips and behind glass in a presentation case, hanging in a place of honor on my wall.
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« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2006, 02:09:49 am »

Tac,
When my department went to semi-autos back in 80's I bought a Sig Sauer 220.  Carried it to retirement in '94 and still carry it today.  Recently picked up a new Springfield TRP (their tactical 1911 model).  Great gun, accurate, but it won't replace the 220.
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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2006, 02:43:10 am »

My favorite duty pistol which is what I personally carry daily is my Sig 220.  I am anxiously waiting for my newly ordered Sig SAS 220 to come in with the DAK trigger system to replace it.  Man I have to tell you, after all the training, after all the shooting classes, after all the time on the range, that Sig 220 has never once failed, and it has consistently remained accurate.
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« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2006, 09:16:14 am »

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As the department armorer for these guns, I have never had one that failed due to a parts breakage or gun related problem that couldn't be traced back to either the ammo being bad or a worn out magazine spring... Their reliability combined with thier accuracy had built a reputation that has even converted some of our most die-hard Glockers to appreciate them... You will undoubtedly like that SAS DAK P220. I played with them at my most recent armorer's school, and learned that I could get some very smooth trigger pulls out of it, BUT it will take a little getting used to.... The re-set position for that DAK trigger is different. I recently handled one of the new Single Action Only P220's with the external safety, like the 1911. Boy was that a sweet gun! They got rid of the double action notch on the sear, the de-cock mechanism, and set the trigger up for a 4.5 pound release with only a little take up and NO creep... That gun is definatley on my "Gotta Have One" list.

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If you want a 1911 that is all SIG and is a fantastic shooter, take a hard look at their Sig GSR series of guns. I have one of the first generation GSR's in stainless steel, with the light rail, and out of 8 or 9 1911's I've owned, it is the most accurate and reliable out of the box gun I have ever owned. I have a couple of custom 1911's that cost twice as much that can hold thier own with it, but none of them can beat it, to include a Custom Springfield and a Wilson. I have not shot any of the newer "Revolution", second generation GSR's from Sig, but understand they are no sloutches in the accuracy department either.

My only complaint I have ever had about the P220 was related to the fact that the slides rusted at even the mention of the word moisture.... BUT Sig has recently fixed that too.... All of the new P220's are now manufactured with a stainless steel, one-peice CNC machined slide, just like the up-dated P226's/P228's/P229's. I might finally be able to retire my re-finishing set up and finally get to spend more time working on the department's Colt RIFLES instead! Smiley Roll Eyes Grin

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« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2006, 08:15:02 pm »



 Cool


 Series 70 and 80 Gold Cup...........
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« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2006, 06:26:10 pm »

Smith 586, best shooting, most accurate duty gun I was ever issued, in fact I bought it from the department shortly after going through auto transition.
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« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2006, 06:32:47 pm »

I bought my S&W Mod 64 when we transitioned to autos.  Me and another couple of old farts meet on Wednesday mornings for a bull session at an indoor range.  Shot the 64 last week and after knocking the rust off my DA pull I cut the middle out of a Q with it.  My old Mod 14 went this morning.  Same result.  I shot PPC matches with that one back in the mid seventies.  Donít know why I still have it, I sold most everything else.  I do love the K frame Smiths.

After having people scream GLOCK at me for several years I reluctantly bought a G26 about a month ago.  I put magazine extensions on the mags so I could get all my hand on it.  Itís laying here on the desk right now with its little night sights glowing.  It seems just happy to be here.  Have to admit, I shot that little gun out of the box as well as I shoot the 5946 Smith I carried until retirement, IĎd put a few thousand through that.  Yeah, I bought the Smith when I retired.

This morning before we left the range, I looked at a G34.  I hope to be shooting IDPA with my son-in-law by next year this time.  Heís saving for a G23 and I match him dollar for dollar.  The boy shows allot of promise with borrowed Glocks.  Iíll need the G34 to keep up with him.  If itís still there next Wednesday itís going on lay away.

