MPD switches handguns from H&Ks to Glocks

Mar. 23, 2013 @ 05:01 PM

The Monroe Police Department will be transitioning from Heckler & Koch (H&K) handguns to Glock handguns.

“The H & Ks that we currently have, some of those weapons are at least 14 years old ... a lot of agencies will do weapons transitions about every 10 years,” Sergeant Mike Smith with the Monroe Police Department said. “All weapons are beyond that mark and we’ve had a few minor issues with the weapons.” 

Smith added that the issues have not affected the operations of the weapons, but they have had to replace springs and other issues. 

A survery was conducted among the officers about switching to the Glock 21. In the survey, 41 percent of the officers preferred the change, about 42 percent had no opinion either way. 

Officers tested the new weapons at the firing range. Smith said that after shooting them, a significant number of the “skeptical officers” changed their minds and really liked the Glock. 

The department has negotiated a deal with Craig’s Firearms, the Glock-dealer for their area, and they are going to do an even-swap trade, Smith said. The Glock weapons they receive after the trade will not cost anything to the agency. 

The additional expenses, holsters, magazine holders and other “duty gear” will be paid for with the asset forfeiture fund, Smith said. 

“No taxpayer money has been used for this transition,” he said. 

Officers will have the option to buy back their H & K firearm through Craig’s Firearms after the swap.

The Glock is a popular weapon among many law enforcement agencies.

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“It’s a proven weapon,” Smith said. “Most law enforcement agencies in the state and in the nation, as a matter of fact, carry that Glock’s reliable, it’s easy to operate, it is basically, among law enforcement circles, it is a proven weapon.” 

The Model 21 that the department will be acquiring is a .45 caliber weapon, like their current weapons, thus it will use the same ammunition, Smith said. The weapon does not have an external safety feature, so officers will only have to point the weapon and pull the trigger, he added. 

They are working on the transition, though Smith is not sure when it will be completed. Right they have some training and evaluation Glocks that the officers are working with. They are also testing different holsters and pieces of duty gear. 

The Glock was more popular with many officers, though female officers noted that it felt better in their hands. 

“I preferred the Glock,” Captain Beth Greene said. “The recoil is a lot less than the H & K. It was a better fit in my hand.” 

She added that the recoil comes more into the hand and you can keep your target covered. 

While many female officers preferred the way it felt in their hand, Greene added that a lot of male officers preferred the way the Glock shot after using it.