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Discussion in 'Firearms News and Firearms related political news' started by august1410, Feb 12, 2012.
In the 1960's and 1970's, which revolvers were standard issue to the NC Highway Patrol?
I know they carried S&W Model 10's (or then known as the M&P) prior the time frame you mentioned. I believe they carried the model 66 after it was introduced in the early 1970's.
I have my Dad's last two service revolvers he carried while on the Patrol. One is a model 66 manufactured in 1980 and the last, a model 686 manufactured in 1983. I'm pretty certain regarding the dates of manufacture. I believe he retired in 1984. If I'm not mistaken, he was really upset with the 686 as they had trouble with them seizing up when they were first issued.
If anyone does have any history on the revolvers (or all the guns) issued to the Patrol, I would love to see it.
I can't speak to NC but in GA it started with Mod 10, went to Mod 15's, then to 19's and then to 66's and then I got out and didn't keep track after that.....
Seems like back in the early years they carried the Smith model 28.
My father in law carried a Colt Trooper III, he wasn't a SHP but it's had quite a history with him as a LEO.
Yes. There was and is a recall on all 586 no-dash and 586-1 models. Invovles replacing the hammer-mounted firing pin IIRC.
A 586 is a fine weapon though.
I don't know of anyone that ever carried an N frame Smith. Too heavy to tote all day long. I had a 27 when I was there but it was mine and I never carried it on duty. There was a brief period in mid 70's that we could carry anything we wanted and a bunch of us went to 1911's but that only lasted about 5-6 months and then it was back to the K frames.....
This is off-topic, I know - sorry. But I'm surprised by how big a move S&W is once again making in the LE market! More and more agencies seem to be moving to M&P 40s and 45s.
No worries...I was at the range shooting one afternoon (Craven County Law Enforcement Officer's Association) and the New Bern Police qualifications were going on.
Looks like M&P .40s all around.
Raleigh PD is carrying the M&P - I think in 45 ACP - but it may be 40 S&W. Anybody know for sure?
Greenville NC PD has the Glock in .45 GAP.
They are the only police department I know of that carries it.
Thomasville NC police dept. also carries the Glock in 45 G.A.P. Im pretty sure also that the Virgina Highway Patrol also carries them.
Don't remember the years but the NCHP did carry the S&W Model 10, 66 and 19. I believe they were mostly carrying the 686 when they switched to semi's through the Beretta 92 9mm in the late 1980's.
There was a period in the 60's the HP tried on a small scale using the N frame in 41mag.
As far as Raleigh they are using 45's.
yea i know what are/ were they thinking
The SC Highway Patrol carries 45 GAP
Fixed it for ya.
Edit: And BTW VSP carries the Sig 229 .357 Sig DAK.
Interesting. Local agencies switching to .40 and .45's and the FBI sticking with 9mm.
"If anyone does have any history on the revolvers (or all the guns) issued to the Patrol, I would love to see it."
After the Beretta 92 they used these firearms ( I do not have the years for each)
Beretta Cougar (357 Sig)
Sig 229 (357 Sig)
S&W M&P (357 Sig) This one is being used currently
I took these pics at the Museum of History in Raleigh 2 weeks ago.
According to the display in Raleigh, they're back to Sigs (226) in .357 Sig.
That's correct. Really good feeling gun. It was this past summer when they got rid of the m&p iirc.
I'll talk to my Dad this weekend I'm sure because he'll want to bellyache about the weather affecting his golf tournament. He retired in '89. I have his Colt Border Patrol 357 (nickel btw, it's beautiful) issued in the early 70s which was the only Border Patrol/Trooper variation to go through the custom shop, replaced by the Model 66 in the late 70s which nobody liked for the light weight, and he retired carrying the Model 686 which he still has. I put a Hogue monogrip on that one and it's well worn enough that it's a great shooter. I believe he came from the Maryland State Police in '59, and I'm sure he'll remember what and when before the 70s.
edit - Just saw that you have the history in an earlier post. . 10-22 on report from Dad.
SC Highway Patrol and the Florida Highway patrol carry the 45 G.A.P.
A number of agencies have issued N frames over the years. Florida Highway Patrol issued both Model 27s and Model 28s at different times. A number of LE agencies in Texas did as well. FBI carried the Registered Magnum back in the day. At least one of the big municipal PDs in TX issued Model 58s in the late 60s into the 70s.
I've always wondered what SHP has against Glocks. They seem to carry anything but, including the ever-so-close M&P for a while. In any event, those are some nice Smith revolvers.
I believe it is the .45. I also heard from a friend that they may be going back to Blocks soon too.