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« Reply #75 on: April 18, 2008, 10:32:43 pm »

S&W Mod. 10 with a 5" Heavy Barrel and a Winchester Mod. 1894.
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« Reply #76 on: August 21, 2008, 04:06:31 pm »

In 1971 I picked up a Colt ".357 magnum"...forerunner of the marks and nothing less than a Python with a plain barrel...and I loved it. Until I saw something else really nice. Over the next 25 years I carried many different weapons in both wheelgun and bottom feeder configurations. Colt Combat Commanders were my schtick for about 5 years and then I went through the "only a Smith M-28, 6" will do" period of time. One year it was a customized M-1917 Smith with a 4" Douglas bull barrel and night sights by Julio Santiago. In 1993 the department issued duty weapons for the first time and they were Beretta 96D Centurions and then in 1994 they were traded for Sig P-229s. That was what they were issuing when I said adios. Sometimes I sit and dream of finding some of the guns I have gone through over the years and sometimes I actually find something similar. My good wife is pretty unflappable about my guns and I now have too many to take to the range at one time to fire. Ain't life sweet?    Grin
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« Reply #77 on: September 16, 2008, 11:36:14 pm »

S&W Model 15 and Model 10.  I am glad we left those behind!
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« Reply #78 on: May 30, 2010, 09:33:45 pm »

I know this is a post almost two years old, but since I just got on the Cas City forum last Febuary and just joined the Bold Chambers recently, I'll tell ya all about my first duty weapon. I started out in law enforcement working as a reserve officer and later as a part-time officer in my home town which was only around 1000 population. The one and only patrol vehilce was a red and white Chevy pick-up with a big red bubble light on the top and a whailing siren that sounded just like Andy and Barneys (Andy Griffeth Show). The vehicle also double dutied as a street department vehicle during the day. The mayor in the town didn't think I needed a firearm, said if I ran into trouble, just call in a sheriffs deputy. Ya right-tell some dirt bag  with a gun to stand at ease till a deputy comes half way across the county. So, not wanting to make the morning news at the local TV station of "Local Part-time Police Officer Gunned Down In Alley", I carried one on the sly. Not having a 'big bore' centerfire handgun other than a 1851 Colt copy 44 caliber Cap an Ball, I resorted to, hang onto yer socks, a Ruger Super Single Six-put the magnum cylinder in her, and kept it on the seat. After dark, I'd strap her on in a low slung 'Hunter" holster. I'd put six beans in the wheel too, figured since I could hit rolling beer and pop cans with ease, I could hit center mass with no problem or one between the eyes. Never had to draw it, thankfully, but it was better than getting a sand shovel out of the box of the pick-up and having to toss it at some hombre. There's a post on 'Your favorite duty pistol' on which I'll tell of that one. Still have the three screw Super-single six, still can make believers out of cans with it!
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« Reply #79 on: December 29, 2010, 11:48:05 am »

Hate to admit it but my first duty weapon was a Llama .357.     Embarrassed     I was new to the gun scene & let the gun store guy talk me into buying it because it was 50 bucks cheaper than a Smith or Colt.     Cry     I'm thinkin' now he was able to sell it to anyone smart about guns!!
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« Reply #80 on: January 30, 2011, 11:09:38 pm »

My uncle Sam issued me my first duty gun a 1911A1 as an Army MP.

When I got my first civilian PD job I was informed that a 1911 wasn't an option.  I went out and bought a S & W model 19 but I had a series 70 Colt 45 in my holster before the end of the first year.

Carried that Colt until a department change necessitated the purchase of a S & W 686.  Series 70 was again quickly back in my holster until I upgraded it to a Delta Elite.

One last department change caused the purchase of a SIG 220.  This time it took almost 7 years before I got my way and had a 45 Combat Commander in my holster.   My day to day carry gun is currently a 45 Kimber Ultra CDP.  I fully expect to continue to carry the 1911s until I retire, although I'm eligible, I'm in no hurry to do that any time soon.

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« Reply #81 on: March 23, 2011, 06:04:57 pm »

S&W 38/44 Heavy Duty.  It was an "N" frame fixed sighted .38 Special with a 4" barrel.  The prior Inspector (Border Patrol Agents were called "Patrol Inspectors" or "PI's" back in 1969) had been left handed and had the front sight shaved to have his point of aim match his point of impact.  It shot 18" to the left for me at 50 yards!  To make matters worse, the rifling was almost gone and our duty load, the 38/44 (158 grain RNL @ ~ 915 f/s), key holed shortly after leaving the barrel.  I couldn't keep wadcutters in the ten ring of a B-8 bullseye at 25 yards no matter how hard I tried. 

I thought it was me until the old gun quit on me and I was issued a M&P 4" heavy barrel that was dead on at 25 and stayed in the "X" ring if I did my part.  It had the old "Mule Ear" hammer though and I had to sneak over to a pistol smith to have a modern hammer installed.  That was a great gun.  It had a Patridge front sight that was a special order for the Border Patrol.  (Please see attached photo.)

We loaded two at a time from loops and if one was quick it could be done in about 6 seconds.

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« Reply #82 on: March 25, 2011, 06:02:31 pm »

I noticed some posts that said that they started with a revolver of one kind or another and were glad when they switched to semi-automatics.

Of my 33 years in the USBP 15 were spent as an Academy Firearms Instructor.  The first nine were at FLETC in Glynco, GA where the students from 78 different agencies trained with revolvers.  There was nary a malfunction except for some bad ammo we had for a while.

I then transferred back to the field and served as a sector range officer whenever we had our quarterly qualification.  During that period the Agents were permitted to purchase and carry semi-automatics after receiving transition training. It was then that I began to experience what are called "alibi" shots during qualification due to malfunctioning semi-automatics.  I kept remembering Bill Jordan's statement that "There are no alibis in a gun fight."  There were so many in fact, that the time required to run our 72 round qualification course almost doubled!

My second Academy tour lasted six years and by that time all new Agents were training with semi-automatics.  Malfunction and IA drills were just accepted by the Instructors and trainees as "Business as Usual."  I was, and am still amazed at the difference I experienced between the malfunction rate of semi-automatics Vs revolvers in a law enforcement environment.  For that reason I carry a wheelgun as a retired LEO and if I were back in the field (and had a choice) I would again carry the sixgun.

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« Reply #83 on: April 14, 2011, 08:21:12 pm »

I'm kinda new to the LEO game, having only been with the CHP for 6 years. First issue was the S&W 4006 in .40 S&W- Stainless. Was/ is a BRICK. Current issue is the S&W 4006 TSW...


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« Reply #84 on: April 15, 2011, 08:22:05 am »

Here's a fellow you might enjoy communicating with.

Former USMC and retired CHP who teaches gun fighting skills.  http://www.gunfightersltd.com/

Great guy.

KW
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« Reply #85 on: April 15, 2011, 01:02:16 pm »

Why thankyou, I will check him out Smiley
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« Reply #86 on: September 24, 2011, 07:16:39 pm »

S&W model K 38 revolver, 4"
S&W Chief special 2"
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« Reply #87 on: September 24, 2011, 10:58:44 pm »

My first was a Colt Trooper .357.  Speed loaders came out a little later and I bought some.  I wish I never sold that gun.
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« Reply #88 on: October 18, 2011, 06:06:58 pm »

Mine was a Colt 1911 and 4 spare mags.
I'm still here because of that pistol Wink
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