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NYPD No Longer Allowing Veteran Officers to Carry Revolvers as Duty Weapons

June 01, 2018  | 

The last crop of officers transitioning from the old-school revolver to the modern semi-automatic handguns reported to the NYPD shooting range in the Bronx for training Wednesday.

The remaining 150 police officers — who all joined the force before 1993, when the .9mm semi-automatic became the department's service weapon — have until Aug. 31 to be trained on new guns.

Some of the officers say they will miss their wheel guns.

Lt. James Darcy, a housing cop who has been on the job since January 1987, said his revolver commanded reverence on the streets. "They give you a lot of respect. They say, 'Man, you're old-time, you've been out there a long time doing this,'" he told the New York Daily News.

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CaptMidnight @ 6/1/2018 2:35 PM

God save us from another plastic wundernine.
In a choice between Glock, S&W, Sig, autos I would go with the SIG.
Browning GHP or CZ75-75B in 9mmLuger (9x19) should be allowed as backup/plainclothes weapons.
Guess this means no S&W J frames or Colt D frames as backups.

William @ 6/1/2018 2:54 PM

With the idea of more means better when it comes to firearms the wheel gun has seen its best days,new era cops say semi auto is needed to combat the criminals, if you shoot someone once or fifteen times they are still neutralized, I remember carry a 357 in my early career, a model 13 S&W, I could and still can shoot the primer out of a shotgun shell at 7 yards and get the wheel gun out of my holster on target and a round in x in less than two seconds,new is not always better just cost more

David McConnaughey @ 6/4/2018 3:45 AM

I carried a .357 Colt Lawman MkIII, a S&W 27, and a S&W 686 over the years on duty and I shudder now at only having 18 total rounds on duty (not including back-up). My Colt is retired now, replaced by a Glock 29 sub-compact 10MM as back-up to my issued Glock 17. I still like revolvers and own several, but for duty/off-duty, I'll take an high quality high-cap auto any day.

Grey Bear @ 6/4/2018 9:16 AM

I too carried a wheel gun for the first several years, and still love them. Last Department issued Glocks, which I actually like. One of my former co-workers was thrilled when they first issued the semi-autos, and when I asked why, since they shot their revolvers very well, they replied "more rounds, so I can miss more"...uh, cannot miss fast enough to win a gunfight, trust me, been in a couple...

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