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Post by DannusMaximus » Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:21 pm

Yeah, I suppose I could 'google' everything, but internetz information is conflicting and may be out of date. I figure some of the folks on ZS might have direct experience with this topic, so...

What are the official issued handguns for as many U.S. or Non U.S Federal agencies, State/Provincial/Territorial agencies, U.S. and Non U.S. military units (including Spec. Ops and other specialized units if they differ from the parent branch), and major urban police departments* as we can think of?

*For purposes of this list, 'major urban' departments means major cities within a particular state/province/territory or Nation. Accordingly, I've listed Wilmington, DE and Daytona Beach, FL alongside places such as Chicago and Los Angeles, because even though the cities are smaller they are major cities within that state (Wilmington is the State capitol of Delaware and Daytona Beach is a primary tourist destination in Florida).

Here's the current list per our member input and/or official publications

MILITARY ISSUE (UNITED STATES)*

United States Army: M9 (Beretta 9mm) general issue, Sig P228 /MK23 special issue
United States Air Force: M9 general issue, Sig P228/G22 special issue
United States Navy: M9 general issue, Sig P226/HK45CT for NAVSPECWAR
United States Marine Corps: M9 general issue, custom 1911 for MARSOC
United States Coast Guard: Sig P229 DAK (.40) general issue, may use M9 during joint operations/training

*All branches also issue a seemingly random mix of sidearms to their special purpose units that nobody can confirm or deny are actually issued... :wink:

MILITARY ISSUE (NON - U.S.)

Austrian Forces: Glock 17
Canadian Military Forces: Inglis 'High Power' (general issue), Sig P225 special issue (Including MP units)
Croatia: HS2000 (Springfield XD) (9mm)
Czech Army: CZ-75B and CZ-75 SP01 (9mm)
Italian Forces: Beretta 92FS (9mm)
South Korea: Daewoo K5 (9mm)
Swiss Army: Sig P226/P229 (9mm)
North Korea: BaekDuSan, which is an indigenously-produced clone of the Chinese NK-75, which is in turn a clone of the CZ-75. There are still an awful lot of Makarovs, Tokarevs, CZ-52s, 1911s and clones and various other oddments in circulation, however.

FEDERAL AGENCIES (UNITED STATES)

FBI: Glock in .40 (23,22) are issued.
U.S. Marshal Service: Glocks in .40 issued (23,22) Liberal off duty policy
U.S. Secret Service: Sig P229 (.357 sig.)
U.S. Border Patrol: HKP2000 (.40)
U.S. Coast Guard: Sig P229 DAK (.40) general issue, may use M9 during joint operations/training

FEDERAL AGENCIES (NON - U.S.)

Royal Canadian Mounted Police: S&W 5946/3953 and Sig P226 (.40/9mm)
Canadian Correctional Services: HKP2000
Canadian Border Services: Beretta PX4 Storm (9mm)

STATE AGENCIES (UNITED STATES)

Alabama Dept. of Corrections: Glock 22 (.40)
Alabama Dept. of Public Safety: Glock 22 (.40)
Alabama Pardons & Paroles: Glock 22 (.40)
Alaska State Troopers: Glock 22 (.40)
Alaska Wildlife Troopers: Glock 22 (.40)
Connecticut State Troopers: Current issue is Sig P229 (.40), new issue will be Sig P220 (.45)
Connecticut - Capital PD: S&W M&P (.45)
Delaware State Police: Sig P229 (.357 sig)
Florida Hwy Patrol: Glock 37 (.45GAP)
Illinois State Police: Glock 22 (.40), previous issue was S&W 39 (9mm)
Indiana State Police: Glock 17 (9mm), transitioning to Sig P227 (.45) beginning 2014
Indana Dept. of Corrections: Glock 17 (9mm)
Kentucky Dept. of Corrections: Ruger GP100, S&W Mod.10-6
Kentucky State Police: Glock 35 (.40) or S&W 1066 (10mm)
North Carolina Hwy Patrol: S&W MP (.357 sig)
New Hampshire State Police: S&W M&P (.45)
New Hampshire Hwy Patrol S&W M&P (.45)
New Jersey Dept. of Corrections: S&W MP (.40)
New Mexico State Police: M&P in .357 Sig, previous issue was G22 (.40)
New York State Police: Glock (various models) in .45
Ohio State Police: Sig P226 (.40)
Ohio Dept. of Corrections: Glock 23 (.40)
Pennsylvania State Police: Glock 37 (.45 GAP), transitioning to Glock 21 (.45) / Sig P227 (.45)
Pennsylvania Gaming Commission: G31 (.357 sig)
South Carolina Hwy Patrol: Glock 37 (.45 GAP)
Texas State Troopers (DPS): Sig P226/229 (.357 sig) to replace the Sig P220
Texas Rangers (a division of DPS): Sig P226/229 issued, authorized to carry custom 1911's (most opt for this)
Texas Dept. of Public Safety: Sig P226 issued (.357 sig), transitioning to 9mm (?)
Virginia State Police: Sig P226 (.357 Sig.)
Vermont State Police: S&W M&P .40
Washington State Patrol: S&W M&P (.40)
Wisconsin State Patrol: Glock 22 (.40)

