I had firearms training last week so I brought my duty pistol home to clean it. I usually clean it at work but ran out of time. As I was cleaning it, I got thinking about the difference between my current weapon and the one I was issued when I came on the department.
On Sept. 24, 1989 I was sworn in as a patrol officer. I went from City Hall to the station and the training sgt. handed me a Smith & Wesson Model 64 .38 Special revolver. He gave me 18 rounds of ammo and dump pouches for my duty belt (we had to buy our own speed loaders if we wanted them!). I carried this for about four or five years and then we switched to a S&W 5906 9mm. The department allowed any officer who wanted to do so to buy their .38 duty weapon through the dealer. I paid $130 for it. It's sat in my safe pretty much since then. I carry a gun 40+ hrs. a week so I don't really do much with them on my off time.
After about 5 horrible years of broken down crappy use, we switched from the S&W 5906 to our current weapon, the Glock Model 22C (C for compensation ports) .40 caliber.
The current weapon is so much better for law enforcement use but I got curious about some things so I did some comparions
Weight 36 oz.
Length 8 7/8 in.
ammo 12 backup
Weight 25 oz.
Length 7.32 in.
sights 3 dot night sights
ammo 30 backup
If anyone is ever in the market for a pistol, I would highly recommend the Glock.
We also switched from the old standbye Remington 870 shotgun as the vehicle's long gun to the Bushmaster M4 Carbine.
It took some time, but we finally caught up with the times and are better equipped to deal with the types of threats that are out there today.
Just feeling a bit nostalgic...