The department I worked for has switched to Glocks.  Sheriffís Department here carries the things.  All but a couple guys at the gun shop carry them.  I havenít shot everything on the market but after a few hundred thru the G26 and a box or two thru a pardís G19, Iím pretty much convinced Iíll never do any better with anything else.
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« Reply #16 on: October 31, 2006, 08:20:58 am »

Started with a Model10 3" heavy Bbl, full metal jacket Winchester loads. Finished with a Model10 3" heavy Bbl, 125 Gn Hollow point Jacketed Winchester loads. Carried a J frame occasionally when on escorts, but generally the Model 10 was the go.

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« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2006, 11:41:47 am »

That would have to be my current duty pistol the Sig P220 in stainless with night-sights, its an all round piece of German precision.  I added coco bolo checkered grips from Houge Grips and the Safariland level II midride keeps it secure. Our issued duty round is the Federal Hydrashok in 230gr. What would I add? a thumb safty buty thats just me a lot of officers dont want to have to think about flipping a safty in a life or death situation on the other side of the coin most officers that are killed by gunshot are shot with thier own weapon and a second or two for the perp to find that safty my be just the time you need to fight or flee for cover.
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« Reply #18 on: November 26, 2006, 10:35:32 pm »

  My Smith & Wesson 686 for several years and for 12 years my Sig P220, which I plan to use till I retire!
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« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2008, 03:00:46 pm »

My favorite wasn't the fanciest or the most powerful.  It was a 2 3/4" barrel model 66 loaded with Federal .38 +p+ ammo.  In the Federal Academy we shot full power ammo every day and by the time I graduated I could put those lil 110 grainers wherever I wanted.  I was very confident with that little gun.
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« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2008, 11:52:54 pm »

My favorite was my last personally owned weapon before we went ro carring department issue only.  It was A blue S&W model 13 4 inch .357 magnum.  The front sight was adjusted for the 125 grain JHP .357 Reemington load so that it was dead on.  I never had to worry adjustable sights getting knocked out of kilter.  Then we went to issued S&W model 59's for two months.  Due to big problems we changed to model 66's as S&W could not refund the cost of the 9MM's.  Again problems showed up but our department armorers worked OT and fixed them.  I guess S&W was just turning out junk for awhile.  My old model 13 and my old model 36 somehow kept me company.  I never had to use them so I never had to explain to IA why I was carrying them.
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« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2008, 11:20:24 am »

I'd have to say my 4 inch S&W Model 28, the old Highway Patrolman was my preferred carry gun. It adjusted a few attitudes during its career.    My FAVORITE was my 5-inch Model 27 Nickle plated S&W that I ruined with a squib load.

My most accurate was my 4 inch model 64 (?) the stainless 38 caliber version of the Model 10. Tacks, I tell ya. It drove TACKS !
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« Reply #22 on: April 18, 2008, 10:34:48 pm »

My current is my favorite, SW99 .40 cal. S&W/Walther Hybrid. Sucker is ACCU rate
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« Reply #23 on: July 13, 2008, 06:48:33 pm »

Cap'n, I got into this post late so try to overlook me if I re-cover old ground. When I began in 1971 it was "run what you brung". I had a beautiful Colt *.357mag* 4" for several years. In 1991 the PD bought our first issue guns, which were Beretta 96D Centurions. In 1993, becaue we had officers too dumb to appreciate the Berettas we went to Sig P-229s. I retired in 1995 and the agency is still carrying Sigs. The biggest...only...change is that they went to a LaserMax guide rod system. Now that I'm "old and I' nervous and cast from the service I carry anything I like. Usually it's a M-342 Smith or a Detonics CombatMaster if I dress up. Regards
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« Reply #24 on: September 30, 2008, 04:16:11 am »

If only we could have!!! As you probably know, us British police were issued with a 15" wooden 'truncheon' which, along with a facility to talk your way out of trouble, was the only weapon of self defense we had. (Mind you, I was incredibly fast over a short distance!)
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