CIVIC POLICE/SHERIFF DEPARTMENTS (UNITED STATES)

Arizona - Tuscon PD: Glock 22 (.40), transitioning to G17/19 (9mm)
Arizona - Scottsdale PD: Glock 22 (.40)
Arizona - Mesa: Glock 22 (.40)
California - LAPD: Issued Glocks in 9mm or .40 depending on academy date. Glocks in .45 rubber stamped, 1911 used by SWAT and other special units. Older Beretta 92 and SW autos grandfathered.
California - LA County Sheriff Dept.: S&W M&P (9mm) / Beretta 92SF (9mm) general issue, also authorized to carry: HK USP (.45), HK P2000 (9mm), HK P7 (9mm), Sig P226/P229 (9mm), Sig P220 (.45)
California - San Francisco PD: P226 (.40)
Connecticut - Bridgeport PD: Transitioning from .40 Sig to S&W M&P (.45), compacts will be special issue to detectives
Connecticut - Hartford PD: Glock 22 (.40)
Delaware - Wilmington PD: S&W M&P (.40)
Florida - Boca Raton PD: S&W M&P (.40), full sized
Florida - Daytona Beach PD: Glock 17 general issue, Glock 26 (special issue to non-uniformed personnel), Glock 22/27/23 new issue?
Georgia - Atlanta PD: Gen 4 G22 (.40) general issue, G21 (.45) special issue to SWAT officers
Illinois - Chicago PD: Significant leeway given to officers, selection criteria include: 1) Manufactured by Beretta, Glock, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, or Springfield Armory; 2) Chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W, or .45 ACP; 3) DAO, Hammer or Striker-Fired. SIG-Sauer "P-series" pistols are no longer approved for duty. However, officers who carried one previous to the change are "grandfathered in" and permitted to carry it. Also .38 and .357 revolvers are grandfathered in if issued before 1996.
Kansas - Topeka PD: Glock 17 / 19 (9mm)
Kentucky - Louisville Metro PD: Glock 22 (.40)
Louisiana - New Orleans PD: .40 Glock
Michigan - Detroit PD: S&W M&P (.40)
Minnesota - St. Paul PD: Glock 17 (9mm)
Missouri - St. Louis Metro PD: Beretta 92D (9mm)
Missouri - St. Louis Marshalls Service: Beretta 92D (9mm)
New Jersey - Newark PD: Sig P229 (.40)
New York - NYPD: Glock 19 and S&W 5946 in 9mm. Guns are purchased by the officer, the G19 is by far the most popular. Old guns grandfathered.
New York - Nassau County PD: Sig P226 (9mm) for patrol officers, Sig P229 for plainclothes officers
New York - Suffolk County PD: Glock 19 (9mm) for patrol officers, Glock 26 (9mm) for plainclothes officers
New Mexico - Albuquerque PD: M&P 9, previous issue was G17 (9mm), 1911s are no longer authorized
Ohio - Columbus PD: S&W M&P
Ohio - Cleveland PD: S&W M&P
Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh PD: Glock 22 / 23 general issue, Glock 27 issued for undercover and plainclothes officers
Pennsylvania - Philadelphia PD: Glock in .40 or .45 authorized for carry
Washington - Seattle PD: Glock 22 (.40)
Wisconsin - Milwaukee PD: S&W M&P (.40)

CIVIC POLICE DEPARTMENTS (CANADA)

Toronto PD: Glock 22 (.40)
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Re: Agency issued handguns?

