This year, the law enforcement section of the show wound through both floors of the Sands Expo Center and into numerous ballrooms in the Venetian Hotel. Exhibitors along the law enforcement aisles were showing everything from machine guns to mannequins, ranging in size from vehicles to lights the size of a stick of Dentyne gum.
All sworn law enforcement officers carry at least one handgun. Smart ones carry more than one, if they're allowed to. That's why so much of the handgun market is focused on providing cops with handguns.
What I've learned over the years is that many officers will typically use way too much oil and solvent when cleaning their duty weapons. I've seen officers use lithium grease, brake cleaner and PB Blaster in their Glocks, but the main issues causing problems were from too much oil, or failure to remove all of the solvents.
Because of the tough economic times most agencies issue only a duty sidearm, and the officer wishing to carry a backup can purchase one from a department-approved list. Let's take a look at some of the characteristics you should look for in a BUG.
Not only have the ergonomics of the Gen 4 Glocks been vastly improved. So have some of the interior components.
Glock's pair of Gen4 pistols—the G17 (9mm) and G22 (.40 caliber)—upgrade the Gen 3 line with adjustable backstraps, a rougher-textured grip, double spring to reduce recoil and new slide serrations. Take a look at our gallery of the full-frame pistols introduced at SHOT Show. Then, read our "Arsenal" review of the pistols. This summer, look for Gen4 versions of the compact G19 and G23.
The purpose of this article is to pass on a few observations and suggestions that might help law enforcement officers and their employing agencies improve firearms training, especially for those officers who find it difficult to qualify with their issued firearms.
There was a lot more to see at this year's SHOT Show than backup weapons. Glock announced a major facelift of its duty pistols, Bushmaster launched a new combat rifle, and numerous companies pumped out cool police products. Here's a quick look at some of our favorites.
Officer Matt Gregory shows his Glock 22 RTF for duty and home defense with the rough-textured grip option. He says, "The grip on this gun is unbelievable. I worried with the Generation 3 Glock because my hands stay clammy a lot of the time. I don't worry about losing my grip anymore."
As I watch the large, brass casing fly through the air I hear the loud "PONG!" of the 300-grain .50 caliber bullet slamming into the target 75 yards away....That's right! I said .50 caliber.
The gun manufacturers have been busy building some truly innovative firearms for law enforcement in 2009. The following is a quick look at some of the more interesting handgun models that have come to the attention of POLICE in recent months. Some of these weapons have been featured in our "Arsenal" firearms review features. Others are on our radar for future articles.