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"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

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Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, January 22, 2016

Po-Po Guns: What's Important is the Price

Ruger has just launched a new handgun with the hope that it will return this manufacturer to its former standing as a desired police sidearm. This new firearm — dubbed the Ruger American Pistol — is chambered in 9mm Luger, 45ACP and, very soon, the 40S&W.
As I've noted before, two of the most important things to a largish department are price and maintainability. If Ruger can compete with Glock on price, then they have a shot at getting a good taste of the market share. If they can't, they won't, absent some catastrophe to the Glock company.


Old 1811 said...

Price is a consideration, but a few big departments (e.g., NYPD and Chicago PD) don't buy or issue pistols; they require each officer to purchase one, off a list of approved weapons. Other departments issue pistols, but allow their officers to carry personally-owned weapons that are on an approved list.

BadTux said...

You forgot a third consideration: Ease of use. Thing about a Glock 17 is that it's point-and-click. If you're carrying "hot", which is safe with a positive-retention holster, you just point and click. No fuddling with safeties, no looking at the hammer to see if it's cocked or not, just point, and click.

This is of course a completely different situation from a civilian firearm, where preventing an accidental discharge is half the battle. Not that cops don't have accidental discharges, but it's rarer (due to the holsters they're required to use) and accepted as a cost of business given that when a cop needs his service weapon, he *really* needs his service weapon and that positive retention holster is already causing a delay.

Yes, Glock specifically markets this to police departments and police officers as a feature of their handguns...