NYPD moves to ditch last revolvers after 121-year official run (PHOTOS)
By Chris Eger
Though founded in 1845, the NYPD didn’t start issuing a standard handgun until 1896– Colt New Police Models ordered by Teddy Roosevelt. (Photo: Library of Congress)
The nation’s largest municipal police force, which officially adopted its first standard revolver when Teddy Roosevelt was commissioner, is doing away with the last of their wheel guns.
The department will phase out the last revolvers approved for duty by next August, the New York Daily News reported.
With over 30,000 officers on the job, the agency has been on the slow transition to semi-autos since 1993 and only has about 150 officers still carrying revolvers, a number that shrinks with every retirement. This is down from the more than 2,000 still reportedly packing the guns back in 2004.
Copies of an official letter floating around from the commissioner say that service revolvers, along with their speedloaders and pouches will be phased out with officers able to transition after three-days of training to a Gen 4 Glock 17 or 19, or Sig P226 DAO model.
Theodore Roosevelt when he was a New York police commissioner (Photo: Library of Congress)
Though the city had a police force of sorts as far back as the 17th Century, it wasn’t until 1845 when