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I spent 22 Years working for a police department here in cnetral Florida. When I first began in 1984 we had a liberal policy regarding your duty weapon. As Officers were required to provide their own, any quality 9mm or .45 acp, .40 S&W was eventually added in the 90's. Over the years the most common pistol that I carried was a 1911 in one flavor or another and that was the pistol I was carrying on my last day on the job in November 2006. I did carry Glocks and some HK USP's from time to time and we did have Glock 22's that were department provided for SWAT.

Well, I am returning to law enforcement next week and the agency I am working for issues Glock 22's (gen 3). In my 4 years away from LE work, I have still managed to carry a 5" 1911 most of the time and daily w/o fail for the past 7 or so months. I don't see that carrying the G22 off-duty as much of a challenge, and I am a big believer in trying to carry the same pistol off-duty as on, or at least in a similar platform. I guess some really nice custom 1911's are gonna get rest in the safe.

I did acquire a gen 3 G23 with night sights today and plan to perhaps use it as an off-duty pistol. I have shot the G27 and not a big fan of it as a primary carry piece but am contemplating purchasing one to carry as a back-up (ankle) pistol while working in uniform.

I took the G23 to the range today and ran 50 rounds of Champion 180 grain FMJ and 20 rounds of Hornady TAP 155g CQ without a single hitch. I was very pleased with the grouping of the TAP ammo. The G-Lock grip angle and trigger took just a little getting used to but it was much like riding a bike. I am looking forward to some additional trigger time with this platform.
 

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Congrats glad you are liking your new toy. If you don't mind me asking what made you come back to the force?
Don't mind you asking at all. Actually, it's a combination of events. I worked in LE for 22 years and retired to take a job in LE equipment sales. Almost 4 years of eating out and sleeping in hotels 4 nights a week got a little old so I resigned and began enjoying some semi-retirement. In addition to my pension I teach part time at the police academy and run my own small equipment and training company.

Now, you would think that being semi-retired at 45 sounds good, but you can only mow the yard so many times a week and walk the dogs so many times a day. I am 7 months into being bored. Bored? Go shooting, golf, something right? Hobbies cost dough and while my pension is good, I took a 6 figure pay cut when I left the sales job.

The Deputy Chief at my old agency is now the Chief at a brand new agency, less than a year old that is responsible for Cruise Terminal Port Security, Cargo port security, water ways and locks, large industrial section as well as a large bar and resaraunt district. This is one of only two agencies in the country, Los Angeles being the other, that has a Police Department dedicated to Port/Maritime Policing. Even the NYNJ Port Authority also handles buses, trains, etc. Jacksonville FL is establishing another such agency and is using this one as a model. The Chief asked me to come aboard to conduct regular cop duties and assist with training. I am excited about the whole new set of challenges that an agency such as this presents.
 

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I would go to a different gun if it was better than a Glock!

Problem is No one makes a better gun!

Always looking.
I don't know if that is a totally true statement. Glocks are workhorses for sure, perhaps the F150 pick up of pistols. For day to day carry, given my druthers I will pick up and holster a 1911 every time. And, my new employer mandates issued G22's so it is what it is. After shooting the G23 I bought yesterday it only served to remind me that a good shooter should be able to pick up any pistol and, assuming that the sights are properly aligned, and the lock up is acceptable, line up the sights press the trigger and get hits.

The grip of the Glock and the 1911 are different, the Glock trigger pivots on an axis, the 1911 trigger presses straight back, but employing the proper techniques of lining up the sights, taking the slack out of the trigger, verifying the sights and pressing the trigger through, hits are achieved.
 
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