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Baltimore County PD Issues FNS-40LS Pistol

September 03, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of FNH USA.
Photo courtesy of FNH USA.
The Baltimore County (Md.) Police Department purchased FNS-40LS (Long Slide) duty pistols in August, becoming the first police agency in the country to adopt the pistol for duty.

The agency ordered 1,920 of the striker-fired, double-action FNS-40LS pistols that arrive chambered in .40 S&W, the company announced. FNH USA also produces a 9mm version of pistols first introduced in 2011. The pistols will be issued in January.

The LS models feature a 5-inch barrel and extended sight radius. FNH has been producing this variant for law enforcement only since 2012. Baltimore County PD officers are receiving upgraded Warren-Sevigny Carry Night Sights in a two-dot configuration (green front lamp with white ring) and 14-round magazines.

The pistols also offer an ambidextrous magazine release and slide stop. Trigger pulls range from 5.5 to 7.7 pounds.

The pistols will be manufactured in Columbia, S.C., and distributed through AmChar Wholesale.

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Comments (3)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 9/10/2013 4:00 PM

The longer barrel means better accurancy and control of the weapon. I am glad to see these kinds of improvements, they have been needed for a long time.

Twotothechest @ 2/26/2014 6:57 AM

I've heard from members of this department that this particular weapon is plagued with problems. Catastropic failures, overheating, and front sights falling off the weapon during weapon qualifications. Hopefully these issues will be addressed.

Major Lamont Echols @ 11/4/2014 3:05 PM

I think its a mistake... This weapon system is entirely too new to be fielded so fast. BCOPD previously carried the Sig Pro 2350 in .40 cal. I have not heard nor read anything about there being any problems with the Sig Pistols besides service age ( 15years ). Before this they used the venerable Sig p226 which is a awesome handgun and its battle proven by our U.S. Navy SEALS. Just being frank, I think this is a case of the lowest bidder winning but not having the quality to match. BCOPD'S OWN RANK AND FILE ARE ALREADY HAVING SERIOUS ISSUES WITH THE FNS .40LS. The mags fall out while firing, constant jamming issues, the slides "shave" the rails and deposit the shavings in the firing mechanism etc... The FNS beat out the Smith And Wesson M&P .40, The Glock Model 22, which have more field experience but the reason for disqualifying them and selecting the FNS are NOT EXPLAINED. Which is kinda strange but probably means FNS gave them a better price for the initial purchase of the new guns..

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