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Old 03-18-2022, 09:26 PM
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Well, isn't this just a blast from the past! It's extremely informative though, a good read for sure.

One thing that I find mildly amusing is seeing posts from 2008 declaring that the 10mm Auto was in the midst of a grand revival. It seems like anytime a company offers a gun chambered in 10mm Auto, the diehard fans insist that it's a sign that the 10mm is all setup to take the market by storm, that it will finally receive the recognition it deserves and claim its place as the undisputed best handgun cartridge.

Don't get me wrong, 10mm Auto is a fantastic cartridge, but it just doesn't have that kind of widespread appeal. It's a special purpose cartridge which will always have a following and its niches, but it isn't ever going to overtake .45 ACP, much less 9mm Luger in popularity or common usage.
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@ Model 15 forever .... Doesn't seem like shoulder rigs were an option for the agents. Any reason they wouldn't be.
They were an option. I used this one for years.
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Great old thread, and the good part is it all seemed new to me the second time ! I love my 40 some + 10mm's
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Old 03-25-2022, 09:19 AM
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Yep, great thread.
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@ Model 15 forever .... Doesn't seem like shoulder rigs were an option for the agents. Any reason they wouldn't be.
The issue holster for the vast majority of the 1076 issue was the DeSantis Speed Scabbard. A strong-side three-slot OWB pancake-type holster with an open top. The Bureau has forever gone back and forth between retention and non-retention holsters. The 1076 was issued during the non-retention fad.

Some number of early guns were issued with the then-new Safariland 5181 open top high-ride paddle holsters made of brown "Safarilaminate" - phony leather with a suede lining. These were referred to as the "Buck Rogers" holsters as they appeared futuristic with a lot of holster cut away in the front. They were popular with range guys, but they rode too high for average Agents in business attire - not enough support for a heavy pistol.

Shoulder holsters were never an issue item - unsafe on a mass firing line, a defensive tactics nightmare, not well-received in the office when someone takes their jacket off and you are looking down the muzzle of their loaded pistol in a horizontal rig. They are also not very concealable under business attire (either style), and are fatiguing with a heavy pistol worn for 8-12 hours a day.

However, agents purchased all manner of "alternative holsters", and the field office PFI had the authority to approve or disapprove it. Anything that was not carried on the strongside muzzle down, I made the Agents do some drills with. This was frankly a PITA because I had to clear the range, and make time for them separately, to do so safely. The only holster I ever banned was the Serpa, and FBI FTU at Quantico did the same Bureau-wide a few years later.

Shoulder holsters were very popular with Agents during mobile surveillance details, in which you were sitting in a vehicle for hours, often in very bad neighborhoods. Drawing from a shoulder rig was faster in those circumstances, especially if seatbelted in. It was far less conspicuous to have your hand inside your jacket, gripping the holstered pistol, when random bad actors were milling about.

I used a DeSantis horizontal rig when doing surveillance work for that very reason, for the short time I was using the 1076. The shorter slide of the 1076 was better for that application than the 5" barrel of 645.

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LOL... that looks familiar. Note the SIG P220. :-)

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I usually pass by zombie threads with an eyeroll, but the added info provided by Model 15-4ever is priceless. For me, the key statement in his post is this:

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Re "too much recoil" for Agents with the 10mm. The full house 170 grain Norma was never issued. FTU Unit Chief John Hall and crew fired it in his Colt Delta Elite when they were examining the 10mm and decided quickly it was a ridiculous choice for a LE load.
Clearly, the "you can never have enough gun" brigade are not going to like that. Tough. The decision was made by those who know their job and what it takes to carry a gun every day.

On that last point, I see that somebody made this comment:

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The race to the 9mm was partially driven by some definite improvements in projectile construction but largely by agencies more interested in "diversifying" their organizations than training men and women to survive a fight.
While this is written as a bit of a swipe, I don't consider diversification of the FBI a criticism. I think it is a realization that employing more people who look like more of the population is an advantage as the FBI's role in intelligence and penetration of criminal gangs evolved.
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This was an interesting thread to read through from start to finish. Some of it filled with facts and some speculation. I worked in law enforcement for 30 years and the FBI was always held in high regard in firearm selection by many agencies. They had the time, inclination and money to really get into selecting hand guns and ammunition for their agents. My agency did not have the resources for that type of selection process, but we did try to glean whatever we could from the FBI and other department studies. Unfortunately my agency usually took the cheap way out on firearms, but not so much on ammunition.

I came into law enforcement at an interesting albeit frustrating time. The days of big tough ex-military type applicants was fading away and giving way to smaller less physically strong applicants who had absolutely no experience with firearms and were quite literally afraid of them. To them a firearm was just something they had to accommodate themselves with and get a passing score on the qualification test. Once that was done then they could move onto whatever the next hurdle was.

Early on we carried a 4 inch S&W Model 66's loaded with 158 grain full power loads made by Remington. It was a handful for the uninitiated and caused many problems for new shooters. We tried to break them in by only shooting 148 grain wadcutters in their first week on the range, but the second week they started shooting the "combat" courses with duty ammunition. By the end of the second week the recruits had to shoot a qualifying score with duty ammunition or they were removed from training.

If you are a firearms enthusiast and wanna-be-instructor you haven't lived until you stand alone on a range with a struggling student in heat and humidity, rain or snow and they know their chosen career is on the line because they need a passing score. That is where an good firearms instructor is made. Yes the life of that student and others is also on the line at that point, but the student isn't thinking of that at that point. The only thing they want to know is what am I doing wrong and it's up to the instructor to help them figure it out and save their job if possible. I know we lost more than a few good people that no doubt would have made good officers but when I looked at their cut and bleeding hands from shooting Lord knows how many full house loads in their Model 66's I felt sorry for them, but I felt it was necessary. I should add in those days we were shooting part of our qualification course out to 50 yards. That was eliminated when we converted to semi-autos and 25 yards was the maximum distance.