Post by cityscout » Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:32 pm

DannusMaximus wrote:Yeah, I suppose I could 'google' everything, but internetz information is conflicting and may be out of date. I figure some of the folks on ZS might have direct experience with this topic, so...

What are the official issued handguns for as many Federal agencies, U.S. military units (including Spec. Ops and other specialized units if they differ from the parent branch), and major urban police departments (NYPD, Chicago, LA, Houston, etc.) as we can think of?

State the source of your knowledge if it adds credibility or cool points. 8-)

If enough people want to play I'll start keeping track of the answers by editing this initial post to include them.

And the first answer is?
Standard issue for the Army is the Beretta M9. Non-standard issue guys will carry G19, Colt 1911, Sig p226

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Post by 400 Grains » Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:03 am

cityscout wrote:
DannusMaximus wrote:
Standard issue for the Army is the Beretta M9. Non-standard issue guys will carry G19, Colt 1911, Sig p226
Which Army unit uses the P226?

Did you mean the P228 (M11)?

The SEAL's have been using the P226 for more than 20 years.

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Post by Cmgray612 » Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:36 am

Austin Police Dept in Austin Tx is issued the S&W M&P .40.

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Post by jor-el » Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:58 am

Most common among LEO agencies mentioned? Probably Glocks, 19 or 17.
NYPD got rid of Berettas pre-millenium.
Sig P226 is probably the other one.
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Post by djblocker88 » Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:11 am

jor-el wrote:Most common among LEO agencies mentioned? Probably Glocks, 19 or 17.
NYPD got rid of Berettas pre-millenium.
Sig P226 is probably the other one.
This, I believe some agencies are trading in glocks for m&ps, honestly there should be an approved list per department.
To be safe I went with a S&W M&P40 as a future duty weapon though.

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Post by Doctorr Fabulous » Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:45 am

G22 and G19's a plenty in Dade and Seminole counties. Sanford PD was using a "buy your own from this approval list" deal, and at least one officer there had a shiny nickel plated Sig 226. I know because I bought it recently. :D

The 'Corps is about to start issuing Colt 1911s :roll:
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Post by 400 Grains » Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:58 am

Doc Torr wrote:The 'Corps is about to start issuing Colt 1911s :roll:
The Corp's been issuing 1911's to MARSOC guys. Colt got the contract for new ones. Still just for MARSOC.

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Post by Doctorr Fabulous » Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:05 am

400 Grains wrote:
Doc Torr wrote:The 'Corps is about to start issuing Colt 1911s :roll:
The Corp's been issuing 1911's to MARSOC guys. Colt got the contract for new ones. Still just for MARSOC.
Maybe you and I read something different. After more reading, it appears the first article I saw was wrong, since they were saying the contract was going to be to replace all the M9s. More recent ones say they're just going to SF.

While I'm thinking about it I think mostof the Fed LEOs are issued G22s or similar .40 cal pistols.
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Post by Ten Eight » Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:17 am

G22/23 here for the 561 Good 'Ole Boyz aka Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. I think there is one agency around 30 officers in the county who issue HK .45s. Not a glam city either.


I just want to know what agencies issue a 10mm :ugeek:. There has to be some.
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Post by Kutter_0311 » Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:04 am

Ten Eight wrote:I just want to know what agencies issue a 10mm :ugeek:. There has to be some.
FBI used to...

Green Bay PD issues G21's, WI State Patrol issues G22's. Maybe not 'major' agencies, but I see them the most.
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Post by Recon101 » Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:11 am

Pennsylvania State Police still carry the Beretta 96 to my knowledge. If not its probably glock now. (I was actually in my local firearm shop when a uniformed police armorer was in their requesting info on Daniel Defense and LaRue AR 15's for bulk purchase.)

(PA) Wilkes-Barre carries xD

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(PA) Edwardsville Glock # (?)

(PA) Pittston Glock # (?)

(PA) Larksville Glock # (?)
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Post by 400 Grains » Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:27 am

Doc Torr wrote:
400 Grains wrote:
Doc Torr wrote:The 'Corps is about to start issuing Colt 1911s :roll:
The Corp's been issuing 1911's to MARSOC guys. Colt got the contract for new ones. Still just for MARSOC.
Maybe you and I read something different. After more reading, it appears the first article I saw was wrong, since they were saying the contract was going to be to replace all the M9s. More recent ones say they're just going to SF.
Marine armorers have been hand building the guns for Recon/Marsoc at Quantico for years. The new contract is for 4000 Colt 1911's built to their specs, with an option to buy up to 12,000, (3 issue cycles).

