- May 14, 2020
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So tell me about the 1000s of LEOs that carried them my friend, I know some. When did your department adopt them. The revolver was the mainstream from every Leo I know. The public wasn’t carrying them.
Are you talking about the caliber or the 1911?
I started carrying a S&W 645 (a semi-auto .45ACP) in the late 80s or early 90s. But "mainstream" doesn't just apply to law enforcement. And I was more shocked that you said the .45ACP caliber was never mainstream when it's been either the number 1 or number 2 selling handgun cartridge for years in this country.
And I continued to carry a .45 of one brand or another thruout my career. Even when I worked for a department that mandated Glock 22 or 23 models be carried on duty I carried a Colt 1911 as an instructor and while performing SWAT duties.
There's a list of departments a mile long that either authorized or issued 1911s...from the FBI HRT to LAPD to dinky little little departments nationwide.
And many makers produce 1911s for civilian carry as well and the sell as many as they can build. That's part of the reason the Commander and Officer sized guns are so popular.