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This Year's Models

Gun manufacturers have recently released a variety of law enforcement weapons for any mission.

February 01, 2005  |  by - Also by this author


Ceska Zbrojovka CZ-75 Compact

Each year a couple of dozen different firearms are released for the police market. The most likely place to see one of these new weapons before it hits the racks of your local gun store or gets locked into your agency's arsenal is a trade show.

But not everybody can go to a specific trade show. Some are open only to dealers and writers. Others are open to credentialed law enforcement personnel only. But even if you can get in the door, you have to travel to the site of the show.

So because every cop can't get a sneak peek at the latest police firearms on the floor of a major trade show, POLICE offers you this roundup of some of the latest in law enforcement tools.

Beretta
Px4 Storm Pistol

Available in 9mm and .40 S&W, Beretta's new Px4 Storm duty pistol may very well be the most flexible and adaptable law enforcement sidearm ever produced. Not only can the Px4 be adapted to fit almost any hand size with interchangeable backstraps, it can also be customized to four different trigger actions. The trigger mechanisms can be customized to the following actions: single action and double action with decocker and manual safety, double action only with spurless hammer, single action and double action with decocker and no manual safety, or constant action with spurless hammer. Currently available only to law enforcement.

Beretta
Px4 Storm Pistol

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 17
Overall Length: 7.59 inches
Barrel Length: 4 inches
Weight (empty): 27.7 ounces
www.berettale.com

Barrett Firearms
Model M468 Rifle

Best known for its .50 caliber sniper rifles, Barrett Firearms is working to add more punch to the battleproven AR15 platform. Barrett's new Model M468, which can be bought as either a conversion kit or a full rifle, is a 6.8mm version of the select-fire AR15. Features include a muzzle break so that you can handle the big-bore weapon on full auto, a sound suppressor, a twostage trigger, and a 30-round magazine.


Barrett Firearms Model 468 Rifle

Barrett Firearms
Model 468 Rifle

Caliber: 6.8mm Remington
Capacity: 30
Barrel Length: 16 inches
Overall Length: 35.4 inches
Weight: 7.3 pounds
www.barrettrifles.com

Bushmaster
Carbon 15 Model 4 Carbine

The receiver on Bushmaster's latest Model 4 AR15 platform carbine is molded of Carbon 15, a lightweight composite material. This construction reduces the weight of the Carbon 15 Model 4 carbine by almost one pound compared to typical AR15s with forged aluminum receivers. The remainder of this weapon is pretty much AR15 standard. Because it's a carbine, the Bushmaster Carbon 15 model sports a 14.5-inch barrel. For law enforcement, it's available with a select-fire system that offers semi- and full-automatic operation with a threeshot burst mode.

Bushmaster
Carbon 15 Model 4 Carbine

Caliber: 5.56mm NATO (.223 Rem.)
Capacity: 30
Overall Length: 34.75 inches
Barrel Length: 14.5 inches
Weight (empty): 4.95 pounds
www.bushmaster.com

Ceska Zbrojovka
CZ-75 Compact

Once the favorite sidearms of Eastern European military forces, pistols from the Czech Republic's Ceska Zbrojovka (CZ) have proven popular with some American police. The company's new CZ 75 in .40 S&W is designed for plain-clothes officers and others who need a comfortable and concealable single-action/doubleaction pistol with excellent capacity and plenty of stopping power. An M3 accessory rail on the CZ-75 can accept lasers and lights.

Ceska Zbrojovka
CZ-75 Compact

Caliber: .40 S&W
Capacity: 10+1
Overall Length: 7.32 inches
Barrel Length: 3.87 inches
Weight (empty): 37.8 ounces
www.cz-usa.com

FN Herstal
FNP 40 Pistol

Expanding its line of FNP polymer-framed duty pistols, FN Herstal has introduced the FNP 40 in .40 S&W. Earlier FNP pistols were only available in 9mm. Like the FNP 9, the FNP 40 is a single action, double-action, hammer-fired pistol. Its features include an ambidextrous manual decocking lever, a firing pin safety, interchangeable backstraps that allow a shooter to easily customize the gun to his or her hand, and a rail system for lights and lasers.

FN Herstal
FNP 40 Pistol

Caliber: .40 S&W
Capacity: 14
Overall Length: 7.9 inches
Barrel Length: 4 inches
Weight (empty): 26.9 ounces
www.fnhusa.com

Glock
Model G37

Although it has been on the market for a while, Glock officials say the company is expecting increased acceptance of its Model G37 in 2005. The G37 fires Glock's new, powerful .45 Glock Auto Pistol (G.A.P.) ammo, which is now being produced by a variety of manufacturers.

Glock
Model G37 Pistol

Caliber: .45 G.A.P.
Capacity: 10
Overall Length: 7.32 inches
Barrel Length: 4.49 inches
Weight (empty): 25.95 ounces
www.glock.com

Heckler & Koch
P2000 SK Subcompact Pistol

HK's latest subcompact pistol is a concealed carry version of its P2000 US duty pistol. Like the full-size P2000, the subcompact is available in 9mm and .40 S&W and features HK's Law Enforcement Modification (LEM) trigger action. The precocked LEM action is a double-action hammer system that offers short trigger travel and consistent trigger pull. Easy-to-install backstraps allow the shooter to modify the P2000 SK's grip to fit his or her hand.


Heckler & Koch P2000 SK Subcompact Pistol

Heckler & Koch
P2000 SK Subcompact Pistol

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 10
Overall Length: 6.42 inches
Barrel Length: 2.48 inches
Weight (empty): 1.49 pounds
www.hk-usa.com

Kahr Arms
P45 Compact

Kahr Arms is known for its small but rugged and powerful pistols. The new Kahr P45 is no exception. This compact semi-auto weighs just 17 ounces and its grip width is only 1 inch, but it packs six rounds of .45 ACP punch. Constructed of polymer and steel, the P45 is designed to be an easy-to-carry concealment, backup, or off-duty weapon. It comes standard with low-profile, white bar-dot combat sights, and three-dot tritium sights are available as an option.

Kahr Arms
P45 Compact Pistol

Caliber: .45 ACP
Capacity: 6
Overall Length: 6.1 inches
Barrel Length: 3.54 inches
Weight (empty): 17 ounces
www.kahr.com

Kel-Tec
SU-16D Rifle

Designed for urban combat operations and available in a folding stock version that's 20 inches long when folded, Kel-Tec's SU-16D is being marketed to SWAT teams as a close-quarter-battle weapon. The SU-16D fires 5.56mm NATO (.223 Rem.) cartridges, and the company says it is accurate out to 300 meters. Except for barrel, bolt, sights, and mechanism, the weapon is made of glass fiber-reinforced polymer. Picatinny rails on the SU-16D accept a variety of accessories, including lights and lasers.

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Tags: 1911-Type Pistols, Compact Pistols, Duty Pistols, Shotguns, Subcompact Pistols, AR-Type Rifles

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