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Old 10-13-2011, 08:58 AM
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I am just looking for pics of LEO duty revolvers, that are different than the "standard" ..........in other words, wheelguns that were carried by LE officers with ivory grips, stags,trigger shoes, custom work,engraving, etc. No particular reason, I saw a pic recently of a circa. 1970's Sheriff Deputy with what looked like an ivory handled S&W in his holster, and was wondering if there were any pics of this kind of stuff out there.
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:40 AM
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In the "Day" fancy service revolvers where common.as the officer was required to furnish his own.
I never carried one as I was satified with blue steel and walnut grips.
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We are allowed to carry our own firearms if they meet certain standards. One of the standards includes a double action centerfire revolver that carries a minimum of five rounds. That is for investigators that choose to carry a S&W Chiefs Special. I choose to carry a S&W 696, and it is engraved, and it has my badge engraved on the right side, and it has synthetic ivory grips. Okay, when I have some more disposable income, I will have real ivory grips put on. I'm one of the oldtimers here so I can get away with it.

I will take a picture of it and post it later.
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Over the years, I carried a number of "different" sidearms- 4 5/8" Old Model Ruger Blackhawk in .45 Colt, 5" S&W .32-20, S&W 1917 .45 ACP, cut to 4", round butted, with adjustable rear sight, stock Colt 1917, Webley & Scott MK V in .45 ACP (offduty security job).

And no, I'm not 80 years old; I started in LE in 1976 as a 22 year old.
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In the mid-1970's, a lot of the detectives on the Jefferson County Kentucky police force carried 4" nickel Pythons.
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jag312,

I wanna see that sixgun.....er "fivegun"!!!
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I carried a nickel Python for a number of years. My present carry gun is a 686 no-dash SSR with a Hogue Dragon Scale grip.
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On my Dept. back in the Mid 1970's many of the Homicide Detectives carried the Engraved Browning Hi Powers, the Renaissance Model.
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Very interesting thread, I always learn a lot from this kind of stuff!
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This is an interesting thread! Does anyone have pictures of these fancy guns?
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I would love to see some pics, I saw a while back a S&W 32-20 M&P with pearl grips that was a small town Sheriff Deputies duty gun.
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Amongst others Col Askins , Lone Wolf Gonzaullas and Sheriff 'Bill' Decker (of Dallas and JFK 'fame') carried notable custom pistols. Pictures attached

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jag312,

I wanna see that sixgun.....er "fivegun"!!!

Semperfi71 - Here it is.

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Very very nice!
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Back when I was a kid in the 50s and 60s, all the locals carried Smith or Colt Revolvers with Stag Grips. Many were Nickled. Our Sheriff had a Walther P38 at home until his wife found out he was "steppin' out" and shot him in the thigh with it. He was the "Sheriff Who Didn't Carry a Gun". Finally died of old age.

We had another Sheriff in the Panhandle who didn't carry a gun. Stopped two dudes who had just robbed a store and they shot him "Grave Yard Dead" when he walked up to the car. The Trustee who was riding with him did a "open the door and make like a deer over the four strand bobwire fence and run a mile away" and the trustee lived.

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Two different revolvers from my early police days. I started in 1976 as a City Police Officer.

The first Smith & Wesson Revolver is a Model 25-2 .45 ACP. Back in those days they didn't have the full moon clips so I carried 1/2 moon clips in a speed loader pouch. It was a sweet shooting revolver.

The second revolver is a Smith & Wesson Model 19 .357 magnum revolver that was worked on by Bill Davis Gunsmithing Co. of Sacramento, CA. Mr. Davis installed a 6" Python barrel on my Model 19 and made what they called a "Smython" or "Smolt". This was back before Smith & Wesson offered the L Frame 586/686, so this was one of the only ways to obtain a barrel heavy S & W .357 revolver. Mr. Davis did an outstanding trigger job on this revolver and it is my best shooting S & W .357 revolver. I carried this as a Deputy Sheriff in 1980 (the Sheriff would only allow us to carry .357 magnum revolvers).

That's all of my interesting LEO revolvers, the rest of my LEO duty handguns over the years were mostly semi-automatics, mostly 1911 .45 ACP's.
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I never had a fancy gun, but I did have a brass plate screwed to the bottom of my grips. It was, uh, so I didn't chip the stocks getting in and out of the car, yeah, that's the reason, uh huh. This was back in the mid-seventies.
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When I was a paramedic I often moonlighted as armed security for a number of companies.

Reven .25s, .22s. anything you can think of was seen. But the best was a crusty old cowboy who toted a Rem. .44 Cap-n-Ball revolver and another with a percussion single shot .50 pistol!!!

At that time Alabama did not regulate Guard Agencies.
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I used to hobnob with members of the local sheriff's posse in the late sixties and early seventies. Almost everyone carried pencil barreled model 10's or the more desirable model 14. Most of the guys were satisfied with their guns as they were. Occasionally You would see a set of stag grips. The sheriff almost seemed unarmed. He carried a small Ortgies auto in his pants or jacket pocket and generally the leather handle of a sap sticking up from his right rear pocket. The standard log gun for most of the deputies was a pump shotgun. The sheriff carried a .30 carbine in his car.

The sheriff was not a very big guy and didn't say much but, after a few words any misbehavin' was over and done with. I later found out he was infantry in the "Battle of the Bulge." The Ortgies was a war trophy and he was a crack shot with the .30 carbine.
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I started in LE in 1971. My first handgun was a Model 19, four inch and a Model 36, RB, three inch. I still have them but they've been Armoloyed since 1974. After I carried the 19 for a couple of years, I went to a Model 29 four inch (saw Dirty Harry too many times and I was young and dumb).
I carried the Remington 240grn Lead LE rounds in it and three speedloaders, one of the LE Rounds and two of the Remington 240grn jacked soft point. It worked exceedingly well as a Police Weapon. I still have them. Generally I don't sell or trade guns and when I do, inevitably I regret it. I quit selling or trading anything when I traded my 15 two inch to a fellow detective in the late 70s.

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Started my LE career in the mid-1960's when we often had to provide our own hardware. I was issued a well used pre-Model 10 that had a case of the quivers. I'd wear it when working days and the boss was around, but thought it would make a great small boat anchor. Nights I carried a Nazi marked P-38 until I could afford a S&W Model 39. Carried my own .30 Carbine with 30 round magazines. One day the chief said he'd bought new Colt Offical Police .38s. I wasn't thrilled but carried that days until I moved on to the Feds. My BUG was a High Standard DM101.
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