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Official Questions Wis. Sheriff's Bulk Glock Order

July 16, 2012  | 

A G22 .40-caliber Gen4 Glock. Photo: POLICE file
A G22 .40-caliber Gen4 Glock. Photo: POLICE file

The Milwaukee County (Wis.) Sheriff's Office got a great deal on new service weapons, placing an order for 565 Glock handguns for $72,320.

The sheriff's office will equip its 275 deputies, as well as correctional officers with weapons training, with Generation 4 Glock pistols chambered in .40 S&W, including the full-size G22 and sub-compact G27. Upper command staff and undercover deputies will have the option to take the G27 in addition to the G22, Fran McLaughlin, the agency's public information officer, told POLICE Magazine.

The pistols regularly cost $429 a piece, but by trading in 10-year-old models the office was able to pay only $139 per weapon.

The pistols feature a textured grip, customizable grip for various hand sizes, and a reinforced recoil spring.

Critics blasted the purchase, with county Supervisor John Weishan Jr. telling the Journal Sentinel that there's "absolutely no reason to justify this." Weishan also questioned the bulk order.

"We're not fighting a war here," Weishan said. "A deputy is just going to fire his weapon on the range. The most wear and tear on a weapon is just cleaning it."

By Paul Clinton


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Comments (19)

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Fed Cop @ 7/16/2012 2:15 PM

That is SOOOOOOO typical of a political hack not knowing what police do. I bet he hasn't fire a gun in his life.

FM18 @ 7/16/2012 7:01 PM

That was a great deal. After 10 years, you are coming up on replacing the night sights on pistols (around 12 year mark) Those alone cost anywhere between $80-$100. Politician being a politician is all I am going to say about the other part...

Billy @ 7/16/2012 7:11 PM

I bet this county supervisor really goes "ballistic" when the sheriff has to buy a $20,000 patrol car!

Bob @ 7/17/2012 12:01 AM

Great Deal!!! After 10 years or 10,000 rounds a duty gun should be replaced. Getting one for $139 is a bargin. Suck it up tax payers it's a small price to pay for confindent officers.

Jsmith103 @ 7/17/2012 12:53 AM

My personal favorite quote from the county supervisor is " a deputy is only going to fire his gun on the range" which is a good possibility I don't speak as if to know the stats for officer involved shootings but that comment is way out in left field.

Denny Elliott @ 7/17/2012 3:20 AM

The curse of the warrior is that he is employed by the politician. Nuff Said.

Greg @ 7/17/2012 3:50 AM

During the Civil War the bean-counters said the troops didn't need multiple shot rifles (they'll waste ammo) the troops used single shots unless they were provided by private donors. During the Indian Wars, more single shot trapdoor carbines, single shot pieces of crap vs. lever actions with multiple shots (the indians had lever actions, the troops-single shots)...the bean counters said, "they'll waste ammo". During WWI Hiram Maxim (he was American) tried to get the military to buy his machine gun..."It'll waste ammo, it costs too much" the beancounters said...he sold it to the Germans (Maxim 08 & 08/15--a.k.a. The Devil's Paintbrush) this gun killed a lot of Allies.

Sure looks like the same idiots have bred and are keeping up the shallow end of the gene pool when it comes to the people at the pointy end of the stick....Spay or Neuter your admin people!

Jack @ 7/17/2012 3:50 AM

Based on the first sentence, the cost is only $128/unit, not $139. One session on the range can cost more than that!

Phil @ 7/17/2012 4:42 AM

We just did something similar. Cost to re-furbish the gun was something like two (2!) to five dollars more than trading it in and getting new G22's. Old guns were made available to officers for about $315, and no, there are not any available for you to buy....

Dale @ 7/17/2012 6:35 AM

Definitely a great price but sad to see government agencies buying foreign made products. There are many great USA Made firearms to choose from (Smith & Wesson M&P's for example). Taxpayer money should be spent to support the workers who pay the taxes.

Ed @ 7/17/2012 6:48 AM

Dale, Glocks are assembled in the US from parts manufactured in Austria, so they technically are made in the USA.

Mike @ 7/17/2012 7:09 AM

First off we are fighting a war, every day we strap on the gear. And someone please ask the "bean counter" how many calculators he has had in 10 years....

Mike @ 7/17/2012 7:22 AM

Weishan is a foolish talking head in this instance

[email protected] @ 7/17/2012 11:20 AM

I'm no Glock fan but this is one smokin' deal! May I assume that County Supervisor is an elective office? Well Blues, VOTE. Glad the Sheriffs on top of things and wants to equip his dept. with the latest tools. Be Safe.

DPB @ 7/17/2012 12:02 PM

Investigate County Supervisor John Weishan Jr.'s expense account. I wonder what we might find???

Marty Brownfield @ 7/17/2012 12:40 PM

Hmmm... The interesting thing no one has commented on is the "command staff" and undercover officers were allowed to obtain a Model 27 as well as the Model 22. Some officers wound up with two guns under this deal.

They should have worked something out so that EVERY officer could have a new Model 22 as well as a Model 27 for back up!

John T @ 7/17/2012 1:42 PM

It is a sad state of affairs where the politicians that make the decisions on spending money don't have a clue of what life on the stereets really is like. I know I would want my son to the the best equipment to help keep himself and the public safe. I wonder if weishan has any one he cares about in law enforcement. probably not, based on his comments.




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Jim @ 7/17/2012 4:55 PM

This is absolute proof the idiots run the world. For awhile, I thought it was just here!!

BigDave @ 7/24/2012 7:17 PM

It's a good deal on the guns, but it seems nobody is asking if there was a real need to replace the old handguns. That would be my question. Budgets are tight, and few guns really wear out. I'm all for replacing them if needed, but often the replacements are done when the old stuff is still working great.

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