When we went to a 9mm semi-auto we tested different ammunition and picked Winchester 115 Silvertip +P+. It was good stuff and about the best 9mm ammunition available at that time. We ran our training the in the same format, the first week was more or less target shooting with 9mm ball ammo. If the recruits qualified they moved to the second week of combat shooting with duty ammunition. It was a night and day difference using a 9mm semi-auto versus our old .357 magnums. Oh we still had "problem" shooters, but they were far fewer and much more time could be given to improving student performance and running many more scenarios with them. The recruits still got tired after a full day on the range, but gone were the cut and bleeding hands unless they put their hand where it didn't belong. Overall our shooting scores jumped up dramatically. Today I don't believe many departments even shoot for score anymore and it's just pass or fail which is another conversation for another day.

The point of my entry is this, I don't believe every shooter, especially new ones, can be trained to shoot a large caliber handgun such as a 10mm or even a .40 as well as they could shoot a 9mm. It just isn't in the cards when you consider weapon size, hand size, recoil sensitivity and experience. It can and in most cases takes years for a person to become a really good pistol shooter and few departments are going to want to spend the time and money to develop a good shooter with a 10mm pistol when they can accomplish the same thing with a 9mm service weapon. A few years before I retired my old department followed the lead of a well known agency and went to a .40. I said it was a mistake at the time and our qualification scores proved my point. They went down, but when I mentioned this fact to our brass they shrugged it off and didn't want to talk about it. A few years later I retired and it didn't matter to me anymore. A few years later still and they have gone back to the 9mm cartridge. Funny how the wheel always seems to be re-invented.

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This has been a very interesting thread for me.

Rick H made a remarkable point (why I am remarking) when he said that most LE agencies now do not score shoots, just pass/fail. I don't know whether or not my old department now does this. When I was working, one could earn a marksmanship badge (actually a metal ribbon) based on ten scores over a year's period. Whatever one earned was worn on the uniform, so there were bragging rights at stake. The axiom of competition improves the breed applied here.

On the never ending debate of caliber and controllability I have my own experience which informs my opinions. I was a power lifter my whole career (still work out now). I have large enough hands to require extra large gloves. So grip strength, wrist strength, recoil capacity, etc, were never issues for me.

In the late 80s, we were carrying S&W 686s with 4" bbl. These were great revolvers. I was offered a department owned 9mm S&W 469 that the court had turned over to the department. I took it out and tested it. I loved the double stack grip, hated the action. But it shot great and I wanted to carry it. At my own expense, since I could never own it, I had my local gunsmith do an action job. His work was amazing. Pressing the trigger in SA felt like just pushing a light switch. DA was similar to my 686, but smoother and lighter. Our FBI modified PPC qualification maxed at 25 yards by then. I found that I could score as well with this small, light, high capacity 469 as I could with my 686. What did it for me was the way that double stack grip frame fit my hand. Between that grip frame and the vastly improved action, I was set up to derive every bit of accuracy that amazing little pistol could deliver.

All good things must end. The department decided to issue full size .40 cal Glocks (I forget the model number). I had been spoiled by the 469 though, so much so that I bought the third generation iteration, the 6906, and had my gunsmith do the same action job. I still own this pistol.

I was fine with the Glock. I could not discern any felt recoil difference or follow up shot delays between the 9mm Smith and the .40 cal Glock. Thinking back, way back, I have only had such an experience once. I was tasked with teaching a group of probation officers how to shoot so they could be legally qualified to be armed. Most of them already were very familiar with firearms, so this one was really a walk in the park. On the last day, since we had time and qualification was already done, I had told them to bring out any artillery they wanted to fire. One probation officer brought out two Smith 29s, one with 4"bbl, the other with 6.5" bbl, and full power .44 magnum loads. I fired each off the barricade at 25 yards, meaning I did not have a full two handed grip as I would have had just standing. I found with the 4'' bbl that the muzzle really jumped and that did delay subsequent shots. The muzzle jump was far less with the 6.5" bbl, so more manageable. In my mind I concluded that were I to consider a .44 magnum for carry, I would have had to go with the 6.5" bbl for it to be a practical option.

Where I lived (but no longer) and worked we were infested with gangs. These brave warriors always travel in packs, so one had to assume multiple assailants. For this reason more than any other, I preferred 9mm because I could get the most capacity in the least pistol.

And old habits die hard.

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Was there a noticeable increase in scores after they went back to the 9mm? Or could it be the difference was folks were not used to the 40 gun or platform and that was the real blame for the scores?

Lots of folks shoot terrible when they anticipate more recoil than what they are used to. I had a buddy that had never shot, started him with a 44 mag, then after that every other lesser caliber was easy for him to shoot. No, I wouldn't have done that to lots of folks, but knew he could handle it.

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It seems like everyone looks to blame equipment after a shootout. The same thing happened following my 1974 gunfight w/armed robbery suspects. The aftermath left one officer wounded (he recovered), one suspect dead, another wounded and a third surrendered at the scene. A major newspaper even weighed in w/their “experts” on what they termed dum-dum bullets vs our lead round nose standard pressure .38 ammo. Looking back if I’d known what was coming I would have brought a rifle w/me.
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Interesting post. Were your recruits using decent grips, or just the factory **** that S&W used to sell their revolvers with?

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