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The Most Popular Guns Used by Law Enforcement Professionals

by John Hensley
The Most Popular Guns Used by Law Enforcement Professionals

Weapons are the lifelines of law enforcement officers. Officers need powerful guns that can stop criminals while still being accurate enough to hit their targets. Whether they survive an attack in the field or tragically die can depend on the quality of their guns. Anyone interested in a career in criminal justice should be aware of these eight firearms.

Glock 19

Its lightweight design quickly made it popular among officers. The versatility, accuracy, and durability of this firearm make it a popular choice among law enforcement. Officers say they are more accurate and have stronger stopping power. Undercover or off-duty officers prefer this firearm.

Glock 22

This gun is popular because of its power. Due to its ability to shoot both 9mm and .40 caliber ammunition, the Glock 22 is preferred by most officers. It has the power of a .45 caliber shotgun and the size and flexibility of a 9mm pistol. Thousands of cops around the world carry it in their holsters for this reason.

Smith & Wesson M&P 9

Its personalization capabilities make it popular with law enforcement. Officers can attach laser sights and flashlights to the M&P 9 with its Picatinny rail. The controls are ambidextrous for left-handed officers. Additionally, it offers small safety updates, like a loaded chamber indicator.

Beretta Model 92

The open-sided design is made from an aircraft-quality aluminum alloy that is lightweight and strong. As a result, it is highly durable. As semi-automatic and automatic weapons proliferated on the streets, Beretta also released an automatic model in 1990.

Sig Sauer P226

The 15-round capacity is higher than its predecessors – a left-handed officer’s favorite due to the ambidextrous catch. FBI, US Coast Guard, and Navy SEAL agents all prefer the Sig Sauer P226 for its extended barrel, which increases accuracy.

Heckler and Koch HK45

Due to its military design, it is very durable, accurate, and powerful. Laser sights and silencers can be added to the accessory rail. That’s why it’s popular for covert operations. The HK45 is also popular due to its recoil reduction technology.

Ruger LC9

The smallest option on the list, this unit measures just six inches and weighs 17 ounces. The new version adds 9mm capability to its predecessor.

Colt M1911

Originally designed in 1911, the 1911 pistol is considered an American icon. The U.S. military used it as their standard sidearm from 1911 to 1986. Due to its .45 caliber and semiautomatic nature, it has been a favorite for so long. Law enforcement agencies across the country still prefer it despite the Beretta M9 replacing it as the standard military firearm.

These eight reliable firearms are important for anyone to know about if they are planning a career in criminal justice to ensure their safety. Law enforcement officers should also understand less lethal force.

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