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Handguns Issued to Fairfax County Police

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Handguns Issued to Fairfax County Police

Postby TheEqualizer » Thu, 30 Sep 2010 19:28:25

Does anyone know what is the standard issue pistol for Fairfax County police? Does it vary by county or do all officers in Virginia carry the same handgun. I am curious as to manufacturer, model, and caliber?

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Re: Handguns Issued to Fairfax County Police

Postby Jakeiscrazy » Thu, 30 Sep 2010 19:38:59

I asked a National Park Service officer what he was carrying(Smith revolver I didn't know the model) he told my it's the department policy not to say. I thought is was odd and moved one to talking about his flashlight.(Surefire). :) :friends: I wonder if that's true with most police departments. BTW Chesterfield police have Glock .40s(22?). I would just walk up and ask one!
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Re: Handguns Issued to Fairfax County Police

Postby nickf829 » Thu, 30 Sep 2010 20:29:42

I know a FFX co officer that carries a sig(not sure model) 40, not sure if its standard issue or not
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Re: Handguns Issued to Fairfax County Police

Postby tursiops » Fri, 01 Oct 2010 07:42:57

Similarly, does anyone know what the Alexandria PD carries?


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Re: Handguns Issued to Fairfax County Police

Postby 9MM92FS » Fri, 01 Oct 2010 12:16:47

Do most PDs require their officers to carry a specific authorized firearm or do they allow some discretion (assuming same caliber)? The Dirty Harry movies come to mind, but that's Hollywood.


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Re: Handguns Issued to Fairfax County Police

Postby wylde007 » Fri, 01 Oct 2010 12:49:41

I think Virginia Beach is flexible, but it has to be on an "approved" list to handle department-issued caliber munitions.

Most Beach cops I've seen carry Glocks.

Dare and Hyde Co. NC I've seen with a pretty wide variety from Glock to Sig to S&W.

It's probably very much a departmental thing. There is no statewide mandated standard of which I am aware.
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Re: Handguns Issued to Fairfax County Police

Postby gunderwood » Fri, 01 Oct 2010 17:32:26

wylde007 wrote:It's probably very much a departmental thing. There is no statewide mandated standard of which I am aware.

There is no standard for brand or caliber. Many departments are still carrying 9mm and very happy with it. Then again, they didn't jump on board the various wild bullet ideas of their peers. Those that are still using 9mm stuck with the 124gr +P or standard pressure load (or the odd weight 127gr +P+ from Winchester).

The two most popular seem to be Glock and SIG, although there are are lots of others. To be honest, a lot of it has to do with pricing and lawyers. They are all good guns, but whomever offers the best price usually wins unless someone in the decision chain really has a preference.

VA State police carry the P229 in .357SIG as do the Secret Service. I thought the Fairfax County Police were using the .40S&W version.
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Re: Handguns Issued to Fairfax County Police

Postby rromeo » Fri, 01 Oct 2010 18:08:35

I don't know Fairfax. Henrico carries Glock 22s. I saw one Richmond PD officer with what looked like a Sig Pro.
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Re: Handguns Issued to Fairfax County Police

Postby CowboyT » Fri, 01 Oct 2010 20:43:26

Went to Washington DC recently to fight a traffic ticket (and won, BTW). The security guards in the Courthouse were carrying what looked like blued S&W .38 Special revolvers, complete with traditional "service stocks". I thought it was cool. I'd have asked the guard about it, 'cause he seemed pretty cool, but he was kinda busy. Still, it was nice to see some cops still carrying wheelguns as their duty pieces. They still work!
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Re: Handguns Issued to Fairfax County Police

Postby RocKor » Fri, 01 Oct 2010 23:56:10

Anyone know about Prince William PD? They look like Glock 17s or 22s to me, I have a feeling it's the 22.
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Re: Handguns Issued to Fairfax County Police

Postby Diomed » Sun, 03 Oct 2010 04:49:36

CowboyT wrote:Went to Washington DC recently to fight a traffic ticket (and won, BTW). The security guards in the Courthouse were carrying what looked like blued S&W .38 Special revolvers, complete with traditional "service stocks". I thought it was cool. I'd have asked the guard about it, 'cause he seemed pretty cool, but he was kinda busy. Still, it was nice to see some cops still carrying wheelguns as their duty pieces. They still work!

I was under the impression that most security guards in DC are contracted employees (like Dick Heller) and not sworn officers. I suspect that they carry revolvers for some typically bureaucratic reasons.


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Re: Handguns Issued to Fairfax County Police

Postby zephyp » Sun, 03 Oct 2010 10:11:46

Diomed wrote:
CowboyT wrote:Went to Washington DC recently to fight a traffic ticket (and won, BTW). The security guards in the Courthouse were carrying what looked like blued S&W .38 Special revolvers, complete with traditional "service stocks". I thought it was cool. I'd have asked the guard about it, 'cause he seemed pretty cool, but he was kinda busy. Still, it was nice to see some cops still carrying wheelguns as their duty pieces. They still work!

I was under the impression that most security guards in DC are contracted employees (like Dick Heller) and not sworn officers. I suspect that they carry revolvers for some typically bureaucratic reasons.


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Re: Handguns Issued to Fairfax County Police

Postby MostlyHarmless » Tue, 05 Oct 2010 03:04:09

Fairfax Co. carries the Sig 229 in 9mm.
PW Co. carries Glock 21 (.45)


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Re: Handguns Issued to Fairfax County Police

Postby gunderwood » Tue, 05 Oct 2010 08:20:44

MostlyHarmless wrote:Fairfax Co. carries the Sig 229 in 9mm.
PW Co. carries Glock 21 (.45)

For Fairfax, is that the entire department? I could've swore I've seen some P229 .40s (standing behind them in a fast food joint....357/.40 labeled on the bottom of the mag). Then again it is possible my eyes were playing tricks on me because that print is small and I wasn't getting too close. :enlighten:
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Re: Handguns Issued to Fairfax County Police

Postby RocKor » Wed, 06 Oct 2010 03:42:54

Wow really, Glock 21s? I didn't think PWPD would issue .45s... just surprises me. I love .45 I just would think a more... metropolitan PD would issue a smaller, more "accessible" caliber.
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