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Post by deadcrow » Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:28 am

I believe FBI is using the Sig 229 in .40.

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Post by cityscout » Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:26 am

400 Grains wrote:
cityscout wrote:
DannusMaximus wrote:
Standard issue for the Army is the Beretta M9. Non-standard issue guys will carry G19, Colt 1911, Sig p226
Which Army unit uses the P226?

Did you mean the P228 (M11)?

The SEAL's have been using the P226 for more than 20 years.
There were a couple P226's in our arms room. I haven't seen a P228 floating around yet. I have heard that CID have them.
Also I forgot, MK23. We had them, but no one carried them due to the amount of real estate they take up.
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Post by CTjohn » Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:03 am

I wouldn't necessarily call it a "major" metro, but the city Police in Hartford, CT use Smith and Wesson M&P 45s, and the State Capitol police use the same.

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Post by Gingerbread Man » Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:14 am

Ten Eight wrote:G22/23 here for the 561 Good 'Ole Boyz aka Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. I think there is one agency around 30 officers in the county who issue HK .45s. Not a glam city either.


I just want to know what agencies issue a 10mm :ugeek:. There has to be some.
In SC there are some state park guys that carry 10mm. They used to carry 357.
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Post by cityscout » Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:14 am

Also Detroit PD use .40 Smith & Wesson M&P. I figure they have the best odds of getting in a shooting of most PD's so they must be good. :lol:
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Post by 400 Grains » Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:17 pm

deadcrow wrote:I believe FBI is using the Sig 229 in .40.
Glock 23, unless there's been a change.

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Post by 400 Grains » Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:23 pm

cityscout wrote:
400 Grains wrote:
cityscout wrote:
DannusMaximus wrote:
Standard issue for the Army is the Beretta M9. Non-standard issue guys will carry G19, Colt 1911, Sig p226
Which Army unit uses the P226?

Did you mean the P228 (M11)?

The SEAL's have been using the P226 for more than 20 years.
There were a couple P226's in our arms room. I haven't seen a P226 floating around yet. I have heard that CID have them.
Also I forgot, MK23. We had them, but no one carried them due to the amount of real estate they take up.
CID has the M11 (228). They were one of the initial units the gun was acquired for in the first place.

And 10-4 on the MK23's. I don't know if anyone ever actually used them.

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Post by 400 Grains » Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:32 pm

One trend that's worth noting, is the agencies that have been switching from .40, back to 9mm.

With current available ammunition, there is very little performance difference between the two cartridges, (no matter what guys think from reading gun magazines). With the 9's higher capacity, lower recoil, lower cost of ammo, and better long term reliability, agencies are starting to realize it's a better choice, and some have already switched.

Stand by....there will be some big ones announcing the change soon.

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Post by 400 Grains » Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:41 pm

cityscout wrote:Also Detroit PD use .40 Smith & Wesson M&P. I figure they have the best odds of getting in a shooting of most PD's so they must be good. :lol:
Since Detroit PD didn't even issue hollow points, I don't know if I'd base my choices on anything they've done.

Unfortunately, politics often plays a bigger role in large agency acquisitions than any other factor.

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Post by djblocker88 » Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:07 pm

400 Grains wrote:
cityscout wrote:Also Detroit PD use .40 Smith & Wesson M&P. I figure they have the best odds of getting in a shooting of most PD's so they must be good. :lol:
Since Detroit PD didn't even issue hollow points, I don't know if I'd base my choices on anything they've done.

Unfortunately, politics often plays a bigger role in large agency acquisitions than any other factor.
Really? I thought most police departments issued HP's due to "liability" reasons and also they are more effective than FMJs. That sounds pretty weird.

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Post by 400 Grains » Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:10 pm

djblocker88 wrote:
400 Grains wrote:
cityscout wrote:Also Detroit PD use .40 Smith & Wesson M&P. I figure they have the best odds of getting in a shooting of most PD's so they must be good. :lol:
Since Detroit PD didn't even issue hollow points, I don't know if I'd base my choices on anything they've done.

Unfortunately, politics often plays a bigger role in large agency acquisitions than any other factor.
Really? I thought most police departments issued HP's due to "liability" reasons and also they are more effective than FMJs. That sounds pretty weird.
Detroit's pretty weird.

I think they may have finally decided to issue hollow points very recently, but for many years, they couldn't.

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