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At SHOT Show 2010, 5.11 Tactical introduced the ThumbDrive Holster, a modular holster that can be used for duty carry or concealment. The holster arrives with a chop blocker, belt slide and removeable paddle system. It will be available in April.
In addition to being used for backup, the SIG Sauer P238 would be very practical for plainclothes officers who need a "deep cover" weapon or as an off-duty gun.
YouTube user kowa45 reviews the Ruger LCP .380, saying it's an ideal second or third gun for a cop. Dissasembly isn't easy, so watch for that section. Read POLICE Magazine's review of the Ruger LCP.
Nutnfancy reviews the Taurus PT1911. The duty pistol delivers a lot of value for its $650 price tag. The model shown, a PT1911 AL (aluminum frame), weighs 40 ounces and offers a capacity of 8 + 1. Read POLICE Magazine's Taurus 1911 review.
Like civilians trapped in a store, bank, or restaurant when a gunman barges in and starts shooting, the Fort Hood soldiers were left with their bare hands as their only weapons.